Clubhotel Riu Bachata was a no-brainer for our latest family holiday, ticking all the right boxes: all-inclusive, it embraces kids’ clubs, is right on the beach and has a short airport transfer. It’s also a fairly intimate resort in buildings no higher than three storeys, and one that has good feedback from previous guests.
We didn’t regret our choice, not least because the hotel has the best in-resort staff we’ve ever experienced – the kids’ club staff could not have done more to entertain children and make them feel happy and secure. For older kids, there were lots of competitions to keep it interesting for them. There was also a good mix of nationalities, which was great for our 10-year-old, who could mix, make friends and get email addresses so they could keep in touch after everyone went home.
Knowing our child was so happy in the club meant that the adults on this multigenerational holiday could relax and enjoy ourselves in our 'time off'. My mum escaped to the beach and read countless books, as well as treating herself to some pampering in the spa, while my husband went on an excursion swimming with sharks. And Mum and I let our hair down on a themed night with lots of dancing to local music – assisted by plenty of local tipple!
The cuisine was also great – healthy and varied, including events such as a beach barbecue and themed food/entertainment nights. Lovely touches including fresh-picked coconuts laid out with fruit juices for everyone at breakfast.
But it was the excursions that were the best part of our Dominican Republic holiday, including a safari excursion that involved exploring the island and meeting locals. We’d pre-booked these, but our advice to others would be to wait ’til you arrive in resort – reps are on hand to explain everything, and being on site allows you to plan excursions around the holiday diary of activities and what else is going on in the hotel.
Our rooms were fine – comfortable and of good size. We would have appreciated tea/coffee-making facilities in the room but tea and coffee were freely available at the many bars and restaurants throughout the resort. The resort also got busy at times as the cruise port is close by and locals can pay to use some of the facilities over the weekend, but this didn't bother us.
In terms of travel for this holiday with grandparents, we’d been attracted by the prospect of travelling on the new Dreamliner, which is sold as a more comfortable option (‘economy but a better grade’). Having paid for extra leg room, we were in a separate part of the aircraft and indeed had loads of space.
Food on-board was top class and plentiful (it felt as though there was a non-stop flow of food throughout the flight), and entertainment included a great choice of films to keep all the family amused, across the wide age range. Cabin crew were as good as you find on BA or Qantas, and there were more toilets (and of a better quality) than on many other flights. All in all, the eight-hour flight provided a great start to a great holiday.
Read more about the Clubhotel Riu Bachata and find out about low deposits applicable on bookings made at least 12 weeks before departure.