800 metres of gorgeous
In Bahia Maimon, you're practically already at the beach no matter where you are. The hotels' backyards are essentially the sand and sea – an 800-metre curve of white sand and the Atlantic Ocean, to be exact.
The sand is kissed by coral reef, making it an effortless spot for snorkellers to reach or curious bystanders to observe, as the water is so clear, you won't have trouble glimpsing a fin or two.
The water is nice and calm and gently slopes into the ocean, so it's supremely safe for kids. As for adults, they'll take solace in the beach chairs arching around the sand, along with a beach bar supplying light bites and sips for an afternoon in the sun.
The hotels here are something special, in fact the entire resort has been formed around them. They're both Riu's, and are luxurious to boot. Both the Clubhotel Riu Bachata and Riu Merengue are little slices of tropical elegance, equipped with massive lagoon-style pools, worldly cuisine and watersports on the nearby beach. If you're looking for Dominican Republic holiday deals, our offers on these Riu hotels boast guaranteed lowest online prices.
There's enough variety in either option that you won't really need to leave the hotel complex, though venturing out and exploring the Dominican Republic's lush terrain is always strongly encouraged.
We're fairly confident when we say you'll probably come to Bahia Maimon to lounge at the beach, but if and when you're ready to peel yourself away, the resort greets you with a handful of activities to keep you busy.
Nearby Puerto Plata is home to a cluster of 27 waterfalls known as the Damajaqua Cascades, whose pools offer a much-needed respite to the Dominican heat.
Also, in the distance is Mount Isabel de Torres, a 793-metre tall mountain whose summit is crowned with a massive statue of Christ the Redeemer. You can scale the peak yourself or take a leisurely cable car ride to the top – we won't tell if you choose the latter.
And then there's Ocean World, also in Puerto Plata, just a 20-minute drive off. That's where you'll find the largest dolphin lagoon in the world, but that pales in comparison to what you can actually do there. The close encounters mean you can hang out and swim with dolphins, sharks and sea lions.
Nights at the hotel
The beach isn't the only thing you won't have to travel far for in Bahia Maimon – here, nightlife is also just a lift-ride away. Within the hotel complexes are live music, cabaret shows and late-night discos where the cocktails keep flowing.
Holidaymakers looking for more won't need to search further than Puerto Plata. Its vibrant streets come ready with cigar lounges, discos and quiet beachfront spots, and it's easy to see why this is such a beloved choice for visitors looking to unwind on cheap holidays to the Dominican Republic.
There are a few shops within Bahia Maimon, but the real Dominican Republic shopping experience takes place on the outside. Not far away from the resort is Caribbean Street, which is an avenue lined with colourful beach shacks vending traditional kitschy bits and handcrafted souvenirs. And for authentic finds like cigars and alcohol, you can head over to the shops at Puerto Plata.