Riu Vallarta

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Our Opinion

The Riu Vallarta is a beautiful property in the Riviera Nayarit area, about 10 minutes drive from the market at Bucerias. This is the middle property in terms of quality amongst the 3 Riu resorts in Riviera Nayarit. Riu Palace Pacifico being the best and Riu Jalisco slightly more economical. This resort is great for any couples and families looking for a fun resort with very good service. In our opinion the 5 star rating by the Riu is a bit generous, 4 star is probably a better representation for this resort. A renovation may be in order to bring this resort back to a 5 star rating.


Located directly on beautiful Flamingos Beach, the Riu Vallarta wonderfully combines the brand's trademark service with Vallarta's charm. Every stay includes buffet and a la carte dining options, 24-hour all-inclusive service, a variety of non-motorized water sports, great pools, a fitness centre, an introductory scuba lesson, daily entertainment for adults and children, live music, theme shows, a disco, a supervised kid's program and so much more.

Location: On Flamingos Beach, 2 km from Nuevo Vallarta, 15 min. from the airport and 20 min. from downtown Puerto Vallarta.

  • Extensive pool area with swim-up bar 
  • Kids pool with slides
  • Nice beach
  • Renova Spa

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Stephen A : Braintree, United Kingdom
two weeks to Feb 16 2018

A fabulous hotel and staff.Great beach.Probably the best I have been to.Not brilliant for exploring on your own. Nearest village Bucieras was 15 mins by taxi awayadn was only worth one visit, althought we walked there along the beach too, took about an hour. Puerto Vallarta was two bus rides away and took about an hour. The good value taxies were quicker but not so much fun.We even had Spanish lessons every day with the lovely Lola.

  • Louise C :
ENJOYABLE while it lasted!

I have been sitting here in my sick bed after returning from Puerto Vallarta México, reading posts left by holiday makers who stayed at the same resort or hotel we did. We managed to enjoy 4 fun packed days, taking advantage of the excursions offered by Vallarta Adventures through Tui. Although early starts for all our excursions were not welcoming, the days out were FANTASTIC!! Sorry, all bar one evening trip. What a great set up. This was before I was struck down by a nasty viral infection.Hotel Rui Vallarta - Beautiful, the maids and cleaning staff were always on the go. The waiters were very helpful too but the bar staff as far as I was concerned, not so! I found them to be quite arrogant! My opinion only! The entertainment in the evening left a lot to be desired, it was a bit samey for me and quite boring apart from the residents taking centre stage on karaoke night, really enjoyed that. The pool parties are not for us but I could see why people take enjoyment from this, it just felt a little OTT I suppose that’s why its a ClubHotel. The hotel was dominated by Canadians and Americans, only a small journey for them to enjoy this lovely holiday destination. We on the other hand, spent a miserable 12.5 hour flight to reap the same rewards. Needless to say, my holiday was cut short, spending the few days either in bed or walking around like the living dead. The journey home was horrendous for me and my poor partner (bless him) 20 hours in total I made to my bed, here I still am. I would like to say though, despite my illness, I found Mexico to be a lovely holiday destination, full of colour and vibrant people. We saw so much real culture and nature beauty. So my memories hopefully won’t be sickness and long travel but music and colour and happy! On another plus, our Canadian and American friends were the most social I have ever come across. Out of interest, did anyone else get this bug? Just looking for someone to blame 🤣

  • GBoden1994 : Plymouth, United Kingdom
Amazing resort with amazing staff

After a long 12 and a half hour from the UK, we were exhausted and with the long wait in the airport, we were glad of the quick transfer with no other drop off and like said before the best check in we have ever encountered, drink placed in one hand, all inclusive band on the other and handed a envelope with all information and the key. P20 mins later our bags were with us! Room We had paid for a side sea view and expected just that, how ever we opened the curtains and had a full frontal sea view! We had got a free upgrade to a junior suite with a living area, jacuzzi bath, toiletries and white fluffy towels! There was also a mini bar with bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7up, beer and water. This was refilled daily. The cleaner made us towel art daily with elephants, bears and others. Pool and beach The pool towel fiasco in the morning was the worst I’ve experienced, I got up at 6:30AM to reserve some beds not even near the pool, later we found out they were reserving them at 1:30AM!!! Our USA and Canadian friends did get quite loud during the day round the pool, so pick the beach if you want some peace! Every day there was something going on from a Mexican party, foam party and even a live rock band! Entertainment If you know what Riu entertainment is like in other countries then you’ll be pleasantly surprised, we enjoyed every show except for the rock circus, too loud and random for us! It was nice to have a band on before and after the main show with dancing and the entertainment team encouraged you to dance too! Day time wise we enjoyed a dance lesson, aqua aerobics and a few games round the pool! Shout out to Joshua, Arry, Alex and Imran and the girls for being great!! Food and drink Food was plentiful, varied and I don’t know how you could get bored. There were theme nights, candy floss one day round the pool, ice creams and berries to die for! Drinks were brought to you all day and night with the most variety I’ve ever seen on all inclusive! The grasshopper is a must (like a mint aero in a glass). Overall Overall this hotel ranks high in our rating, the only thing would be to sort out the sun bed situation and the drunk Americans (some go mad on the AI and we saw one fight), TUI should also do 10/11 night options too as a week was just not long enough! Gracias Riu ¡Hasta Pronto!

  • Sylvia B : Kitchener, Canada
Over priced, poor quality

Super disappointed with our stay here. Went for a family wedding. Food was not great at all. I swear the guacamole was from a mix! Lol. Over crowded, smokers everywhere, not very clean. I feel like Riu has really dropped the ball lately but yet they still are one of the more expensive resorts. I wouldn’t go back.

  • ALAN T : Heywood, United Kingdom
Welcoming, friendly, and value for money.

We arrived late afternoon with the option of taxi transfer before the bulk of other guests arriving from the same flight. Reception was painless and we were soon unpacked and sat watching a lovely sunset over the ocean from our balcony, (we chose the sea view option and it was worth the added cost.). Meal times could be busy but the staff were very good and soon sorted you a table and were very accommodating. The food choice was very good at the buffet style restaurant, with 3 " A LA CARTE " options available at no further cost. The evening entertainment was in our opinion was average to good depending on which show was presented by the good animation team. The only drawback we encountered were the loud Americans who got louder as the night went on! There are enough bars to enable you to join in, watch sport or just chill out. Plenty of loungers at the 2 pools and beach, although we witnessed the towel brigade out in full force from 0430!!There are no parasols on the beach unless you hire them.With a gym and massage parlour on site, together with the animation team, the holiday can be as busy or relaxing as you choose.The main question is would we go back, yes, without any hesitation!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Specialty restaurants without reservations
  • 24 hour all-inclusive
  • Domestic and select imported drinks
  • Late night snacks
  • Bars including sports bar, swim up and pool bar
  • 2 swimming pools with Jacuzzi
  • Children's pool
  • Non-motorized watersports including waterpolo, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling & kayaking
  • Fitness centre
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Introductory scuba lesson in pool
  • Daily entertainment for adults and children
  • Live music
  • Theme shows
  • Disco (entrance and drinks included)
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 4 a la carte restaurants, Steakhouse, Gourmet and Asian
  • Bars including sports bar, swim up and pool bar
  • 2 large swimming pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Children's pool
  • Watersports centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Wi-Fi in lobby
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Disco

Hotel Rooms include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • 2 double or 1 king bed
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini-bar & liquor dispenser
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Hair dryer
  • Clock radio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy, 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids

Junior Suites include:

  • Same as above but larger
  • Split level with separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with hydromassage tub
  • Iron and board
  • Max occupancy, 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids

Handicap rooms available upon request.

Kids Deals - 2 children stay & eat free, 12 years and under. Limited availability. Hotel Room only.

For the Kids - Supervised kids program for ages 4-12, kids playground, kids pool.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Wedding Package - Contact the hotel directly at weddings@riu.com. Book early and save 10% on all wedding packages made 90 days prior to arrival.

Golf Bonus - Flamingos Golf Club designed by Percy Clifford: 20% off rates. Transfers to/from golf course not included. Subject to availability. To book Tee Times or for further info, please contact the Golf course directly at reservations@flamingosgolf.com.mx.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Vallarta
    Riviera Nayarit,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Vallarta
Av de Los Cocoteros s/n Lote Hotelero G, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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