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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Lillian G : Brooklyn, New York, United States
Great Vacation

I throughly enjoyed my stay at Riu Vallarta. I don't get much time away from my kids and although I missed them I totally enjoyed the many bars on the Riu property. The staff was friendly and the property clean. I enjoyed the beach and the evening shows. Seems like there was always an activity going on which was nice. I recommend doing tequila tastings while in Mexico. We also went on an ATV outing which was fun.

  • Fran S :
Huge hotel on the beach

I have stayed at one other RIU in Cabo. I was my favorite of the two. This was a very large hotel. Adult pool never has open chairs, the gym was sub par. The food was a large spread for every meal, as the other RIU. The hotel was just too big for my taste but still a nice place to stay with clean rooms.

  • Justus_Niagara : Stevensville
Just a get away

We arrived back into Toronto on Dec 3, 2016 at 3 am after a week stay at RIU Vallarta. Resort was good starting to show its age. Our room was on left side of hotel as you entered the resort overlooking the mountains and ocean, I would recommend this side we were around room 6080. Room close to everything and was clean. Resort was managed well clean and fun. To note bees prevalent at pool bar, no one ever got stung but lots of them. We saw three iguanas wondering around the pools was great to see. Beach was fantastic clean and lots of lounge chairs. You do have to go down early for chairs by the pool. Family resort and would recommend for couples as well. Cheers from the Rambling Retired Guy.

  • malcolm l :
Well managed hotel.

Got back from the Riu Vallarta yesterday. Must generally agree with most of the recent reviews but with some qualifications. No doubt this is a very good hotel to stay at-we chose the mini suite with sea view on the 7th floor. Could not fault the cleaning standard at any time. The mini bar and the room safe were included in the all inclusive- rare indeed! Only negative was the channels available on the TV. CNN was one of only 2 English language available and compared to BBC news CNN is poor IMO. The main restaurant was a buffet and the standard of food and choice was very very good. But the highlight for us was the Oriental Nirvana restaurant. We tended to eat here most nights because it was easy to get a table without waiting. The food every night here was Excellent. The food was always prepared to a high standard and the choice varied night to night with rice staples always freshly cooked. The Flamingo beach restaurant was also good BUT the management need to do something about the wasps which were everywhere. I am not sure that they were wasps or bees to be honest but anywhere there was sweet foods or drinks they were there in numbers! In fairness to the bees/wasps I did not hear of any guests getting stung.The entertainment was good - not my taste but the team worked hard to put on a nightly show. A lot of guests enjoyed them so I guess that means they worked for a lot of people. On the negative side I found the pool was always bombarded with loud music. Given the average age of a lot of the guests was probably 50+ blasting hip hop in Spanish is not conducive to a relaxing time. My wife was so fed up one afternoon that she went to the sound desk and shut the racket off to the relief of all in the pool!Check in and out was quick ,well supervised and the staff always polite smart and knowledgeable. The Riu reputation is certainly safe with this hotel.Now I must admit to have travelled to Cuba 5 times and was expecting beach/seawater standards to be comparable in Mexico. Oh dear dear dear. The beach ,whilst clean was rough sand and the seawater looked like the run off from a coal mine- and I am NOT exaggerating! Considering I has been on a 12 hour flight to get there - Barry Island seawater -whilst colder -was clear compared to Nayarit Vallarta. Neither my wife nor I would go in the sea to swim. So so disappointed. With the £60 exit charge from Mexico I am afraid that we will not be returning and will spend the next beach holiday back at Cayo Coco in Cuba where the beach is world class and the people as friendly as the Mexicans.

  • ricktorontoToronto : toronto
Riu Jalisco not listed in Tripadvisor? Wonder why?

We stayed at the Riu Jalsico, one of three resorts close to each other in Nuevo Vallarta. We were allowed to use the services of Riu Vallarta, and have lunch there. We spent most of our time there as we did not like some things at the Jalisco. The property was beautiful but their food was not as good as the Riu Vallarta. Also there were a lot of rowdy young people, and locals who took over the place. We experienced overcrowded buffets, restaurants, bars and noise that went late into the night and next morning. We had to change our room because of drunken disco people yelling and singing songs in the plaza until 4:00am in the morning every day. Not my kind of resort. We brought it to the attention of hotel management but they were not interested in doing anything. Fine we wont come to your hotel any more!. There were lots of noisy kids, even noisier teenagers and young adults, drinking beyond their limits, puking everywhere and just making the experience of staying in this hotel not a good one.

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  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • A la carte dining for dinner
  • 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
  • WiFi 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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