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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.


Overview

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
  • Canadian131313 : Regina, Canada
Had a great time. spent 2 weeks, better than the last time

Junior suite 8th floor, good view of the oceanFood was excellent. Had great meals for the entire stay. Lots to choose from.Preferred to have lunches at the main restaurant.Bar Staff are great, Special thank you to Jorge, Theresa, Claudia,(all staff that are still there from the last time (and remembered us) Toni, Sebastian, Hugo and Edcaurdo.The only complaint was the Spring breakers from Iowa, N.D, Minnesota and Indiana.While most of them where good it was the usual drunk ones that make it bad. My wife observed a person urinating on his balcony, then proceed to mop it up with his beach towel. As per Riu's web page, they do not allow spring breakers, but it is a business and the money is better in there pockets than another resort. Just get more security their to control things better.

  • IxtapaLover : Grand Prairie
Bees very bad in November 2016

My husband and I stayed at Riu Vallarta in November 2016 and the bees at the adult pool swim up bar were horrible. The bartenders thought it was no big deal but it was to me because I am allergic to them. I had to put my hand over my mouth when ordering a drink. We have been going to many different cities in Mexico and this had never happened. Hopefully this has been corrected. I don't think we will ever return due to this. Lots of people were complaining but nothing was ever done to correct. If this has been corrected I would like to know what you did. The hotel was nice but does need to be updated.

  • Blackcatzz73 : Sunderland, United Kingdom
If you havnt been to Mexico yet, book it now.

Most of the reviews I have read on here repeat a lot of topics, good points, bad points etc etc. I,ll try and put a different perspective on our first visit to Mexico. Firstly, value for money. No doubt in that. I thought what we paid exceeded our expectations, not being a massive fan of all inclusive holidays, we took the plunge. The hotel is not 5 star, let me get that straight. Spotlessly clean, well maintained apart from the dated look of some areas which no doubt will be rectified in due course. Personally, I felt the staff made the place. Always helpful, always smiling and grafting like beavers to make sure they look after you. I had an issue with the safe door not locking, sorted within 15 mins of me calling reception. Catering for a large cross section of clientele, you can take out of this hotel what you want. If you want it loud, it's there for you, if you want a quieter holiday, no problem. Not a great deal around the hotel in all honesty. What makes up for this is the beach. Mile upon mile of pristine sand, great if you like walking. Bucerias is a small town about 40-50 mins walk away. Either stroll along the beach until you come to the town or take the road outside the hotel about an hour before sunset. By the time you reach the outskirts of Bucerias, it's starting to come to like. Loads of little side streets with restaurants and little bars, even the small street side cafes where a pleasure to visit. We were lucky to visit on a Thursday night when a local Mexican band turn up at the bandstand and what seems like most of the population of the town turn out to dance the night away. The atmosphere is brilliant. When you're worn out, jump in a taxi back to the hotel, 85 pesos which equates to about £3 quid. Further afield is Puerta Vallarta. We were going to catch the bus, glad we didn't as a taxi takes about 30 mins to get to the Malecon which is the main tourist area. I reckon the bus must take well over an hour, plus you have to change busses! Taxis cost about 280 pesos there, negotiate a deal with your driver on the way back as prices seem to vary. Puerta Vallarta is a bustling town. Loads of shops, restaurants etc and well worth a visit. There was various markets on during our two visits, local street food, bands etc. Find a bar on the beach towards the little pier and treat yourself to the sunset. You,lol never forget it I promise. Brilliant flight on Thomsons new Dreamliner, didn't seem like 11 hours there or ten hours back. Glad we did Mexico and the Rui Vallarta is a good place to try Mexico for the first time. Get booked up, ignore the petty reviews and enjoy your first trip to Mexico. Can't wait for next year. Adios Amigos.

  • Kelly G :
Very nice staff and beautiful resort!

We stayed March 12th - 18th, 2017. The food at the buffet was usual all-inclusive food. The Asian restaurant was buffet with great options that were tasty! The bar pool needed cleaned more often and was short bar tenders, but was a lot of fun with games every day at 3:00. All of the staff at the resort was very friendly! The resort needs to add another public restroom outside by the pools and in the lobby. The resort had great entertainment every night with live music before and after the night shows. We went to the RIU Jilisco Disco a few nights. It was a short walk down the beach from Vallarta and a lot of fun! We took a cab two nights to the downtown area to Pipi Mexican and La Langosta Feliz to eat dinner. I felt very safe leaving and the food was amazing!We had 27 people in our group and everyone enjoyed the resort!

  • KC_Sheffield :
Great holiday, staff amazing.

I was apprehensive after booking this holiday and then reading all the negative reviews.Had a brilliant 2 weeks and for the price it was incredible value.Check in was smooth and efficient. We had room 7076, lovely and spacious, clean and any drinks taken from mini bar were replaced daily. We could watch the sun rise over the mountains and see the ocean also. No complaints at all. Found beds very comfortable.Must try the glass lift even if in a low floor. View over pool and across the sea is stunning.Main pool was noisy and full of people drinking around pool bar. Was cleaned each morning but some guests were disrespectful, potentially management could clamp down a little.Quiet pool was lovely and the slides are not just for kids! Never had an issue getting a bed but if you wanted a specific place needed to be up by 8am latest.Beach clean and tidy. Sea great to play in waves and boogie boards available.Service great round pool and beach, staff came round with beer, water, cocktails throughout the day. Alternatively you could go to pool bar or flamingos to get drinks yourself.Food was good but got a bit repetitive after 2 weeks. All about choosing smart and getting one meal rather than a bit of everyone. Roast turkey, beef, lamb were all excellent in main buffet and had all accompaniments. St George was lovely had a great meal. People do queue early. We went the Wednesday as that along with Saturday are big guest changeover days. We went at 7.15 and were sat straight down.All staff were friendly and attentive and did whatever they could to make great experience.Entertainment was better than many hotels have been and the square worked really well with plenty of seating.Is it a 5 start hotel like some you may have been too? No? However you will have paid likely half the price.Weather a guarantee and plenty to see or do when there. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • 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.

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