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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.


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
  • Nikkita9 : Regina, Canada
Nice holiday

It has been a wonderful week! I thought this all inclusive resort was decent, although a few things were disappointing but very minor. The beds are very very hard, but we heard from a lady that you can call down and they will bring up a mattress cover and it helps a lot! The food was yummy, but became very repetitive! The Asian restaurant was so so delicious, and I wish we went there one more time. The beach is fun and where we spent most of our days. The waves were huge and very fun to play in! We had tubes and it was worth it to float on. I wish the resort had another pool, because the adult pool was very loud. I like to have fun, don't get me wrong.. but some days you just want to relax and sleep by the pool, but this would not happen at this resort. It would be nice if there was a quiet pool. (The beach was quiet and we spent most time here) Also, if you want a pool chair right by the water you will need to get up early and save a chair. We got down there at 7am and it was hard to find a decent spot.. (I dislike chair saving but everyone was doing it) Things you have to do while at this resort: -massage on the beach (very relaxing) -Eat at Asian restaurant (buffet style and so yummy) -Go out on a wave runner ($50 and go out right when they get there so it's nice and calm on the water) -play in the huge waves! -Watch the nightly entertainment (very good) Overall I am happy with this resort. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Also, remember to tip staff members. They work very hard & long hours. If you tip you will get better service and cleaning of your room!

  • Elaine H : Bolton, United Kingdom
Ignore negative views!!!

Please ignore any negative reviews. We could not fault this hotel. Rooms clean, food excellent lots of choice even for the fussy eater. Beach clean and sea lovely but can get a little choppy. Entertainment ok some good shows. Bus stop across the road from hotel very cheap to go to PV and a good day out, also Liverpool for shops. A brilliant holiday loved it. Trying the Caribbean side this year and staying in Cancun riu caribe. Enjoy everyone I'm sure you will love it.

  • Margaret J :
Disappointed to say the least

We thought we were coming to a 5 star hotel but we would class it as a 3 star. It is a tired looking hotel which definitely needs a bit of sprucing up. Socket came off the wall in our room and furniture is old and tired. Paint coming off the mosquito door on balcony. Tiles in the pool are broken and sharp. The one pool has been full of rowdy drunken adults making alot of noise and getting drunk and unfortunately the childrens one is too close to the noisy one. Food is repetitive and ok if you like fish and pork - which unfortunately we don't. Went to the steak restaurant and thought we were going to have sirloin steak but was more like frying steak and the broccoli was raw and potato wedges were not cooked either! After 4 days here we had had enough of the choice to eat. The location on the beach is lovely just a pity about everything else. The staff here are helpful but you have to make sure when ordering the soft drinks to say no alcohol otherwise there will be some in your drink! Was so looking forward to coming to Mexico but feel as if I would have had a better time in Tenerife!!

  • RhiannonJ880 : Cardiff, United Kingdom
If you're looking for a drunken holiday then go here

So we've been here since Saturday, 6 days in total we've been so far out of a 2 week holiday. I'm not impressed at all. The food is awful. Everyone raved about the steakhouse so we thought we'd give it a go. No children's menu for my 6 year old daughter. All the food came cold, vegetables and potato wedges raw and uncooked. Awful. Hotel is full of drunk people, drinking from 10am in the morning. Staff are really helpful and friendly. But the actual hotel, facilities and food are all awful. The gym is horrendous. Rusty and old equipment. The waiter by the pool actually handed my daughter a drink with alcohol in it and didn't tell us. I don't drink alcohol and asked for 3 strawberry slushes. All came with alcohol, even though we didn't ask for alcohol, and one was handed to my 6 year old daughter and the waiter said nothing. I cannot wait to go home to have some decent food. My daughter actually turned to me and said, mummy this is the worst holiday ever. It's too loud and too many drunk people. People are actually having to be escorted by staff as they are unable to walk. Its ridiculous. The food in the buffet restaurant is awful. Burgers were burnt on the outside but actually raw in the middle. There are 2 pools. 1 I would class as what's meant to be the children's pool with the slides and then the adult pool. The 'adult' pool is full of drunk, extremely loud people, all day long. The 'childrens' pool is slowly becoming that also. Awful.

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Family of 4 - young children

I would recommend this hotel to anybody looking to take their children on a nice holiday. It's an older hotel but the food and staff were amazing. You will never beat a 5 star adult-only resort in regards to hotel expectations, but nevertheless we felt perfectly safe and welcomed and the hotel was very clean. We travelled from Canada with our two children ages 3 and 7 for a wedding and they loved every minute of it. We did the buffet almost every night as it was the quickest option and with feeding young children it was the most convenient for us. There was so much to choose from there we had no desire to go anywhere else! The one evening we tried to meet up with friends for dinner at the Flamingo and the service was terrible, but the food was great. It was a busy Valentine's Day and we were a big table of 12 so that may have had something to do with it. Otherwise the beach is amazing and nightly entertainment was the cherry on top each night for the kids. The two pools they offer were the adults pool and kids pool. The kids pool had 3 slides and it was the perfect size for me to relax on my chair while the kids played at a safe distance. Ps. bring your own life jackets if your kids aren't strong swimmers, and "rash-guard" swim suits, and sand toys of you can get away with it! It was pretty loud in the room at night after we would take the kids to bed as the nightly entertainment continued, but we were all so exhausted by the end of the day we slept right through it. Bring some ear plugs too if your a light sleeper! Also, there are markets near by for any shopping you may want to do. Hope that helps :)

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 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

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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.