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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
  • Sjme2015 : Medicine Hat, Canada
Reasonable value

This resort was through Sunwing's Lucky 5 vacation package. We were notified a few weeks before departure that this is where we would be staying. We were allocated a room on the fourth floor inside court above the entertainment area. It was very noisy until 11pm every evening. The room itself was clean though dated. We did ask for mattress toppers on arrival as the beds were very hard. There was a musty smell to the room from the humidity but we did get used to it . The mini fridge was well stocked daily with ample water which was appreciated. The music in the lobby was very good, evening shows varied and the music following the shows was fine but loud. We thoroughly enjoyed the buffet for meals - there was always a great selection. We only tried the Flamingo Ala Carte as the lineup for the St George was always too long. We preferred the buffet food to the Flamingo. We prefer the beach and had no difficulty finding loungers when we came down around 9. Serving of drinks on the beach and in the courtyard was very inconsistent to non- existent due to lack of staff I presume. All in all we found the resort ok but definitely not 4.5 or 5 star.

  • Dee B : Nashville, Tennessee
Girls Vacation!!!!

We had a wonderful time!!! Girls Only Vacation. The staff is amazing and very accommodating.First, I read the Reviews and Forums on Trip Advisor(S/O to Joleen). We emailed our request seven days before arriving. On travel day, we exchanged some cash for Pesos at the airport. We passed the sharks(sales people) and got a taxi(Benz Van) for 360 pesos. Our driver even stopped at a store and let us get some Coronas(bottles $1). He was the real MVP. Upon arrival they had drinks for us and our room was ready. Everything we asked for was given except a high floor. We were given room 0005(family room). They asked us if we wanted to change but we declined. The room was perfect. We didn't have a view but we were in walking distance to everything(no elevators). Food and Drinks were ok. Michael Jackson entertainment was everything. The spa Jacuzzi was nice and the overall staff was great. The hotel decor was unique. The only negative was finding stain sheets on two different nights. But the staff quickly fixed the problem.A taxi cost 85 pesos to travel to the next town. They have vendors, massages on the Beach for $20, and a restaurant named Mariscos "EL GORDO"( Sea Food The Fat Boys). This restaurant was so good....we went twice!!! It was 185 pesos to taxi back to the airport. We had a great experience.

  • maz496 : Cardiff, United Kingdom
rooms were amazing

rooms were amazing staff fantastic especialy the bar staff rooms cleaned every day we did go on three trips it was pay for 2 and get a 3rd trip free las calletas beach was amazing the day trip wasn't long enough though I could of spent the whole 2 weeks on that island it was beautiful

  • Robert P :
Whole Great New World

God I don't know where to start from Front Desk was very accommodating doing the best they could being fully booked for Christmas. Then my room it was if I was able to see just about anything of true interest and room was clean shower worked well & massage tub was great for my back well spacious they even got me extra hangers , because it was my 11th time in Mexico but fourth time there.

  • heavan-on-earth : Wisconsin
Good value

Traveled Jan 6-13 with 3 kids ages 6-10. We had a family room which has a king and double bed. My husband and I slept in king, 2 girls in double and 1 on a roll away that we requested. We requested pillow toppers as soon as we got checked in. Us and 2 other couples had family rooms. 2 were on the inside of the horseshoe shape of the building, one was on the outside (as they requested that to avoid nightly entertainment noise). We were all on floors 7 and 8 (top floor). Our room 8056 had an extra large balcony. Beautiful ocean views from the inside the horseshoe rooms, nice mountain and partial ocean views from the outside. Noise from nightly entertainment (which all rooms inside the horseshoe would hear as the nightly entertainment goes on in the venue on the ground outside) never bothered us or kids as we were exhausted by fun filled sunny days and cocktails. We always fell right to sleep. Weather- mid 80's and sun the whole time with a light breeze. Kids needed sweater at night. No mosquitoes. No water shoes needed. Played and boogie boarded often in water. Free boogie boards to check out, and 1 free to use from kids center. A lot of people brought their own floaties. Brought life jacket for my 6 yr old because the pools are over her head. Can walk the wide public beaches both ways for miles. Bucerias is 45 minute walk to the north by beach or 8.00 cab ride. Nice shopping on pretty street. At the end of the street is flea market. Bar/restaurants here as well. Went down to the Malecon, too. Pretty boardwalk, shopping, entertainment, church and bar/restaurants. Adventurous Park for swimming with dolphins was great with water park, rock climbing wall, zip line and ariel course included. All food and drinks off resort had great prices. Las Coletas excursion nice too. All areas felt very safe and comfortable. We had to hit the ATM at Riu (which dispenses in pesos) as we had used our small bills on shopping and tips. Riu doesn't exchange dollars for pesos so our $100 bills we were left with were useless since anywhere we shopped couldn't break any bills that big. In hindsite we would have exchanged at the airport as you should either have small bills for shopping with American dollars and cab rides or use pesos which got us better value on both a lot of times. We were told exchange at a bank for best exchange rate but didn't come accross one. Toilets at Riu flush when they want. Called maintenance but then cancelled. Just needed to wait and try, try again. Shower pressure sometimes goes off for a bit. Did not care for the no reservation that actually seemed like a reservation system for the 2 sit down restaurants. Would have liked more sit down meals. The workers here are overall the best I've ever seen and we go on 1-2 vacations out of the country a year. Hard working, happy and efficient! Riu definitely needs an update but for the money we paid it was a great value. We loved our vacation!

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.