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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
  • Remio15 :
Beautiful Resort

The property was beautiful and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The pool and pool bar was fun and relaxing. The beach was clean and even had drinks brought out. Our room was clean and included a mini bar with bottles that was cool. The mattress was uncomfortable so request a mattress topper. The view from our balcony was breathtaking. The food was ok at the buffet and included a variety of food. The a la carte restaurants were very good but you have to go early to get a spot so be there by 1830. The disco could be better maybe play more american music too. Otherwise, I would say go downtown to the real clubs and try some restaurants there. Its a 20 min cab ride about 200 pesos.

  • kennagrace : Victoria, Canada

I did have a good time at the Riu Vallarta. It was just nothing special.The food got boring after 3 days! And some of the staff weren't all that helpful, but they did work very hard! The beach was nice and the hotel really wanted to give you an authentic taste of Mexican traditions. Overall my stay was mediocre, i don't think i would go back.

  • SpringSunshine2017 : Vancouver, Canada
Great beach, No big complaints, but Not going back

This was our third all-inclusive vacation to Mexico. (We had stayed at Secrets in Puerto Vallarta and Now in Cancun.)We signed up with the "sell-off vacation" with a hope to get a deal. A few days before the departure, out of nine 5 star hotels on the list, we were assigned to this hotel (4.5/5). A little disappointed, but to be honest, there was nothing major to complain about, considering what we paid.However, there are several minor things to comment about.Loved - Great beach - Entertainment programs- Buffet- Access to the next door hotel Riu Jalisco (much less crowded)Did not love - too crowded (over 2,000), under-staffed, unimpressive customer service- Dining options. Practically, no point to have other restaurants because we ended up going to the buffet 3 times a day. Especially, "Sir George" was terrible. - Pool was not clean.- Bed linen is not the best.- Front desk is not efficient. A chaos in the lobby every time new guests arrive.- Sanitary issue - all four of us experienced the aftermath... it can be food preparation or ice cubs they use in the drinks.-Poor wifi connection. No connection in the room, only in the lobby and pool area, which was not great.Also you need to prepare some small bills for tip money because it was very difficult to break a $20 bill.Next time, we would pay a little more for a better resort and avoid these inconvenience and disappointment.

  • Ana H :
Relaxing holiday

The food is excellent, the staff is very friendly. The variety of food is amazing. In all I highly recommend the hotel, the employees and the food. Also they have free internet in the main areas but not in the rooms. But you can buy the internet £30 per week for 4 divices so all our family is connected so really it only cost £7.50 per person and it's excellent. So the bottom line is .... the hotel is far better than the 4.5 starts that it has.

  • liljoe : colorado
My latest trip

I just returned from my 6th trip to the Riu Vallarta. I come back each time thinking this is the best trip so far. The upgraded room was very nice. Some of the staff greeted us by name. The girls in the buffet (Norma & Rosi) are always very kind and welcoming to us. Jorge and Tony in the Lobby bar. Sebastian down on the patio bar. Marco Polo is an awesome bell man. Thanks for getting us our 🚕 every time we needed one. And a special thanks to Juan Carlos. Thank you mi amigo. We can't wait to be back in Jan. If your looking to find a nice hotel to stay at this is the pkace. Thank you an excellent staff and management.

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.