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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.

  • Extensive pool area with swim-up bar 
  • Kids pool with slides
  • Nice beach
  • Renova Spa

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • love2vacation38 : Greenwood

Slightly disappointed with this resort. Room is nice, beach is nice and hotel is beautiful. Staff always cleaning something. We are most disappointed in the lack of activities at the resort (pool & beach). We are used to resorts with many things going on during the day at the pool (and decent music!!) and this resort pales in comparison. One game in the afternoon and then the crew disappears. Music will put you to sleep. The ONE day they had a rock band at the pool was awesome. The rest of the days (9) were super boring. Only decent music was during Zumba...keep that going all day! I also didn't like the kids pool being so separate from the adult pool. They should be connected somehow so we can all spend time together not segregated. At the adult swim up pool, there's ONE waiter and tons of people. Really!? Diego worked his butt off but needed help. Israel was the friendliest waiter around. Put him at the bar!Pool water too warm. I read this on other reviews. Probably lots of pee because no one wants to take the hike to the bathroom. Shows at night were decent. Restaurants decent. Rosa in buffet restaurant was super sweet. None of us were super happy with our choice to come here, sadly. We also picked the Yelapa & Majuetas excursion and it was lame. I am a very fair reviewer and like to give credit where credit is due. This resort just didn't have too much to give unfortunately. Oh, and our 14 year old was served alcohol twice even though she said "no alcohol."

  • juiletonydrel : cumbria
Love it!

I’ve done quite a few reviews over the years and try to be fair and honest. I picked this hotel from the thomson brochure because it looks stunning despite not being a keen flyer! 11 1/2 hour flight was great and went quickly we upgraded to premium club and would recommend this. About a 29 minute journey to the hotel with the swiftest check in we have ever had tequila/soft drinks offered and key and towel card in an envelope waiting for us. In our room within 5 minutes. We had plumped for a sea view suit but found we had been upgraded to one of there honeymoon suits with great view and and outside spiral staircase leading to a second floor jacuzzi!! Room was large , huge bed lovely and clean large tv. Coffee machine and minibar and optics. yes there was a bit of damp on the walls but generally was very good.Hotel I thought was very good it is in need of repair in places they do have a problem with rain in the corridors and hense the damp patches in our room non of this stopped us having a brilliant holiday Food was excellent and I can truly say my fussy husband always found something to eat. I can honestly say this is the first foreign holiday where i have not had a jippy tummy. We tended to go to the beach and found it for the most part clean. It’s tourist that make the mess and if undont want to find litter on the beach use the bins provided. Water sport galore some free with the hotel others reasonably priced. Staff always smiling and wanting to help and make sure your holiday is enjoyable cocktail were really good and that’s coming from a non drinker!! Martinis were to die for. We didn’t do any trips as thought thomson prices were very steep although the trips did look goodNow the mosquitoes! They are everywhere we took a heavily deeted spray and used the bands to no avail they obviously helped a bit as we were a lot less bitten than some think if you want to go to Mexico you just kinda have to put up with them Didn’t watch the evening entertainment but everyone else seem to be enjoying I walked into buseraras long walk in the hot sun nice place with nice nac shops and a few barsAll in all a fab holiday for the money got to see a bit of Mexico. Would I go backHELL YES for he money we paid loved iI can understand some negative reviews but really I can only say we thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Jill W :
Fabulous people

Just returned from a week at this resort. The staff were absolutely marvellous from Diego my "pool boy" who kept the drinks coming without being asked to Stephanie, one of the management staff to Yolanda, our waitress at the Don Rafael restaurant, they were all super helpful & so friendly. Our rooms were cleaned perfectly every day. The a la carte restaurants were wonderful, except perhaps Nirvana, the Asian restaurant. We have had better Asian food in the little places at home. The property is beautiful & since the weather was great we enjoyed it all. I would definitely go back again. The price was worth every penny.

  • DanEvans_12 : Truro, United Kingdom
Honest review

Just got back from the hotel and had a good time on the whole. We were expecting a five star hotel as that was the advertised rating by tui but it is a four star in my opinion. The highlight of this hotel is the staff who are the friendliest most attentive group of hotel staff I have ever experienced only let down by Toni in the foyer bar who is only interested if your tipping big. I would like to commend Ramon in the buffet restaurant, Perla in the sports bar and top of the tree is Vanessa in the bohem who is phenomenal running a bar single handed to an astonishing standard. Ok important stuff food good, drinks great and entertainment mostly good. Rooms are comfortable and cleaned to a high standard as is the rest of the hotel. The pool is an issue as sometimes it's like a spring break from the movies but great if you want to party. Overall a good two weeks and I would return to Mexico maybe when it's a bit cooler.

  • puma0217 : Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Just returned from a 2 week holiday to the riu vallarta and this was our second and last time rooms were clean but the brown towels that they give to the clients need to be renewed as they are very worn,staff work long hours and cant do enough for you except the bar staff who see you waiting to be served but ignore you unless you give them a tip ,on also if you like your cup of tea take lots of teabags as you can't buy at hotel shop

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  • 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.