1st of all our week vacation was great! Great weather (no rain), ave. temp. 29 degrees(C) daytime and a little cooler in the evening (light sweater) to start, but did warm up throughout the week. Rooms are spacious with a fantastic view of the beach, ocean and sunsets! Most reviews previously are pretty accurate but some additional info.: Toward the latter part of our week the local Mexican families checked in, because this was the start of their spring break. No problems after all this is a family resort. You can exchange your Canadian $'s at the front desk. Most places in Mazatlan will accept Canadian $'s but exchange varies, with some places giving us U.S. $ for change. The resort has a great little gift shop (hassle free) for last minute gifts or to get an ideal on prices for gifts before going into town. Great restaurant / vendor next to resort (5 to 10 min. walk from the beach) with great/cheap prices. The resort does not provide a lot of information regarding local restaurants or shopping unless it is on tour or has some connection. Best source of information available is to talk to guests who have stayed previously or earlier in the week.(they are the one's you are tanned). Take a step back into time and shop the Golden Zone (bargain for the best price) or you can shop at the MEGA store (12 min. taxi ride from resort) which is similar to the Loblaw's Superstore. Close by was the La Grande Plaza (disappointing) since most stores available offered clothes for the ladies and the rest were closed (11:00 am) or out of business. From there a short bus or taxi ride there is a Walmart (good prices for your Liquor). Regarding food / meals at the resort, good selection and tasted good. There was a better selection on the week-end including a BBQ Beach Party on Friday evening. I thought there would have been a larger selection of seafood at RIU but next time I would go to the local restaurant during the week for steak & seafood. Also at the bars at RIU in most cases the better quality RUM/ Liquor is available if requested. Also for the 1st. timer the Mazatlan City Tour which left from the resort was a good place to start then later we took a taxi back to continue shopping. The RIU resort is in a area of Mazatlan which is quiet and secluded. The local people are very friendly and most speak some English. This is a nice resort and I can understand why people return. I would!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening summer 2009 * 12 km / 7.45 miles from Mazatlan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa Las Brujas beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 20-story main building * Surrounded by 13.500 m2 / 16.15 sq. yards of lush gardens * 10 km / 6.2 miles from various shops * 12 km / 7.45 miles from Mazatlan * 32 km / 19.87 miles from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan