Just returned from a one week stay at the RIU Mazatlan. We were the last flight in from Canada for the season. Flights begin again in November if you are interested in taking advantage of this great deal.
My husband and I have stayed at many RIU Resorts across Mexico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica... so let's begin with the food. If I can say one thing about the RIU chain they are consistent. I expect to lose 5 pounds after a week at a RIU. I have come to consider it a bonus! My husband however requires 3 square meals and 2 snacks daily just to survive. The food was like any other RIU, it starts out not bad and by the end of your week you are not finding anything you like. Breakfast is always good! Lots of selection! Best to go early before the lineups start. We went at about 7:30 every day and all was good. YOU MUST GET YOUR COFFEE AT THE SPORT BAR each morning before you go to buffet. This is the only real coffee on the resort. Ahhh the "A La Cart" Restaurants... first of all they are NOT a la cart. We did the Italian first. It was the lunch buffet only with less people. Nothing really Italian about it. We had had lunch there that day and it was fine BUT it was definitely not an Italian Restaurant at dinner. Next up was the Asian "Bamboo" restaurant. It too was a buffet. It was not horrible. an average Asian buffet. The decor was lovely. My husband loved the ribs. I would steer clear of the luke warm sushi. And finally, the Mexican "Tabasco" restaurant. I felt this was the best only because it was not a buffet. They bring you every appetizer on the menu and then you order your entree and desert. A little odd but the shrimps Diabla was good. Don't get excited about the restaurants.
The room was excellent. Every room in the hotel has a view of the ocean if you are into that. They were cleaned well every day. We missed having coffee in the room like at most other 4 & 5 star resorts. Check in was a breeze... they put your bracelet on on the bus, then you get a welcome cocktail and an envelope with your room keys and towel cards, etc. Our room was not ready as we arrived quite early in the morning BUT we changed into our swimsuits and hit the beach for drinks and sun. It was wonderful and room was ready in a short time. They work very hard to keep things moving on this resort.
The first thing you notice is that this seems a very Canadian resort. But towards the end of our stay it was just the people who flew down with us and HUNDREDS OF MEXICANS. There are many pools and an entire area for children but by the end of our stay kids were everywhere! The hotel does it's best to keep the kids out of the adult pool but they come back in anyway. We never had a problem finding chairs at the pool or the beach which was great. I loved the beach. You can walk forever in the sand. I highly recommend the restaurant at the north end of the beach! We walked down the beach to this restaurant and had an amazing meal! Lobster, shrimp and chicken fajitas. They have it all and will cook it however you choose and best of all it's cheap. The four of us ate and like kings and drank 6 beers and total for 4 was $52 Excellent day!
All AI Resorts have shows in the evening. WE HATE THE SHOWS. ALL OF THEM! YES, EVEN THE MICHAEL JACKSON SHOW (WHICH EVERY SINGLE RESORT DOES BY THE WAY). LOVED the lobby bar! Good place to hang out at the bar.
We purchased this vacation for less than $900 per person all in. It was well worth the money. We had a great time. It's just a RIU no matter how many stars they give it. An excellent cheap getaway.
I feel I have to warn travelers about Park'N Fly out of Toronto. DON'T DO IT! We waited over 90 minutes in an angry crowd. Then we had to fight with the driver to take us to our lot. The coupon codes didn't work. It would have been cheaper to take a limo! PARK 'N FLY ALMOST RUINED OUR TRIP. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
- 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