Just returned from a week at the Riu Emerald Bay. What a magnificiant resort! I went with two girl friends, it was a blast. Don't pay more for an ocean view room, there are only ocean view rooms. The food in the main buffet was awesome. Lots of selection, delicious and authentic Mexican food. I think anyone could find something to eat on this buffet. There are three restaurants on the resort but we didn't get to them. We really liked the buffet. If you get a chance to get off the resort, head up the beach, there is a restaurant that servers 2 for 1 Giant drinks and a full lobster and giant shrimp for cheap. It was the best food we had. We also ventured into town to a little place call Margaritas. It was also very good. Patricio and Tony were amazing. They serve a dish called Kahlua Shrimp, giant prawns stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, covered with a Kahlua sauce.
The resort was really clean. The maids do what I was calling Towel oragami, it was awesome. The bars were pretty good. The drinks were strong. When we arrived, the resort was predominantly Canadians and Americans. The resort was not full, didn't need to fight for a lounger by the pool or a table in the restaurant. There must have been a locals special because closer to the end of the week, there were a significant amount of Mexicans. This made the service level at the bars change. Bartenders helped the Mexicans and ignored you if you weren't Mexican. But overall the service was fantastic and the staff were very friendly. My only complaint would be the amount of children in the swim up bar pool, I think they should restrict what pools children are allowed in.
I would definitely go back. But there wasn't much in the way of singles, mainly couples and families. We met some awesome people so that wasn't really a bad thing.
- 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