We stayed here May 17-24, 2013 as a couple with 3 older teens and loved it! This is our first stay at a Riu ~ the resort offered everything for a great time. We booked 3 rooms - basic rooms - but they were clean and the maid service was excellent especially with teens! The food was the best of any all inclusive we have stayed at (Jamaica, Cuba, Aruba and other Mexico resorts). The buffet included everything you could imagine and there were new items introduced each day- and there were 3 omelette stations for breakfast. The food was fresh and delicious and we didn't get sick (we always pack immodium as any food change can upset a tummy.) We went to 2 of the a la cartes and the food was excellent there as well. There are 2 large pools - one for children and one for adults. There was security and first aid always present to make sure kids stayed out of the adult pool and drunk adults didn't swing from the fountains!
The entertainment troupe were exceptional! They worked long hours tirelessly and always had a positive happy and friendly vibe. Julian was our favourite - he's fabulous! We participated in aqua aerobics, intro to Spanish, beach volleyball, lazy game, target shooting, olympic games on the beach - all total fun. The shows at night were good too - Michael Jackson show was the best and the dancer who portrayed Michael was fantastic.
The beach was amazing at this resort - large and spacious with soft sand, warm water and great waves for boogie boarding. The resort provides free boards for body surfing and it was a blast. There are a few locals selling wares on the beach - they aren't pushy. Tell them 'no' and they leave you alone. Not a bother at all.
What stands out at this resort was the service - it was exceptional where ever we went. The staff everywhere - maids, bartenders, wait staff at all restaurants and the entertainment crew where fabulous. With or without a tip I always received great service - fast, friendly and attentive.
Yes, the beds are on the harder side. We never ordered the mattress toppers - by nightfall the sun, fresh air and libations put us all fast asleep. Yes the rooms have a musty smell - so did every room I've ever stayed at in a tropical climate. That's not the hotel - that's the weather!
I have read some complaints about the number of Mexican guests that were at the resort during our stay - I remind those reading and writing to recognize that we were there in late May - end of high tourist season - of COURSE there will be more local Mexican families staying during this time. We are guests in THEIR country and not the other way around. It did not hamper our stay - it made if feel more authentic! If you want to vacation without locals than visit during tourist season.
We walked to Bucerias one day - it took an hour on the beach - lovely walk - only bothered by one time share person. The stores and flea market have the usual items - fun little town. We taxied back for 85 pesos. A nice change for a day. We did the snorkel @ Los Arcos/beach BBQ and it was a great day. Snorkeling Los Arcos was a highlight - we saw many fish, coral in the calm clear water. Better than our Cuba and Aruba snorkel trips.
The evening show is 9-10, a band plays in the plaza from 10-11 (wonderful musicians) then it quiets down and those still wanting to stay up go to the disco downstairs that stays open until 2. The sports bar stays open 24-7 for those with the urge to play pool at 4 a.m.!
Overall - a great resort that we would recommend highly for those looking for a fun vacation. If you want peace and relaxation this isn't the place - it's more a fun action packed and active kind of holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * In Riviera Nayarit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa de Flamingos beach, 2 km / 1.5 miles from Nuevo Vallarta * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 9-storey building * 3 km / 1.86 miles from various shops * 13 km / 8 miles from the airport * 1 km / 0.62 miles from Flamingos Golf Club * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Riu Vallarta Nuevo