WOW...Our family of 5 (2 adults, 2 teenagers and 1-10 year old) were at the the resort for 2 weeks. Started off by booking a specialty restaurant in advance of arrival through Monica at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. We ate at all 4 of the specialty restaurants twice. Enjoyed most the Krystal and Guacamole. Its a change from the
buffet and the food is different. Low scale fine dining but a different experience than the buffet food. The hotel buffet however was awesome and there is so much selection and variety you can always find something. Was continually changed up based on nightly themes. I also recommend the kitchen tour for what happens behind the scenes in case anyone has any concerns about hygiene.
The hotel is very clean and everyone is super friendly. The entertainment staff is so up beat and make a great effort to involve people in the 7 hours of daily activities. Everything from shooting, bocce ball, bingo, spanish lessons and yoga...lots more. Was concerned about keeping the kids entertained but there was always something available. The only issue is everything is at scheduled times. Other than ping/pong you must do the activity at the scheduled time or the equipment is not available for use.
Did the free Scuba demo in the pool. Had such a good time that we did an extra hour lesson and the whole family did an ocean dive at Las Caletas for $135 inclusive. This also included a city tour for the day. Full ocean dive certification is $440 if anyone is interested. The catamaran and windsurfing are free for 1 hour per day after you take a $29 lesson. Probably makes sense for the catamaran in case you get into trouble. I paid the fee and took the catamaran out about 6 times. The wind doesn't pick
up till the afternoon so there are really only 3 bookings (1pm,2pm,3pm) you can make before the watersports centre shuts down about 4:30pm. They have 2 available catamarans. Lots of kayaks and boogie boards to be had with time restrictions. There is a nightly 1 hour show starting at 10pm preceded by usually a band show which started at 9pm. The 10pm shows were for the most part good especially Michael Jackson and
the Mexican show. We had great experiences from all the staff at the hotel and they were so accommodating. The beach waitress was always by every 10 minutes asking if we wanted anything. Tipped $1 every few drink orders. Had to keep an eye on the kids who would have 1 drink on the go at their chair and another in the pool. It was our 25th anniversary and they greeted us with a platter of chocolate covered strawberry's and an anniversary card. The room mini bar was restocked every afternoon and if you asked specifically for more of something it was not a problem.
Think the hotel was about 60% Mexican and 40% American/Canadian. A very diverse range of groups from families to older adults.
Went to the other 2 Riu's and they looked pretty crowded, food selection not as good and weren't nearly as well kept as the Palace.
Took a walk 30 minute up the beach to small town of Bucerias. Small little town with a flea market and a few restaurants. A little cheaper than PV if you're looking for something to do 1st thing in the morning before the temp goes up.
One downside of the area is taxi fees. You are about 40 minutes from PV. Most of the excursions don't include hotel pickup so you have to pay to get to a meeting point. It's about $28 to PV,$20 to the airport,$8 to Bucerius and $10 to vallarta Adventures each way. The fee doubles if you have 5 or more people which we had in our group. Doesn't matter whether its the same van as for 4 people or not. This starts to add up for extras. You can take a city bus for I think about $1.50 each with transfers to keep the expenses down.
Being August is part of the rainy season, it did rain mostly at night. We had some great lightning shows. We weren't affected much by the weather but noticed that the PV area clouded over most days by mid afternoon where we had full sunshine in Riviera Nayarit to the north. This is probably because of how close PV is to the mountains.
- 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 * 5 km / 3.1 miles from various shops * 13 km / 8 miles from the airport * 1 km / 0.6 miles from Flamingos Golf Club * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Pacifico Hotel Riviera Nayarit
- Riu Palace Pacifico Nuevo Vallarta