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Riu Vallarta

Mexico - Riviera Nayarit

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4 Nights with Air from $779 All-Inclusive
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3.8 out of 5
"We traveled with another couple to the RIU Vallarta in April of 2011. I'll sum it up the best I can: Front desk staff - great, prompt, and friendly. Restaurants - The buffet was just as good (if not be..." – jasmith79
53 out of 75 (71%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
View from ocean Great sunsets! Beautiful beach! Castle in the Sky Deco Beach View
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December 11, 2018
Staff is amazing

I will start off by saying that the staff is amazing. The entertainment was great. Our waitress at the buffet Yessy was spectacular. With that said The food was just OK and the hotel itself needs a major upgrade lots of things wrong with the room are safe didn’t work,friends had issues with their rooms and the beds are extremely hard. The pool and beach were very clean. The pool entertainment was great

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From: Indiana
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

December 6, 2018
Riu Vallarta

Let me start off by saying that the resort overall is very fun which is why we chose this resort, as it is our second time back. We have visited other resorts in the PVR area and they do not have the nightlife that this resort has. My biggest complaint was the pool areas. There is a kids pool and an adults pool, which was another reason that we chose this resort, thinking that the kids would be separated from the adults (they use to be a few years ago when we first stayed here). There were a TON of kids at the adults pool which was very frustrating! If there is a kiddie pool available, then the resort should make the kids stay in that area. There is a lot of drinking at the adult pool, language, etc., and I do not feel that it is appropriate for kids, espeically when they have a designated area. The foam party at the pool was really fun, but again ALL of the kids from the kiddie pool came over for it. It would have been nice for the kids to have their own party and again the adults to have theirs. The rooms are nice, however the beds are VERY hard. I was told that you could receive a mattress topper, however those in our group that did said it was very thin and did not help. I know the resort is going through a remodel in 2019 so I am hoping that they get new beds too.

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From: Michigan
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

December 1, 2018
Don’t waste your money here

This resort is old and not very good. The food is pretty good. The service is lacking. You can forget about getting a beach chair unless you get up very early. The bartenders will help the locals first . I am a riu member but that doesn’t mean anything to them here . The resort is overbooked and way too many people. I won’t come back here again.

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From: lockport il
Age: 45-54
Travel: 7+ trips/year

May 21, 2018
Our trip was too short

We recently stayed - May 2018. Husband, daughter, daughters boyfriend and myself. We had two rooms. We stayed in a suite which is 100% worth the upgrade! The view was absolutely amazing! I sat out on the deck every night and every morning listening to the waves. The music from the square was similar to elevator music. Loud enough to hear but quiet enough to still enjoy the waves. I have read many reviews that said it was too loud. If you are there to go to bed early then I would recommend a standard room which isn’t on the outside. The room was clean and no bed bugs. Somethings are worn but again, think about how much time you are actually in the room. We did leave a tip daily with a note for Agua por favor and were given more than enough water bottles. We never did drink any soda, coffee, beer or liquor in the room so I can’t speak of them. The chairs around the pool were exactly what you would expect. There were definitely a few families that snagged 75% of the chairs around the kids pool but to be honest we had a harder time getting a seat at the swim up bar than any other place. The beach is great!! No complete shade unless you have an umbrella but partial shade with most chairs and some in full sun. If you want all sparkling new and the best of the best this is not your place. If you want a relaxed, peaceful and fun place then come here. It is family friendly and honestly only twice did we see someone who was ridiculously drunk. The beds are not as bad as some of the reviews I read but the pillows are. They are quite thin, next time I would bring my own pillow.

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From: Iowa
Age: 45-54

Room Information

Riu Vallarta features 550 guestrooms appointed with air conditioning, Satellite TV, telephone, radio alarm clock, 110V outlets, in-room safe, mini-bar with liquor dispenser and a spacious balcony or terrace.

Room Details

Double Room (DBSB)
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Double Room Partial Ocean View (DBLB)
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Junior Suite Ocean View (SJMB)
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What's to Love

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

The resort's Art Deco architecture hugged by epic palms that rises up from the sandsational beach.

The liquor dispensers in the rooms. It's a party. Just add people.

The stress-ousting treatments at the world-class, delicious spa. Unplug and unwind.

RiuLand - supervised fun for the little ones while you savor that beachtastic drink by the teal waves.

Teeing off at the 18-hole, championship golf course that's right next door.

The RiuFit program that includes backfit, aquagym, stretching and bums-legs-tums.

Dancing the night away at the Pacha nightclub - get ready for some head-sweatin'.


What We'd Change

Downtown Puerto Vallarta's shopping and nightlife are quite a drive, but Nuevo Vallarta marina is a closer alternative that's just as much fun.


Why You Should Go

The airport is a mere 15 minutes from the airport so you'll be on that sweet beach lickety split.

Be sure to visit Cuale Island, a shady and tranquil oasis, to shop for crafty, cool souvenirs.

Banderas Bay is brimming with animal fun: see the release of sea turtles & swim with dolphins.

Get up early to snag a beach lounger. They go fast.

You can go horseback riding in the Sierra Madres, a bucket-list-worthy thing to do.

If you're more adventurous, there's bungee jumping. Hang on!

There are oceans of water sports: bodyboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and more. Take the plunge.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Sauna
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms (on request)
  • 4 Restaurants
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Elevators
  • Spa ($)
  • Beach Towels
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Dry Cleaning Services ($)
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Free Parking
  • Beauty Salon ($)
  • Handicap Facilities/Wheelchair Accessible

Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Bars and Nightlife
  • Beach
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Marina
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Nightlife
  • Scooter/Moped Rental
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa(s)/ Wellness Center(s)
  • Tennis Courts
  • Water-Skiing
  • Watersports Rentals

Map of Local Area

Rapidly being acknowledged as a destination in its own right, the great choice of hotels and resorts guarantees that Riviera Nayarit can cater to everybody's vacation tastes and styles.

Riu Vallarta

Avenida de los Cocoteros s/n

+52 322 226 7250

Hotel Description

Riu Vallarta: Your All-Inclusive Pacific Coast Paradise

Sheltered by the crazy spectacular Sierra Madres on the Nayarit Riviera, this escape-haven aka resort is where your beach dreams come true. You get it all, and more. With unlimited everything like delicious grub, tropical drinks, water sports, and more, you'll be set. You also get access to the sister resorts that are a whisper away. Seriously, there's wave after wave of Awesome here and it's all waiting for you.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.


It's a mouthwatering mash-up of Mesoamerican and European flavors that will without a doubt slay your taste buds: a buffet with live cooking stations, an exotic Asian spot, a steakhouse with sizzling cuts and a restaurant that boasts gourmet global flavors. Nom. Nom. Nom.

Don Rafael
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Restaurant with terrace serving a full American breakfast buffet and on-the-spot cooking stations. International fare for dinner.
Dress code: T-shirts with sleeves and long trousers for gentlemen.

Sir George
Type: Gourmet
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9pm
Description: Gourmet a la carte restaurant.
Dress code: Shirts with sleeves and long trousers for gentlemen.

Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-9pm
Description: Buffet restaurant serving Asian cuisine.
Dress code: Shirts with sleeves and long trousers for gentlemen.

Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, noon-3:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-9pm
Description: A la carte beachside restaurant/grill and steakhouse with terrace. Buffet starters and desserts.
Dress code: Shirts with sleeves and long trousers for gentlemen.

All hours are subject to change.


You can get your drink on night (and day, it's your vacay) at an epic lounge with a terrace, a sweet lobby bar, sports bar and the best, at the swim-bar. Beach Citizens, it's time to par-tay.

La Boheme
Lounge bar with terrace.

Lobby bar.

La Plaza
Sports Bar.

Poolside bar with swim-up bar.


Cradled by the majestic Sierra Madres, this golden-sandy, Pacific-facing beach, kissed by purring waves, will have you melting in no time. Don't miss the two shimmering pools with an adjoining Jacuzzi that are just a seashell's throw away from the beach. Your young ones even have their own pool for splish-splashing. Dive in.


  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Body boarding
  • One free introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool

Available for an additional charge:

  • Scuba diving
  • Fitness center
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis

Available for an additional charge:

  • Horseback riding
  • Bicycle rental

The 18-hole, championship course at Flamingos Golf Club is right next to Riu Vallarta. Riu guests enjoy special rates at Flamingos.
Now through April 30, 2013:

  • Daylight: $98 USD
  • After 2pm: $75 USD
  • After 3pm: $40 USD
  • Shared golf cart with 2 bottles of water
  • Scheduled transportation between Riu Vallarta and Flamingos
May 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013:
  • 20% off applied on regular published rates at time of booking.
    This discount does not apply to afternoon green fees.


Guests can use Wi-Fi in the lobby area for 90 consecutive minutes, daily. Wi-Fi is also available in guest rooms for an additional charge.


Renova Spa is a full-service spa offering guests a variety of massage and beauty treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation for an additional charge.
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials


The resort offers a variety of wedding services and packages. Please contact the resort directly for more information.

Honeymoon Bonus
The resort offers a variety of honeymoon services and packages. Please contact the front desk directly for more information.


The resort offers a playground, a children's pool and a kids' club with supervised daily activities for children ages 4-12.


Riu Vallarta is located 15 min from Puerto Vallarta (PVR), 1.25 miles from Nuevo Vallarta and less than one mile from Flamingos Golf Club.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups or individuals, regardless of age are not allowed at this hotel at any time. The hotel reserves the right to use reasonable means to identify suspected student/spring break groups. At least one person of 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel may request guests to show passport or official ID to proof age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu Resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.

Smoke-Free Policy
Under Mexican legislation smoking is not permitted in the public areas of the hotel except in specifically designated areas.

Currency Policy
Please note that as of June 1, 2011, Riu Resorts in Mexico no longer accept or exchange US dollars at the front desk. ATMs are available in the lobby of each resort for withdrawals in Mexican currency.

Resort Update
Riu Vallarta will be closed for renovations from August 26, 2019 to November 23, 2019.

All hours, fess, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.

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