Pack your bags and grab the kids; the whole family is right at home at Riu Vallarta! All-inclusive dining and drinks in four restaurants and five bars give families the options they need to keep everyone happy. As if on-site amenities like two fun pools, a mini club for kids and the full-service Renova Spa weren’t enough, guests also get free access to the goods at sister Riu resorts. With a beachfront location that’s a quick walk away from shopping and nightlife at Nuevo Vallarta’s marina, it’s no wonder that families flock to Riu Vallarta.
Flamingos Beach is a golden playground for kids ready to build sand castles and splash in the surf while grown-ups work on their tans. Two huge swimming pools, one just for kids with three wild water slides, are a fun way to cool down after catching rays on the sun terrace. Swim up an appetite? Four on-site restaurants make sure no one stays hungry for long! Gourmet filet mignon is on the menu at Sir George, and kids love the bite-sized sushi rolls at Nirvana. Grilled specialties like steak and shrimp are done to perfection at Flamingo. The fun doesn’t stop after sundown; five bars keep the action going. Stop by La Boheme for martinis in a cool lounge atmosphere, or keep score at the 24-hr Sports Bar. Couples looking to tear up the dance floor head to Pacha Nightclub.
My new wife and I stayed at the Rio for a week to celebrate our honeymoon. The staff was very friendly and made sure they had a bottle of champagne waiting in our room, which they upgraded to a better view when they found out we were newlyweds. The room was beautiful, the food good and the room and grounds were clean and beautifully kept. We had a wonderful time!
Bathed by the waters of the beautiful bay of Banderas and sheltered by the imposing Sierra Madre, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most highly-prized tourist destinations in Mexico. In addition to the beautiful beaches and amazing cultural attractions, this destination offers you the chance to encounter amazing marine life like dolphins, whales, and turtles.
Puerto Vallarta offers a perfect tropical climate in one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. Not to be outdone, the Riu Vallarta features innovative art deco-style architecture, stylish decor, and a modern vibe perfectly suited to the wants and needs of young, fashion-forward travelers, families seeking fun in the sun, and anyone who desires an unforgettable vacation experience. Complete with 550 luxurious Guestrooms, the Riu Vallarta also offers several suites with their own private jacuzzi on the hotel`s upper terrace. All rooms feature air-conditioning, mini-bar, liquor dispenser, in-room safe, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, full bathroom, hairdryer, and telephone.
Our group of 12 stayed at the Riu for a week in Nov. We had a really nice room with amazing sunset and ocean views. The Asian and steakhouse restaurants had great food and we really enjoyed Canadian night buffet. Check in/check out where very easy. Enjoyed the sports bar with snacks and drinks at all hours. The pool animation team where a ton of fun also. Only negative was it was noisy till about 11 p.m. most nights because of the entertainment.
All meals and snacks:
Full American breakfast buffet and on the spot cooking stations
Hot and cold buffet and on the spot cooking stations
Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
Dinner (“Don Rafael” restaurant):
Buffets and on the spot cooking stations
Special evenings: Theme buffets (twice a week)
Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
“Sir George” gourmet restaurant (à la carte)
“Nirvana” Asian restaurant (buffet)
Grill and steakhouse (à la carte; buffet starters and dessert)
Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)
Room Tip: I would recommend a room on the exterior of the hotel if you are looking for a quiet sleep; rooms on the interior overlook the courtyard where the outdoor theater and bars are.
Snacks 24 hours a day
Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day
Regularly restocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser
Sports and activities:
Volleyball, table tennis, workout, gym
Sauna and jacuzzi
Windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, body board
1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at RiuLand (daily)
Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
Riu evening programme, shows or live music (daily)
Complimentary entrance to “Pacha” night club and drinks (open six nights a week)
All accommodations, taxes and gratuities