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Riu Vallarta Resort

by Jennifer Lauer last updated on 11/05/2008 Disclaimer

I had the pleasure of taking a group of 54 people to Puerto Vallarta in June 2008 and we were able to stay at the Riu Vallarta Resort in the Riviera Nayarit area.

This area is building very quickly, but made me feel very safe and welcome. The resort's employees are extremely nice and accommodating. It was great to have exchange privileges with the Riu Jalisco which is two resorts down from the Riu Vallarta.

The Riu Vallarta is very modern in style. Standard rooms and Junior Suite rooms all have marble flooring, most with ocean views overlooking Banderas Bay. The resort has two huge pools, one for children and families and one for adults only. The pool depth is approx 4 1/2 feet deep and the pool has built in tiled lounge chairs. The pool water is quite warm. The resort offers many activities to keep their guests entertained. The shows in the evening were really good too.

The resort is located approx 45 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, but an easy and inexpensive ($20-25) cab ride to town. The beach is a golden brown sand and the water is a very deep blue, not crystal clear, but very easy to swim in. The beach has a slight slope to it so a little harder to take long walks, but the beach goes for miles and miles.

The restaurants have good food (not great). You definitely have to make reservations first thing in the morning for the restaurants and you can make them up to 3 days in advance. Most people, including myself, thought that Don Raphael (the buffet) was the best food and did not require reservations. The dress code for the restaurants is considered Mexican casual (no shorts, flip flops or swim wear allowed), however, they do not police this dress code at all (at least the week I was there).

To sum up my stay, I would definitely go back and would highly recommend this property as a moderate range resort for a great value.

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