Arrival - We visited this hotel for 1 week ( 9th - 16th sept ) . The hotel is around 30 mins transfer from the airport and check is very quick and staff are ready and greeting you with a cool pineapple juice and tequila !
The room- We were given a room on the 8th floor with sea views, both the sunsets and sunrises are great to watch ! 1st impressions of the room were good with plenty of towels, a large bed and flat screen tv. There are limited English channels to watch. There is a free safe and you are encouraged to use this. The room was cleaned Daily and fridge stocked every other day with Pepsi / water / 7up and lager.
The pool - the pool area gets very busy and sun beds are reserved from around 8am, however there are plenty of beds. There is a towel service and you can collect a towel from
9am. So no need to take your own ! The swim up bar is great and service was quick with some great cocktails, but lots of wasps hanging around . The bar is open from
10am - 6pm. There are lots of activities around the pool during the day, you can join in with as much or as little as you want. The bar area did get quite loud towards the end of the day with lots of people who has been drinking since early afternoon. The water was warm so people would tend to spend the entire day in the pool.
The beach is natural and grainy sand and not the soft sand of the Caribbean, the sea is also very rough and cloudy. During our stay we didn't see any wildlife on the beach, but one of the guest was stung by a jelly fish ! The hotel offers free water sports through out the day within the sea.
The restaurants were situated at different ends of the hotel grounds. We did not eat at the sir George restaurant as my partner was understandably not keen on wearing jeans and long sleeve shirt in 30c+ temperatures. We did however try all the other restaurants. The beach front buffet was ideal for lunch and had Great views of the sea and a welcoming sea breeze, unlike
Other reviewers we didn't not have any issues with the birds eating our food. the Chinese restaurant ( a buffet ) was nice.
We ate mainly in the buffet, the breakfast , lunch and dinner was varied. I am vegetarian and found lots of things I could enjoy. There are lots of fresh meats, salads, fish, Mexican and plenty of cooking stations. For anyone who doesn't fancy that there was always the standard sections of pizza, burgers chips etc ! The waiters are fab and always make sure your drink is full and remember what drinks you order, they are also very quick to clear away dirty plates and tables.
The entertainment team were great during the day around the pool, the hotel had different themed evening . The only
Show we attended was the Micheal Jackson tribute ! I would highly recommend that show !
I have to mention in this review the Mosquitos, these were the negative part of our holiday. The hotel does NOT spray. Luckily I had read the reviews and knew I needed bug spray, but simply the 2 cans we took were not enough. We wore the bands and sprayed a few times a day, my partner and I had around 10-15 bites each even with the precautions, we were very lucky as people were covered in bites ! The hotel does not stock bug spray so take your own and take lots as they are around all day and late into the evening.
All in all, A fab location and a great hotel , if only It wasn't a 12 hour flight I would defiantly return !
- 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-story 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