10 Reasons To Stay at The Riu Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico #riu #riuhotels
This time last month I was at the Riu Palace Pacifico soaking up the sun and taking a much-needed break. Today I’m looking out the window to a gloomy and rainy backyard and was reflecting on my trip and my top reasons to stay at the Riu Palace Pacifico.
If you’re considering heading to Nuevo Vallarta, take a read and see what I think you should stay at the Riu Palace. If you’re looking for more information I recently wrote a review about the Riu Palace Pacifico and a Riu Palace Pacifico Dining Guide (because…food).
10 Reasons To Stay at The Riu Palace in Nuevo Vallarta
Not in any particular order.
- The beach is incredible. I’m not a worldly traveler. In all fairness, this was my first trip to Mexico and before this, I have only been to Hawaii a few times. That being said, this was the nicest beach I have been to. So much fluffy sand and it was clean. During a boat ride to an excursion, I found that when we drove by the beaches in Puerto Vallarta they didn’t compare to the beach at the Riu Palace.
- The service. The staff at the Riu Palace truly wants you to have an amazing vacation and the customer service that my husband and I received reflected that.
- Night shows. The night we arrived was the Michael Jackson show and I was too tired to watch, but I could hear it from my room and it sounded like people were having a lot of fun. The group we travelled with let us know how awesome the show was (and that we truly missed out). I peeked my head in during the other shows (every night is different) and the staff put on a great production. There are also children’s shows in the early evening.
- There is always something to do. I noticed that there was an activities board towards the end of my stay. On the board were options such as Zumba, air rifle shooting, dance lessons, table tennis tournaments, etc.
- The food. As I mentioned in the Riu Palace Dining Guide, there are a lot of options when it comes to food. 4 restaurants, a sports bar, and a total of 8 buffets. That doesn’t include lunch out by the pool, room service, and the ice cream cart that comes around.
- The rooms are large and clean. I was impressed with the size of our room and the other guests I spoke with said that the Riu provided some of the largest rooms they have had at an all inclusive.
- It’s a 20-minute drive from the airport. It didn’t take long to get from the Puerto Vallarta airport to the resort, about 20 minutes but it felt like it went be a lot faster.
- It’s close to Vallarta Adventures. I went on two excursions with Vallarta Adventures (Puerto Vallarta’s #1 rated tour and activity operator). The location in Nuevo Vallarta is roughly an 8-10 minute cab ride. PS – I recommend Rhythms of The Night and The Outdoor Adventure (just don’t crack your head like I did).
- The Spa. My husband and I treated ourselves to a couples massage at the Renova Spa during our stay. It was the perfect way to relax during our vacation. There is also an option to have a massage outside in a cabana near the pool (it overlooks the beach). I also noticed they had the fish pedicure option on the way to the gym, but I didn’t have the courage to try it.
- The gym isn’t busy. If you’re wanting to get a workout in while on vacation, I didn’t find the gym very busy. I went during dead times (in between 12-3) and my husband and I were the only people in there. The gym itself has free-weights, a few treadmills and ellipticals and a couple machines. I wouldn’t say it’s full stocked, but it’s better than nothing. It closes early at 7 (when the spa closes) so make sure you plan ahead of time.
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