Hotel Riu Vallarta - Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Nestled along the shore of Banderas Bay, with the Sierra Madre mountains in the background, is the elegant resort hotel, Riu Vallarta. It is a large, modern high rise building with the 550 guest rooms looking out over extensive landscaping. There are two fresh water swimming pools flanking a palm tree-lined promenade down to the beach where lounge chairs are available. Children can play in the wading pools, and the RiuLand kids club is available for children ages 4-12.
The hotel offers buffet style dining as well as several themed restaurants. The wonderful, spicy cuisine of Mexico is featured, but traditional European favorites are available; seafood is always fresh and plentiful. Located within the complex are a wellness spa, solarium, gym and sauna. At night you can dance at the Pacha club, or attend shows and live music planned and organized by the entertainment staff.
The Riu Vallarta is located in Nuevo Vallarta, a planned residential and resort development begun in 1990, but now the central tourist location for the Banderas Bay area. Banderas Bay is considered by some to be the largest bay in Mexico, with almost 100 km of shoreline. It abounds with all kinds of fish and marine life, and offers great sport fishing for sailfish, marlin and tuna. Several large marinas are present in the area. Nuevo Vallarta is located a short ride from the international airport that serves the area, and is just north of the midpoint of this horseshoe-shaped bay. Nuevo Vallarta is located within the state of Nayarit along what is known as the Riviera Nayarit, whereas Puerto Vallarta, to the south, is located within the Mexican state of Jalisco. No visit to the area would be complete without a stroll along the Malecon, a balustrade along the harbor at Puerto Vallarta that is embellished with a variety of statuary. Smaller towns and villages around the bay are just as enticing, each with its own personality.
Activities at the hotel include swimming, snorkeling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, volleyball, and golf, among other sports. When you tire of lounging on the beach, there are many local activities awaiting you; among these is whale and dolphin watching, or observing the sea turtles that nest on the beach. You might like horseback riding in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. In Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta numerous restaurants and cantinas are present for dining or just relaxing and watching the other tourists stroll by. The Paradise Plaza Shopping Center in Nuevo Vallarta is a large air-conditioned shopping center where you can shop for groceries and tourist memorabilia and trinkets. Mexican pottery and textiles are colorful, and the Mexican silver jewelry is irresistible.
After a long day of sight seeing, you can return to the Riu Vallarta, knowing that the staff is there to serve you, and looking forward to a relaxing swim, perhaps a drink, and then dinner and dancing in the hotel restaurants and clubs. A beautiful ending to a beautiful day.