This beachside hotel offers the finer things in life, including in-room whirlpool baths and gourmet dining.
The Riu Palace Pacifico is on one of the best beaches on the Bay of Banderas. Its views stretch all the way from Bucerias in the north to Nuevo Vallarta in the south.
Junior suites come as standard, treating you to hydromassage bath tubs and in-room liquor dispensers. Upgrade to a Jacuzzi® junior suite and you get a hot tub on the balcony.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 4 à la carte restaurants. Selected imported and local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. 24-hour room service. Minibar and liquor dispensor in room. 24-hour snacks.
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Stretching between the hotel and sandy beach, the pool comes with a swim-up bar, a whirlpool bath and sunbeds in the water. There's a wraparound terrace with sunbeds and parasols dotted around, plus shaded areas too. Pool towels are also available.
La Peninsula buffet restaurant
The buffet restaurant offers an American and continental breakfast with on-the-spot cooking stations. At lunch there's a selection of hot and cold dishes like pizza, pasta and salads. And there's three themed dinners a week. Gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers in the evenings.
The hotel runs a kids' club for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 12. This club is supervised and there are lots of organised activities for the little ones.
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2 bedroom family suite with limited sea view, balcony or terrace and whirlpool bath
junior suite with balcony or terrace and whirlpool bath
This light and bright junior suite is designed to create a home from home feel. There’s a double bed and sofa bed. Outside you’ll find a balcony or terrace for that bit of extra space outside. For that added touch of luxury you’ll have your own liquor dispenser and whirlpool bath in the room.
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I stayed four nights, great service , i traveled with my daughter 1.3 years old, they dont have babies extra services but the staff is very kindly, the restaurants are so nice, great place to stay....More
Another fine Riu hotel
If looking for a more quieter hotel with few babies or children and less yahoos, this may be the one for you. Expect the younger crowd book in at the less expensive Riu hotels down the beach. During the daytime, if one wants to socialize and have a number of cocktails, the pool area was busy but in the evening, this place was pretty quiet. -Rooms, facilities and beach very clean -All staff friendly including everyone. Even those who were quieter staff were still cordial and appreciative of tips. Housekeeping staff would say hello anytime you passed them, servers were welcoming, bartenders and waiters/waitresses were fast and efficient and the bartenders made very good drinks, Service on the beach wasn't that fast but no big deal. Bar was need by if one wanted to get their own cocktail. (Couldn't help but notice that some people wouldn't even leave $1 after being served. I realize one isn't expected to tip at an all-inclusive but come on folks, is dropping $1 (or more for dinners) going to make a huge difference to you on your vacation? Help the staff out as they're working very hard to please! - Buffet selective was very good with huge selection food - A little disappointed with the ala carte restaurants. Would have given the resort 5/5 if these restaurants were better. I've been to many many other all-inclusives which have been a notch above the Palace. All of the ala carte were very noisy due to high ceilings and ambiance wasn't that great. Overall though a very good resort.More
Worthy of its name PALACE
Everything is top shelf. Lobby and the corridors to the rooms are air conditioned. Lobby looks like those old world hotels with very high ceiling and crystal chandeliers - classy. Check in and check out was a breeze. Food at the buffet was nothing special except when they had the BBQ ribs which was very well done. Usual station for eggs in the morning and pasta for lunch and dinner. A la Carte Steakhouse - Excellent steak and lobster.. Mexican - Very good choice - buffet and a la carte. Not your typical Mexican food - this is the real stuff. Japanese - If you have not tried Japanese food I would not recommend trying it here. If you do you would not eat Japanese food ever again. This is the only disappointment I have with this resort. The presentation is great but the food is pathetic. Simple noodle dish and the noodle is not even cooked! Sauce is way too salty. We walk out without finishing the food and went to the buffet. Krysytal - could not get into this restaurant. Tried twice and it was full and there was an hour wait. Service at the steak and Mex restaurant was great - not so much at the buffet. We find the service at the sister resort Riu Vallarta was much better at the buffett. The activity stuff were awesome - we did the Spanish Classes and the dance classes. There was also an hour Yoga class every morning at 9.30am. Conducted by a qualified yoga teacher. Would highly recommend this resortMore
What a fantastic time we had at this fine hotel. A great room, super views and great service. We had two weeks of fine weather, great food and spoilt by the fine service. The restaurants were all great, not problem with queues or waiting. Breakfast was first class in the buffet restaurant and the service just as good. Lunch was very good and the fine dining in the evening was excellent. The entertainment team worked very had and put on some great shows. We will definitely return. The pool bar was a lot of fun.More
Just as amazing as it was the first time
I had never stayed at a Riu prior to 2016, but now am hooked on Riu Palace, and would like to try out all of them! This was my second stay at the Riu Palace Pacifico. One of my girlfriends and I stayed in February 2016 and we liked it so much that we booked it again for February 2017. I was curious how it would be, because I had never gone back to the same resort two years in a row. It was just as nice the second year in a row as the first. We had booked separate rooms, with an ocean view, but were given rooms on the 8th floor facing directly to the ocean, it was wonderful waking up in the morning and hearing the waves from the ocean. Every morning I'd wake up, have my coffee on the balcony, go down and reserve our chairs at the beach, go back up and sit on the balcony drinking coffee (I picked up in the sports bar) and reading. We'd head down for breakfast around 9-9:30, and Julian was always there waiting for us with a glass of champagne! I think breakfast was my favorite meal at the Riu, the buffet was great and the waiters and staff really made it enjoyable. I can't say enough nice things about Julian, I can see why he has his fan club (I'm one of them!) and has a waiting list sometimes to be seated in his section, his personality makes all of the difference. The food was always fresh and good. I would wait in line for either a make your own omelette, scrambled eggs or fried eggs to your liking. We also enjoyed being able to sit outside for all of our meals at the buffet. We typically headed directly to the beach after breakfast and spent the entire day on the beach (usually skipping lunch). The beach was quieter than the pool area, although we would go to the swim up bar early in the day for our margaritas or whatever we had a taste for that day. Daniel in the pool bar is the best bartender, he makes the best margaritas. The entertainment crew seemed to change from 2016 to 2017 and seemed a little more rowdy, which I personally don't care for. The positive side though, they did leave you alone and didn't hound you to participate in their activities. You can get lunch from 1:30 to 3:00 at the main buffet, or you can head to La Toscana for lunch from 11:30 to 3:00 and then it becomes a snack bar from 3:00 to 6:00 with amazing food. My only negative about lunch there is that they don't have chips and salsa or guac at lunch, but they do once 3pm hits. At La Toscana for snacks, we really liked Gabrielle, he always made sure that our wine glasses were full! Dinner was always good, I really like the change of now with there not being reservations needed for the speacialty restaurants. Once we headed down to the steak restaurant, and were told it would be a 30-45 minute wait; we received a pager and went and sat at the bar and had a drink until our buzzer went off, no different than going out to dinner when I'm at home. My steak at La Toscana was a little tough, I did order it medium, but it was too rare for me. The flavor was great, but just a little too rare. I wanted to go back and try the lobster, but we didn't have a chance to. We also ate at the Mexican restaurant, which was fine, but nothing spectacular. I did really enjoy the appetizer buffet at the Mexican restaurant however. The main buffet for dinner....the food was always great (carving station, make your own pasta station), but the staff left much to be desired. We came down one night around 8pm and was greeted by Raymondo, who then copped an attitude with us when we said we wanted to eat outside. There are way too many "managers" during the dinner hours, and they don't do anything but stand around and talk. It's impossible to get your wine glass refilled. I understand that the 7-8pm dinner hour is a popular time to go to the buffet, but breakfast was always just as crowded and the staff at breakfast is (literally) like night and day. Riu really needs to train it's night time buffet staff to work exactly the same as their breakfast and lunch staff. I will give a special shout-out to one evening waiter at the buffet...Alaign, he really busted his butt to make your dinner experience enjoyable and he was constantly running around helping everyone. If more of the staff could be like him or Julian, the dinner experience would be so much more enjoyable. The evening shows had also changed from 2016, which was a nice change. We watched the Michael Jackson show, which was really good. That was the only show we saw, we chose to just sit outside, have a few drinks and enjoy being outside. The cleaning crew was amazing, the resort sparkles. My room was always cleaned and well stocked with water, coffee, pop, etc. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone, however it's an older crowd, so if you're looking for a big party place with a disco, etc., then this is not the resort for you, it pretty much rolls up the carpets around 11:00pm. It's very low key, relaxing and mellow, which is what I wanted. I'd say the crowd was 40's and up. So just keep that in mind if you are considering booking it. Not sure if we'll go back in 2018, but if we did, I'd be very happy to call the Riu Palace Pacifico my home for the week again!More
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