Resort: Riu Emerald Bay
Location: A few miles from Mazatlan, Mexico
* A huge all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families
* Opened in 2009 with conference centers for business meetings
* 716 standard, junior, triple, and jacuzzi suites
Riu Emerald Bay Video Tour:
Food & Drink:
All Inclusive 24 hours. All meals and snacks:
Full American breakfast buffet with on the spot cooking stations
Hot and cold buffet with on the spot cooking stations
Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
Buffets and on the spot cooking stations
Special evenings: Theme buffets (3 times a week)
Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
“Bamboo” Asian restaurant (buffet)
“Las Gaviotas” grill and steak house (à la carte)
“Tabasco” Mexican restaurant (à la carte; buffet starters and dessert)
Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)
Snacks 24 hours a day
Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day
Regularly restocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser in room
Riu Emerald Bay Review:
A huge all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families. One of the newest Riu resorts. The buildings and grounds are very impressive. As with most Riu resorts if you expect a five star experience you will be disappointed. Otherwise most people are happy with their stay.
The staff is great as they go out of their way to make sure everyone is satisfied. They appreciate and accept tips. There is no pool or beach service.
Most people enjoy staying on the higher floors to get better views and less noise at night. The rooms are nice and this Riu is reported to have fairly soft beds which is an improvement compared to the older Riu resorts.
The beach is nice, but the water has jellyfish in it and can be a little rough at times. The beach is a public area which means there are local vendors trying to sell you their stuff. The resort has put up a rope to create a private resort area of the beach. A simple “no thank you” usually sends them on their way.