Destination Wedding Hotel Spotlight: Riu Vallarta

Are you a west coast bride, looking for advice on which hotel to host your destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Not only do we have special deals on flights out of Los Angeles next year starting in February all the way through to December, we have all the deets on what makes Riu Vallarta the best place to say I do. Ashley, a Weddings by Funjet concierge, has got you covered with the top 7 reasons why Riu Vallarta is a great pick for your upcoming destination wedding!

1. Good things come to those who swim

Kick off your wedding week and let the relaxing vibes flow with Riu Vallarta’s two amazing expansive pools, and a whirlpool set between the hotel and beach. Soak up the sun with in water loungers that give you the best of both worlds when it comes to enjoying the refreshing pool and getting your tan on. No pressure to get out of the pool for your next cocktail – swim over to the swim up bar that has in water seating and even a pool version of cocktail tables nearby for groups to socialize.

Concierge Tip: Vallarta’s pools are not only great for adults, but for kids too! With plenty of room to spread out and play, kids can enjoy splashing in the water and going down one of the water slides!

2. Purple hue sunsets

Mexico’s west coast doesn’t get enough credit for their amazing sunsets, they are truly the best there is. The purple hues in Vallarta sunsets give the sky, sea, and landscape a magical feel. Watching the sun sink down into the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean creates memories to last a lifetime. Incorporate the sunset into your dream destination wedding by having your ceremony pre-sunset to ensure that you can capture beautiful pictures with your friends and family. Riu Vallarta’s expansive beach offers endless opportunities to get the best sunset photography you can imagine!

3. Always take the scenic route

Riu Vallarta has a great location! Less than ten miles from the airport, Riu’s easy access location will allow you to jump right off the plane and get your toes in the sand in no time! Also set strategically near several golf courses – tee time is practically anytime in destination. A short bus or cab ride can get you to downtown Puerto Vallarta to do some shopping at the Malecon, or even a trip up to the sleepy surfer town of Sayulita make for a great afternoon excursion.

4. Toes in the sand, salty hair and ocean air

Riu Vallarta has a breathtaking beach that is sure to catch any bride-to-be’s attention. Located on Playa de Flamingos, this beach is so big it seems to go on forever and ever. Perfect for a morning walk with a cup of coffee, a good book and some R&R, and to confess your love to your one and only prince charming! This wedding location is an excellent option for groups of any size, and can easily fit up to a hundred guests while also catering to the perfect intimate setting for smaller groups.

5. To love and to cherish, all the days of my life

Riu Vallarta has an appeal to wedding couples for many reasons; however their wedding packages may be one of the top ones. With four different packages, wedding groups of all size can enjoy their time here. Wedding packages can range from a few hundred dollars to just a few thousand dollars. Of course, the most important factor is the number of guests in attendance. Couples can also check out wedding date and time availability beforehand to get an idea of what works best for them by visiting www.weddingsbyriu.com.

Concierge Tip: Try to gather a solid estimate on the number of guests that will be attending your destination wedding. This will give you a better idea as to which wedding package best fits your needs, and will make the start of wedding planning a breeze. Not sure exactly how many people will be in attendance? Don’t worry, Riu Vallarta offers flexibility in upgrading your package at least 45 days prior to the wedding day.

6. Enjoy every moment

Your wedding day will feel like one of the fastest days of your life! One of the most common things we hear from brides is, “I wish the reception would have gone longer, it all went by so fast!” and we couldn’t agree more. Keep the party alive by going to one of the five bars available at Riu. Looking to do a mini bachelorette night? Consider doing your own bar crawl throughout the resort to make some fun of it! Better yet, end the evening of fun by enjoying Riu Vallarta’s 24 hour room service.

7. If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes

Recognized for their outstanding entertainment programs, Riu offers activities and entertainment for kids, teens and adults of all ages. Start your day off with water aerobics or Zumba in the pool. Dance classes or a beach party might be a great option in the mid-day sun, or cool off with a drink or snack at one of Riu’s themed parties! After dinner, end your evening with a Michael Jackson show, couples game show, or even fire dancers. Riu offers such a variety that there is truly never a dull moment. Check out their activity board daily to find out what the lineup is.

Concierge Tip: Planning to create a welcome itinerary for your guests on where you’ll be and when throughout their stay? Request the activity lineup from your concierge to customize the itinerary! Typically Riu does not have the lineup until a few weeks prior.


Ashley is a Weddings by Funjet Concierge who loves to combine her passion for planning weddings with her love of travel to give couples the experience of a lifetime. Visit Weddingsbyfunjet.com to learn how she can help you plan your dream wedding today!

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