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Before heading off to Mexico with First Choice Holidays, we’d never stayed at an all inclusive hotel before as a family…

We were delighted with all the Riu Palace Pacifico had to offer… during our time out there we adventured to beaches, experienced whizzing through the jungle and wandered around the old town… but we could easily have stayed right there in the hotel all week.

Here’s just a little flavour of what we got up to just in the hotel…

We were spoilt with a choice of pool or beach… Opting to hang out at the pool early in the morning or at sunset, when there weren’t so many people around…

It was the beach that stole our hearts… reclining under the shade of the palm trees and frolicking in the waves. The water was warm, so not that refeshing from the outside temperatures, but wonderful for the boys to play in for hours. The perfect waves made for fun body boarding – we all became addicted to riding into shore… even me!

It was a peaceful beach, beautiful sand and thankfully not many passers by selling goods. One morning we borrowed kayaks from the water sport centre for no extra cost, paddling at a leisurely pace down the cost.

The sea was really calm once you got past the breaking waves.

I was especially happy at sunset… the temperatures were cooler and the colours were magnificent… as each golden hour was different. The boys would swim or dig holes in the sand, we’d take drinks to the shore and watch the Frigate birds swoop overhead – they looked like something from the pre-historic age.

The food and drink was plentiful and so much variety with a choice of restaurants… The morning buffet was my favourite, with an abundance of fruit and everything you could possibly want for a cooked breakfast. Naturally, the boys were in love with the freshly made donuts and the chocolate fountain with marshmallows at dinner.

I don’t think we even touched the surface of all the activities on offer at Riu Palace Pacifico. Ky took Spanish lessons one morning, all the boys went jet skiing (for an additional fee), we watched the water polo and aerobics. I sneaked off for a massage in the spa, purely for research purposes of course! (this was also an additional fee) and I can report it was fabulous. While the boys entertained themselves with ping pong alongside the pool and when that got too hot, they retired to the air conditioned sports bar for a few rounds of air hockey.

As I sipped another iced fruity cocktail in pool side bar one afternoon, watching my family having a super time splashing in the water… I felt so very blessed to be there. So a huge cheers to First Choice Holidays for giving us the opportunity to experience and blog all about our Out Of Office adventure. We loved you Mexico and can’t wait to go back one day.


  • Joseph Dawson
    Posted at 12:42h, 18 February Reply

    Just back from the rui vallata which is just down from the Palace
    Have been to the Palace and 3 times at the rui Vallata both are very good and you can see which i prefer
    And i hope i am able to go again next year

  • Raffaele Sciarretta
    Posted at 16:29h, 28 November Reply

    Well I wish I had the same experience. I stayed at the Riu Jelisco almost next door and it was absolutely disappointing..First I will say the food was awful and replenished slowly and rarely with staff attitude if you asked, and it was always yes always cold.. This was at the buffet and Restaurants. Left some shirts to be laundered and as in all other resorts that I stayed at, expected shirts to be returned to my room. Well not here after two days called front desk to inquire about my shirts and they then informed me they have been in the lobby waiting for me to come pay and pick them up. Well how was I supposed to know this? Also if you book your covid test at hotel be prepared to loose half a day of your vacation, it took me and many almost 3 hours. They don’t tell you you need your passport and after being told I could charge it to my room, you cant. And just one more thing called front desk night before my departure, omg the person on the other end of the phone rude cut me off and raised his voice. This is just some of my experience, I understand we are coming out of a pandemic and I get it its difficult to find staff, however there are just some things that are unacceptable in hospitality in which I have worked for many years. My point in this review is they need to communicate better with their guests.

  • Mark fillis
    Posted at 10:58h, 23 September Reply

    Been to that hotel three times , its in a lovely location and the food is great.
    Bus stop not too far if you want to go into Puerto vallarta for a change of scenery and a great shopping trip

  • Jade Baxter
    Posted at 10:08h, 27 August Reply

    What camera do you use for the water activities? It looks awesome. We are here for my wedding next year and would love to take a good waterproof camera

    • xanthe
      Posted at 13:03h, 21 September Reply

      Hey there, I used a lifeproof case for my phone at the time, although I think new phones are waterproof anyway. The phone is super use to use or you can try a GoPro.

      Have a lovely wedding!

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