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Dec 20, 2008 09:44 AM

Riviera Nayarit - Best All-Inclusive For It's Food?

Hubby & I are planning our way out of the frozen north. Searching all-inclusives it's easy to come up with what and how much you can eat, but nothing about the quality. I know all-inclusive with great food sounds impossible, but have to ask... Is it?

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  1. I think it's impossible and Mexican food is not expensive so I don't see the point.

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    1. re: bronwen

      Not exactly the answer I was looking for. In any case, I think I answered my own question. Grand Velas Resort has two highly rated restos.

      The point is, I don't know what you do for a living, but in my case when I go away I want to do very little and make no decisions at all.

      1. re: Googs

        Just remember that the page you're looking at is their advertising. Be cautious.


        1. re: cristina

          Thank you so much for your concern. I appreciate that. Having given up on answers here, I consulted AAA. I found that Lucca and Piaf are 4 diamond winners. Not their highest rating, but not bad for an all-inclusive no?

        2. re: Googs

          I don't think you would be disappointed in the Grand Velas. Unfortunately if you're not staying at the hotel the prices for Puerto Vallarta are at the highest end of our most expensive restaurants so it doesn't get a lot of local reviews. It's also a relatively long way from downtown. However that said it is as beautiful as the pictures on their website. In my one dinner there at Piaf the food and service were excellent but did cost 3500 Pesos for three.

      2. Since it's been a few months - Googs, where did you end up going and how did you like it? My fiance are trying to make a similar decision about our honeymoon later this year in Nov and Western Mexico is one of the options for the trip.

        I looked at the Grand Velas and it looks amazing, also gets fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor. I didn't think I was an all-inclusive kind of person, but I agree with you - being able to just completely turn off at an AI is a great feeling (we've been to Iberostar Bavaro in Punta Cana).

        1. I know it has been a while since you've posted but for the future I think Riu hotels are pretty impressive for their buffets. I don't do the formal sit downs but my wife and I stayed at the Riu Cancun and Rio Ocho Rios and I thought the food was very good (sometime too good). We stayed at and Iberostar in Dominican Republic and I thought the buffets were ok but the grills were outstanding. Riu in Jamaica lunch time grill was one of the best.