Resort Review: RIU Emerald Bay #MyRoaringTravels

Hello & welcome back to My Roaring Life! I’m so excited to finally share with you my site redesigned, I’ve worked really hard to updated everything so it’s more organized and true to my personal style. There is a new “Travel” section under lifestyle where I plan to share more of my exciting adventures around the world. My absolute favorite part of the site redesign is the new logo! I spent so much time brainstorming unique ideas until I knew exactly what I wanted; something simple but bold with a pop of pink…shout out to my sister-in-law for helping me put it together!

I feel super inspired now that the site is all done, I’m ready to jump back in the swing of things on here and definitely post  more regularly! So let’s just jump into today’s post, I thought I would share with you a really honest review of the resort we strayed at when we were in Mexico. It was my first trip to Mexico, so I’m eager to share the good, the bad and the confusing.


Lets start with the good, the beach! I love when you can walk forever on the sand and that’s exactly what you can do at the RIU Emerald Bay. Most mornings before breakfast we would go for a long walk on the beach, dip our toes in the water and enjoy fresh ocean air. It felt life you could walk forever, we never did make it to the end but I’m sure you could walk for miles. If you head right, towards the rocks you’ll find a few little local shops and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to visit if you don’t want to go too far off the resort. You can grab lunch, a cup of coffee, refreshing cold bottles of water and even buy souvenirs, I bought a fantastic traditional Mexican blanket because a) I’ve always wanted one and b) it was mostly pink! The only downside of the beach was that the ocean was a little rough, their was always a yellow cautious flag up but the sand is perfect for building sand castles and would be great for families with little ones.

We spent most of our afternoons refreshing and relaxing by the pools, there are 4 large innately pools flowing into one and 1 smaller pool with the swim up bar. I loved how the beach and the pool area was connected, I might not like to swim in the ocean but I still want it close by so I can hear the waves crashing as I unwind in the pool. My only complaint about the pools was the water was pretty chilly, you needed to stay in the sunshine or jump in and go for a quick brisk swim or else it quickly became unpleasant.


Now for what I would call the bad😬. The RIU Emerald Bay serves typical buffet style foods, they are clearly cooking for large numbers. I was disappointed with the quality of food, it’s prepared at the beginning of the meal service and would sometimes be cold if you arrived later in the service. I also found the service to be generally inconsistent, some staff were amazing and even provided Heinz Ketchup while others wouldn’t come back with a cup of tea at breakfast. We also got sick of eating at the buffet every single meal and the 2 À la carte restaurants were also buffets so they weren’t much better options. As a result we got Mcdonalds as a special treat when we were in town exploring the city.


Our first impression of the resort was good; we arrived late in the evening after the sundown, the lobby was nice and check in was really quick and easy. We stayed in one of the honeymoon suits on the 7th floor, there was champagne waiting for us in our room so we popped it and went and enjoyed a late dinner. We woke up to a beautiful view of the ocean, our room had two balconies on 7th floor and you could see the blue sky and the ocean from the bed. Something really nice about the RIU Emerald Bay is that every room has an ocean view, so you don’t need to worry about paying extra or requesting it upon check in. Every night from on our balcony we would watch the spectacular sunset that was captured in this photo session. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip, we booked a sunset photoshoot not knowing exactly what to expect and were so happy with the whole experience.

As for the resort overall, the we felt details are seriously lacking. As the week went on we started to get pretty frustrated, the bed was terrible and the pillows and sheets were worse. I generally don’t care about the TV in the rooms but it was the Super Bowl and I was not missing Lady Gaga so watching the static, Spanish feed was a little frustrating. Our A/C even broke half way through our stay, the issue was handled poorly by front desk and we had to change rooms. This leads me to the confusing part of our trip…

Sunwing/Overall experience:

As I said before our first impression was good but the details and overall experience was slightly confusing. We thought we had booked a 5 start resort? It was our first time booking with Sunwing and this is something we will keep in mind if we ever travel with them again. Our package was a good deal but you could definitely feel that it was a budget airline if you fly and travel regularly. The flight was completely full and the seats were pretty tight but totally manageable for the short 4 hour flight. I was really disappointed when there wasn’t pretzels on the flight but other then that it was a positive experience flying with Sunwing.

Check back next week when I share my recommendations of things to do in Mazatlan, Mexico!

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