This review is slightly late to be posted, so I apologize. My husband and I traveled to Puerto Vallarta June 4-9, 2009 to celebrate our first anniversary. It was our first time visiting Mexico; we had previously celebrated our Honeymoon at the Riu in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We booked our Puerto Vallarta all-inclusive vacation on BookIt.com, where we secured an unbelievable deal. Our experience at the Melia was nothing short of amazing. My husband and I are seasoned travelers, having backpacked throughout Europe and vacationed in many countries throughout the world, so we aren't novice travelers by any means; we definitely know what we like (and what we don’t).
In short, the staff at the Melia were friendly and accommodating; the rooms were clean and well appointed; the grounds were immaculate and beautiful; the pool large, clean and well maintained; the spa experience luxurious and a wonderful value; I could go on and on about our vacation.
I understand the Melia has a vacation timeshare club; however, we were not approached by hotel staff once during our trip to attempt to sell us a timeshare package.
For the purposes of full disclosure: the only two hiccups we experienced were that we had booked an Oceanfront King bed room, and received an Oceanfront Double Queen bed room. While the view from the Queen was spectacular and the room was beautiful, we both preferred the King room (especially since it was what we had paid for). Upon notifying the front desk, we were informed us that if we wanted to move to a King, we would have to wait two days, as there were none immediately available. We agreed to wait. We were slightly off-put by this, since we had booked this vacation several months prior, and we didn't really want to have to move mid-vacation; however, we quickly forgot about the nuisance by enjoying the beautiful weather and fabulous resort grounds. Once we moved rooms, we enjoyed an even better view from the top floor and an equally fantastic room. The hotel’s staff were very helpful in resolving the issue.
The only other slight negative we would view would be the beach, which is indeed small; Punta Cana spoiled us for a breathtaking beach. That being said, we were well aware in advance from the great reviews here on TripAdvisor that the beach wasn't the best, so we were prepared for this and happily enjoyed the lovely pool instead.
Aside from these very small nuisances, this was truly the vacation of our dreams.
We ate at Quetzal Restaurant every day for breakfast, and had dinner there all but one evening. The breakfasts were great, well stocked buffets with everything we could want. Dinners were the same, delicious and satisfying. My husband and I found the food to be much better here when compared with our last all-inclusive experience, at the Riu in Punta Cana. There were plentiful choices for dining. One evening, we ate at Los Azulejos Restaurant, and we loved this dining experience. I had the Mahi-Mahi wrapped in banana leaves, and I haven’t stopped raving about it since. We highly recommend Los Azulejos.
We would snack at the La Palapita snack bar during our days spent by the pool. We did not eat at La Palapa during our stay. We did enjoy the lobby bar almost every evening, and the cocktails servers were excellent, constantly checking on our beverages and refilling snacks. On our last evening, there was a live band performing in the lobby bar, which we enjoyed.
We participated in the archery lessons offered by the hotel during our stay, and the instructor was highly entertaining and made the lessons enjoyable and fun.
In addition to these services, my husband and I also purchased the Moonlight Massage package from the spa for our last evening on resort, which was the highlight of our trip. The 60-minute partner massages took place on a bluff overlooking the ocean at sunset. It was an amazing experience, and the price was an incredible value. We would very highly recommend the Melia Spa.
Outside of the resort, we participated in several exclusions, all of which we highly recommend to visitors of Puerto Vallarta. The first was the Canopy Tours de Los Veranos, which was a thrilling zip line tour through the jungle. It was an incredible and one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to the, we also participated in the Vallarta Adventures Ritmos de la Noche (Rhythms of the Night) excursion to Las Caletas, which featured a mesmerizing theatrical performance a la Cirque de Soleil, as well as a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach under the full moon.
We visited downtown Puerto Vallarta on the Sunday afternoon of our trip to check out La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe) and walk the Malecon; I highly recommend this as well. We had read before our trip that Sunday is the day to visit the Malecon. Unfortunately, the H1N1 outbreak had just occurred the month prior to our visit, so the city (as well as the Melia) was very quiet during our visit. The cruise ships had not yet returned to PV, so it was a very peaceful Sunday afternoon on the Malecon.
My husband and I would unconditionally recommend the Melia to anyone planning a trip to marvelous Puerto Vallarta; great resort, wonderful staff, beautiful grounds, fabulous food and a phenomenal city!
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