First off, we stayed at a resort in the Mayan, in the premium villas for our honeymoon and thought that place was great... until we went here. This place is seriously amazing, I'm not even sure where to start. Firstly, I always have said never go to the same place twice as there are so many places to go... but we are all ready planning our vacation back here next summer. This may be a long review..
What we Loved:
The location: Puerto Vallarta has been rumoured to be not as safe as other places in mexico, and well, that is simply untrue. We absalutely LOVE puerto vallarta. Since this resort doesn't have wrist bands and there are alot of snow birds down there, the locals couldn't tell if you lived there or not so they didn't harass you as much. We went into town 2 nights for dinner and it was awesome. Only a $5 cab ride made it very accomodating to get back and forth.
The Food: Seroiusly, the best food that we've had at an all inclusive... keeping i mind that you're in mexico. So the steak won't taste like AAA alberta beer... but the Seafood is to DIE for. So fresh. I had mahi mahi pretty much every night cooked all different ways at the different a la carte restaurants. We also loved that there are no reservations at the restaurants, and only a dress code at portofino. We also loved all the different options for breakfast and lunch. One a la carte is open so you can sit down for a meal (breakfast at oceana and lunch at seaside are great), but you can also eat at the buffet, the snack bar, room service (which is included), and you can even take a plate from the buffet TO GO! you can eat your buffet meal right on your lounger.
The Beach: We loved the ocean and the beach. The waves are big which makes the ocean so much fun to boogy board in and play in. The beach was beautiful, and it is very easy to get loungers and palapadas by the beach. Butler service on the beach was awesome.
The pools: Granted there are only 3 pools (one of which no one uses), they are just enough. We didn't hang out by the pool much as it was more of the party place with music playing all day. Games at 3 pm every day tended to be fun. The Infinity pool at sunset it amazing.
Activities: Kayaking, Yoga, boogy boarding, snorkel gear, beach volleyball. We didn't go on any excursions as there was so much to do just at the resort. The best was running on the beach in the morning, every morning there would be a bunch of us our there while it was cool and the beach was shaded by the mountains. As hikers we thought the jungle trek was weak but I can see why most people would enjoy it.
Employees: They were amazing. The entertainment crew were personable and got to know you if you participated in stuff. As soon as you arrive you someone brings a glass of champagne right to your taxi.
Small resort: We loved this. You met people who you would see throughout the whole week.
The Not so great:
Nightly entertainment: it was fairly week and kid friendly. But Puerto Vallarta is only a 5 dollar cab ride away if you want action. They also go into town from the resort every night at 10 pm for 35 bucks a person which includes all your alcohol. Also, the hypnotist show was a blast.
Gym: super super hot. no windows so it doesn't cool off in the mornings, and no air conditioning.
Bottom line. Go here. You will not regret it.
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