We stayed at Taheima in March over spring break week and had a really great vacation. We did use a coupon and found the resort to be a great deal for what we paid. However, I am not sure I would have been as pleased had we spent more than we did.
To start with the positives:
-it is truly a beautiful property
-we used their airport transfers, which was easy and is $45 each way
-check in was easy; front desk staff nice (appeared to have several new staff getting trained)
-found we got a $50 spa credit daily for the spa, though that wasn't mentioned on my coupon
*Beware though, that means you are paying about $40 for a massage each day if you get the cheapest services - that credit cannot be combined over days and does NOT apply toward the specials that the spa runs. I learned that the hard way.
*Be ready to pay taxes upon checkin with a coupon
-we didn't even ask and were given a room with a plunge pool (though we didn't use it once)
-spoke with the time share rep, who was super nice and simply gave us a brochure and asked us to let her know if we had any questions - yay for low pressure! Liked that a lot.
-got an amazing complimentary foot massage by the pool on the 1st day
-Plastic chairs, towels by pool
-super low occupancy rate, even during a high season; staff said 30% (that was great for us)
-very few kids, and not sure why you would take kids there - there is not much of anything for them
-transportation to the beach every hour; it is a five minute ride
-beach restaurant was great. Loved the nachos and finally got ceviche there
-breakfast buffet was the best I've seen. Tons of fresh fruits and fresh juices, plus plenty of egg/meat dishes as well as pastries, cereal, cottage cheese, beans, breads, etc.
-lunch was very good, but the options are limited. One day they were 'out of fries.'
-the soups at dinner are great
-the bar has a great view of the property and made wonderful margaritas.
-room was very spacious and had kitchenette (yet there isn't really anywhere to buy food nearby)
-lots of closet space
-two tvs, one in bedroom and one in sitting area
-Yoga classes were amazing - not so challenging, but a fair workout and the massage at the end was the best part!
-super clean and beautiful resort
THINGS TO WORK ON:
-Poor service at pool (usually just one server, and often he wouldn't even acknowledge me)
I ordered a drink and it never came.
-inconsistencies in wait staff - some are very friendly, a few barely spoke and were unattentive
-SLOW service at all meals, though this is the way of life at a resort in Mexico.
-if you are interested in late night activities, there are none other than the bar.
-Dinner portions so small that we were still hungry – no other dinner options w/ only one restaurant
-I know this place is known for its cuisine, but we were not impressed with dinner. I had the WORST tuna I've ever tasted here. We finally learned to order three entrees to get enough food - and we are very fit people who don't eat that much!
-though the room is nice and spacious, it has no pant hangers, one trash can, no glasses, no book about amenities, very bare white walls
-water is HARD to find here. Ask to take a bottle with you from dinner. I would refill mine from the sink and put in the fridge. Water is safe to drink at the resort.
-you have to sign after every meal. I have been to three all-inclusives, and only one you didn't have to do this.
-The studio had only yoga and tae bo classes when we were there - no zumba and no cooking as advertised
-Lunch had same menu every day but they were out of fries one day
-No one ever had ceviche
-The chips at lunch are ‘healthy’ and also terrible
-The golf club nearby is nice, but we didn't have a ride back and had to call a taxi
-we attempted to go to the pharmacy to buy some snacks and got lost walking back. That was our own fault since we just were dropped off by the pool shuttle on our first day.
-Cabanas almost impractical as the wind would whip the curtains from their velcroed holding place
Overall, we had a great relaxing vacation of just reading and eating. If you are looking for a low-key place to visit, this is a great fit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa Hideaway Retreat Defines a Holiday Experience With a Meaning and Purpose for Body, Mind and Soul. Taheima, located within 10 minutes of Puerto Vallarta International Airport, offers convenience and ease-of-access, all within its own tropical oasis. Taheima offers its own landscaped lagoons and Infinity swimming pools, beach club, Taheima artfully unites shelter with nature within a tropical environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taheima Wellness Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
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