Well for a Mexico- all inclusive vacation this is pretty good value for the money. Anytime you can get from Toronto to Mexico all incl 4-5 star for under $1100-1000 is good value in my mind.
Before we get to the hotel part, it is important to make note of the hustlers in the airport. No matter what any of them say to you just say no thank you and keep moving. They will try to separate you from the group you are with then intimidate you into paying them for something (carrying your bags, a shutttle bus to your hotel, etc). Some of them will even try to grab your bag out of our hands, so you have to be very direct and stick together as a group! I don't beleive they are dangerous they are just VERY aggressive, and look to take advantage of people.
Once we arrived at the hotel, the food was good, loads of great tortillas, guacamole, fajita's. Always very fresh. The beach bar/restaurant was our fave for lunch as it was easy and convenient to grab lunch there and head back to your lounge chair to soak up more sun. The a la carte's were ok, the steakhouse one was the best. If you can go there multiple nights I would, the brazilian really wasnt that great, and the asian was ok.
The drinks were ok. They were not the best I've ever had on a vacation, nor were they they worst. The rooms have all incl booze dispensers in your room which is nice if you want to continue drinking after you've returned to your room. We didnt really take advantage of these too much, but it was a nice feature.
The room itself was decent sized. The only complaint was that the beds were hard like rocks (which isnt totally uncommon in all incl vacations whether it be mexico, DR, Cuba, etc) however our room smelled very musty and moldy. This was less than enjoyable, but we figured since we were only sleeping in there we could suck it up. It might not have been such a good idea in hindsight because we both got very sick with a cold/stuffed up nose/sore throat which may have been attributed to the moldy room.
The weather was fantastic, not a drop of rain, and very hot most days between 33-35. The pool was very chlorine like and all the chairs by the pool were always taken so we spent our days at the beach and there was never a shortage of chairs down there. There were loads of beach vendors but they were not obnoxious, they had a good sense of humour and you could joke around or negotiate with them for a deal, or simply tell them no thank you that you werent interested. Some of them had good deals, and in the nearby town of Bucerias there was a little market with some great shops especially for pottery and vanilla. Also in town haggling and negotiating is a must. And if you dont like the price just walk away they will more often than not negotiate to get you to come back and buy from them.
All in all we had a great time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * In Riviera Nayarit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa de Flamingos beach, 2 km / 1.5 Miles from Nuevo Vallarta * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 5-story building * 2 km / 1.25 Miles from various shops * 13 km / 8 miles from the airport * 300 m / 990 ft. From Flamingos Golf Club * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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