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Marival Residences Luxury Resort Nuevo Vallarta Riviera Nayari
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Blvd Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo de los Cocoteros no 53, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico (Formerly Marival Residences & World Spa)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 24 hotels in Nuevo Vallarta
Richmond, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Another enjoyable trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Our family just returned from our second stay at the Marival Residence. We enjoyed our trip so much last year that we decided to repeat the same trip again this year. There was no disappointment; the facilities, food and service were as good this year as last year, maybe even better.
We do believe that the Marival Residence provides a superior experience to other all-inclusive resorts. The staff were particularly attentive and friendly this year, clearly an effort has been made to up the scale the service offering beyond their high standard of last year. During our stay, we commonly visited the sister property, Marival Resort, for the beach facilities. Relative to the Residence, the food and property are not as good. OK for lunch but the a la carte restaurants do not compare to the Residence food. It was nice to visit the Marival Resort for the beach and then return to the Residence.
Our family’s kids are too old to use the Kids Club or the nanny services however we did talk to families who did use both and said they were fantastic. One family we talked too was hesitant to use the nanny service. The nanny arrived on time but was shy and reserved. When they returned three hours later, the kids didn't want them to come back, that the nanny was so much fun, their kids told them to return in a few more hours.
The free tours are a bonus. All of them worth while. Our favorite was swimming with the sea lion’s. The three golf courses offered are all enjoyable but a little far, one 20 minutes away and the other two about 30-40 minutes.
We would highly recommend the Marival Residence to any family who is considering an all-inclusive stay in Mexico with or without kids. The common positive comments in Trip Advisor are well deserved. Special thanks to Carlos and the whole service team who made our stay very enjoyable once again.

Room Tip: For a view, ask for 4th floor or above
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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San Antonio
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This resort is truly unbelievable- from the food to the service to the amentities. We traveled with our two boys ages 9 and 4 and just found the resort to be perfect! The young lady in the kids club went out of her way to make our youngest son feel excited and engaged in the activities, and the babysitting service was amazing allowing us to enjoy a nice dinner on the beach. The resort area was quiet and relaxing, we went over to the sister resort and found it filled with people, loud and noisy-which was not what we were looking for. Carlos the concierge assisted me in planning a special dinner on the beach for my husband's 40th birthday. He pulled out all the stops and the dinner was beyond amazing!! We walked up to a candle lit walkway into a tiki hut surrounded by candles in hurricane lamps and a dinner that we easily would have paid $300+ for in the US. The service for our dinner was also absolutely amazing-we wanted for nothing. The food at the resort is unbelievable- the tapas restaurant had the most amazing food! We upgraded to a pool penthouse room that was absolutely fantastic and well worth the money. My son and husband went on the zip line tour and had a blast. We also went to the dolphin excursion and had an equally great time. My husband and I also had a couples massage and the spa was absolutely gorgeous and extremely relaxing. I highly recommend this resort to couples and families- the service, amenities, and food were beyond amazing and a wonderful value for the price!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My husband and I just got back from the Marival and we can honestly say we had the most AMAZING trip of our lives! We have been to top resorts all around Mexico and Hawaii and this is our absolute favorite vacation pace! The room was top notch (best views of the ocean and sunset) and the food was truly first-class. Every single person who works at the resort was friendly and went out of their way to make you feel at home - including making soy lattes every morning, remembering who in our group was a vegetarian and getting her meals from other restaurants and finding "pickles" for our friends! If you are looking for a vacation you will never forget - go to the MARIVAL!!

Room Tip: Stay on a level above 3 to be able to see gorgeous mountains and ocean views!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clayton, Missouri
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had an excellent vacation at the Marival Residences and World Spa. I will break it down by categories.

Food and dining-I was concerned that we were planning to stay a week and that we would get bored of the limited number of choices. This was not the case at all. The restaurants varied, the food selection varied, and it was all quite excellent. The specialty drink selection also rotated with various new twists on old themes. The restaurants took no reservations, which scared me a little bit, but we rarely had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table for seven over winter break (New Year's).

Almost every meal was outdoors, and the ambiance was superb.

Service-Outstanding at the Residences resort, more variable over at the beach, but still very good. The waiters, housekeepers, concierges, hostesses, cooks, pool staff, etc were all very attentive

Beach facility-The separate beach facility concerned me a little bit, but it worked out fine for us. The Marival Residences is 0.5 miles from the Marival Resort, where there is a VIP section for the guests of the Residences (confusing, but it makes sense when you get there). The beach itself is public and was somewhat crowded over the holiday, but the crowd thinned considerably after Jan. 1. The service was spotty when it was crowded, and we had difficulty getting beach loungers the first day. My daughter had a severe case of food poisoning, which temporally had to be from something eaten at the beach resort, which I wrote off to the facility being swamped with guests. I would recommend avoiding eating meat from the VIP buffet over there, but everything else seemed fine.

I ran on the beach every morning, and it is safe and pleasant. There was no concern for personal safety, other than the usual beach dangers--waves, sunburn, under current, dehydration, etc. We walked to the beach, but shuttle service is offered (we never used it).

Activities-There was a terrific New Year's Eve party at the Residences--great food, live music, fireworks--very well done.

The all-inclusive package includes up to 5 activities off the property. We did the "Canopy" zip line activity, which was a lot of fun. Wear a dark colored t-shirt and prepare for an "outdoor" ride to the facility an back again. We were talked out of doing all others but the Sea Lion encounter by a guest who was there on his second vacation and had done them before. Frankly, we were there for a relaxing beach vacation, not an adventure, and we did make a couple mistakes booking activities on our own.

Rooms and facility--Very clean, large appointments, hard (but comfortable) beds, excellent maid service. No complaints whatsoever. It would have been nice if WiFi were included (it cost extra, $70 USD or so for a week). I never really figured out how to use the A/C, but our weather was cool enough at night that it did not matter much.

People were constantly cleaning up, painting, and manicuring the facility. It looked fresh, clean, and brand new.

Overall, I found little to complain about and would recommend the resort to friends. I expect that when the capacity is under 90%, the experience would be even better, as all resorts strain to meet the demands over the holidays. If I were planning to return to Mexico, I would certainly consider this resort, and if I were specifically planning to visit the Puerto Vallarta area, I would definitely and unhesitatingly be a guest at the Marival Residences.

Room Tip: "Choose a higher floor, at least 4th, if possible."
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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innisfil
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Truly the best holiday you will ever have. The problem with going to this hotel is no other holiday will ever be as lavish again. Trust me you might as well just buy a place here the staff at the restaurants are very accommodating and always there to make each meal an experience you won't forget.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barrington, Illinois
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This was an amazing vacation. We were nervous going to a resort not on the beach, however the facility and grounds and extras made up for this one drawback. We were graciously upgraded to a penthouse for the first 3 nights from a standard suite and then moved to one of the Villas when the entire family arrived. Both were near perfect. The penthouse has an amazing views and sitting in the plunge pool, watching the sunset while enjoying one of their delicious drinks. The Villa was a home away from home with our own back yard pool! So comfortable and beautiful.
The adventures that the concierge helped arrange were fantastic. We loved the Zip Lining Adventure (Upgrade the ATV and Big Papa- it is so worth it)Dolphin encounter was great and the Sea Lions a hoot. The Sunset cruise was beautiful and we had a blast on the day sail trip.
We also loved the time just hanging at the pool and beach. The food was amazing, and the service was outstanding.
We did go over to the sister resort and that was the only down side. The shows was really pretty awful!
We would go back in a minute!

Room Tip: The Penthouses are the best for seeing the ocean. If we ever go back, I might be tempted to try for...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We (family of 13) recently stayed at this resort over the Xmas holiday. The accommodation was excellent. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The food was exceptional and the service top notch. The food was made to order off the menu as well as an optional buffet. There are no reservations allowed at the restaurants. On more than one occasion our group had to wait 2 hours to be seated. This may have been due to the fact it was a large group and the holiday season.
The hotel is not situated on the beach but a quick free shuttle or walk (about ten minutes) takes you to the Marival sister resort to a private beach for Marival residents. They provide food and drinks with excellent beachside service. The beach stretches for miles and great for body surfing or boogey boarding, The resort is relatively small so there is ample space at the poolside and beachfront and the waiters are very attentive to your needs.
We did partake on the zip line excursion. The experience was o.k. but a 1 hour 40 minute drive in an open truck just to reach the site. The activity took 45 minutes and the equipment was a bit shabby. We have been to the other zip line company 2 years ago and it was a much better operation.
Overall, the experience was incredible. We have been to several all inclusive resorts in the past but the Marival residences exceeded our expectations,
. We will be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 207 in the north tower which had a large walkout patio/grass area and adjacent sma...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Blvd Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo de los Cocoteros no 53, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico (Formerly Marival Residences & World Spa)
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Nuevo Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#3 Spa Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#3 Romantic Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#4 Family Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Marival Residences Luxury Resort Nuevo Vallarta Riviera Nayari 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"There is nothing like the luxurious four diamond all inclusive Marival Residences & World Spa", WINNER OF THE 2012 TRAVELER'S CHOICE AWARDS #1 ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT! Unmatched accommodations, a food and beverage experience in a class by itself, a Free Tour and unlimited free golf at PGA courses are all included!Located in Riviera Nayarit's Nuevo Vallarta, this is the 1st all-inclusive resort to offer luxurious one to four bedroom Residences -- perfect for couples and families alike -- actual homes-away-from-home, spacious and inviting -- 1400 sq ft is the smallest! The all inclusive package is "seriously all inclusive" -- gourmet dining indoors and out, 24/7 room service, international wine bar, rooftop sky lounge and tapas restaurant, a Private full service VIP Beach Club, UNLIMITED rounds of golf at signature champoinship courses. Tour Time- Take One Free! Catamaran Sailing, Sea Lions, Zip Lining, Pueblos, Pub Crawl or City tours… PLUS, additional select tours like Dolphin Encounters from only $30..Romance is always in the air here, and free weddings and special honeymoon bonuses make it a perfect place to celebrate love. Families get the best of all worlds with separate bedrooms for the kids, a full activities program and even free nannies! Top all this off with the unique "world spa" featuring nine different therapy rooms and special treatments from around the world and it's easy to see why this resort is rated the #1 All Inclusive experience.Marival Residences & World Spa -- A world apart, in a class by itself! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Marival Vallarta
Marival Club
Grand Marival Nuevo Vallarta
Marival Nuevo Vallarta
Grand Marival Mexico
Nuevo Vallarta Marival
Marival Grand Club Suites Nuevo Vallarta
Marival Grand Hotel
Marival Vacation Club
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