My husband and I were there Jan 12-20 2013. It was our 4th time to Puerto Vallarta, and we had previously stayed in the Nuevo( Riviera Nayarit,)area, at the Riu Jalisco, and the Samba Vallarta. We decided to stay closer to downtown on this visit, and thought it would be nice to try an adults only inclusive resort since we were just travelling as a couple.
Check in: We arrived in the middle of the night, and we were a little bit unsure how that would be, but they were waiting for us, and we checked in quickly, and were brought up to our room right away. They even offered us room service(3am), which was nice, but not needed, as we just wanted to get some sleep.
The room: The first room we got was on the 3rd floor, right beside the pub bar, and breakfast dining area. I liked the room itself, but I am sensitive to noise, even with earplugs, and the bar was noisy past 1 am, and the breakfast area had music playing at 7am. My hubby had no issues with this, but I did, so we asked to move, and were given a room the next day on the 6th floor, and closer to the pool/ocean. I will warn people that if you do want to move to another room, they are not exactly quick about it, and do make you wait. I think we waited for our bellboy for almost an hour, which was frustrating because we wanted to be by the pool. They tell you it will be a few minutes- what they mean is whenever they have time. The rooms are in need of an update, but really not bad for Mexico, and it was nice to have an ocean, and pool view from our balcony. We had a flat screen tv in our room, and everything worked fine. I would have liked to have had better lighting in the bathroom. It was nice to have room service. We have never had that at a resort before- very quick too I thought. Make sure you take advantage of the breakfast delivery. It was top notch. I really would have liked to have a fridge in the room, but we went to Soranos(the grocery store just five min walk away) and bought a 3 dollar cooler, and bought our own soda, and filled it with ice from the bars.
The pool/beach: We spent time at both pool and beach. We liked them both. The pool is heated, so it was the first time I actually enjoyed a swim, and the hot tub, was slightly warmer, and was nice I thought. One afternoon it was really cloudy, and a bit cooler out, so they turned the heat up on the hot tub, and it was very warm! The drink service was hit and miss. Sometimes they were attentive, and other times they forgot about you, or took forever to bring your drink. It was better by the pool than on the beach, but I think it was pretty good compared to some we have been to in the past. Everyone says to be prepared for the vendors on the beach. Well they are right. They are everywhere, they are nonstop- even late at night which surprised me. We didn't see that in Riviera Nayarit. They do leave you alone if you say no gracias, but it is a bit of a pain. We liked the beach bar at night. It was nice to be able to go there and have some drinks(listening to the ocean in the background) The bartender there was nice too. I found the beach to be a good size, clean, and beautiful. They even have beds with canopy's over them. We never used one because they were always taken before we had the chance, but I thought it was a nice option.
The food: Here is where I have a bit of a problem. The food here was not as good as some other all inclusives we have been to. Breakfast was the best, but selection was the same everyday, and not a lot to choose from. My husband enjoyed the made to order omellettes though, and we both loved the fresh orange juice. No buffet at this resort, so lunch only consisted of the snack bar that made hamburgers, small tacos, fries, and sometimes wings. We actually liked the burgers, and the wings were pretty good, but one can't eat that every day. So we went to the resort next door for their buffet. Which was ok at best. At least it had a salad bar, and a few more options. This buffet never changed all week either. We went there several times, and they had the same food almost everytime. So what do you do? you try to go to the ala cartes hoping to find some food that beats the buffet right? well the Paradise was good,(Polly and his sexy coffee was awesome) and I recommend that one, but we also went to the Italian, and French at the other resort, plus we went to Salvadors too, and even though service was good, and presentation was nice, the flavor was not too great. I'm not usually that picky an eater either, and I really wanted to like them, but sorry to say I was disappointed. Also it didn't help that I found myself a bit queasy 4 days into our stay. Other guests were saying it was the food, or that there was a flu bug going around. I don't know what it was but I was sick for at least 24 hrs. I never threw up, but I didn't feel good. First time I have ever been sick on vacation.
Overall we did enjoy our stay. I don't know if we would return like so many have done. We met a couple that had been there over 13 times. When there are so many resorts out there, I think I would like to try some others, maybe closer to downtown next time? The location isn't bad though. We were able to walk to the marina to catch our boat for our excursion with Vallarta adventures( Las Caletas)-Very convenient. Walking distance to Galleria mall, and Walmart, and only a short bus ride to downtown. There is also a flea market by the marina too. Sadly we only saw one cruise ship while we were there. We expected to see more since it was high season. The weather wasn't as nice this trip. PV is usually sunny and hot, and this time it was cloudy(no sun at all) for 2-3 days of our short 7 day vacation. I guess PV has spoiled us in the past, but at least we didn't have rain, and could do our shopping, and excursions on those days. Still beats what we are suffering with here in Canada, and I would go back in an instant if I could.
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