The highlights of our vacation was enjoying breakfast, with the most amazing fresh squeezed orange juice, while sitting on the patio of Market Café surrounded by the scent of dwarf gardenia trees, the pools, amazing storms and sunsets and our bathroom with it’s amazing rain shower.
We loved the close proximity to the airport and the cold, fragrant facecloth on arrival. We had an issue at check-in which resulted in some inconvenience and a promised added amenity to compensate but I won’t go into details as I’m sure it was an isolated incident. However, the promised extra amenities to be delivered daily to make up for the inconvenience were only received 2 out of 7 days so customer service wasn’t as expected. The Now Amber family side of the resort had no affect on us.
As everyone says, the sunsets and the bathroom are amazing and Room 1905 lived up to expectations. There is quite a mish mash of inexpensive furnishings in the room and an odd smell, more like stale food than musty, as was the case with the pillows. We found a nice smelling pillow wrapped in plastic in the top of the cupboard and the Glade plug-in we brought from home cleared up the odd smell. The biggest downfall was the balcony which was in full sun and so blazing hot you couldn’t sit on the chairs.
The food was very good, especially the seafood. We ate dinners at Capers, Himitsu and Bordeaux. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials available. Lunch was at Barefoot Grill or Oceana. It was pork festival month so there was a good variety of delicious ribs daily along with hot dogs, hamburgers, fish, a daily hot food special, french fries, salad and tubs of ice cold water and beer. There is always a special food station set up on the walkway between the pools daily but they don’t advertise this and you have no idea what’s on offer until you go check it out. One day they had mango fruit bars and cups of fresh fruit being offered around the resort pools which was a welcome treat. Loved Coco Café; amazing brownies, strudel and loaf cakes just to name a few of the delectable treats as well as any coffee drink you could want.
There is no such thing as a “quiet” pool as they are all in such close proximity to each other. We spent all our time at the activity pool which was quiet until noon. Plenty of shade available and no problem getting lounge chairs.
The lobby bar was our favourite with beautiful sunset views and we really enjoyed the lovely Champagne Sunset evening with an amazing sax player. They have a nice variety of non-alcoholic drinks but the lobby bar was often out of guava for my husband’s favourite drink. Our pool bartender Alfredo was amazing; nothing was too much trouble for him.
It was hot and humid but usually there was a nice breeze. We had a few amazing storms but they were mostly in the evening/overnight and didn’t affect us. The one morning shower ended by 9. On our last night there was a tremendous storm all night with torrential rain and flooding. The central drive at Secrets/Now Amber is not set up to shield guests from the elements and we were soaked when we boarded the bus for the airport.
We didn’t care for Puerto Vallarta at all. We were looking for a large clay planter and one of the bellmen gave us the address of a shop in Old P.V. which turned out to be a tile shop so it was a wasted trip. The cab fare was to be $8. each way, plus tip, but we gladly paid the driver $25. to wait for us. We would return to Secrets Vallarta Bay if the price was right but wouldn’t venture off the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic. Refined. Remarkable. Located on the golden sand beaches of the Pacific coast within walking distance of the famous El Malecon boardwalk, this vibrant oceanfront resort provides adults 24/7 access to amazing nightlife, non-stop entertainment and Unlimited-Luxury(R). ... more less
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