This article is an update to my already existing, IN-DEPTH review from a while back which you might want to take a look at!
We have been coming to this resort almost every year for many years and not much has changed since my last review.
The resort is still as nice as always and things are maintained quite well! Very clean everywhere!
As top-notch as always! No matter which restaurant you eat at.
Extremely friendly as always and always eager to please.
By now all the rooms have been re-decorated and look nice.
As beautiful, lush and tropical as ever!
One can still choose between the regular tower and the club tower, which is slightly more upscale.
This is still mainly a family resort and also popular for weddings ( which can be a good thing for the wedding parties but sometimes not so good for everyone else...)
The adult-only infinity pool, which is very pretty, is unfortunately very small with only 18 ( very comfortable! ) lounges and not enough umbrellas for all the people who prefer shade...
The main pool area features very comfortable lounges as well but it gets extremely hot on the vast concrete pad / deck, can be very crowded and one has to put up with constant loud music all day long. Also, not every set of lounges comes with an umbrella...
There is one more pool, somewhat secluded, close to the regular tower. There, one will find decent lounges, a lot of space to move around but NO umbrellas at all! Years ago, the huge tree provided a lot of shade but lately, this tree has not been too healthy anymore but the management still refuses to provide umbrellas there. ( We have asked many times... )
Plenty of shade to be found under the many palapas along the beautiful beach ( but rough waters! ), but the lounges there are VERY uncomfortable if one intends to spend more than 2 hours on them! People with back or neck issues beware! These are some of the worst lounges around ( and we travel a lot! )! Please read the entire chair/lounge story in my previous review of this resort!!!)
One rather annoying side-effect of all-inclusive resorts ( note: this resort was only converted into an all-inclusive a few years ago!! ) is that certain types of people have a shameless need to take advantage of all the free alcohol, and as a result end up behaving as if they were the only guests around, to put it mildly!
They are loud and sometimes even rowdy and love to make a spectacle of themselves, whether on the beach, at the pools or in the hotel bar. Many times it is entire wedding parties who take over a whole row of chairs and then just let loose. On this trip we had a group of people in the adult pool from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm drinking non-stop ( I kid you not!!! )! The noise was unbelievable. When they finally left, one person vomited all the way to the bathroom!
During last years stay, a couple got so drunk in the adult-pool that staff had to be called and they had to be lifted out of the pool and literally carried to their rooms!
This kind of behaviour is extremely disrespectful towards fellow guests and also the staff, who are taxed to the max in situations like these!!!
Everyone is entitled to have fun but not at the expense of others! Please be considerate in these matters!
One more thing: Please clean up after yourself! Remove used towels from chairs so that other people know that they are available. This prevents a lot of misunderstandings.
Do not litter along the beach! Cigarette buds, bottle caps, straws etc. endanger the wildlife and create extra work for the staff!!
And last but not least: Do tip the waiters if you are happy with their service ( especially if you order one drink after another like it is the case so many times...)!!
Despite all the negatives, this is still a beautiful resort mainly because of its location. Surrounded by jungle forests, cliffs ( the beach is private! ) and lush greenery and flowers! It is an old resort but maintained quite well ( aside from the lack of umbrellas and the terrible beach lounges...) and friendly.
The "kid's club" program is fantastic and as I mentioned earlier, the food is too!
We really enjoyed it here for many years but now I think we are ready for something a bit quieter. The wedding crowds and party crowds don't really appeal to us and our children are grown up now. We will most likely visit again some day ( for nostalgic reasons, since our daughter practically grew up in this resort ) but in the near future we will explore some non-inclusive resorts and will stop travelling during peak-times, which turns EVERY place into a super noisy / busy place, I am sure.
If you do get tired of the all-inclusive food and feel like eating in town, these are our absolute favorite restaurants in PV:
" Pipi's " : A great, fun family restaurant! Fantastic Mexican food, giant portions and fantastic Margarita's! Not expensive.
" Si Senor ": Traditional Mexican food in a magical, terraced garden setting. Love the food and the Margaritas ( served with the Tequila on the side ). Very romantic!
" La Palapa " : Beautiful restaurant on the beach! Nice for watching the sunset and romantic!
" Trio " : Mediterranean food cooked with love. European garden restaurant with a colonial touch. Moderately priced.
" River Cafe " : Romantic, open-air, upscale restaurant on the river " Cuale ". Fantastic food and atmosphere! Beautiful restaurant in a beautiful location! Come here if you are celebrating something special!! Moderately expensive.
" Cafe des Artistes " : Elegant restaurant in a magical, terraced garden setting! Very romantic, the ultimate! Beautiful place, has won many awards! Gourmet food. Expensive but worth it, especially for a special occasion!!
Silver Jewelry :
Go directly to " Evolucion " Silver! ( Morelos 265 ). Don't bother with any other place. Ask for Julie, the owner, and say a friend sent you. This place is fair in their pricing and you won't be taken for a ride! The selection of pieces is incredible and there is something to be found for every one. All real silver! Bargain a little...
Check out this tiny shop right beside Pipi's restaurant ( Pipila 245 centro )! Sigi Contreras is a very talented young artist who makes the most beautiful and unique jewelry! He uses different materials for his creations and the prices are NOT over the top!
Go to " Mundo De Cristal " ( Insurgentes No. 333 ) for reasonably priced vases, glasses, bowls, art etc. The selection and the beauty of the pieces will blow you away! Ask for Rosa, the owner. Everything can be packed as carry-on!
Tequila and other spirits:
The BEST prices in town! Forget duty-free at the airport! Staff not particularly friendly but who cares... ( Pipila 139, Col. Centro ).
Happy Eating and Shopping...!
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- In this natural, open-air paradise, you'll see shades of blue you never imagined, stretching from the brilliant mosaics of the infinity pools to the spectacular views of the azure ocean. Authentic Mexican cuisine, swim-up suites and a beautiful, intimate setting that seems to grow more perfect every moment, we have it all. All bestowed with our genuine Service from the HeartTM . That's the difference at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. That's the Evolution of All-Inclusive. ... more less
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