We stayed at Club Regina last week for a "girls trip" 10/9 through 10/14. Check in was smooth, we had a very nice 2 bdrm/3 bath unit on the 9th floor, plenty of room for 4 women. Room was good-sized, kitchen is small but serviceable, sofa bed was comfortable (although just sitting on the sofa not so great), beds are very comfortable. Plenty of room in the bathrooms for 2 girly-girls to spread out all of our stuff and get ready to go out on the town. The only real disappointment was that there is not a large balcony; rather, there are 2 small balconies, one off of each bedroom, but not enough room for the 4 of us to hang out together and enjoy the hot tub. Normally I'd say ask for a room in the front building for the best views, but there's a new resort being built and that's the building closest to the construction, so maybe not the best right now.
The resort was spotlessly clean, we were all very impressed. Beautiful grounds. Daily maid service was thorough. Business center with free email/internet. Sheoul Gallery staff was very helpful and matched prices we found in town (thanks Judy!). Activities desk was wonderful (ask for Mary). Front desk staff was not rude, but not particularly friendly either. We moved rooms to get a higher floor and Claudia was very accomodating about letting us see a couple different units. We had to have an adjustment made to our final bill because we weren't given a discount at the restaurant one night, they took care of it without any fuss.
Restaurants on property are expensive, food is fine. We at at Inizio a couple of times (bkfst & dinner) and at the pool one day. If you are an owner or trading in you get a 20% discount, be sure to confirm it on your bill when you eat. Happy hour 2 for 1 is different in different areas of the resort, it's 4-5 at the pool and 6-8 at Inizio/lobby bar. Took us a few days to figure this out.
Lots of on-site activities like kayaking, pottery painting, water aerobics, pool-side bingo, etc. We were a bunch of women travelling, but I would love to take my kids there. There's a nice playground on the grounds, and a trampoline. I think there's a kids club too. Beach is good for the PV Marina area, water is swimmable. Yes there are beach vendors, you're in Mexico, get over it. They can be kind of fun to haggle with.
We booked two things through the activities desk--spa services, and a tour to Canopy El Eden. The spa services were OK. At first we were amazed at how inexpensive they were. Then we found out that you go offsite, and the location was not a luxury spa, more like a shop in a strip shopping center in the States. Massage was OK, facials were outstanding, manicure/pedicure was mediocre. Spa staff was wonderfully friendly and overall we enjoyed the day, just don't go into it expecting a luxury spa experience.
Canopy El Eden was fantastic--zip lines, very entertaining staff, icy cold pond with a rope swing to cool you off at the end, tequila tasting. All for about $41 US. One of the fellows ziplining with us had paid $81 for the same tour, so the price through CR was outstanding. Oh, and the food at Eden is fantastic, but costs extra, cash only.
If you're looking for a downside to Club Regina, it's a little far from town in the Marina, which is not exactly a hopping part of town. You can take the 5.5 peso bus pretty easily, or a 100 peso taxi. If you want to go into town to shop, then back to resort, then back to town for the evening it's kind of far. Not nearly as far as Nuevo Vallarta though!
Overall a great resort I definitely would return, especially with my family.
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