My family and I have been to Costa Vida (I refuse to call it by the new name, Playa Del Sol Costa Sur) six times. We own 2 weeks. We were there once in the winter and six times in the summer. I definitely prefer the summer. In the summer the main pool and two bars are the center of activity. There is a volley ball game in the main pool at midday that my son and I look forward to.
The size of the hotel is important to me. It's not to big and not to small. There are plenty of guests to interact with and by the second day the waiters remember what you drink. The hotel can only be entered from the sixth floor. There is a guard, bellhop station and the front desk at the enterance.
Two repeated complaints from winter guests are no lounge chairs available and no morning sun. In July these problems do not exist. In July the resort is only about 60% full. Therefore, there are plenty of chairs. In July the sun comes out about 10AM. The morning shade is a welcome relief.
Be sure to be there for happy hour. The drinks are two for one and they have great tasting, free popcorn.
My wife and daughter enjoy the walking tours, crafts classes and bingo offered during the day.
My son and I enjoy their modern, air-conditioned gym.
We eat about half our meals at the resort. We enjoy going into town ($5.00 for cab fare and tip). Pepe's and La Iguna are two of our many favorites. However, some nights we are so relaxed from being at the pool all day that we order from the restaurant and eat at a patio table and listen to the Mariachi Band that plays three nights a week.
All rooms face the ocean. The walls are thick. The only background noice you hear is the ocean. We have always stayed in the north tower. It consists about 160 studio units. The south tower consists of about 40 one and two bedroom units.
Registration is interesting. Since Costa Vida's time share week begins on Thursday, several of the guests on your plane will also be at the resort. Checkin usually goes smoothly, but to make sure it does the resort provides a "hospitality table" with free rum punch and margaritas. It is very popular.
The resort's timeshare pitch takes about two hours and is extremely high pressure. The discounts provided for attending the presentation are not worth it. In fact, they are not selling Costa vida, they are selling Playa Del Sol Grand.
We love Costa Vida and will return many more times. I think my wife said it best when she said Costa Vida is to good of a vacation, because you continue to think about it for the rest of the year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Costa Sur Resort & Spa is a beautiful 202 unit all suite resort just five minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. It features ocean front views on each suite as well as fully equipped kitchenettes and balconies. Each room has been updated with king size beds, 42" flat screen TVs and ipod docking stations. Our pride is our private beach with ocean lagoon making Costa Sur the only hotel where guests can snorkel onsite. Costa Sur has two pools, two bars and a wonderful ocean view restaurant, "La Cascada." Make sure to check our "All inclusive add-on." We also feature a mini-mart, a wonderful spa, a gym, free Wi-Fi, ATM and an internet center. Everything for a great vacation! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Sur Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Costa Sur Resort And Spa
- Playa Del Sol Costa Sur