I was asked to write this review to help others have a good time and avoid some common hassles of the area . First , I have visited Paradise Village 5 times and always had a good time and some very different experiences on and off the resort. Was possibly going again this year ,but a serious injury has set me back and can`t work or travel yet . Staff is great . service has always been wonderful, some very minor issues but you are in Mexico , not Canada or U.S.A. or the U.K. . The laws are different , life is a lot less stressful there so try and adapt to the ways , you are there to relax and have fun. The right people work at this resort , hell one of the bellboys at the lobby taught me a fair amount of Spanish so I would be able communicate as I would leave the resort for my daily walk and adventures. Lots to see in the general area without spending a lot of money . You do not have to take the Time share tour , although you will be strongly pushed to do so, but a persistant no will work , Caution you will not receive any discounts on any trips booked through resort. But several outside venders will offer you the same outing at a cheaper rate, the catch is if booked at Paradise Village you are covered for insurance thru the resort. Think about it . For people that like to fish , there is a local public docks in the same resort marina. So, check with the local venders and compare prices for your 4or 6 or 8 hour fishing trip . Then go to one of the captains at the dock and see what their cost is . You will see a difference ,and all from the same dock. Also recommend dealing direct with Vallarta Adventures, located across the marina for some great trips . Have done a few from them on those big catamaran boat s . There is a mall outside of the resort compound local restaurants include Subway , Dominos Pizza and Starbucks ,of course McDonalds ,but why go on a holiday to eat that stuff, food is not to bad on the resort ,Or to head outside of the resort there is a taxi stand and bus stops at the entrance to the mall. Resort staff will hail you a taxi, can take a little golf cart from the lobby to the bus stand also. I found taking the bus to downtown P. V. a interesting outing on several occasions as it stops everywhere and boy you can see a lot of day today life just by riding the bus. Major bus stop at Walmart on the street , all bus routes marked with soap on the windows to show which way you are going , friendly locals will point you to the correct bus , free of charge . , Also across the street is the busy harbour , easy access. Used to be a cantina called Cheeky Monkeys on the strip in P.V. Last time I was there cervesas were a buck a beer all day , good munchies, nice view from all of the balcony`s of Banderas Bay, dolphin , sometimes whales and Black mantas jumping. Caution, when in P.V. your lovely resort wrist bands tells every street vender and time share hawk where you are staying and that is when they will strike up a conversation with you , do not make eye contact , or ignore them and keep on walking by. Lots of good place to eat , major shopping area on the strip . All the same meals and shopping can also be cheaper in a small town north called Bucerias .Cheaper venders if you want all the trinkets and T-shirt stuff. This is where we go for day trips , good restaurants on the beach. I here there are a couple of resorts there now. Time share hawks also walk the streets here , same bookings for trips and so on. Back to Paradise Village : Lots of well maintained tropical gardens , these are kept spotlessly clean. Small zoo on site , have held the baby tigers more than once but when the have young cubs out it is not a scheduled event. Sea lion have been brought to the main pool more than once , have seen an ostrich wandering around the compound , iguanas and lots of beautiful parrots. Warning these birds when in their cage for the night can be noisy , and if your room faces the parking lot you might here them, or a loud tiger roar once in a while . The sound of a tiger at night roaring will really get your attention. Most of my rooms have been on the marina side ,way up , what a great view, and much quieter than the rooms facing the ocean , still great views of the beach. Front rooms facing the parking lot tend to here a lot of noise as this is a very busy place at times. Like most Mexican resorts the beds are rock hard ,with what seems to be a cement base. The rooms that I have stayed in always clean, but starting to show some age . Concrete walls do not stop the sounds from the hallways or next door..As you can here the maids carts go clunk ,clunk as they go up and down the halls. House keepers do a wonderful job, every one says that they do not wash your dishes if you have a kitchen suite , somebody forgot to tell our housekeeper as it was done more than once without asking them, they were later given our appreciation. Beach , well what can I say, very long cleaned and groomed beach. Water is not crystal clear like Cancun areas but still great to play in the surf. Free kayaks and boogie boards and beach toys like footballs , volleyball , Frisbee all at the beach shack . Oh I thought that I would mention the towel situation for Paradise Village: upon check -in you will leave a deposit on your card for your towels for the pool and beach area , do not loose it ,like your room card ,if you have lost one of these it will cost you. All towels can be changed daily at the towel booth on the beach next to the restaurant past the main pool. More people seem to swim in the pools than in the ocean ,but just as many people hang out on the . I have never had a problem getting a chair and palapa on the beach as others have said. There is also a quiet pool to relax around , kids are not supposed to be going crazy here and it is sometime enforced , nice hot tub under the waterfall .At night many functions take place around the pools ie: theme nights , lots of fun. I might add that most of these functions shut down around 10:00 pm. This is not a night life , meat rack type of resort, very family oriented , if you want to party into the wee hours you will have to go off site. There is a night club , but when I have visited it was not open every night. There are a few good clubs and a sports bar past the mall called No Name Bar and Grill, don't know if it is still open or not . There is a free meet and great , out on the outdoor theatre facing the marina, some free drinks and munchies ,given out while you meet some staff and guests are on stage for some really funny skits and entertainment ,great for couples to find facts about their spouse in some skits . This is done once a week around 5 pm for about an hour , I think it used to be done on Sundays , although things might have changed by now .Everything that I have mentioned in this review is based on my family trips to this great resort , like I mentioned , these may have or have not changed . Would love to go back , miss this place terribly , I hope that my review will help any and all that visit this place , something must be good as many people return . Adios Marco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover your Paradise! Elegantly situated in the heart of Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, located within its own peninsula all set against a spectacular tropical backdrop, Paradise Village Resort and Spa is an all inclusive and European plan all-suite designer accommodations beachfront hotel, is a five star development that offers a gorgeous beach! Just 15 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Village Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Paradise Village Beach Hotel
- Paradise Village Nuevo Vallarta
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