I was hesitant to revisit Paradise Village after reading the recent reviews. It had been 5 years since I'd been and I just couldn't believe that I was reading about the same resort. My dad is an owner though so this was a good option for us. Yes, the timeshare pushers are hardcore. That is one topic that cannot be argued. But for us it was easy. We KNEW we were not in a position to walk away as owners. So we went to the presentation, listened, declined, and got our discounted adventures. But I have to tell you, once we were out on our own, we found that we could have gotten the same "discounted" prices through other vendors anyway. Oh well...
The buildings are beautiful. We asked for a double room with a marina view and got just that. The full kitchen was nice. The marina view peaceful and beautiful. The room did not seem run down at all.
We too were surprised to see the main pool closed. This is really something they should tell you in advance. But it opened after a few days and we used it. ONCE. I later laughed about what a big deal I had made when I saw it closed. But if we had kids with us I imagine it would have been a bigger issue. Yes, there are vendors on the beach. I ,personally, love to shop while I lay on the beach. Some of these guys are the same vendors that have been there for 17 years. I thought it was fun to see them again. They aren't stragglers who sneak in off the street. They are licensed vendors, approved to be there. And if you politely tell them that you're not interested, they go away. I am in disbelief at the tales of bad service that I've read in some of the other reviews. We both agree that absolutely every single employee we came in contact with (with the exception of the timeshare pushers) seemed genuinely interested in assisting us. The housekeepers, groundskeepers, desk staff, bell staff, bartenders, waiters, on and on...They were fantastic. I work in hospitality and came home hoping to share this enthusiasm with my staff. The food was delicious at each restaurant and we tried them all. El Pescatore was probably my favorite. The Mexican Seafood place in the mall was out other "off-site" favorite. As for activities- We did the outdoor adventure with the zipline, water slide, mule ride, etc. What a blast! Totally worth the money. Anything with Vallarta Adventures is top notch. But what we really enjoyed was fishing. Go down to the Paradise dock and charter a boat with Gus and Izzy! They gave us a great deal on a 6 hour fishing trip and then gave us a private boat ride to Yelapa the day we checked out of Paradise. We ended up renting a casa on the beach of Yelapa for our last few nights. What a trip! We had a great time. The resort was beautiful, the service unbeatable. Yes, it has it's bass ackwards moments, and I find them endearing. If you are uptight and impatient than Mexico is NOT the place for you.
- 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
- Paradise Village Puerto Vallarta