I was having an awful time this summer finding myself, amongst the daily struggles of motherhood, and trying to be a friend, and a wife, and I realized that I wasn't super-mom, I wasn't super-friend, and I broke down. My husband immediately said that we needed to go on vacation because I was in desperate need to get away. Looking online we found many different packages. Upon ALMOST booking, we decided to look in the 10-14 day category, and thus, we found the Grand Palladium. 14 days, all inclusive, $3200 for EVERYTHING! Before looking at online reviews, we were in love, and booked... Cue trip advisor... There were so many negative reviews, I couldn't believe it, but a few posts commented of the Royal Suits side. What's the Royal Suits? It was too late to change our reservation, so we took our chances, and hoped they had space when we got there! First and foremost, I want to send a huge thank you out to #SunWingVacations, you made our trip so easy, and wonderful!
The flight landed at 4:30 pm on our first day there, and we were loaded onto a bus, heading for our destination. After a quick stop to unload about 10 passengers at another resort, we had a 30 minute bus ride with the Sun Wing rep making jokes, and telling us about little land marks and businesses along the way.
Upon getting to the resort, we were quickly to ask about the Royal Suits, and what they were. The Royal Suits, at Grand Palladium, is the Adult Only side. Having 2 kids at home, and no kids on our vacation, we pulled out the credit card and payed the extra $800 for the 2 weeks. We had a representative meet us at the lobby, and he took us to our room. Knowing that we were on our honeymoon, he showed us the room that the front desk man had booked, and then he offered us the one beside it, no charge over the $800. The difference, the jet tub was in the room, instead of the bathroom. Now, at the time we loved it, it opened up the room, it was more romantic, but we soon found out that there was no point in closing the door for the toilet, because it was so small in there that my husband couldn't fit his knees in, and the door doesn't touch the floor, so even if I were to close the door, you can hear absolutely every thing anyway. That was a mistake on our part, and I will in no way let it reflect the rest of the hotel, just a warning to others who might miss that small detail, and would like a little privacy for their bathroom visits, I wouldn't go with the open concept room!!
After getting our luggage to our room, I quickly changed, and we headed down for supper. The restaurant on the adults only side is the only one, but they have so many different options, and varieties of foods, and a menus for every day of the week, instead of the same menu day in and day out as the other side does. Also, there is no dress code, other than no bathing suit (you must be covered) and you cannot be wet. Two very reasonable, and very respectful rules. The food was amazing, and the server made sure to tell us not to be afraid to order wart because all of their water is filtered, and safe, including the ice cubes! Perfect! I can't say enough about the 5 star food, and the 5 star service we got from the staff at the restaurant. We had a few night of miscommunication because of the language barrier, but thankfully it was simple little things like "would you ask the chef to put shrimp in my pasta" and it would come on the side, or as an appetizer, but we always got everything we asked for, and it's not hard to dump a plate full of shrimp onto your pasta! The salads were amazing, the vegetarian lasagna was amazing, the seafood pizza was amazing, the steaks were amazing... And should I mention free lobster EVERY NIGHT, yes!!! All you have to do is ask!!
The hotel made it very easy for you to enjoy your time there. We even became good friends with one of the butlers, and he took us to a market, and to a restaurant outside of the resort! If you're reading this, and heading to the Royal Suits, or anywhere around there, I highly recommend Xocolat!!!!
Do not be swayed by people's horrible reviews of this place, I can honestly say that a lot of those, if not all of those reviews, are from people who stayed on the Grand Palladium side.
The only thing I will say is make sure you pack EVERYTHING!!! I packed sun screen, but I didn't bring anything over 30 SPF, and I had to buy a 60 SPF and a bottle of aloe, and that alone was $40, so yes, the gift shop is overpriced, but you are far from the city, so a cab ride would actually cost you more, it's a loose loose situation, but it's one aspect, and it didn't ruin my trip!
I miss all of our amazing trip, and our amazing experiences. If you're looking to relax eat great food, around great people, in an adult setting, with no party animals, I recommend the Royal Suits. Highly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is located on a spectacular property that offers a 300 meter long private Pacific beach, from which guests can witness stunning sunsets. The construction of the hotel has maintained the natural flora and fauna of the area to provide an extraordinary setting for an unforgettable vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palladium Vallarta Resort And Spa
- Palladium Vallarta Hotel Punta De Mita
- Palladium Vallarta Puerto
- Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa
- Palladium Puerto Vallarta
- Viva Vallarta
- Hotel Palladium Vallarta
- Club Viva Vallarta