Just spent a week at the IPM and thoroughly enjoyed it. Family of 4 with 2 kids 3-5.
The distance from airport (60 min drive) can be an issue. One of the advantages of the PV/NV area for us over the Mayan is the shorter flight and quick transfer. It's a twisty drive with lots of stopping and starting for those that get motion sickness -so this could be a consideration for some.
Lobby and grounds are beautiful and well maintained. As you would expect for a new resort. Check in was easy and we found the front desk staff very accommodating. We were able to arrange a late check out (check out is noon and our transfer left at 440) very easily. We paid $40 ($10/hr) and found out later others had not paid but we were happy with our deal. So no complaints there.
Rooms are pretty standard. Beds are probably the most comfortable I've had in Mexico. In room safe does NOT fit a widescreen laptop so bring a lock for your suitcase. The bathroom is smaller but fairly well laid out. The sink faucet is really short so when running hands/toothbrush under it water runs on the counter. I have yet to find a Mexican bathroom that isn't quirky in some way. We had a first floor tropical view room and our view was great -overlooking golf course with a bit of sea view. Housekeeping was very good. Got towel art almost everyday and turndown service too. Housekeeping fills the mini fridge so no need for separate tip.
Service from the concierges to wait staff to bartenders to gardeners and star team was all excellent. I can't see how any reasonable person could have an issue with service.
Pool area was very nice as well. Lounge chairs are VERY comfortable and there were lots of palapas and chairs to go around no need for towel game (at least right now) unless you want a very specific seat. Kids pool was also great. Though for some reason the 2' deep kids pool was always a lot colder than the main pool. In the afternoons when it was breezy this became more of an issue. Especially with the spray.
Food was good to very good. We only ate at the Japanese ala carte which was just ok. Standard nicer resort fare. As for the buffets while the selection was not the best I've had the food was very good. Very tasty and there were usually 4 stations where you could have something cooked fresh. I would rate the buffet food as the best I've had in Mexico.
Booze is branded but not top shelf and REALLY lacks a decent tequila. I'm not a big drinker but like a shot or two when on vacation and when the best tequila is el jimidor. That's not going to happen. The sunset or sky bar is amazing for sunsets and needs to be checked out at least once.
Beach is almost deserted with some nice waves and is great for walks. As noted by many other reviews there are no palapas because of the tide but umbrellas are provided. There is also a nice little grill and bar at the beach. Perfect for a quick lunch. Which is good because the beach is separated from the rest of resort by either an elevator or a very long set of stairs.
Overall I rate this hotel very highly for families or couples. Anyone who wants a nice quiet vacation. There were some corporate events while we were there that had no impact on our stay and a group of high schoolers from Minnesota who were very well behaved. Despite the nightclub it is definitely not a party place and is a very long and expensive cab ride from anywhere that is. We would definitely consider returning here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, a 5-star Premium Gold hotel located in Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit, offers a relaxing and all-inclusive atmosphere complete with mouthwatering international dishes and endless activities for guests of all ages. Standing tall in beautiful Punta Mita, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, IBEROSTAR Playa Mita is conveniently located 25 miles from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. ... more less
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