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“Didn't Meet My Expectations” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rancho Banderas All Suite Resort by Marival Group

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Rancho Banderas All Suite Resort by Marival Group
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Green Bay, WI
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“Didn't Meet My Expectations”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

We were recently in Mexico for 4 weeks and spent the last 2 weeks at Rancho Banderas. The good first, it is very close to the main road and a short walk form the the units to the bus stop right in front of the place. Bus fare is 10 pesos (About 85 cents at the time) to almost anywhere that you want to go. We took it often and sometimes it was scarry because of the fast driving. However, the Mexican people were spectacular! My husband has a slight handicap and walks with a cane. Every time the bus was crowded, the young people got up and insisted that he sit. Teenagers! Imagine that! At one point he tripped and fell in the road and a young woman ran out into the street to rescue him. The buses are generally older and worn out but they get you to the place you want to go. Just tell the driver where you want to go and he will drop you off in close proximity to the place. You should remind him, if the bus is crowded so that he doesn't miss the stop. We often went to La Mega which is like Walmart for the best produce we have ever seen. You could also go to Walmart but the distance is further. Mega has all that is needed. Be careful of the "timeshare helpers" at La Mega. They are looking to score a presentation. We never tried Peppers restaurant as we had read Trip Advisor comments about it not being good. La Cruz and Buserias are two near by towns and they have many restaurants. We asked for advise from resort staff and found that when it's all said and done most of the restaurants are all the same. We went to Adauto's on the Beach and found good seafood soup but the rest of the stuff was like anywhere else. Oscar's in Punta Di Mita, another nearby town was okay too. It is cheaper than Teanos and Margaritas, but again the same type of food. Pie in the Sky located in Bucerias right on a bus stop is a MUST. It is expense ($5-6 for a pie slice) but very good sweet treats and clean as well! It also has free WIFI so we were there daily with out laptops. Another must is the market on Sunday from 9:30 until 2:00 in La Cruz. It has losts of truly good souveniors (not that flea market junk) and some great food, ground coffee, all sorts of drinks, and jumbo shrimp to take home and cook. I'd recommend bringing some seafood seasonsing with as it is difficult to get what we use here for spices in Mexico. Something like Bay's or Zatarans spices. All inclusive at Rancho Banderas was $55 per person per day if you bought it for the wee, You can also get a daily all inclusive for $59 per day per person. The grounds of the place are quite nice although we found debris that washed up on the beach repeatedly. The beach is okay for a swimming beach and people were going in all the time. They have a stiff fee of $25 for towels if they are not turned in. Lost room keys are also $25. They are stingy with the well worn towels but we managed to get 2 per person. The laundry facilities were okay and amount to $3 for a wash and $3 for a very good long dry. Since the place is small, it is very easly to get around. We took the Puerta Vallarate City Tour and it was a jewlery store trip and then a drink until you are drunk adventure to a Tequilla factory where the group did was get more drunk. Lunch for 2 cost $65 and we had no options as they draggfed us to the middle of no place for the lunch! Later we found that the former concierge at the place by the name of LUIS LOMELI gives tours and we wish we had done his.He speaks terrific English and is going into business for himself so he has extra interst in providing a great trip. His phone is 3-22-1410076 and his email is luisjennylomeli@hotmail.com. I'd do his tour in a flash. The AC kept up fine probably because it was not too warm, I'd hate to see it in summer! Now the not so good: The place is mostly made up of people who have been owners for the last 10-15 years and they come there for weeks on end. The units are in real need of updating. They sweep them daily but where is the bucket of soap and water? Most units face "the garden" and you are on display for all to see as they walk by your place. Thre nicest part was the huge walk in showers and the hot water. The sink in the kitchen barely drained, the refrig took 2 days to freeze a little meat. We moved from our original run down room to a less run down room after we complained of a BO/moldy smell in the room. Uncomfortable chairs and worn couch were the standard although the bed was comfy. Old, old stuff is the hallmark of the place and the returners seem to love it. I like new and modern. Also, the air pollution is staggering as you look out over the bay toward Puerto Vallarta. That beautiful pink sky is really particulate matter floating in the air. No internet! They advertise WIFI but none was really working. The very very slow internet was very expenseive at the gift shop. We went to an internet cafe in Bucerias to print boarding passes. All in all, I wouldn't come back here as there is so much more out there with really much better places. However, I must say that I am probably in the mionority. Most of the regulars love the place.

Room Tip: Try to get a beach front unit....but good luck as they are stingy about giving them out even if they...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

Two weeks in a three bedroom unit in late January. The best view in Mexico. Very clean and the staff were excellent. People like Juan, Memo,Luis,Edgar,Antonio and Martin make the place memorable. Food was good this time although a bigger menu to select from would be nice. The beach was very clean with almost no rocks which was great. We rented a car for the duration. If you do it at the airport you get a better deal as I was able to get a good sized Nissan from Budget for 30 bucks a day including liability insurance. It gives you freedom although the bus and taxis are done well. This property was impeccably clean from what we saw and the cleaning people were reliable and friendly. I always leave a tip on the pillow for their help and this may help. Going back next January for 2 more weeks of paradise. The whales this year were the best ever.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Invermere, British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

We stayed in a two bedroom condo here in November 2011 and we had a great time. We had a really nice condo with ocean front and every morning, we would open the patio doors and lay in bed and watch the ocean! The room was huge with two TVs, a stereo & DVD. It had a lovely patio with table and chairs and a day bed and we ate our breafast out there each morning.

The food in the restaurant was very good, but pricey. We did do some shopping at the Mega store and ate our breakfasts and lunches in our room and a few dinners. We heard about a funky little bar/restaurant in La Cruz called Philos and we went by bus there on the Thursday nite and taxis back and had a great evening there. It was jam night and the food was so good and the atmosphere that we went back the next night too!

There were a few activities at Rancho and Mario was great! All the servers were very friendly.

The beach is probably the best beach in the whole area and you could walk a long ways in both directions. One day we tried to walk to the Palladium, but the tide and rocks made it too hard to get there.

We took the bus one morning into Punta Mita and walked around and had a few drinks on the beach there. We thought about taking a whale watching tour, but one of our friends gets sea sick so we decided against it.

The weather was great there, lots of sunshine and hot. The ocean was very clear there and we did spot some stingrays near the edge a few times.

We loved our week at Rancho Banderas and would recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Talbott, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

The small quaint resort is 30 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. Its an easy drive but gets old after a few days. The rooms was large and comfortable and had a well-equipped kitchen. We were there in October and the days were all in the mid 90's. I don't think the air conditioner could keep up and it was very humid in the room. Had to keep the drapes closed to the awesome view of the ocean during the day. The pool is wonderful and the beach is amazing! Great place to feel secluded and also to enjoy the waves. Jennifer, the concierge and Louis the resort manager were very nice and helpful. Most others seemed a bit distance and not overly customer friendly. The restaurant is set ocean-side and you couldn't ask for a better setting. But the food and service was not great. We ate there only once and chose to go into Punta Mita, Bucerias and Puerta Vallarta to enjoy dinners out. The resort only seemed to be 1/3 full so it was very quiet.

Room Tip: Many rooms are ocean view. West side for the late day will make your room very warm.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alberta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2012

My family of 4 including 2 teenagers went to Rancho Banderas for New Year's, I never imagined the Pacific Coast could be so beauitiful. The Rancho is very quiet and breathtaking. The only complaint we had was the restaraunt and food. Because it was our first time there and we were only there for one week, we opted for the meal plan unfortunately. The food was barely "good" at best, although plentiful, which could be why the restaraunt was always empty. By the end of our trip none of us had an appetite. Be prepared to sit down for a meal less than satisfying for at least 2 hours. We did head into Bucerias to dine a couple of times and that was a treat. We would definitely go back, but we know for next time what to expect. It would also be nice if they would have some Mexican flare with music, the old 70's and 80's music just didn't fit the whole atmosphere.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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colorado
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44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

We have been coming to Rancho Banderas for over 11 years. It is a small self contanined resort right on Banderas Bay. Villas are one, two and three bedrooms. All units have complete kitchens, etc. The Palapa Restaurant has one of the nicest views in all of Mexico. Great place for couples, friends and families. Terrific pool area and the beach is the best.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

We stayed at Rancho Banderas the week before Christmas. The location of our two bedroom suite was perfect, as close to the ocean as could be. Housekeeping was very good. The tiered swimming pool was very pleasant. The beach at Destiladeras is about a mile long and has very few people on it. The ocean water is quite clear here compared to those in Nuevo or Puerto Vallarta.
We had a rental car so we were able to drive easily to Sayulita, San Pancho, Rincon de Guayabitos and La Penita. Our teenagers might have been a little restless here if we didn't have a car.
The only negative was our bed, it was really rock hard and didn't allow for a restful sleep (and I like a firmer mattress!).
For us this resort was the perfect relaxation option and we would love to return again.

Room Tip: Ask for oceanfront.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rancho Banderas All Suite Resort by Marival Group
Address: Carretera a Punta de Mita Km 8.3, Punta de Mita 63729, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Punta de Mita
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Punta de Mita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rancho Banderas All Suite Resort by Marival Group 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Something Different, Something Better! Rancho Banderas is an intimate, all-inclusive hideaway on an endless beach just North of Vallarta Nayarit. Escape to a secluded resort with 49 spacious 1-4 Bedroom Villa Style accommodations on an expansive beachfront with cascading pools, lush gardens and pampering service. One Bedrooms start at 650 sq ft, Two and Three Bedrooms are 1050 and 1350 sq ft, and four Bedrooms 2200 sq ft! Hacienda style villas feature full kitchen, dining room and spacious terrace. Ocean Front Villas have breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific from a lush, beautiful bluff. Romantics and families enjoy spectacular settings and all-inclusive a la carte gourmet dining. Play on an endless beach on the Bay complete with food and beverage service, kayaks, boogie boards, lounge chairs, beach volleyball and more. Special kids activities program, ping pong and pool table. Cascading pools with waterfall, pool slides connecting three different levels of pools, full service spa and an ocean view gym! Breathtaking views with picture perfect romantic locations for couples to renew vows, get married or honeymoon. Lush gardens, white sand and ocean cliffs surround you. ... more   less 
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