Like many of the previous reviews .... the positive and negative (depending on who you are and what you want) is the location.
It is way out of town. On the beach. My husband told me that he wanted to relax. Not be sightseeing. He just wanted a beach vacation.
This really filled that bill nicely.
We are healthy and speak spanish, so we took the bus from the airport to the resort. $2 from the airport. with all the stops, it take a better part of an hour. (In a taxi, it will take about 30 minutes, but it cost about $70.)
All units at Rancho Banderas have full kitchens. There are only 40+ units. It is really nice, because many of the guests know each other from other years. There are several guests who come for months and/or multiple stays per year. By trading other time shares or having purchased several weeks.
Many of the staff have been there for years. So some of the regular guests and the staff, know each other from over the years of visits.
It is a special place.
There are 2 very nice large supermarkets about 20 min away, back towards the airport. And a small market on the resort property. Most arrivals are on Friday or Saturday. We arrived on Saturday. Bought a few things at the on site market. And relaxed for the weekend.
There is a full service restaurant on site. We signed up for the breakfast meal package. Which was very economical, $7 per day, including coffee. They serve breakfast until 12. So we usually ate late morning, and called it a brunch. Being able to fix simple meals in the room made the overall expenses for the week low.
The resort sits right on the water. On a beach that is 1.25 miles, almost in the center. It was great to get up in the morning and go for a nice walk.
We stayed at the resort for most of our 10 day stay. we did go to the market. and also to some neighboring towns, but we did not do any organized tours or excursions. Trying to take a tour can be costly. If you do not have a car, it could cost $50 to get to where a tour starts. The buses in the direction of puerto vallarta so not start until later in the morning. It is not easy to participate in some of the tourism aspects from this resort.
But our desire was to go and relax and be at the beach, so it fit out agenda.
The on site activities were great. Mario, the activities director had several classes. Different classes different days, cooking, water aerobics, language and mexican history, etc...... It is awesome.
We were invited to go with other guests who had rented a car. We went to Punta Mita, La Cruz, and Bucarias. There were some great restaurants in all three of these neighboring cities.
Our trip was two weeks. So when we left Rancho Banderas, we went and staying in downtown Puerto Vallarta for 4 nights. From there, all of the tours, walking around the downtown area were all very convenient. We stayed at the Sheraton. I will do a different review of the hotel. We were happy with the overall 2 weeks.
I mentioned this only to say, they are two different experiences. Trying to have a Puerto Vallarta experience from Rancho Banderas is not my recommendation. and I think would lead to much frustration and extra expense.
Best to stay in the North part of the bay. Enjoy Bucarias and the resort. And then spend two nights in Puerto Vallarta before you travel home.
The villas are very comfortable. Well furnished. DVD, CD Player, etc.... there is a fee for the Internet WIFI, the signal was good.
The spa is great for a massage. In my opinion, the staff is not skilled to do other services such as waxing, mani pedi, facials..... they charge resort prices for skills they really do not have. Their massages are very good. I had a bad (and expensive) experience. That is all I have to say about that.
I loved Rancho Banderas as a place to relax. There is no nightlife. But it is a wonderful place.
- 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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