Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta

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Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta - A to Z Inspection

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Ambiance -This is a perfect resort for larger families. The Club Section and Club Suites are the newest section of the resort. I would say this is a good solid 4 star resort and a great value for families. There are few all inclusive resorts that will sleep a family of 5 or more and this is one of them.

Beach - The beach is very nice and they boast an abundance of water sports.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, golf, hairdresser and motorized water sports would be extra.

Distances - In Nuevo Vallarta about 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. Some people want to be closer to town but If you do not see yourself going into town each day, the location is just fine.

Entertainment on Property - Varied entertainment and activities during the day and shows at the theater and theme parties in the evening.

Fitness Area - The gym was recently renovated with treadmills,cycling machines, stair master, free weights and more.

Food - The are 5 restaurants, 3 are ala-carte of which are Mexican, International and Italian. A word of warning for the guys. Bring at least one pair of long trousers and nice shirt to wear at dinner if you want to get into the ala-carte restaurants. I guess the women can wear whatever they want. Not complaining mind you.

Getting Around - Can you say TAXI?

Internet Access -There is an hourly charge for internet access in the business center.

Jackets and Ties - Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the A la Carte restaurants.

Kids - I would still rank the Melia ahead in structured kids activities, especially children under 4 but this resort is no slouch. Excellent activities for kids and teens and there is even a pool dedicated to kids activities.

Lighting -The resort is well laid out and well lit at night.

Medical Services -On call medical services.

Negatives - Just as long as you know you are not 5 minutes from town this resort is fine. In fact, Nuevo Vallarta is where all the new resorts are being built, very similar to the Riviera Maya south of Cancun.

Nightlife - Theme parties and shows at the theatre. Plenty of nightlife in town.

Pool - They have 4 pools and while the kids hang out at the kids activity pool with the watersides, I will hang at the adult swim-up bar pool. Ok, maybe I might partake in the water slide after a few cold ones.

Protection - In room safe at no additional charge .

Recreation - This is a feature of the resort. They have a ton of organized activities for both adults and kids. They even have cooking classes, tennis and golf lessons.

Rooms -This is what sets this resort apart from the rest. They have anywhere from standard rooms to villas with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The Grand Building with the 1 and 2 bedroom Ocean Front suites have elevators but the other buildings are stairs only. The bedding in the 1 bedroom suite can be a king bed or 2 double beds with a sofa bed in the living area. All of the two bedroom suites have only a king bed in each bedroom with a sofa bed in the living area. This is one of my top choices for larger families and they cater to families.

Shopping - Small gift shop on property. Plenty of shopping in Puerto Vallarta.

Terrain - This is a large spread out property. If you want small and quaint this would not be the best choice.

Tipping-Not required but as with any service industry, if your bartender or room service attendant really shine, they will appreciate the small gratuity since most people will not be tipping anyway.

Updates-The Club Section is new.

View-They do have rooms and villas with ocean views and oceanfront views.

Weather-Avoid August and September, monsoon season. But I have had families stay in this region during these months and they had great weather. Who knows anymore!

WOW Factor-Accommodations that will sleep 5 or more and all of the activities for the family.

X-Y-Z - I wish more resorts were tailored after this one for handling larger families.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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Marival Resort is located beachfront,only ten minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, in the Bay of Banderas one of the best and largest beaches in the bay.


Local Phone: 011-52-322-297-0100
Fax: 011-52-322-297-0160

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (20 minutes.)
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
Swim-up Bar
The extensive outdoor pool area includes an activities pool, a quiet adult pool, an adults-only jacuzzi, and a separate pool area set aside especially for children. Visit La Palapa swim-up pool bar for cool tropical cocktails.
Los Flamingos - 10 minutes away
Los Flamingos is a par 72, 18-hole course designed by Percy Clifford, located 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: Varies
Cart Fee: Varies
Caddy: Varies
Lessons Available
Number of Courts: 4
Outdoor Courts: 4
Lighted Courts: 4
Court Fee: Complimentary.
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary

Hotel Details

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Marival Resort is the largest All-Inclusive resort in Vallarta, with 11 Mediterranean villas and two five-story towers. This extensive beachfront property offers a total of 504 air-conditioned units, with either garden, pool or ocean views.

Resort features include unlimited domestic drinks, four restaurants, seven bars, Ceasar`s Club Disco(no cover charge), nightly entertainment, three pools, two swim-up bars, four lighted tennis courts with a tennis clinic, and daily activities.

Beach: The property is situated on 275 meters of clean, safe beach, and there are no marinas in the area. Guests can enjoy an array of beach and water sports, including volleyball, windsurfing, snorkeling, use of boogie boards, kayaks, hobie cats and inner tubes

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 646
Year Opened: 1984

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express


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Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta. features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips

There are 5 Restaurants at Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta.:

Las Palomas - Mexican cuisine A la Carte for dinner. (Requires reservation for dinner)
Pergola - An International steak house with a family atmosphere, offering a la carte service, salad bars and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose between indoor or terrace seating with a view of the pool. Reservations for dinner only.
La Bamba - Snack bar - lunch and dinner (Requires reservation for dinner)
Casa Bella - International cuisine served in a family-oriented restaurant/coffee shop. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with buffet and bar service.
Bella Vista - An Italian specialty restaurant with a romantic ambiance where guests can enjoy extraordinary sunsets in pleasant surroundings. Formal dress and reservations are required. Suitable for groups or couples.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Horseback riding, Water Aerobics, Bike Tours, Horseshoe Throwing, Gymnasium, Italian Bocce, Volleyball, Water polo, Dance Lessons.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Nightly Shows and Theme Nights, and Caesar`s Disco features a great ambiance and the best music until 4am (cover included, drinks $)

Children's Programs

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The supervised children`s program includes such activities as arts and crafts, pool activities, video club with children`s movies, outdoor games, painting, mini-disco, mini-Olympics, contests, etc.
Applicable Ages: 4 - 12 years old.
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities

Babysitting Fee: $6.00 per hour
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

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