Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Lush gardens and a private cove enclose two guest room towers -- one new, one old
Lush gardens surround the two guest room towers that make up this resort, set on a private cove on Banderas Bay. It's like a private little jungle just minutes from the action of Old Town. The first tower, erected in the 1960s, hasn't yet been updated -- so you'll find outdated rooms and facilities there. But the newer Preferred Tower comes with modern updated rooms, all with private balconies -- and a higher price tag.
The grounds are spacious, with plenty of dense plantings, so the many activities and amenities are somewhat isolated from one another, which is nice. And there's plenty going on -- six restaurants, four lounges, a plethora of activities.
Two towers on a private cove, just 5 minutes from Old Town, feels like a jungle by the sea
The hotel’s two towers bookend a small stretch of beach, with all the public buildings in between, in an area south of Puerto Vallarta called Conchas Chinas. It takes about five minutes to get here by car or taxi on the winding road from Old Town, yet it feels like a private oasis a world away.
Conchas Chinas is the exclusive southern area of Puerto Vallarta, dubbed the "Beverly Hills" of Puerto Vallarta and known for the posh homes and condos tucked into the seaside hills. It's a popular retreat for high-profile people, including celebrities. The beautiful Conchas Chinas Beach, made up of a string of peaceful sandy coves, is strewn with tiny polished shells (Conchas Chinas literally means "Chinese Shells"). The rock outcroppings and clear water make for good snorkeling.
Two towers, two different looks -- but all have amazing ocean views
There is something magical about being inside and seeing nothing out a huge window but sea and sky, which is what happens here -- every room has an amazing ocean view.
That said, the rooms in the original tower to the north are a little worn and outdated -- tube TVs and small bathrooms are common complaints. But the basic decor is nice, with marble floors throughout and thoughtful touches like bright fabrics, designer toiletries, and fun, lively artworks. The newer tower to the south has a more contemporary look, with its sleek and charming Preferred Club lobby, snacking area, and computer zone. Each room there has a balcony, some with private Jacuzzis.
The hotel offers 24 hour room service (included in all-inclusive) and free mini-bar; but there is no free Internet.
All the amenities expected from a Dreams all inclusive
Explorer's Club will keep your kids (ages 3 to 12) entertained.
Lots of choices for an all-inclusive
This upscale Dreams property sits on a sweet private cove on Banderas Bay, making it a great romantic spot. Every single room and suite has an amazing ocean view (some with private balconies and Jacuzzis outside), but the rooms in the Old Tower have not been updated and are showing wear and tear. It's a true all-inclusive -- you won't be slapped with any surprising mini-bar fees -- but beware of staff trying to upsell you, especially when you check in.