Melia Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Beach Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Nice spot near the marina
  • Enchanting, semi-formal gardens throughout the property
  • Huge selection of activities for adults and kids
  • Walking distance to pro golf course
  • State-of-the-art fitness center and charming spa
  • Huge pool area, plus a kids' pool
  • 2 lighted tennis courts
  • Very kid-friendly, with activities and special family rooms available

Cons

  • Need a car to get to town
  • Large grounds are a little overwhelming
  • Wi-Fi is extra
  • Loud music everywhere on the activities/pool level
  • Skinny little beach
  • Some rooms outdated with tube TVs

Bottom Line

A true all-inclusive in the prestigious Marina Vallarta area, this place does kids well. With special family rooms, and tons of activities to keep the kids busy -- adults will have time to take part in their own fun, and there is lots to be had. A huge pool, a climbing wall, karaoke, volleyball, and nightly shows are just the beginning. Rooms are spacious and well decorated, and all have furnished private balconies. But beach lovers may be disappointed by the stretch of sand/sea this hotel lives on.

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 Scene

Definitely not intimate -- this place is huge with lots going on -- it's a good choice for guests looking for fun

This place is huge, not so much in room count, which is manageable at 321, but in scale. The lobby is epic -- a vast, skylit modern gathering place, with an atrium several stories high, and a roof supported by muscular concrete columns. It's a busy lobby, with guests using the many passageways to other hotel zones, and personnel coming and going. Intimate, no.The same can be said for the rest of the hotel’s public spaces -- the restaurants, bars, meeting rooms, pools, gardens, and so on and so forth. It's big, busy, and loads of fun. Where else in Puerto Vallarta can you find an archery range, a climbing wall, a theater with cushy seating, and possibly the largest swimming pool in town under the same roof?

 Location

There are some hotels in the area that are situated on the marina or golf course, but the Melia stands on the beach. This stretch of beach isn't as nice or pristine as parts farther north -- at times, it can pretty much disappear in a high tide, and nearby rivers can muddy the waters. But still, the location is a high-end zone, practically seconds from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, with plenty of restaurants, bars, recreational activities, and every kind of diversion close by, including the lovely greens of the Marina Vallarta golf course.

Aside from the hulking concrete skeleton of a failed shopping mall in the middle of the main intersection in town, Marina Vallarta is a fairly posh neighborhood, home to golf courses, yachts, pricey condos, and several beachfront hotels of the large, all-inclusive variety. It has a residential vibe, and is north of town but south of the airport.

  • 5-minute drive to airport
  • 5-minute walk to Marina Vallarta golf course
  • 15-minute drive to downtown
  • 20-minute drive to Old Town/Romantic Zone

 Rooms

Spacious, attractive rooms with many options for families

The hotel offers 247 Deluxe Garden View rooms, 18 Deluxe Ocean View rooms, 30 Kids & Co. Family rooms, and 4 One-Bedroom Suites. The look is functional and comfortable -- marble floors throughout with natural tones and pops of bright colors on the beds. Guests will find some thoughtful details, like onyx lamp shades, but also note that not all rooms have flat-screen TVs (you might end up with an old tube). All the rooms are spacious at 407 square feet, and have a private balcony -- and the baths are marble and large, with a deep tub/shower combo.

  • Spacious rooms with marble flooring and natural tones with some bright details
  • Private balconies with furniture
  • Large marble baths
  • Wi-Fi for a fee
  • Some rooms have tube TVs
  • Kids’ &Co. Family rooms include 2 double beds, bunk beds in a small alcove, and kid-friendly amenities like small bathrobes and kid-friendly toiletries.
  • Deluxe Ocean View rooms add a hammock chair on the balcony, more contemporary, stylish furniture, flat-screen TV, wood and metal deck furniture rather than plastic.
  • 1-bedroom suites contain separate bedroom, contemporary furniture, trundle bed in living room, a second flat-screen TV, second coffee table, lounge chair in bedroom.

 Features

Tons of activities for adults and kids -- and nightly entertainment

 Family

3 different kids' clubs and special rooms make this resort a family wonderland

  • Special Kids & Co. Family Rooms have bunk beds, kid-friendly amenities and other extras
  • Separate supervised kids' pool

Flintstone Land club for kids with fun indoor and outdoor activities

  • 3 separate kids' clubs for different age groups (4 months to 13 years)
  • Baby-sitting services available for a fee
  • Batting cages and mini-golf

 Food

Good options - though all but one require reservations

  • Quetzal serves three meals, buffet style, indoors or out
  • Azulejos offers a la carte Mexican food, dinner/ reservations only
  • La Palapa, under a palapa by the beach, offers buffet lunch by day; a la carte international dinner menu is reservation only
  • Vitrales offers an Italian menu, dinner/reservations only
  • The property also contains a swim-up bar, and the lobby bar

 Bottom Line

A true all-inclusive in the prestigious Marina Vallarta area, this place does kids well. With special family rooms, and tons of activities to keep the kids busy -- adults will have time to take part in their own fun, and there is lots to be had. A huge pool, a climbing wall, karaoke, volleyball, and nightly shows are just the beginning. Rooms are spacious and well decorated, and all have furnished private balconies. But beach lovers may be disappointed by the stretch of sand/sea this hotel lives on.

Things You Should Know About Melia Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Beach Resort

Address

  • Paseo de la Marina Sur 7, Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48354, MX

Room Types

  • Deluxe Garden Room
  • Deluxe Ocean Room
  • Kids & Co. Family Room
  • M Experience Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 321
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta
Address: Paseo de la Marina Sur 7, Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48354, MX
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