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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?
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.
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.
Tons of activities for adults and kids -- and nightly entertainment
3 different kids' clubs and special rooms make this resort a family wonderland
Flintstone Land club for kids with fun indoor and outdoor activities
Good options - though all but one require reservations
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.