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A family-oriented, small-scale all-inclusive at the north end of Nuevo Vallarta
When the 183-room Samba Vallarta was constructed, the north end of Nuevo Vallarta was still fairly remote. Since then, a number of big-scale resorts have sprung up nearby, and the Samba Vallarta feels refreshingly small-scale compared to its megaresort neighbors. Theand gardens are well-kept, and the , with its linked sections for adults, kids, and toddlers, is perfectly scaled for the number of guests. The kids’ by the beach is simple and functional, and the itself has palapas for shade and usually isn't crowded.
The ambiance tends to be quieter and more relaxed than at the larger properties nearby, but there is a tradeoff --aren't extensive. There's an adequate (but no better than adequate), and two a la carte -- though they're not always both open. The resort also offers a weekly outdoor grill night and a popular poolside . Entertainment also falls a little short -- the shows here aren't that impressive.
In Nuevo Vallarta, on a beautiful beach along northern Bahia Banderas, but a long way from Puerto Vallarta
The hotel is located on the beach at the northern end of Nuevo Vallarta, about a 40-minute drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta. The removed location means that the ocean waters are more pristine, there is little traffic, and there are fewer venders on the beach. Though Puerto Vallarta's attractions and restaurants aren't convenient, Bucerias, a five-minute drive to the north, has some good restaurants and shopping.
Basicwith contemporary beach decor; some have balconies
The rooms are outfitted in basic, contemporary beach decor: light wood furniture, marble tile floors, turquoise bed skirts and runners. The walls have a dated machine stucco texture, and the marble-tiledo have water-stained showerheads and could use fresh grout in places, but there are few other indicators of the rooms' true age. Most rooms have balconies, and feature views of the pool, gardens, or the bay -- though lower-level ocean view rooms are partially blocked by plantings.
A lovely, quiet stretch ofwith palapas, free non-motorized water sports, and an attractive with three linked sections
An adequate, and two a la carte -- one Mexican, one Italian
Compared to the many massive hotels at the north end of Nuevo Vallarta, the Samba Vallarta’s 183-room, four-story Spanish colonial-stylefeels pleasantly small-scale -- and the and tend to be less crowded than elsewhere. The clean have basic, contemporary beach decor (light woods, turquoise bed skirts and runners), and the general ambience of the property is family-friendly and relaxed. For those who want to go the all-inclusive route but don’t want a megaresort experience, this affordable mid-range property is a fine choice.