Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta -- All-Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Sleek ultramodern, stylish design in public spaces and guest rooms
  • Multiple restaurant options, including seafood, Mexican, and Italian
  • Long stretch of beach with lounge chairs
  • Full-service spa with relaxing, Zen features
  • Lively activities schedule for guests of all ages, including an ocean trampoline
  • World-class golf nearby
  • Fabulous rooftop sushi and cocktail bar
  • Poolside service from Marlin bar
  • Free Wi-Fi (but only if you download the hotel's App, which also lets you make international calls and sign up for attractions)

Cons

  • One guest room building has no ocean views
  • Beach is a few hundred yards from the guest room towers
  • Pools and facilities shared with adjacent condominiums
  • Pools very crowded with kids; no drinks allowed at pools; no swim-up bar
  • Internet usage costs extra (unless you download the hotel's App)
  • Room service, though 24-hour, often has long wait

Bottom Line

The rooms here are attractive -- cool, with hip furniture, freestanding deep bathtubs, and Jacuzzis on private decks. But you have to specify you want an ocean view, or you may be looking at the mountains (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

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 Scene

Nondescript towers on the outside, sleek and ultra-cool on the inside, this Dreams offers a lot of fun

You'll catch the ultra-modern vibe of this resort the minute you enter the lobby. The sleek, white-on-white space is open to the natural light and ultra-cool, white-on-white, sleek lobby, finished and furnished in tasteful modern style, open to the light and wind, and square modern cube chairs and tables offer seating. From there you can see the long, curving pools -- which will usually be crowded with kids.

One side of the property faces mountains, the other the sea. Walk around and you'll see people engaging in all sorts of activities -- from swimming, to surfing, to tennis, to jumping on a giant trampoline. Catch the sunset on the roof at the sushi bar.

 Location

In Nuevo Vallarta, about 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta is a resort destination north of Puerto Vallarta. There's no real city center here, just a lot of big hotels and upscale apartments/homes by the beach, including this one. From Nuevo Vallarta you can get to Puerto Vallarta in a minimum of 20 minutes by cab to check out the Old Town's restaurants and nightlife. But if you just want to chill on the beach and in the hotel, play a little golf and/or watch the waves break, Nuevo Vallarta’s a nice place to get away from it all.

  • 12-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta Airport
  • 20-minute drive to downtown Puerto Vallarta
  • 10-minute drive to nearby golf courses

 Rooms

Choose from a view of the ocean or the mountains -- and enjoy the deep, freestanding tub

The basic deal here is, if you’re in the Ocean View Tower, you see the ocean from every room. In the other tower, the Tropical view, you see the mountains. The Sierra Madre is a beautiful green mountain range, out there beyond Banderas Valley.

That said, the rooms, called Junior Suites, are great. On entry, the bath is to one side, with a deep free-standing tub in the middle of the room, a separate shower behind glass with an oversized shower head, and an elevated double sink atop the vanity. The furniture is contemporary in mode, dark wood beds -- king or two doubles, and bright chairs and sofas. Every room has a hot tub on the deck, an I-pod dock, flat screen TV, and a free mini-bar stocked with juices, sodas, and beer (sorry, no liquor or wine).

The hotel also offers a trio of ground floor three-bedroom Family Suites in the adjacent condominium project that share the pools and facilities with the hotel. These three expansive, elegant suites have direct access to the pools, and the decks are shared. However, they do have a lot of style to offer: contemporary furniture throughout, two bedrooms with king beds and one with two doubles, kitchenette with granite countertops (not fully equipped though), huge bathrooms with separate showers and tubs, a hot tub in the master bedroom, multiple flat screen TVs, in-house designer toiletries, and the same 24-hour room service that's available in the hotel towers.

  • Baths have deep, freestanding tubs with separate showers and double sinks
  • Contemporary furniture throughout; dark wood mixed with bright sofas
  • Private furnished balconies with Jacuzzis
  • 26-inch flat-screen TVs
  • 24-hour room service
  • Internet usage costs extra
  • Free minibars (beer only; no liquor)
  • Some rooms have ocean view, others have mountain view

 Features

Full amenities, typical of a Dreams all-inclusive -- but you can't drink at the pool

  • Long free-form pools with cool design (though drinking is not allowed in pool area)
  • Full-service Dreams Spa by Pevonia
  • Ample fitness center with a few machines and free weights
  • Lighted tennis courts (fee for night use)
  • Rooftop sushi and cocktail bar
  • Good kids’ activities -- Explorers’ Club -- including movies on the beach
  • Multiple beach and poolside activities including sports, snorkel tours, diving clinics
  • Free Wi-Fi (only if you download the hotel's App, which also lets you make free international calls and book appointments at the resort)
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 Family

Kids' club for ages three to 12, plus a fun camp (summer only) for kids 10 to 14

The Explorer's Club offers:

  • Large, secure playground area
  • Sand castle contests
  • Story telling and music
  • Treasure hunts
  • Arts and crafts
  • Indoor game room
  • Video games
  • Big-screen movies under the stars
  • A weekly tent camp out on the beach or at the club
  • Vallarta Adventures summer camp for 10- to 14-year-olds includes SCUBA, surfing, swimming with dolphins, and more

 Food

Good dining options plus a rooftop sushi bar

  • World Café serves an international buffet daily
  • Seaside Grill, steaks and grilled specialties, in an open air dining room near the beach
  • Oceana, under the same roof as the Seaside Grill, serves fresh seafood
  • Portofino has a high end Italian menu, and serves adults only
  • El Patio is the house Mexican restaurant
  • The rooftop lounge, Gohan, does sushi along with beverages.
  • 24-hour room service from all dining facilities
  • 5 bars and lounges

 Bottom Line

The rooms here are attractive -- cool, with hip furniture, freestanding deep bathtubs, and Jacuzzis on private decks. But you have to specify you want an ocean view, or you may be looking at the mountains (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Things You Should Know About Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta -- All-Inclusive

Address

  • Paseo de los Cocoteros, Lotes 32 y 33, Fraccionamiento Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit Mexico 63732

Room Types

  • Ocean View Junior Suite
  • Partial Ocean View Junior Suite
  • Preferred Club Ocean View Junior Suite
  • Tropical View Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 232
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Address: Paseo de los Cocoteros, Lotes 32 y 33, Fraccionamiento Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit Mexico 63732
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