Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta All-Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Excellent location on 900 feet of pristine beach
  • Four assorted swimming pools (including one adults-only)
  • Full-service spa and beauty salon
  • Large array of fitness-oriented activities, plus large fitness center
  • Theater with live shows
  • Free use of kayaks, boogie boards, catamarans, and bicycles
  • 4 tennis courts with night lights
  • Extensive kids’ and teens' programs

Cons

  • Wi-Fi for a daily fee
  • Guest rooms and suites in the older section feel worn
  • Private VIP Beach Club is reserved for guests of the sister property
  • Some balconies feature cheap plastic furniture

Bottom Line

The 495-room Marival mega-resort takes the “all” in all-inclusive seriously. Just about every imaginable recreational activity is available here -- along with the usual pools, kayaks and endless beverages, this hotel has bicycles, a climbing tower, mini-golf, a basketball court, catamarans, beach volleyball, cooking and Spanish lessons, and more. There are multiple dining options, rooms ranging from standard guest rooms up to three-bedroom suites, and more than 900 feet of Nuevo Vallarta beachfront that stretches for miles in both directions. Some rooms in the older buildings of the property, though, are in definite need of an update. And the property itself feels less luxurious (though is more affordable) than its sister property, Marival Residences, just a half mile away.

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 Scene

A resort with two distinct halves -- the Club and the Grand -- and an impressive array of amenities

The Marival Resort & Suites comes in two parts: the Club and the Grand. Same hotel, different histories. The original hotel, built a few decades back, consists of the original Club lobby building, with its various facilities, and a collection of low rise -- three and four story -- freestanding buildings that house the original hotel guest rooms and suites. This area has a cozier quality, and feels less like a mega-resort than the other half -- but it lacks elevators, so be prepared to stair climb to higher rooms.

The Grand section is of more recent vintage, dating from 1998, and features a more spacious, contemporary lobby, flanked by a pair of five- and six-story guest room towers.

However, no matter which wing you're in, all the pools, restaurants, sports facilities, spa, and other amenities and activities are available to all guests -- except for the VIP Beach Club, which is reserved for guests of the nearby (and more luxurious) Marival Residences.

 Location

Pristine beachfront location toward the more quiet, northern end of Nuevo Vallarta

Marival Resort & Suites is located directly on the beach toward the northern end of Nuevo Vallarta. For city shopping and nightlife, though, it's a bit further of a trek -- about a half hour drive to downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's most picturesque beach destinations, with historic white-washed buildings, and cerulean seas set against a rugged mountain skyline. The massive Banderas Bay alone offers over 25 miles of seashore. With all this ocean comes a variety of water sports, like scuba diving with manta rays off Islas Marietas, boating around Los Arcos' reefs, and parasailing off of the popular Playa Los Muertos.

Other popular daytime activities include shopping -- not just the annoying beach vendor kind -- at Puerto Vallarta's maze-ish markets. One of the best, Rio Cuale Flea Market, has multiple vendors selling wood carvings, handmade jewelry, and glass and beadwork (among many other items). But be prepared to haggle down those prices!

Puerto Vallarta stays awake when the sun dips below the horizon. Steamy salsa clubs light up the streets, and rowdy local bars supply a steady stream of cervesa for the thirsty traveler. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is the most happening and diverse area, and has a few gay clubs (Puerto Vallarta is arguably Mexico's most gay-friendly destination).

  • 15- to 20-minute drive to the airport
  • 5-minute drive to nearby golf courses
  • 15-minute drive to Marina Vallarta
  • 30-minute drive to downtown Puerto Vallarta

 Rooms

A mega-resort with basic, no-frills rooms

The rooms at this 495-room mega-resort are no-frills comfortable, with primarily pale finishes, and only small bursts of color or artistic touches (like the diminutive sea-themed artwork in some rooms). Rooms -- a collection of one- to three-bedroom suites -- are distributed among the low-rise villas of the Club building, the main building, and the two newer towers.

 Features

One of the most extensive all-inclusive lists around

 Food

Excellent dining assortment for an all-inclusive plan and fun bar and nightlife options

The property has myriad dining and bar options, all of which are on the all-inclusive program (though some may not be open during the off-season). 24-hour room service is also available.

  • La Pergola: International cuisine on the beach-adjacent side of the resort; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; reservations required
  • Amalfi: Italian cuisine served at dinner only, reservations necessary
  • Las Palomas: Mexican specialties served at dinner only, reservations required
  • Piazzeta dei Forni: Poolside, brick-oven pizza and drinks, during daylight hours
  • La Bamba Snack Bar & Steakhouse: Close to beach and pools servings snacks by day and a steakhouse at night, dinner reservations required
  • Casabella: Large buffet restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and featuring theme dinners every night, no reservations required
  • La Palapa and Miramar Bars: Two swim-up bars, not serving food
  • Mirabel and Volare: Lobby bars serving premium-brand cocktails, not serving food
  • M&M Martini Bar: Chic terrace-level bar outside the Amalfi and Las Palomas restaurants, live piano music
  • Cesar’s Disco: Nightclub close to street draws mixed guest and non-guest crowd, stays open late

 Bottom Line

The 495-room Marival mega-resort takes the “all” in all-inclusive seriously. Just about every imaginable recreational activity is available here -- along with the usual pools, kayaks and endless beverages, this hotel has bicycles, a climbing tower, mini-golf, a basketball court, catamarans, beach volleyball, cooking and Spanish lessons, and more. There are multiple dining options, rooms ranging from standard guest rooms up to three-bedroom suites, and more than 900 feet of Nuevo Vallarta beachfront that stretches for miles in both directions. Some rooms in the older buildings of the property, though, are in definite need of an update. And the property itself feels less luxurious (though is more affordable) than its sister property, Marival Residences, just a half mile away.

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Address

  • Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo Cocoteros S/N Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit 63732 Mexico

Room Types

  • One Bedroom Oceanfront Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Resort Room
  • Three Bedroom Oceanfront Suite
  • Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 495
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Address: Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo Cocoteros S/N Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit 63732 Mexico
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