Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa All-Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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Pros

  • Quiet, serene location northwest of Puerto Vallarta
  • Resort is set on acres of beautifully landscaped jungle grounds
  • Two outdoor pools with grass palapas for shade, including a kids' pool
  • Spacious rooms with balconies and flat-screen TVs
  • On-site zoo with monkeys and crocodiles
  • Private beach and lovely botanical gardens
  • Multiple themed restaurants and 8 on-site bars
  • Outdoor activities include tennis and archery

Cons

  • Remote location is far from Puerto Vallarta
  • Oceanfront location, yet few rooms with ocean views
  • Long walks between facilities
  • Somewhat noisy scene at main pool

Bottom Line

The Palladium Resort & Spa is located about an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta. Here 400 rooms occupy a lush swatch of manicured jungle overlooking a private beach a few miles inside the point at Punta Mita. This stunning setting offers a memorable getaway spot -- except that it is also a big, busy, all-inclusive resort with an additional 100 suites in the adjacent Royal suites. Still, this perfect little stretch of Bahia Banderas beach offers many pleasures including a relaxing outdoor pool with grass palapas for shade, a spa for pampering, and a fun little zoo for the kids.

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 Scene

Lush, remote property packed with entertainment

The Palladium Resort sets the scene with a combination of lush, manicured jungle grounds and enchanting beaches. Many families are drawn to this resort for its long list of activities -- including surfing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing -- along with outdoor activities like tennis and archery. Additional family entertainment comes in the form of an on-site zoo with monkeys and crocodiles. All of this action can sometimes result in noisy poolside activities, especially with the all-inclusive eating and drinking program. With a long list of restaurants and bars, guests won't be short on entertainment at this resort.

 Location

A serene, remote location an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta

Travelers looking to escape the manic scene of Puerto Vallarta will appreciate the remote location of the Palladium Vallarta Resort. This section of the northern Bahia Banderas is reached by driving north out of Puerto Vallarta on Highway 200.

Taxi fares for one to four people (the peso is usually between 10 and 13 to the dollar):

  • Airport: 360 pesos
  • Punta Mita: 120 pesos
  • Sayulita: 335 pesos
  • La Cruz di Huanacatle boat marina: 120 pesos
  • Flamingos Golf Course: 215 pesos
  • Punta Mita Golf Courses: 180 pesos
  • Downtown Puerto Vallarta: 420 pesos

 Rooms

400 rooms renovated in 2011

In 2011 the Palladium's 400 rooms were completely renovated. Although balconies are small and not many of the rooms offer ocean views -- an unfortunate fact in such a beautiful beachfront location -- the jungle views are almost as enticing. The new look of the rooms is appealing, fresh, and modern. All rooms are contained in a collection of three-story buildings -- there are no elevators -- surrounded by jungle and close to the beach. There is no room service, but the sports bar is open all night and offers snacks.

  • Two double beds or king bed
  • Tile floors
  • Sofa with trundle bed in some rooms
  • Soft, off-white colors with deep red accent wall
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Comfortable beds, linens, and pillows
  • iPod docks
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Stocked minibars

 Features

Private beach, a busy pool, and a fun zoo

The remote location of the Palladium Resort means that it is packed with great features. Beyond the fabulous manicured jungle grounds and private stretch of beach on the northern shore of Bahia Banderas, there is plenty more to see and do. Kids might appreciate a zoo featuring monkeys and crocodiles, a theater with nightly shows, and outdoor activities like archery and tennis. The resort also offers a spa, outdoor pool, and a separate pool just for kids.

  • Private beach with grass palapas for shade
  • Spa with Turkish baths
  • Three pools: the freshwater main pool with a kiddy area, an adults-only infinity pool, and a saltwater pool.
  • Suites gets get exclusive access to one of the restaurants, the Royal Pool, and a beach area with cabanas
  • Non-motorized water sports include windsurfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving lessons in the pool.
  • Botanical gardens
  • Zoo, as well as crocodile habitat with weekly feeding
  • Sunset Boulevard Disco
  • Poolside Wi-Fi
  • Theater with nightly shows
  • Archery
  • Meeting rooms

 Food

This isolated property offers a variety of dining options

The Palladium is all-inclusive resort that features three a la carte restaurants, a three-meal buffet restaurant, and eight different bars (some of which serve light snacks). Given the property's isolated location, this variety of dining options is essential.

  • Portofino serves a la carte Italian food including wood-fired pizza.
  • La Terrazza serves all day snacks and lunch by the main pool.
  • El Bosque serves a buffet for three meals a day.
  • Viva Mexico serves a la carte Mexican food with great views of Bahia Banderas.
  • La Placita lobby bar
  • Sports bar serves snacks all night.
  • Beach and poolside bars
  • Hemingway Bar for coffees and premium liquors

 Bottom Line

The Palladium Resort & Spa is located about an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta. Here 400 rooms occupy a lush swatch of manicured jungle overlooking a private beach a few miles inside the point at Punta Mita. This stunning setting offers a memorable getaway spot -- except that it is also a big, busy, all-inclusive resort with an additional 100 suites in the adjacent Royal suites. Still, this perfect little stretch of Bahia Banderas beach offers many pleasures including a relaxing outdoor pool with grass palapas for shade, a spa for pampering, and a fun little zoo for the kids.

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Address

  • Carretera Punta de Mita Km. 11.5, Bahia de Banderas, Riviera Nayarit 63734

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Grand Master Ocean View Suite
  • Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 422
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit
Address: Carretera Punta de Mita Km. 11.5, Bahia de Banderas, Riviera Nayarit 63734
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