Some balconies offer soaking tubs with ocean views
Room service is available 24 hours a day
Remote location is far from Puerto Vallarta
Oceanfront location, yet few rooms with ocean views
Long walks between facilities
Somewhat noisy scene at main resort pool
Some outdated features like comforters instead of duvets
The Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium is located about an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta. These suites occupy a lush swatch of manicured jungle overlooking a private beach a few miles inside the point at Punta Mita. This adults-only hideaway offers a memorable vacation spot -- except that it is also part of a bigger, busy, all-inclusive resort. The 100 Royal Suites section has its own buildings, lobby, outdoor pool with grass palapas for shade, and beach, but everything else is shared with the Palladium and its 400 rooms. Still, this perfect little stretch of Bahia Banderas beach offers many pleasures, including soaking tubs on balconies overlooking the ocean. While some guests complain about the remote location being far from Puerto Vallarta, the result is a peaceful beach getaway.
The Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium sets the scene with a combination of lush, manicured jungle grounds and enchanting beaches. This adults-only resort offers a relaxing, private beach that's great for surfing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing. To encourage even more relaxation, there's a natural saltwater swimming pool, some balconies with soaking tubs overlooking the ocean, and a spa, too. While there are restaurants and bars on-site, this area is not known for its nightlife. The remote location, removed from Puerto Vallarta, is great for couples looking to kick back and enjoy the setting, restaurants, and a few frozen cocktails.
A serene, remote location an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta
Travelers looking to escape the manic scene in Puerto Vallarta will appreciate the remote location of the Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium. 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):
There are 100 Royal Suites contained in a pair of three-story buildings -- without elevators -- on the northern side of the Palladium property. This area is somewhat isolated from the busier environs of the guest rooms of the adjacent Palladium. Although this is a beachfront hotel, only a few of these suites have ocean view balconies, but these do offer fantastic views. Other rooms have balconies with jungle or garden views. The color scheme here involves a range of soft pastels, and while pleasing to the eye, some dated elements -- like old comforters instead of duvets -- stand out. The larger, master suites (there are only four) contain a partially separated living room area with a second TV, dining table, and chairs.
Private beach, plenty of lounge chairs, and a fun zoo
The remote location of the Royal Suites means that the resort itself 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. The resort offers a spa, outdoor pools, and walled-in seawater pool. There is also a theater with nightly shows, a zoo featuring monkeys and crocodiles, and outdoor activities like archery and tennis.
Options reserved for Royal Suites guests, plus variety at the Palladium
The Royal Suites has a poolside bar and an open-air, ocean-view a la carte restaurant that serves three meals per day. These facilities are reserved for guests of the adults-only Royal Suites. The other restaurants and eight bars on-site are shared with guests of the Palladium all-inclusive, and are a mix of buffet and a la carte options. Given the property's isolated location, this variety of dining options is essential.
24-hour room service for Royal Suites guests only
Punta Mita Restaurant reserved for Royal Suites guests