Puerto Vallarta Mexico is one of my favorite destinations. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Marival Residences this year (we were just here last December). Once again, accommodations, service and food and beverage were excellent. This is a great property for couples, families, and golfers at an excellent value.
The January issue of Golf Odyssey raved about the new St. Regis Punta Mita (an Ensemble property) and the new 18-hole Bahia course so I contacted the sales manager on the property for a site visit. She arranged for us to play the Bahia course – it was excellent (copies of the Golf Odyssey article are available – just let me know). Punta de Mita now has two, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus courses available exclusively to Four Seasons or St. Regis clients. Having played both courses, I would suggest clients would be very happy playing these and a new Greg Norman course called LaTranquila nearby all week long.
Marival Residences asked me to visit their property because they were aware I was a golf specialist. It was a delightful stay and exceeded my expectations. The real value or this resort is their “Seriously All Inclusive” package features, accommodations and customer service. Located in Riviera Nayarit, not far from the Grand Velas it is a perfect location. The accommodations are all suites with the smallest room 1410 sq foot. With only 169 rooms, it has a warm, intimate feel. Although not directly on the beach, every room has an ocean view. We were in a 1-bedroom rooftop suite which offers a private rooftop balcony with private plunge pool.
All meals are served a la carte at 3 restaurants – truly gourmet dining (yes…gourmet in Mexico). All beverages are included including national and premium brand drinks. They also offer a private VIP Beach Club at the Marival Resort and Suites with full F&B service, beach concierge and just a 2-minute shuttle up the road. The fitness center was quite large with state of the art equipment and a separate Pilates room. The World Spa offers 8 treatment rooms – each room a different country with décor and treatments from that country.
Unlimited rounds of complimentary golf are included – just pay the cart fee and transfers. Select one of three courses which include the Vista Nicklaus and Vista Weiskopf, hosts of the 2002 World Championships and 2006 PGA Seniors Tours, and Marina Vallarta golf club. Free unlimited select tours with Vallarta Adventures are also included. We did the Dolphin Encounter and the Sea Lion Encounter – both fun, educational and not touristy. We had done the Canopy Adventure before – a hoot!