We just got back from a week at Paradise Village, October 7-14. Having been before with my wife and our three kids and our friends and their three kids, this time I chose to take my 70-year old mother (the hotel staff lent us a wheelchair for the week, very considerate), and my sister and her husband and five kids. It was amazing, but we had 13 in our group, quite a sight to see getting in and out of the van taxis. You pay a price for that at the airport taxi stand--$60 US before tip. We had three rooms at Paradise Village, but the check-in clerk suggested that we combine my Mom's one room and our two room into a penthouse at the Grand Marina, and my sister was in the same building. Wow. The Grand Marina is off the beach, but once we saw the penthouse we didn't care. It was sweet. Huge veranda, beautiful grounds, basically a private pool, and very nice and spacious rooms. Quiet, too. Beautiful building, nice architecture. The teenagers were happy, right next to the mall. I've read negative reviews of the property and I'm perplexed--sure its not the Ritz Carlton, but it offers so many positives that I'm compelled to share them, and give some advice to first timers: Go to the Spa, either at the main hotel area or at the Golf Course. Both are great. Go to the Sports Complex and plan a full day there: adult day membership, $14 US. Take the kids, in particular, such a neat kids area--pool and indoor jumper gym. Any sport you can imagine, and its a beautiful lush area--basically unknown to the pool crew at the main hotel. The sports complex has a huge work out room, very nice locker room (sauna, steam room), restaurant, olympic pool, full indoor basketball court, three racquetball courts, tons of tennis, anything, you name it, they have it. Don't just stay at the main hotel area--get out and walk, take the free shuttle, move around--swim at the Playa Royale (another Paradise Village property, just north), again an amazing kids pool, they loved the fun slides, teens loved the huge jacuzzi, neat area--had it all to ourselves. Boogie board on all yellow warning days--good waves, my eight year old really got the hang of it. We never had a red day, so that was good. Heri at the Activities Building on the beach is great; we were so busy that we never got out sea kayaking--next time. Paradise V (Heri) can also set you up on an amazing (and safe) parasailing trip. Don't go with a cheap one off the beach north of the Village. Do the cigarette boat that Paradise owns. It is safe. My eight year old did it, loved it. OK, now to the amazing outside vendor--do whatever Vallarta Adventures offers; they are the excursion company of choice in Puerto Vallarta. They are one of the main reasons I am considering going back to Nuevo Vallarta over Hawaii, Cabo, Cancun, etc. There is something very special about this company--great employees, great tours, guaranteed good time. This time we did the 1/2 day Canopy Tour. Wow! The teens loved it. Some of us adults were a bit nervous but had a great time--it was so cool. The Vallarta Adventure staff is great, fun, amazing, (perfect English) just like the "party boat" guys were when we went snorkelling with them two years ago. I've looked at all the excursions they offer and all of them look great. Next time I want to do swim with dolphins for our younger kids. When we go again, we may try to do the full day adventure canopy tour, and the Yelapas tour--Vallarta Adv. is tops. They also fly people to remote locations for "cultural tours." Having been on their trips, I know they offer quality. They have so much going for them, check them out. At Paradise Village you are just a 1/2 mile or so away from an amazing Sea Turtle Rescue Mission (nonprofit, on the beach, just north of the Playa Royale). We have been four times, two times each trip. Our kids love it--helping the baby tortugas (that hatched that day) out into the ocean at twilight. Get there at 8:00, make a donation, take pictures before going down to the beach--it is amazing. The other neat opportunity is to meet at the Paradise Village lobby on Wednesday morning and go with the group to the Families at the Dump outreach mission. I've missed Sunday services at the resort both times I've been there, but had known that they do an outreach during the week. The owner of Paradise Village has been very generous to Puerto Vallarta's most poor--the people who live and make a living at the dump. We took a nice tour bus up to the dump, 1/2 hour ride, and while going there heard from the pastor's wife, an amazing woman in her own right, about the mission for the day. The bus was almost full--people were really genuine. We spent the hour once there distributing food, water, supplies, and handshakes and hugs to these good people, many of whom are fourth generation at the dump. The conditions are dusty, smelly. Be prepared. It is emotional, but I'm going to do it again, no doubt. Our ten year old son was quite moved by it. For other interesting trips, I recommend Bucerios, Marina Vallarta, and of course, Puerto Vallarta. We love the experience at PiPi's (especially the birthday celebration for our son--complete with celebratory flan and authentic singing). We love the sculptures, love shopping, the galleries, the museums, the church, the square. It is so neat, such great family time. Paradise Village is a center in Nuevo Vallarta, on one of the best beaches we've ever seen (not as clear as Cancun, ok), with activities that are essentially endless. If you want a great family experience, this won't disappoint. If you want a romantic getaway, consider a pricier location that has fewer activities. We will likely go back to Paradise Village because it works so well, it is centrally located and Vallarta Adventures and the Tortuga Rescue are next door neighbors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover your Paradise! Elegantly situated in the heart of Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, located within its own peninsula all set against a spectacular tropical backdrop, Paradise Village Resort and Spa is an all inclusive and European plan all-suite designer accommodations beachfront hotel, is a five star development that offers a gorgeous beach! Just 15 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Village Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Paradise Village Beach Hotel
- Paradise Village Nuevo Vallarta
- Paradise Village Puerto Vallarta