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Marival Residences Luxury Resort Nuevo Vallarta
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Nuevo Vallarta
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

I am rating the Marival Residences and World Spa here. There are two Marival properties: Marival Residences and World Spa and Marival Resort and Suites Hotel. The reason that Travelocity.ca is half price on this page, is that they are offering Marival Resort and Suites hotel instead of the much superior Marival residences and World Spa. The residences and World Spa Resort is not on the beach but a beautiful new property, fabulous food, nice pools and great rooftop area for cocktails and aps. The Marival Resort and Suites Hotel is quite old, on the beach. Well, just not somewhere classy. Be careful that you get what resort you think you are getting.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

To celebrate my husband’s birthday this year we decided to go to Puerto Vallarta and the Marival Residences and World Spa. Although it is not a small place, it offers a much more boutique feel and the service was wonderful.

We were lucky enough to get nonstop flights from Chicago which made the trip all that much smoother. We had done our research and were well aware that this resort was not beachfront but we also knew it offered wonderful views of the ocean from most of their rooms and a great beach club at their related properties. Our 1 bedroom suite was on the 5th floor in the corner and had a beautiful view of the pools and the ocean. We spent each evening our on our balcony enjoying the views. We loved that the balconies are glass so they offer unobstructed views. The room itself was huge, especially for the two of us. We had 2 bathrooms which was a nice surprise. This property would be great to come back to with our son since there is so much room and it is truly decorated so nice. I’ll attach pictures but they don’t do it justice.


This really is a more upscale resort and the service from all of the staff was wonderful. We enjoyed the restaurant offerings. On Sunday morning they offered a great brunch at Omaggio. The brunch is set up in stations under covered areas outside and offers seating both inside and outside. It was quite classy. We also loved the Insu Sky Lounge at dinner (but they do an awesome breakfast buffet too—we didn’t know this until our last morning), with its tapas selections and phenomenal views.


During our 4 days, the weather could not have been better. We spent our days at the beach club, which was even better than we expected. We realized that this is what a vacation is all about. We never felt the need to go back to our room for anything although the shuttle was continuous. We also never needed to use the sister resorts (Marival Resort and Suites). They really didn’t compare to where we were staying and our beach club, but it was nice to know we could use the whole place (and the restaurants) if we wanted to. Perhaps if we had stayed a full week, we would have had time to enjoy the other restaurants but with our timeframe, we didn’t need too. We did grab some pizza as we were walking by from the outdoor restaurant at Marival Resort and it was good. It also seemed very crowded at the sister resorts on the weekends so we preferred to stay within the beach club and our “home” at the Marival Residences.


I really can’t say a bad thing about this resort. For those who only want to stay beachfront, this might seem at least one negative item, but strangely enough, it didn’t matter – which is NOT what I would think either. Now that I have been and experienced this fabulous place myself, I know this. If you choose this place, read up on all the reviews and information you can find. If you like what you read, go and enjoy. We did and it was fantastic.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

The villas are beautiful and spacious! Everyone is so friendly there. I highly recommend going over to the Italian restaurant on the other side for an excellent Italian meal. The lasagna was awesome! Many thanks to Jennifer at VIP Vacations for helping us find this excellent resort! The ocean was almost bath water warm in June and you could walk way out past the breakers without getting too deep (for an adult). There was almost no under tow while we were there. So awesome.

Room Tip: The residence side seems quieter than the other side. It is also smaller. There are 3 restaurants...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We just returned with our 3 kids - 15,13 and 11. We stayed in a penthouse suite with an amazing view of the ocean. The staff were very attentive and always met our needs. Everyone in our family enjoyed the excellent food.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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milwaukee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

My family and I originally had reservations at the Marival Resort and Suites but upon check in we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to a room at Marival Residences and World Spa. I believe this was in response to an email that I had sent a few weeks before our stay inquiring about accommodations for 5 (1 bed in one room, 2 double beds in another room and a pull out couch) At first we were kind of hesitant because we had no idea what Marival Residences looked like, or any of their amenities. After 5 mins of debating whether we should or not we agreed and next thing we knew we were on a golf cart with our luggage headed to Marival Residences and Spa. Let me just say that to compare this resort with other resorts that we've stayed in while in Mexico just wouldn't be fair. Here are my thoughts
Check in- not the quickest process but we were very comfortable while sitting in the wine bar (Brunello). The moment we sat down we were immediately asked if we wanted something to drink.
Room- We were in room 212 that had a view of the pool area. This was not a disappointment because the room was exactly what we had requested and more. There were 2 full baths, a washer/dryer, full kitchen, dining room table, pull out couch, 3 tvs and an amazing balcony. The room was clean and everything was in working order. Right away we knew we had made the right choice.
Pool- The pool area was perfect for our children and for lounging. No plastic chairs at this resort…..we were very comfortable in these lounge chairs or cabanas. There were always chairs/towels available along with excellent poolside service (ordering drinks/food). I believe this was the main pool, there appeared to be two smaller pools off to the sides by some of ground level rooms but we never used those.
Restaurant- We loved breakfast at Omaggio. The ladies who greeted us each day were smiling, friendly and just amazing. The same could be said for the waiters/waitresses. Service was excellent and they had turkey bacon!!! We were definitely surprised and impressed because the resorts we stayed at in the past had only pork bacon or sausage. There were many options on the menu for breakfast, my husband seemed to love the belgian waffle with orange creme, my oldest son loved the pancakes and my youngest child loved the fact that she could get boxes of frosted flakes or froot loops from the buffet along with fresh and delicious fruit. We mainly ate breakfast here, one day we did dinner and the service and food was still top notch.
Shuttle- never waited more than 2 minutes for a shuttle. The shuttle would take you to the sister property a few minutes away. My kids loved being picked up in a golf cart. The drivers were always friendly and very talkative.
Beach-there is no beach on this resort, so you need to go to the VIP section at the sister resort. At first we thought it was gonna be inconvenient to pack up our beach bags, get on the shuttle and walk to this VIP section. HA, boy were we wrong! This section was amazing. Again, the young lady who greeted us was phenomenal, she was always doing her best to make all the guests happy. The food provided was delicious and the waiters and cooks in the VIP section were just as phenomenal. The only time we had to get up was to go to the bathroom or get in the water. We definitely loved the fact that this section was reserved for guests from the Residences. You could order off of a menu or on some days there was a buffet.
Conceirge- Daniella or Danielle was phenomenal. She did just what she promised as far as our dinner reservations at the sister resort. Everytime I spoke with her she was friendly and extremely helpful On Friday my husband spoke with the concierge again but about my birthday. The next day when we got back from Las Caletas there was a beautiful flower arrangement with a piece of chocolate cake.
Kids Club- not many kids were in the club the 3 days our kids wanted to go. The club appeared very clean, the young ladies were friendly and they had their list of planned activities.

Check out: quick and efficient. We paid whatever balance we had, returned the bracelets and were on our way to the airport.
Here's our list of pros: friendly and very hard workers, nightly turn down service, wide variety of food, umbrellas, beach towels for our tour to Las Caletas, cleanliness of the rooms and the resort.
I'm not sure who was responsible for cleaning room 212 for the week of June 24-July 1 but they did an amazing job keeping our room clean. I'd leave a little note requesting a few bottles of water and when we returned, we had them in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: This was probably our best family vacation in mexico. Everyone in the family was happy and content the entire time. No complaints….
If I coulee given every worker in that resort $100 upon leaving I sure would have done it. Everyone works extremely hard to make sure things run smoothly. Job well done Marival Residences!! Thank you for everything!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

My family just returned from our second fabulous vacation at the Residences. Vacation #2 went wonderful again and it is nice to see that the service, quality and experience of the resort has not slipped in the past year.
The concierge helped us with everything down to booking our sea lion excursion tour to getting some room items fixed and sent immediately.
Food was wonderful....theme nights such as Italian, fajita night, and prime rib night were a great treat.
The last 2 nights we upgraded to a poolside room, was nice to walk out to the pool directly from the room and the kids had fun swimming right in front of the room while we were able to watch soccer. It was nice to have bar and food service from Lemon Grass come right to our patio door as well.
Glad to have another year of wonderful vacation memories to add to our lives!

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Chesterton, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Great vacation, Great staff, not one single complaint about either Marival property! Service was amazing at both! Will go back for sure! You want to relax and be spoiled for a vacation this is that place to go!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Marival Residences Luxury Resort Nuevo Vallarta

Property: Marival Residences Luxury Resort Nuevo Vallarta
Address: Av. Paseo Cocoteros | Lote 53 Villa 8 11, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico (Formerly Marival Residences & World Spa)
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Nuevo Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#2 Spa Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#3 Business Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#4 Family Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Marival Residences Luxury Resort Nuevo Vallarta 4.5*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Something Different, Something Better! Beyond rooms or suites… the only luxury all-inclusive resort featuring modern Residences and Villas- so spacious from 1400 to 3940 sq ft! TripAdvisor Awards in Best Luxury, Best Family and Excellence. Award winning chefs offer a la carte international gourmet dining. Guests enjoy free tours, unlimited golf, VIP full service beach club and 5 star service, plus exchange privileges at sister hotel Marival Resort and Suites. Experience Melange World Spa with unique treatment rooms from 9 countries around the world. Special Kids and Teens programs too. Spacious all-inclusive Residences for couples and families are in the perfect locations. Demi-Pool Residences feature a “walk out” full service garden patio and secluded infinity pool. Ocean View Residences surround you with breathtaking views of the Pacific from sunrise to sunset. Rooftop Penthouses have private rooftop plunge pool and sundeck. For couples- renew your vows or get married for FREE with our FREE Wedding package! For families- the ultimate all-inclusive Family Emotion program with over 10 included extras customized just for your family! High-end Residences, indulgent services…nothing compares! Marival Residences Luxury Resort® is a 4 Diamond Award winner. A World Apart in a Class by Itself! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Marival Vallarta
Marival Club
Grand Marival Nuevo Vallarta
Marival Nuevo Vallarta
Grand Marival Mexico
Nuevo Vallarta Marival
Marival Grand Club Suites Nuevo Vallarta
Marival Grand Hotel
Marival Vacation Club
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