We stayed at Taheima from March 4 to March 9. Taheima Wellness Resort and Spa is located off the beaten path in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico approximately 25 minutes via cab ride ($20) from downtown Puerto Vallarta. It is a quiet place to relax and get away from the commotion of daily life. If you are looking for a party atmosphere, nightclubs, late-night dining or a wild time, look elsewhere. Taheima is a place of rejuvenation and relaxation. We purchased the package on Living Social and were not approached about participating in any timeshare presentations.
When we made the reservation we did not elect to purchase the $50 VIP service from the Airport to the resort. When you arrive at the airport you will see people dressed in white that are harrassing the tourists and offering rides to the resorts. Most of these people are timeshare salesman and will try to get you to sign up for a timeshare presentation. We opted to take a yellow national cab from the airport to the resort. There is a booth when you pass all of the timeshare people on the left that says taxi and that is where you pay for your cab. This service was approximately $22 and was quite the experience. The cab that we took was not very nice lacked air conditioning, a radio and seatbelts but it got us to the resort in one piece. Some of the guests at Taheima mentioned that they took the timeshare rides to the resort and were asked to show up for a presentation on the following day and later chose not to go.
As far as the food, the breakfast on the first two days was buffett style as the resort was full. This was nice as you could eat as much as you wanted and included, mexican dishes, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, eggs and pancakes. On the third day the breakfast switched to a menu which included, breakfast quesadillas, burritos, steak and eggs, french toast, fresh fruit and yogurt. The lunch menu at the restaurant is the same as the lunch menu by the pool although the service is faster in the restaurant. It includes, hamburgers, ceviche, quesadillas, nachos and guacamole. Most of the days we ate at the beach club as the food was of better quality although it was a similar menu. The dinner menu has 2 choices for Salads, 1 choice for Soup, 4 main entrees and 6 dessert options. The salads, soups, and entree were different each night. There was usually a fish, beef/pork or chicken choice and a vegetarian option.
Although the food was tasty, the portion sizes were small.
The service at the restaurants and pool side was extremely slow which is typical for the culture as they expect meals to be a slow moving experience. The dinners took approximately 1.5 hours from start to finish. I would suggest ordering your dinner and drinks at the same time in order to speed up dining.
The pool side service was also extremely slow requiring us to order multiple drinks at a time. I would suggest bringing a thermos that will keep your drinks cold so that the margaritas don't melt in the sun.
The late night bar that is open from 6 PM to 1 AM and is the only public place to smoke was our favorite part of the trip. David (the bartender) makes the most wonderful margaritas, pina coladas, Miami Vices and Daquiris that we have ever tasted. All of the blended drinks are made with fresh fruit right in front of you. The service in the late night bar was the best at the resort as he keeps your drinks full and is an excellent bartender. The rest of the staff at Taheima could really learn from his style and his service. A pool table or other entertainment at the late night bar would help the guests enjoy the time spent in the bar.
One thing that was nice about the resort was that each unit contains a mini fridge, stove, microwave and blender. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort but is very choppy and difficult to connect to. We had the best luck connecting in the lobby area but the connection in the rest of the resort was terrible. In the back of the resort is a business center which includes three computers that are all connected to the internet.
There is a shopping center 20 minutes walking distance from the resort called Paradise Village where you can purchase beer and groceries for late night cravings and faster pool side drinks.
One of the days we took a cab to downtown Puerto Vallarta which is where all the action is. I would recommend going at least one day for a few hours as this is where the shopping, nightlife and restaurants are. It is very safe and the crime is minimal. I would even trust taking a cab late at night to the nightclubs as the area is extremely safe. Although the American media states that the cruises are no longer stopping in Mexico, we witnessed three cruise ships docked at the port during the day. The Canadians and U.S. citizens that live in the area will tell you that they feel safer in the area than they do in the larger cities in North America.
Overall we had a wonderful, relaxing experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa Hideaway Retreat Defines a Holiday Experience With a Meaning and Purpose for Body, Mind and Soul. Taheima, located within 10 minutes of Puerto Vallarta International Airport, offers convenience and ease-of-access, all within its own tropical oasis. Taheima offers its own landscaped lagoons and Infinity swimming pools, beach club, Taheima artfully unites shelter with nature within a tropical environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taheima Wellness Resort And Spa
- Taheima Wellness Hotel Nuevo Vallarta