My background: over 10 all-inclusive vacations, all 5 stars.
Highlights of this resort: small zoo, Hemingway bar and Viva Mexico a la carte restaurant.
Property: lots of stairs, lots of rocks right where we are supposed to swim. No elevators, so
you will get some exercise here. Grounds are clean and beautiful and safe as the security department constantly patrolling the grounds.
There is also a small zoo, where there are crazy ostriches and funny peafowls, which were chasing each other around, for different reasons; we thought it was a mating season.
Rooms: large, all updated rooms. Everything is great. Except for the strange under-sheet (some call it mattress protector) which squeaked when you rolled over and felt uncomfortable even though I am not very picky about bed sheets, etc.
Entertainment: shows are worse than in other resorts. Have not been impressed by the so-called POP entertainment team also.
Food: lots of different meat. Nice buffet overall, but I was sad to see almost no fruits and vegetables.
A la carte:
Bambu is definitely an interesting or amusing experience, depending on how seriously you take your fine dining. The sushi they serve is worse than
those sushi in plastic containers at the grocery store back home. The waiters are in confusion. Hints: their "sashimi" is smoked salmon, all Maki sushi are bad, fried ice-cream is good. I thought tempura was a dish of battered and deep fried seafood or vegetables, but "tempura maki" turned out to be California sushi, or so the waiter assured us. Sweet and sour pork turned out to be Japanese Tonkatsu covered with Chinese sweet and sour - fusion cuisine indeed!
Portofino: serves pasta and pizza, the same as you would get in the buffet.
Ribs and More: lots of fat in the meat, but the ribeye was OK..
"Viva Mexico": Best location (take your camera),
order Spanish coffee even if you ordinarily do not drink it (you may get a fire show, may be ask for it). Huge traditional bowls instead of plates if you are lucky, also guacamole may made by chef in front of you. Fun, fun, fun.
Hemingway is a quiet oasis in particular if you have just run of Bambu delicatenesses. You will be welcomed by good music, excellent host Giovanni, good drinks (for free) and good little snacks (seems to be had picked creams from the main buffet) and you will need those snacks as remember you are hungry after you a la carte dining.
Overall: ok, maybe come back but prefer other Palladiums so far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is located on a spectacular property that offers a 300 meter long private Pacific beach, from which guests can witness stunning sunsets. The construction of the hotel has maintained the natural flora and fauna of the area to provide an extraordinary setting for an unforgettable vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palladium Vallarta Resort And Spa
- Palladium Vallarta Hotel Punta De Mita
- Palladium Vallarta Puerto
- Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa
- Palladium Puerto Vallarta
- Viva Vallarta
- Hotel Palladium Vallarta
- Club Viva Vallarta
- Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa Punta De Mita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico