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Marival Resort & Suites

Marival Resort & Suites in Nuevo Vallarta, is a family-friendly All-Inclusive resort with standard rooms, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites, many ocean front. This resort stands the test of time and delivers a very good product for the price - a great value.

 

Marival Resort & Suites is a prime example of what you miss out on when you rely simply on statistics and written descripions. Before our first visit here it was just another hotel option in Puerto Vallarta, make that Nuevo Vallarta to be specific. But as they say - seeing is believing. And to be more accurate - experiencing it is the absolute proof.

Justin was so impressed with a brief inspection visit here he chose to return for a personal stay. Which he loved. It is the sum of small things that make Marival a great place.

Food. This place is a big cut above the rest. The Mexican restaurant, Las Palomas is one of the best we have dined at. Everything is top notch. The chips, the appetizers, the entrees, and especially the Margarita's. This is not just another Mexican restaurant at another all-inclusive.

But the real dining experience is at Amalfi, their incredibly popular Italian restaurant. You must try the Fragolino Dessert Wine. We are not chefs or food critics. However it is fair to say the word "gourmet" could be used here and not be an exageration. One difference - these are not gourmet portions. You will be full and pleased when you leave. You will also come back. The only place where the cuisine is less than excellent is the buffet, which should not surprise anyone. The food here is better than most all-inclusive buffets, but falls short of comparison to their a la care restaurants.

Drinks. Let us just mention brands like Absolut and Grey Goose. They are standard fare at Marival. There are 7 bars here, including the hopping disco.

One of the biggest praises we could ever deliver is how clean Marival is. We noticed this every visit. When we observed maids cleaning the bottom of patio chairs from a distance - every day, we were surprised and impressed. When we see the staff power hosing pool lounge chairs on all sides every night we really take notice. Large and small instances like that day after day, and visit after visit, go a long way in our book.

The standard Resort Rooms are clean, comfy and respectable. Where the resort becomes impressive is when you move up to the Suite category. The suites are more like apartments or condo's. Large living rooms with fold out sofa's and one more full bath than bedrooms is a real treat. The 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Suites have 2, 3 and 4 full bathrooms respectively. Imagine that luxury when your family is all attempting to shower and dress at the same time. The ocean front suites are terrific and extremely popular, especially during traditional family vacation times. As you will see in our pictures, and we do NOT Photo Shop, the sunsets from the ocean front suites are spectacular!

The level of service is very good. And while this is not an adult-only resort adults have their own sections around the resort and pool area, as well as their own variety of activities such as tequila tastings. ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION loves Marival!

LOCATION:
In the Nuevo Vallata area just north of Puerto Vallata and about 10 minutes from the international airport. The cab ride into Downtown Puerto Vallarta and the Malecon is about 15 minutes and $14-18 total for four in a cab.


ALL-INCLUSIVE:
All meals and snacks. They just began charging for room service in June 2008. All drinks including house wine, domestic beer and premium brand drinks such as Grey Goose and Absolute - something you don't experience at most all-inclusive resorts. Nightly entertainment, stage shows and live bands. Plenty of activities from Pilates to boogie boards. Kids Club with supervised activities and playground area. They even have a Camping Night. Teen activities include rock climbing, archery, soccer, X Box and much more.

 

GROUNDS:
The grounds are quite nice. Well maintained and pleasant, nothing sensational or over the top.


GROUPS & MEETINGS:
They have a facility to accommodate 1,000 people theater style. There are meeting rooms, a business center, and wireless sevice. The staff is very good at decoratng areas for cocktail receptions. You may also have access to a private area for group check-in with welcome cocktails.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
Doctors on call 24 hours a day, laundry and dry cleaning service, laundromat, beauty salon, baby-sitting, shops, businss center are all available for an additional charge.

 



Spa

Spa services are available at an additional fee. They seem to have all the basic options - massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, etc.

 

Activities

All you want, or as lttle. 4 lighted tennis courts; tennis clinics; Pilates; Spinning; Yoga; bikes; Italian bocce; horsehoes; shufleboard; stretching; aerobics; beach and pool volleyball; table games; fully equipped gym; boogie boards; introductory diving lesson; aquaerobics; water polo; bartending, cooking, dancing, and Spanish lessons; plus kids and teens activities, including movies and Camping Nights.

 

Kids' Club is designed for ages 4 - 12 with daily activities and supervision. Fun activities include miniature golf / reading hour / camping nights / jungle gym sets / swings and climbing / clowns / coloring / playing princess / pinatas and bracelt making. Mini-disco and kids movies during the evening.

 

Teens get rock climbing, archery, soccer, basketball, pool tables, ping pong, darts, X Box video games and volleyball. There is a daily activity board so you will never miss out.

 

ENTERTAINMENT: Nightly entertainment programs with live shows, live music, karaoke, and disco.

 

POOLS: Marival has a pool for every mood and occasion. Social - lively with music, games, activities, aquaerobics, swim-up bar and jacuzzi. Organized activities in the water include: aquaerobics, water basketball, water polo, dance and more. Adult - tranquil with great service and plenty of lounge chairs. Kids Water Park - colorful water slides, games, adult supervision, and fun games.

 

BEACH: The beach is outstanding. You can literally walk for miles in either direction. Marival is very generous with providing shady palapas (over 70) and plenty, plenty of lounge chairs. And yes, you do have drink service on the beach.

 

Food/Drink

RESTAURANTS: 6 - A la carte restaurants require reservations. We can make reservations for your first night. Upon arrival you are able to make reservations for as many nights as you wish in advance. We recommend to plan ahead if you want to enjoy the gourmet restaurants instead of the buffet.
(Dress Code for all Restaurants - Shorts are not allowed for dinner in the a la carte restaurants. While this rule does not appear to be evenly enforced, you may be rejected. We don't recommend you try your luck.

Casual elegance for ladies: Long pants, skirt, blouse, dress shoes. T-shirts and tank tops are not allowed.")

AMALFI:
Gourmet Italian - and we mean it. This restaurant is delicous. Be sure to make reservations if you want to experience the best restaurant in a resort that is reknown for outstanding cuisine.  Oven baked bread, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese are just a few of the tasty treats here. Live music completes a lovely dinner. 6:30pm - 10:30pm

PERGOLA: Mediterranean cuisine in the evening. Seves as the air conditioned location for breakfast and lunch, so we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of dinner and the quality of choices on the menu. I can't say enough about the seafood soup. It was genorously loaded with fish, shrimp,crab, octopus an veggies. 6pm - 10:30pm

PALOMAS: Very good Mexican restaurant where everything tastes fresh, like you wish it would back home. Even the chips were surprisingly fresh and tasty. You ocan even indulge in fresh guacamole, made right at your table. And the Margarita's are nothing like the watered down version you consume at many all-inclusive resorts - believe me. 6:30pm - 10:30pm

PIAZZETA DEL FORNI: Casual outdoor snack area with an outstanding brick oven, which constantly churns out a wide variety of freshly prepared pizza's. This is my favorite spot for lunch. They feature a different yummy every day during lunch, i.e. paella, lobster, etc. There is also a respectable buffet and full bar, so plenty to choose from. This service continues from noon until 2am. 12 Noon - 2 am

LA BAMBA: Snack bar and outdoor buffet by the beach and kids pool during the day. But turns into a steak grill in the evening for dinner.

CASA BELLA: Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the only restaurant we were not impressed with. It could be better, buffet or not. For dinner a different theme is featured each night. Monday - Mediterranean; Tuesday - Mexican; Wednesday - Shrimp; Thursday - Oriental; Friday - Seafood; Saturday - Tex Mex; Sunday - Italian. 6:30pm - 10:30pm

BARS: 7
Drink quality is very high here. You will be served Absolut and Gray Goose, especially at M&M. There are two lobby bars - Volare and Mirabel. Big screen TV's usually have sports on. There are two swim-up bars during the day. M&M is located upstairs from the lobby and located between the Italian and Mexican restaurants. It's a great open area to relax before or after dinner.

Accommodations

ROOMS: 495 rooms in several categories
RESORT ROOMS
These rooms are located in either the Villa section which has no elevators in the 3-story section, or in the Tower Section. Rooms have either a King bed or two doubles and a fold out sofa. Resort rooms are pretty standard. Nice, clean and unimaginitive. Of course they are air conditioned with a full bathroom, vanity, telephone, safety deposit (at a charge), hair dryers, bath amenities, alarm clocks, coffee maker, remote control satellite TV, and mini-bar - stocked daily with bottled water and soft drinks, plus patio or balcony.

SUITES - 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms; Resort View or Ocean View

All suites are large with their own private balcony or patio. The large living room is a great area for families or groups to gather. All suites have one more full bathroom than there are bedrooms. For example - a 1 Bedroom suite has two full bathrooms. In addition to the features shown above for the Resort Rooms, suites also have microwaves, irons and ironing boards. Ocean View Suites are exactly that. They directly overlook the beach with a full view of the Pacific Ocean. These are fabulous accommodations which you won't find elsewhere.

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