Villas Vallarta by Canto del Sol
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We went for a 1.5 hour hike along the ocean today from a town called Boca De Tomatlan to Playa Animas. It is only 30 min drive from PV. The walk was beautiful. It was up and down a rocky path...but we ended up at a very nice ocean side restaurant in the hills. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
Here are some pictures.
... of deck chairs right on the sand, touched by breaking waves on the beach. We swim a while, just enjoying the picture perfect scenery of our location. Words dont really do it justice, a really inspired tropical paradise. Before long, we decide to upgrade our beach experience. Why swim when you can snorkel? We grab some flippers and snorkels and paddle out from the beach. Its just a beach right? How much could there be to see? I was skeptical. How wrong I was. There was plenty too ...
... the salsa & guacamole when we get home!!! After the lesson & the lunch we head back to the ship as departure is at 5:30 - though it ended up being closer to 6PM as one person was late. We are content to cool down for a few hours as the humidity was 77% with temperature of 32 celsius. Chantal & I go to mass at 5PM in one of the lounges so that we won`t have to do it tomorrow morning at 8AM. Apparently Holland American Line is the only cruise ship ...
... if they have been here since the sixties and Jim felt out of place with his short hair and (relatively) clean shaven chin, although of course we are the right age. Jim carried 2 bags up the hill for a lady returning from 4 days in Puerta Vallarta where she had had to go to get her computer repaired. She told us a little about Yelapa as we walked. She is staying at Oasis, which has a couple of different types of cabanas and she was staying for 6 months in a “yome”, which, ...
... realised that the dog had been drinking it the whole night! Barracho means drunk.
In the last couple of weeks we've also celebrated Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is a really nice celebration where you remember family members and people who have passed away. It's celebrated by everyone, and people make alters for the deceased that includes their picture and items that they're remembered by (75% of alters maybe had ...
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We travelled to Puerto Vallarta February 6 - 12/05 for the very first time and chose the Villas Vallarta all inclusive as we had not travelled out of Canada very much. We were a little wary about booking hotels and finding places to eat on our own so the all inclusive was perfect for us this time.
This was our first trip to PV, we took our two adult children with us who have never traveled before. Things got off to a bad start in that when we arrived very early on a Saturday morning, we had time to waste until we could get our room so we headed over to the Canto Del Sol for breakfast and a chance to wake up and catch our breaths. Unfortunately while walking through the lobby after breakfast we were approached by one of the hostesses asking if we had booked any of our tours yet. Little did we know this was the start of the dreaded time share/vacation club schpeel. After 90 mins of the "tour" we had had enough. A bit of a downer to start with but we very quickly started to change our view when we checked in. We were very happy that the front desk staff accomodated us by offering us a two bedroom suite so that we could enjoy our stay together in one room. It worked out just perfectly for us. The room was nothing spectacular but was compareable to any other 3 star that we have stayed at in Mexico. It was a little run down, but it was comfortable and the room was in a quiet location so we were able to enjoy our sleep ins. The food was nothing exceptional but it was none the less tasty. We found that the restaurants at the Villas were always much quieter than Canto Del Sol so we ate our lunches (when we were not out shopping) and dinners there and had our breakfasts at the second restuarant (the name escapes me but you had to take quite the trip to get there!) The Breakfasts at the Canto got quite boring by weeks end and they seemed to be getting low on selection. We all had a great time soaking up the sun by the pool and the snack bar and drink bar where always good here. Our son had a great time checking out the bar scene but be careful of those cab drivers they seem to be able to spot the first timers a mile away as our son was taken in on his first night and gave up the majority of his money because he got slightly wasted and "felt bad for the guy"! We ended up finding a great friend in Jose (at the money exchange next to the hotel). He was very helpful with information to get around and was excellent in arranging some discounted tours for us. We had a fantastic time deep sea fishing, the boys did the Canopy tour and had a blast, and us girls went to the spa at the Canto Del Sol and had a Tequilla massage which was just heavenly (highly recommended). We also went to the Mexican Fiesta at the Iguana which was absolutely fabulous we had such a great time there. So as far as the tours go they are all excellent. Hats off to Jose for all of his help, and I recommend him highly because he seems to be genuinely interested in showing you all the best that PV has to offer. Over all we had a good time, but because of the size and commerciality of PV we will probably not return. We prefer the smaller Cities like Manzanillo were the pace is much less hectic and the time share craze is not as bad.
We spent two weeks at Villas Vallarta (Canto) and had a terrific time. My brother and I share a room so when we arrived at the Villas and found one bed, we had a problem. Without much ado we were transferred to the Canto. What I loved was the location as you could walk to the malecon or the marina. We also took the bus and taxis which are cheap, cheap...We used both resorts which was fun. Our room was very clean and we did not have noise problems. We found the staff as good as any. My brother loved every meal--buffet or whatever. I enjoyed the a la cartes which were very good. I think most people know that if you want a 5 star resort in Mexico--book one. The only thing that wasn't great was the people (Canadians--perhaps) who would arise at the crack of dawn and monopolize the pool and beach chairs. Towels were left on the chairs all day whether or not the people were there!! Also, the red flag for the beach showed every day we were there but the weather was wonderful. I probably wouldn't stay there again (been there--done it) but I certainly enjoyed my stay there. I also didn't hear many people complaining as it looked like a good time was being had by all.
We really enjoyed our trip to the Canto del Sol two years ago so thought we would go back. We just returned from a week at Villas Vallarta (which is part of the Canto del Sol Resort across the street). The pool area at the Canto del Sol is extremely crowded and noisy during the day. The activities people seem to feel that they have to be yelling into the PA system all day and cranking the tunes up which are the same tunes we heard 2 years ago! A little quieter at the Villas Vallarta pool but Bruce the activities director (God bless him) is quite "active" (off his Ritalin I think) but the tunes are not as loud or raunchy as across the street.
This would be more properly rated if it were considered a 2 star, and not a 3 or 4 as I've seen it rated elsewhere.
A GREAT WEEK
We just returned from Puerto Vallarta, and we stayed a week at Villas Vallarta, and had a great time. The rooms were good, and the food was alright. We found that eating from the snack bar in the afternoon broke up eating the same food from the buffet every day. The breakfast was great, we usually ate at the poolside buffet at Canto del Sol, that way you can grab some chairs before they were all gone.
We went on a few tours, so we were always busy, 7 days go by pretty quick.
Just remember you get what you pay for, and I think the Villas are a pretty good deal for the price you pay.
My family stayed at this hotel the week ending Jan 14/05 and have no complaints. After reading some of the reviews I was a bit sceptical but without need. The hotel was what I expected. Rooms were fine as was the food. We spent most of our time at the Canto del Sol across the street which is part of the package ie "stay at one play at two" The Canto is on the beach right across the street. Food was fine although the buffet got a bit boring by the end of the week but I think any buffet would. The items changed every day. If I had any small complaint it would be that you definitly need to be down by the pool by 8:00+- to get a good location for a lounge chair. Also the canto pool bar closed at 6:00PM when the sun stayed up till 6:30 +-. Not a big deal you just had to walk a couple of hundred feet to the lobby bar but would have been nice to have the pool bar open. Staff were great. Close to downtown PV ie 10 Min max by bus ($.40) or taxi ($3.00 to $4.00).
Have just returned from my first trip to Puerto Vallarta, and we will return ASAP. The weather was perfect everyday, and the sunsets were fabulous. The town (old town and romantica) are very, very charming and offer lots of shopping, cafes, cantinas and restaurants (try the Brazil Steakhouse for a feast). The Hotel, althought across the plaza from the Canto Del Sol still provides access to the beach through Canto Delo Sol. This hotel is the more quiet of the two, with a smaller pool area. However the quality of service and quality of food is superior to the Canto Del Sol. There were no lines for meals (breakfast & lunch) at this hotel. We flew the kids in from Edmonton to join us and the hotel accommodated us by giving us three rooms in a row, with adjoining terraces (rooms 518-520) overlooking the plaza. With the Canto Del Sol offering access to the a la carte restaurants you have a great choice of venues to eat. (the italian is very good). This is great value for dollar. We booked through Signature Vacations. Their rep Sandra D was most knowledgable, engaging and helpful. Many thanx, Signature, for a great vacation with the kids.
My wife and I just returned from a 7 day stay at the Villas Vallarta by Canto Del Sol. This was our first trip to Vallarta.