Melia Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Beach Resort
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... and this way, those employees can get off the ship. I was angrily sent back to my cabin where I had to wait for the drill to be over with, and miss my Jungle Zip line and Rappelling tour. SO. TICKED. Especially because I had had to get up so early and help out for no reason now!
I slept for about 4 hours and went ashore once the drill finally ended. All I had time to do was walk some of the beach and I got myself a pina colada and tacos at a restaurant ...
... driving around the area for hours at time. Joanne didn't like the tour but I did not mind it at all. I kept myself busy by taking tons of photos.
It's always great to see how people live in different parts of the world. You definitely appreciate what you have at home. You also realize how people can be happy with much less than you have.
During the tour, we stopped at a little village. The guide informed us that although this little village does not have much in the line ...
... succumbed to the edge of the bed for the remainder of the night. More so, forgetful of my 4am alarm set from the night before in Vancouver, we took turns waking up in defiant frustration attempting to silence my phone. At 0900, I awoke craving fresh air and a run. For the 2nd or 3rd time that night I woke them as I ruffled through my labeled bags of clothes and dressed for my casual jog.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Minivans never caught on in Mexico" - Dave (later to be known as DLion)
... and waiting for the fireworks later in the evening, and the resorts and villas stretching along the northern curve of Banderas Bay were ablaze with a thousand coloured fairy lights of red and blue and gold.
I reached the end of the Malecon where police had set up a metal barricade and were searching bags before letting people in. On the street corner outside was an army truck with a mounted machine gun manned by a soldier in flak jacket and helmet with more of his ...
... country with the customs and immigration office? I’m sure you are all guessing at this point, what went wrong? Did we return with the same number of crew (4 persons and a dog?) Was it a mental breakdown? Medical issue? Forgot something? Family emergency back home in the States? Forgot to mail in our taxes?
Let me back-up about a week. Craig’s cousin and wife had arrived without a hitch and we had started ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Beach Resort
It was Wonderful!!
I styed at the Melia Puerto Vallarta this year and it was wonderful. I LOVED it!!! It was really clean, beautiful and the food was great! The staff was really friendly. I certainly recommend it to anyone. The weather and the activities were great!
Loved the Sol Melia Vallarta
My husband and I stayed at the Melia in Puerto Vallarta 11/8/02 to 11/15/02 and had a marvelous time. It is very family oriented, and we enjoyed the children. The pool had just opened following the hurricane, and it was very clean, large and beautiful, with lots going on during the day. Lunch at the LaPalapa restaurant by the beach was especially enjoyable. The grounds are lovely with many pools and trees and flowers. Except for one night in the gormet restaurant, the all inclusive food is buffet. Breakfasts and lunch were exceptional. Evening meals were good, with lots of variety. One of the best things about the Melia is the friendly atmosphere of the staff. Our room was gorgeous, overlooking the bay, and very, very clean. The evening entertainment was spectacular.
Loved the Melia
The Melia was an excellent hotel with great service. The food was excellent; tasted great. The pool was very nicely layed out. The room was clean and comfortable. We had an awesome room, that was a bit bigger than other peoples and it was beachfront. Like 25 feet from the ocean. It was very nice to hear waves while you slept. But the ocean was not what I expected. In the brocheur it was blue, but it was more like brown...
There was great serivce. I don't know, maybe if you TIP them, they give you an even better service. They work hard and don't get much pay, so why not tip them a $2?
I went there at christmas and they had a christmas show for the childern. With Santa and elves, even though the elves looked more like playmates at Hughs christmas party. But the santa gave out little stuff animals holding a "Melia" banner.
Great hotel, I would definately come again! :)
Don't believe 95% of the bad reviews
My wife my 6 year old daughter and I stayed at the Melia Oct 12 thru Oct 19th. We stayed on the 6th floor in the middle of the hotel and had a wonderful view of the bay and hotel grounds. the room was clean, housekeeping did a good job each day, and I we felt safe the whole time there. I am baffled by previous emailers who said there was no beach. The beach was about a city block long, and about 50 feet wide on average. It was soft clean sand with none of the rocks mentioned previously. There were hardly any vendors of any kind on the beach, and they were not agressive at all. It was 80 to 95 degrees each day, (and night), and no rain, with about 80% humidity. The pool was very clean, (I saw an employee in the morning, in the pool, scrubbing the sides of the pool tile by hand). The food was good for an all inclusive, but yes, they do need to figure out what variety is, and get some actual Mexican cusine included also.
The evening shows were very good, and my daughter lived for the "Kids Disco" each night. Lots of activities, ping pong, air hockey, pool, shooting range, archery, lots of pool activities and aerobics. The grounds were kept very clean and well groomed. It was easy to get a taxi to go downtown and eat dinner, (which you will definitely want to do after about three days of all the same food), it cost about $45 Pesos, ($4.50 U.S. dollars) for the taxi. There is a small minibank about a half block down the street from the Melia, GET PESOS!! Pay for everything in PESOS or use your Charge Card, trust me, you will ALWAYS come out ahead paying in Pesos. Artwork, pottery, jewlery, alcohol, everything is cheaper in Mexico. Bottom line, the people were friendly, the area was beautiful, there was nothing to dislike about Puerto Vallarta. IF you have kids and want a "family" experience, go to the Melia, you won't be disappointed. DOWNSIDE: (Yes there were some problems), the air conditioner worked, but never really got the room "Cool". The food se
re the APPLE "customer service" people, they will actually try to sell you time shares and activity packages right there at their desks in the lobby. You'll get a notice in your room to come down and "Reconfirm you flight back", the FIRST day you are there! Oh course it is a ruse to sell you something. When shopping in town, IGNORE ANYONE TRYING TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING FOR FREE, they want to sell you a time share!! They are in little booths about every 15 feet downtown, and they are VERY persistent. They offered to buy my wife a massage and facial, give us three water park tickets and a bay cruise. It all sounds nice, but another couple we met fell for it and got stuck for 5 HOURS at a time share seminar, (which never makes financial sense), and they would'nt let them leave... If you ignore these high pressure guys, you will be fine!! Drink the water, it is fine!! At the Melia they give you bottled water in your minifridge everyday, but it is all filtered around town and we never had a problem. Have fun, and explore, do everything!!
Thought it was a great vacation!
I went to Melia Puerto Vallarta two years ago with my husband, my three-year-old son, and my in-laws. We all loved it immensely. We felt the food was very good, although we did get a little tired with the dinner selection. But we generally went into town at night anyway. The rooms were clean and the pool was great. As for the drinks, I read an earlier review that they were watered down. That person must drink straight liquor, because I found the drinks had too much alcohol. I actually asked them to put less in. The fact that no one in our party got sick is at the top of our list.
As far as I'm concerned it was fantastic and we are planning to go back this winter. People need to realize that you are in Mexico and they are a little more relaxed about things than in North America. That is part of it's ambiance. Enjoy the country for what it is.
Great time, Great resort
After reading some of the reviews I thought I should write and tell you of a great time that we had at this resort it seems that we were there at the same time as those other who hated it. We were there june 7-11. I just want to let others know that the food was great. They changed the menu daily. The morning buffet had everthing you could want for breakfast. Lunch and dinner were the same, there was some duplications from the night before but, there was something different if you wanted it.
As for the rooms they were very clean. True the minibar only had water. But, if you wanted other things to drink they had it at the bars. We also requested a joining room with our family members and we recieved it. It pays to be nice to the peole who are checking you in.
We also did a couple of trips. We did the boat with the water fall and horses. I got seasick so got off at the island. But, my husband and brother-in-law went on and said it was a blast.
The lunch they provide was also very good. We went on the Santamaria which we heard was a good one to choose. We also did the ATV's one day now that was a blast. We went to Rancho Capomo. All of these trips you can bargin on. Don't pay what is first offered. If you go to listen to the spill on the time shares they will give you a good deal on a lot of those trips. But, a warning you will waste half of your day there.
As for the evening show they were good. I would like to see that person who wrote the bad review on them to get up there and see if she could do any better.
There are little lizards running around but, it is Mexico.
It rained almost everyday that we were there. But, it really was nice. Lite afternoon showers.
If anyone wants any other info I will be more then happy to share it with you.
I would go back to Melia.
Melia Puerto Vallarta
I just returned from the Melia' Puerto Vallarta Beach Resort last week. I left for my trip with a little aprehension after reading another review but I am happy to report that I had a wonderful time.
The facility is very much family oriented. The food service is good, offering's are varied and all three of the restaurants were very cleaned.
Probably the most notable feature was the beauty of the grounds. The landscaping is second to none and the pool is well laid out as well.
The staff were all very friendly, especially Fernando the pool bartender. (Watch out for the Tequilla Poppers).
The beach is very similar to most pacific destinations and is so so (compared to Hawaii or the Carribean) but wasn't bad.
I also noticed that the beach vendors werent quite as present as in past trips to Mexico.
While this is not the Ritz or the Waldorf (a true 5 star). This was certainly my best experience south of the border yet. I highly reccomend it to all my friends.
We just got back from the Melia last weekend and were very disappointed. They state that they are a 5 star resort, the only thing that is 5 star is the grounds, it was groomed and very nice. It should be rated a 3 star. We traveled with our two sons 13 and 15 and had requested two rooms next to each other, one with 2 beds one with king and an ocean view. When we checked in we did not get any of these things. They put my husband and I in a room on the bottom floor over looking a dirty pond with 2 double beds and put our kids in another building far away. The air conditioning in the boys room did not work so we called and no one responded to our request, eventually I asked them to move them to a room with air conditioning so they did but later I found out that there was no toilet seat in the room. There room was also never cleaned in the four day stay they were there. They state on the brochure that you get a fully stocked refrigerator with cokes, beer and snacks. Nope, all you get is a bottle of warm water, the refrigerator did not even work. The food was absolutely disgusting, I lost about 5 pounds while I was there. They also stated that they had many activities, they had nothing. My boys were so bored. The only thing that they have is a show at 9:00 p.m. and they were bad. No pool activities like we thought. The pool was green and nasty, and full of locals. Since we were so bored we thought that we would take an excursion and go snorkeling. Raul (sp.) on the beach, I guess that he works in conjunction with the hotel sold us a snorkeling excursion that sounded great for $45 a person. We were told that we would take this boat, breakfast, drinks, and lunch provided at the beach. We were to go snorkeling, then to the beach where we would have lunch and ride horses to the waterfall. Sounded great! Not!! When we get to the marina, he tells us that our trip has been cancelled and that we will have to go on this other trip but there won't be any horse back riding or waterfalls and for another day. Well, we were leaving in two days so that wouldn't work. We had two other girls with us that we had met from Canada and we all agreed to go on this boat. Big mistake! The boat was jam packed with locals and no seats left for the six of us. We had to sit on the roof in the sun on some steel thing. No music, no entertainment. When we went down to get a drink we had to wait in line behind all of the locals for about 15 minutes, breakfast was pieces of pineapple. We get to the snorkeling site and go down to get our equipment and all of the locals had taken everything. So we waited until they came back in and took their equipment, went out there was very few fish, but loads of jelly fish. Then we cruise on to the beach and decide we will be one of the first to get to the beach otherwise we will not get a table, having to fight all the locals for a seat. Got waited on and found out that lunch was not provided at the beach, we would have to get back on the boat at 2:30 and have lunch there, I bet that would have been a treat. Had a couple of rounds of drinks at the beach and were given two totally different prices for the same thing. There is no arguing with them either. Luckily we met another couple that allowed us to ride back on there catamaran, we could not get back on that boat. The entire trip was a total rip off, every where we went they had their hands in our pockets. We went to check out of the hotel and my son had made a phone call back to Texas for 12 minutes, we were charge $150 dollars for the phone call. I was expecting it to be expensive but not that expensive.
I don't think that we will be going back to Puerto Vallarta again. If you do go, I would suggest staying at the Fiesta Americana, we stayed there 5 years ago and it was excellent. Also, be careful to leave the hotel and watch what you are paying for. Get it in writing!
Did not get what we paid for
here are some things about the all inclusive hotel that we were very unhappy about
1. a/c was broke
2. refrigerator was broke and had 2 inches of nasty water sitting in it
3. the mini stocked bar? it didn't exist - for anyone!
4. the swimming pool on the first day there was very dirty - it did get better
5. the food - totally disgusting! no other way to describe it
6. drank for the first day and a half and they were not putting alcohol in the drinks - guess that's cheaper for them? huh?
7. lizards running above your head on the ceiling in the bar - one urinated on a guys head we were sitting with -
8. they allowed birds around the food - one bird flew in and started eating cake off a knife and the waiter just stood there
etc etc etc
Great 5 Star Hotel
We have stayed many times in Melia hotels in other countries and have found the quality to be of the highest standard. The Melia Puerto Vallarta has plenty to keep you occupied all day and night. the evening shows are very proffesionally done. The food is great and the drinks are not watered down at all (trust me on this) don't over do it on the first day. The view from the hotel across the bay is of the town and the Sierra Madre Mountains in thebackground (very beautiful).
You can walk to the Marina in 5 minutes and visit the lighthouse, do this just before sunset and bring your camera. You can also catch a bus to town right outside the hotel entrance, 4 pesos, lots of fun.
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