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Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa

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Our Opinion

This popular resort is rated 4.5 stars by some operators, but many rooms are now in need of a thorough cleaning, so we give it a 3.5 star rating. The beach area here is great for water sports like boogie boarding, surfing and snorkeling. There are a lot of hills and stairs so getting around may be an issue for those with mobility problems. Good food along with friendly restaurant and bar service. Lots of families at this resort but there is also an amazing adults only infinity pool. Great for couples and families, singles might want to be closer to town. This would be a much better resort if the rooms were nicer, but still a very popular resort. If you want something nicer, try the sister resort next door, Royal Suites Punta Mita.


Located about an hour from Puerto Vallarta and at the north end of Riviera Nayarit, the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa features excellent amenities and renovated facilities with an impressive setting overlooking the Pacific ocean. This resort features a lush jungle backdrop and secluded coves rather than a broad sweep of beach; an excellent choice for vacationers looking for seclusion and relaxation in a self-contained hotel.

The Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa has been completely renovated, including guestrooms, lobby, some restaurants, Spa and recreation areas including Children's Clubs. Rooms here are comfortable and offer impressive views overlooking the the stunning Bay of Banderas. A different nightly entertainment show and a wide range of water sports are other included features that make the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa a superior choice for a memorable and relaxing Mexico vacation.

Location: Beachfront in Riviera Nayarit, 60 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, 15 minutes from Bucerias and 40 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Krinn2014 :
Surf, SUP, waves, EXCELLENT!

We came for a week in febuary. Mostly canadians and americans. I speak french but will make my comments in english for more people to read. Sorry for the mispelling or mistakes!Rooms: if you can get an ocean view, go for it. Rooms are clean, beds are soft and cumfy! I have a back problem and i was worry, but it was perfect. Ground floors are great for people who wants to sit out since nothing blocks the view. Second floors have a square balcony (very small) but i just coulnd't stop looking at the see, the waves, and the surfers. Amazing! Third floor has a super mini balcony. Didn't like it. I was in room 1112( second floor). Bloc 1 is the best. Quiet. You need to be on the ocean side (not the big pool) to be able to see the surf wave. Note that room numbers are 0 for ground, 1 for second, 2 for third floor. Hotel: losts of steps! But the view: wow!Hotel sits on a clif. Has a big zoo and a nice botanical garden that you cross everytime you walk to the hotel. Loved that feature. Hotel is not to big, we enjoyed that. Even if this is a family place, it's still perfect for couples. The adult pool is amazing, again the view is breath takings. You will not be surrounded by kids at all. Kids: this place is just great for kids of all ages. The kid pool has everything to keep them busy! Beach: LOVED IT! Its rocky, bring your beach shoes, but the waves....OMG! We had a lot of fun with the bosyboards! Stand up paddle boards and surf boards are available at all time (almost!) and there is a big variety of them for free. Surf: definitly a great surf spot. We tryed but its very difficult! For advance surfers: we say many people with their own boards, some rented boads for a week at a surf shop near by (Bucerias city) and the place deliver the boars to the hotel (200$ usd a week). If i knew before i would have done that with a SUP (wich a do back home). Its a big wave for beginners. I recommand the surf trip with your tour operator. They bring you by boat (we saw whales and dolphins!) to a nice sandy beach near Punta Mita, with the included courses you will be able to catch a wave by the end of the trip!Otherwise its a surfer paradise just in front of the hotel. Waves from 4 to 8 feet depend of the day. Food/ restaurant: nothing great. Nothing bad. Average good. Bamboo is the best. I'm diffucult so maybe i'm not the best to give advise!Staff: ok, the staff is really really great i have to say. Fuco at the reception is just the best guy. Funny, smilly, and will always find a solution for any problem. The beach guys: Eder and Ewin are really nice guys. They can give you advise and tips on anything about water sports. Listen to them! West coast has wind and courrent, they know what they are doing. Eveyone at the hotel is nice. Really nice. Major downfall: the smell of the water spingklers at night. Really it smell like sh....t!I wanted to be able to let my door open to listen to the waves but when the springklers starts at midnight forget it! You just want to throwup!!! They use recycling waters (?? Really ???) because they say its an Eco lodge. Bad idea. Its discusting. If you sleep you door close you will be ok. Otherwise i really really enjoyed my vacation because of the waves, the garden and the views! If they fix that water smell i might have found the place where i wouls come every year!Ciao!

  • Jean-Sébastien V :
Good time in a friendly place!

We were at Grand Palladium for a week. Everything was great, the food, the environnement, the facilities. The rooms are little old but confortable. Special mention to the staff. They are really great peoples, friendly and warm hearted. The are willing to help, smily and dedicated to serve. Especially Enrique Martinez from the restaurant, Victoria at the front desk, the leader of security, which I forgot his name, and the Doctor from the nursery, Harim Navaro! Such nice peoples.

  • interprovincial2000 : Vancouver, Canada
Good water sports resort.

I was there twice in 12 months, I am planning to go back at September 2017. This is a perfect resort for you if you are into water sports, I like it because you can do surfing, paddle boarding , kayaking, boogie boarding, snorkeling and catamaran . beach is nice. Had no problem to find a beach chair When I was there at Sept. 2015 and Sept.2016. Food was good. Mexican restaurant was the best. you can walk about 3 minutes to the road and catch a local a bus to Bucerias, nice little village. Bring a flash light might be handy, when I was there the first night there was a power outage after dinner time, it didn't came back on til 2 a,m,. in general I am happy with this resort, will go back at September again, recommend to others. one thing I like to to mention is don't talk to anyone about the travel club, it's a time share, they try to keep me in their office all day and they try to make you talk to a lot of the different sales rep, I had to get angry and almost swear at them and got out of there, that was totally wasting time. They were very pushy!!

  • jea_dal : Winnipeg, Canada
Great place, will return!

This resort was recommended to me from friends that have young children so I went with my 4 year old daughter. What an amazing place! This resort is so great for families. The kids pool is really fun, especially for under age 6. Then there are more pools for the older kids. Facilities are very clean and there are always people cleaning, upgrading and taking care of the place. I can't say enough good things.The food is good with lots of options. The buffet had enough choices to keep you content. Big thanks to the Mexican restaurant. My daughter and I went there twice. Gerardo went out of his way to make sure my daughter was entertained and happy at the table. He also recommended a delicious mango margarita for me! Jannet is a lady that comes to the table and makes guacamole from scratch! She is the reason we went back a second time to the restaurant. Her guacamole was so delicious and she was so lovely. All in all, the staff and experience at the Mexican restaurant was a great highlight of this trip and one of our favourite memories. The view is amazing too. Thanks Jannet, Gerardo and Ivan and everyone there! We will for sure go back to this resort. It was a great place, very family friendly and lots to do.One downside is there isn't much to do around here, and the excursions are a bit limited. But there's cabs and a bus stop nearby and I was told the buses are safe.There's also a mini zoo on site, which is neat. My daughter loved the ostriches. I give this resort 5 stars all around! It was a great week.

  • Ryan D :
Great Resort, even better service!

The room, bars, pools, etc were all amazing, just like we expected. The big surprise was how helpful and genuine all the staff are. Pretty much every single employee we encountered was great. The big standouts are Ivan, Carlos, Victor, Macario, and Mercello at the Punta Mita bar. Ivan asked my name once on the first day of our 9 day trip, after that everyone knew my name, and my drink of choice. Jesus was our butler, and he went WAY above and beyond to make sure our stay was great, and that we felt like extra special guests. Martin was a great waiter, and made sure my wife's meals were gluten and dairy free like required. The Chef Jose Juan also made sure to take care of her special needs. All in all you can get nice views and nice rooms anywhere, but the service was so much more than we could have expected. Thanks, we will see you again next year!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10am-2am)
  • Drinks at disco
  • Sailing, Hobie Cats
  • Windsurfing, Boogie Boards
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Waterpolo
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball  
  • Archery
  • Exercise classes (Aerobics, Water aerobics)
  • Spanish lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • 422 rooms in seven 3-storey buildings
  • Main buffet restaurant
  • 4 a la carte restaurants, including: Mediterranean and Mexican, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar including brick-oven pizzas
  • 7 bars including Pool bar
  • Disco
  • 2 pools and 1 Seawater pool
  • Kid's pool section
  • Jacuzzi
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Fitness facilities
  • Steam room
  • Spa and Wellness center
  • Hair salon
  • Convenience shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry services (fee)

All accommodations include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar 
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Coffee maker
  • Radio alarm clock with MP3 docking station
  • Balcony or terrace

Deluxe Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Bathtub with shower and jetted tub for 2
  • Max. 4 guests

Junior Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 queen beds
  • Sofabed
  • Balcony
  • Max. 4 guests
Family Suites:
  • Family Suite is a Deluxe Room & Junior Suite connected
  • One room with 1 King bed or 2 Double beds and the other room with 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds
  • Some have a table and two chairs and others have a divan, balcony and save energy system
  • Terrace with table and chairs
  • Hydro-massage tub
  • Min 3/max capacity 6 adults per room or max 3 children

Kids Deals - Children 0-2 stay and eat free when sharing a room with at least 1 adult. Children 3-12 pay child rates when sharing a room with at least 1 adult. Maximum 2 children.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Mini Club, kid's menu, Playground and the kid's section of the pool. Junior Club for ages 13-17 and Baby Club for ages 1-3. Babysitting service upon availability (fee).

Honeymoon Bonus - Receive free gifts in room upon arrival, free room upgrade (subject to availability), late check out when available. Proof of marriage is required. Valid for up to 2 months after wedding date.

Wedding Package - Resort wedding package available, please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa
    Riviera Nayarit,Mexico

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Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa
C/ Carretera Punta de Mita Km 11.5, Punta de Mita 63734 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.