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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
  • Carol C :

Was our 1st trip we have ever taken Awesome place . Very kid oriented during the day and at night they have things for the older ones . There are activities every hour for all ages . There are about 6/7 different places to eat and the servers are fabulous. Alberto and Roberto and the ladies at the front always made our breakfast with how kind they were and eager to please us . Everyone who works there were wonderful as well . It was sad to leave but will return next year .

  • CitizenDee :
Lovely holiday with the POP! Excelentes vacaciones en familia!

Our family (children ages: 4 & 7) had a wonderful time at Grand Palladium during our 10-day stay. As others have stated, the people of Palladium (POP!) go above and beyond to ensure that you have a great holiday. A special shout out to Gaby and Mirium who had us getting into games and activities (my Zumba skills are still lacking), Efren, a very hard working poolside server who made sure that not just Mom and Dad, but that the kids were happy and hydrated. Karla and Marcela at the Mini Club who kept our kids excited and engaged too, including having them perform in some kids evening shows. Full points to the POP!The location and grounds of the resort are wonderful, and the beachfront is secluded in such a way as to feel that you are truly away from it all. We had loads of fun (kids and parents alike) in the pools, including kids water slides in the splash area, water-polo games in the middle pool, and some pool bar relaxing in the larger pool for all. We also spent time body boarding in the waves and splashing about in the small salina (ocean pool) down on the beach in between sandcastle making, meals, drinks and siestas. We found more than enough variety and quality in the meals on offer, including the buffet and frequent lunch time cook-ups (ex. tacos and paella) near the beach. Our kids especially loved the variety of food and ever-present ice cream that was on offer. In addition, our suite mini-fridge was filled (to overflowing) with water and beer daily, as we simply left a note requesting extra water on the first day, and so got it every day thereafter. As stated above, the POP aim to please.We never wandered over to the adult's pool area apart from cutting through it on the way to the beach after checking into our suite on day 1. The main pool and activity area is where we set-up each day, and where our kids were able to make friends with other vacationing families and get high fives and smiles from the staff as they included them in games and conversation.This was hands down a great time at a great place, filled with great people; and so now we have to listen to our kids incessantly ask us how long it will be until we can return here...

  • Louis A : Schererville, Indiana
A Grand Time at The Grand Palldium Resort and Spa

Forgive the cheesy, punny, title of this review but our recent trip to the Grand Palladium was a grand and glorious escape.Everything about the property was amazing, and our stay at The Royal Suites was magical (the upgrae to this "Adults Only" enclave is highly recommended). Our room, the pool, the beach, all the restaurants all were first rate. The quaint church and small zoo on site were unexpected pleasures, and the people who work at the resort (especially our Majordomo Andres) were top notch. Although it wasn't a downside for us, I feel compelled to say that, since there are no elevators and the site contains many stairs, the resort may not be a great fit for everyone. For my wife and I, however, walking an average of 4-500 stairs per day provided an excellent workout that obviated the need of visiting the gym.All in all The Grand Palladium Resort and Spa provided us the perfect vacation getaway! We can't wait to return.

  • kimira22 :
Best bartender

The best thing about this hotel is Leo best bar tender ever , best service ,funny and knows how to treat the guests :) I will come back most definitely see ya again Leo :)🍹🍸🍹also rooms are great ocean views . Best food is the steak house live love this place

  • Jazmin L : Edmonton, Canada
Amazing value for money, beautiful resort!

I want to start off by saying, do not listen to all the negativity you see in some of the reviews here. The negativity made me nervous to give this resort a chance but I am so glad we did because we had an amazing vacation. I have seen some reviews from people who were staying at this resort around the same time I was and I honestly can't believe we were staying at the same resort. The number one highlight for me at the Grand Palladium was the staff. Every staff member I came into contact with was extremely polite and helpful. I was greeted with a smile and a hello everywhere I went, even just from staff members walking around the resort. A special shout out goes to the bar staff in the adult pool and at the lobby bar. As far as the food goes, the buffet was great. The breakfast buffet was for sure the best. There's a lady there cooking fresh omelettes in the morning, there's every breakfast food imaginable, mimosas and coffees to go, it's awesome. Lunch and dinner buffets were really good too! The food wasn't always scalding hot but it's a buffet for crying out loud! It's not cooked to order. If I saw something that looked like it had been sitting out for awhile, I just skipped it! There were millions of other choices. As for the restaurants on the resort, we only did the Mexican restaurant and the Ribs and more restaurant. The Mexican restaurant was fantastic. They made fresh guacamole at the table, I had the fajitas and my husband had the pork and it was all really delicious. I was not crazy about the ribs restaurant. I found the food to be the exact same as the buffet food (which made it pointless to go to the restaurant) and the service inside was lackluster. We heard really good things about the Bamboo restaurant but didn't get to it unfortunately. During the day by the adult pool they brought around sandwiches and mozzarella sticks and fries which was great if you didn't want to go for lunch. Room service at the resort was great, my mini fridge was always stocked with lots of water. We had no serious maintenance issues, our bathtub plug didn't work so I couldn't have a bath, but I didn't even find the time to ask to get it fixed. The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable which is all that mattered to me.The nighttime entertainment was amazing for kids and good for adults too. The entertainers work their butts off to put on the shows. There was so much live music at this resort. Violins and guitars by the pool, saxophone players IN the pool at one point. It was a highlight for sure. The only issue I had with the entertainment was the disco. They played rave music all night every night. It gets old pretty fast. I love to go dancing when I'm on holiday and it would have been awesome to switch it up! The pools are great, no complaints! This is definitely a resort you want to consider if you have kids. So much for kids to do! My husband and I don't spend a lot of time in the ocean so I can't comment on how it is for swimming but I could see the staff working hard all day to keep the beach clean and it looked like people were having fun.As far as people complaining about weird smells at the resort, I have no idea what they're talking about. There is a zoo on the resort (which is actually more of an animal conservation project as my understanding is these animals can not go back into the wild) but it was so clean and the animals appeared very well kept. I also love animals though so maybe I am biased? If you hate animals and can't stand even the occasional smell of an animal then this probably isn't the resort for you. This resort is far from town. If you want to do spend your entire vacation in town then don't choose this resort. There is no elevator. It has about the same amount of walking and steps as any other resort I've been too, which is a lot! Resorts are big. I mention these things, not to complain (I loved all the walking and couldn't care less about their being an elevator), but because I feel like people do not do their research before booking and then complain later. I knew all of the above when I booked our holiday so I was not disappointed. Overall we were extremely happy with this resort and if the price is right, we will for sure be back!

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.