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. Great for couples and families, singles might want to be closer to town.


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.

Rooms here are comfortable and offer impressive views overlooking 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
  • PBCR : sparwood
“Honey we’re Home”

It has been 2 weeks since we returned from our 11th visit to this resort and have already begun planning our next visit. With each visit our appreciation for this beautiful piece of paradise and it’s wonderful staff grows. It’s location,nestled in amongst the lush jungle is perfect if you are looking for a relaxing tranquil vacation with beautiful views, excellent food and beautiful people. Leaving the patio doors open at night you can hear the waves as they come to shore and listen to the sounds of the jungle as it awakes.We are pretty sure that the most wonderful and beautiful people in all of Mexico work at this resort. This being the main reason we return time after time. Many friends we have made over the years have moved on but with each visit we find new and extraordinary people who go above and beyond to make your vacation truly amazing.As our taxi pulled up to the resort we could see familiar faces awaiting our arrival. Victor,Moises,Eddie,Jose, Jaime and all of the bellboys are amazing and welcome us with open arms. When the door opens we always get out and yell “Honey we are home”. These are the first faces we see but from this point on each and every employee will assist in making your vacation what it is meant to be. Victor,Christian and Mabel made check in so easy even through the chaos of renovations. Omar( the butler) thank you for making sure we had everything we needed from beginning to end. Food and service at all the restaurants and bars is amazing. Some very important people are, Lizzeth and all of the other hostesses greet you with smiles. Fernando at the Portifino and the rest of the staff thank you so much. Patricia, Daniel, Juan, Roberto and all of the breakfast staff at the buffet. Luciano, Alejandro, Daniel, Tino, Javier, Nazzly and all of the Punta de Mita staff treat you like royalty when in fact it is them that are the special ones. All of the bar staff are extraordinary no matter which one you choose. Christian, Omar, Efren,the Antionios, Jose, Heriberto, Jorge, Martin, Marcario, Fili, Lizzeth, Melyssa, Matias, Rodrigo, Gerardo, Francia(we will miss you), Erick, Carlos(Chuck), Armando, Ruben, Luis, Andres and everyone else thank you so much for making sure we didnot become dehydrated in the beautiful warm Mexican sun. In the evenings there is another wonderful group of people making our vacation so wonderful. Rusbel thank you so much for the coconut water and coco. Remember Cinco de Junio. The rest of the staff at the lobby bar, Jose, Emmanuel, Arturo and all of the POP entertainment crew. The resort is always spotless, the cleaning staff do a wonderful job. Thank you Rosa for doing an emaculate job. Mario the chef thank you so much for remembering how much we love your tortillas with cheese and bringing them to us without even having to ask. Alfredo and girls from the spa thank you for finally convincing us to have our very first massage. Now we are hooked and will be coming to see you soon. A few very special people whose smiling faces were really missed, Albina, Alberto, Pablo, Victor and Enrique(uncle). Thank you and we love you all so much💙❤️. We recommend the Grand Palladium and what used to be the Royal Suites to everyone we meet. See you all again very soon. If we have missed anyone we love each and every one of you. Presley and Toni Robertson.

  • PGTE :
Excellent Staff and location for watersports

Just back from a week at Palladium and I can't say enough about the staff at the water sports. Edar took myself and my daughter out surfing a couple of times and made the two if us feel like we belonged even though we had never surfed before. Both Edar and Victor helped the three of us with our standup paddleboarding everyday and were always there to answer any questions we might have. We also took out the catamaran twice for the beautiful afternoon sails.I would like to thank Rafael for his time at the Gym - he was always helpful and positive.We have been on a warm holiday 14 times and can honestly say that the entire staff at the hotel are the best we have ever encountered.We will definitely be returning to the Palladium and look forward to surfing and paddling again.

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We had booked a room in the Royal Suites quite some time ago only to be informed shortly before our trip that they were discontinuing the Royal Suites. This is truly unfortunate. We travelled with friends and have experienced the Royal Suites Yucutan previously so we had very high expectations and were quite excited about our trip. Because of the construction we were placed in building one, instead of the Royal Suites area. Although the room was comfortable it was between the adult pool, which constantly played loud music, and the family pool, where nightly weddings were held, with loud music usually until after midnight. Then the last two nights some people seemed to decide to have very loud impromptu parties which woke us about 3:30 in the morning, with security standing by doing nothing. With the exception of the Punta de Miya restaurant, which we were able to experience for only a few meals before it was closed, the food was unremarkable. Yes, I have high standards, but I am not a food snob. However, whoever is in charge of catering should ensure that dried out brownies are not served to Travel Club members at a special dinner. The saving grace for this resort, aside from the beautiful location, is the staff. They were excellent. Shout outs and gratitude to Martin (restaurant waiter who spoiled us), Carlos (at the bars - thanks for the Don Julio 70!, what a great smile), Erick at the beach bar, and Monica at the spa (do make sure you ask for her as she is a fantastic massage therapist). You are all truly a credit to the resort.

  • Jakebuck : Sherwood Park, AB

As long time Travel Club members we were intrigued by reports from other people on this resort. We booked for the adults only to be informed shortly before leaving that it was no longer available. We are relaxation people and here there was none. The noise level is constant and the seemingly never ending weddings ensures the noise continues till midnight. The views are spectacular, the staff are all great but if you enjoy fine dining and serenity this is not your place. If you do go bring mini flashlights because the numerous stairs and paths are poorly lit. The spa is not a spa if you have enjoyed other Palladium spas. This obviously is the poor sister of the Palladium group for luxury but we can see it would be a family friendly vacation. For us it was not what we wanted and now that we are back we feel we need a vacation.

  • KellyWilson88 : Edmonton, Canada
Very noisy hotel

I have given two stars instead of just one, because the staff are excellent at this hotel. They are very friendly, and they give excellent service! Unfortunately, if you are looking for a retreat where you can hear the ocean, wind, birdsong or any nature sound whatsoever, you will not find it here. No matter where you walk on this resort, you can here music blasting from the two main pools or beach. If you were hoping to see any birds or wildlife in the jungle on the resort, you won't because they all left with migraines. There are no designated quite areas with chairs where you can listen to ocean/nature. There is a "reading grotto/area" which is a joke as it has uncomfortable benches covered in poop from the only iguana deaf enough to tolerate the music blasting into the small jungle area. We requested the quietest area of the resort, but you could still hear obnoxiously loud music. It's utterly inescapable. There are also some captive animals which look a little sad. The ostrich in particular, looks very stressed and is missing a lot of feathers. Enclosures are small. Had I known about the enclosures, I never would have booked here. Again, I'm not exaggerating, there is no quiet place on this resort. If you want to party 24/7 this is probably a good option, but don't come here if you want to enjoy quiet/nature.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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.