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Samba Vallarta

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Our Opinion

A nice, low key property with a secluded beach. Renovated in 2005, the Samba Vallarta offers great entertainment and food. They have one bedroom suites available that will accommodate up to 6 people. This hotel also offers single parent rates as certain times of the year. Some rooms do not have balconies, so be aware of that when making your booking.


If you're looking for a beautiful, sunny spot to just tune out and relax, then the Samba Vallarta  is the place for you. This pretty, medium-sized hotel is a self-contained getaway set on a secluded beach in Riviera Nayarit. Its low-key atmosphere, excellent value and top-quality restaurants and bars make it a favourite of couples and families alike. Bring your sunglasses and your bestseller and stretch out in a lounge chair by the stunning free-form pool.

Location: On the beach next to the Riu Jalisco in Riviera Nayarit, 5 min from the Paradise Shopping Plaza, 45 min to Puerto Vallarta, 20 min from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • sktravelduo : Seattle, WA
Needs Major Renovations

The pool and the location of this resort are very nice. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The kids loved the pirate ship play area in the pool, and we all loved walking to the beach, which was about a one minute walk. We enjoyed the entertainment, it was fun, but not up to the standards of most resorts. The food was okay, they provided a la carte and buffet choices. The buffet was different every night, but the a la carte menu was the same every night, we were there 7 nights. They do NOT have guacamole at the buffet or the a la carte, but they will make you a small bowl if you ask really nicely. The rooms are the worst part of this resort, muggy, mold smelling, and dirty. The bathrooms in our rooms were dingy, dirty, outdated, and had flooding issues (that's why we had two different rooms during our stay). I've attached photos of the bathrooms to give you an idea. We were with a group of friends, and when we arrived one of the rooms already had a small flood in it, so they changed our friend's room. The next night, there was a huge flood in our second floor section, with about 1 inch of water, maybe 2 inches, and about 6 guest rooms impacted by the ordeal. They were going to keep us in the same room until I complained that it was not acceptable, especially since they still had about an hour's worth of work before they would be done cleaning up all the water. They moved us to another room eventually, and even though it was supposed to be an upgrade, the room and bathroom were just as dingy, muggy, and dirty as the first one. I cannot recommend this resort. The only way I would ever go back to this resort would be if they would completely renovate the rooms and bathrooms, especially their plumbing.

  • Teresa R :
Incredible Vacation with Best Friends

Great pool & beach. Plenty of lounge chairs. We were taken care of by Salvador every day. Excellent worker! Treated us like gold. We don't have any complaints. Food was fabulous. We're planning a trip there next year. Can't wait to get back!!

  • moberlyave : toronto
Excellent Stay

Wonderful location. Excellent pool and pirate ship for the kids. Fantastic shows at night, especially the magician and the Mexican heritage show. Activities staff members Jose and Yasmin are fantastic. Super friendly and very personable, especially with our children. We would definitely come back. Only reservation is that the rooms are somewhat dated. Hotel area and food are 4 stars, room is more like 3 stars. But we didn't care too much as we spent most of our time enjoying the Mexican sun at the pool and beach. Thank you Samba!

  • JazzyBC : Vancouver, BC
Great cheap inclusive

We stayed for a week and had a good time. Pluses - smooth check-in; great pool; nice beach; good selection of buffet foods; fun evening family entertainment. Super friendly staff. The not-so-goods - rooms are 'tired', our toilet had some issues. Needed more evening entertainment. The show finished by 10 and there wasn't anything else to do. Maybe a DJ by the pool? Or in the lobby bar?We walked the beach to Bucerias - to the market. Took about 45 mins. Cab back (85 pesos). That was fun. Canopy Zip-lining very good and Vallarta tours for whale watching. Both booked thru hotel and both excellent.

  • Nancy W :
Good for family getaway. Hotel 3/5. Staff 4/5.

Our family stayed at Samba Vallarta March 10 to 17 2017. We enjoyed our stay there and want to say special thanks to the following staff who go beyond their duties to ensure we were looked after: Gloria Alvarez at front counter who assisted me to resolve some urgent matters during my stay at Samba. She was very helpful and ensured my requests were done. Because of my diet restrictions, special thanks to Edgar Michaus at buffet restaurant tepanyaki station who made me vegetable stir fry everyday. And to David who brought me fish from Italian restaurant during BBQ night because there was not much for me to eat. Because we have a little one so we could only do buffet or beach restaurant for dinner. Thanks to Jose MA at the beach restaurant who provided excellent service during our meals. Thanks to Cecilia at kids club who kept my daughter entertained. The only thing I'm not so impressed was the dinner reservation system and the lady who took the reservations.  Basically if you want to have a dinner reservation in one of the a la carte restaurants you need to wake up 6:45 AM and be at the reservation spot before 7:00 AM to line up and put your name down. So I had to wake up everyday DURING MY VACATION ,😓😕. But even so,  I was the second person in line and the reservation lady skipped me and took the next person because she seemed to be the regular there. When she took me she said it's FULL for 6:30 pm reservation!!.  How's that possible?!  Anyway hope Samba can have an alternative way of booking dinner reservation because this current system is not fair for guests who want to stay in bed during their vacation. Overall it's a good family getaway resort.

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
  • Continental breakfast room service
  • Snacks
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited International brand drinks, Domestic beer & House wine w/meals from 11am-1am
  • Windsurfing  
  • Boogie boards
  • Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Introductory scuba lesson
  • Use of bicycles
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 183 rooms in one 4-storey building
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 2 a la carte restaurants including: Italian and International
  • Snack bar
  • 3 bars including Pool bar
  • 3 inter-connecting pools and kid's pool
  • Shopping on-site
  • Safety deposit boxes at reception
  • Fitness facilities
  • Massage service (fee)
  • Internet cafe (fee)
  • 18-hole golf course 10 minutes away

Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Bathroom w/shower only
  • Max occupancy 4 persons up to 3 adults
  • Hotel Rooms with Balcony also available

1 Bedroom Suites include:

  • Same as above but with separate living area w/double sofa bed
  • Sitting area
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony
  • Max occupancy 6 persons up to 4 adults

Kids Deals - Kids 0-5 stay and eat free when sharing a room and existing bedding with at least 1 adult. Children 6-17 pay child rates when sharing a room with at least 1 adult. Maximum 2 children.

For the Kids - Kids 5-12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club, Playground, games room, and kid's pool. Babysitting service upon availability (fee).

Honeymooners - Receive an upgrade to Balcony Room (if available at check-in), bottle of domestic wine, flowers. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage. Upgraded honeymoon package also available for a charge. Please inquire for details.

Wedding Package - Please inquire for details.

Golf Bonus - Receive 18 holes of golf at the Maya Palace Golf Course for $80US per person (subject to availability). Includes power cart. Mandatory caddy extra $15US. Subject to tee-off time availability. Book in Canada, pay locally. Prince and inclusions subject to change.

Early Booking Bonus - The Samba Vallarta hotel offers 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.

Single Saver - For travel between Feb 25-Mar 4, single adult sharing room with 2 kids pays the double rate. Max 2 kids. Dates and inclusions subject to change.

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  • Samba Vallarta
    Riviera Nayarit,Mexico

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Samba Vallarta All Inclusive
Av. Costera y la playa s/n, Flamingos, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 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.