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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.


Overview

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
  • Brenda G : Arborfield
Great little resort

We stayed here in Jan of 2017.This resort is small but has everything you need.Beach is very nice waves in the ocean were good fun.Food was average.Staff keep everything up to par very nice.It was very easy to get a taxi as there was like a taxi station right by the resort.It wasn't very far to a little town to the north and about 1/2 hr to get to the malecon.The only thing that was disappointing was we never got any towel art

  • Arturo B : Mazatlan, Mexico
We had a very nice vacation here!!

Everyone was very friendly from the first moment we arrived at the hotel.The food and drinks were good, and the room very comfortable.There was only one thing that could be better, and that is the variety of the buffet.Everyone, all the staff is amazing. The activities at the pool were very entertaining.The service around the pool was ok but not great. It could be better if there were moer than one people serving drinks. I had to get up from my louge chair to get some tequilas from the bar, you do not want to go around the pool all drunk heheheIt is a nice place to vacation. My son really enjoyed the pirate-game-station-boat by the pool, he was thrilled with that.They have very nice promotions for reservations, check their Facebook page for more details. The rate we payed was extremely GOOD for what we got for a 3-stars hotel.Very recomendable.... Congrats!!

  • Bruce L : Roberts Creek, Canada
This Botique-Sized Resort That "Real Heart"

This is a return visit for us to the quaint little beachfront Samba Vallarta Resort in PV. My wife had taken her niece to this resort 10 years ago and we felt the smaller size and "less north american influence" suited our style of travel. I you are looking for a Las Vegas resort with palm trees here in Mexico, then this is likely not the right fit for you - go to the Riu next door, as the Samba, is during this visit, 99% Mexican guests, so you get a more authentic exposure to the local culture. Firstly, the staff really make this place - from the front desk, wait staff, bartenders, housekeeping, landscapers, activity people, concierges, chefs, etc. all the staff here have real heart, enjoy their jobs, and it really shows! We spent five weeks at this resort so we had a real good taste of what it's all about and the entire experience here was first-class, with staff members stopping by our palapa, table, or sun loungers and saying they missed us at one of the meals, offering to pick up drinks, or just stopping for a friendly chat or to ask if there was anything they could do for us. The management has done an awesome job of employing staff that love to be here and it shows. There are more than enough sun loungers around the pool, on the beach under thatched roof palapas, bars, restrooms, outdoor showers, and restaurants are all handy/nearby. Daily activities offered are varied and a schedule is posted daily outside the Mexican restaurant by the pool bar and you can participate in the likes of water polo, beach volleyball, pool aerobics, dance lessons, bracelet making, etc. etc. and there are pool tables and ping pong tables as well. During our stay in the latter part of August and the entire month of September, temperatures were in the high 20s to low 30s and many nights we were treated to lightening and thunder displays accompanied by heavy (and warm) rainfall, but 'always awoke in the morning to sunshine and dry weather. Food here is amazing and we were delighted with the buffet offerings that rotated daily with different internationally - themed menus, always offering fresh sushi @ every lunch buffet, no shortage of seafood and interestingly flavoured dishes such as beef in red wine sauce, pork with kiwi fruit, mango chicken (every lunch & dinner buffet offered at least one of each; chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes PLUS terrific fresh fruits, salads, breads & soups) as well as an astounding array of belt busting desserts and there was a "snack bar" by the beach bar that provided hamburgers, hot dogs, french-fries, salsa chips, salads, condiments and more. Al a carte, unlike many resorts, here at the Samba are unlimited and we enjoyed dozens of visits for high end creative Mexican and Italian-themed meals at both the indoor main building (air conditioned too) and beachfront restaurants, finished off with a flourish of flaming after dinner "specialty coffees" and afterwards we enjoyed spending our evenings at the Lobby bar watching a local sports match or news on the wall-mounted television.The beach has a very gentle slope so you can walk out 100's of feet into the ocean and still be able to stand up (mindful of course of the sea conditions), the beach vendors are polite and not pushy at all (a simple "no gracias" results in a polite "have a nice day" response…), though I have to admit the fruit vendors were a fave of mine and I enjoyed many a "mango on a stick", peeled and sliced then doused with sweet lime (& chile powder if you like - don't laugh, it's delicious) for the princely sum of 25 pesos, or a bag of cheezies or chips to go with your beer or whatever you're drinking. There's a little beachside structure, immediately to the east side where you can peruse lots of handicrafts, clothing, henna tattoos, hair braiding, etc. and most evenings there are a few vendors in the resort that offer silver jewelry, paintings, local crafts, etc. (and absolutely no sales pressure). Massages, along with other spa treatments are offered both inside an air-conditioned area of the resort and under a beachfront palapa and I can attest, from multiple visits throughout our stay that the massages are great! Bucerias is an easy 45-60 minute stroll to the west along the beach for a change of pace and to wander the many shops & their offerings and the public bus service pulls right up to the gate if you want to ride into PV (18 pesos) - just look for the buses with "RIU" on the front. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the marina area (Walmart) and a further 20 minutes or so to the malecon. The bus ride back (same "RIU" buses) is somewhat longer as they stop at most all of the resorts, or if you ask, the driver will drop you at a specific spot is you ask (like a restaurant that caught our eye…) Of course cabs are everywhere (loads of them outside the resort that the concierge will happily call in for you ( there's a rate sheet out front with cab prices or just walk out the gate and hop in), but we prefer to ride the buses with the locals (and it's cheaper too!).House keeping was excellent during our entire stay with fresh washed floors, clean towels (face cloths too), big bottles of body wash and shampoo, 2 cold water bottles daily in the mni fridge and always a friendly smile & greeting (this applies to all the staff) and on the subject of rooms, our A/C unit was great in providing us a "Canadian cold" enviroment (apologies to the poor cleaning staff who had to endure our frigid room while performing their daily cleaning duties….). At the end of our stay the front desk kindly offered us a later checkout time, allowed us to keep our bracelets on until 5:00 pm (when we were picked up to be driven the 25 minutes to the airport) plus we were further given the complimentary use of a "courtesy room" so we could shower and change just before our departure. It would not be fair to start naming each & every staff member as they are all a truly terrific bunch of people that collectively were such a BIG part of making our stay in the Samba so enjoyable, but these are just some of the staff we can recall (please forgive my poor memory if I've missed any of you!): Alex, Antonio, Bruno, Carlos, Carolina, Cele, Ernesto, Eduardo, Gabriella, Genaro, Ismael, Jesus, Jose, Lori, Martin, Paulo, Raul, Samir, Viktor and Yothman. Resorts are basically just buildings, it's the staff that make these resorts a success or a failure and the Samba Vallarta has provided us a wonderful holiday experience. Thank-you all!

  • Jason L : Burnaby, Canada
Excellent time, amazing staff

We were just at Samba Vallarta and it was an excellent time. Check in time was quick and everyone was pleasant. The hotel entertainment was a little weak but the staff really go above and beyond to make your stay great.We had a couple minor issues with our rooms but they addressed them immediately. There are some maintenance issues with the hotel but the staff are on it and they didn't impact our stay at all.I would definitely go back and stay at Samba Vallarta again.

  • alab74 : Seattle, Washington
Family vacation - mom, 3 kids and nana

We just had a wonderful end of summer vacation at Samba Vallarta! It was so nice to vacation with local Mexicans from nearby cities. We were the only Americans, plus a Canadian couple. My kids made friends with some boys that were vacationing with their extended family. They were speaking quite a lot of Spanish by the end of the week. The hotel is very family friendly, yet wasn't overcrowded with children running everywhere. The swimming pool is awesome! My kids played on the pirate ship for hours, even my 13-year-old. The beach is connected directly to the resort so we went back and forth between the pool and the beach all day. One night a sea turtle spontaneously appeared on the beach. She spent 45 minutes laying her eggs, then turned around and made her way back to the ocean. It was a truly magical scene to witness. We enjoyed eating 3 buffet meals per day. There was a great variety of foods to choose from. Each night a meal from a different culture was served, with an offering of local foods every day. My kids especially liked the desserts as they had different little cakes to choose from for lunch and dinner. My mother and I enjoyed all the cocktails and wine. The nightly entertainment was really worthwhile, especially the Mexican cultural dancing. My kids enjoyed the magic night as well. The hotel has free Wi-fi. There weren't any long waits and there were lots of available lounge chairs. The rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The staff does a great job of getting people to join in the activities. I took the water aerobics class and my kids played water polo. William and Hervey are super fun and enthusiastic. All of the staff seemed genuinely happy and it is obvious that they enjoy their jobs. They are very hospitable and attentive. I was worried that the hotel would make us pay for our misplaced towel because they gave us a towel card and we were responsible for all of the towels that they lent us. At most resorts it is easy to pick up someone else's towel by accident or misplace your own towel and we were a towel short on our last day. The hotel didn't charge us, however. My only criticism is that the hotel has 3 restaurants and we were only able to eat at the buffet restaurant because we had to make reservations at the Italian and Mexican restaurant. Children can't eat at the Italian restaurant but I think that they can eat at the Mexican restaurant, unfortunately, they always seemed full when we tried to make a reservation. We are definitely going back next year. We had a truly fabulous stay!

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
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  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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