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Samba Vallarta

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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
  • KDMass175 : Winnipeg, Canada
Another great stay! Two weeks in paradise!

Our third visit here in four years, and it just keeps getting better! We appreciate the smaller size of the Samba, which allows for a more intimate, relaxing and friendly resort atmosphere. The new food and beverage services manager, Ismael, is making many improvements, including a fresh smoothie bar at breakfast. There is something for everyone at the buffet, and the two a la carte restaurants (Mexican and Italian) offer a relaxed and pleasant dining experience. Be sure to ask Gilberto to make you his delicious Spanish coffee in the Italian restaurant! The hotel and grounds are always kept immaculately clean and looking beautiful. The beach is incredible (be sure to watch for whale and dolphin sightings) with a large number of palapas, so you can always find some shade if needed, and the pool area is lovely with plenty of lounge chairs. The staff here are amazing! So friendly, kind and very hard working. Hola to Carlos (Pinky), Salvador (Amore mio), Ricardo, Gennaro, Bruno, Soloman, Jose, Marbella and Alexjandra, plus many others who made our stay so enjoyable and memorable. Thank you, as well, to Oscar and Ghoretti for our lovely 4th floor room with balcony, and the friendly assistance of Gabriela and Alma at the front desk. Muchas gracias, Samba Vallarta, for another fantastic vacation!

  • MrsGriz : Kyle, Canada
Above average with a need to update

Let me say first off that the Sambas strengths lie in an amazing beach, great pools, and great staff that serve you, and keep the grounds clean.The food selection, was hit and miss. One day would be above average, and on Valentines Day, the food was deficient taste, and supply of critical staples, despite the huge effort in having a Valentines Day themed supper outdoors( Kudos to them for that)The biggest thing for us was the rooms. We stayed in room 410. The toilet didn't flush the #2 down proper. We called 4-5 times in the first 4 days until we gave up, and did our business downstairs, despite our tense voices asking for a solution. The toilet then started leaking at the base of it, as we saw a water leak eminate from the toilet. That was stopped by adding a bead of clear caulking around the toilet.The thermostat is stuck on 18, and cannot be changed. It needs replacing, along with the toilet.The vent system is also filthy, and needs professional cleaning as it was caked in thick, moist dust. Particles like that will go airborne and possibly cause an issue.If the room vent system, thermostat, and toilet was proper, I would have given this resort a solid 4 rating.... not 4+, but 4.Activities were all very good with something for everyone.Room safe worked great.Drink selections were very good.As it is, it is a solid 3 out of 5 stars rating with the staff busting their bottoms off to please you, and a beach/ oceanfront that is spectacular to swim in.

  • dgorzitza : Claresholm, Canada
Great price, great service!

This was our second visit to the Samba. Size and location are great for us. We enjoy the quieter atmosphere. We stayed Jan. 26 - Feb. 2/17. A little disappointed with our room - 1st floor, facing a wall, noisy at night because of the music from next door. Hoping for better as we were return guests. Keeping the a/c running all night seemed to help with the noise. Pouted about this for a night then got down to the business of enjoying our vacation. We came to enjoy the beach and ocean and we certainly did. Always loungers and palapas available. Love that we can walk for miles in either direction. We walked into Bucerias for lunch one day. It took us 1/2 hour by path and sidewalk to reach the edge of town. Also participated in the Aquafit. Buffet was adequate and we enjoyed both a la carte restaurants. Visited Bruno at the lobby bar most nights. Service was great everywhere (as usual). Took a cab (230 pesos) into Peurto Vallarta for dinner at PiPi's which I highly recommend. Wifi was not a big issue for us. We just sat down stairs when we needed to use it. Hoping the rumors we heard about turning the Samba into a mall in two years time are false. We'll be back until they do. A big shout out to Salvadore for his excellent service both at the buffet and on the beach. He is a huge asset to the Samba staff.

  • Susana B :
Loved it. Would go back

Had some concerns when we arrived, looked a little rundown. However quickly changed our minds upon walking in.A lovely little local resort, with superb service, the wait staff keep drinks coming, really enjoyed the food, best chiliqiles I've ever had. Can definitely tell its locally owned and operated, wonderful mexican environment.Wifi was at its best in the lobby, but didn't mind as we spent little to no time on devices.Received a very relaxing massage at the spa.Food at the a la carte was also very good. Overall we had a wonderful time. And would go back in a heart beat.

  • FourTrax : Saskatchewan
clean and quiet

This hotel is the cleanest well kept hotel and grounds we have stayed at.The room we had was on fourth floor pool side ocean view.Very clean room a little dated as was whole hotel.All staff from front desk to cleaning staff were very friendly and helpful. Kudos to Salvador and also to Rafael,a vendor who was on site every night - he was fun to bargain with (every night!).There were sun loungers and palapas available anytime.The buffet was small with limited variety available.Overall a great hotel to stay at if you like small and quiet .The elevators ... we never waited for more than a half minute for them..the bats every night right on cue out they came and disappeared into the night..Pretty much only evening entertainment at hotel.The things that would keep us from staying at this hotel again are as follows(some of these are our fault not hotels)1.too small for our likes evening entertainment between supper and show time 3. what they serve as in no way close to bacon

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.