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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
  • 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!

  • tigger747 : Winnipeg, Canada
Great service!

We were at this hotel in May 2017. It is a basic hotel with average food, decent drinks, and old but clean rooms. The location is great, pool good, and beach excellent. Where this hotel exceeds is in its service! We had outstanding service from Salvatore and Carolina. They looked after us at breakfast and were our pool/beach servers. They made sure we always had drinks and were having a good time. They are a credit to this hotel!

  • Paulypaul83 : Vancouver Island, Canada
Great place, even better service.

The staff at this hotel are amazing. Such good service. Cirilo was amazing at the bar, I've never seen somebody work so hard to please all the guests. I have to also mention Salavdor was the best at keeping me refreshed by the pool.The grounds keeping staff do an awesome job keeping the place in top condition the landscaping is beautiful. Housekeeping are also great and non-intrusive.

  • omega2002 : Edmonton, Canada
3rd visit to Samba Vallarta. This time with the Extended Family of 21 People

This is our 3rd time to the Samba Vallarta Hotel. We came here first time in 2013 and stayed for two weeks. Before Samba we travelled to Riverian Maya and stayed at 4 and 5 star Resorts. Samba is perfect for Families with young kids. Everything is close enough to get to in just 5 minutes. The Resort is small but thats a good thing. Lesser Rooms means lesser people and better service. Everybody on the Resort remembers your name or what you like to drink. The food is better then in 4 or 5 star resort because they cook in small batches and everything is fresher. Imagine all those 4 star resorts thats cooks for 3000 to 4000 Guests. The quality isnt the same. The food here is very good and we didnt get bored at all eating at the buffet most of the nights. Over the years the food has improved in the main Buffet area. The first two times we came here the buffet was open air. Eating in the heat is not very pleasant. We ate mostly at the airconditioned A la Carte restaurant before. This time around the buffet has been upgraded and is now enclosed and airconditioned. Also a small Pirate Ship slide has been installed at the kids pool. The staff at Samba is the main reason that we came back the 3 rd time. Its like visiting an old friend and they make you feel you are welcome and at home. Superstars like Ismael, Genaro and Carlos(Mr. Pinky) and many others are the real star of this resort. Without them this resort would be just another 3 star resort in Mexico. They go beyond their duty to make your stay memorable and go the extra mile without even asking. My father in law who is diabetic was eating some ready made oatmeal that has sugar in it. He told us he couldnt eat it . Ismael went into the kitchen and brought him oatmeal without sugar. We never asked for it. Needless to say my Father in Law is a happy camper . Attention to details and good observation skills from the waiters to please every minute of your stay is key to people coming back years after years. Traveling with 21 people is normally a challenge to please everybody , especially if you have picky family members. I was worried they would complain about the outdated rooms that deserved only a 2 star. For me a room is just to sleep in. Most of the time we are outside anyway. As long its cleaned everyday I am fine. I didnt hear any complains which was a good sign. All room safe worked fine. Every room has a mini fridge now and is filled with two bottle of water everyday. If you need more the giftshop sells 2 liter bottle for 16 pesos. For me i brought insulated waterbottle from home and went every night to the bar and let them refill with Mineral water and lime. My second concern was for Vegetarian Food option for two of my Brothers and Sister in Law. They really were afraid not having too much option to eat. I am glad to report there are plenty tasty option for Vegetarian. The only night they had not much choice was the Seafood night. They went down to the buffet 35 minutes before us and when we finally went down they said they just had bread and rice and some salad to eat. I went to grab a plate and piled it up with cabbage, carrot , broccoli, onions and sugarpeas. I asked one of the waiters if they can bring it to the kitchen and stirfry it for me with teriyaki sauce. 5 minutes later i brought a delicious plate of stir fry Veggie plate to my sister in law . She asked me where did i grab that. I told her not to be afraid to ask . From that day on they never had any issue with food. Overall this was another fine vacation and everything went smoothly. I usually give this Resort 5 star ratings but this year around i have to deduct one star. The one star deduction is for the Managment that changed some rules for the A la Carte Restaurant. In Previous Years we enjoyed the Italien a la Carte Restaurant that had Aircondition and it was indoor. My Daughters were looking foward to enjoy those excellent fine dinning food again. But for some Stupid reason kids are not allowed in the aircondition a la carte anymore. I never ever encounter this kind of rules in any other resorts before. This is a family resort and limiting the choice for family to eat in the buffet only is a deal breaker. The food in the a la carte was 5 star dinning before . Now its just a 3 star. Some food in the buffet taste 10 times better. I hope i could help some folks decide if this is the right Resort for you.See you next time Samba

  • janddrobinson : Ephrata, Washington
Great location, Poor resort

Stayed August 5-12th. Check in was smooth, beach was nice with plenty of chairs and palapas, within an easy 30 minute walk to Bucerias, and the food was GREAT! Those were about the only good things for this resort. Staff were hit and miss. The majority were at least friendly given the bit of a language barrier. The buildings themselves are falling apart. (The roof had been caved in before we got there above a couple rooms, and nobody seemed to care). House drinks were watered down. (Bartender cracked open a new bottle of "bacardi" fresh out of the liquor cabinet and there was no seal, but then we asked for Appleton rum and he finished off a bottle, opened a new one for us and there was a definite "crack" to the seal being opened. We noticed this on multiple occasions. Pool was fun for our 4 year old son, but it is August and over 90 degrees, you don't need the pool heated warmer than the air temperature. We had four people in our room and only 2 bottles of water and 2 towels daily. We were able to get more towels but had to ask every day. Water would have been an extra 20 pesos per bottle, however we were able to get glasses of water from the bars and buffet when they were open.Overall we had a good trip, loved the resort's location and the area in general and will definitely go back. We just won't be staying at this resort.

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  • 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. 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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