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.

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  • dlink : Saskatoon, Canada
Friendly and Laid Back

This was our 2nd trip to Samba, having first stayed there in 2004 after the hurricane moved us from our original choice. We were impressed by the excellent service and best staff we have ever encountered. Travels took us elsewhere for a while but we were happy to return in January 2018. We have met many people who have been coming back to Samba for 10 or 12 years, for 2 weeks to 2 months at a time.This speaks volumes for the quality of service here.The hotel is a little faded but I must say everything works and is very clean. If you're looking for a place to relax, this is it. With less than 200 rooms there is never a lack of space at the pool or on the beach. No line ups anywhere to speak of.FOOD: The buffet and a la carte restaurants were very good. You won't see lobster at the buffet but the selection was excellent as was the quality. We always found something we loved at every meal. With the exception of the bacon! More on that later.STAFF: What a great bunch of people. No one ever has a bad day. All smiling and happy and I guarantee they will remember your name, even if you haven't been back for several years. They'll know your morning coffee/tea/juice preference and where you like to sit, what drinks you like in the evening or by the pool. Ismael, Martin, Roberto, Juan were just some of the best service people ever.ROOMS: If you are booking, try to get odd numbered rooms. These overlook the pool/garden and also have good sea views to the side. Even numbered rooms also have side sea views but face the Riu next door and sometimes the noise level isn't great. Balcony rooms are good with plenty of room on the balcony with sun or shade depending on the time of day. Mini fridge stocked with beer, water and a couple of soft drinks, an in room safe, coffee machine (only one coffee serving, costs $2 to have it re-stocked), hair dryer, good shower, TV and plenty of hot water.ACCESS: There is good access here for those with mobility issues. Elevators to all floors and ramps at every stairway. There is a ramp to the beach and the pool has a shallow end access that can accommodate a wheelchair. Showers have a small 4 inch lip and shower chairs are available.SMOKING: Puerto Vallarta has really cut back on the smoking areas available. All rooms and restaurants at this resort are non-smoking. There are smoking areas in front of the hotel, and on the beach but none directly at the pool. There is also no smoking anywhere inside the PV airport. Just a heads up.SUGGESTIONS FOR THE HOTEL: 1) Some people like to have coffee outside of meal times. This hotel needs a coffee bar, maybe on the first floor by the store, where you could go and get a coffee, tea, cappuccino etc. at any time (not 24 hours). Having specialty coffee at the bars just slows down the regular bar traffic. It needs it's own space.2) Bacon. I'm not sure what that is you are serving at breakfast but it's not bacon as we know it and it's very overcooked. Please find a different supplier. Raise my price if you have to but find new bacon. Thanks!

  • Ilovet0travel1234 : New York City, New York
samba vallarta surprise

Although our initial impression of the Samba was not great, the place warmed up to us over a couple of days. The resort is small, less then 200 rooms, so it is easy to get to meet people that you see all around. The food was good and a reasonable variety that could be eaten outside which to us is a big plus. The staff are great, and the patrons were all quite active as each of the scheduled activities were always well supported. Is is about a 30 minute walk to Bucarias on the beach during low tide (easier to walk during low tide), or you can bike it in about 10 minutes with the hotels bikes. We would stay here again as we like the smaller resorts and their personal feel.

  • joannewilliams112 : Winnipeg, Manitoba
Check in not great, room was not as requested

Arrived at hotel Dec. 27. All inclusive with Ait Transat, contacted hotel twice and asked for high floor, pool view room. Received emails back to say request was sent to Samba concierge. Also requested Air Transat to give my request to hotel. Room I was offered faced neighboring hotel mesh fence. So with much negotiation and complaining I paid an additional $320 to upgrade to a pool view room. My granddaughters were so disappointed with the first room. Not sure if this happens to everyone for the hotel to get an upgrade in cost. Alex at front desk was very friendly and staff very good, especially Salvador and Carolina. Outside bell staff were also very nice. Everyday we had to go to lobby as our room key didn’t work.

  • Lori H :
Love the Samba Vallarta!

I originally visited Samba Vallarta in 2004 with my husband and our two small children. I returned last week with a friend and was very pleased that it remains much the same: a smaller resort, very family-friendly and very safe. The food was excellent and there were many healthy choices.The staff are friendly and helpful; my friend and I had to change from sharing a room to having two separate rooms and although the hotel was full, they were able to accommodate our needs. A fun and relaxing vacation at an unbeatable price. I would return again in a heartbeat. Gracias, Samba Vallarta!

  • Brandy J : Leduc, Canada

My family stayed at Samba Vallarta January 4-11 2018. Our visit was with family ranging from 7 year old to late 50’s. We were a group of 9. Our stay was nothing less than perfect. Check in was easy, even when on the second day we upgraded to a suite (highly recommended). Thank you Alex for all your help! Samba Vallarta is clean, the staff is amazing, food was good, (we always could find something to eat!) deserts were tasty, drinks were good, shows were decent. Salvador was out favourite server, and he went above and beyond for us whether it was at the buffet, bar, beach or pool! Salvador you sincerely made our vacation a good one. All the staff are so friendly and attentive right down to housekeeping. I’m so glad we chose this resort for our family and will certainly go back!

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
  • 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.