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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
  • MNKate2016 : Minneapolis, Minnesota
Small and comfortable. Popular spot for Mexican families.

The staff here is outstandingly friendly and helpful -- every single person! We had a lovely suite and enjoyed the beach, pool, and a trip to downtown Puerto Vallarta for sight-seeing and shopping. The 'special' dinners require reservations and are better for just adults.

  • ponderosatvl : Lake Arrowhead, California
Perfect smaller all inclusive resort

My daughter (16) and I visited for 3 nights and it was great. Had a room with balcony and facing the Rio resort's beach and part of ours. Modest, older.......but had what we needed. Housekeeping could be improved a little, but nothing we couldn't deal with. The pool was perfect with different levels and options for kids. Had fun with the pool aerobics. I think we were the only guests from north of the border, but everyone spoke enough English and the whole staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. The beach was nice with lots of lounges to sit under umbrellas. The water is like any other Pacific beach, nothing like the Caribbean. Activities a little limited.The food was delicious and the waiters treated us like they'd know us for ages.Salvador, Carlos and Eduardo, just to mention a few. It was a great experience at a reasonable price. Thumbs up!

  • MELVIN F :
Vintage 80's resort with great people.

We had delicious food, great deck chairs, great bartending, thanks Juan and Salvatore, and a beautiful beach to enjoy! We did have a problem with the AC in our first room and so the front desk made quick work of moving us to a cooler room. We saw lots of attention to cleanliness and service in the kitchen, dining areas and around the pools. Alexandria worked so hard and with temps in the 80's with just a broom and dustpan, we tipped her. She turned that around by gifting us two pens from the gift shop for the grandkids out of her pocket. Nice people everywhere. Thanks for a good week.

  • akt0782 : Victoria, Canada
Clean, friendly, small all inclusive

My fiancee and I enjoyed a 1 week all-inclusive vacation at the Samba during March break 2017. This is a solid 3-star resort. We appreciated the small size of the resort, we had a king room (king bed + double bed) on the 2nd floor, facing the pool but without a balcony (because it costs extra). It was a short walk to the pool and beach. The room was large, clean and had all the basics. If you are looking for modern/trendy luxury this is not your place, however, it was clean and comfortable. The bar fridge was stocked with 2 complimentary coronas, and they replaced the 2 water bottles each day. The Air Conditioning worked well. One day we blew the breaker in the bathroom (perhaps the blow dryer?) and some one came and fixed it immediately. The Pools are beautiful, although the resort was full, we never felt crowded. We could always find loungers by the pool or on the beach. The beach is wonderful- clean, safe, great for swimming and boogie boarding (which we couldn't get the hang of!), watching the sunset and long beach walks. The resort has boogie boards to borrow, and also runs fun activities daily for kids and adults. The staff are SO FRIENDLY and helpful, the drinks plentiful and stiff! The one disappointment here is the food at the daily buffets - we found the food to be very disappointing. The weekly BBQ night was great, and the two a la carte restaurants (Mexican and Italian menus) were excellent - but it is a challenge to get a reservation and it requires getting up and being in line before 7am to reserve your spot that day. It's worth it, but there must be a better way to allow everyone a chance to try the restaurants. We also loved eating locally in town - Bucerias is very close and has many authentic delicious restaurants. We also ate in PV a couple of times to avoid the resort buffet and get "real" Mexican food. I would recommend the Samba as a great budget option, clean, friendly, and and excellent place for families with kids. Overall we enjoyed our stay!

  • Karen G : Chateaugay, New York
Amazing Vacation!!!

Our vacation at the Samba was April 5-12. My fiance and I got to the resort on the 5th and my 2 sisters joined us the next day. This was our first time to the Pacific side of Mexico and the Samba was exactly what we were looking for. This is not a upscale resort but it is very comfortable and extremely clean. The staff is amazing, they go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. We stayed on the second floor (room 208) and the room was not fancy, but roomy and very, very clean. The bathroom was big and we had a stand up shower which was fine. The shower came with huge bottles of shampoo and body wash so don’t pack any if you don’t have room. I'm fussy with my shampoo and body wash and I thought they were good quality. There was an in room safe, little refrigerator, iron and hair dryer in our room. When we first got in to our room it smelled a little weird (musty) and we felt it was due to the high humidity. By the second day the smell was better and it was good the rest of the stay. Drying your swimsuit can be challenge due to the high humidity in the rooms. We laid ours over the back of the chairs in front of the window and the sun dried them in no time. Our housekeeper, Alma Villanveva was so sweet and kind. She always greeted us with a smile and asked us if we needed anything. Alma also made us towel animals each day and left them on our bed. She even met us at our room the day we checked out to tell us to have a safe trip home and to give us a hug. This meant tons to us!We loved the pool area, it was big, the perfect size for everyone. You did have to get up early if you wanted a cabana or lounge chairs. We noticed most of the lounge chairs were being saved all day long and never used. I went down early one morning (7 AM) and most the chairs had towels or other items on them already. Our recommendation to the resort is to monitor this better to make it fair for all guest. We enjoyed buffet. Each meal we found more than enough to fill our bellies. We dined at both A La Carte Restaurants. The food was very good, the service was excellent. Each night they had an outside show, the first half hour was kids games which was cute. The performances were fun, and lovely to watch. The staff did an excellent job at entertaining the crowd.The staff was amazing from the door staff who greeted us on arrival to the Luis at the front desk who checked us in and gave us a tour of the grounds, all the cleaning staff who worked tirelessly at keeping everything sparkling. We cannot say enough about how friendly and helpful all the staff were. Some that stood out for us were the buffet servers Salvador, Raul, Carlos and many others that sadly I can’t remember their names, the activity staff Jose, William, and Jasmine did a nice job getting everyone involved in activities without being a bother, and the pool bartenders Martin, Jose and Carolina, who knew us by name and what we wanted to drink. And can't forget Genaro the bartender at the buffet bar.And then there is Raul. Raul greeted us at each meal with a smile. We were more than taken care of in the drink department. LOL He started to know our taste and started bringing us drinks that he thought we would like, and I have to say - everything was WOW. The resort is on the beach and the ocean was awesome. There was also plenty of chairs with umbrellas. There is a little market on the beach that is a nice place to get souvenirs, hats, t-shirts, and cover ups. We did walk to Bucerias early one morning to beat the heat. It took us approx. 1 hour to get there. It is a tough walk due to the sand being "fluffy" and the shore being very rocky. We did enjoy the walk but just note you have to take your time and it can we challenging at times. We did take a taxi back to the resort but that was our plan from the beginning. You have to go to Fat Boys to eat. It has amazing food.Other reviewers say the WiFi is very spotty, but we did not have a problem with it at all. Overall this was the perfect priced resort for our trip. The staff was amazing and made you feel like family. We liked that it was a smaller resort, easy to navigate and very friendly.Cons: And this has nothing to do with the Samba Vallarta Resort, it has to do with WestJet Vacations. When we booked by telephone as we were looking at the WestJet Vacation site, we asked for their superior room. Looking at the site there were 3 choices, standard room, superior room with a balcony, and suite. So when speaking with the booking agent both of us was calling the room a superior room, thinking we were getting the superior room with a balcony. Nope: when we got our travel documents our room was listed as standard room, not the superior room on our confirmation documents. After many, many calls to WestJet Vacations to correct this, we were told the names of the rooms had changed and the superior room we spoke about at booking was now their standard room. Needless to say to this date the room names on WestJet site are not changed and we have not been compensated for what we feel like was their mistake and covered it up by saying the names of the rooms are changed. Our advice is to make sure to get each and every detail in print. Our confirmation documents even said superior room but they say because it did not include the words “with balcony” it was the standard room. Beware when booking with WestJet Vacations.

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.