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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
  • Linda L : Madera
WONDERFUL food and service

The food is wonderful, from the little lady that made my cheese omelet perfectly to Alex, Gilberto, and Alejandro in the Venezia dining room (You got to have the coffee flambe).The only reason I gave an average rating is that our room air conditioner and the toilet failed several times.The staff is very kind and helpful. Alma our room attendant was very sweet and made beautiful animals from our towels. This was a business and pleasure trip, a Total Success. Next time, I will visit in the nicer weather. It was hot and Humid-d-d-d-d.

  • PFC032 :
Great time

As most people have stated in other reviews- this is not your glitzy resort, its a quiet, small place to relax and unwind. We loved that we could find a beach chair and pool chair anytime we wanted. The ocean was warm and breeze fantastic. The room was a hotel room- very clean, but nothing fancy. The food was good, something for everyone in the group. The only negatives were most of the exercise equipment was not working, they do not stock your fridge with water or pop and the front desk staff each time we interacted with them appeared annoyed they had to help us. They were not friendly. The positives- the rest of the staff. Martin and Salvador at the pool bar were fantastic. Alejandro and Erin in the restaurant were very nice, and Jose and Norma at the pool towel shack were awesome.I would go back next week if I could- overall for the money, it was great!

  • HabsFan8 : Manitoba
Amazing Staff

I'm a little late writing this, but seeing as people are starting to book for the winter I wanted to share our experience. 6 of us called the Samba home for 10 days in late January early February of 2016. Definitely a smaller resort than we're used to, but we really enjoyed the fact that everything was close, and you got to know other guests and the staff in a hurry. The rooms are very plain, but we found no issues with them. Honestly, who goes to Mexico to hang out in their room? The food was quite good! The snack bar at lunch had hot dogs, burgers, chicken nuggets, fries, nachos, etc. The buffet always had great selection breakfast, lunch and dinner - all of us enjoyed the food. Bucerias is a 20 minute walk or short cab ride away, many shops, restaurants and bars, we went in a couple of nights and had a blast! The beach is beautiful, with beach volleyball, great waves to play in, and lots of space.The best part of this resort was the staff, we go somewhere south every winter and they were hands down the best staff we've had the pleasure of meeting! Sal is amazing, Bruno, Ricardo, Jonathon, and others I'm forgetting all made our stay memorable.We enjoyed it so much, we are in the process of booking a group of 8 to go back this winter!Thanks Samba!!

  • clio131 : Vancouver, Canada
Little Gem of a hotel

I stayed at Samba sept 28-October 5. The hotel is dated however definately clean and serviceable. On my check in the balcony door was loose and within 5 mins a technician came in to fix it. After tightening the fixture I was given the option to stay or change room. I decided to stay. I was travelling as a single woman and did not speak Spanish except for some words. I found that all the staff were very attentive and professional, especially Alma and Leslie in the front desk who went above and beyond to help connect with local business through the phone. The food was definately typical fare for all inclusive. A lot of their guests were fr different parts of Mexico. And samba is very family oriented. So the buffet had a nice quality of authentic Mexican fare. Drinks were great! Beach was peaceful and warm with a constant breeze which keeps mosquitos away. Though the sand flies made a meal out of me! Bring bug spray. For the price I paid for my all inclusive package I cannot deny its value. The great staff were the icing on the cake!The free city tour fr Vallarta adventures ( not with hotel) will be quite a ripe off if you feel obligated to buy fr those businesses. However a good overall general history of area. Macerias definately worth a trip. Overall will comeback soon!

  • ScrewBeeDo : Virginia Beach, Virginia
Nice Small Resort

I uploaded a review on YouTube. Search for "Screw Bee Do, Samba" if you would like to see some video. Expedia won't let me include a link. Samba is a nice small resort. It's family friendly, so there were more kids than I would have preferred. The food wasn't spectacular. Reservations are required at the Italian/Mexican restaurant for dinner. The theme changed between Mexican and Italian each night. The rooms could use a renovation, but the AC worked well. The view from the balcony was fantastic. The entertainment was hit and miss for us. By far the best part about this resort is the staff. You can feel it in the reviews and it's true. A special thanks to: Salvador, Bruno, Cerilo, Miscael, Solomon, Alex, Martin, Christopher. I actually wrote more names down and have only included the best of the best. Oh, Sara from the front desk was very helpful and kind as well. The single treadmill in the gym was broken. A part of the roof was collapsed. There is no concierge and no drinks in the fridge. We got 2 bottles of water each day. It's things like this that make give Samba a 3 instead of a 3.5. No way is it a 4. If you are budget conscious and are bring kids then this is right up your alley. If you want a pro tip on getting to the resort for less money...and are willing to walk a it is. Leave the airport without talking to anyone because they are all there to sell you high priced transportation. When you get outside turn left and walk until you see a pedestrian ramp that goes over the highway. Yes, it's a pain to drag your bags up that ramp. The taxi on the other side of the highway was a significantly cheaper than one at the airport. We paid about $20 with tip to get to Samba. It only cost us $10 to get back.Bucerias is a city about an hours walk north. There are lots of souvenir shops and restaurants there. We ate at Mariscos and the food was fantastic.

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.