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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.

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  • Serenity_Lifestyle : Toronto, Canada
Great Friendly Resort

Before going to the resort, I was apprehensive because it had only 4 stars. However, I was very impressed with the staff at the resort for accommodating my daughter with her limited food choices. My daughter is allergic to dairy, eggs, soya, and all nuts. Even though I had brought snacks and rice milk for her, the restaurants were very accommodating to meet her needs. She enjoyed every meal! The workers on the resort, from the activity guides, waiters to bar tenders were amazing! Majority of them went above and beyond, especially Salvader, Javier, Jose and Cesila. I was very impressed how quickly they learned your names and addressed you by your name. The activities, the staff, the beach, the pool definitely deserves a 5 Star. However, the room itself needs renovations, especially the bathrooms. Carlos, the manager was very kind to move us from the first floor to the second floor to have partial view of the beach. However, the second room we had issues with the water. It was brown. The did fix it quickly, but it was three days of frustrations. Overall, I would probably go back to this resort for the staff, food and atmosphere beyond the resort room.

  • zoeller : Ardrossan, AB

My wife and I stayed at the Samba Vallarta Resort between December 9th - 16th, 2016.  A number of people have rated this resort as 5 out of 5. We agree that there are aspects of Samba Vallarta that are 4+ (the beach, the beautiful compound, the overall service and the selections on the menu) there are other aspects that do not deserve that rating.The resort compound is kept very clean and green.  The beach is shallow so even small children can go for a swim in the ocean.  The Samba hotel building seemed dated and in need of some renovating and repair.   However, our room and the building in general were very clean.  Our chamber maid was outstanding.  Generally the food was above average and the staff helpful and friendly.  When we asked for service people (a plumber and then a safe technician) they showed up within five minutes. However, there was one big fly in the ointment.  On the second and then again on the second last day of our stay we had brown water coming out of our taps . Initially, when we noticed the very brown water in the toilet, we thought that it was water that was used only for the toilet. Unfortunately, soon after we noticed the tap water was also brown.  By this time, we had already been using the tap water for brushing our teeth. When we went down to the front desk to report it, the clerk was quite curt saying that they were repairing this and it would be fixed in 10 minutes.  It seemed as though she was almost tired of hearing about this problem.  We were not made aware of water issues and, in fact, the Westjet representative at the hotel stated that the water was safe for brushing teeth. After a couple of hours the water cleared up.  Unfortunately, on Sunday (we arrived on Friday) my husband became very ill with severe diarrhea.  We cannot say for sure whether the diarrhea was caused by the water or some other issue. Whatever the reason, he could not leave the room for two days and ate a very restricted diet for the duration of our trip. In the end we figured that the brown water was a common issue and for that reason was not taken very seriously.We have travelled to Mexico many times to a variety of locations.  This is the first time we have encountered anything like this.  We feel that this is something that WestJet (our tour provider) should investigate further if they are partnering up with Samba Vallarta.  In spite of some very appealing features (as mentioned above) we think the overall rating should be 3+ at best.Sincerely,H & D Zoeller

  • marisam312773 : Chicago, Illinois
Getaway from a cold front in Chicago

ProsGreat customer service especially Salvador and Jose.Very clean sometimes to clean (will explain in cons). You will always see staff cleaning the hallways, dining areas, and bathrooms. Big pool and beach is a few steps away. The sand is very smooth and clean. Ocean sand smooth not a lot of debris. Good food especially the green juice served at breakfast . Good mix of people. ConsNot a big drinker but felt the alcohol was watered down. The cleaning guy was cleaning the pool while occupied with unknown cleaners/chemicals. Also some of the tile in the pool needs to be replaced (not a big deal still enjoyed the pool)Animation team needs work fail to get people involved in the activities. Its not in Puerto Vallarta, its about a 30-40 min taxi ride away.Bathroom was dirty and moldy including the shower floor mat. Felt like we were rushed out at check out. I have been to other resorts which allow you to hang out and use the pool as well as getting a last meal in before you leave for the airport. After complaining the male worker at the reception desk did offer lunch but decided to leave. Did not feel resort was close to full occupancy. Checked in 2 Jan 17Checked out 9 Jan 17

  • Lori A :
Great small family friendly resort

Just returned from a 9 day vacation with our 2 daughters and their families. We enjoyed the size of the resort which allowed our grandchildren to always be in close proximity with us, and yet have the freedom to have an awesome time. The pool was great and loved that the beach was so close. The beach was awesome! Our major complaint was that our room was extremely musty smelling! By the end of the vacation, we definetely had enough of that smell.

  • JulieO177ZC : Ottawa, Canada
Good place

This was a nice small resort with all of the usual amenities. We had an enjoyable relaxing stay there.The rooms had all of the things you would want in a resort room. There was a safe which works with a code that you set, and internet in the lobby area free of charge. The only thing lacking was that only half of the rooms have balconies or patios. Ours didn't, and so it was hard to find a place to dry bathing suits and towels. We ended up using the window ledge. The beds were comfortable. The plumbing worked well. It got a bit noisy at night - voices really echo down the corridors, but we just put the fans on and couldn't hear a thing over their white noise.There were a number of activities to do. We enjoyed the beach volleyball, water aerobics, shuffleboard, ping pong, and billiards.The boogie boarding was great fun, but there were hardly ever any boogie boards available. Note to management: please buy lots more! We heard you could get kayaks in the mornings, but there were no other boats. The beach is beautiful, and goes on and on in either direction. We did the bike riding on a beautiful bike path that runs about 5 km from the resort to a shopping centre, but the bikes were really ancient and my husband's broke down 4 km from the resort, so I had to ride back to get someone to go and pick him up. If you bike, take a cell phone just in case.The resort is about 30-40 minutes from downtown by taxi, and the taxi ride didn't cost much. Way less than you would pay for a taxi in North America. And there were always taxis available instantly, even in the middle of the night. This is the cleanest resort I have ever seen. People were always cleaning things, at all hours of the day and night. The staff were all friendly and eager to do their best for us. There was never a lineup at the front desk, and they all spoke good English there. In fact, we never had to line up for anything.The food was nice. We especially enjoyed the 2 a la cartes, and liked the signup system. You just asked for a dinner reservation at breakfast, no lining up needed, and even though the resort was almost full there was only one day when we couldn't get a reservation. On our last night they made special flaming coffee in the Italian restaurant, and we got some great photos. You will enjoy your time at the Samba Vallarta.

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.