Today I am going to share with everyone my review of the last all inclusive resort we stayed at in June: Melia Puerto Vallarta. We booked the package through Expedia.ca and the trip was through Air Canada Vacations. We have been to all inclusive resorts in Mexico twice prior to this resort with my baby girl and we have also traveled sans kids. In my experience, this was by far the best resort we stayed at. We recieved amazing service from the minute we landed and were pleasantly surprised at the service and authenticity of this resort. I loved that it is a smaller resort and caters to locals.
Check in: We had a taxi take us to the resort which is 10 min from the airport, so there was no waiting for a bus/shuttle. The taxi was included in the package. Air Canada vacations also includes VIP check in and check out so there was no line ups. Check in was super easy and smooth. And bonus, we were also upgraded to a room with an ocean view.
The room: The room was large with a king size bed and seating area. The balcony looked out to the ocean and it was wonderful to wake up to the sounds of the waves. The bathroom had a tub and shower and the water pressure was amazing!! The bathroom was large enough for us to fit our pack and play in for Zara. The room was stocked with water, pop and strongbow ciders (my fav!) Unfortunately there was no room service, but the snack bar was literally down the staircase.
Food: I was very surprised at the food. We ate at the buffet quite a bit and and we were never disappointed. They always had fresh grill stations, tacos, and a pasta bar. We ate at 2 out of the 3 restaurants onsite where you had to make a reservation. The downside was you had to make a reservation every day in the morning between 9 am to 2pm, for that night. But, there was never a line up as we always went after breakfast. We tried the Italian and Mexican. The Italian was pretty good but the Mexican was amazing. All of the restaurants including the buffet had kids menus and options for gluten free and vegan dishes.
Drinks: The drinks were not watered down, in fact, they used premium liquor. I stick to mimosas if I am going to have a drink at the pool and it was pretty good. Rj had the rum and was happy with it.
The kids club: This was the main reason we picked this resort. They have a babies club for ages 4 months to 4 years. It’s a large indoor, air conditioned area with tons of toys and a sleeping area. The area also is video monitored and no one but the teachers and the kids are allowed in. They had at least 2 to 3 certified baby sitters in the center at all times. They had organized activities for the babies and the teachers were amazing. Zara was sick one day and we were notified very promptly. When we got there the teacher Anna, had taken her temperature and gave us run down on her condition. Zara asks for Anna to this day.
They also had a kids club for kids age 5 to 13 and they had calendar of different activities for them everyday. There was archery, crafts and kayaking. They also had a kids spa, that looked super cute and offered mini mani and pedi for young girls.
The beach: The beach is small. It is a public beach. However, we felt very safe. And we always found beach chairs. It was never very busy. And it was clean. There were vendors selling knick knacks and fishing tours but they were not pushy.
The pool: The pool is not fancy and did not have crazy water slides for the kids. But it was always a good temperature. There were a couple of broken tiles, but the resort workers were continually fixing them. Zara loved the pool.
The entertainment: The resort held nightly shows starting at 9:30. Sometimes they had kids shows staring at 8:30. The shows were a little late for us. After spending a full day on the beach and in the pool, Zara was pooped and could barely make it to the show. However there were a couple of nights when we did catch some of and it was very well done.
Overall, I truly loved this resort. It is not fancy. It does need some upkeep and maintenance as it is an older resort, but the grounds were beautifully kept. The furniture in the rooms is worn but again very clean. The food was simple, but authentic. This resort caters to families. It is not a party resort. So if you are looking for an all inclusive resort to go to with your family (specially with young kids/babies), consider the Melia.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are solely based on my experience.