During the Puerto Vallerta Press trip, I stayed at the All-Inclusive Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Spa. It is located at Av. México #1301, 5 de Diciembre, which is just a couple blocks north of el Malecon, making it a perfect location to explore all of Puerto Vallarta, not just stay on resort… although you certainly could and have a great time.
My room was a Deluxe Room Ocean View – King Bed so it featured a king-sized bed and a balcony, which overlooked the pools and had a beautiful Pacific Ocean view. The room had a flat-screen TV (which never got turned on), phone, small dining area and lots of storage, including a safe. The bathroom featured a walk in-shower. The room also had a bar fridge, which was re-stocked late each afternoon with water, soda and beer. Housekeeping was wonderful as was turn down service complete with chocolate kisses.
The Buenaventura Grand is a good choice for small families. The new Candu Kid’s Club is open from 9-5 and has a wide variety of activities and games set up for kids 2-12 if you (or they) would like some time apart. The kid’s club is a bright open area, and looks very inviting. Truth be told, I didn’t see any kids taking part in the activities while I was around the resort, but during my stay the kids I saw were always with their families, playing at the pool or at the beach. Kid’s Club closes at 5, so no evening activities, but babysitters may be arranged through them at an additional charge.
Next door to the kid’s club was the resort’s Fitness Center. I didn’t go in, because I was getting plenty of exercise walking, swimming, snorkelling and hiking my way around PV, but it looked lovely and had a gorgeous pool and ocean view. Usually I find the fitness centres hidden away in some dark corner of the hotel, not here).
A wide range of spa services area available at Shakti Spa including massages, scrubs, facials and therapeutic body treatments. I can’t comment on these as I didn’t have the time to take advantage of any during my stay… next time.
The Buenaventura Grand has a buffet and up to 3 additional a la carte restaurants (depending on time of day) My days were full of planned activities, but I did enjoy a few meals at the buffet, Fruitas y Flores. The food was always great, especially the desserts. It was a smaller buffet, but the options that were there were always different, very hot and always very good. During breakfast, you can also order from a menu, which I did twice. Both the Huevos Rancheros and the Stuffed French toast were terrific and plated very nicely. Service-wise at Fruitas y Flores, it was top notch. Both Fabricio y Letitcia were wonderful attentive and happy servers, if you see this I hope you are still smiling 🙂 Juan Carlos (I believe that was his name, bar details are sketchy for some reason) at the pool/beach bar made wonderful Pina Coladas and Margaritas. 24-hour room service (surcharge) is also available, but I didn’t use it.
Although not luxury, the rooms and amenities at the Buenaventura Grand will be suitable for many smaller families. It falls into the mid-range category, and would be a hotel that I would select for my own family, especially in an area with so many off-resort options. As far as I know, the rooms can only accommodate up to four people though, so it would not be a viable option for larger families.
The best part? Sunsets. Although I think in PV, you’ll never have a bad one.
Disclosure: Travel support provided by The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board.