Villa del Palmar Flamingos
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Reviews of Villa del Palmar Flamingos
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
This is the place to go to relax, not to party. It is about 35 miles north of PV on one of the most beautiful beaches in the "Riviera District" area. The resort is new and maintained to top world standards. All the appliances in the rooms are new and the A/C is quiet and cool. The pools are huge and gorgeous and the restaurants are upscale resort standard. I did not try the more formal restaurants in the ritzy La Estancia section of the resort but hear good reviews from others. The town of Buciaras is a short walk up the beach and it is the cool beach town that PV used to be with fun bars and interesting ethnic restaurants. The only drawback is the pushy timeshare presentations, but they are easily ignored or deterred. Good place for families or to rekindle a romance.
My wife and I just returned from the Flamingos. We were there ten days. Best time ever. the resort was very clean. The pool was heated which my wife enjoyed very much. The staff was great. Oscar at the pool bar was outstanding. The food was very good. I thought the prices were very comparable to other resorts we have stayed at. We will be back for sure
Great location; family friendly and quiet after 10:00 pm. Time share sellers are on you right from arrival but just say you are not interested. Bell hop was a little snarly over his tip even if it was generous by Mexican standards. Food and beverage pricey but this is a high end place after all. Just stock the refrigerator with your own stuff.
We stayed here in a1 Bdrm unit for two weeks in Nov 2009. We are owners in the TShare company that includes this property plus others. This was our first time to this property. Location is nice...20 minutes north of airport - 30 minutes into downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Resort is beautiful - nice rooms, great pool area, nice beach. Rooms are well furnished - everything you need including coffee maker (bring Mr coffee style filters with you from home), washer/dryer. Daily maid service...tip early in your stay for best results. All rooms have view of Banderas Bay. Rooms include roomy balcony with cushioned lounge chairs as well as table and chairs (1 and 2 Bdrm).
Beach out front is supposedly 17 miles long...didn't walk it all to verify, but you can walk a long time in either direction without interruption. Very nice beach...surf wasn't bad when we were there...very swimmable - some local vendors but not as bad as other locations in Mx and they are all very friendly. Long walk (for me...about 2 miles/30 minutes north) to nearest non-resort beach bar/food - place called Karen's - good food.
Staff was very helpful and personable. Front desk worked with us to accommodate a change in our scheduled stay with no problems. Concierge made a number of excellent restaurant suggestions. Pool wait staff was fun and friendly...of course over two weeks you may need a cervesa or two :) Keep an eye on happy hour specials around pool bar and sunset bar.
Resort offers an all inclusive option but we didn't sign up for it. We like to go off campus for most of our dinners. Nice restaurants on site...as guest you have access to restaurants nest door at Villa La Estancia. Try the pool bar there for a change of pace for lunch. La Casona is good upscale steak place. There is a very small, limited market on site. Better yet, there is a big Mega Store a short distance away...a walk for some, a taxi for most. Take an hour and stock up your kitchen the first day you arrive at the Mega...
There are nice restaurants in Bucerias (70 peso taxi one way) and surrounding area. We recommend Mark's Bar and Grill, Aduanto's (on the beach) and Sandrini's. If you need to follow your local sports team there is an excellent local (don't be put off by the outside looks - tons of expat's gather here) sports bar called YoYo Ma's...they've got satellite, big screen HDTV's we were able to catch Viking/Packer football game on a Sunday afternoon ... best margarita we had entire visit.
In La Cruz (bit further north) we liked Frascatti's.
In downtown Puerto Vallarta (200+ peso taxi each way) we can heartily recommend CafÃ© Des Artiste - sit outside for the view...outstanding food...bit of a foodie place. For touristy mexican try Pipi's in downtown. Don't bother with the Marina in PV...it's dying.
We returned to Villa del Palmar Flamingos for a second Christmas week. It was once again fabulous and we love it! We will be returning next year.
I did not stay at this location but did the time share thing so my rating is based only on that. For the record the place is gorgeous. I did the presentation for the right reasons, not just the freebies, I really wanted to consider buying. When I wasn't so sure with the first guy, they bring out the next guy who can make the offer a little sweeter. When I still didn't budge they brought the big guy out who all but put the pen in my hand and forced me to sign. I am a very strong, independent, not-easily-intimidated woman but I was running to get out of there. If you go to it be prepared for pressure. I know that's their job but I'll never do another time sale presentation again.
We have owned timeshares for almost 20 years and had many experiences but I have NEVER felt the need to post a negative review prior to this one. I tell you this to be sure you understand how disappointed we were at Villa Del Palmar Flamingos.
Overall the frontdesk staff was uncooperative and disinterested. The supervisor, Rosario and the General Manager, Fernado made no attempt to resolve issues, even after repeated attempts on our part to try. The GM refused to even speak with us to hear our side of the problems. When a GM will not speak with guests you can be sure the guest's experience is NOT important to the resort.
The room rate we were quoted by their US reseravations company in California for our extra nights was NOT honored. When we returned today and called the office in California they again confirmed the price we were suppose to pay but could not arrange a credit for us. I think it is a scam because they never give it to you in writing. Shame on us for believing them in the first place. We had to pay an additional $300.00 over what we were quoted or they would not have given us the slip the bellman requires to order you a cab to the airport.
Additonally the room key stopped working everyday so we had to go to the frontdesk in the middle of everyday to get new keys. When they made new keys they failed to tell us the balance of the keys we already had would become inoperative. We had to figure that out on our own after the frist couple of days!
I cannot stress how unfriendly and unapologetic the staff was about our problems or other people's issues we overheard at the desk. I would not recommend staying because they ruin your vacation with their lack of concern.
We enjoyed a two bedroom, 3 bath villa this last August. It was a great facility but was a bit out of town. The taxi rides were pricey ($20 each way to town and back), but were worth the trip.
The pools are tremendous for kids. I would return.
We checked into this resort after spending a week at the Grand Mayan, which is touted as the most luxurious resort in Nuevo Vallarta. We weren't quite sure what to expect after coming from a place that was supposed to be the best. We were very pleasatly surprsed!! The check in was simple, the bell man was wonderful and informative, and the property was delightful. All the suites face the pool areas and ocean. After spending a week at the 5 star Grand Mayan where the food was horrible and the service the same, we were very grateful to finally find the woderful food and service we have come to expect from Mexico. The waiters were superb and the food was wonderful!!. They also have a fantastic market on the property that offers many items found in a gourmet deli. wonderful!! The beach is very nice and you could walk for miles. The rooms were very comfortable and nicely decorated. This is a wonderful resort, and we would readily return.
We stayed at the Flamingos June 3-10, 2006. It was great except for the incessant noise of construction that started at 8am. Anyone who wanted to sleep after 8 would have had a problem. We learned at the sales presentation that they give the least desireable units to people trading in. We ate at both onsite restaurants and the food was quite good although prices were on the high side. We purchased a week. But, we should have done our homework first. We found that you can buy a resale for substantially less than developer prices and get the same benefits as buying direct. Anyone thinking of buying should check resale prices first.
We just returned after a wonderful week at this resort and can't say enough good things about it. The quality of the rooms and cleanliness of the grounds was impressive. The staff made us feel special and the meals were outstanding. The proximity of the beach to the pool area and hot tub was especially nice.
Resort is located close enough to Puerto Vallarta to access all the sites, yet distant enough to be a bit slower and more relaxed. This vacation was with friends who own here and upon our return we are now shopping for time here ourselves.