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5-Star luxury in Puerto Vallarta
Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar offers the best of both worlds: the modern comfort of a deluxe beachfront resort and the old-world charm of a quaint bay-side town, where shops line cobblestoned streets. A complete array of water sports, two pools, three tennis courts, a gym, spa, award-winning activities program, and nearby golf course will keep you busy from morning to night. Day excursions may also be booked directly with the on-site tour desk. Relax with your favorite drink by the pool or try the internationally famous cuisine at one of the resort's three restaurants. The Universal Vacation Club offers airport shuttle service for this Puerto Vallarta location. To arrange your transportation, contact the Club office (for prices and additional information/760-929-1002) a minimum of 72 hours prior to your arrival dates.
Each year, 4 of us from the same office travel to Mexico at year end. This year , our eleventh, we stayed at the Villa Del Palmar Flamingos in Nuevo Vallarta. We stayed in a two bedroom suite with 3 bathrooms, full kitchen. mini kitchen in second bedroom, and very large outside patio. The room was awsome, probably 1600-1800 sq.ft. in size. The pools, all negative edge, were the best we have experienced in all Mexico. This hotel is nearing completion with only the spa remaining unfinished (completion this December). The gym, internet cafe, mini grocery store, and deli are all finished.
The only negative comment we had about the facility was the slow food and beverage service. The quality was average and the prices as in all resorts was pricey. There are a multitude of excellent resturants in Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta. Cab fare to Puerto Vallarta costs approx. $18.00 each way. You can go into town on a bus at much less expense but a longer trip.
We were not hounded by the Timeshare salespeople and a simple "no gracias" left us alone. The Mexican people are really nice in this region and when treated with respect will be more than helpful.
Will Not Return!
We took my in-laws on vacation to Mexico and made a mistake by staying at the Villa Del Palmar Flamingos.
I will start with the positive of the resort: the rooms are very nice and the pool was very nice.
We had teribble service from the manager and staff (excluding the front desk and maid). We had to speak to the manager about a few issues, and she gave us nothing but an attitude. Our washer flooded the kitchen and living room with water, and we had to call for help 3 times (45 minutes later someone showed up to help). There were very few people at the resort (in the middle of the day I counted a total of 17 people by the pool - that was the most people I saw in at the resort at one time). Service was terrible, you could sit by the pool for hours and receive no service.
You are far from cities and other resorts. The price is very high on everything because you are so isolated. You will pay a lot for the food at the restaraunt, and it is terrible. I ordered a hamburger well done, and it came back barely warm, the took it back to recook it and it came back to the table with not even being touched by the cook. Beware of the places they recommend to you, they are not always the best place for quality and price.
Beware of the timeshare sharks at this property. The will treat you like royalty until they find out that you are not willing to buy, and then you are second rate to them.
They do not value you as person or a customer, and this is shown time after time. We will not return here!!!!!!!!!!!
Let's start with the positive - it's a beautiful place and the pool is wonderful.
Now the problems.....We experienced the WORST experience from one of the sales agents at the resort. The pressure to buy a unit at the resort was extremely high and void of any ethical presence. Once we stated we were not interested in buying, we were treated like second class citizens. I've never experienced such a level of deceit (one lie after another - from numerous employees). I was so disappointed with the lack of professionalism at this resort. I would never stay here again - even if it was free - that is how bad our experience was.
Great time at Flamingos
We spent a week in June with our three children and another couple with 3 children. We found the resort to be excellent. It is beautiful when you pull in and the lobby and pool area are very nice. We stayed on the top floor and both families had a 2 bedroom suite. We all had plenty of room and the rooms are very nice. There is still construction going on and it did not bother us in the least. We fould all the employees to be very professional and helpful. We are timeshare owners at this resort and went to a presentation for owners and was not pressured to upgrade. We thought our presenter was very interesting. We made a few trips to Bucerios and enjoyed the small town north of the resort. Overall we were all very pleased with this resort and would return.
Dont stay here
my 1st bad choice was to stay here. The maids do not clean,but you get charged a daily rate for them. the floors are covered with sand no one sweeps, they do not do dishes, the hotel doesnt replace coffee etc after an 8 day stay! But They will sell you more!! you get to listen to construction sounds early and late, and A DJ yells half the night. The hotel is too far from anything, and the brunch is old eggs and toast and some unidentifyable items for $35!!!! This place is a rip off. Pushy sales people If I want to buy a timeshare, I will call someone and buy one. Lay off!! Mexico seems to be a country of theives and liars. This hotel fits in fine.
We stayed at VDP Flamingos for 2 weeks and just returned. The resort is still under construction but it did not bother us at all. It was not loud. We stayed on the 4th floor and had a nice view of the ocean, pool and grounds. We stayed in a 2 bedroom and the room itself was exceptional. I have been to several timeshare presenations but have never seen units this upscale. We had 3 bathrooms, his and hers sinks in the master bath, a hot tub next the king size bed in the master br, marble floors, high ceilings and a huge deck. The room was 1850 SF plus. Very impressive. The maid service was excellent. The hotel will place a gratuity charge for service for each day but it is optional. You DO NOT have to pay the service fee if you do not care to. Friday night was the best buffet. It was Argentine steak night and it was very good. We went to tropical night on the beach wednesday night and di not really care much for the food. They had a cabaret style Las Vegas show that was not great but it was still very fun overall. I was hoping the fitness center would be completed but it was not. They are building a huge spa, fitness center and tennis courts expected completion is this fall. The hotel is far removed from Purto Vallarta but it is very nice. We never heard loud DJ's and were never pressured with timeshare presentations. We were asked ONE TIME at check-in when we received our welcome package and that was it. We did not even attend and we were treated like royalty. The pool is huge but there are no slides for kids. I prefer a pool with at least one deep area. This pool is all about chest high deep or less. They have a great area in the pool that allows you t put your lounge chair in the water which is about 3-4 inches deep. Just enough to put your feet in. We went to Sam's club and walmart and stocked up on food. We also ate at Pipi's Mexican rest. downtown. That was good. We loved "Brasil" at the Paradise Village mall just down the road. It was Brazilian style BBQ with skewers filled with filet mignon, ribeye, sirloin, chicken, ribs, chorizo and as much as you care to have. They also brings a variety of salads and fried bananas. It was great but way too easy to overeat. Overall we had a great time. People who write bad things about this resort are likely to be unhappy anywhere they stay. It was very nice to stay there and we will go back. Oh, I do suggest the Las Caletas trip with Vallarta Adventures. It was very fun and the location is beautiful. We took the scuba class at the pool for 1 hour and my wife, 13 you daughter and I went on the scuba trip. You can also just go to enjoy the great boat ride, scenery and the excellent buffet when you get there. Any questions, e-mail me at ---
I love this place! I stayed here last June (for the grand opening which was anything but grand - not much opened back then). It really is the most beautiful resort I've been to thus far.
Since it is far away from town, just wanted to point out two things that were pretty nearby that were great. Right next door at the Playa Del Sol (or something like that), they have a wonderful Italian restaurant that's reasonably priced and excellent. That was my best meal in all of Puerto Vallarta. Second, in Buceries, we walked there from our resort and had a lovely lunch there with a great ocean view. Downtown is far away, but this does have the nicest beach in all of Vallarta.
The staff works hard and is friendly. Of course I'll be back. Can't wait!
Just got back from VDP July 3 and we had a great time. The Timeshare was extremely spacious (if you compare to Cabo or PV) this is definitely nicer. 2 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, my teenagers had plenty of room in their side of the suite with their own fridge for sodas, etc. Dishwasher was a nice touch only used it was once. The maid even did our dishes one night. I agree with the other reviews, you only have to pay for the daily charge if you want to, come on $3.50 a day to these people is not alot of money. But it is optional so you can refuse it. Our suite was kept clean we would tip our maid with any change we had at the end of the day, after all not worth taking back to the US.
Pool was nice, kids would have liked a slide and deeper pool, restaurant on the expensive side. We only ate there once. We did eat at the Italian Restaurant next door "Del Sol", awesome meal and very reasonable. Also at at Paradise Village mall Mexican Restaurant, plates were $4.50 per person, for 3 tacos, rice and beans, extremely reasonable if you are feeding teenage boys.
Had 2 meals in Bucerias, both very good. Would recommend Le Chivera and the last one at the end of the street (it was the first restaurant ever built in Bucerias, starts with a D but cannot remember the name)
Do not take the catamaran trip to Marietas Island, big disappointment. The water was infested with jellyfish, 1000s of jellyfish which sting everyone was back on the boat in 5 mins, only saw 3 fish. Did see dolphins on the way out, lunch was good, crew was great, but snorkelling not good. 2 hour trip out to the Island, apparently the only boat that goes out there anymore so that should have been a clue. Take one of the other trips to Yelapa.
South Canopy Tour also a good trip, had a great time and the ziplines are fun.
Would suggest renting a car as you are away from everything and our rental car was used every day and we would have had to rely on the taxis alot. Shop at Walmart for groceries, also a grocery store at Paradise Village.
Just enjoy and give yourself plenty of time for any activity, they do move slower down there, after all your on vc, you have all the time in the world.