by Lissa Poirot
Many travelers have heard of Puerto Vallarta, but not many know of its neighboring Nuevo Vallarta. A bridge and about a 10-minute drive separate the two cities, which lie in two different states, but Nuevo Vallarta seems worlds away from Puerto Vallarta’s more congestive destination. Set into a quiet, lushly landscaped neighborhood nestled on the Pacific Ocean’s deep blue waters, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta is a hidden treasure for all-inclusive resort seekers who also want to avoid hordes of vacationers.
Like many Dreams properties, Villamagna provides all the comforts of an all-inclusive resort, from a kids’ club to daily scheduled activities, and from multiple onsite restaurants to complimentary room service and beverages. The property is smaller than many Mexican resorts that seem to sprawl miles down a beach. Instead, rooms are closely nestled in two towers and connect easily to the expansive pools and beach.
Our Editor Loves
- Quiet, intimate all-inclusive resort
- Kids program
- Family suite accommodates up to 8
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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Each of Dreams Villamagna's 232 accommodations is a spacious suite with a spa-like bathroom, Jacuzzi tub and open living area. Rooms feature flat-screen TV's, CD/DVD players, a daily refreshed, complimentary mini bar and a separate shower and tub in the bathroom. First-floor rooms offer a private balcony or terrace with views of Banderas Bay or the Sierra Madre mountains.
Rooms are available as Junior Suites, with tropical, partial ocean or ocean views; preferred club junior suites; a one-bedroom and two-bedroom presidential suite; and three three-bedroom Dreams Family Suites, which feature ocean views and can accommodate up to eight each.
Preferred Club guests enjoy extra privileges, such as an exclusively reserved beach area, pillow menu, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon and breakfast items in the morning.
A friend and I stayed at Dreams from October 30 to November. We had a great holiday with the highlight being the wonderful, friendly and fun staff at the resort. The rooms were very comfortable and clean ,and we enjoyed the selection of pools and restaurants. We enjoyed walking the beautiful expanse of beach. Many staff members stood out. Andreas and Lane offered excellent service at the Oceana restaurant each time we ate there, Our bell boy Ivan was super helpful. Gerardo served our drinks on the beach and worked so hard to offer great service to the sun bathers. The recreation staff were all fun but not pushy which I appreciated. Too be honest the, food was a bit inconsistent, but still very good. I would definitely go back to Dreams Villamagna.
What an incredible time we had. I had read many reviews on the dreams villamagna so I was a bit skeptical. But when we got here all of my fears turned into smiles of relaxation. We were greeted with many great smiles and instantly felt at ease. Let me say, not only was the food much better than some of the bad reviews I've read, but coupled with some of the best servers a resort could offer. We met a couple guys from the buffet and Mexican restaurant, Jesus and arturro, first class gents. But my favorite crew here was definitely at the sushi bar. Alonso and Leo not only went above and beyond for us during our stay but these guys treated us like family. They were always there and when we needed and even when we didn't know we needed. If I was to come back to the dreams, it would first be because of these guys I met here.
Beach and Pool
While the beach remains a big draw, you'll find many guests situated poolside at one of the resort's three swimming pools. On the beach, kayaks and snorkeling gear are available for complimentary usage. A small tennis court and any of six neighborhood golf courses also provide daily fun.
During the day, the resort provides classes like Spanish or dance, introductory diving lessons, bike riding, volleyball, beachside yoga and more. A small tennis court and any of six neighborhood golf courses also provide daily fun.
The Explorer's Club is a fully supervised children's program for kids ages 3 to 12. Daily programs focus on science, nature and exploration, including arts and crafts, weekly campout adventures where kids sleep in tents on the beach or at the club, and sandcastle competitions.
During the evening, movies are often projected on a large screen at the beach, and live performances, parties and theme nights keep guests entertained during a star-lit night.
Five onsite restaurants service this resort as part of the all-inclusive package.
World Cafe provides an International buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
El Patio and Oceana
El Patio provides a taste of Mexico for lunch and dinner, while Oceana's seaside setting is perfect for its seafood offerings, also for lunch and dinner.
Seaside Grill is an open-air restaurant steps away from the pool and beach for casual lunch and evening fare, with grilled specialties.
Room service is available daily for no extra charge. In-room mini-bars are stocked daily with bottled water, soft drinks, beer and snacks. Pool and beach service is also provided at no charge.
Adults who can get away for a date night should make a reservation for Portofino's fine Tuscan dining setting.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
A shopping area, newsstand and ATM are all located on the ground floor.
Babysitting services can be arranged.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
Car rentals can be arranged on property.
The resort is located just 10 miles from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, providing transportation to and from the airport to the resort.
Families can easily walk this resort.
For Mom and Dad
The 10,000-square-foot Dreams Spa by Pevonia is a relaxing place to sneak away from the kids, with a hydrotherapy room, spa treatments, beauty salon, nail parlor and full fitness center.
Don't miss the rooftop bar, which offers sushi and fantastic sunset views!