by Lissa Poirot
Located in the quiet Riviera Nayarit’s beautiful Punta Mita area, guests will travel more than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta to this remote property, which is far from the crowds of the city and well worth the drive. The 452-room, all-inclusive resort is part of the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts chain, and families can trust the accommodations, dining and services will be luxurious, but also family-friendly.
A 5-star resort, families will enjoy lots of kid-friendly activities and areas, as well as kids’ menus and hearty buffets with fare even the pickiest of kids will enjoy. The all-inclusive experience includes nightly entertainment and many sports, and families will find the oceanfront property a relaxing destination resort that will be tough to leave when vacation ends.
Our Editor Loves
- Kids' club
- Teens club
- Water park/splash area for little ones
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The smallest rooms available are the Standard Rooms, which are just under 500 square feet. Room rates are based on the view, from tropical views to ocean views. Rooms provide either a king bed or two double beds with private balconies and views of the garden or adjoining golf course. These rooms sleep four people and include small refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers and daily mini-bar service with snacks and drinks -- included in rates.
Beachfront Walkout Junior Suites
These suites are 538 square feet in size and outfitted with two doubles or a king bed. Not only are they larger than Standard Rooms, but these rooms feature private terraces with garden views and guests can walk out and through their gardens to get to the beach. These suites are great for families with small kids.
Oceanfront Junior Suites
Like the beachfront rooms, these rooms are the same but located on upper floors with private balconies instead of terraces. The rooms feature the best views of the ocean.
These studio suites are under 500 square feet, but larger than standard rooms with one king bed and a small sleeper sofa. A spa area is available, where guests have private access to a large, private veranda overlooking the beach and ocean with whirlpools. Spa treatment areas and lounge chairs, as well as a bar and a light bites snack area, are also available. In-room, guests have ocean views. These rooms are better suited for adults.
This is our 3rd trip to Iberostar Playa Mita. Each time we come, we are treated with the best care by the staff. If it is your first time, the staff will get to know what you like and how best to serve you in short order. Return and wow! Those little details that you'd think they would forget are remembered and your experience somehow goes from the best to better.
Mildred! Mildred! Mildred! You treat us like family and we truly appreciate it. During this trip, my 19 year old daughter (who has no known allergies) needed medical attention and ultimately ended up staying the night in a hospital for an allergic reaction that is still unknown to us. Although we didn't know it before, Iberostar has a doctor on site 24/7. We were so thankful that Mildred and her staff were there to coordinate everything with the medical staff and provide not only a watchful eye, but supervision over the situation. On top of the already great service we were getting, you go above and beyond the call of duty here, thanks again.
If Mildred wasn't there, Yair was there to assist us with anything we needed with seamless transition. It seemed that we didn't have to explain any requests that we had made because Yair was fully briefed by Mildred and visa versa. The only thing I can suggest is that other Iberostar locations should take a close look at how Mildred does things and take notes.
I have to take the time to recognize a few other folks.
The bar tending staff as a whole were all great, stand outs were Armando & Evemiel. Thank's for making the perfect drinks and sharing your suggestions on new cocktails.
Panchito! Thanks for the tasty treats, always with a laughn smile and a song, many times dancing or encouraging us to dance. The food is always better when you make it.
Alex, thanks for everything
The staff and Management of Iberostar Playa Mita, I want to you know that, as returning guests, we are so pleased to see that the facilities and services improve for the better. We have had great experiences and have enjoyed the restaurants never with any complaints or an observation that something was lacking in any way, however we see the more reliable wifi and faster internet speeds. The steaks in the steakhouse have improved as well. The shows are getting better. The list goes on. I am happy to see that Iberostar, as the best resort in the area still strives to be better. Like I said before even though you deliver the best, you somehow seem to find ways to surpass yourselves and make it even better.
Wile on this trip (which is now an annual event) we discussed amongst ourselves why other guests return more often to Iberostar Playa Mita (sometimes 3 and 4 times a year) when there are so many other beautiful resorts in the Iberostar family around the world. The answer here is the people from the bottom to the top you get the best service ever.
With all that said, my next trip will be this September at the Iberostar Grannd Rose Hall, we hope that the service will be at the same level as we get here in Playa Mita. After that, we will return to see you in May of 2020!
by Jocelyn C
So after 2 years of living in the wonderful Quebec weather, shoveling the roof, the car, the driveway etc... while thinking about the south, my wonderful and sexy wife decided that it was time that we went on a trip to Mexico, once again. This time, we selected the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita. Since they added the ‘’Selection’’ to the name after we reserved, I suspect that this addition has something to do with my wife attending the premises(!)...
It was our first visit to the Puerto Vallarta area. We had been to the Riviera Maya on several occasions over the last few years. We found the weather a bit more comfortable on the west coast, a nice breeze made the heat much more tolerable.
Leaving our beautiful cold and freezing country could not have been done fast enough! Fleeing what seemed to be an endless winter, we arrived in this sunshine country to our amazement. As stated often, the resort is located about 45-60 minutes from the airport. However, we got Mario Andretti to drive us in about 35. What a pilot that guy was, taking every possible shortcut to avoid traffic lights, stop signs or whatever stood between him and his ultimate goal. I do suspect that this driver is not paid by the hour nor is he part of any union...
Checking in was very smooth as we had requested (after reading previous visitors reviews) that our room would be located on the golf side, since we wanted to avoid to cope with the Hilton’s construction noises. Everything we asked for was granted.
If you read all of my previous reviews, not on my gorgeous wife but the ones on trip advisor, you know by now that we do not really care about the room’s size, as long as it is neat and comfortable. Wish granted! King size bed and plenty of room, garden view with partial ocean view; bathroom very small but plenty of space for all makeup, lipsticks, eye shadows, body creams, etc... all the stuff that the Princess needs and deserves to improve, if possible, her amazing beauty (did I mention that she must approve this review?). We, unlike some of our neighbors got a vast walk-in shower, and boy, did we need and enjoy that...
The only blemish was that the mini fridge that was not very efficient. As a matter of fact, we had the first one replaced, but the second one was not even better. Drinks would be fresh but never got cold. But hey! I peaked at Super sexy wife and decided that it would not be an issue... Of course, a safe in the closet, tv on the wall and be sure to watch channel 31 where you can witness the festival of the worst movies ever made; it is in fact hilarious, except to a serious Gorgeous wife (Let’s say her sense of humor is not as good as her beauty...Ouch!)
The resort is not really big but very well laid out. The theater and the disco are located downstairs and away from any guest room, so no one should complain about late noises coming from one of those places. We walked in and out of the compound, after dinner and took advantage of the sights and sounds of nature. I assure you, we never saw any snow.
The beach is exceptionally gorgeous. Yes, the sand is light brown and not white, yes there are some scattered rocks but most, if not all of them, are rounded, thus will not hurt any feet, as sensitive as they may be. We walked towards the north side every morning for at least 45-50 minutes, remember, we are from Quebec and the only time we can walk in sand is when we inadvertently walk into a cat’s litter box... On your way north, after you passed the Hilton’s future sight, there is a pond with crocodiles. We were lucky enough to meet one and I must admit, its bite is pretty strong, oh! I had 2 feet; anyway, I can spare one for the memories...
The ocean is something else. I love waves (although I hated the new wave era), but these are particularly fun to ride, or should I say, drink! Yes, that wonderful salty feeling in your throat, be prepared for that if like me, you are no Michael Phelps! But hey, it gave me a chance to receive mouth to mouth resuscitation from Wonderful wife (I did mention that she’s paying for these trips, did I?). To get to the beach, you can either walk down a steep hill or take an elevator. Another great service is the chair and umbrella set-up. They will place your chairs wherever you prefer and provide shade with an umbrella if you desire. They do not, I repeat, they do not apply sunscreen, so Sexy Wife had to do it... Yes, you will see some vendors but those guys are very respectful and will not push you to buy anything.
If there is a viewable sunset, there is no better place than past the pool on the rooftop. A small bar and lots of seating with 2 swings for children or a Sexy wife... The best place to get some pictures that will fill your backup disc.
We usually do not spend much time at the pool, but this time was an exception. Pools were great here. There are actually 2 and both have decent depth, compared to most other resorts we have been at. Since the weather was not that warm (for Mexicans at least) the water was fresh and inviting. Waiting service is excellent and chairs are numerous. I particularly appreciated that this resort acted on its policy of removing any unattended towel prior to 9 in the morning. Anyway, even if you get by the pool after lunch, there usually are chairs that are still available. A Star Friend comes by twice a day, at least, and offers to trade your wet towels for new ones. Please note that you cannot, unfortunately, trade your wet swimsuit, at least it did not work for me...
The food was usually pretty good. Of course, meals get a bit repetitive but at least hamburgers and pizza were pretty good and made a fairly good last solution if nothing else is to your liking. We usually attended the buffet at night and were always satisfied. We went to the Pacific Express 3 times and it was excellent. Salmon for the Queen and steak for the writer were amazing. My sexy and ravishing wife felt sick for a day and had not eaten at all. At night, chef Aldo (remember that name) came to us inquiring about her health. When he was told that she was sick he went to the kitchen (I HOPE!) and came back with chicken noodle soup that he had prepared exclusively for her Majesty. (Please note that I was still the one to get lucky that night)... We did not go to either Japanese, Mexican or steakhouse, but comments from friends that attended were positive, except for the steakhouse, which everyone seemed to be disappointed about.
There is a coffee house which serves, not only coffees but also herbal teas, cold lattes and also sandwiches, wraps, pastries, doughnuts and cookies. We spent quite some time here, the cappuccinos being absolutely wonderful.
We do not usually care for the shows at night. We normally prefer to go out to a nearby town, but, this resort being very isolated, that is impossible unless you have a lot of stamina and a great pair of legs. So after we would walk in and out of the resort, we would attend the shows at 9:30. We were amazed. Most shows involve the band which is pretty good. There are four singers (the tall lady being the best), a pretty good band and amazing dancers, especially the smiley girl one (for me). The theater itself is very comfortable and has more than enough seating room.
We did go to Sayulita spend a morning by using the shuttle offered by the Hotel. For 120 pesos per person, they will take you there at 9h40 and bring you back by 12h30. It is a small village that is obviously a surfers town, but some boutiques where you can find cheaper souvenirs.
Finally, what really amazed me the most about this resort were the workers themselves. From our cleaning lady, to the Star Friends, most waiters and even maintenance people, most of them always had a smile or nodded at you whenever their path crossed ours. We have been to several resorts but never had we seen so many smiles from the workers.
We liked it so much that Sexy wife thought of spending a third week, but we had to face reality and we decided to go back to our native land after all. By the way, be prepared to spend a lot of money if you need to eat at the airport...
We certainly will come back to the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita eventually. For the time being, I will continue enjoying my time with Super Sexy Wife and be nice, so she can take me on our next adventure abroad.
The resort features multiple pools that are open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kids will love a separate kids' splash zone with small waterslides and water play areas, while adults and older kids will be near the oversized main pool. Another kids' pool is available in the Kid's Club, for kids ages 4 to 12. A sports pool is available, dedicated to organized water aerobics, volleyball and more. Guests of spa suites have access to the Teraza Spa Jacuzzi and lounge deck, overlooking the beach. Shaded palapas are available near the pool at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
It takes a little work to get down to the beach area, as the resort tiers the pool decks and there are beachfront rooms, but when you do get down to the beach, it's expansive and empty. Families could walk for miles seeking shells, and there are plenty of beach chairs available for guests who visit the beach.
IBEROSTAR's kids' clubs for ages 4 to 12, are supervised and organized to provide a full day's entertainment and activities for kids. Included in the stay, the club has indoor and outdoor play areas. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, the resort has a handicrafts program that begins at 10:30 a.m. with fun things for the kids to make. These are additional.
Geared toward teens ages 13 to 17, this area is unsupervised and provides computers, gaming systems, Foos Ball and other games for the older kids. Wii, Xbox and Wi-Fi will keep teens happy. The club is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This isn't actually a game room in the sense the kids might think, but instead is for teens and adults with card tables and pool tables. There is also a reading lounge. The game room is located in the front of the resort, tucked off of the lobby.
The resort has bicycles to enjoy for rides around the grounds daily at 10 a.m. Also daily are dance lessons at 12:30 p.m. A petting zoo is open on Sundays at 11 a.m. For sports, families can choose tennis, golf, archery, kayaking, snorkeling and more.
Kids can enjoy a mini disco at the resort's theater from 8 to 8:30 p.m. nightly before the family-friendly shows officially run for the evening. On Thursdays at 4 p.m., it's face painting and clowning around at the Pintando Caritas. On Fridays at 3:30 p.m., families can participate in a "Mexican Lottery," aka bingo. Saturdays are musical trivia at 6 p.m.
As an all-inclusive resort, all meals at the resort are included with a stay, including 24-hour room service delivery.
El Cuate Pancho
For traditional Mexican fare in a colorful setting, guests are welcome to this dinner location from 6:30 to 10 p.m. nightly. Reservations are required, and guests are asked to dress more formally.
The resort's casual all-day dining facility offers international cuisine. A continental breakfast is served from 6 to 7 a.m. daily, while a buffet breakfast runs from 7 to 11 a.m. The restaurant closes until 1 p.m., when it reopens to provide a buffet lunch until 3 p.m. It closes again until 6 p.m., when it reopens to serve a buffet dinner until 10 p.m. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., guests can stop in for late-night snacks.
As its name implies, this dinner restaurant features an array of gourmet dishes with a French and international theme. The restaurant requires formal wear and a reservation, and is open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sadly, the restaurant is tucked away without any views.
Mainly a dinner spot, the still-casual La Bahia is the resort's steakhouse. Reservations are required for dinner, when guests are requested to dress more formally. The a la carte menu is offered from 6:30 to 10 p.m. During busier periods, the restaurant opens for a buffet breakfast and lunch, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., respectively.
For Japanese food, including sushi and sashimi, this dinner-only spot is open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Guests do not need reservations, but are required to dress more formally. Alas, this spot doesn't offer any views either.
Planning & Tips
Wi-Fi is complimentary across the resort.
In-room babysitting service can be arranged with reservations for a maximum of two kids per sitter, 24 hours a day.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Riviera Nayarit area is a year-round vacation destination, with the holidays, spring breaks and summer months most popular for visits. To enjoy less crowds and better deals, visit in the fall or late spring.
The resort is located 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta Intentional Airport, however, with windy roads and traffic, it could take an hour to get to the resort. The resort, at an additional cost, can arrange transportation to and from the airport.
Once on the resort, guests typically don't leave except through resort-arranged excursions. The Riviera Nayarit area is a coastal stretch of small towns filled with shops and surfers, and if your family is adventurous, rent a car and explore these areas, as well as the tropical parks surrounding the resort.
For Mom and Dad
The resort has an intimate spa, tucked away on the lower floors beneath the lobby. Full services are available, including massages, body treatments, facials, scrubs and more.