by Lissa Poirot
Located in the Riviera Nayarit, just north of Puerto Vallarta in the Nuevo Vallarta hotel district, Marival provides two types of accommodations. Its all-inclusive resort is located right on the beach, but its Marival Residences is nestled into a lush, tropical landscape, far removed from the beach bustle. However, it shares all amenities with the beach resort, as well as its own private beach club, and is a far more luxurious option for distinguished travelers. All accommodations at the residences are suites and villas with full kitchens. Guests receive a number of special amenities, from free tours to free nanny services. You could stay for cheaper rates at the beach, but if you can splurge, this is the place to do so. The Marival Residences are gorgeous home-away-from-home options with the best service and care. Go ahead — live a little!
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- One- to four-bedroom residences
- Complimentary nanny service
- All-access to sister Marival Resort property
- All Inclusive Rates
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
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Marival residences provide one- to four-bedroom condos and villas ranging from 1,400 to 3,940 square feet in size. All residences include private terraces, fully equipped kitchens with full-sized refrigerators and 42-inch TVs and Wi-Fi.
These residences include a walkout garden patio and secluded infinity pools, also receiving full service with dining and beverages. Eight of these suites are available with a one-bedroom configuration with a king bed and a sleeper sofa in the living area at 1,410 square feet. These suites also provide two bathrooms. However, these suites only allow for three guests. Families should select one of the six two-bedroom options, which can accommodate up to seven people with one king bedroom and a second bedroom with two double beds. These units are 1,711 square feet of in size.
Providing ocean views, these suites are offered in one- or two-bedroom configurations in either 1,410 or 1,711 square feet of space, respectively. Forty-six suites can sleep between three and seven people with one king bedroom or one king and two doubles, along with sofa beds in the living room.
These top-floor properties feature plunge pools and sundecks, offering one to four bedrooms and up to 3,918 square feet of space. These suites can accommodate four adults and three children for a multi-generational space for parents, grandparents and kids.
These two-story residences feature three bedrooms with a full-service, private backyard, swimming pool, gazebo, and indoor/outdoor patio lounge. Only three villas are available, with each bedroom offering a king bed. They sleep up to seven people.
One- to four-bedroom options are available, sleeping three to 11 people. One-bedroom units have a king bed and sleeper sofa and are 1,410 square feet in size; two-bedroom units have a king bedroom and a second bedroom with two double beds at 1,711 square feet in size; three- bedroom units have a king bedroom and two bedrooms each with two double beds with 2,691 square feet of space; and four-bedroom options feature two king bedroom, and two bedrooms each with two double beds with 2,798 square feet of space.
I believe I have reviewed the Marival in the past but this latest experience came seven years after our last one. There were many reasons that brought us back to the Marival once more other than the fact that this resort is definitely amazing! My father passed away a few months ago and would have turned 93 on November 2nd. When he passed, I wanted to celebrate what would have been his birthday in the place my parents loved the most in the world, the Marival. Additionally, my husband had been wanting for us to have a family vacation down south with our grown children. What I did not know is that the 'Day of the dead' is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd and is a huge celebration. This was synchronicity as my father was born on the official 'Day of the dead' and the staff who have known my parents for many many years, honoured my dad at the hotel altar. This to say that this gesture speaks to the personal attention this Hotel gives to their clientele and never forget their repeat customers and ALWAYS make them them feel special and as if the Marival is their home away from home. No request is too much or too big. The staff is trained in the highest level of customer service and the Management staff are the most amazing role models for the personnel on the site. The new addition for us this year was the private beach on the premises and the fabulous restaurant and bar the 'MozzaMare'. All I can say is WOW! Congratulations on this fabulous brainchild which the whole staff took on heart and soul to the clientele's delight! America, Carlos, Jorge and, pardon me for not mentioning everyone, gave us personalized service and made us feel special every single day. All of the staff at the pool, the bellboys, Jerry, who was particularly polite and professional, went over and above for us everyday.
Daphne is the General Manager and runs the place with an iron fist in a velvet glove and although she works very hard, she looks younger and as energetic as ever. Reggie is a fireball of inspiration and delight who knows all the clientele by name and does not hesitate to come to the rescue when needed. Carlos is the consummate concierge, calm and efficient and has a fabulous back-up in Jennifer who I foresee having a bright future in the tradition of the Marival. I cannot say enough about our last visit except that we were off season and did not have access to the LemmonGrass for evening meals which considerably reduced our evening meal options as the MozzaMare was not open every night but this should not be an issue for travellers that are in-season.
Thanks to the Head Chef of all resorts, Alfredo, whose inspiration and creativity guarantees that your palate will dance with pleasure and delight!
I would like to extend a personal thank you to the whole team for making this particular holiday memorable and we look forward to coming again soon!
Stayed a week at Marival Distinct and loved the property and the service. Octavio is the best poolside waiter, he was always prompt and took great care of his customers.
Loved our ocean view room and the convenience of having multiple restaurants to have meals.
Guests of the Marival Residences receive VIP service at the full-service Beach Club. Located near the Marival Resort & Suites, a private beach area with beach beds and lounges is reserved for the residences, with a full-service restaurant catering only to guests of the club. Beach butlers will deliver food and drinks, and attend to your every need.
This kids' club provides a variety of activities for kids of all ages, including a marionette theater, a siesta corner, reading groups, arts and crafts, and the Marival Teen's Club features Xbox and more. Marival Kids, for ages 4 to 12, and Marival Teens, for ages 13 to 17, will provide special amenities and entertainment for kids during their vacations.
Pirate Pool & Waterpark
Located at the Marival Resort & Suites, guests of the residences can play at the kid-friendly Pirate Pool and Waterpark.
Each guest of the Residences receives one complimentary tour per stay. These include Sea Lion Encounters, Catamaran cruises, Canopy La Vista activities in Vallarta, touring Puerto Vallarta, and touring town pueblos from Mezcales, Flamingoes, Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
All-inclusive dining is available at the resort's three main restaurants and wine bar.
Insu Sky Lounge
This international restaurant serves tapas by Continent in a rooftop setting each evening. Select dishes from Asia (sesame chili chicken and sushi rice and tuna tartar), South America ( plantain tostones stuffed with octopus), Europe (fish and chips and foie gras) and North America (crab cakes and beef sliders).
This gourmet restaurant provides indoor and outdoor setting with specialty theme nights. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a kids' menu for each meal. Lunch items include penne pasta and rib eye steak, while dinner ups the ante with an array of handmade pastas, fresh seafood and more. Kids will find the standards like chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese and PB&J, along with tuna fish sandwiches and spaghetti Bolognese.
This restaurant features a chalkboard menu that changes daily and offers poolside service. The casual menu includes pizza, salads, burgers, and seafood, while kids will find grilled cheese, pizza and hot dogs to enjoy.
Guests of Marival Residences also have access to all-inclusive meals at the six Marival Resort & Suites restaurants, with priority reservations.
Located within the Marival Residences is a plaza with additional restaurants and bars available to guests of the Nuevo Vallarta area; these are not included with your stay. Guests can dine at Nicksan, a Japanese and Mexican fusion restaurant, or D Stock, which features live music and a gourmet menu.
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Marival Resort & Suites Services
Guests of the all-inclusive Marival Residences receive all of the all-inclusive services available at its sister Marival Resort & Suites.
Nanny service is included with your stay at the residences, for a maximum of eight hours during a five-night stay.
DVD players are available upon request, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Included with a Residences stay is one complimentary Select Tour activity per person, per stay.
The Art of Smart Timing
The resort's peak season is during the Christmas and Easter holidays and summer months. For the best rates and availability, visit during late spring or early fall.
Fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Airport shuttles are available to guests for $27 round trip per person for two or more passengers ages 3 and up. Children 2 and younger are free when seated on a parent's lap.
Guests have golf cart shuttle service between the Residences and the Marival Resort & Suites at no additional charge.
For Mom and Dad
Included in your stay at the residences is complementary golf at Flamingos Golf Course. The unlimited golf includes free greens fees so you can tee off as many times as you'd like. Although greens fees are included, cart fees are not, and the golf club requires guests to have a cart.
The resort's Melange World Spa provides full services, including massages, body treatments, hydrotherapy, anti-aging treatments and more for both kids and adults.