Overall, we were delighted. Check-in was pleasant, with paperwork and everything brought to us while we sipped our "welcome" beverages in the lounge. We went with our children--ages 10, 7, 4 and 1--and they loved it. The zero-entry pools are great for little people, and the roof-top pool was my 4-year-old's favorite, plus there is a playground if you can withstand the heat. At first, I thought the Resort might have been more family-friendly, but the pools over there were crazy busy and the DJs were blasting music. At the Residences, we had soothing music and a spa getaway atmosphere, as opposed to the party atmosphere at the Resort. Food was fantastic, with lots of options to eat healthy or indulge. Fruit variety could have been better (same selection over and over), but at least it was there. We really appreciated the VIP beach area for guests of the Residences, as it was nice to have a quiet area set aside just for us. Having access to all the food at the Resort was great as well, since the buffet was a great option when we were anxious to get the kids fed quickly. Service at the Residence restaurants was definitely done in "tiempo latino" without the usual American hustle to which we are accustomed. Big bonus: we were NEVER solicited to buy a timeshare. I saw the office that offered tours and ownership, but no one ever called us or approached us about it. Coordinate airport transfer with the hotel! We traveled with Gray Line and paid 4X what a taxi would have cost.
"We have been to Marival before and LOVED our time."
Unfortunately they were renovating so 2-3 restaurants were closed which was disappointing. But there were plenty of others and the choices and quality were the same - fabulous. Staff are amazing and always busy keeping the place clean and tidy. Very family orientated - its wonderful to see and experience.
I would like to see Expedia add an advisory to hotels etc that are renovating or have changed ownership or similar big changes to help travellers make better decisions.
Within walking distance from the Malecon, Villa Premiere is a wonderful boutique oceanfront experience. We chose the all inclusive option and the food was the best I've ever had at an all inclusive. The menus at the restaurants were varied and the theme nights were romantic as the setting was poolside dining. in the week we were there, we only ate out twice. The smaller size of the hotel was perfect for us; enjoying a Bali bed on the ocean front or lounge chair in a premium location was never a problem. The rooms were comfortable and clean, the staff friendly, and I'd definitely return. Thanks for a memorable experience!
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