My husband and I took our 2 children to Rancho Banderas for one week. Loved it! We chose the all-inclusive option, which for me, was priceless. No cooking for an entire week! The staff was extremely accommodating and treated our children wonderfully (big plus as a mom). Really liked that it is a smaller resort and, therefore, we got to know the other guests and even made some life-long friends. Alberto.....we miss you! Mary.....you have the hands of an angel (best massage EVER). We hope to be back soon.
I love that the hotel is situated right at one of the area's best breaks for short boarding. That being said, the surf in the entirety of Punta Mita are probably better suited for long boarding, as they waves don't pack much punch. Nevertheless, this was my 4th stay here and the perfect wave-cation for a family, with fun to be had by all. The food is pretty good and there's always great variety coming out of the kitchen. The air conditioning is awesome in the rooms and the rooms are comfortable and clean. I look forward to another stay in the not too distant future.
"Very nice and clean - recommend for non-beach stay"
We have a sailboat in La Cruz - need a 1 nt room for a couple - very good value for the US$47 or whatever it was. No glasses in room, make sure you get both TV and AC remotes, lots of free parking, no frig or bar frig in room, ice from front desk. If you're there for a while - get a rental car - cheap in PV not airport - $8 a day
We traveled for the first time with our 21 month old daughter so were a little nervous how it would all come together. Grand Velas did all we could have expected and more. Great staff, great food, and they did literally everything we asked them. Brought us milk to the room whenever we needed it, let us check out late so our daughter could get a nap in before the long trip home, you name it, they delivered. The pool was awesome and it's 50 yards from the ocean which is a nice effect. The restaurants are amazing, but be aware- room service food does not match the 5 star restaurant food.
WonderfuL all-round despite few services directly on site. It is has a homey, authentic, truly Mexican feel that would appeal more to travelers than tourists. Theft on site was an issue but likely would be anywhere.
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