Ziva Puerto Vallarta REVIEW MASTER THREAD

Old May 10, 19, 12:24 am
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The Marriott is right next to the airport. I have never stayed there but would be worried about the air traffic noise. Granted, you could make it to the hotel quickly!

The Now Amber is right in the middle of the hotel zone and close to the city center. It looks gorgeous online.

Are you wanting to explore PV? Or mainly just sit on the beach?

The thing I love most about Ziva is the private beach and that it’s away from the busy city. You feel like you’re on a beach in the middle of the jungle.

Curious what other people think too!
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Old May 10, 19, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by thejohnterry View Post
Are you wanting to explore PV? Or mainly just sit on the beach?

The thing I love most about Ziva is the private beach and that it’s away from the busy city. You feel like you’re on a beach in the middle of the jungle.
We've got a 5 and 6 year old with us, so we are likely to spend most (if not all) the time at the resort. I always read very mixed reviews on Ziva. Most say, "It's not as bad as the reviews", but that's not the warm and fuzzy I am looking for. No need to roll the dice and end up alongside all the bad reviews. I'm also considering the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita all-inclusive. I haven't seen a bad review yet, aside from it being a longer drive from the airport and more remote...which we are ok with, especially considering all they have to offer. It just looks nicer, newer, and clearner than the Ziva in PV. We are accustomed to the ZIva in Cabo, which is beautiful with excellent service (at least on each of our stays there).
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Old May 10, 19, 7:13 pm
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The Ziva is a resort that really is hard to categorize as seen by the reviews being all over the place. I wrote an extensive review several years ago and can tell you I would NOT ignore the negatives that others say pay no mind. The BEST part of the resort is the beach although parts of it were made intolerable ( for us) by incessant music. Why the sound of the waves is not enough beats me. The WORST part of the resort was the food. I am not too picky ( I like airplane food) but the food served in the various restaurants was fair to inedible. ( We were there for 6 nights and almost every meal but one was a disappointment.) A lot may have to do with age...we were 6 guys in our late 50's to 70's.... most of the clientele were 30 something.... big drinkers and beach volley ball players. Just not our scene..... and the elevators were so old that we really took a chance with our life every time we went up to our top floor suites.

As you can tell I am not a fan.... and it use to be our favorite hotel in Mexico when it was the Camino Real..... many years ago.
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Old May 14, 19, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by dprocuk View Post
We've got a 5 and 6 year old with us, so we are likely to spend most (if not all) the time at the resort. I always read very mixed reviews on Ziva. Most say, "It's not as bad as the reviews", but that's not the warm and fuzzy I am looking for. No need to roll the dice and end up alongside all the bad reviews. I'm also considering the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita all-inclusive. I haven't seen a bad review yet, aside from it being a longer drive from the airport and more remote...which we are ok with, especially considering all they have to offer. It just looks nicer, newer, and clearner than the Ziva in PV. We are accustomed to the ZIva in Cabo, which is beautiful with excellent service (at least on each of our stays there).
I felt like the Ziva was very family friendly and our 7yo loved the Kids Club - did not have any issue with cleanliness or the elevators in the Club building. Also enjoyed the restaurant service and cuisine mix and access to town (less than $5 Uber to Romantica) when we did want to get out for a bit. We met several other families who had also stayed at Cabo and Cancun Zivas and preferred the PV property and would return, as we will, for Thanksgiving this coming year.
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Old May 28, 19, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by US @ DEN View Post
We met several other families who had also stayed at Cabo and Cancun Zivas and preferred the PV property and would return, as we will, for Thanksgiving this coming year.
Ziva PV over Ziva Los Cabos or ZIva Cancun? We've been to Ziva Cabo four times and have always enjoyed it. Every review or person out there states that ZIva PV is far inferior to Los Cabos. Cancun also get very high remarks, often higher than Los Cabos. Cancun and Los Cabos always seem to be the "top" Ziva properties, and PV always a clear last place. If you've been to both, why do you like PV better than Ziva Cabos or Ziva Cancun?
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Old May 31, 19, 7:52 am
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I've been to Cancun once and PV twice. Cancun is definitely more "upscale." Better restaurants, "younger" travelers, newer rooms. You're in easy walking distance to shopping. You are surrounded on 3 sides to the ocean. However, there's not (in my opinion) really good "beach" space. One side has very little beach area. One side is rocky. The third side is a long distance from the water to the hotel. We spent most of our time sitting near the pool instead of the ocean.

PV is much older. The restaurants aren't as good, but I think unless you are a foodie they're fine. As many have said, you simply can't beat the beach. The property is surrounded by two rock formations which provides a quarter of a mile of secluded space.

I'd go back to either one. As someone from the Midwest, sitting in a beach chair in the sand next to the ocean is more important than the food or room amenities. Cancun feel more like "Vegas" and PV feels more like "San Diego" (hope that makes sense). I prefer PV, but completely understand why others disagree. It really comes down to your preferences.

As an aside, ask me again in February after I return from the Dominican Republic....
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Old May 31, 19, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by reslfakb View Post
I've been to Cancun once and PV twice. Cancun is definitely more "upscale." Better restaurants, "younger" travelers, newer rooms. You're in easy walking distance to shopping. You are surrounded on 3 sides to the ocean. However, there's not (in my opinion) really good "beach" space. One side has very little beach area. One side is rocky. The third side is a long distance from the water to the hotel.
Really have to disagree with you on the beach comment. I’ve been to beaches around the globe (Caribbean, Hawaii, Tahiti, Puerto V, Cabo, Greece, and more....) and the North Beach at Ziva Cancun (the one you say has “very little beach area”) is my 2nd favorite of them all, behind Tahiti.

First of all, there’s enough beach for several rows of covered beach chairs (under Palapas), the water is year round crystal clear green/blue, there’s significant tropical fish, hammocks in the water, a typical light surf perfect for bobbing, lots of shallow water for wandering, typically no seaweed, and great temperatures year round. The scenery facing the lighthouse and out to sea is also very nice. Love this beach!

The other beach (the one you say is “long distance”) is at most a TWO or THREE minute walk (over sand) from the Club Tower pool area. This beach is miles long and perfect for beach combing and long walks. The waves are bigger but the area closest Ziva is uniquely more protected thanks to a large jetty.

Both beaches are sparkling clean and generally lacking “vendors” or beggars.

On the flip side the Pacific beaches, in my experience, are colder, less clear, rougher, and more populated by vendors. The mountain scenery found on the Pacific side is a plus, however.
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Old May 31, 19, 3:59 pm
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While the beach at PV Ziva was at one time really special, the hotel which occupies the entire backdrop has basically covered the entire beach in palapas, beach volley ball nets, and music. Incessant and loud..... usually two different sound systems at either end of the beach. The quieter side of the beach is also where the children's "camp" is located. And if you don't mind hearing a loop all day long of Disney's " It's a Small World After All" there are less people. ( Probably for good reason.)
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