Who doesn’t love a welcome cocktail and cool towel upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta? This, along with a gorgeous view of Mexico’s Banderas Bay awaits guests of Dreams Vallarta Bay. The family-friendly resort, formerly Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, located minutes from the airport, opened April 2012.
Banderas Bay views
All 327 rooms and suites feature Mexican decor and views of Banderas Bay. From king to double beds, the rooms offer air conditioning, nightly turn down service, bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs and showers. The all-inclusive resort means mini-bars are refreshed daily with beer, bottled water and soft drinks – and yes, it is safe to drink the water at the resort.
Preferred Club Garden View Room
For families traveling with multi-generations, Dreams Vallarta Bay offers connecting rooms. Preferred Club is for guests seeking a little more exclusivity with a private lounge and suites offering ocean front views of Banderas Bay. This level of service also includes complimentary in-suite internet access, computers and printer in Preferred Club Lounge, upgraded bath amenities, daily continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and name brand liquors in the lounge.
Dreams Vallarta Bay land and water
Situated on Banderas Bay, there are plenty of beach and water activities to keep all family members entertained. I watched a young lady lift off from the beach and para-sail over Banderas Bay. She looked like she was having fun, but I prefer to go horseback riding in the rain forest in nearby Las Palmas, Mexico. Don’t get excited about snorkeling off the beach at Dreams Vallarta Bay, but do enjoy daily activities at the swimming pool, a dip in the infinity pool or relaxing in the whirlpool.
Dreams Vallarta Bay Explorer’s Club
With beepers for parents and camp nights for kids, Dreams Vallarta Bay’s Explorer’s Club will keep everyone happy. When I visited, one little boy was running up and down the length of the grounds, smiling all the while. When kids are happy in children’s programs, it creates happy parents on vacation.
The Explorer’s Club is open until 10 p.m. for those wishing to dine without children. Babysitting services are also available separate from the Explorer’s Club and there is also a CoreZone for teens with engaging electronics, a ping pong table and food!
Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort dining
Speaking of food, there are five gourmet, reservation-free dining options on property, as well as a cafe, grill, bars and lounges. Himitsu is an adults-only Pan-Asian restaurant. If you want to dine at the Tepanyaki tables, I was told they were available for reservation, but the brochure states “first come, first serve.” This restaurant is open for dinner only with a Casual Elegance dress code.
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 12 p.m.
They say variety is the spice of life. If you want to dine at restaurants on the adults-only Secrets Resort side, adult guests are welcome at any of the Secrets restaurants.
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If You Go: Name change to Dreams Vallarta Bay
Dreams Vallarta Bay +52 (322) 226-2900
Col. Zona Hotelera Las Glorias
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Dreams Vallarta Bay resort review written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California.