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Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa

Mexico - Riviera Nayarit

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1-800-880-2177
5 Nights with Air from $719 All-Inclusive
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Value
 
3.8
Service
 
3.4
Beaches & Pools
 
3.7
Dining Options
 
2.7
Room Comfort
 
3.8
3.4 out of 5
"We had a great time. Resort is in the forest. Surrounded by trees and plants. The views are awesome. Food is great. Many choices. The restaurant on the beach was a awesome. Seafood was the best. The re..." – Mexrays
14 out of 24 (58%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Pretty drinks with great service The room (6507) Room view beauttiful View from our balcony toward the bay
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June 11, 2018
Overall it was a great time

THIS IS A COUPLES RESORT. It doesn’t say but it surely is. Everything is couples oriented so if you’re coming alone or with a guy friend, go elsewhere. Over all though it was a lot of fun, very relaxing and clean resort. Be prepared to do some walking because the resort has a lot of hills but the transportation is pretty good. The adults only area was fun, and the infinity pool at the main spot was pretty small but still plenty big for the amount of people. After 9pm there really isn’t anything to do other than go to bed or go to the sky bar (a very nice bar) but no one was ever really in there. Food wasn’t to bad, my wife and I had mud butt for the trip and a full week after but that’s just because of the diet change and all the yummy alcohol. Make sure to make dinner reservations the night you get there so your not stuck eating the buffet every night!! Drinks were delicious, try the mango/pinapple dacari or the mai tai. Staff are friendly and pretty attentive, our favorite was Eric at the juice bar and Luis the driver! Great people. They have a very relaxing mineral spa/ natural pool we went to every day with a tasty smoothie. Surely check that out, it’s in the middle of the resort. The beach ride is a 10 min drive and away and they have THE BEST tacos and ceviche there! Beach was clean but typical Pacific Ocean, merky and rough. Room was very clean and bed was semi comfy, the AC was awesome! Seriously a life saver. One piece of advice I can give; bring bug spray!! Again overall great resort, had lots of fun and would recomend!


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
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4.0
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From: California
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 12, 2018
Great time but....

We found the resort absolutely stunning. The rooms were very nice. The drivers, especially Christian, were informative and helpful. The beach staff, Martin and ulises were amazing. The food and drinks were the best at the beach club. Unfortunately on our the last day at the adult only beach there were a few toddlers there so we left. Beer selection was misleading. Only tecate and Dos Equis were available. The room service menu had several beers on the list but we were told they were unavailable. Now the food at the resort...AWFUL! The buffet food was cold and tasteless. The desserts were worse. The steakhouse food: clam chowder was just broth. The steaks all arrived the same temperature- Well! The Italian restaurant was just as bad. Minestrone soup was tomato juice with vegetables that they threw in 2 seconds before serving and no pasta. The chicken Parmesan was dry, no sauce or cheese on it. The cannelloni had a neon green mixture in it that was unrecognizable. With the specialty restaurants, you had to make a reservation 2 days before and literally beg for a time. And you could only hold 2 at a time. The mini bar only had beer and soda that was filled with a max of 3 beers a day...no other vices were available. Needless to say, we had a great time and met some fantastic people. We’d return for the beach only.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
2.0
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4.0
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From: Phoenix, az
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 5, 2018

The resort itself is beautiful and the view is to die for! We received a room upgrade to ocean view because we were celebrating my birthday. Room was decorated upon arrival for my birthday, which was awesome. The service was mediocre. We had to ask for drinks numerous times and went to fetch them ourselves quite a few times as well. We tip regularly at all inclusive and it seemed to do nothing here. The food was ok. The best meal for us was the steak house which was amazing. Brazilian seemed very unorganized and wasn’t that great. Very, very limited reservation spots for a la carte restaraunts. We were there five nights and was only able to make two reservations. Breakfast was good, but it was the same food everyday and same with lunch buffet. They did a Mexican fiesta that did offer amazing Mexican fare and would highly recommend if you visit. The mariachi band was pretty awesome as well. The rooms were just ok as well. They look appealing to the eye. Fair warning the beds are hard as a rock! I had back pains. The beach was a hassle to get to and from. Once down there it is very dirty including the sand and water. View again was amazing as well as the food offered at the beach club and the service. Definitely try the guacamole! The activity team is really fun and outgoing but seems as if they are not provided with all the tools needed to successfully perform their jobs. They all had great personalities and were fun to be around! It says adults only, but we encountered kids quite a few times and it was honestly pretty annoying considering we were on vacation. It should either be family friendly or adults only because the two do not mix well. It is not relaxing to hear kids screaming while you are sunbathing by the pool or having to jump in and pull a kid out because he jumped in and could not swim. If you are into exercise or nature, the hiking trail is pretty neat and I highly recommend it! Great view of the marina at the top! There is no night life at this resort so if you are looking for more fun after hours, this is not the place! Do your full research before booking. At most I would rate this 3 stars and to me that is highly generous. Happy travels!


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Overall Rating: 3
Value
 
3.0
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3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
2.0
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3.0
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From: St. Louis, MO
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

November 11, 2017 Featured Review
Disappointing and disorganized

Stayed here for 5 nights in early November 2017 for a romantic getaway. Pros: The advertised Wifi actually works. As does the air conditioning in the room, and the TV. The shower is magnificent. One night we did not have hot water, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt that it was a high traffic time. French fries and chips at the Tequila bar and the guac at the beach bar were great. The property is very beautiful and the landscaping is very well done, views are stunning. The pools are very clean and there are several of them so you can choose the feel you want. The steakhouse (El rancho) food and service was excellent. Best food we had there. Wine was better there than anywhere else and it was obviously cooked to order. The spa was lovely, reasonably priced, and the service was great. Best run part of the resort by far. The couples massage was wonderful and it was so nice to relax in the outside lounges and go to the wading pool and steam room and shower. Incredibly relaxing. The beach was beautiful, water was unbelievably clean, and there is a dog named Pacho that lives near that property that is super friendly and likes to hang out with people. There are almost no bugs at all, which was shocking considering where the resort is located. Cons: There isn't a hot tub anywhere on the property. There are tubs that look like hot tubs, but they do not get hot. The concierges were worthless. We never got any introduction to the resort at check-in other than just being handed a map, so I asked them a series of questions. I was either told they couldn't help me (you have to go off property to buy anything and they do not set up any excursions nor could they even tell you about any options or any companies or any way to find anyone that does. Cheapcarribean said they had “tour and island information.” False.) or that they would take care of it (I asked for a spa menu because there wasn't one in the room, told one would be sent up) which they never did. One of the big draws of this resort for us was the hiking trail they advertised that goes up in the mountains. It was closed and no one told us before check-in or at check-in, the concierge didn't tell us when I asked a slew of questions, and then when we went up there and saw it was closed and came back to the concierge to ask about it he looked like he had no idea what I was talking about and then made up some excuse on the spot. There were activities listed on the brochure we got when we checked in, but no locations listed for anything. And it mentioned a scenic hike, which doubtless was false as the hiking trail was closed. The pools apparently close at some unposted time (whenever they deem it to be closed, but certainly no signage or anywhere in the literature) even at the adult pools so no night swimming. Remnants of room service is left outside rooms for almost a day and a half that we observed even after maid service came and went. It was starting to smell. Same is true of the pools. They just stack all the plates and cups at the end of the day and leave them there. The service at the bars was slow to say the least-I understand that it is an all-inclusive so there isn't really a motivation to get things done quickly but still, it was frustrating. Jorge and Angel at the beach club as well as the bartender at the sky bar were very pleasant but even at the beach club service was slow. Had to ask for drinks and food multiple times sometimes even when not busy. There was little to no alcohol in any of the drinks. If you wanted any alcohol you needed to drink beer or get shots. Again, I understand at an all-inclusive resort there is no motivation to make drinks strong. The food at the buffets was edible, that's it. Again, I understand there are limitations with quality when there are buffets. There is no store anywhere on the property. Nowhere to buy sunscreen or bugspray (we brought our own thank god) or sunglasses or souvenirs or anything. If you want to purchase anything you have to hire a taxi to take you to a gas station in town. Our room safe did not work and we asked multiple times for someone to come help-no one did. No one ever told us what the tipping protocol was-I was happy to tip, but in my experience you don't tip at the time (carrying money around all day kind of defeats the purpose of an all-inclusive wristband) and then tip at the end at check out. No way to do that. Sorry all, I would have liked to leave a tip but could not. I specifically made the spa take a tip on my credit card at the time of services (they didn’t have that option but I specifically told them I wanted to put a tip on there so they made it work) or else they wouldn't have gotten a tip either. Kind of sad for the employees. Few of the times listed on the brochure at check in or the website were accurate. Everything closed at least an hour earlier than listed. Beach club open til 6? Yeah no, you better be on the last shuttle at 5:15. Grand sirenis website says the tequila bar is open until 8. The brochure they gave us said 7. Try 5:45. Minibar has sodas, two beers, no snacks. You are limited to two beers a day at the minibar. Which would be fine if they actually restocked the minibar everyday. They don’t. No slippers in the room as cheapcaribbean indicated. Which wouldn’t be a problem except the floors are tile and the shower is just a part of the bathroom floor so water makes everything super slippery. 80% of the umbrellas at the beach club were broken. You could kind of jerry rig some of them open, but don’t count on the staff to help you-you are on your own. The restaurants-ok this is a biggie. The Grandsirenis website indicates you can have unlimited nights at the ala carte restaurants, but when I spoke to the concierge the first night we got there around 7pm, he told me that we could reserve restaurants for only two nights out of our five. Ok fine. He said to do it sooner rather than later because they fill up. I understood, discussed it with my companion, and when I returned the next morning around 10am, the concierge said we could not get a reservation anywhere for the duration of our trip. The first concierge said “Sooner rather than later” not “now or never.” I asked back multiple times a day every day we were there and was told the same until the last day when the concierge told us he could “fit us in” at the steakhouse at the last minute. We got there and it was maybe half full. Totally ludicrous. We figured out part of the problem- contrary to what the advertising indicates, El Rancho and La Gira Rodizio are the same place. And the Trattoria and Huanacaxtle are the same place. The a la carte restaurants are not open every night as cheapcarribean indicates. In fact, at least one night we explicitly checked not one was open. The restaurant conversation was a series of flat-out lies and really frustrated us. The other thing that was not super annoying was that everytime we complained about anything or tried to speak to someone about a problem they seemed to turn it into this weird sales pitch to become a member of the resort. In doing so they asked me multiple times if I was married and how old I was. I understand the need to make pitches but this was intrusive and definitely not the answer to me bringing up problems. Why would I want to be a member when I can't even get the basics?


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From: Columbia, MO
Age: 25-34

Room Information

Rooms include the following: Minibar, Safe, A/C, Ceiling fan, Flat screen 32-inch Smart TV, Music player, Direct dial telephone with voicemail, Bathroom with shower or bath, Hairdryer, Scale, Bathrobe & slippers, Iron/ironing board, Tea/coffee, Terrace, Free Internet Wi-Fi and 24-hour concierge service

Room Details

Tropical View Junior Suite
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

What's to Love

All-inclusive paradise in the stunningly beautiful La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with views for days.

The Eva Mandarina Beach Club is the place to be. Lounge chairs, cocktails & a chic oceanside locale.

The resort's infinity pool overlooks the ocean & includes a whirlpool tub, lounge chairs & lots of chillaxin' ops.

Hiking the surrounding hills is a great way to start your day. Your snaps will dazzle.

 

What We'd Change

You're not directly on the beach, but you're up in the hills with jaw-dropping views and a shuttle that will take you to the beach club.
 

Why You Should Go

The resort is located about 30 minutes from the airport in the Banderas Hills. Salud to vacay.

The Makawe Spa is ahhhh-somely relaxing. The Zen-inspired steam room & plunge pools complete the experience.

Domestic & international premium cocktails. All day. Every day.

The beach shuttle runs every half hour to the resort's private beach club.

Available Amenities

  • Beach
  • Beach Bar
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Concierge Services
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Pool Bar
  • Aerobics
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 3 Bars/Lounges
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Tennis Courts
  • Beach Towels
  • Loungers at Beach and Pool
  • Tour and Island Information
  • Near the beach


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Watersports Rentals

Map of Local Area

Rapidly being acknowledged as a destination in its own right, the great choice of hotels and resorts guarantees that Riviera Nayarit can cater to everybody's vacation tastes and styles.

Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa

Hotel Description

Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills: Noble Beach Prize Winner - The View Priceless

Perched high above Puerto Vallarta, this boutique-sized resort sparks with all kinds of vacay vibes-a sprawling infinity pool that drips over onto lush foliage and a dreamy spot for savoring ocean views. The resort's perks include all-inclusive everything, including a private beach club where you can sip and indulge in fresh Mexi bites. With the resort tucked away from the hustle of Puerto Vallarta, you'll be able to unplug as much as you want. Grab a lounge chair. Order a cocktail. It's your day for doing nothing.

Please note: Although this is an adults-only resort for the majority of the property (including pools, ala carte restaurants, etc.), children are allowed at 1 pool and 1 restaurant. However, children are very infrequent guests at this hotel and all rooms are located in an adults-only area. There are a limited amount of Vacation Club owners in the hotel and they may have kids but their rooms are in a separate section.



DINING

Raixes
Type: Mexican
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7:30am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 1pm-3pm
Description: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a stunning mountain backdrop, this restaurant merges exquisite Mexican food with daily themed dinners, from Asian-themed nights to delicious Mediterranean dishes, including an extensive wine list.

Huanacaxtle
Type: World Cuisine
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7:30am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: For adults only, this restaurant features an international buffet.

El Rancho
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Select cuts of grilled meat, cooked to perfection and with delicious flavours

La Gira Rodizio
Type: Brazilian
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: An enticing salad bar where you will be able to choose your favorite starter from the fresh ingredients and tasty toppings, a selection of seared meats of your choice grilled on swords over embers with exquisite garnishing.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

The drinkeries here are delicious. Whether you chill at the pool, beach or beach club, the creative cocktails are always on.

Eva Mandarina Beach Club
Open daily.

Pool Bar
Open daily.

Beach Bar
Open daily.



BEACHES AND POOLS

This lush paradise is not directly on the beach, but the resort's shuttle will take you to the private beach club Eva Mandarina. Here you can chillax on a beachside lounge chair and sip on fruity cocktails, beverages and Mexican cuisine. When you want to kick it poolside, the resort's infinity pool boasts some serious ocean and mountain views. It's a dreamy paradise where you can soak it all up.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Swimming pool

Land

  • Fitness center
  • Ping-pong
  • Sports & activities

Golf
Golf courses are in the area.



INTERNET

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the resort.

SPA SERVICES

Let the pampering commence at Makawe Spa with the soothing tranquility of the rainforest. The spa offers a wide variety of treatments, including exotic and ancestral ceremonies like Haramara (exfoliating pearl body mask), Chucua (chocolate body scrub & mask), Mecere (calming mild bath followed by a massage with vanilla oil), Hikuri (specialty massage using healing and relaxing powers of local plants) and more.



CHILD CARE

This is an adults-only resort.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills is located about thirty minutes from Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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