The Buenaventura Grand in Puerto Vallarta

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The Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments Resort in Puerto Vallarta is a great place to begin a Mexican adventure.  It’s an all-inclusive resort with a beachfront location within walking distance to many of Puerto Vallarta‘s top attractions. We stayed there during our first trip to Mexico and are here to tell you about our stay.

Buenaventura Grand sign in Puerto Vallarta.

Going to Mexico had been on my bucket list for many years.  After my husband received a cancer diagnosis and the fact that I was about to turn 50, it was time to go.  My research began online, naturally, looking for which city in Mexico to visit, how to get there, and the prices.  In the end, Puerto Vallarta was the winner.

Buenaventura Grand resort.

I found a great deal through Delta Vacations that included round-trip airfare from my nearest airport to Puerto Vallarta and ground transportation to and from the resort, as well as the cost of the resort.

For the three of us (we brought our teenage son along), the grand total for 6 nights the first week in July was $3,546.81.  On top of that, I was able to redeem mileage thanks to my Delta American Express account which took off approximately $1,000 from the total.  For a week of vacation including air, room, and food during the middle of summer, it was a bargain.

Welcome To the Hotel!

Pink Welcome Drink in a plastic cup.

We were all welcomed to the resort with a sweet, refreshing drink. Checking in at the resort was a breeze and a lot less complicated than what I typically have experienced in the States.  One thing I noticed is that they did not require a credit card at check-in. Gotta love being at an all-inclusive resort.

Man wearing a red armband.

Before heading to our room, we were each given wristbands to wear.  Should we have lost one, there would have been a fee to pay to have another.  They were essentially our tickets to the restaurants and bars at the resort. Adults had one color, and minors had a different color. (The Buenaventura Grand is a family-friendly resort.)

Standard Resort Room

Double beds in the hotel room.
Room 1307

Our room was not overly spacious, but there was enough room for the three of us to be comfortable.  Amenities in the room included a small refrigerator that was stocked daily with cerveza (beer), a few bottles of water, and our favorite soda.  The staff was kind enough to honor our beverage choices.

There was also an in-room safe, coffee maker, and a television that had satellite service, so we were able to watch some shows from the States as well as Canada.

Bathroom vanity with mirrors and toiletries.

The bathroom was a little dated but had everything that we needed, including a hairdryer and enough towels for us all.

View from room looking at Bay of Banderas.

Though the view from our room was limited, we were able to see the ocean.

The resort is very open-air. There are no doors to separate the lobby from the beautiful path that leads to the ocean.

Pool and Onsite Activities

Statue of girl by the swimming pools.

This statue is located close to the outdoor dining area and the pools.  It makes a great meeting point.

View of resort's swimming pools.

There are three outdoor swimming pools at the resort.  A bridge spans the main pool and provides a shortcut to the other two pools.

Back of the Buenaventura Grand in Puerto Vallarta.

A range of activities takes place daily in the pool area.  While we were there, the teenager was able to participate in a “cooking class.” The participants were shown how to make spicy salsa and then the guests were able to sample their creations.

Two women and a young man taking an outdoor cooking class.

There was also a Chef’s Show at the Pool that took place daily (Monday through Saturday) at 12:30. The shows the week that we were there included paella, fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas, ceviche and micheladas, and noodles.

Plate of nachos poolside.

All-Inclusive – Including Adult Beverages

The two biggest benefits of staying at an all-inclusive resort are the included drinks and food.  At Buenaventura Grand, that included poolside adult drinks, of which we grew quite fond.

Margarita in a plastic cup.

The views from the pool area are pretty sweet.  Next door, there is an area that is staged for romantic meals.  During good weather, the letters L O V E are on display and lit up at night.

Romantic view of the Bay of Banderas.

Looking in the opposite direction, one can just about make out Puerto Vallarta’s famous malecon.

Bay of Banderas.

Other sights that are often seen from the beach at Buenaventura Grand are parasailing and vendors selling everything from coconut water to jewelry to hats.

Parasailing over the Bay of Banderas.

Between the beach and the pool area is a beautiful outdoor shower for guests to wash off before heading across the resort.

Outdoor shower shaped like a surfboard.

Dining at the Buenaventura Grand

There are three restaurants at the resort:  Frutas & Flores, Sunset, and Corazon Contento.

Sunset Restaurant at the Buenaventura.

My favorite dining locale was Sunset.  Each day a different menu was offered for lunch and dinner.  The views are absolutely stunning.

Two shrimp tacos on a plate.

Their fish and shrimp tacos were pretty amazing.  I was lucky to be able to order them twice while we were there.

Chocolate doughnuts covered in shredded coconut.

We ate most of our meals at Frutas & Flores.  Breakfast options included doughnuts, cereal, pastries, and traditional Mexican breakfast items like chilaquiles.  During lunch and dinner, there were plenty of options.  One option that the teenager and I liked seeing was their thin-crust pizza.

Pizza at the buffet.

The great thing about dining at an all-inclusive is that if you get an item that you don’t like, you can go back and get something else.  At Buenaventura Grand, there were always plenty of unique dishes to try. 

One thing I wish I had done earlier on during our stay is to try the green juice in the morning.  I would have had it every morning.

Adult fruity drink with an orange slice.

I am glad that we selected the Buenaventura Grand as the first resort to stay and play in Mexico. For our first time in Mexico, it was perfect.

Sunset through umbrellas at the beach.

The Buenaventura Grand Location

The Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Great Moments is located at Av. Mexico 1301, Col. 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 48350, Mexico.  Puerto Vallarta is in the Central time zone.

The resort is 15 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz [Code: PVR]).

The Buenaventura Grand is a great place to stay. If you are looking for more ways to explore Puerto Vallarta, then be sure to read these other posts at Silver Sun Seeker:

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  1. Your all inclusive is really awesome but, my take is you have paid for all of those amenities and food. You are missing out on the great local eateries, where the local eat, Joe Jacks Fish Shack, Derby Burger, Sea Monkey restaurant and beach bar, Cafe de Ola, El Rio Barbeque, Pepe’s Tacos, Pancake house, LaDolce Vita etc. you are really missing out on some of the best food in the world. If you do go to these places then you are essentially paying twice to eat. Understand I am not taking anything away from your experience, I’m sure it was awesome, but to not enjoy the true Puerto Vallarta you are missing out.

    1. I do not disagree with your statement. For us, though, it was a good introduction to Puerto Vallarta and Mexico. One week was not enough time to explore all that the city has to offer. (It’s a good reason to go back.)

      Thank you so much for listing some places that readers (and us!) will want to check out when in Puerto Vallarta.

  2. I don’t know anything about “Puerta” Vallarta but I live in Puerto Vallarta and you lost me the moment I saw you misspelled the city name.

    1. Thanks for sharing your feelings. I am sure you came here because of the misspelling on the Google Web Story. If you read the blog post, you will have noticed that I had the name spelled correctly. I have gone and corrected the Web Story.

      I created that web story while I am at my parents’ house. I am here because my mom is on hospice and dying. I hope that you never have to experience what my family is going through.

    1. If I recall correctly, there was. I recommend that you verify it directly with the resort.
      Price? I am not sure because I booked it as part of a package with Delta Air Lines. Sometimes you can get better deals when you bundle.

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