The beachfront Marriott CasaMagna Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers an all inclusive option, which means that you can choose whether you want to upgrade to a room rate for all inclusive, or book your stay as a traditional hotel stay where you pay for meals and drinks you consume independently. This can be a huge benefit if you are the type that wants to travel all-inclusive, but want to stay at the same resort with friends or family who would rather book room-only.
The Marriott CasaMagna Resort is located only a short drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport (about 15 minutes) in the Marina district directly on the beach, and about a 20 minute drive to old downtown Puerto Vallarta. There are a number of other luxury hotels/resorts with dining options on the same street, a golf course just across the road and local restaurants and shops in the marina. It is one of our favorite spots in Puerto Vallarta, and very safe to walk around although I would still not venture out at night.
Since CasaMagna is not completely an all-inclusive resort, the feel is a bit different as the hotel caters to a number of different clientele for both vacationers and business travelers, both local and international. It is also a part of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) guests.
Marriott CasaMagna is a 4-star resort, and offers plenty of amenities common in this class of property such as fitness center with cardio machines, weight machines and free weights. There’s a sauna and steam room, a children’s center which offers child care if you want to leave them for the day and lounge at the pool, take a sailing trip from the marina or head into town to shop. The spa offers facials, massage, and body treatments and there is a hair salon also.
Wireless internet is available for an additional charge.
There is an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, beach and pool side loungers and umbrellas a kids pool and an indoor pool. Self and valet parking are available. There are ballrooms, banquet and meeting spaces for weddings or business events with AV equipment available.
There are 4 restaurants on site including a sushi restaurant and outdoor waterfront restaurant. There are at least 2 bars in the restaurants in addition to the poolside outdoor bar and a small coffee shop / cafe. Room service is available also.
Restaurants at the resort are: Champions Restaurant sport bar, Mikado Japanese Restaurant, La Capilla Argentina or Sa Si Thai
With the purchase of the “Escape! Inclusive” rate plan, the room rate includes a garden or ocean view room with a king or 2 double beds and the following inclusive items:
All taxes and service charges, gratuities for meals, daily breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinner available at hotel restaurants or via room service (According to Expedia on 8/1/11 but not Marriott so book through Expedia if you want inclusive room service). There’s a $15 up-charge for sushi and lobster, and $10 for beef fillet entrees.
Sports and pool aerobics, spanish lessons, resort grounds botanical tour, fitness classes at the fitness center,
Unlimited beer, wine and premium brand liquor along with all non-alcoholic beverages are included.
Unlimited access to the tennis courts and fitness center is also included, as is the Kids club for watching your children.
In addition, a 20% discounts for massages, mini bar and laundry and valet services are included.
Whats not included
Anything from the in-room mini bar, any water sports equipment – motorized or not, stuff you buy from any of their retail shops (duh!), internet access, on-demand TV and movie programming, phone calls, spa services, tours/excursions, transportation to or from the airport, gratuities other than for meals, and any other items not listed in the “inclusive” list at the time of booking.