Costa Sur Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The tranquil lagoon just out front is a snorkeler’s paradise
- Both restaurants highlight traditional Mexican dishes, not just international standards
What To Know
- The hotel is a 10-minute drive from downtown
- The spa is small, so it’s wise to book treatments in advance
- Sparkling Banderas Bay is home to pods of migrating whales each season
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Park yourself away from the bustle of downtown Puerto Vallarta at this south shore institution, whose team has been welcoming guests for 30 years. The generic-looking hotel tower makes up for what it lacks in personality with a killer location, between the magnificent Sierra Madre Mountains and the sparkling Banderas Bay. Guestrooms are done up in a warm palette of beige and white, with wooden accents and balconies that offer sweeping ocean views. Right off the beach in front of the property is a crystal-clear lagoon fringed with rocks that acts as a natural reef. After a day spent snorkeling, head to the Barefoot Bar for happy hour cocktails, then settle in for ceviche at La Cascada restaurant. Book early for a treatment at the spa, which offers a full menu of massages, facials and wraps.
In the Area
Explore the Romantic Zone, located south of the Rio Cuale, with its cafes, restaurants and local color, being sure to drop by the famous Old Town Farmers Market, which peddles in home-grown produce along with handmade crafts, jewelry and artisanal goods. Then head to the Malecon, an oceanfront promenade dotted with artworks that’s also great for people-watching. Don’t leave town without getting out on magnificent Banderas Bay, known for its sublime whale watching: sign up for a boat tour with Vallarta Adventures from December to March to spot the awe-inspiring humpback whales that make this bay their playground each season. To see why this town is considered one of the essential gourmet destinations in the country, book a table at one of its most feted restaurants, Cafe des Artistes, which fuses European technique with Mexican flavors.
How to Get There
Timeshare of many years to same resort. Love the charm. Some of the floors are remodeled and they are pretty but look like “anywhere.” The front desk people are terrific. Concierge got it wrong both times I asked for help. He didn’t listen, too busy clicking his computer. The food is good and well presented. Grounds are well maintained. Had a wonderful massage at spa. My maid is like family.
The staff at Costa Sur Resort & Spa are genuinely happy & accommodating to their guests. Claudia and Gabriella greeted us every morning at breakfast with their beautiful smiles. Both were patient and helpful as we practiced speaking Spanish. The entire male staff were equally as genuine and provided outstanding service.
The Activity directors are energetic, fun and encouraging. Victoria, housekeeping, kept our room super clean! We so appreciated her attention to detail.
The view from the room is gorgeous and the sound of the surf relaxing.
Costa Sur is a short taxi or Uber ride into PV where there are many amazing restaurants and activities to choose from.
The staff at Costa Sur is really what makes this resort most welcoming and comfortable.
We will be back!
Great place for your celebration of wedding anniversary, birthday, etc. The hotel has great staff. We received especially great service from Claudia, Raul, Miguel, Rafael, Ernesto, Gabriela and Armando. They are are all English speaking, but they assist you to learning Spanish. The morning breakfast is wonderful! The hotel is in a great location with a small private beach with breakwater providing great lagoon for snorkeling. We whales from the pool area several times during our stay. The hotel is just 10 minutes from Centro PV via bus, taxi or Uber.
We stayed here for 10 nights in February in a renovated ocean-view studio. Our friends chose not to upgrade to a renovated suite so we were able to compare. The upgrade is worth the extra cost.
Amazing ocean views from our 10th floor room - many whale sitings and beautiful sunsets. A balcony too small for chairs but nice to stand on and enjoy those views.
The artificial lagoon is a real bonus - excellent swimming and lots of colourful, tropical fish for the snorkelers. This resort is like a small club with lots of returning and long-term visitors. That created a very friendly atmosphere. The small size of the resort is just right and we really liked the option of going into the romantic zone of P.V. on a short bus or cab ride. The on-site restaurant is very good - kudos to the excellent wait staff including Claudia, Ernesto, Raphael, Flavio and Enrique.
The only real negatives were the pool temperature - (too warm for us) - and the lounge chair reservation system - a common problem at resorts.
We would definitely return!
we stayed here for one night on our way through to Barra de navidad. Our room over looked the ocean. Had a small fridge and 2 burner stove with a small kitchen area if you want to do some of your own meals! I would stay here again. The pool area is nice. The only drawback is it is on a busy road so you can't really walk to PV but it is a short cab ride into Old Town PV