Enchanted in the Jungle: 8 Things to Know About Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit, an All-Inclusive Resort

Surrounded by the Las Cinco Cruces rainforest on a cliff near the ocean, the Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit is an all-inclusive haven for nature lovers.

This Marriott-affiliated wellness resort is the first all-inclusive hotel tied to Delta Hotels, a brand that typically attracts business travelers. Here guests will find prices on par with other a la carte hotels nearby.

My aunt and I were curious about what this affordable hotel was all about (partly because I’m a Marriott loyalist, but also because I’ve never stayed at an all-inclusive resort before) and decided to Booked two nights on our trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Here are eight things you should know before reserving a room at Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit.

It’s a bargain

At a AAA rate of $223 per night for a mountain view room with two queen beds, this Delta Hotels outpost is a steal compared to other hotels in the area. Even the hotel’s standard rate of $265 per night was a decent deal, although I was happy to use my AAA Plus membership (which I have primarily for 24-hour roadside assistance) to snag a discount that’s about 15% off the Night cost rating.

Unlike other local properties that charge similar rates, rates here are all-inclusive, so there are no additional fees for extras like in-room minibar items, meals, and most alcoholic beverages (select premium liquors and wines are not covered).

In addition, the hotel’s participation in the Marriott Bonvoy program means you can book a stay with points. Costing between 42,400 and 65,000 points per night, Award Nights are roughly in line with current TPG ratings.

As an added benefit, Platinum Elite and Titanium Elite members receive 1,000 bonus points as a welcome gift, while Ambassador Elite members receive 1,000 bonus points and a free 25-minute massage (or 20% off other treatments).

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The spa alone is reason enough to visit

Based on the excellent reviews I had read and the approval of some other guests, my aunt and I decided to check out the spa treatments. In addition to the usual facials and massages, the property’s Tzicuri Spa offered rituals based on the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water.

I don’t normally book spa treatments but I was intrigued by the rituals so I indulged in the earth based ritual which includes a foot bath, sugar scrub, 50 minute aromatic oil massage and 30 minute foot massage.

While the steep price of 4,400 Mexican pesos (about $220) shocked me at first (even after I thought I’d get a 20% discount as an Ambassador Elite), the treatment was transcendent and just what I needed to order to relax. I would highly recommend splurging if you can fit it into your budget.

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Keep in mind that treatment fees also cover access to several spa facilities, which are top notch and well worth a visit.

You’ll find expansive changing rooms, double-stacked wooden lockers, outdoor showers surrounded by local botany, and a relaxation area with an outdoor pool. In the latter, you can recline on a teak chaise longue, covered with a warm towel, while awaiting your treatment, or enjoy freshly squeezed passion fruit juice and tea, served in sophisticated, elegant china after your service.

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The grounds are lush and untamed

Due to the resort’s location in Las Cinco Cruces, developers were careful to leave much of the mature jungle intact during construction. As such, you’ll find that the 118 rooms are pressed against the cliffs and surrounded by greenery, with a small creek running through the property.

As you walk from the lobby to the main pool and towers, you’ll encounter several steep hills that take about 15 minutes to traverse on foot. Fortunately, chauffeured golf carts are available should you need a little help getting from point A to point B. It might be a bit of a hike, but the tranquil setting more than makes up for the extra effort required to get around.

There is a great beach club

A perfect spot for lunch, the turquoise Tonati Beach Club is 10 minutes from the resort on the Pacific Ocean. Here you can enjoy fresh mahi-mahi ceviche and pina coladas when not swimming in the ocean, sunning on one of the chaise longues reserved for hotel guests, or relaxing in a cabana.

However, know that the beach is not raked and Empresarios (local vendors) will actively try to sell you everything from silver jewelery to hats so prepare to be approached from time to time.

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There are several parking spaces available for those who wish to drive. I don’t recommend this as the roads are potholed (most of which are impossible to avoid) and meander through a series of back alleys and unmarked areas that make it difficult to retrace your steps back to the resort.

Instead of driving, consider taking the resort shuttle, which runs three times a day between the resort and the beach club in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

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It is easiest to find during the day

Even during the day, getting to the resort can be a challenge. Since the property is spread over a steep mountainous area, much of the drive will be down winding minor roads that are bumpy, poorly lit, and shared by pedestrians. The entrance itself is on a gravel road that turns into cobblestone and is surrounded by chain link fences.

You could try driving yourself. Given how difficult it is to find the property — even for a local like my Uber driver, who sometimes found the route confusing due to the lack of signage — it’s probably best to rely on a third-party shuttle or ride hailing service.

The food is hit or miss

As a foodie, I look forward to dining at every hotel I visit, so I was curious to see what the culinary options would be like here. While I was pleasantly surprised at times, for the most part the food was underwhelming, so you might want to look elsewhere if exceptional cuisine is a priority.

On our first night, my aunt and I ate at Komorebi Teppanyaki, a Japanese-inspired restaurant. Rather than offering a traditional menu, the restaurant invites diners to sit around a metal grill table while the chef cooks fried rice, a variety of vegetables and fried chicken, shrimp and steak in front of them, using knives and knives throughout the experience juggling eggs . The entertaining show saved the food as the food was disappointing due to lack of flavor and too much salt and butter.

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Luckily the breakfast buffet made up for our lackluster dinner. Unlike most breakfast places with omelet stations filled with egg concentrate, Huichol Cocina Artesanal’s omelet station had eggs cracked open right in front of us.

There was also a selection of delicious tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple, along with specialty coffees and mimosas, all included in the all-inclusive rate.

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Although Huichol Cocina Artesanal was superb at breakfast, it was far less than satisfying when we visited for dinner our last night.

While nightly options varied depending on the cuisine theme (think: Italian, Asian, or Mexican) at the time, the dishes available on our visit weren’t what we expected at an upscale resort. Every item we sampled from the buffet was mediocre at best, and no dish was quite so memorable.

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You cannot get an upgrade

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The hotel is currently building its suites and upgraded rooms, so only entry-level rooms can be booked for now. That’s why you should manage your expectations – especially if you have elite status and are used to free upgrades.

Upon entering our room with two queen beds, we found the decor to be fairly standard. Inside were two beds with crisp white linens, a flat screen TV mounted on one wall, a desk, and a small dining table with two chairs.

Next to the front door there was a mini fridge with complimentary soda, juice and water and a coffee maker. There was also a small closet with space for a few things.

Across from the closet was a bathroom with two faucets, a separate water closet, a collection of toiletries by various brands, and a frosted glass rainforest shower partially visible from the bedroom.

Just beyond the sleeping area was a balcony with a wood and stone table and two metal chairs. While the chairs weren’t comfortable, the balcony was a nice spot to enjoy the lush surroundings when we wanted some fresh air.

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The staff and guests are friendly

Shortly after arriving, it became clear that this resort is made for those who like to socialize. We regularly saw guests chatting to each other, particularly at the teppanyaki restaurant and beach shuttle. In addition, the hospitable staff often engaged in conversation with the residents of the property.

For example, Oliver, the friendly valet who helped us with our luggage upon our arrival, always greeted me with a smile and a warm “Hello, Señor Olsen”. He made sure we remembered his name and shared that his favorite book is Oliver Twist.

bottom line

Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit isn’t the most extravagant resort in Puerto Vallarta. However, the kind-hearted people, relaxing spa, and tropical beach club make it unforgettable.

If you’re craving a dose of the Mexican jungle and the amenities of a lazy beach vacation without breaking the bank, this is a property to consider.

Once the resort completes its expansion, which is scheduled for March 2023, it will be an even more impressive retreat as it will add an additional 100 rooms and suites, as well as a lazy river water park.

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