We had a wonderful stay in Vallarta Gardens. The complex is clean and family-friendly and our visit was grand.
On this trip, we had 9 family members -- ranging in age from 1 to 65 -- from 4 different states for a week-long holiday. There was plenty of room. With all the different levels -- including a roof deck with a sweeping view of the ocean -- everyone could have privacy or quiet if they needed it. We had the baby napping on one floor while the older kids played games on another floor and the adults relaxed and read books somewhere else. When we wanted to be together, the first floor great room was spacious enough for all of us to gather.
There are many pools on the property but the one near the restaurant was our favorite - it is next to a hot tub and beside the beach. The beach is clean, and there are two sections - one area is a bay with very calm water which is perfect for little ones to play. Some of the adults took the free kayaks out and enjoyed that very much.
The food at the restaurant is excellent. They serve breakfast and lunch. There are other restaurants within walking distance or a short cab ride away. There are two small grocery convenience stores near the entrance to the complex (easy walking distance) where you can get what you need for basic meals.
The staff is very helpful. One member of our family accidentally left his wallet in the restaurant. An hour later, a waitress arrived at our door with the wallet, with all the cash and credit cards intact.
We would recommend this villa to anyone looking for a large villa for a family vacation or reunion.