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Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit Review: A Quiet All-Inclusive Paradise

Quiet is a contradiction at all-inclusive resorts. Until now. Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit offers a tranquil paradise near Puerto Vallarta.

Delta Riviera Nayarit is the first Delta Hotel in Mexico and the first all-inclusive Delta Hotel in the world. The non-smoking resort offers 117 rooms with premium bedding, free Wi-Fi, a balcony, and mountain views. 

Located in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in a hilly jungle setting, the resort is the former Grand Matlali Hills Resort Natural Experiences Resort.

Delta Hotel by Marriott Riviera Nayarit is 15 miles from the Puerto Vallarta Airport. The hotel does not offer a shuttle but Uber, taxis, and private shuttles are available. If you decide to rent a car, parking is free.

The beach is about 8 minutes away. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the Tonati Beach Club.

We got a day pass to explore the resort shortly after it opened during our trip to Puerto Vallarta. Day passes are $60 for adults and $35 for children ages 6 to 12 and are valid daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Media Luna Pool

tiled infinity pool with palms trees

The Media Luna Pool is the largest of the two pools at Delta Hotels Riviera Marriott. Unlike pools at other all-inclusive resorts, you won’t find loud blaring music. Instead, you’ll enjoy a calming day at the pool with music played at a level not designed to blow out your eardrums or set the roof on fire.

Not that there’s anything wrong with loud music. Sometimes you just want a peaceful retreat.

long curved infinity pool surrounded by lush green palm trees with black pool loungers and wood chairs and tables

The curved rectangular pool is perfect for a quick refreshing swim. The entire length of the pool has steps leading in the water. This is a great feature because you can get into the pool anywhere. The steps also double as a Baja Shelf.

round cement step in jacuzzi surrounded by green trees

The Media Luna Pool area features two large jacuzzis. The largest of the two is closest to the pool.

Hidden in the trees down a few steps, you’ll discover the other jacuzzi. Its location offer privacy and an idyllic soothing soak.

The Media Luna Pool and the Natural Pool serve drinks, snacks, and a light lunch. Jeff ordered ceviche and I got the chicken Caesar salad.

bowl of diced fish topped with green avocado, half a lime, and a romaine lettuce leaf with bag of tortilla chips sitting on white towel

Both entrees were large enough for two people to share. Jeff is picky when it comes to ceviche. You’ll be happy to know that the ceviche at Delta Rivera Nayarit holds up to his exacting standards. Heads up, there’s a bit of heat so if you aren’t a fan of spicy ceviche, be sure to tell them to hold the spice.

Perfectly dressed with crisp pieces of Romaine lettuce and enough croutons to provide a contrasting bite, I’d order the chicken Caesar salad again.

Natural Pool at Delta Riviera Nayarit

lake like walk in pool surrounded by green trees and black pool lounge chairs

The lakelike Natural Pool sits in the heart of the Delta by Marriott Riviera Nayarit. Surrounded by trees, this pool provides a spalike experience complete with several water features including a small jacuzzi.

Tzicuri Spa

massage table in dark wood spa

The Tzicuri Spa has 10 therapy rooms offering massages and other treatments using Natura Bisse products.

Guests can unwind before and after treatments in the coed open-air relaxation room.

small cobblestoned lined pool with green trees and dark brown wood fence

Or dip in the stone-lined reflexology pool. Walking on the stones reduces tension and lowers blood pressure.

Spa treatments include access to the wet and dry sauna rooms.

Spa services are additional and not included in the all-inclusive hotel room rate.

Huichol Cocina Artesenal Restaurant

beige leather chairs brown wood tables, and long emerald green leather booth in hotel restaurant with flower etched wood wall

The Huichol Cocina Artesenal Restaurant serves breakfast. The menu is ala carte but will eventually include a buffet.

slice watermelon, chopped papaya, and martini glass with yogurt

For our morning meal, our first course included a yogurt and cottage cheese parfait topped with fresh granola accompanied by a slice of fresh watermelon and diced mango and papaya.

egg benedict omelette topped with spinach

Our breakfast entree was a spinach and cheese egg white omelet with hashbrown and roasted cactus.

The meal also included a basket of fresh baked pastries. We were so busy talking and enjoying the meal we never got around to trying the baked goods.

The food was impressive and not your typical all-inclusive food. It was visually appealing, flavorful, and scrumptious.

Komorebi Teppanyaki

low back wood chairs surrounding stainless steel frying grill

The Komorebi Teppanyaki Restaurant wasn’t open during our visit so we didn’t get a chance to try it. Based on how delicious our breakfast and lunch were, I’m pretty confident that the food at Komorebi Teppanyaki will be just as tasty.

Xaman Bar

Because we visited soon after the resort opened, the Xaman Bar hadn’t opened yet.

Delta Pantry

red and yellow green apples on white stands, plums on white stands, packaged snacks and sandwiches in room

The Delta Pantry offers snacks and drinks 24 hours a day. It was open to all resorts guests during our visit. Now, it’s only available for Marriott elite members.

Fitness Center

stair step machines and treadmills in gym that overlooks green trees

The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For a 117 room resort, it’s quite large with many treadmills, stair steppers, and other machines. Free weights and other exercise equipment are available.

Use Points to Stay For Free

You can use points to stay for free at Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit.

As a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy hotel, rooms cost 60,000 points a night most of the year. You’ll pay 50,000 points if you visit during off peak season and 70,000 points during peak season.

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Conclusion

Delta Riviera Nayarit is the first all-inclusive Delta hotel in the world and the first Delta hotel in Mexico.

The hillside resort is 15 miles from the Puerto Vallarta Airport and 8 minutes from the beach. The resort offers free parking and a free shuttle to Tonati Beach Club.

The 117 rooms are spread out over the expansive complex that includes two restaurants, two bars, two pools, spa, and fitness center.

Marriott elite members get access to the Delta Pantry offering free snacks and drinks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We got to see some of the rooms during our visit. Stay tuned for my review of the rooms.

What do you think of Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit? Would you stay here or on the beach for your vacation to Puerto Vallarta?

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Sara

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

I stayed here earlier this month, and it was heavenly. FYI, the pantry was available to all guests when I stayed. It was also amazing. I'm going back in May. :D

Debra Schroeder

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Hi Sara,

So glad you enjoyed it and had a great time. Good to know everyone has access to the pantry now.

Ami Bhat

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

The pools look divine, especially the whole stream-river side one. Gives you a feeling of being amidst nature. I even like the whole rectangular pool strip that allows you to get into the water no matter where you are. The food looks quite appetitising too. Definitely a place to consider if you are in that part of the world

Clarice

Thursday 27th of January 2022

I love the idea of a calming ay at the pool. I agree with you that there is nothing wrong with loud music. Rather its more of a preference. Would be happy to spend the weekend here. It's just a perfect way to relax.

Bhushavali N

Thursday 27th of January 2022

First all inclusive delta hotel in the world? I'd definitely love to visit it. A day-pass for the resort itself? Sounds interesting. The Media Luna pool looks inviting and its excellent that they serve food right there. That said, I'd definitely choose the Natural Pool to chill out. It is more my kinda place.

Agnes

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I like hotel recommendations because it is always tricky for me to decide which one to choose. That is why I always appreciate such detailed and exciting recommendations. Delta Hotel by Marriott Riviera Nayarit seems to be the perfect place to stay, as it is only 15 miles from the Puerto Vallarta Airport. Hotels pools surrounded by nature look beautiful. Also, Natural Pool at Delta Riviera Nayarit seems the perfect place to relax for me.

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