This was an amazing resort! Juan is the head of the entertainment staff and was amazing to work with as was the whole staff. I taught one spin class at noon poolside each day and had 5-7 folks join me. I received many compliments and even the staff road when they could. I would love to go back and hated to leave. Very clean and sanitized resort and everyone that worked their wore masks and asked you to sanitize after entering restaurants and lobby. Highly suggest this resort... and Thank you Denise for all of your help!
Mar 8th, 2020 1:43:58pm
This was my first teaching experience with Fitness Pro Travel. I cannot say enough good things about them or the resort. It was just the perfect week. I taught one yoga class each day at 8 am. I had a low of 10 and a high of 19 ( 2x) students. The location of the resort is just perfect I will definitely be going back!
Chad Oxendine; from Concord, North Carolina
Mar 2nd, 2020 1:33:30pm
What was wonderful was the fact that the tennis practice attendance grew each day from like 2 or 3 on the first day, Monday, 9th to like 11 on Saturday, 14th; all on 1 court; i would love to see more promotion of the tennis opportunity for guests, letting them know its complimentary; it seemed like as the word spread; the attendance increased (good news); i would be happy to provide additional individual sessions for guests & the tennis director receive the income, so as to help him financially; definitely a JOY to share my passion with folks that i would not have the opportunity to see if not coming to the resort to share tennis !!!
Scott, Vancouver WA
Dec 3rd, 2019 12:39:41pm
Circuit training with strength/cardio stations in the gym, adjacent enclosed courtyard, and beside the tennis court.
Average number of participants was 2-3
All participants were middle-aged
Nov 30th, 2019 6:08:34pm
My wife and I stayed at this resort during the week of October 20-27, 2019. My group fitness classes were scheduled by the helpful entertainment team from 10-11am and located on the Secrets side. I set up a circuit with stations in the gym, an adjacent interior courtyard, and on the edge of the tennis court area with the tennis pro’s permission. This was our second visit to the dual resort; last time our room was at Secrets. Our accommodations at Now Amber were just as nice. The resort staff members on both sides are wonderful! We will be returning next spring.
Nov 8th, 2019 3:30:02pm
I taught Zumba at the Now Amber resort in Puerto Vallarta beginning of October. I stayed at the Secrets side in June and loved it so much I wanted to come back with my family. I taught M-Sat anywhere from 2:45pm to 4pm. I would know which side/resort and time I taught each morning by looking at the calendar. I met up with Canelo and Abraham as they are the supervisors, Juan was there Thursday to Saturday. All very nice! The entertainment staff was always nice and tried to join in when we needed to get a few more people going. Most all my classes had about 15 and I taught 3 days on each side. The Secrets side liked me more this time (more participation), while in June the Now (family) side was more involved. The resort and children's activities are great. There was a tropical storm so the beach was mostly unusable this time with rocks as was most of the water sports. However in June, the beach was perfect and could go out on kayaks everyday. I cannot recommend this resort combo more. I am going back with my mother for her 70th with my children in June 2020. Food, service, drinks, entertainment, rooms, everything was amazing and special for our family vacation.
Apr 10th, 2019 12:00:04pm
Taught at this resort March 17-24 2019. They had me teach 1 class per day from 9-10 on the family resort side. I requested to teach from 8-9am due to construction that was happening right next to where the yoga took place and they accommodated me. I had 4-9 people per day. Location was beautiful, a nice deck next to the beach. Resort was clean and food was excellent. Even though it was spring break the resort didn't seem to busy. Always had a lounge chair by the pool or the beach available no matter what time of day. Vendors on the beach are annoying however politely declining was all you needed to have them leave you alone. Weather was excellent, all in all a great week!
Apr 18th, 2018 2:52:53pm
We traveled to Now Amber in February. It was wonderful. I taught one yoga class a morning on the gazebo right by the beach. The sun would get pretty hot as class moved on but we would adjust to get as many people in the shade as possible. I brought my husband and 2 kids. There were great options for pool time- the shallow kids pool had a fun slide and was a perfect depth for my young kids. The water would be a bit warm in the afternoon so we would usually switch to the activity pool at that time. The room was nice & clean. We did walk outside of the resort but for the most part enjoyed our time by the pool.
Dec 14th, 2017 12:36:00pm
I was originally told I would be teaching in the mornings but the Entertainment manager actually had me teach at 4PM every day. Luckily my friend was with me so she came to my class every day; however nobody else really joined in except maybe for a song or two. The entertainment team was amazing and would do the class with us and we had a lot of fun. At Now Amber I really only ended up teaching about 20 minutes a day since I was teaching in the middle of the day on the pool deck and it was usually 95 degrees. The entertainment team there was absolutely incredible and was a lot of fun. I definitely recommend teaching here but you have to be flexible about when you teach because it changed for me. Overall, this resort was incredible and the service was fantastic.
Dec 5th, 2017 1:26:59pm
Super fun experience would definitely do again. Had such a great time getting to know the staff and all the guests! Looking forward to doing again in the near future.
Sep 1st, 2017 8:50:14am
Had an amazing time at Now Amber with my family; the grounds are gorgeous, rooms are comfortable and clean, staff is super friendly and helpful and my kids were begging to go to the Kid's Club! I taught 1x Pilates Mat Class per day at 10am...had between 3-7 participants during this off-season. On the first morning, someone showed me where the mats were and I was off and running! My only issue was the one morning it rained...no one was able to tell me where my class was held until the last minute, so the regulars I had developed missed out. This was my first time at a NOW property....and my first time on a teaching trip and I can't wait to register for my next one!
Jul 15th, 2017 12:34:10pm
Once I found my contact (which took 3 tries, visiting the front desk), everyone with the entertainment staff was wonderful!
I travel solo, and they found this out. Then, they checked in with me, throughout the day, to be sure I felt comfortable, and invited me to join them for on-resort activities. Albert even treated me to a Salsa dance, one evening (I love to salsa).
In the morning, when I went out to teach, Laly or Carmelo had all mats and towels set out before I arrived. He knew I was working around a mildly sprained knee, and that carrying 6-8 mats from the Secrets side if the resort (where they are stored) to the Now side was a challenge for me.
I had 3-7 students, each day, who were really pleased to have a certified, semi-bilingual yoga instructor.
Tip: Bring water down to the teaching space, to hand to the students. Even teaching at 10am, the temperature was between 78-85, by the time class started (in July).
It was a terrific experience, and I fully recommend the resort!
May 31st, 2017 10:29:44am
5 regulars, each day a few new faces just trying it, only have time for a class- size of class ranged from 5-10. It is a fantastic experience! We became our own little community at the resort. As I talked to others about yoga class they were all interested and supportive. The guests were excited to have a designated yoga instructor not just a entertainment employee.
You don't want to get discouraged if the classes aren't large, you are there for those that come! I had 3 regulars that were so grateful I was there it set them back on the track for yoga at home and 1 was so excited to be able to keep doing her yoga routine even while on vacation!
Apr 20th, 2017 10:42:11am
The entertainment staff was extremely helpful as always! I guess they were expecting Yoga and I was there for zumba, so there were some scheduling issues right off the bat! The classes were right by the pool, which was an issue with wet surfaces which was a concern of mine, so by the last day, I was teaching poolside and everyone else was in the pool....(I modified to make the class aqua) Usually there were 8-10 joining in as class got started, (I wasn't on the schedule most days!), but as the music got going and the entertainment staff joined in, people began to gather!! Remain flexible!!! The schedule can change and so can the times!!!
> The entertainment staff sometimes had to be tracked down to bring a speaker and help set up, so class was usually 10-15 minutes late getting started! Also, class had to be modified to suit the participants....almost all were in bare feet due to pool side class, so I immediately changed some of the choreography to make it less stressful on the feet...also, discovered due to the time of day they had my class scheduled (2:00pm), most participants did not want a strenuous "work out", but more of a dance with drinks!!! not a problem though! I just had to modify a little!! (good to know ahead of time if a first time teaching vacation)!!
Mar 27th, 2017 2:08:41pm
2 back to back classes in the morning. One on the adults only side, one on the family friendly side. 3 of the mornings I only taught 1 class. I was finished by 11 am each morning, plenty of time left to fully enjoy the day! About 5-10 students per class per day. Most were familiar with yoga, fit and able bodied. It was an absolutely wonderful experience. The entertainment staff made me feel super welcome and part of their team, they even attended a few classes! All in all, I could not have been happier with the experience. My family and I are looking forward to our next trip!: It was an absolutely wonderful experience. The entertainment staff made me feel super welcome and part of their team, they even attended a few classes! The FitBodies team was very responsive to my questions. I felt supported the whole way. Oh, and the resort was absolutely beautiful, luxurious, well maintained, and the food was delicious. All in all, I could not have been happier with the experience. My family and I are looking forward to our next trip!
Jan 31st, 2017 11:17:05am
I just got back from a week at Now Amber. I arrived on Saturday, taught 2 Yoga Classes on Sunday (they asked if I would and I was totally fine with it). I taught 1 Yoga on Monday and then they switched me to aqua aerobics for the rest of the week. Good turnout for aqua on the sunnier days. The resort is beautiful with the mountains. The staff was so nice. My kids participated in every activity and positively loved every moment. The food was good and the buffet was very fresh. We easily walked to town and also took a cab to town (we swapped for pesos at the front desk). We also did an ATV tour which was great. My only slight negative (not unique to this resort) is the high prevalence of smoking around the pool/beach. As started my aqua class, I think every person around that pool was smoking. I pretty much go through life with never having to breathe it in, so I'm probably hyper sensitive. I wish that resorts could try to contain it to limited sections. Other than that, all was perfect!
Dec 28th, 2016 12:39:32pm
I taught one yoga class per day at 10am. I expected to do two so one was very easy. But they already had another yoga teacher for the adult hotel Secrets so we each did one. The time slot of 10 was very nice as it allowed me plenty of time in the am for coffee and a light breakfast. Nice not to have to get up super early in case I had a late night before. Also I think more guests came as more people were up and around. It was on a beautiful gazebo overlooking the ocean. It was hot but nobody complained. Many wore bikinis. It was great to hear the waves crashing and see the pelicans overhead. The staff was very helpful getting me mats and water. I had an average of 12-15 students. My only complaint was I gave them five flyers but never saw them hanging anywhere. Other than that it was perfect!!!!! I have done this three times and all were fantastic!!!! I love Puerto Vallarta!!!! I love how efficient the FitBodies staff is. Great concierges. The process is so easy. Pick a resort. Pay the fee. Book the tickets. . Show up with the voucher. Enjoy the week!!! Delicious food. Beautiful hotels. Friendly staff. Gorgeous warm ocean. Now Amber is amazing!!!! The staff are soooooo fun!!! Sweet helpful welcoming. Bend over backwards for you. The food is great. The activities are endless. I loved doing water aerobics, paddle boarding, excursions like off roading in ATVs in the jungles. There's parasailing. Kayaking. Jet skiing. Go in December for nicest driest weather. High 80s. No rain. Lots of Xmas decor and music. Two suggestions. Bring water shoes for very rocky beach.
Aug 8th, 2016 5:05:22am
My family and I had a wonderful vacation here. There was another instructor on the Secrets side of the resort- so I only taught 1 pilates class a day. The food was awesome- the rooms great- truly a wonderful experience. Alfred was my entertainment team contact and he was super. He offered me a day off, so I also taught on my Sunday travel day- which they were very grateful for.
Jul 18th, 2016 5:49:11am
Taught two yoga classes a day-4-9 participants each.The resort was top notch, VERY amazing customer service!
Mar 30th, 2016 5:19:39am
Now Amber is a wonderful experience for families, couples or individuals. This resort is spacious and full of great entertainment, pools, food and HAPPINESS. It was a pleasure to teach here. If you are considering teaching here be comfortable by being able to find your own way ,Each day there is printed schedule of activities for yourself, same as the guests, that provides you the class times to teach. You are responsible for setting up and returning the mats for your class. There is nothing to clean the mats with each day so using towels on top is recommended. We will be returning to this resort for sure and look forward to exploring more resorts as well.
Mar 1st, 2016 5:16:03am
I taught 2 classes per day. One at 9 AM on the Secrets side (adults only) and 10 AM on the Now Amber side (family). Each class was 45 mins and there was anywhere from 2-15 people at class. Participants were amazing! The classed were taught at the gazebo on each side with the beach in the background. It was beyond beautiful!
I LOVED this vacation. My son and I went to Now Amber and had a beautiful experience, Super clean, super friendly, super gorgeous and well organized. I met some really fabulous people who took my yoga class throughout the week. I would 100% go back! I miss it already!
Jan 5th, 2016 4:37:30am
The e-team is amazing and very helpful. I suggest bringing a speaker just in case they don't bring one out for you. They are very welcoming and helpful and open to suggestions which I found amazing. Their primary goal if to make the guests happy so if you have a suggestion they're game.
Dec 15th, 2015 9:21:24am
I love teaching for Fitbodies and never expect communication with entertainment team and fit pro to be perfect on the Sunday arrival. It's a wonderful way to connect to others from around the world!
Oct 26th, 2014 3:32:22pm
This resort was fantastic for our family vacation. The entire staff was friendly and accommodating from the moment we arrived on the property. The room was beautiful and spacious and it was cleaned every day impeccably. Free internet AND long distance phone calls, which was also wonderful. I traveled with my husband and two young sons, and the layout was great for a family. The Kid's Explorer's Club was AMAZING, I cannot say enough about it. My kids absolutely loved it, so my husband and I were able to have date nights most of the time because our kids wanted to see the movie and have dinner at the kids club. The food was very good, we ate at the Japanese restaurant twice and the sushi was delicious. The Mexican restaurant was also great. I taught on the beach each morning at 9 AM and had between 10 and 15 students. The yoga is for both the Now and the all-adult Secrets resort that is attached. The Secrets side brought mats out to the beach for us each morning.
The only reason why I gave it four starts rather than five is because the beach was not clean. The picture on the website is a bit misleading, because the beach is really rocky. My kids love to swim in the ocean and it was a painful experience for them to get into the water because the rocks were so sharp. In addition, the resort allows vendors to actually set up a stand for the entire day directly in front of the beach chairs. So if you go to the beach during the day, you are not looking at the ocean from the beach chairs, but instead directly at the vendors who are there from 9-5 each day. But if you are more of a pool person than a beach person, this won't be an issue for you.
Other than those two issues at the beach, everything else at this resort is absolutely five star and incredible!
Mar 16th, 2014 1:33:53am
Best teaching vacation yet. Gorgeous brand-new resort. Beautiful property conveniently located to the actual city, so you can do some easy sight-seeing. I only taught one aqua class a day here at noon. I loved everything about this resort and can't wait to return. Classes were well-attended and the staff were lovely.