With its calm, warm waters and tropical weather, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect location for a holiday. Situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Banderas Bay, this Mexican beach resort has become increasingly popular with tourists over the past few years.

The Bay of Banderas is an excellent place for diving, but, if you prefer a more relaxing holiday. The cobblestone streets and flea markets of Old Vallarta are ideal for  strolling and indulging in some shopping.  The art galleries in El Centro will give you a more cultural edge to your stay here. The city is known for its top-notch services which include golf courses, boutiques and a marina.

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 Casa Yvonneka

Casa Yvonneka is a luxury private vacation villa built into the hillside overlooking Puerto Vallarta with stunning views of Banderas Bay.

Spread over six floors, the living space is open-plan and filled with modern furniture and unique pieces of artwork. Each of the twelve bedrooms is decorated in its own colourful, tropical décor. With its many charming terraces and outdoor areas, this villa is perfect for family occasions or with friends.

Location

10 minutes’ walk to Los Muertos Beach.

The Villas

The villa has twelve bedrooms sleeping up to 24 guests, all with private connecting bathrooms and unique character. Jacuzzi tubs are available in seven of the bathrooms. Many of the rooms have either city or ocean views and three of them overlook Yonneka’s private banana plantation.

All of the rooms except one contain King size beds and they all open out onto either shared or common terraces.

The Penthouse level is only available with complete rental of the villa.

Food and drinks at Casa Yvonneka, Private Luxury Villa

The villa has a staff of eight ready to pamper guests for a full six days a week, with a Sunday service of breakfast or brunch and housekeeping. The chef has a repertoire ranging from Continental to Mexican.
Guests choose the menus that they would like and can then relax. The dedicated team of butler, waiters, bar-tender and housekeepers will take care of the shopping, preparation and serving.

Amenities and services

Casa Yonneka contains everything you could possibly want for the perfect relaxing holiday. There are two spacious and separate living rooms, each with 50 inch flat-screen TVs, and a formal dining area.
Indoor entertainment includes a pool table, karaoke machine, exercise room and a selection of board games. There is also a library where you can escape from all the excitement with a book or relax on the sofa.

Outside there is an alfresco dining area with barbecue, a hot tub, an infinity pool and a heated swimming pool, perfect for watching the breath-taking Mexican sunset.

Nanny services are also available by prior arrangement.

Located at a short distance to Los Muertos Beach (10 minutes) or into town (10 minutes).

The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Hungarian.

Distance to the airport

7 mi/11km to Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

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 The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico 5 Star Luxury Hotel

This is a private, intimate hideaway located in 22 acres on a tranquil peninsula with spectacular Pacific Ocean views in Punta de Mita.  About 50 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. There are stretches of white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters. Just a few steps from the beachfront rooms, the infinity pools and colorful garden areas.

Location

Beachfront at the Riviera Nayarit.

Rooms and suites

There are 89 spacious guest rooms and 31 suites, all exquisitely decorated to give a feel of rustic Provence combined with Mexican art, clay floors and ceilings and handcrafted tiles and furnishings from nearby artisans.

All rooms and suites have every modern amenity, as well as beautiful ocean or garden views.

All rooms have private terraces and outdoor garden showers. There is a three Bedroom Beachfront Presidential Villa that has large floor-to-ceiling windows opening up to the ocean. Plus a private pool, jacuzzi on the terrace and fully equipped kitchen.

Food and drinks at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

There is a selection of exquisite dining experiences available, from fine dining to authentically fresh Mexican food and Mediterranean to California-influenced cuisine. There are three main restaurants and a lobby bar, all with breath-taking views of the sea.

The alfresco Las Marietas restaurant and bar offers a special ‘monthly drink’ along with margaritas, daiquiris and the Mita Mary, which is the resort’s own spin on the Bloody Mary.

Amenities and services

This resort offers the usual array of activities: boating, sailing, tennis, access to two golf courses and scuba diving in the warm, clear waters of Banderas Bay.

If you want to keep up with your fitness regime, there is an Exercise Room that contains the latest technology in equipment.
Private yoga and pilates lessons can also be booked by reservation. The 10,000-square-foot Remède spa offers indulgent therapies and relaxing, revitalising treatments.
There are three infinity pools with bespoke St.Regis Pool Butler service and easy access to the beach. A Children’s Club for children from 5-12 years offering activities including treasure hunts, painting and visiting the children’s spa.

Distance to the airport

50 minutes to Puerto Vallarta-Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)

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 Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

The Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. Just a stroll away from the historic downtown area and the iconic “El Malecón” boardwalk. It is an adults-only resort offering everything from a romantic escape to a friends’ reunion.

Location

Beautiful beachfront hotel.

Rooms and suites

The resort has 83 rooms and oceanfront suites, all modern and colorful and decorated with fashionable furniture and Mexican handcrafted elements.
All suites convey an atmosphere of comfort and luxury. Some have their own jacuzzi and all receive butler service.

Food and drinks at Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

The resort has three gourmet restaurants offering a variety of dining options from traditional Mexican cuisine to the finest international delicacies. Fresh vegetarian alternatives are also available at all of the restaurants. If there is nothing on any of the menus that suits your appetite, you can ask the executive chef for a special request.
There is a lobby bar and a swim-up bar and the hotel offers cocktail-making workshops.

Amenities and services

The range of activities available includes a welcome massage, daily yoga sessions on the beach. 24-hour access to a gym with high-tech equipment, cycling, paddle boarding and 20% discount at local golf courses.
There is a spa featuring a hot tub, sauna and an oxygen bar and two outdoor pools.
Time at the beach can be spent relaxing on one of the resort’s colorful Balinese beds. It is possible to organize a romantic dinner on the beach, surrounded by the music of the waves.

Distance to the airport

25-minute drive from Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

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 Dreams Vallarta Bay Resorts & Spa

Dreams Vallarta Bay Resorts & Spa is set on a golden sand beach overlooking the waters of Banderas Bay in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. 5 minutes’ walk away from the famous “El Malecón” boardwalk.

Location

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with private access to the beach.

Rooms and suites

Now Amber has 327 suites, all with a balcony or terrace and amazing garden or sea views.
All rooms are air-conditioned and offer all the usual in-room amenities.

Food and drinks at Dreams Vallarta Bay Resorts & Spa – All Inclusive

There are seven dining options including one buffet, four à la carte, one barefoot grill and one café. Accompanied by five lively bars and an open-air theatre stage for evening entertainment.

The hotel also runs a ‘Sip, Savour & See’ dining program for adult guests which gives them three more venues for dinners at the hotel’s sister resort.

Amenities and services

The resort offers three ocean-facing pools, all landscaped and with a swim-up bar and whirlpool bath on the side.
There is also a pool with a little waterslide designed especially for family fun.

The hotel’s beachside location is perfect for indulging in such pursuits as snorkeling or scuba diving, beach football, jet-skiing and kite flying.

For those guests who prefer their activities on dry land, there are also facilities for tennis, table tennis, badminton, archery, volleyball and golf.

There is a Kids’ club for children aged 3-12 years where they can enjoy a program of arts and crafts, treasure hunts and football, amongst other things. A Teens’ club for 13-17 year-olds where they can choose from top-range games consoles, air hockey and an internet corner.

While the children are away enjoying themselves, the adults can also relax in the adults-only spa. Which has a lengthy treatment list that includes facials, water lily wraps, hot stone massages and chocolate manicures.

Distance to the airport

15 minutes’ drive from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

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 Crown Paradise Golden Resort Puerto Vallarta

This is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort located on the spectacular shores of Banderas Bay, only moments away from Puerto Vallarta city center. The resort provides exceptional service and luxurious accommodation.

Location

Beachfront situated between Puerto Vallarta and the Marina Vallarta.
Nearest beach is Playa de Oro which is only 100 yards away.

Rooms and suites

The Crown Paradise Golden Puerto Vallarta has 299 rooms and suites, offering the full range from Deluxe to Deluxe Ocean front, Suite Crown Plus with hot tub, Honeymoon Suites, Master Suites and Penthouses.
Each one has a private balcony and ocean view and is designed to give a warm, intimate atmosphere.

Food and drinks at Crown Paradise Golden All Inclusive Resort – Adults Only

There are four on-site restaurants, including buffet and Mediterranean options and theme nights. A terrace for breakfast buffet and three bars where you will receive a totally personalized service.

Romantic dinners on the beach can also be requested.

Amenities and services

There is a large infinity pool with nearby whirlpool, pool bar and drink service.
All non-motorized water sports, land activities, and use of recreational facilities and equipment are included in the price: tennis, volleyball, water aerobics, water polo, windsurfing, yoga, pilates and spinning.
There is also a fitness center and full-service spa and wellness center.
The Crown Paradise Golden Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place for conventions or events, too.

There are three ballrooms with a maximum capacity for 450 persons.

Distance to the airport

2 mi/3 km from Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

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 Hotel Mousai

Hotel Mousai is the first and only AAA Five Diamond rated resort in Puerto Vallarta.
This adults-only resort is perfectly located just a short 10-minute drive away from downtown Puerto Vallarta’s main square and nightlife. 10 minutes by boat from Los Arcos.

Location

Beachfront resort including exclusive private beach access to one of Mexico’s premier beaches.
Nearest beach, Garza Blanca Beach, is a one-minute walk away.

Rooms and suites

There are 72 sleek, soundproofed rooms and suites furnished with contemporary décor. All rooms have private furnished terraces, gold-tiled plunge pools, hammocks, bay views and extra sitting areas. Some rooms include kitchens.

Food and drinks at Hotel Mousai – Adults Only

The resort offers a choice of five restaurants with buffet and à la carte meals, snacks and local non-alcoholic beverages included.
There are three bars and one poolside bar and a full breakfast is available for a fee.

Amenities and services

Guests can enjoy the roof-top infinity pool and hot tub, complete with sundeck and lounge chairs and panoramic ocean views.
Water activities include kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling, and land-based activities include tennis, squash, basketball, volleyball, hiking to waterfalls and access to the ocean-view fitness center.
The resort also offers lessons in yoga, aerobics, cooking and languages.
The spa has eight treatment rooms and services include deep-tissue massages, sports massages and Swedish massages and a variety of treatment therapies.

Distance to the airport

30 minutes’ drive from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

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 Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta is situated on the golden sand beaches of Banderas Bay and just a few minutes’ walk from the famous ‘El Malecon’ boardwalk where you can find an array of market stalls, shops, restaurants and bars.
It is an adults-only, all-suite luxury resort.

Location

Beachfront and a short taxi ride from downtown Puerto Vallarta.

The Suites

There are 271 rooms, all with a balcony or terrace and ocean views. Upgrades will also provide a private whirlpool outside.

All suites feature a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.

Food and drinks at Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort & SPA – Adults Only

There are four gourmet restaurants on site, ranging from Pan-Asian to the finest French cuisine.

Guests are also able to go next door to a sister hotel to use their restaurants, although there is only one adults-only restaurant here.

Amenities and services

This resort has an expansive infinity pool with breath-taking ocean views, along with three outdoor pools with poolside drinks service.

There are many water-based activities available, including snorkeling, jet-skiing, kayaking, scuba diving, water polo and aqua aerobics. Land-based activities include tennis, archery, beach football, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and golf.

Fitness fanatics can keep up their fitness regimes in the fitness center. Followed by a relaxing treatment in the hotel spa which houses a softly-lit hydrotherapy pool.

The beauty salon offers haircuts for men and women, make-up and nailcare, as well as specialist manicures and pedicures that use things like coffee, chocolate and exotic fruits.

A range of board games are available or you can chill out and watch a film on the giant movie screen.

Distance to the airport

15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

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 Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a luxury five-star resort bordered by the green mountains of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. It has its exclusive beach, Las Estacas, which is surrounded by cliffs and the sound of waves.

Location

Beachfront

Rooms and suites

The resort has 335 rooms and suites with breath-taking ocean views, each with designer details and lifestyle conveniences.

The neutral décor used in the rooms, coupled with the gentle roar of the ocean. Inspires serenity and the luxurious in-suite amenities ensure your comfort.

Food and drinks at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

There is a selection of four a la carte restaurants and an international buffet restaurant, with cuisine ranging from local Mexican fare to Italian, Asian and Brazilian specialties.
The resort also has innovative ‘food carts’ located in the main pool areas that offer fresh meats grilled to perfection and a selection of fresh local fruits.
Five bars specialize in sunset cocktails and both tequila tastings and cooking demonstrations are offered.

Amenities and services

Guests can enjoy a range of exciting facilities including five swimming pools, one of which is a quiet pool for adults only, two children’s pools, an oversized infinity hot tub, a kids’ club and a spa and fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. All pools look out over a white-sand beach.
Activities including volleyball or soccer on the beach, kayaking, tennis and seasonal opportunities for whale watching and sea turtle release.

Distance to the airport

9 mi/ 15km from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

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 Cuixmala

Cuixmala, meaning “The soul’s resting place,” is a 25,000-acre private estate built by Sir James Goldsmith in 1987 and now run by his daughter.

It is located on 3 km of private Pacific Coast in the state of Jalisco. The landscape surrounding the accommodation comprises tropical forest, rugged coastline, lagoons, beaches, fragrant fruit orchards, bamboo groves and a coconut plantation.

Location

30-minute drive to the estate’s private beach.

Due to the vastness of the estate, it is strongly advised to hire a car. This can be done beforehand or there is a car hire service available on the estate.

Suites, villas and bungalows

Casa Cuixmala is the main house, and it now contains four suites, a TV room and many fine lounges and dining rooms.
There is a pool with poolside service that is generally reserved for guests in the main house’s suites and bungalows.

There are also three large private villas, six bungalows and ten freestanding casitas.

Each beautiful villa is decorated in Mexican, European and Moorish designs. It has a private pool, its own chef and host and has panoramic views of the lagoons, river and ocean.

The casitas overlook the coconut plantation and the ocean in the distance beyond and they share a pool, clubhouse and restaurant.

Food and drinks at Cuixmala Casitas

Wherever you are staying on the estate, you will have the pleasure of experiencing the delicious flavours of the home-grown ingredients.
Vegetables are grown on the estate’s biodynamic farm and coffee, meat and dairy products are provided by the hotel’s sister property.

The fine dining restaurant in the main house serves a diverse choice of Mexican and Western cuisine. Alternatively, you can dine out on the spacious ocean view terrace.

Each villa has its own cook who can prepare whatever you want, whenever and wherever you want it. There is also a bar area.

Casita guests dine in the Casa Gomez clubhouse and have a choice of classic Mexican dishes.

There is also a beachfront grill and cocktail bar at the resort’s secluded beach, Playa Caleta Blanca, which serves freshly grilled seafood.

Amenities and services

The more adventurous guests can go horseback riding, snorkeling, mountain biking, boating, kayaking and surfing, as well as playing golf and tennis.

Nature enthusiasts can go on lagoon tours, nature walks, boat tours, fishing or witness the nesting and release of sea turtles at Casa Rio.

Those guests who prefer to have a more sedate holiday can enjoy spa and beauty treatments or take part in yoga.

It is also possible to hire the resort’s own 47ft crewed yacht to take a trip to the nearby Chamera Islands nature reserve and explore the hidden coves along the coast.

Distance to the airport

1.5 hours by car to Manzanillo Airport (ZLO).
3 hours by car to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR).

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 Verana Boutique Hotel & Spa

This is the most remote hotel on the Bay of Banderas. It is an adults-only boutique resort consisting of a collection of hand-made houses situated in the lush, terraced jungle landscape above the fishing village of Yelapa, 50km south of Puerto Vallarta.

Location

Verana is totally secluded and accessible only by a 30-minute boat ride followed by a 15-minute hike up through the jungle.
The only ways to get around are by boat, on foot or on the back of a donkey – no cars.

Suites and houses

There are eight uniquely designed, rustic houses offering a cool blend of traditional Mexican architecture with more modern design elements, such as polished concrete walls and floors and wrought iron-framed picture windows.
Some of the houses have completely open-air, gazebo-style rooms giving breath-taking views of ocean and jungle in every direction. Some have outdoor showers and bathtubs and some have private pools.
Although each house is different and contains its own unique features, they are all screened to ensure complete privacy.
All of the rooms offer plush beds, mosquito nets and dark wood furniture, but there are no TVs or mini-fridges in the rooms.
Electricity is reliable and there is a plentiful supply of purified drinking water.

Food and drinks at Verana Boutique Hotel & Spa

Coffee, tea and freshly baked goodies are delivered to your room each morning and the terrace restaurant serves a breakfast. Which includes a home-grown fruit platter, eggs cooked to order and plenty of and fresh juices.

Lunch is served on the pool-side terrace and dinner at candle-lit tables on the terrace café.
The menu depends on what’s available locally and a popular event is ‘Taco Tuesdays’ with fifteen or more gourmet salsas to try.

Specially prepared picnics are available and pre-dinner drinks include an excellent array of tequilas, including some only found in Mexico.

Amenities and services

Despite the isolated location of this resort, you can still indulge in a number of activities on site or nearby, such as birdwatching, fishing, hiking, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and sailing.

The Marietas Islands are ideal for whale-watching and snorkeling through caves or you can enjoy a paradise picnic on a deserted beach.
An early morning yoga class is available in the yoga hut. The Jungle Spa where you can indulge in open-air massages, a great coconut-sugar scrub or a candlelit aromatherapy bath.

Private cooking classes and tequila tastings can also be booked.

There is a large, multi-level infinity pool with several decks and seating areas which create quiet, private spaces to relax.

Distance to the airport

31 mi/50 km from Puerto Vallarta International (PVR) to Boca de Tomatlán where the boat sails across to Yelapa at 1pm, 4pm and 5:30pm.

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