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Editor’s picks for where to stay in Puerto Vallarta.
Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa
Five-star facilities and views to match. Set on almost 1,000 feet of private Banderas Bay beach, the only reason you’ll ever want to leave the sand and surf is to enjoy one of the six gourmet restaurants, four bars or the state-of-the-art spa. Traveling with children? The new family club includes concierge service, a video game area, a reserved zone on the beach and more.
Iberostar Playa Mita
There may be no more beautiful place in the world than the half-moon shaped infinity pool at the Iberostar Playa Mita. Below it, Litibu Bay stretches in golden splendor in either direction while Punta Mita forms the perfect backdrop. Iberostar Playa Mita All-Inclusive resort does its privileged location proud with 452 spacious rooms, gourmet cuisine, a luxurious spa and unbeatable activities including an on-sight dive center.
Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta
Stepping into the Marival Resort & Suites feels like entering a charming Mediterranean village. But once you see the palm trees, blue waters of the Pacific and the enormous stretch of pristine sand, you’ll know you’re in a tropical paradise. Every room has a view and a private balcony or terrace, but it’s the all-day activities and ultra-friendly ambiance that make this resort so special.
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
The hot spot of Nuevo Vallarta is now home to one of the coolest resorts. The Hard Rock Hotel takes its perfect beachside location and pumps up the volume with two pools, six restaurants, a luxurious spa, a kid’s club, and the hits just keep coming. Try the Rock Royalty Level which gives you a personal assistant, a couple’s massage and access to a reserved beach area.
Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta
With the enormity of the Pacific before you, the name infinity pool is certainly appropriate here. Although all the rooms are spacious and luxurious, for a truly incredible experience try a “Swim Out” suite with its own pool. And don’t miss the chance to lounge the afternoon away in the privacy of a beachside Balinese bed.
Windsurfing, kayaking, diving, horseback riding, massage on the beach, a treatment in the Renova Spa, a nightclub, beachside steakhouse or 24-hour room service, the Riu Vallarta seems intent on living up to its slogan of “As You Like It.” And with its privileged stretch of white sands on Playa de Flamingos beach, like it we do.
Crown Paradise Golden Puerto Vallarta
If your idea of all-inclusive does not include kids, the Crown Paradise Golden is for you. This adults-only property offers an oasis of calm on an unrivalled beachfront location just minutes from the action in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy a couple’s massage in the recently opened Acqua di Mare spa followed by a drink on your private balcony soaking in the ocean views.
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta
This adults-only resort takes the concept of ocean front to the next level. With rooms appearing to be perched right over the water, you could almost jump from the pool into the Pacific. Make your way to the open-air Mojito lounge. Grab a drink and a swinging chair and ask yourself, “is there any place in the world I’d rather be?”
Now Amber Puerto Vallarta
Now Amber’s Sea Turtle Release program gives guests a chance to help protect newly hatched turtles as they scramble to the water. It’s all part of a philosophy that saw Now Amber awarded with the Rainforest Alliance certification for their sustainable efforts. But this luxury resort also takes fun seriously with numerous activities including a newly opened casino.
Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta
Looking to be pampered to perfection? The Preferred Club rooms at Secrets give you access to a private lounge, exclusive à la carte lunches, upgraded amenities and the use of a dedicated concierge. If the budget allows, splurge on the Club Master swim out suite and go from room to pool to Pacific in just a few steps.