This inspired all-suite resort offers a romantic atmosphere and premiere accommodations in the heart of Riviera Nayarit. Relax with a treatment at the world-class spa, indulge in delicious international cuisine and unwind in spacious, first class suites. Whatever your vacation style, you will find paradise at this enchanting luxury retreat.
The Grand Velas is in Nuevo Vallarta, a newer area of high-end homes and beachfront resorts in the far northern section of the Puerto Vallarta. There’s not much as far as nightlife goes, and nothing within walking distance, but the serenity is second to none. The airport and Marina Vallarta are a 20-minute drive south, and downtown Puerto Vallarta is 10 to 15 minutes farther.
All 267 rooms at this resort are suites, with separate living and sleeping areas. These huge suites start at 1,000 square feet, and are filled with elegant wooden furniture (some teak, and imported from Bali). The overall aesthetic is streamlined and modern, and there are subtle tropical accents. The cream tiles and white linens (which have attractive patterned throws and runners) keep things light and airy. All rooms have nicely furnished balconies with views of the pool and ocean.
There are a number of thoughtful amenities, such as the 12-option pillow menu, loaner beach totes and umbrellas, and Nespresso machines. On the tech front, there are 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iHomes, and free Wi-Fi that’s covered in the all-inclusive rate. Marble tile bathrooms have either shower/tub combos or jetted tubs and separate walk-in showers; L’Occitane toiletries are provided, as are robes and slippers. Minibars are well-stocked with sodas, beer, and snacks, and replenished daily; room service is available 24/7.
The Master Suites are the entry-level category, and come with a single queen-size or king-size bed; Parlor Suites have separate living rooms. There are a number of massive high-end suites on offer as well. The Governor Two-Bedroom Suite clocks in at a massive 3,000 square feet, while the Imperial Grand Spa Suite has an unbelievable 6,636 square feet of space. The Wellness Suites are mind-blowing, and come with their own special set of amenities, such as exercise bikes, a Nikken Kenko pillow and comforter, LED sunlight lamp with clock and timer, Manos que Curan soaps, an Alchimia Apothecary Aromatherapy Kit, and a personal spa concierge. Don’t forget the Vitamin C infused water in the showers! The entire first floor at the Grand Velas is made up of ADA compliant rooms.
At the heart of the resort is the massive three-tiered infinity pool, with the upper and lower portions heated during the winter months. Attentive pool waiters can bring food and drinks to the loungers, and the vibe at the pool is peaceful and quiet. The beach is miles long, nice for long walks, and water sports equipment such as snorkels and boogie boards are provided for free. There are also beginner surfing lessons.
The spa has 20 treatment rooms for individuals and couples, with over 30 holistic treatments available for guests, plus an ice room, plunge pools, exfoliations, and hydrotherapy. All products used are natural and use plant extracts. There are also a beauty salon and a kids’ spa for kids and teens, plus a fully equipped fitness center with modern equipment, and daily Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and Polynesian dance classes.
There are two separate clubs for kids; one for kids ages 4 to 12, and one for teens. The kids’ club has organized activities such as sandcastle building and arts and crafts, while the super stylish teen’s club has video games and pool tables. Though there is no babies club, a baby concierge can provide parents with strollers, baby bathtubs, and baby carriers, among other bulky items parents may prefer not to lug on the plane.
The resort has more than 10,000 square feet of indoor convention center space for up to 1,300 guests; the gardens, terraces, and beach can also be used, for a total of more than 32,000 square feet of space. It is in use throughout the year.
The resort strives for high-end gourmet dining, and food is decidedly high quality for an all-inclusive resort. Options include an all-day, open-air beachfront buffet restaurant and a poolside café; for dinner, there are a la carte French, Italian, and Mexican restaurants that require reservations. The all-inclusive wine list is extensive, though some options cost extra. Note that only children over 12 are allowed at the French restaurant. Room service is also available 24 hours a day.
There are a swim-up bar for cocktails and snacks, and a swanky lobby bar that often has loud music playing in the evenings, as well as special events like karaoke or casino night. Live music is often offered in the restaurants.
PVR – Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport