Beloved for its breathtaking coastline, charming cobblestoned old town, near-perfect weather, and thumping LGBT-friendly nightlife, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top vacation destinations.
Ready to hit the beach? These six all-inclusive resorts offer something for everyone.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
This 267-room resort overlooking Banderas Bay is in a class all its own, thanks in equal part to its gorgeous three-tiered infinity pool, impressive range of activities, and sophisticated dining scene that puts other all-inclusive hotels to shame. We're talking elevated French fare at acclaimed chef Jean-Yves Leurangeur’s restaurant Piaf (a favorite of visiting celebs) and nouveau Mexican cuisine at Frida. (Get the Baja mussels, served in a smoked black bean sauce, or the seared ahi tuna with Caribbean pico de gallo.) While the kids are out on treasure hunts, playing in the kids-only pool, or learning to make piñatas, adults can take beginning scuba-diving classes or participate in guided meditation.
Inspired by a Spanish hacienda, this intimate adults-only resort is perfect for a romantic, kids-free retreat. Behind the gated entryway, you'll find luxe guest rooms (think pillow menus, marble bathrooms, and, for a lucky few, private plunge pools) distributed among a clutch of terra cotta roof-tiled buildings, which are set along winding lanes lined with vibrant flowerbeds. There's only two restaurants—an elegant Mexican-American option and more casual Asian café overlooking the Pacific—but guests also have access to meals at sister property Velas Vallarta. When sipping unlimited cocktails at the swim-up bar starts to bore, head over to the nearby championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus or indulge in a spa treatment featuring herbs picked from the resort's own botanical gardens.
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Between the edgy design and rock star amenities, this member of Hard Rock Hotels is not your typical Mexican resort. Beyond the standard perks (including two pools and a spa), guests can borrow a Fender guitar or Crosley record player with some choice vinyl and jam all night long. Five lively bars and lounges featuring live entertainment give adults plenty of places to indulge, while a separate kids club and teens lounge, two large pools, and attractive beach keeps whole families entertained no matter the age gap.
Read the rest including Fiesta Americana, Barcelo and Hotel Mousai at Jetsetter.
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