1 . Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Punta Mita,

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In a place where white sand beaches and turquoise waters are a dime a dozen, it can be hard to gain recognition – even when it’s well deserved. Fortunately, Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita defies the odds by transforming too-good-to-be-true into full-fledged reality!

Here, Spanish-style casitas with red tile roofs step out to private balconies, where the brilliant Mexico sun warms your face and salt-tinged breezes stir your soul. Four Seasons suites play host to water features of their own, including private plunge pools framed by chaise lounges and marble baths with deep soaking tubs at their centers. The Sol Suite comes with a front row seat to Puerto Vallarta sunsets – and by seat we mean infinity pool that vanishes into the gold and fuchsia-painted horizon. And the Coral Suite isn’t much of a suite at all; rather, it’s a stunning five-bedroom casita set on the dazzling sands of Manzanilla Beach. Of course, there’s plenty to love outside of your Four Seasons suite. Like the Four Seasons pool, which mimics the Pacific Ocean’s aquamarine waters, and the Apuane Spa, where a signature Punta Mita Massage blends traditional Mexican healing with sage oil and tequila. And no self-respecting golfer would leave without playing a round on the Four Seasons Punta Mita Course, a Jack Nicklaus-designed stunner that stretches out into the Pacific Ocean waters.

Highlights

Daily fitness classes – including spinning, yoga and aqua aerobics – are included in your stay at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.

Related Onsite Offerings

Kids For All Seasons, the Four Seasons kids’ club, offers supervised activities and exploration for the little ones on your Puerto Vallarta family vacation.

Fun facts

Spanish for “bay,” the Bahia restaurant serves up fresh-caught seafood and martinis infused with coastal Mexico flavors.

2 . Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Puerto Vallarta, Jal.,

CALL DIRECT: 52.322.226.5000

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Terms like “affordable” and “all-inclusive” rarely coexist, but at our No. 2 pick, such words were destined for each other. With a sweet location in the emerald foothills of the Sierra Madres and luxury suites that top even these lofty peaks, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort is a vacation vision come true!

You know those tropical island calendars that you pine after each Christmas? With nearly 2,000 ft. of white sands and the sheltered waters that only a cove can provide, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort bests even the finest calendar photography. And with all-inclusive applying to everything from the stunning views in your Dreams Puerto Vallarta suite to all the fruit-infused cocktails, jungle trekking and watersports you could want, your Puerto Vallarta vacation is truly limitless. At Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort, the more you play, the more you save. Stay two glorious nights and this Puerto Vallarta palace foots the bill for a third. Indulge in two spa treatments and the gracious Dreams spa will throw in a facial, massage or equally bliss-inducing treatment of your choice – absolutely free. Even vino is included in the resort’s One, Two, Free program, so don’t hesitate to sip to your heart’s content on your Puerto Vallarta vacation!

Related Onsite Offerings

Two swimming pools, swim-up bar, beach palapas, pool and beach service, boutique, kids club, tennis courts, fitness center and aerobics classes.

Fun facts

Dreams Puerto Vallarta is a place where honeymoon dreams come true. Book your honeymoon or anniversary at this Mexico resort and you’ll receive a bottle of sparkling wine, champagne breakfast in bed and more at no extra charge.

Highlights

Other Dreams Resort locations include Cancun, Nuevo Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos and Tulum.

3 . Velas Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 418 - 2859

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Our No. 3 Puerto Vallarta pick boasts a horseshoe shape, but we think a heart-shaped silhouette would be much more fitting. One, for Velas Vallarta’s outstanding ability to capture the hearts of guests young and old; and two, for its designation as an idyllic Puerto Vallarta wedding destination!

From intimate waterfront affairs to lavish ballroom receptions, wedding dreams come true at Velas Vallarta. Antique handkerchiefs float in the breeze, with everything from tiered cakes to doves in flight stitched into their pressed white forms. Tables set in Puerto Vallarta’s golden sands are dressed in crisp white linens and accented with the resort’s trademark blue. Even the azure surf of Banderas Bay seems to stand still as a hush falls over family and friends and the beaming bride steps up to exchange “I dos.” At Velas Vallarta, your Mexico wedding celebration doesn’t have to end with the reception. Honeymoons are equally fulfilling at Puerto Vallarta resort, and we can’t imagine a more fitting path to wedded bliss than the cobblestone streets that line this enchanting Mexican city. When the last strains of the wedding band fade away, escape to your oceanfront Velas Vallarta suite and pop the cork on a bottle of chilled champagne. Then tiptoe across the rose petal-strewn floor to your private balcony, where a starlit Mexico sky awaits.

Fun facts

With an indulgent menu of massages, facials and other oceanfront treatments, the Spa at Velas Vallarta is an inspired remedy for pre-wedding jitters.

Related activities

Guided Puerto Vallarta whale watching tours get you up close and personal with the humpback whales, wild dolphins and other sea creatures that inhabit Banderas Bay.

Highlights

Looking for the perfect Mexico destination wedding without the headache of planning? From airport pickup service to wedding certificates, Velas Vallarta’s wedding packages take care of all the details on your big day.

4 . Casa Velas Hotel Boutique

Puerto Vallarta,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 418 - 3011

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Our next Puerto Vallarta pick is the sister property to our No. 3 spot, Velas Vallarta. These sibling resorts share more than a partial name and spectacular Banderas Bay location; both count unforgettable experiences and memorable Puerto Vallarta vacations among their many amenities!

Despite the similarities, there is one little detail that sets Casa Velas Hotel Boutique apart from its sibling counterpart: its designation as an adults-only Puerto Vallarta resort. This Mexican retreat has long been the destination of choice for couples seeking an inspired escape at the water’s edge. But that isn’t Casa Velas Hotel Boutique’s only standout trait; this Puerto Vallarta hotel also overlooks the Marina Vallarta golf course – good news for those whose affection for each other is rivaled only by a shared love of bent-grass greens. As an all-inclusive Puerto Vallarta resort, the only thing Casa Velas Hotel Boutique overlooks is your worries ! Couples seeking an escape from the everyday will find it in the resort’s Romance Escape Package, a luxurious trio of chilled champagne, candlelit dinner at Emiliano and a moonlit couples’ massage courtesy of Spa Casa Velas. And if seeing the sights is on your itinerary, El Malecon is a fitting beginning to any Puerto Vallarta tour. This historic boardwalk fronts Banderas Bay and boasts an eclectic mix of boutiques, cafes and clubs for your perusing pleasure!

Related activities

SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, dinner cruises, hiking, biking, whale watching and eco-tours.

Highlights

Casa Velas suites are luxuriously appointed with goose down pillows and comforters, mini bars, European bath amenities and plush bathrobes and slippers.

Fun facts

Casa Velas’ sister property, Velas Vallarta Resort, hosts a fun-filled Mexican fiesta each Sunday night.

5 . Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta

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CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 292 - 9446

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Great vacations hinge on the perfect location, which is why our No. 5 pick isn’t the first Puerto Vallarta resort to set up shop on the golden sands that front Bahia de Banderas – or Banderas Bay, for you non-Spanish speaking folk.

While our previous Puerto Vallarta picks catered to the newlywed crowd, Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta is geared toward the 42 inches and under set. Snack Bar Balché makes it easy to dine and dash without dragging your reluctant swimmers away from the pool for even a second. When you’ve had your fill of cannonballs and chicken fights, the pool’s now tranquil waters double as a safe harbor for SCUBA diving lessons. Here, the whole crew can master the art of diving before heading into Banderas Bay’s crystal-clear depths. And downtown Puerto Vallarta’s cobblestone streets are a charming backdrop to shopping, dining and sightseeing adventures! Of course, Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta is not without its perks for parents. Inside Tribu Bar and Lounge’s tropics-inspired interior, pulsating beats are delightfully complemented with fruity cocktails and other happy hour fare. And dinner is more than a meal at Bakal on Banderas Bay; it’s a full-blown sensory experience with sushi night specials and authentic Mexican cuisine!

Fun facts

Other Mayan Palace resort locations include Acapulco, La Jolla de Cortes, Mazatlan, Riviera Maya and Nuevo Vallarta.

Highlights

The Mayan Palace Gym includes cardiovascular machines, weights, personal training and more to keep you in top form on your Puerto Vallarta vacation.

Related Onsite Offerings

Kid’s activities, babysitters, cyber café, entertainment center, family activities, laundry service, taxis, travel agency and valet parking.

6 . Vallarta Gardens Resort & Spa

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 598 - 2580

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Our No. 6 pick is Puerto Vallarta’s newest luxury resort – and chances are this beachfront luxury retreat will quickly scale the ranks to join Mexico’s finest. For those who hold privacy at a premium, you won’t find a more secluded escape than Vallarta Gardens Resort and Spa!

Vallarta Gardens Resort is the pinnacle of refined tastes surrounded by naturally exotic scenery. Here, lush rainforest greenery and lofty Sierra Madre peaks give way to endless stretches of golden sand and aquamarine waters. Just past the gates of this private resort community, gently swaying palm fronds usher you into a magical, mystical place on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. In place of standard resort rooms, stunning three- and four-bedroom luxury villas rest on a prime stretch of Pacific Ocean real estate. Each Vallarta Gardens villa includes an incomparable sampling of amenities, from sliding doors that reveal plunge pools to staircases that lead to a rooftop Jacuzzi. With Mexico’s most breathtaking bay as your backyard, there’s no end to the aquatic adventures you’ll have on your Puerto Vallarta vacation. Cruise Banderas Bay’s sparkling waters atop a jet ski or sea kayak, then challenge a friend to a match on the Vallarta Gardens tennis court. And La Palma’s fish tacos, shrimp fajitas and traditional Mexican desserts – flan, anyone? – make for a delicious post-play snack!

Highlights

The Romance Package at Vallarta Gardens includes daily continental breakfast, a welcome bottle of champagne, fresh flower arrangement, a romantic bath ceremony with rose petals and candles, a two-hour sunset cruise and a massage for two.

Fun facts

Guests of Vallarta Gardens Resort receive priority appointments at the onsite El Caracol Beachfront Spa.

Related Onsite Offerings

Flat screen TVs, gourmet kitchens, daily maid service, decks with hot tubs, media rooms, satellite TV, gated resort security, private parking, concierge, luxury bath amenities and optional chef services.

What’s in a name? When your Puerto Vallarta vacation brings you to a resort bearing the Westin crest, you can rest assured that inimitable hospitality, style and luxury wait just beyond the door. And when this hotel chain’s moniker is followed by the words “Puerto Vallarta,” a generous measure of white sands and palm trees is most certainly in store!

Westin’s quest for the ultimate vacation experience makes every day of your Mexico vacation a heavenly one – a fitting quality for a Puerto Vallarta resort frequently described as paradise. Oceanfront rooms are designed in colonial Mexican style and appointed with their share of the most modern amenities, including Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds and Baths. From simple pleasures like a sunset Jacuzzi soak in your Grand Deluxe Room to the exquisite hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that accompany every sojourn in a Royal Beach Club Room, your Westin vacation will have you floating on cloud nueve! Even more earthly pleasures await just beyond the Westin Resort’s doors. Beachfront pergolas with chaise lounges surrounded by gauzy curtains give the impression of lazing in bed all day, even as the brilliant Mexico sun casts its glorious rays upon you. And when your tan hits its peak, the Westin Spa offers safe harbor from sunburn – and a glorious menu of head-to-toe pampering, to boot!

Highlights

Looking to impress business guests or that special someone on your Puerto Vallarta vacation? With its private pool and formal dining room, Westin’s exclusive Presidential Suite is up to the task!

Related activities

You won’t find finer golf scenery than Puerto Vallarta’s mountain and beach-studded terrain. Four 18-hole courses, including Marina Vallarta Club de Golf, are just minutes from Westin Resort & Spa.

Fun facts

Nearby Puerto Vallarta sights and attractions include the historic Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe and Splash Parque Acuático.

8 . Vallarta La Estancia

Nuevo Vallarta,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (310) 577 - 8600

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With all the luxury and amenities of a five-star resort, plus the privacy and seclusion of a beachfront villa, our No. 8 pick strikes a balance between the best of both worlds on your Puerto Vallarta vacation. With a Spanish name that translates as “estate,” Vallarta La Estancia is your destination for Mexico resort luxury at its finest!

At Vallarta La Estancia, you’re never far from the sapphire waters of Banderas Bay. Waterfalls cascade into Vallarta La Estancia’s sparkling pool, with the Pacific’s equally breathtaking waters picking up where this tropical lagoon’s infinity edge leaves off. Fruity elixirs flow just as easily from the tap of this Puerto Vallarta resort’s swim-up bar, and even meals are taken on the bay’s golden sands, with the Mexico sky’s glittering stars as your dining companions. Vallarta La Estancia’s exquisite suites are as breathtaking as the scenery, with ornate gates that open to reveal travertine marble baths, granite countertops and modern décor. Everything you could wish for in a private Mexican villa, your Vallarta La Estancia suite has! Scenery like this is certainly appreciated, but all admiration and no adventure makes for a very dull Puerto Vallarta vacation. Fortunately, the fish-rich Pacific Ocean waters are here to rescue you from your rapture. Hook-hungry marlin, tuna and dorado frequent these Mexican waters. And if casting isn’t your style, you can always admire these colorful finned creatures from a glass bottom boat!

Related Onsite Offerings

Tennis court, housekeeping service, deli, market, laundry, restaurant, room service, fitness center and a full-service spa.

Related activities

ATV excursions, horseback riding, SCUBA diving, sunset cruises, whale watching and glass bottom boat tours.

Highlights

Your Vallarta La Estancia suite includes simple luxuries like walk-in closets and twin vanities, so you can finally avoid bumping elbows with your sweetie while choosing the day’s outfit or brushing your teeth!

9 . Sheraton Buganvilias Resort

Puerto Vallarta,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 433 - 5451

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Normally we’d devote a paragraph or two to this Puerto Vallarta resort’s inviting luxury suites or gush about the myriad of adventures offered nearby – Sheraton Buganvilias Resort is within walking distance of downtown Puerto Vallarta, after all.

But with such a stunning collection of Mexican dining experiences gathered in one oceanfront location, we simply couldn’t bring ourselves to leave the table! Like La Villita, where the house specialty is breakfast with a view. This Puerto Vallarta restaurant’s thatched-style roof gives it the air of an oversized palapa hut, while its premier oceanfront location lets you look out over dolphins and other marine life as they frolic in Banderas Bay. Embarcadero boasts a slightly more sophisticated experience, with top-shelf Mexican tequila poured to a soundtrack of Cuban and Salsa beats. And the lobby bar pours thirst-quenching cocktails from dusk to sun-up! Sheraton Buganvilias Resort’s vibrant suites inject a splash of color into your Puerto Vallarta vacation. Crisp white linens and furnishings are accented with rich fuchsia and pumpkin hues, while potted palms make for a seamless transition between outdoors and in. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture the Pacific Ocean’s breathtakingly blue waters, terracotta tile floors and hand-woven rugs add authentic Mexican flair and balconies are decked out with chaise lounges and tables for two!

Highlights

Sheraton’s Club Level rooms include personalized Club Level services like complimentary breakfasts, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Related Onsite Offerings

Recapture inner peace at the Sheraton Spa, where a full menu of aromatherapy massages, facials and floral experiences await!

Fun facts

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Conference Center is the only Puerto Vallarta hotel to hold 48 stand exhibitions, with expanding options also available.

10 . La Jolla de Mismaloya

Puerto Vallarta,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 868 - 6124

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The all-you-can-eat mentality of a Mexico all-inclusive. The luxury you’d expect from the Puerto Vallarta outpost of Barceló Hotels. And a whirlwind tour of Mexican adventures that you won’t find anywhere else. They call it La Jolla de Mismaloya; we call it the quintessential Puerto Vallarta vacation!

Those looking to trade the urban jungle for a more realistic version will love La Jolla de Mismaloya’s tropical adventures, including Mexico canopy tours that let you cruise through the Puerto Vallarta rainforest. Feel the adrenaline course through your veins as you zoom from one treetop platform to the next, with brightly-colored birds as your flighty companions. If dangling precariously in the Mexican rainforest doesn’t strike your fancy, this Puerto Vallarta resort has a range of milder pursuits to choose from. Keep a lookout for dolphins as your catamaran cruises past the Marietas Islands or slip on a snorkel and dive into the aquamarine depths of La Jolla’s private cove, Las Caletas. When you’ve had your fill of Puerto Vallarta adventures above and below the Pacific waters, a lacy hammock stretched between two palm trees serves as an inviting place to curl up for a post-quest cat nap. Back at the resort, your La Jolla de Mismaloya suite is equally appealing, with travertine floors, plush suede couches and tropical-themed art.

Related Onsite Offerings

Famous Hollywood films, including Night of the Iguana and Predator, have been filmed at Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay.

Highlights

Exclusive Sierra Madre expeditions let you explore the Mexican Outback from the safety of La Jolla’s safari Jeeps. Forgotten villages, crystal clear mountain streams and dense forests are yours for the discovering!

Fun facts

Just married? La Jolla de Mismaloya wants to treat you and yours to a fantastic all-inclusive Puerto Vallarta honeymoon vacation!

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