If you’ve been waiting for the sign to take that vacation, well… consider this your sign. We recently headed down to gorgeous Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a trip with our friends at the stunning all-inclusive luxury resort, Velas Vallarta, and when we say we didn’t want to leave – we mean it. From exotic birds covering the grounds, the unlimited room service and expansive bed-side ocean views, this is a vacation that took us to mental and physical paradise.
Located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Velas Vallarta is an all-inclusive tropical paradise just a quick 3-hour flight from Los Angeles, sitting on 10 oceanfront acres of lush green gardens, and surrounded by stunning ocean views, guests will instantly melt into a state of relaxation upon arrival. Another relaxation perk: once you arrive in Puerto Vallarta the resort is a quick 10-minute transfer from the airport to the hotel lobby, where all the logistics of your vacation are taken care of.
What To Expect
When we first arrived we were promptly checked in and were given the full itinerary of activities happening during our stay, a list of all of the restaurants on the property and of course, offered a cocktail before being whisked away by someone who helped us bring our bags to our room. On our trip up, we got to check out the grounds, which were tranquil and filled with live coy fish ponds, fountains, and even a resident peacock and iguanas for full immersion into paradise before getting to our room.
Once we arrived at our room we made ourselves at home, enjoying a spacious living room area, fully equipped kitchen and furnished terrace boasting panoramic views of the Puerto Vallarta coastline, it’s safe to say we never wanted to leave…our room.
Taking “All-Inclusive” Beyond Your Suite
Now that the expectations are set, we are here to say ours were highly surpassed. The hotel boasts 30+ amenities and we were amazed by the amount of effort and dedication the staff put in during every interaction. Our favorite amenity was the Luxury Spa or swim-up Aqua Bar (serving up mudslides and margaritas); here is a list of a few others you can expect.
- Multiple All-Inclusive restaurants; Seafood, International, & Mexican Cuisine Options
- Multiple Cocktail Bars; Both Swim Up & Lounging Options throughout the resort
- Snack & Ice Cream Stations
- Daily Activities in the Pool Area (yes, we even did water aerobics)
- New Fitness Center with Tennis and Basketball Courts
- Nightly Shows and Entertainment
- Nearby World Class Golf Course
- High-speed Wi-Fi (just in case you need to pretend you are working at home 😉 )
Pro-Tip: Don’t Miss Out On All The Dining Options
Okay, let’s talk about food! We like to leave our “diet” at home when we vay-cay, and with so many delicious cuisine options on the property, we highly recommend trying everything (not just sticking to the same dishes every day.) Experiencing the food that a different country has to offer is a crucial part of exploring a different culture and will add to the experience. So eat up!
1. 24/7 Room Service
We loved the 24/7 room service and definitely took good advantage of this perk during our stay. They were always prompt and accommodating to all of our requests. The best part was being able to enjoy a hot pot of coffee and fresh fruit on our private terrace each morning.
2. La Ribera Restaurant
The best dining views on the resort to enjoy breakfast and lunch! We loved the breakfast buffet, shrimp tacos, unlimited chips, and fresh guacamole the best! They serve everything from fine cuts of steak, fresh seafood, delicious gourmet burgers, sumptuous salads, mouthwatering ceviches, and authentic Mexican dishes. La Ribera offers a bountiful breakfast buffet, a la carte lunch, and specialty-themed dinner menus.
3. Andrea Restaurant
Be sure to make a reservation for Andrea during your stay, as they are only open for dinner and require reservations. Trust us, the reservation is well worth it! They change their menus daily, so you can be sure you won’t get tired of any one dish. They serve fresh local seafood, Mediterranean dishes, Italian fare, and Asian-inspired a la carte menus and buffets, complemented by fine wines.
Must-Try Spa Treatments
No true vacation is complete without a little self-care, which is why we loved that Velas Vallarta Spa offered so many options for us to choose from. We opted in for the aromatherapy massage and rejuvenation facial, but they have everything from hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, chocolate exfoliation treatments, volcanic mud wraps, and so much more. There is something for any LA Girl to try!
Breathtaking, remarkable, and yes, unforgettable… These are just a few words that sum up our stay at Velas Vallarta. Among all of the exceptional things this resort has to offer, here are a few that we’ll never forget; On-Site Baby Sea Turtles Rescue, Private Beach Cabanas, Private Tau Beach Club (additional cost), and even an On-Site Clothing Boutique. Book yourself an unforgettable trip by staying at Velas Vallarta and seeping into pure bliss.
Say “I Do” In Puerto Vallarta
Looking for a fabulous place to say “I Do” with your boo? Velas Vallarta is a one-stop-shop when prepping for your big day! With a team of planners and specialists, let them work their magic to make your dream wedding come to life at this gorgeous resort, Velas Vallarta.
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Disclaimer: This trip was a fully hosted experience.