The Velas family owns and operates a collection of luxury and exclusive resorts located in the some of most prestigious destinations in Mexico. From the exotic landscapes of Los Cabos on the Pacific coast to the beautiful beaches of Riviera Maya on the Gulf side, Velas Resorts offers six luxury properties. Three of them (most notably, the very first hotel of the collection) are located in the area of Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, a destination that massively invested in their infrastructures in the last decade to better welcome a new generation of travelers seeking somewhere “new” to vacation. Let’s find out more about this historical region located between mountains and sea, a city rich in history and culture that is trying to dust off its reputation of being an “outdated” destination. Now, the well-traveled are heading back to Vallarta, and many are staying with one of these three Velas properties.
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Velas Vallarta resort is where it all started for the Velas Hotels collection. Opened 30 years ago in a building that used to house condominiums, this family-friendly property stands as the very first hotel of the Velas collection. This all-inclusive resort is located on 10 acres of oceanfront with lush gardens in Puerto Vallarta, at a walking distance of Marina Vallarta Golf Course and just minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. Situated on the emerald waters of Banderas Bay, Velas Vallarta features 345 all-suites, many offering two or three bedrooms, balconies, ocean views and kitchenettes.
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The hotel complex also features three swimming pools, a rejuvenating spa along with seaside spa cabins, a fitness center, three sit down restaurants, and an inviting lounge where live music plays. This resort is all-inclusive, but all rooms are equipped with full-size kitchens for families who wish to enjoy in-room dining (included) or cook a meal for themselves. Guest can also choose from an exciting and original array of activities and events offered on site; from making piñatas and jewelry and daily beachfront yoga to Mexican fiestas and casino nights. The perfect family playground to have fun in the Pacific ocean waves.
Where to Stay
Located one block from Velas Vallarta family-friendly beachfront resort, you will find the very exclusive Casa Velas, an intimate luxury all-inclusive boutique property that opened a few years after the inauguration of Velas Vallarta. Recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award, this boutique property is located in a lush garden setting on the 18-hole Marina Vallarta Golf Course; and is only ten minutes from the popular Downtown area, art galleries and El Malecon (the boardwalk). Casa Velas was built to cater to couples in search of a more intimate, adult-only setting. It features an elegant a la carte dining and a private beach club where guests can enjoy the beach, another pool and a beach bar/restaurant. In the hotel main building, guests have access to a luxury spa as well as three world-class designer golf courses. Casa Velas offers 80 suites, ranging from 548 to 3,000 square feet, some with private pools and artworks by famous Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante. At Casa Velas, you will feel like you’re staying at your tasteful friends’ luxury “Mexican casa.”
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La Zona Romantica, the Romantic Zone of Old Vallarta, is perfect for couples in search of a romantic night out. Despite being a very festive area, it resembles a typical Mexican town style due to its cobbled streets and its quiet atmosphere. There you will find cafes, bars, stores, boutiques and art galleries, which have been present in Puerto Vallarta for more than 60 years, showcasing the paintings, sculptures, photographs and other creations of very talented local and foreign artists. There are also guided tours available called ArtWalk.
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, opened in 2002, and became the first Grand Velas Resort in Mexico. These ultra luxurious all-inclusive hotels have revolutionized the luxury brand with its personalized service and attention to detail. Think head and shoulder massage upon arrival, private concierge, an unbeatable (and all-inclusive) culinary offering, world-winning signature spas and all around contemporary designs. Recipient of the Conde Nast “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” award, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an ultra-luxurious, all-inclusive haven where you can relax in vast ocean view suites, savor gourmet dining, take in spectacular coastal vistas, plan a memorable spa escape, and relish in personalized service in a blissful, tropical setting. High gastronomy (and let’s not forget everything is included!) is the signature feature of Grand Velas properties. The Riviera Nayarit address offers delectable, global cuisine at every one of their six signature restaurants, all AAA Four Diamond certified. But beyond high-quality food and drinks, you will find an oversize infinity pool that offers a spectacular view of the ocean and a private section on the beach with cabanas and a complete food and beverage service. Do not forget to book a spa treatment at Se Spa that was celebrated among the best spas in the world by Condé Nast.
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The region of Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit has many impressive natural locations known for their beauty, as well as natural protected areas and ecotouristic destinations where it is possible to connect with Mother Nature and enjoy amazing landscapes while escaping the chaos of the city. Among them are Los Arcos Marine National Park and its imposing rocky formations, the Botanical Garden which transports its visitors to a magical place filled with life and color, and El Salado estuary where it is possible to breathe fresh and pure air tinted by its abundant flora and fauna. Considering that Nayarit is located just outside the city and close to the mountains and jungles, go out and explore this lush and colorful Mexican destination.