With the chill of winter threatening our time in the sun, it’s time to start looking for beach locales for a warm weather getaway. Puerto Vallarta is a perfect candidate city, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico on the Bahía de Banderas.

As a central hub for so many activities and cultural experiences, Puerto Vallarta offers shopping, hiking in the Sierra Madres or jungles, art, surfing, marine life, or you can opt for lounging in the sun on 25 miles of beaches. There are several outlying townships that also offer their own unique experiences, making this locale a great place to stay and explore.

 

Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita

The Four Seasons offers casita-style luxury beachfront or ocean-view suites in Punta Mita, a township 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta proper. The resort focuses on the total experience, offering Agave Tequila tours, luxury yacht charters, boutique shopping, surfing, a heated infinity pool, and five start tennis facilities, seven restaurants and lounges, a full salon and spa, and two golf courses.

Every room is luxurious with a modern aesthetic. You can opt for a casita-style room, a suite, or a multi-bedroom private residence. The suites offer cabanas by plunge pools, plenty of social lounge space, private outdoor rain showers, and beautiful ocean views.

 

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

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St Regis Punta Mita – courtesy of starwoodhotels.com

Another resort focused on an absolute luxury experience is the St. Regis Punta Mita, offering bespoke service as their trademark. The resort has personal butler services, 24-hour private dining, a 10,000 sq ft spa, nail lounge, two golf courses, tennis courts, three infinity pools, and even pool butlers who can arrange snorkeling tours and scenic excursions.

All guest rooms offer a private terrace with lounge chairs and sun bed, and nightly turn down service. The resort touts their aesthetic as “a touch of rustic Provence combined with Mexican art” creating a beautiful, yet quite warm and comfortable space. The Suite Amanecer – Presidential Suite is the premiere accommodation, boasting three bedrooms, 3,100 sq ft, a private terrace with pool, jacuzzi, outdoor shower and plenty of plush seating, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.



 

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta
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Casa Velas is a luxury, all-inclusive, adults only hotel nestled along the fairways of a golf club, about 15 minutes away from the city. Beautifully manicured grounds and tropical gardens meet create an estate feel to this beach side exclusive resort. The resort offers a pool, cabanas, golf course, koi fish ponds, organic garden for the onsite restaurant, access to three restaurants at a sister resort, a bar, a spa…even a resident peacock.

And did I mention all-inclusive luxury suites? The presidential suite has four bedrooms, a full bar, a complimentary spa experience, a round of golf, and a soaking tub with separate massage shower, all in a traditional, bright aesthetic.

 

Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit

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Villa La Estancia – courtesy of villagroupresorts.com

Another fabulous four diamond resort, Villa La Estancia offers 245 spacious suites, four restaurants, a 17,000 sq ft luxury spa, an international deli, cyber cafe, water sport concession, access to several golf courses, a fitness center, a pool and a jacuzzi.

The Penthouse Suites are the best on the property, boasting large indoor/outdoor living spaces, a personal grill and jacuzzi on an expansive private terrace, a marble shower and whirlpool tub, three large bedrooms, a kitchenette, and an all-inclusive Gourmet Privileges option.



 

Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

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Labeled a luxury playground, Garza Blanca is an all-inclusive, all suite resort offering guests a completely personalized experience with a customized balance of serenity and excitement and diversion. The resort features an infinity pool and outdoor jacuzzi, weekly live music, atrium, fitness center, three restaurants, spa, wine and liquor cave, boutique shopping, wine and tequila tastings, traditional Mexican cooking demonstrations, hiking, river and bird watching tours, yoga, paddle board lessons, kayak tours, snorkeling, beach soccer, beach volleyball, and city sightseeing tours.

The most luxurious accommodation is the Grand Penthouse Suite, offering contemporary, sleek decor in a 5,000 sq ft duplex with three en-suite bedrooms. The suite has a gourmet kitchen, Egyptian marble floors, panoramic private terrace, soaking tubs, steam rooms and showers in each bedroom, a hanging lounger and outdoor jacuzzi, and an all-inclusive option that allows for full in-suite bar service.

 

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