The Best Resorts in Puerto Vallarta

The beach city of Puerto Vallarta offers a number of top resorts along its coastline
The beach city of Puerto Vallarta offers a number of top resorts along its coastline | © Michael DeFreitas Central America / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 December 2020

You’ll find most of Puerto Vallarta’s all-inclusive resorts along the paradisiacal coastline of Banderas Bay, a jewel in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Explore the delights of this beach city, with its cobblestone streets flanked by restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries, and then head back to one of these top resorts for dining, drinking, dancing and daydreaming – all in one place.

Xinalani

One for wellness warriors, Xinalani is a world-class yoga retreat. The only way in is by boat, which drops you on the resort’s private stretch of pristine beach. Built into the cliff, a 215ft (65m) elevation of wooden steps takes you to the Jungle Yoga Studio (one of six). Beyond yoga and meditation, take a temazcal ceremony – a spiritual ritual conducted within a traditional sweat lodge. Rustic guest rooms have three fixed walls, while a fourth can be opened for expansive views across the jungle and onto the bay.
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Free WiFi
Restaurant
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Garza Blanca

Set in 85 acres (34ha) of lush tropical jungle and beach, Garza Blanca is a cool haven from the heat. The accommodation is divided into suites and “ultra” suites; the latter suites come with added opulence and better views of the bay. These elegant, multi-roomed spaces come with fully-fitted kitchens, oversized soaking tubs and entertainment centers. Elsewhere in the resort, you’ll find live musicians serenading you at every turn; they can be booked for private shows in your suite.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Grand Miramar

A winding drive through the verdant greenery of the mountain foothills is rewarded with the cool elegance of this resort’s marble lobby. Its lofty aspect, with panoramic bay views from bougainvillea-draped balconies, create an exclusive air at Grand Miramar. Set in the desirable Conchas Chinas neighborhood, the resort contains two modernist towers housing 80 luxurious suites and 20 residences. The luxury is in the detail: high-thread-count linens, granite countertops, marble bathrooms and handcrafted contemporary furniture made from tropical hardwoods.

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Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Marriott Resort & Spa

Embrace the authentic Mexican spirit in the resort’s dedicated tequila bar, which boasts a library of 180 varieties of the agave elixir. Tequila sommeliers will guide you in tastings and serve a selection of mouth-watering ceviche to complement the drinks. If seafood is your thing, then Las Casitas, one of seven dining options, is the place to head for delectable lobster tacos. In the newly updated suites, fresh blue accents and white walls echo the sea-and-sky vistas of Bandaras Bay beyond the balcony.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
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24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Westin Resort & Spa

Even the iguanas sitting on the little palm tree islands dotted around the swimming pool have chosen this as their preferred place to be. The 14-acre (5.5ha) tropical resort has 125m (410ft) of private Pacific coastline, best enjoyed from one of the enormous cotton curtain-draped cabanas on the sand – with the occasional short stroll to cool off in the waters. There are good options for couple time too; ramp up the romance at sunset with a lantern-lit massage for two in front of the ocean.

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Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Barceló Puerto Vallarta

Just south of Puerto Vallarta, this family-friendly resort is backed by lush mountains and fronted by the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Whales are often spotted from the beach during the winter season. Your own water babies will be in their element; there are four impressive outdoor pools in the resort, with the swim-up bar facilities likely to entice even the most reluctant grown-ups into the water.

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Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff

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  • Hilton Puerto Vallarta

    The Hacienda is the new adults-only section at the family-friendly Hilton resort. Weary parents can stick the little ones in the complimentary kids’ club, before heading off to this grown-up haven with its swim-up bars, gourmet deli and child-free restaurant. For those seeking more peace, there’s even a library. Elsewhere you can enjoy all the usual Hilton highlights: 14 dining and drinking venues, a luxury spa and private hot tubs on your balcony.

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    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Hard Rock Vallarta

    Living the life of a rock star is encouraged at this vast oceanside resort set 20 minutes outside Puerto Vallarta. The hotel’s limitless, all-inclusive package covers more than the usual drinks and dinner options. Play a few rounds on the world’s only Hard Rock golf course before a Rhythm and Motion treatment in the spa, where bass vibrations ripple through the massage table while treble beats come from above, sending pulses through the body. Add in personal butlers, curated playlists that follow you around the room and jam sessions with a choice of 20 Fender guitars. It’s a resort experience like no other.

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    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Almar Resort

    An LGBTQ-focused luxury resort, Almar offers a full pamper and party experience. Days can be spent lounging on oceanfront cabanas on popular Los Muertos Beach, dipping in and out of the water and sipping on cocktails brought to you by the attentive wait staff. Ramp up the romance with a couples’ massage, and then slide into a party mood at the hotel’s Mantamar Beach Club, an institution of Puerto Vallarta’s LGBTQ scene.

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    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Secrets Resort

    Party people get to soak up a full menu of entertainment, activities, cuisine and drinks at this all-inclusive adults-only resort. Attentive activity staff keep guests on their toes down at the beach with volleyball tournaments, soccer and paddleboarding. Things take a cultural turn in the evenings; there’s an open-air theater, and movies are screened on the sand. Despite its proximity to the famous bar-lined Malecon boardwalk, there’s little need to leave the resort. Its 24-hour dining and drinking options range from à la carte to steaks at the grill and a gourmet five-course chef’s table experience.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    These recommendations were updated on December 14, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.