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“A perfect choice for an idle holiday.” 5 of 5 stars
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Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Km 7.5 a Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta 48390, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #15 of 125 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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“A perfect choice for an idle holiday.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

If you want to nothing more than to rest and enjoy the sun, luxurious comfort, and gracious service - look no further. You have found your destination. Bring ear-plugs if you are disturbed by the sound of the sea at night. Cyril, Washington State.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Garza Blanca is a beautiful place. A new restaurant on the very top with breathtaking view. BocaDos
Quite a drive from downtown PV but worth the trip.
You can buy a day pass too! The cleanest nicest beach in the area.
The rooms are magnificent.
Time share, full time properties and hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012
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1 Thank male13
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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

After looking for so many different options in Puerto Vallarta to do our wedding; we decided on Garza Blanca: It's a dream location for a destination wedding!! the view is breathtaking, the hotel is beautiful , the service was phenomenal, the staff was so accommodating and friendly, the wedding coordinators did an amazing job, and the food was excellent! We still receive compliments from our guests saying that it was the best wedding ever! If you are planning to have a wedding at the beach, don’t spend more time looking for the perfect place… we definitely recommend you Garza Blanca at Puerto Vallarta.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Abigail L
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Shelton, Connecticut
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

While on a cruise last week 10/25/2012, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a gem. My son, his fiancee and I had rented mopeds in Puerto Vallarta and headed south along the beach road. After about 5 kilometers, I saw a beautiful property right on the ocean. At the gate I asked if we could use the beach for awhile. We were welcomed in and were pleased to find a pristine beach of white sand and beautiful rock formations. The resort was more than happy to allow us to use their facilities- beautiful pool and beach club. We had a great lunch of smoked chicken tacos and ceviche. The mojitos were outstanding.The water was turquoise and perfect. What a nice afternoon!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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San Jose, California
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The room was outstanding. Lovely ocean view. service was very good. Food in the steak restaurant was not up to the mark, but in other restaurants and poolside cafe was good. The only bad thing is pushing of timeshares without consent...dont fall for the sales pitch

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Art123_12
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We have never written a review before but feel compelled to do so after a really great stay at this hotel. We are surprised that it is not ranked higher. We had booked at the Villa Premiere but checked right out due to the construction currently taking place there, which is right in the middle of the hotel complex, alongside the pool and below the rooms. We enjoyed 5 nights at Garza Blanca and were sorry to leave. The pool area, reception and rooms are beautiful, the location peaceful and the staff very very helpful and friendly (particularly Yadira who greeted us, Alan and Miguel who work tirelessly poolside and the breakfast wait staff). There is a timeshare spiel offered, which we resisted and were not pressured about. We had a problem with the key system, but were upgraded after a day of being locked out, to a one bed suite, which was breath taking. There was plenty to do from the beach including kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling (all complimentary) The food at breakfast was really good, dinner ok. The spa treatment (a massage) was ok. Overall, if you want a relaxing retreat, but close enough to venture into PV, this is a really good choice. The road into town is currently under construction but the taxi fare is only $8 each way, about 75 cents by bus. We went 3 times into PV for dinner, including Taste at Casa Cupola and Barcelona Tapas (both excellent). We also took a taxi to the Botanical Gardens and a water taxi from Boca to Yalapa - spectacular and showed how beautiful the landscape around this area is and something you would miss if you only stayed in PV. If you want lively entertainment or a resort for young children, this is probably not the place for you. We don't often say we would go back to places with so many parts of the world to explore, but we are going to return to Garza Blanca.

Room Tip: The higher the better, which gets further away from the road noise at the back. The 'basic'...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is an absolutely gorgeous property!!! The service is top notch, everyone is very attentive without being intrusive. I love the welcome ritual, with the cucumber margarita and cold towel and the vacation planning folder....it's always nice when thought goes into every aspect of a guests stay. Room service was always very prompt, and so was daily housekeeping and the nightly turn down service. I especially loved the video and music turned on at night and during the day....very soothing and calming, which is why we came to PV, to relax:) The poolside service is great, with awesome drinks and very sympathetic bartenders:)
We especially loved dealing with Jaime at Aqua Blanca, and the concierge Yadira was lovely from the get go and very very helpful, as was Monica at the front desk. It was lovely to come back to the hotel and be greeted by Salvadore, who always had a smile and made us feel very welcome.
I appreciated being able to sit down and choose from a breakfast menu as opposed to being herded along a buffet line (am not a fan of buffet meals). The pictures of the hotel on the website do not lie, the actual place more than does justice to the beauty you see online, which is refreshing because a lot of places tend to embellish.
The two restaurants at the hotel were absolutely amazing. We didn't have very high hopes for Blanca Blue, especially in light of BocadosStk opening, but we were SO wrong. Blanca Blue had delicious food, a very well balanced and nuanced menu, with dishes to suit every palette. It was good, solid food, presented in refreshing new ways. The wine list is very very impressive, as was the cocktail menu. On the other hand, BocadosStk was an experience all on its own. The food was very very very innovative!! We loved the tapas style appetizers so much we ordered 5 types! The presentations for each appetizer were a sight to behold, they were done beautifully and very creativelyI loved the Tom Yum, as well as the Jicama Wraps, and the Gazpacho! Beautiful cuts of meat followed, done perfectly. A very impressive steak menu....Overall an amazing and very very memorable meal. We even visited the spa twice during our stay and were very pleased...the service was impeccable, and having a manicure on the top floor on the roof with the views of the ocean is divine!

Room Tip: We had the honeymoon/junior suite with a hot tub and hammock and wraparound balcony as well as a jac...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: Km 7.5 a Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta 48390, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#6 Spa Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#9 Business Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#11 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#13 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
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Hotel Class:5 star — Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacularly flanked by the vibrant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the verdanant tropical forests of the Sierra Madre mountains, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa nestles gracefully just minutes south of historic Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico's most dynamic and sophisticated vacation destinations.All Suites feature in-style decor that include marble floors, granite countertops, private terraces, whirlpool tubs and artisan in room amenities.Our ultra-chic gourmet restaurant is one of Puerto Vallarta's most sophisticated and premier dining options, catering breathtaking ocean views, a stylish lounge, a 230 label award-winning wine cellar, and a selection of unique contemporary dishes tailored to scintillate your senses. ... more   less 
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