My husband and I chose the Now Amber Resort in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. There are several great things to mention about this resort but I will hi-lite the important things first. Now Amber is connected to Secrets Vallarta Bay, which is an adult only resort. Since my husband and I were traveling without our children we were able to take advantage of the restaurants on the Secrets side for dinners. We were also able to enjoy the Secrets pool, spa and fitness studio at our leisure, which was a sweet bonus to our vacation. As we arrived to the resort we were greeted by the friendliest staff that welcomed us with a glass of champagne and a cool wet towel (which was very much appreciated as it was hot! hot! hot!). We were whisked down to the preferred club, which I highly recommend and check in was a breeze. There was no standing in line for checking in at all. We were mingling in the preferred club lounge enjoying a second glass of champagne when Nayeli (the sweetest preferred club staff member) came to us with a clipboard and checked us in. Raul the preferred club manager who made sure that we knew that we could contact him at any time if we needed anything at all personally greeted us. My husband and I went up to our room and were absolutely wowed! We had booked the ocean view suite and I have never seen a more beautiful room. Raul knew that it was our 10-year wedding anniversary and had the room setup for us in a very romantic way. The bathtub was filled and there were beautiful red rose petals sprinkled all over the tub. Two champagne flutes and a bottle of champagne on ice were waiting for us and there were rose petals in the shape of a heart on the bed. I was in love! Not to mention that the room was an impressive 640 sq ft and the patio had a Jacuzzi tub on it for those romantic nights where we just wanted to relax and listen to the waves crashing along the shore.
I know that some reviews say not to bother with the upgrade to Preferred Club. I completely disagree and believe the upgrade is completely worth it. Having Benny (Benito) in the lounge every morning to greet us and offer me the Queen Juice (a veggie & fruit concoction) and my husband the ABC coffee (Amaretto, Baileys & Kahlua) was a great way to start our morning. We enjoyed eating breakfast in the Preferred Club lounge, as there was fresh fruit, yogurt, buns and a few hot items to choose from. It was never very busy and having Benny there with his big smile and willingness to provide excellent service made us feel utterly spoiled. The lounge in the Preferred Club was always a nice place to go to get out of the heat and grab a fast snack or cocktail.
The resort has an excellent selection of restaurants and everything except for Carnival was a la carte. My favorite restaurants were Castaways, Himitsu, Tamarindo and Oceana. The food was amazing and the staff was very doting. Manual & Yuan became our favorite servers at Castaways making sure our drinks were always refilled and that we were happy with our meal. Our other go to restaurant was Oceana where again the seafood entrees were fantastic and Ricardo went above and beyond to make sure our meal was the best.
The pools on both Now Amber and Secrets are a great place to spend the day. We would spend several hours on both sides and were spoiled rotten by Carlos, Jorge, & Fernando who would always be there to refill our drinks or bring us snacks. The drinks are very good and the resort would have food stations set up near the pool where you could grab a quick snack (or of course Carlos or Jorge would offer to grab for you.)
I highly recommend the spa for their hydrotherapy. The spa itself is beautiful, quiet and very peaceful. I did the hydrotherapy twice and loved it.
The lounge on the third floor overlooking the pools was our favorite place to relax. Every night there was some sort of live entertainment to watch and our favorite server Cynthia was there to greet us every night and offered exceptional service. We were so disappointed on the one night when Cynthia was off and we didn't have our smiley girl to talk to.
A couple of things I would highly recommend to do are to go in and walk the Melacon and do the Rhythms of the Night excursion. Our doting tour guide Martin from Sunwing vacations suggested the Rhythm of the Nights excursion and it was the most amazing romantic evening I have had in a long time. One more thing.... If you are celebrating your anniversary or getting Married I highly recommend the Now resort. My husband and I renewed our vows while at this resort and Fatima (wedding coordinator) set everything up for us. We had a beautiful ceremony in the gazebo overlooking the ocean, which was very romantic and very special to us. We celebrated with Champagne and had the resort take photos for us, which turned out very well. Overall this resort is exceptional and I would not hesitate to return again.
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