We returned yesterday from our stay 3/30-4/4. I was fortunate enough to learn about the Premiere from this web site, and it made me look like a genius to my new wife. Let me start by saying that with a few exceptions, everything you read here is true: the property is fantastic, the service is phenominal, the food is excellent, and the location is perfect. But there are also a few negatives: it is next to some sort of reclamation project, the beach is a bit rocky, and there are lots of street vendors. Let me address the positives first. We had never been to Mexico before and we didn't really know what to expect. I have no doubt that the Premiere is considered a full luxury property for PV. Our Master Suite was the nicest room we had ever stayed in, and contrary to other reviews, I thought the spa facilities were terrific.
They are small but modern. The lobby is very nice and the pool area was a masterpiece for its design and execution. Perfecto. As far as the service, it is everything and more. They all speak English and speak it well. Rodrigo, Jaime, Sergio, Jorge, Armando, Jose Luis, and Gerardo ALL made us feel welcome and went out of their way to make our stay better. These guys are unreal and we made sure to tip them appropriately. We were on the AI plan and we knew tips were included, but these guys were worth it. When thinking about whether to go AI or not, don't think, just do it. We had no desire to eat off property because the food is that good. Keep in mind that I am a bit of a food snob, and while I'm not saying the food is better than Chicago restaurants, there were a few times I said "wow." The chips and salsa, the guacamole, and the ceviche (called "Assortment of Snacks" on the lunch menu) were amazing. For breakfast we loved the heuvos rancheros, aztec crepes, french toast (it'll blow your mind), and norteno beef (I think it's called this...it's the shredded beef on the b-fast menu).
They have fresh squeezed juice and you eat while they play a harp.
Incredible. For dinner, Murales was terrific with their soups and salads, and their entrees were also killer. The theme nights at Manglar were the icing on the cake. If you see chocolate fondue (French night) don't hesitate to get it. I don't know what they put in the chocolate down there but it is something else. While there are MANY positives about the place, nothing is perfect. The area adjacent to the property and behind it are not pretty. These areas are authentic Mexico, and that's something to consider if you need to be totally sterilized in what you see. Frankly, I am shocked to read some people get upset by this in their review. I kept my focus on the beach, mountains, ocean, food, and drinks during our stay. The beach was another thing that is worth mentioning. It is not like the white, sandy beaches you read about in the Carribean or Cancun. It was rocky in places and painful to walk without shoes. But it didn't bother us one bit. You don't need the beach when the pools are right there. The most important thing is the sound of the ocean, and you can hear this from anywhere on the property. The final negatives are the street vendors and time share people. Strangely, there weren't any TS people near the hotel or beach so I can't comment on this. But be very careful when you step right outside of customs at the airport: they try to grab you the second you step through the door. That was the last we saw of them. But the vendors are another story. They are there. Most don't say a word to you, they just look at you with sad eyes. They hold their wares up high and if you look their way they'll motion you. You can just ignore them if you want or you can go over to them. There's no pressure either way.
What I don't remember anyone mentioning is that the Premiere has a security guard there all day to monitor these people. They are not allowed on the property and must stay a certain distance away. They may only approach if you show interest, and even then they are still not allowed to step foot on the property. The vendors were a total non-issue for us except that I bought some t-shirts from one and went para-sailing with another (don't miss it!). All things considered, we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. It was the prefect honeymoon. I'll never forget our stay there and I'll always treausure the sunsets over the ocean from our balcony. I'm sorry for the long review, but I am grateful for finding the Premiere from this website and I feel obligated to tell my tale. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive Ambience, Sophisticated Elegance (for adults only)... Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway is a true emblem of refined taste and a proud owner of prestigious International awards for its personalized service. In all of its surroundings, it reveals a contemporary interpretation of the traditional hospitality of Mexico, under an atmosphere of understated luxury. Each of the 83 rooms and oceanfront suites offer an impressive experience for sophisticated guests, and a wide variety of excellent services with emphasis on details. Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway... where something special happens all the time. Adults Only (16+ years of age). All Inclusive Optional. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Premiere Hotel And Spa
- Villa Premiere Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Hotel Premiere