We found this resort on Forbe's Magazine's Top 10 All-Inclusive Resorts and were instantly drawn in by the gorgeous photos of the resort & their food.
We have been to Mexico twice before (Cancun & Cozumel) and were incredibly underwhelmed by the all-inclusive amenities and the lack-luster food/alcohol choices. Not so with Grand Velas!!
We didn't book their honeymoon package, but our travel agent put that we were honeymooners on our reservation... we were upgraded to an ocean view room (even though it was still mostly pool view, it was fantastic!) on check-in. We were greeted with a refreshing tea and cool wash cloth and invited to sit down for check-in instead of waiting at the desk. Within 10 minutes, we were given a tour of the resort and shown all the features of our room.. our favorites: over 1,000 square feet, separate tub/shower, tiled, clean shower and CLEAN bathrooms, beautiful walk-out balcony, Nespresso machine (DELICIOUS espresso every morning!) and a well-stocked fridge.
Fifteen minutes after arriving and settling down in our room, we were greeted with a delicious dessert & complimentary bottle of champagne for our honeymoon. Despite not paying extra for our honeymoon, we were constantly given "perks" for being honeymooners: a penguin @ the pool filled with rum, special desserts at all the restaurants & of course many, many "congratulations!"
Since it was September, it was their slow season and there was almost no one else on the resort which meant plenty of great chairs/views and beach-space. We were the only two in the pool before noon, playing frisbee, we boogie-boarded (provided for free by the resort) for about an hour every afternoon... the beach was incredible, soft sand, no sea-weed and water was a perfect temperature.
We relaxed by the pool from 9-3 every day... with Alfredo & Frank as our pool bartenders, making delicious strawberry margaritas with Malibu, we drank all day long! They had other top-shelf all-included alcohol: Absolut, Crown, Don Julio, etc. it was great!
We at all our breakfasts at Azul, with a good variety and delicious omelets - everyone was really nice there every morning. For lunch we either went to Azul or had our food from the snack bar at our chairs by the pool (really cool!). The only thing I could say about Azul is that the food could be hotter, but it was still delicious.
The three restaurants Frida (Mexican), Lucca (Italian), Piaf (French) were all delicious! Our favorites were Lucca & Piaf. The ambiance is absolutely incredible for an all-inclusive meal. They invite you to order multiple appetizers and dessert and just keep feeding you! We drank an entire bottle of wine one night in one dinner. The reservations were easy to get, we at at Lucca twice and the other two once in 6 days. I'm assuming that's because there weren't that many people there.
The staff is also the most courteous and helpful people I have ever seen! They do EVERYTHING for you! Carry your food to your table, carry your towels to your chairs, ask if you are doing ok or need anything all the time without being pushy or seeming like they are asking you to tip them... all gratuities were included which helped take the burden off of us as far as that goes.
We were so sad to leave and are already planning to return for our 5-year anniversary... maybe sooner depending on how long we can keep ourselves away! Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a luxurious all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, featuring an award-winning spa, incredible dining and entertainment, playful activities, kids club, stylish event space, and a breathtaking landscape on the emera. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Velas All Suites And Spa Resort
- Grand Velas All Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Velas Hotel
- Grand Velas Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Velas Vallarta