Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Enormous guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows framing ocean views and sprawling private terraces with hammocks
- Get pampered at Spa Imagine or book a treatment on your terrace; the Natura Bissé products from Spain have a cult following
- The two dramatic freeform infinity pools overlooking Banderas Bay
- Snacks (ceviche, guacamole, etc.) and cocktails are served beachside at Aquazul
What To Know
- The hotel is 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta
- Suites are great for families: They feature full kitchens
- If you’re looking to keep up your workout regimen, the fitness center has a live DJ from 6 to 8 p.m. three times a week
- Parking On Site
With a prime position on verdant Banderas Bay, Garza Blanca has a lobby that combines a cream and hazelnut color scheme with earthy materials such as exposed wood beams. But here it’s all about the views, and the open panoramas of sky and sea take center stage from nearly every angle.
Bed and Bath
All of the 164 spacious guestrooms and suites are richly detailed, with polished wood, travertine floors and granite surfaces. The furniture is brightened by fabrics in turquoise, lime-green and saffron, and accented with contemporary Mexican handicrafts. Flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations keep things feeling modern, while private balconies with hammocks and separate soaking tubs create opportunities for pampering.
Take things down a notch, and lounge on the shaded patio overlooking the two freeform infinity pools and the bay with a signature cocktail and ceviche from Aquazul Bar & Lounge, or carve out an afternoon with a chakra-balancing ritual at the state-of-the-art spa. Bocados STK is a classic steakhouse with a twist, dishing up raw foods, small bites and prime meats with a side of ocean views. The Blanca Blue restaurant serves such dishes as roast rack of lamb over polenta with lima bean, fennel and mint salad; it also has some 2,300 bottles of wine to choose from. Work it all off in the fitness center, which has a live DJ from 6 to 8 p.m. three times a week.
In the Area
Professional marine biologists at Wildlife Connection will guide you before you swim with deep water mammals, or you can spend an evening collecting and relocating the fragile eggs of sea turtles, which come ashore by moonlight. Humpback whales show up between November and March. On land you can wander the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, high in the glorious Sierra Madre mountains; they’re easily accessible, just 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Or you can get active with Vallarta Adventures, which offers dolphin swims, whale watching and other outdoor activities. Or get on the green at one of Puerto Vallarta’s golf courses; the Marina Vallarta Golf Club and Vista Vallarta Golf Club both offer award-winning play.
How to Get There
My girlfriend and I checked in on Thursday May 17. I never leave reviews, most experiences meet at least the lowest bar of service and I never want to penalize someone for having a bad day. But this is pretty much the worst I've been treated at any 5 star property ever.
We are 2 busy execs from NYC and all we wanted in life was some peace and quiet, the sound of the ocean waking us up gently in the morning to restore us from a few months of very intense busyness. Not to be at Graza Blance. We are given a room that sits directly over a construction site next door. Construction starts at 8am every morning including today, Saturday. I don't fault the property for the construction, I fault them for NOT TELLING US about the construction and giving us an option for a quiet room. It's completely unreasonable to expect a guest to pay thousands of dollars for a spectacular room with panoramic views, only to have to wake up to the sound of a full construction site (backhoes, bulldozers, chain saws etc.) Every single morning. We are crushed, this will be our only vacation this year it has been completely ruined.
Less significantly, there were crumbs all over they coffee table when we checked in and here, 2 days later, crumbs are still there. We're black, lesbian travellers, could this be the reason for putting us in a room directly over a construction site without telling us? Without even a word of apology or fore warning?
This place was one of 3 choices for vacation this year and I will spend the rest of the year apologizing to my girlfriend for choosing the wrong one.
If you are coming here anytime in the next year, be very clear that you can not tolerate construction noise. I would stay clear though, the scale of the construction makes it feel dishonest that guests wouldn't be offered options or some kind of concession. The room is lovely, but the noise is so loud we can't be in it.
We're on the 5th floor of the tower on the hill.
WOW! From start to end, this was an INCREDIBLE vacation. Breathtaking views, wonderful service, impeccable details everywhere. Food was great, drinks were strong. Loved the margaritas and the dirty monkeys. Special thanks to Jose Miguel, Cristian & Gonzolo at the Panoramica bar. The service was exceptional -- always there when you needed it but never too much. We felt like royalty our whole stay.
I had to rate this hotel "luxury" because it truly meets the standards of a top notch hotel, but we found it to be surprisingly affordable! It is a beautifully cared for property. Everyone was remarkably nice, and I love the warmth of the "hand over heart" gesture which I found to be so endearing.
My vacation was only one week ago and I'm already trying to figure out when I can return to this special place -- with my family, or my spouse, or friends again! If I could only vacation one place for the rest of my life, this would be it. GO HERE. You will not regret it.
We returned for the 5th time to Garza Blanca. Jeanee was waiting for us at the entrance what a welcome !!! The bellboys even remembered our name. We were happy with our room on the 8 floor building 4 away from the construction. A perfect clean room with amazing view.
The free Wifi is a nice step forwards.
We enjoyed the beach and the pool as always.
The only thing that we do not like in GB is the fact that our breakfast in Bocadoss is always disturbed by the sales people. They are all over the place taking the best tables. We really do not like to be obliged to overhear their conversations over and over....so we decided to go for breakfast in Blanca Blue but we don’t find this restaurant cosy especially inside.
Wow what a great time on this property! Eduardo and his partner were just amazing on the hiking trip to the waterfall! We were able to swim and dive into the very refreshing water! What an amazing trip we had to the Garza Blanca!!!
Garza Blanca is a beautiful resort with a really welcoming staff. They have many on-site restaurants, but surprisingly few Mexican food options, which was my only wish. That aside, the activities, beaches, and poolside seating are plenty and worthwhile. Cristain by the tower 5 pool was soooooo nice and made sure my friends and I were well taken care of. We kept going back to that poolside because he was so nice and also welcomed us back each day.