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
We stayed at this resort 2 years ago and came back this year again at the end of May. We are members there.They do a lot of little things that other hotels don't do. For example, they gave us 2 bottles of water everyday. The maids would wash the dishes for us. They would leave some type of candy every night on the bed. They have a fish market every Friday where you select your own fish and they cook it and serve it right at the beach. They have a Ceviche class every Wednesday where they make ceviche and you eat it at the end. The other thing what was really cool was that they brought in 4 musicians from Cuba and during the day and night you will hear someone playing the violin, another playing the trumpet, another playing saxophone and another the flute. Its really cool at the different restaurants.
So they do things that you wouldn't expect a resort to do. I did the 1.5 mile trek into the mountains. You absolutely have to go to the top and have a drink at the infinity pool. Take pictures..the most beautiful view in Puerto Vallarta. We've been to PV 5 times and love it. If you get a 1 bedroom and there are 4 adults...the roll out bed is not very comfortable for adults. Ask for a mattres topper. otherwise the sofa bed is very uncomfortable. TeTo is a great person to get to know. He does everything aroung there and is a very delightful guy, funny and enthusiactic. Beware...there are a bunch of kids and families in June and maybe July, so if you want peace and quiet, consider staying on the beach with an umbrella where its quieter. The best time to is before May 15. Kids get out of school.
I was fortunate enough to spend three nights at this glorious resort. I opted for the all-inclusive and was very glad I did. The grounds and the preserve are quite simply outstanding and beautifully maintained. There’s a trolley which will take you from one area of the resort to another but if you are able to walk it you should. It is so peaceful and pretty. I had a lovely corner unit one bedroom oceanfront room. The room was incredibly comfortable and came complete with a washer and dryer. As I had been travelling already for 10 days when I arrived here it was a very welcome sight. The room service menu is very good and I took advantage of it on several occasions. The restaurants are some of the best I’ve ever been to at any resort and even the pool side menu was delicious. The staff are professional and warm. The pools are exquisite and it’s very easy to get poolside loungers at any time of day. The incredible view of the ocean from the infinity pool is stunning and you can even see Los Arcos. On my next visit to Puerto Vallarta I will make a definite visit to this beautiful place.
I have been staying at Tafer (Villa Group) resorts for over 10 years, and they keep out doing themselves every new property.
Garza Blanca has excellent rooms - we had a one bedroom suite, with a full kitchen, dining room, hot tub, expansive terrace and a beautiful view of the bay.
The staff is well trained, attentive and friendly.
The selection of restaurants will give plenty to choose from, but the sushi place provides sn excellent view from the mountainside.
In all, an excellent property, but priced accordingly.
What a fantastic resort! I’ve already recommended it to several friends and family. A few of my favorite things about Garza Blanca are: great beach, fantastic and clean pools, really good food and the room was spotless, spacious and comfortable. We opted to stay in the 2-bedroom panoramic suite which was perfect for us gals. It was nice and quiet at night but then in the morning, you got to enjoy the sounds of birds behind our tower. Everyone we came into contact with was VERY nice and accommodating.
The one exception was with the kayak “tour” guide Roberto. Because of our experience, I would NOT recommend anyone take the kayak tour over to Los Arcos. The guide was in the lead boat (there were 5-6 boats in our group that morning). Roberto took off, paddling like he was in the Olympics, and ended up ditching a boat where one of the couple was quite sea-sick. It wasn’t until someone in our group insisted that Roberto stop and get the couple some help that he even realized he’d left a part of the group behind. In addition, once it came time to get out of the boat to snorkel, Roberto didn’t seem to care if people wore their vests/not. Guys, this is INCREDIBLY dangerous and negligent. We had a few weak simmers in our tour that really struggled. To add, we came close to having the same thing happen upon our return – leaving a boat with sea-sick paddlers behind. Until the resort takes some steps to ensure safety, I would suggest you skip this adventure.
Some other standouts: the spa is exquisite (a must, frankly), the food really was divine (even burgers by the pool!) and the Hiroshi restaurant should not be missed as it was THAT special. The hostess we worked with made our trip next-to-flawless. Oh, and if you are by the lower pool or on the beach, look for Gerardo – that darling went above-and-beyond to ensure we had a fantastic time.
We CANNOT WAIT to return to La Garza Blanca!
We stayed 5 nights and this property is by far the best in PV. The beach is very clean and property is kept up very well they are always cleaning and making sure you are good. May is very humid but if your by the beach and pool you are fine. We did get bit everyday by whatever bugs, bring insect repellent. We got our breakfast included which helped so much in our stay. We ate by the pool for lunch. Didn’t care for the chicken salad was very plane. My main reason for the 4 stars and it could have been 5 is bcuz of the cleaning of our room. Every night for 3 days we had to go to the pool to get towels. We wrote down in Spanish and in English to please leave enough for our family. She never did. We had to look for a person to get more toilet paper. That was the only down side that we were disappointed about. With small kids ages 3 and 7 it’s inconvenient when you have to go and get those things yourself. Other than that would stay here again. Omelette are the best we had them every morning. We took Uber everywhere and it was great they had good recommendations on places to eat if you didn’t want to eat at the hotel each night. The splash pool was awesome for my 3 yr old. Many kids during our stay which was great they all played and had activities each day for them.