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
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Beachfront beauty on Banderas Bay with two infinity pools, a steakhouse and a 2,300-bottle wine cellar, just 10 minutes from Puerto Vallarta
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.
Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Km 7.5 a Barra de Navidad
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
How to Get There
Flights to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) are available from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers from PVR, about 25 miles away, are approximately $45 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Alternatively, taxis are approximately $65 each way.