Beloved for its breathtaking coastline, charming cobblestoned old town, near-perfect weather, and thumping LGBT-friendly nightlife, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top vacation destinations. Ready to hit the beach? These six all-inclusive resorts offer something for everyone.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
This 267-room resort overlooking Banderas Bay is in a class all its own, thanks in equal part to its gorgeous three-tiered infinity pool, impressive range of activities, and sophisticated dining scene that puts other all-inclusive hotels to shame. We're talking elevated French fare at acclaimed restaurant Piaf, helmed by chef Marco Antonio, and nouveau Mexican cuisine at Frida—get the Baja mussels, served in a smoked black bean sauce, or the seared ahi tuna with Caribbean pico de gallo. While the kids are out on treasure hunts, playing in the kids-only pool, or learning to make piñatas, adults can take beginning scuba-diving classes or participate in guided meditation.
Inspired by a Spanish hacienda, this intimate adults-only resort is perfect for a romantic, kids-free retreat. Behind the gated entryway, you'll find luxe guest rooms (think pillow menus, marble bathrooms, and, for a lucky few, private plunge pools) distributed among a clutch of terra cotta roof-tiled buildings, which are set along winding lanes lined with vibrant flowerbeds. There's only two restaurants—an elegant Mexican-American option and more casual Asian café overlooking the Pacific—but guests also have access to meals at sister property Velas Vallarta. When sipping unlimited cocktails at the swim-up bar starts to bore, head over to the nearby championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus or indulge in a spa treatment featuring herbs picked from the resort's own botanical gardens.
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Between the edgy design and rock star amenities, this member of Hard Rock Hotels is not your typical Mexican resort. Beyond the standard perks (including two pools and a spa), guests can borrow a Fender guitar or Crosley record player with some choice vinyl and jam all night long. Five lively bars and lounges featuring live entertainment give adults plenty of places to indulge, while a separate kids club and teens lounge, two large pools, and attractive beach keeps whole families entertained no matter the age gap.
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta
Guests of this four-star oceanfront resort consistently praise its well-maintained beach and friendly staff, who go out of their way to make sure everyone’s having a good time—whether that's getting their favorite fruity drink at the swim-up bar or reserving a spot in a cooking class or salsa lesson. After checking into your spacious room—all have private balconies so you can enjoy fresh air and ocean views around the clock—and hitting the pool, take your pick from five restaurants (many are à la carte; no reservations required) before winding down the day with an evening show and live music.
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Barceló Puerto Vallarta
You won’t have any trouble adjusting to the Mexican pace of life at this laid-back resort on secluded Mismaloya Beach. After taking a leisurely stroll through the property's manicured gardens, kick back by the one of the four blue-tiled pools or dive into any number of scheduled activities held throughout the day including beach volleyball, archery, ping-pong tournaments, or listening to live music at La Cantina. Even if you lose track of time, don’t worry about running up a tab—drinks at all three bars (including one swim-up number) are included, as are your meals at any of the four restaurants. When you tire of the poolside scene (impossible!) but still want to take it slow, sign up for a cooking class or pamper yourself at the spa, where you can get an open-air massage overlooking the coast.
For anyone who hates big-box all-inclusive resorts, this 72-room boutique hotel is a dream come true. The jaw-dropping infinity pool overlooking the ocean is worth the trip alone, though the five-star service and raved-about rooftop bar don't fall far behind. The uniquely styled guest rooms are just as refreshing, with their sleek, modern design (think backlit headboards and bold colors) and views of either the Pacific or the mountains. Whatever your view, it's the perfect backdrop for a nature-filled getaway spent exploring Puerto Vallarta and Los Arcos; ask the staff for help arranging whatever activities suit your mood, be it guided jungle hikes, kayaking excursions, snorkeling, or boot-camp–style fitness classes.