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    The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
    Punta de Mita, MX
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2204 reviewsTripAdvisor (2204)
    Free WiFi

    This St. Regis outpost sits within Punta Mita just north of Banderas Bay. The accommodations, which range from 600- to 640-square-foot Deluxe Rooms to the 3,100-square-foot Presidential Villa, feature rustic Mediterranean and Mexican accents, including polished clay floors, handcrafted tiles and natural wood furniture. Along with stylish decor, the rooms also flaunt modern amenities like iHome radios, minibars, flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed internet access. You can dine in if you can't bear to leave your digs, but for a change of scenery, head to one of the hotel's five restaurants. Guests say the cuisine  which includes traditional ceviche and empanadas at Sea Breeze Restaurant and duck confit with black truffle at Carolina Restaurant  is superb. Once you're well-fed, have the concierge arrange tee times at one of the two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in Punta Mita. Not a golfer? Leave the kids with La Tortuga Children's Club while you luxuriate at the on-site Remède Spa, sunbathe on the beach or lounge by the three pools. A stay at The St. Regis Punta Mita can get a bit pricey, but thanks to the property's Marriott family ties, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Punta de Mita, MX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2204 reviewsTripAdvisor (2204)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
    Punta Mita
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2344 reviewsTripAdvisor (2344)
    Free WiFi

    On an outcropping at the northern limit of Banderas Bay (about 26 miles northwest of Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta), the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is a tropical paradise. Guests are greeted with a thatched-roof lobby, which affords spectacular ocean views. You can also enjoy an excellent Pacific panorama from many of the casita-style accommodations. And even if you've booked a garden view room, you'll encounter traditional Mexican decor, comfortable beds, generously sized bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and a furnished balcony or terrace. Outside of the rooms, you'll find three pools, including the heated Nuna infinity pool and the smaller plunge pools of the Tamai Pool Complex. Beyond that, you'll have access to a lazy river and 10 tennis courts. Plus, golfers will have their choice of two scenic Jack Nicklaus-designed links. If you feel sore after a day spent swimming or golfing, make an appointment at the Four Seasons Apuane Spa (or have a masseuse come to your room). And when hunger sets in, take a stroll to one of the resort's four restaurants, including the seafood-centric Bahía by Richard Sandoval and the Asia-inspired Aramara.

    Punta Mita
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2344 reviewsTripAdvisor (2344)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
    Nuevo Vallarta
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3044 reviewsTripAdvisor (3044)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit touts itself as a "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" retreat, and guest sentiments tend to affirm the resort's claim. Each of its one-, two- and three-bedroom suites features at least 1,000 square feet of living space and comes appointed with teak furniture imported from Bali, a Jacuzzi, a Nespresso coffee maker and a private terrace that overlooks either the ocean or the pool. Guests say that a sumptuous atmosphere pervades throughout the entire property, from the towering ceilings and serene fountain in the lobby to the memorable meals at the six gourmet restaurants. Activities at the infinity pool and on the beach – like boogie boarding and scuba diving classes – are also included in this Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, property's all-inclusive plan. Though spa treatments will cost extra, guests say that the spa facilities are excellent and recommend indulging in a massage during your stay. Part of Preferred brand of hotels and resorts, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit participates in the I Prefer rewards program.

    Nuevo Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3044 reviewsTripAdvisor (3044)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Mousai
    Puerto Vallarta
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 765 reviewsTripAdvisor (765)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    All-inclusive perks are abundant at this Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, property, ranging from unlimited alcoholic beverages and meals at one of three on-site restaurants (a few more are housed at the resort's neighboring sister property, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, and are covered by the all-inclusive room rates) to private beach access and use of the on-site tennis, squash and basketball courts. For those looking for a bit more relaxation, take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool or book a massage at Spa Imagine. But if that's not enough to keep you on the property, wander into central Puerto Vallarta, located about 10 miles north. In addition to offering several natural and architectural marvels, the city provides plenty of delicious eats. If you'd rather dine on-site, recent visitors said you can't go wrong with any of the resort's eateries (although they caution that the restaurants can be a bit pricey if you don't opt for the all-inclusive plan). The accommodations were another point of praise for previous guests. Each includes a walk-in rain shower, a terrace with a hammock and a Jacuzzi tub, a 55-inch LED TV and electric curtains controlled by the in-suite iPad. Keep in mind: Hotel Mousai is an adults-only property, so leave the kids at home during your stay. Since this property falls under the Preferred umbrella, it allows members of the I Prefer program to cash in or accrue points for stays.

    Puerto Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 765 reviewsTripAdvisor (765)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués
    Acapulco
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 695 reviewsTripAdvisor (695)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Rising above the Pacific Ocean on a verdant bluff in Punta Diamante, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués certainly impresses visitors with its picturesque surroundings. Its villas are built into the cliff, offering panoramic ocean views. Each comes appointed with a heated pool, sun deck and terrace, all of which are made from locally sourced materials. With a fusion of Asian and Latin American design elements, the resort offers what it calls a "holistic Asian ambiance," signature to the Banyan Tree brand. Though this New Age aura permeates the entire five-star property, it's perhaps most noticeable at the spa, where therapists pamper visitors with East-meets-West massage techniques. Seeking more relaxation? Take a dip in the hotel's infinity pool, a favorite feature among past guests. Afterward, cap off your day with gourmet Thai dishes served at Saffron, a preferred dining spot, or sample the Latin- and Asian-inspired plates at La Nao or the flavorful seafood entrees at Las Rocas Grill & Bar.

    Acapulco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 695 reviewsTripAdvisor (695)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Encanto
    Acapulco
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripAdvisor (413)
    Free WiFi

    A modern architectural stand-out in Acapulco's Las Brisas neighborhood (across the bay from Pie de la Cuesta), Hotel Encanto is a stylish, adults-only addition to the hotel landscape. The minimalist architecture and bold, neon lighting continually win over design-conscious guests. Rooms are simple but trendy, outfitted with Wi-Fi, blackout curtains, L'Occitane toiletries and balconies with ocean views. Often described by guests as "futuristic," Hotel Encanto plays up its impossibly cool vibe with ambient LCD lighting and a black bottom infinity edge pool. Aside from the tranquil and secluded surroundings, previous guests praise the hotel's restaurant, Origen, which offers imaginative takes on traditional Mexican specialties created by Mexican celebrity chef Mónica Patiño. Other on-site facilites include a fitness center and spa.

    Acapulco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripAdvisor (413)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa
    Puerto Vallarta
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2186 reviewsTripAdvisor (2186)
    Free Parking

    Located less than 10 miles south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and removed from the area's bars, shops and other resorts, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa attracts travelers seeking seclusion. According to past visitors, the resort's grounds are lush and peaceful, especially around the infinity pool. The beach also gets its fair share of praise, though guests caution that the sand can be a bit rocky. To truly bask in the splendor of Garza Blanca, try an aromatherapy massage at Spa Imagine or a dip in one of the resort's Jacuzzis. As for dining, Blanca Blue Restaurant and Lounge, BocaDos STK and Aquazul Beach Bar & Lounge earn high praise from past guests, who applaud the attentive staff and tasty dishes (which are covered by the property's optional all-inclusive room rates). Should you crave more variety, a plethora of dining options can be found nearby in Puerto Vallarta. Previous guests also raved about the guest rooms and suites, which feature flat-screen TVs and hammocks on private balconies or terraces that overlook the ocean.

    Puerto Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2186 reviewsTripAdvisor (2186)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
    Mazatlan
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3594 reviewsTripAdvisor (3594)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Although its secluded location on the northern edge of town may pose a challenge for some sightseers, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort spares its guests from the crowded beaches and noisy surroundings of Mazatlan's Golden Zone. The 20-acre, palm tree-laden property faces the Pacific Ocean and features a sprawling pool with prime coastal views. The resort's 378 suites and villas also offer striking vistas from their private balconies and terraces. Accommodations also feature kitchenettes, satellite TVs and Wi-Fi access. Some guests note that the room decor feels a little dated, but overall, recent visitors were pleased with their accommodations; for the best views, travelers recommend booking a room on one of the upper floors. Another bonus: Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay offers an all-inclusive optional rate that covers meals and drinks at any of the on-site restaurants and bars (and shuttle service to sister property Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán), plus a variety of daily activities, including Spanish lessons and guided hikes. However, a rejuvenating massage at The Armonia Spa at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay will cost extra.

    Mazatlan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3594 reviewsTripAdvisor (3594)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences
    Puerto Vallarta
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1038 reviewsTripAdvisor (1038)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Perched atop the hills of Conchas Chinas in southern Puerto Vallarta, Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences offers incredible views of the aquamarine waters of Banderas Bay. This resort is conveniently located near many of the top things to do in Puerto Vallarta, making it a great home base for visitors to the area. Grand Miramar features suites and villas that come equipped with kitchenettes, minifridges or full refrigerators, along with complimentary Wi-Fi access, cable TVs and terraces that showcase the magnificent vistas. Outside of your digs, you can soak in the scenery from the 10th-floor gym, which offers sweeping views of the bay. When you're ready to relax, book a treatment at the spa, curl up with a book at the library or get your fix of soft sand and warm water at the nearby Los Muertos Beach via complimentary shuttle. Back at the resort, you'll find five restaurants and bars that serve gourmet Mexican cuisine, international plates and creatively crafted cocktails. Overall, recent visitors are highly complimentary of this hotel, citing the helpful staff, spacious rooms and unparalleled views.

    Puerto Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1038 reviewsTripAdvisor (1038)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
    Puerto Vallarta, MX
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3925 reviewsTripAdvisor (3925)
    Free Parking

    The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa's enviable location gives it an edge over other Puerto Vallarta area resorts. Though situated just south of the airport, this Marriott branch maintains a peaceful atmosphere and pristine beach. If you're looking to hit the links, a stay at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta puts you less than half a mile from Marina Vallarta Golf Club and less than 7 miles from the Vista Vallarta Golf Club. And while the food at the property's four restaurants and two on-site bars garner mixed reviews, guests here are within reach of the many restaurants found at the nearby marina. However, you'll want to stay on the resort's grounds to take full advantage of its multiple pools and whirlpool or relax with a massage or a yoga class at the Ohtli Spa and Fitness Center. Whether you've spent the day lounging on the grounds or swinging on the greens, you can rest your head on a signature Marriott "Revive" bed in one of the Marriott Puerto Vallarta's modern guest rooms and suites. Each room features bright, Mexican-inspired accents and comes outfitted with a private balcony or terrace, a 42-inch TV, an iPod docking station and Wi-Fi access (for an additional fee). And because of this resort's Marriott ties, guests with Marriott Bonvoy points can cash them in here for perks.

    Puerto Vallarta, MX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3925 reviewsTripAdvisor (3925)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
    Nuevo Vallarta
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5678 reviewsTripAdvisor (5678)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This Hard Rock Hotel lures travelers with the promise of all the luxurious trappings indicative of its brand. Located in Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit  just an 8-mile drive northwest of Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport  this all-inclusive Hard Rock outpost invites guests to bed down like a rock star in one of its stylish guest rooms, which are decorated in bold colors and feature LCD televisions, wine and liquor dispensers, marble bathrooms and hydro spa tubs. Stroll through the resort's rock 'n' roll memorabilia-lined hallways and you'll find six restaurants, which past patrons describe as excellent. For an extra dose of relaxation, book a massage at the Rock Spa. Venture outside to take a dip in the two swimming pools, lounge on the sands of Banderas Bay or embark on a snorkeling, parasailing or golf excursion (all of which can be arranged through the hotel). When the sun goes down, the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta offers five bars and lounges, plus an outdoor ampitheater with live shows, concerts and rollicking parties to keep you entertained all night long.

    Nuevo Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5678 reviewsTripAdvisor (5678)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
    Puerto Vallarta
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 9152 reviewsTripAdvisor (9152)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Set along Las Estacas Beach, the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta impreses visitors with its serene, oceanfront setting. While active guests can enjoy entertainment by the pool and recreational pursuits like tennis and beach volleyball, R&R-seekers can get replenished with rejuvenating treatments at the Vita Mar Spa or enjoy tequila tastings led by a sommelier. Meanwhile, younger guests ages 4 to 12 can enjoy supervised activities at the KidZ Club. Afterward, everyone can regroup for a meal at one of five restaurants, plating everything from Italian to Asian to Mexican dishes. Once you've fueled up, enjoy an afternoon siesta in a beachside cabana or steal away to your well-appointed accommodations, outfitted with high-end amenities, including rainfall showers, satellite TVs, stocked minibars and coffee makers. If you have any leftover energy, sign up for a Pilates, yoga or cycling class at the fitness center. What's more, thanks to Hyatt's family ties, if you participate in the brand's loyalty program, you can collect and redeem points and enjoy extra benefits for choosing to stay here.

    Puerto Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 9152 reviewsTripAdvisor (9152)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Marival Residences Luxury Resort
    Nuevo Vallarta
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2661 reviewsTripAdvisor (2661)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Guests returning to the Marival Residences Luxury Resort in Nuevo Vallarta (about 9 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta) have come to expect a high level of personalized service, and according to most visitors, that's usually what they get.  Whether its customized drinks crafted at the bar or adjustments made for early arrivals and late checkouts, guests appreciate Marival's extra touches. Golfers and gourmands will also enjoy their time here, as the resort's all-inclusive plan encompasses unlimited green fees at three nearby golf courses and meals at several restaurants (guests especially liked the cuisine at Insú Sky Lounge). Of course, after a day of golfing, gorging or simply lounging by the pool or beach, you can retreat to your comfortable digs. Ranging from one-bedroom guest rooms to four-bedroom villas, Marival's accommodations feature coffee makers, refrigerators, plasma TVs, upscale bath amenities and views of the gardens, pool or ocean from private balconies or terraces.

    Nuevo Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2661 reviewsTripAdvisor (2661)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
    Puerto Vallarta
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3669 reviewsTripAdvisor (3669)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Vacationers head to Puerto Vallarta's Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa for customized pampering – and what could be more personalized than having access to your own butler? Guests here rave about their butlers, who cater to every whim (from claiming beach chairs to arranging airport transportation to shining your shoes before dinner). Another main selling point, according to previous guests: The gourmet cuisine at Sunset Plaza's eateries, especially the Italian fare at Lucciano. And even without the optional all-inclusive package, previous visitors say that the prices here are reasonable. After dinner, head back to your spacious guest room or suite – all accommodations feature 32-inch LCD televisions, iPod docking stations and private terraces facing the ocean. For even more personalization, you can choose your preferred scent from an aroma menu. And while there is a lack of poolside and nighttime entertainment, many guests insist that the quiet atmosphere was exactly what they were looking for.

    Puerto Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3669 reviewsTripAdvisor (3669)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta
    Nuevo Vallarta
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5684 reviewsTripAdvisor (5684)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, which is situated about 8 miles northwest of the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), offers rooms that face either Banderas Bay or the Sierra Madre Mountains. Inside the rooms, you'll find a fully stocked minibar, a cable TV and a furnished balcony or terrace. But according to recent guests, the on- and off-site activities are the real enticement for staying here. Included in the Dreams Unlimited-Luxury all-inclusive package are greens fees at two nearby golf courses and nightly entertainment for adults. Plus, there's plenty of entertainment for younger guests at the Explorer's Club, which invites children ages 3 to 12 to participate in activities like sandcastle building competitions and arts and crafts. Unlimited-Luxury will also grant you access to Dreams Villamagna's six restaurants and five bars. You can even go on biking, kayaking or snorkeling excursions, or indulge in a massage or body treatment at the nearly 9,200-square-foot Dreams Spa by Pevonia (for an additional fee). And while guests consistently applaud the clean and scenic beach, they recommend arriving early to claim a chair.

    Nuevo Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5684 reviewsTripAdvisor (5684)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi