Av Cocoteros #98 Sur, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit,
A stylish all–inclusive that you're not ashamed to write home about, Grand Velas proves that it is possible to build an all–inclusive resort that is upscale, classy, and impressive all around.
The Grand Velas Suites and Spa Resort in the Nuevo Vallarta has created a refreshing twist on the all–inclusive concept: a contemporary design, spacious rooms, consistently good restaurants, and premium liquor service set this distinctive resort apart from the rest. A gem that rises far above the cheesy all–inclusive options that dot the Mexican coastline, Grand Velas is an oasis of elegance, offering upscale style and superior service––a place that you won't mind bragging about to friends back home. In another rarity for the area, you won't be bothered by sales reps pitching timeshares either.
The Zen–inspired lobby sets the tone for what will surely be a relaxing and peaceful stay––black stones inlaid in a cool white marble floor lead to a gently bubbling floor–level fountain. Skylit hallways and giant overhead beams add to the dramatic effect.
The striking design elements continue at the pool complex, where cushioned chaises surround a large main pool that flows into an infinity pool right above the beach. There's a swim–up bar, shallow areas with headrests and a spacious kid's pool off to the side. Reusable plastic cups are used to serve top–shelf drinks, insuring that the manicured pool and garden areas remain litter–free.
The resort's four restaurants offer a perfect mix of upscale and casual dining options, including French, Mexican and Italian, in addition to the ongoing poolside buffet. Three specialty restaurants are a la carte and both the food and service are a major step up from the usual all–inclusive mold. Fine furniture and candlelight create a romantic atmosphere. Also, you can also choose to have 24–hour room service deliver meals to your room for balcony dining.
A well–equipped gym and state–of–the–art spa receive high marks as two of the best in the region. You can also take advantage of several water sport activities or use one of three nearby golf courses.
The rooms here are a pleasant surprise to the upside. The smallest accommodations are junior suites, basically a larger–than–normal standard room with a nice–sized Jacuzzi. Parlor Suites include two rooms, followed by the spacious Grand Master and Presidential Suites that come complete with furnished wraparound terraces, outdoor whirlpools, and all the expected extras. All rooms have balconies with panoramic views, marble décor, quality custom furniture, and come loaded with the amenities, including a well–stocked complimentary minibar and snacks that get replaced each day.
Popular among celebrities and sophisticated travelers, Nuevo Vallarta's Grand Velas has no competition for vacationers in search of style and refinement. Without a doubt this is the finest all–inclusive resort in the Puerto Vallarta region.
Web Address: www.grandvelas.com
Total Number of Rooms: 267
Published rates: $400 to $6,500 All–inclusive
Review and photos by Tim Leffel.
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