Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This luxury property stands on a secluded, private stretch of beach on Bahia Banderas’ south shore, which offers stunning views of the ocean and jungle-covered hills that surround it. The Garza Blanca is a great pick for a quiet, relaxing getaway, and offers a serene spa, a gourmet restaurant featuring an extensive wine cellar and tequila tasting room, an exquisite infinity pool, and a private beach. All 73 rooms have balconies, hammocks and ocean views, and colorful but elegant decor.
Casa Velas Hotel Boutique Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Casa Velas is an 80-room, adults-only boutique perfect for a romantic getaway. The large, elegant rooms have been decorated in a tasteful, residential Mexican style, with comfortable beds, pillow menus and marble bathrooms. It has amenities typical of high-end resort, including a large free-form pool, a well-equipped fitness center, and tennis courts -- but the quiet, beautiful grounds, low buildings in traditional Spanish style, botanical garden, and understated luxury make it an intimate property with a boutique-y feel to it.
Casa Cupula Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This boutique is an eclectic and comfortable little charmer popular among gay travelers. With just 21 rooms built into four adjoining houses on a steep, winding street just south of Old Town, Cupula is unique among Puerto Vallarta properties -- an eccentric yet comfortable collection of individual parts that add up to a totally inviting whole. Throw in great views, two sexy pools, a popular restaurant, in-room spa treatments, and a modern well-lit fitness center, and you have a complete adults-only package that is hard to beat.
Amaca Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A boutique, adults-only option in the gay Olas Altas neighborhood, the Amaca Hotel is decorated in traditional Mexican style with bright white walls, peeping palm fronds, and tile floors. The outstanding feature here is a rooftop lounge and small pool area with sweeping views of Banderas Bay below. The 22-rooms offer hammocks, balconies, and walk-in showers, and are stylish and minimal with crisp duvets, and flat-screen TVs. However, bathrooms lack doors and some guests might feel uncomfortable.
Vallarta Shores Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This distinctive three-story property consists of eight unique, spacious residential-style condos, plus two rooftop penthouses located right on the beach on the south side of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. Playa Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta’s only in-town beach, is the highlight here. Guests looking for a homey experience -- complete will fully stocked kitchens, large living rooms and bedrooms, a nice dining area, and spacious ocean-view patios -- will be pleased with budget-friendly Vallarta Shores. Plus, it's a short walk to Old Town Puerto Vallarta, where countless dining, shopping, and nightlife options await. But there aren't many property amenities -- just a small public pool (unless you upgrade to one of the penthouses, each of which comes complete with a private pool overlooking the beach).