Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
No hotel compares to the level of luxury the Garza Blanca offers. Built on the site of a former hotel that was the playground of Hollywood stars in the 1960s, the property features an exquisite infinity pool, a private beach with great ocean swimming, a serene spa, and a gourmet restaurant with extensive wine cellar and tequila tasting room. The hotels’ 73 rooms are all spacious and luxurious, with hammocks, ocean views, and high-tech amenities. Suites offer more space, a separate Jacuzzi tub and full kitchens.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Rating: 4.5 Pearls
There's little wrong with the Grand Velas: This luxurious, 267-room all-inclusive resort is a sophisticated and serene option in the greater Puerto Vallarta area. Every room here is a suite, offering extra living space, a balcony, ocean views, and luxurious touches such as Nespresso machines. The impressive features include an infinity pool with three levels overlooks the beach, a decadent spa with 20 treatment rooms, and four upscale (and pricey) restaurants.
Casa Velas Hotel Boutique Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This 80-room adults-only hotel is perfectly situated amidst the quiet luxury of Marina Vallarta, an exclusive neighborhood home to lush manicured gardens, gorgeous houses and a wonderful golf club. With a gated entry, a friendly, (mostly) bilingual staff, and gorgeous public spaces and rooms that more than meet the challenge posed by the posh ambience, Casa Velas is a great pick for those who like it luxe but informal.
Villa la Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This The Villa la Estancia features an elegant spa with innovative programs, a modern fitness center, a large pool and nice, and a good restaurant specializing in steak. Privately owned rooms have a Mexican Colonial decor with a few contemporary touches, high-tech amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus balconies and kitchens. However, the highlight here is the beautiful beach, which is arguably one of the finest stretches of sand on the north side of Bahia Banderas.
Marival Residences & World Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Marival is the place to go for laid-back luxury, residential-style suites, modern amenities, and an impressive array of all-inclusive features. Comprised of 169 suites, penthouses, or private villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms (and all featuring spacious terraces with garden, pool, or ocean views), this property is an excellent option for families and couples alike seeking a little sun-soaked spoiling.
Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Curvaceous and bright, this upscale hotel features fabulous views, as this 15-story hotel looms modern and colorful over the low-rise properties around it. Guest rooms and suites are contemporary, stylish, and comfortably spacious -- and all have balconies that overlook the beach below. The three free-form pools, the spa and the butler service are all pluses. However, the beach is often crowded with vendors, and suite kitchens don't have dishwashers or ovens.