Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This luxury resort 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 couples looking to go on a quiet, relaxing getaway. The hotel features 73 elegant rooms with balconies, hammocks and ocean views; an exquisite infinity pool; a serene spa with couples treatments, and a gourmet restaurant with extensive wine cellar and tequila tasting room.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxurious, 267-room all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta is a sophisticated and serene option for couples 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 restaurants.
Casa Velas Hotel Boutique Rating: 4.5 Pearls
For a luxe but informal romantic getaway, Casa Vela delivers. Encircled by a golf course in an upscale neighborhood of terra cotta tile-roofed houses and lush gardens, the hotel exudes quiet luxury. Rooms are spacious and posh, with tasteful Mexican style and plush beds, and most have private Jacuzzis or plunge pools in the patio. The manicured grounds, large free-form pool with swim-up bar, classy beach club, and on-site botanical garden are all no less than gorgeous and the perfect place to relax with your significant other.
Marival Residences & World Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Marival Residences & World Spa 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 (and all featuring spacious terraces with garden, pool or ocean views), Marival Residences is an excellent option for couples seeking a little sun-soaked spoiling. And although popular amongst well-heeled families the property is mostly quiet, and there’s a beautiful adults-only pool great for a kid-free break.
Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Open only to guests ages 16 and older, Villa Premiere offers the best of two Puerto Vallarta worlds: it’s both beachfront all-inclusive and urban boutique. One of the few beaches near town -- Playa Camarones -- is directly in front of the hotel, and downtown Puerto Vallarta is just seven blocks away. Even with its small size, the 89-room Villa has an attractive all-inclusive package -- a compact but still luxurious version of what you get at many of the mega-sized resorts several miles north, out of town. An added bonus: it’s a pretty little place with whimsical artworkthroughout.
Secrets Vallarta Bay Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Secrets Vallarta Bay is a luxurious, adult-only, all-inclusive resort right on the beach in tourist-friendly Puerto Vallarta. With 271 suites, it's not the biggest resort around -- the smaller size means less of a wait and better service. This property does a lot of things right: luxe rooms with butler service, unlimited premium alcohol, and gorgeous pools -- however, the vibe can get rowdy (blame the combination of all-inclusive booze and a swim-up bar). Guests should also note that some of the restaurants and daily entertainment are next door at the family-friendly Now Amber Puerto Vallarta. Still, Secrets is a quick drive to the airport and downtown, making it a convenient spot for an upscale couples getaway on the beach.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Much like the other sprawling resorts that line the beach in the swanky Marina Vallarta golf community, the CasaMagna Marriott features top-notch restaurants, pools, and meeting rooms, as well as lovely guest rooms andsuites that feature modern amenities and contemporary furnishings. Housed in two towers, this upscale hotel is memorable primarily for its sumptuous Ohtli Spa and adjacent fitness center with indoor lap pool. Somewhat removed from Puerto Vallarta's nightlife scene, it is a great spot for travelers who want to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Grand Luxxe Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Grand Luxxe is one of the many Mayan properties, a group of time-shares in the area. Of all of them, Grand Luxxe is the most posh (thus the name). From the inspiring design throughout the resort to the state-of-the-art golf courseand fitness center to the huge rooms and suites with gigantic private terraces, this place is top-notch design-wise. For guests looking to relax at a beachside resort, this is a great pick. But it's a bit far from Puerto Vallarta, so don't expect to find anything outside the property. Also, it would be a good idea to call before booking to find out how construction is going -- the hotel is building a new tower -- as guests say it is quite loud. Also know that this is not an all-inclusive, since it's a time-share, and the on-site restaurants can be pricey.
Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Curvaceous and bright, this upscale sister of the two older Pelican resorts nearby 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 hot tub decks and poolside lounge areas also offer spectacular ocean views, with some guests preferring these serene spaces to the narrow beach that is often crowded with vendors.
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.