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Charming boutique with prime location, luxe services, and typical resort amenities
With just 89 rooms, the seven-story Villa Premiere is small and lacks the spacious grounds and large pool complexes typical of all-inclusive properties in the neighboring Hotel Zone, but its oceanfront location is close to all the downtown action. Just seven blocks away, Downtown Puerto Vallarta is a fun spot -- and not just for tacky tourist stuff: it has a thriving art scene, plenty of fine restaurants, even chic bars and clubs.
For those who want to be close to the city buzz but still enjoy serene beach time, this hotel is the ticket. Featuring a charming design that incorporates playful artistic touches, this boutique offers luxe services like personal butlers, beachfront yoga and meditation classes, in-room aromatherapy and pillow menus, and free access to the spa's sauna and steam room. It also features optional all-inclusive packages, great views from all rooms and suites, a main pool just big enough to seriously swim in, and other amenities typical of luxury resorts.
Beachfront location is walking distance from downtown
Though technically out of town, for all intents and purposes this is town. The Malecon, or waterfront pedestrian promenade, starts about 7 blocks south of here. Puerto Vallarta is not a giant city but it is big enough to have traffic jams, honking horns, rattling trucks, scruffy vagrants, and a good measure of the usual urban hassle. But you can easily escape the city surroundings at the Villa Premiere, as its oceanfront location feels like a tranquil oasis.
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's most picturesque beach destinations, with historic white-washed buildings, and cerulean seas set against a rugged mountain skyline. The massive Banderas Bay alone offers over 25 miles of seashore. With all this ocean comes a variety of water sports, like scuba diving with manta rays off Islas Marietas, boating around Los Arcos' reefs, and parasailing off of the popular Playa Los Muertos.
Other popular daytime activities include shopping -- not just the annoying beach vendor kind -- at Puerto Vallarta's mazelike markets. One of the best, Rio Cuale Flea Market, has multiple vendors selling wood carvings, handmade jewelry, and glass and beadwork (among many other items). But be prepared to haggle down those prices!
Puerto Vallarta stays awake when the sun dips below the horizon. Steamy salsa clubs light up the streets, and rowdy local bars supply a steady stream of cerveza for the thirsty traveler. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is the most happening and diverse area.
All rooms have private balconies that provide ocean views during the day and the sound of the surf at night. Room interiors are bright and inviting, with pale woods countered by colorful accents, eye-catching stencils and paintings, and stained-glass lamps.
Small pool complex with swim-up bar, daily yoga classes on the beach
Three restaurants offer Mexican, Italian, and international cuisine in bright, airy surroundings. All-inclusive meal options are available.
Three restaurants feature Mexican, Italian, and international menus
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 artwork throughout.