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Nicely designed in Spanish Colonial style, this resort revolved around the ocean views and amazing pool.
This resort is far from everything -- the airport, Puerto Vallarta, even Nuevo Vallarta -- at the literal end of the road. So it's good if you really want to get away, bad if you want to leave the property.
The eight-story tan buildings are designed in Spanish Colonial style, ornamented with blue-tile domes, red-tile roofs, and exposed wood beams. Buildings form a U shape facing the Bay of Banderas and flanking a central garden courtyard and a huge, gorgeous infinity pool. They all face the beach and sea on the northern shore of Bahia Banderas, so you'll get a great view no matter which room you stay in.
The lobby is open and bright, with nothing flashy about the décor except a pair of Huichol yarn paintings, one on each wall, facing each other across the lobby. These works are quite impressive, as are the hotel’s meticulously manicured gardens. Less impressive are the timeshare sales offices both off the lobby and down close to the beach, on the ground floor of one wing.
The hotel’s restaurant, Bellavista, is open-air, overlooking the beach. The copper bar inside the restaurant entrance is a good-looking piece of design work. A pizza oven works poolside, close to the beach, from mid-day on, and various snacks and beverages can be had from a couple of strategically situated bars.
As north in Nuevo Vallarta as possible, far from really anything -- good for those who plan to stay at the resort
This resort is a bit of a ways from Puerto Vallarta -- it's about 15 minutes from the airport by car and roughly 25-minutes from Puerto Vallarta. It's closer to the village of Bucerias, which is only a mile away, than it is to downtown Nuevo Vallarta.
This northernmost stretch of Nuevo Vallarta is still under development, and so, along with some half-built hotel towers, empty lots, and other not-so-pretty signs of ongoing development along the way, you’ll find lush green jungle right across the road. Other than the other hotels nearby--and there are several--beyond the beach there is not much here except the road to there.
Large rooms with great ocean views and kitchens
The suites, divided into four categories, are all light, airy, and spacious with plenty of thoughtful design details. The rooms feature tan marble floors and bathrooms, contemporary Mexican-style furniture in bright colors like oranges, blues, and yellows, and 27-inch flat-screen televisions. Wood-paddle ceiling fans offer a cooling alternative to the suites' air conditioning.
While the rooms are divided into four categories, all of them have private balconies with gorgeous ocean views (except those on the ground floor, where the terraces are semi-private, screened by plantings). They all also have full kitchens or kitchenettes, which is handy since there isn't much in the way of restaurants near the resort, and the hotel itself only has one real dinner option.
The massive two-level infinity pool with a waterfall feature might be the best in the area.
Located on a beautiful beach far north in Nuevo Vallarta, this second Villa group property is more stylish, more contemporary, and just plain sexier than the somewhat aged downtown original. However, this one, too, is a timeshare property first and a hotel second, so although it's a little more subtle, the non-stop work of selling timeshares goes on here too. But as a hotel guest, you can take it or leave it, and just enjoy the amazing pool (possibly the best in the area) and the wonderful unobstructed views from your spacious, comfortable suite.