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Pros

  • Beautiful views from the hilltop location
  • Three pools, and a large Jacuzzi
  • Gourmet restaurant with lovely views, plus poolside snack bar
  • Well-lit modern fitness center with a view, sauna, and steam room
  • Spa has assorted treatments including a beauty salon and mani/pedi stations
  • Spacious suites with private-view balconies
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Ongoing construction
  • Timeshare sales can be bothersome
  • Hillside setting can be confusing to navigate
  • Steep approach makes walking to the beach difficult

Bottom Line

Perched atop the posh precincts of Conchas Chinas -- whose winding cobbled streets evoke Spanish roadways -- the Grand Miramar Club & Spa is a 32-room timeshare that doubles as a hotel. Because of its location, beautiful ocean views are accessible through most of the hotel -- with the downside being that the beach is a tiresome walk down the steep hillside. But the modern fitness center, three pools, a luxurious spa, and an on-site gourmet restaurant are the real highlights of this somewhat-removed, cozy property. The hotel did recently complete its 80-unit expansion, so on-site sales pitches can be more than most guests want to handle on their Puerto Vallarta getaway.

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Scene

Hilltop location with stunning views offers a reprieve from the party scene (but not from construction noise)

With construction on the new 80-unit tower completed, you may be able to find some sun-soaked relaxation here without the construction commotion (though sales pitches continue). Thanks to its hillside location perched above Conchas Chinas (the "Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta"), views of Bahia Banderas are stunning from nearly every angle. Three pools prevent any one area from becoming too crowded, and a spa offers further reprieve -- all a nice getaway from some of the crazier party-centric spots in Puerto Vallarta.

Because the property occupies the side of a mountain, you'll likely be riding an elevator almost everywhere on-site. And now that the new tower is completed, there will be many more sites to visit -- another restaurant, an infinity-edge pool, a sundeck, and new rooftop gym -- and thus many more guests to fill the once quiet spaces.

Location

In the posh neighborhood of Conchas Chinas

Map of Grand Miramar Resort & Spa

Conchas Chinas is a small, pretty beach on Vallarta’s south shore -- and it is also the name of this posh, verdant neighborhood of condos and homes on the hilly southern edge of town. It's an older, wealthy neighborhood, with mature plantings, well-tended streets, and plenty of lovely homes to admire as you wind uphill to the hotel entrance. To trek between the hotel, the beach, and downtown, the hotel offers a scheduled shuttle service.

  • 30-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta Airport
  • 5-minute drive to Playa Los Muertos
  • 5- to 10-minute drive to Downtown Vallarta
  • 25-minute drive to Marina Vallarta
  • 25-minute drive to the nearest golf course
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Rooms

Contemporary rooms with some modern amenities

Currently the property contains just 38 rooms (ranging from one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, as well as a studio and a few penthouses). The suites all come furnished with the same softly colored contemporary furnishing against pale marble and light finishes. There is plenty of space in every suite, including a good-size balcony overlooking the pools or a garden and beyond across Bahia Banderas.

The lower-level rooms overlook a green hillside, much quieter than those above the pool. The 80 new standard rooms in the adjacent tower were finished in late December 2011.

Rooms and Rates

Features

A timeshare and hotel with a fabulous view of Bahia Banderas

  • Modern fitness center with view, and steam and sauna rooms
  • Beauty salon with manicure and pedicure stations
  • Spa with full-service treatment menu
  • Three pools (one heated) and a Jacuzzi
  • Shop on-site for gifts and sundries
  • Free shuttle to town and beach
  • Yacht membership allows for cruises on various ships and boats
  • Golf Club membership allows for discounts at area courses
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Food

A gourmet restaurant and poolside snackbar -- but timeshare sales are ongoing in both locations

  • 24-hour room service in high season
  • Poolside snack bar
  • Gourmet restaurant has two levels, both also used for timeshare selling
  • European and all-inclusive options
  • New rooftop restaurant opened in December 2011

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Cribs
Jacuzzi
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Concierge
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Pool
Spa
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Full Kitchen
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
Paseo de los Corales 139, Conchas Chinas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48326, Mexico
Phone (877) 874-8901
Also Known As
  • Grand Miramar Club & Spa
Room Types
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Three Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite