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Grand Velas All Suite & Spa Resort Nuevo Vallarta -
A to Z Inspection

David's Rating - Double Thumbs Up!

The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance -Wow, many resorts in Mexico claim to be 5 stars but this one is a truly 5 star resort. The minute you walk into the gorgeous lobby looking straight through to the ocean you know this is something special. Don't take my word for it, it is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World which only the best have earned the right to belong to.

Beach - The beaches up in Nuevo Vallarta are actually better than in Puerto. Wider stretches of beach where in Puerto you find more coves.

Charges (extra) - Spa services, motorized water sports, and business center services would be extra.

Distances - Nuevo Vallarta is about a 20 minute drive north of town and 10 minutes north of the airport.

Entertainment on Property - You will find a higher level of quality of the entertainment here. They even have their own open-air amphitheater. They also have theme nights three times a week.

Fitness Area - Not only is this a world class spa but they have a great fitness area with top notch equipment.

Food - They have 5 restaurants serving French, Mediterranean and traditional Mexican cuisine. They are very proud of the quality of their food and service. This is not your typical all-inclusive fare.

Getting Around - Taxi is the most convenient since you are so close to town.

Internet Access -They have wi-fi access from every suite.

Jackets and Ties - Keep them at home, but long pants and a collared shirt is required for the men in the a-la-carte restaurants. You will find people dressing up more here for dinner than many of the other resorts since it is a luxury resort. Still, keep the tie at home!

Kids - They have a children's program for kids ages 4 to 14. Most only have programs up to age 12. They have their own children's pool and get to do a lot of cultural activities, treasure hunts, pinata making, a sea lion show plus plenty more stuff. Your child will not be bored. Baby sitting is also offered.

Little Know Fact-This resort has a pillow menu, yes a pillow menu. You can pick from a wide assortment of pillows to best fit your comfort. Oh what the heck, try a new one each night!

Medical Services -On call medical services.

Negatives - Can I find a negative with this resort? Nope!

Nightlife - The evening entertainment at the resort will keep most guests happy but there is also plenty of nightlife in town.

Pool - Oh my goodness, I am in pool heaven. The infinity pool has to be one of the best I have ever seen. They even have little canopy's for your lounge chairs that you can swivel over if you need some shade. The jacuzzi overlooking the ocean is wonderful!

Protection - In room safe at no additional charge .

Recreation - Where do I start? Snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boards, tennis, beach volleyball, scuba lessons and my most favorite recreational activity, drinking a cold beverage relaxing at the pool.

Rooms -The smallest suite is over 1000 square feet so this should tell you something. All have ocean views, and have goose down comforters. They all have a separate living room and state of the art amenities like flat screen TVs. In fact they had flat screen TVs before most people knew what flat screen TVs were.

Shopping - Small shop on property. Plenty of shopping in Puerto Vallarta.

Spa- This is a world class spa resort. I have seen many spas in Mexico and this will rival the best of them.

Terrain - This is not a large spread out property by any means. You can be on the beach from your suite in minutes.

Tipping-A couple of dollars a day for your maid, and a dollar for bar and restaurant servers. Don't feel you have to tip each time other than the maid. They will be so appreciative since most people will not tip at an all-inclusive.

View-You will have fantastic views from any of the suites at this resort.

Weather-Avoid August and September, monsoon season. But I have had families stay in this region during these months and they had great weather. Who knows anymore! December through April is just perfect.

WOW Factor-The suites hands down. You might not even want to leave the room.

X-Y-Z -This sets the standard for luxury in Puerto Vallarta. I can honestly say if you want to be pampered you will enjoy this resort.

"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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Local Phone: 001-52-322-22-6-8000
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-398-2784
Fax: 011-52-322-297-2005

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (10 min. away)
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3     
Swim-up Bar
Infinity Pool with 3 levels, each one with a different temperature. One children's pool.
Vista Vallarta 20 minutes away Marina Vallarta 15 minutes away
Holes: 18
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: Complimentary.
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Motorboats: Additional Charge
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Squash: Additional Charge
Other Sports: Paddle Tennis
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Details

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The resort was architecturally designed by Ricardo Elias & Elias Architects in Guadalajara and the interior designer was Roberto Elias with interior decoration by Melin Castro.

24 hour suite service. Guest enter the resort through a gigantic 100-foot high palapa-style lobby with oversized furniture and cobblestone mosaic floors.

Beach: Located on a white stretch of beach.

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Total Rooms: 267
Year Opened: 2002

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express


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Grand Velas All Suite & Spa Resort Nuevo Vallarta features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips

There are 5 Restaurants at Grand Velas All Suite & Spa Resort Nuevo Vallarta:

Lucca - Serving flavorful Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. Located on the second floor above the lobby with an ocean front view. Open daily from 6:00 pm to midnight . Families with children under 10 allowed first sitting. Dress Code: Resort casual.
Azul - Is an all day casual restaurant, located at the pool area under a wonderful palapa with an oceanfront view. An innovative take on traditional international cuisine. Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Italian specialties. Open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Piaf - French classic cuisine with innovating spirit. Open daily from 6:00 pm to midnight. Located on the main lobby level. Guests 18 & older. Reservations are required. Dress Code: Resort casual.
Frida - Frida's cuisine is a masterpiece the enriches our vast culinary heritage. Located on the second floor above the lobby. Families with children under 10 allowed only for the first sitting. Reservations required. Open from 6:00 pm to midnight
Selva Del Mar - For more informal and fast service. Offers snacks such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizzas, salads, ceviches and guacamole. Open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Located at the pool area overlooking the spectacular Banderas Bay.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Kayaking, Boogie Boards, Water Polo, Paddle Tennis, Introductory Scuba Lesson

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Nightly entertainment with local talent. Three theme shows per week.

Children's Programs

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Daily activity program (parent supervision required). Includes children's pool, private playground, cultural & recreational activities and handcrafts.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 14 years old.
Program Fees: Complimentary.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: $15. per hour
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes

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