Warm breezes blow on Banderas Bay as you sip on a Pina Colada around the pool and take in the gorgeous views. You look around and you see paradise. The best part is, it truly is a family-friendly destination. While paradise and family-friendly don’t always go hand in hand, at Velas Vallarta it goes the distance…and beyond!
This beautiful beachfront destination is an all-inclusive property, located in the exclusive marina in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with exquisite views of the Sierra Madre Mountains. With three sparkling swimming pools, waterfalls, lush tropical gardens and lazy river, the resort is just a few steps away from an 18-hole championship golf course.
The Suite Life
Choose the perfect accommodations for your family from budget-friendly studios to spacious three-bedroom suites. All feature well-equipped kitchens, fully-stocked mini bars, “Suite Dreams” beds and goose down comforters. As you watch the sun set from your private terrace, this is tropical chic at its best.
Relax or Rejuvenate
Enjoy a spa treatment on the beach or get your thrills parasailing. Play tennis on the lighted courts or golf. Try the fitness center for yoga, learn to cook (I made tortillas from scratch) and even how to Instagram them! The resort offers a full schedule of activities like aqua aerobics, intro to scuba diving, beach/water volleyball or just walk the beach. Try the newest rage—pickleball!
Kids are King!
With the new Kids Club for those 4-12, kids can embark on a journey of fun and discovery. Supervised activities include treasure hunts, cooking classes, board games, stone painting, water balloon fights, making sand castles as well as a variety of arts and crafts projects and tennis clinics. Does your little one love music? Let them take guitar and maracas lessons from a local musician! Don’t forget the Snack and Ice Cream Stations for a sweet treat.
Go casual at La Ribera on the beach (my personal favorite), which serves Mexican, Spanish and international cuisine. La Ribera offers a bountiful breakfast buffet, a la carte lunch, and specialty and themed dinner menus. The sumptuous breakfast includes made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, yogurts and granola. Try their ala carte lunch or buffet with salads galore. Or order off the menu with, fresh seafood, delicious gourmet burgers, mouthwatering ceviche, and authentic Mexican dishes.
For more formal dining, Andrea offers a sophisticated menu of fresh local seafood and Mediterranean pastas, served with creative Italian fare. Andrea also offers French, Asian and Mexican themed buffets – a feast for the senses. Of course, room service is available around the clock.
Visit the new Creperia in the lobby from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. every day. Pick out your favorite fillings like apples and cinnamon, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana, Nutella, topped with whipped cream…dee-lish!
Every Night is a Party
The resort sponsors nightly shows and entertainment, adding to the fun. Try your luck at casino night or karaoke night, enjoy the international dance show or circus night.
Mexican Fiesta offers the best Dinner/Show Celebration
My favorite night was the Mexican Fiesta on Sunday nights which included an outstanding buffet of Mexican gourmet specialties and traditional favorites, coupled with a mariachi band and Mexican folk dancers. The most fun were the kids who came up and participated in the show – the highlight of the evening! Numerous artisans displayed their works and I brought home a glazed ceramic necklace.
Nightly Tastings Add to your Pleasure
Every night, the resort holds complimentary Nightly Tastings from premium wines, cocktails and mojitos to martinis and daiquiris. Come down to the Lobby Bar from 6 to 7 pm each evening. The most popular tasting is Margarita Night on Sundays, right before the Mexican Fiesta. Sample strawberry, cucumber, blackberry and traditional margaritas and then enjoy your favorites at the Fiesta!
With so much to do and enjoy, it’s no wonder families return again and again. Visit Velas Vallarta once and you’re sure to be among them!