A week ago I was still sipping drinks poolside and laying on the beaches of Mexico, including Velas Vallarta Suite Resort and Convention Center as part of my trip. The all-inclusive resort is located in the most exclusive area of Puerto Vallarta: Marina Vallarta, just minutes away from the airport, Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Upon my arrival, I got a quick tour of the resort, which includes a spa, two swimming pools, swim-up bar, tennis courts and two restaurants - Andrea Restaurant and the beachfront La Ribera Steakhouse.
My friend, Allison, and I had a few minutes before our spa appointment to check out our studio suite, which included a kitchenette, dining area, living area with sofa bed, king size bed with a duvet and goose feather pillows, full bathroom with Gilchrist & Soames bath products and an outdoor lounge area with teak wood furniture.
Now onto our spa appointments! We both enjoyed a luxurious 55-minute aromatherapy massage on the jetty, with the sound of waves crashing on the beach. I would say the massage on the jetty was the highlight of my visit. The view was amazing and the massage was so relaxing. A big thank you to Mariel and Fabiola for an amazing spa experience!
The spa has different types of massages available, such as hot stone, therapeutic, lymphatic drainage and reflexology. There are also a variety of spa treatments to choose from, including facials, wraps and exfoliation treatments as well as hydrotub bath options. The beauty salon features waxing, manicures and pedicures, hairstyling, makeup and more. There is also a workout room with treadmills within the spa.
For lunch, we decided to dine at Andrea, specializing in Italian dishes. Since both restaurants at Velas Vallarta are part of the all-inclusive plan, we were able to order anything from both the menu and the buffet. For starters we had guacamole and chips, and then I ordered the ceviche coconut style and fried calamari tacos while Allison had the spaghetti. Then we both enjoyed some savory bites from the dessert bar and shared the flan.
The swimming pool area was filled with guests, but you could see from the pictures that I took that there was plenty of room to move around. I could have stayed at the swim-up bar all afternoon, enjoying frozen strawberry daiquiris. There was also an occasional spotting of resident iguanas and peacocks.
The scene at the pool and the beach were both so relaxing, it was hard to leave! Velas Vallarta is a great resort for the entire family. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and hospitable. Thank you Velas Vallarta for having us come visit!
Massage on the jetty
Ceviche coconut style
Fried calamari tacos
- Kim Weling
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