Hola guys! I am home now but find myself still saying thank you and hello in Spanish a lot 😛
A couple weeks ago my boyfriend Cordon and I stayed at the adults-only Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta. Casa Velas is a beautiful and relaxing luxury all inclusive resort. The hacienda-style hotel feels similar to a private estate, with lush tropical gardens and koi ponds. Casa Velas guests can also dine and use facilities at Velas Vallarta and Tau, included in the all inclusive rate.
The first day we arrived in the late afternoon and the airport was pretty packed!! It took a while to get out of there but the moment we got to the resort, we felt at ease. They offered us a cool drink and massage in the lobby, which was such a wonderful surprise. Once in our suite, we were able to relax in our private plunge pool. The ceramic pieces on the suite wall by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante added a unique touch. We then went on to have dinner at Frida (Mexican fine dining) at the Casa Velas sister resort, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Casa Velas guests that stay a minimum of 5 nights are able to eat here, included in the all inclusive. Everything about our experience was exquisite. Cordon loved the rib eye. I really enjoyed the salsa and chips. Beware they will add fried bugs to the guacamole if you don’t tell them otherwise! I read online they taste good but I just couldn’t do it!
On the second day, Cordon and I experienced the most wonderful couples Harmony massage at the Casa Velas spa first thing in the morning. Their Harmony massage can help regain energy and inner peace through a series of gentle and soothing manipulation that unite and harmonize the body. We felt rejuvenated after! Then we explored the beautiful property some more! It’s so fun to see the giant iguanas running around the properties. They might look scary but they’re harmless!
Dinner was at the tropical Tau Beach Club, where we enjoyed a really stunning sunset while overlooking the beach and ocean. The food was also delicious! I recommend the salmon and the appetizer tacos. Servers were friendly and overall just a great spot. This was one of our favorite spots!
On the third day we hung out by the pool and got lunch in one of the cabanas. The water felt so good! And then we shot more content and just relaxed before dinner at Emiliano, the signature AAA Four Diamond restaurant at Casa Velas. While they primarily feature gourmet Mexican cuisine, their menu is quite diverse and I was able to order chicken alfredo, which was absolutely scrumptious and I highly recommend!
Sadly our 4th morning – the day of our flight – was the only day we were able to get a real breakfast together at Emiliano. The green juice, warm biscuits and my dish of scrambled eggs, hash brown and frijoles was absolutely perfect! My favorite meal of the day is breakfast and ironically I missed out on all the other breakfasts… but that just means we will have to go back someday 🙂
This was my first time at a Puerto Vallarta all inclusive resort, and it won’t be my last. We had the best time and I can’t recommend visiting enough! And before I go, I have 2 tips for anyone planning on visiting Mexico! 1) Pick up pesos at your bank at least a week before you depart. They need at least 2-3 days to process your request. Also, doing it anywhere else will likely incur a big exchange and commission fee as well. 2) All-inclusive doesn’t mean you shouldn’t or don’t need to tip. In Puerto Vallarta it is okay to tip with USD but in many other places of Mexico, you will want to tip with pesos.