Your guide to a luxurious vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
By Alyson Sheppard, Jul 2020
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a resort town where lavish experiences are as abundant as palm trees. There are plenty of all-inclusive resort options that can guide you through tried-and-true activities on Mexico's Pacific coast, but if you act as your own travel guide, you can pick and choose the relaxing and delicious activities that you really want.
Here are three luxurious ways to treat yourself and enjoy your stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Dine at a posh restaurant
Puerto Vallarta is such a gastronomical hot spot that chefs from around the world flock here every fall for the International Gourmet Food Festival, much to the delight of local gourmands. But you don't have to wait for a fall festival to get a gourmet meal; Puerto Vallarta's chefs give you that opportunity every day.
Chef and restaurateur Thierry Blouet's Cafe des Artistes has been dishing out elegant haute cuisine for three decades. Sip a cocktail in the restaurant's piano bar before taking a seat at the intimate chef's table or, weather permitting, under the trees of the candlelit exterior garden. The menu is French with a Mexican accent: The six-course tasting menu includes regionally inspired dishes such as guacamole with strawberries, broiled adobo octopus and seared foie gras topped with balsamic salsa and tropical fruit salpicon.
Relax at the spa
Spend an afternoon rejuvenating at one of the city's most sophisticated day spas: Vitamar Spa and Fitness, with hydrotherapy pools, massage beds and spa rooms located at the oceanfront Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta.
In addition to reflexology, facials and hair treatments, Vitamar also offers unique rituals such as massages that incorporate antioxidant-rich cabernet sauvignon grapes, body wraps that are made from chocolate fondue and exfoliants that use blue agave leaves. The spa's extensive menu of therapies, many ingredients sourced right in Puerto Vallarta, is sure to contain a specialty skin masque for your needs. Try the moisturizing coconut oil, the firming passion fruit-mango, the soothing moor mud or the hydrating seaweed.
Get back in touch with your body and soul at a revitalizing yoga class in Puerto Vallarta.
Nurture your well-being
A vacation is the perfect time to focus on physical and mental revitalization so that you return home feeling strong, refreshed and rested.
While you're in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, make a special visit to Xinalani, a world-class spiritual center, yoga studio and wellness retreat. Here, you can sign up for beginner or expert-level workshops in meditation, Mayan healing and yoga. There's no better place to nurture your mindfulness, pliability and breathing than this serene private stretch of beach surrounded by lush jungle.
Spending your trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, under the warm sun and in the relaxing sea is refreshing and pampering enough on its own. But adding in even one of these lavish experiences will give you a true taste of luxury.
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