Unwind & Recharge: Top All-Inclusive Resorts for Your Puerto Vallarta Escape

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Puerta Vallarta All Inclusive Resorts

I’m a big fan of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. You get to enjoy all the great benefits of the resort without constantly having to open your wallet. Just show your resort bracelet and voila — everything from gourmet cuisine to in-suite dining, poolside swim-up bar to water sports, fitness/wellness programs, and kids club activities are included in your all-inclusive package.

Here are a few of my recommendations to help you pick out the best all-inclusive resort for your whole family in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Pacific paradise.

Puerta Vallarta All Inclusive Resorts - View from my balcony at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
View from my balcony at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Photo credit: Mira Temkin

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Beach Resort

Situated near the Sierra Madre Mountains in Riviera Nayarit, the sprawling 267-oceanview, all-inclusive resort of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a pristine beachfront property right on the Pacific Ocean. All accommodations overlook the Pacific Ocean with full-service amenities that make for an impressive getaway.  This is a family-friendly resort on Banderas Bay, catering to both kids and adults, with a variety of programs and services.

When adults want some downtime, there’s an adults-only infinity pool. Other amenities include a full-service spa with a personal concierge, private cooking classes, a fitness center, and live music. I discovered Grand Velas Riviera Maya was grand indeed and luxurious, with a commitment to quality, service, and authentic Mexican experiences. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers a variety of dining options with fabulous French, Asian, Italian, and Mexican restaurants for exquisite dining. Located in Nuevo Vallarta, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is about half an hour from the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico airport and gives you easy access to the Malecon Boardwalk, whale watching, or the golf course. Grand Velas is part of the Velas Brothers family of all-inclusive resorts with other properties in Playa del Carmen and Cabo San Lucas.

Why Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is Great for Families

  • White sand beach provides lots of water sports activities – paddle boarding,  kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
  • All-inclusive suite includes in-room minibar, free wifi, snacks, beverages, Nespresso machine, refrigerator, and daily maid service.
  • Dining options encompass a range of Award-winning AAA Four Diamond award restaurants, plus more casual buffets, and room service
  • Kids club offers indoor and outdoor fun like arts & crafts, eco-tours and treasure hunts
  • Awesome Teen Club features high-tech Tik-Tok, disco and karaoke
  • Baby concierge can arrange everything from a crib to baby food, even adorable cabanas

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Beach Resort & Spa

Get ready for a fiesta at this amazing all-inclusive hotel located in the popular Hotel Zone, on the beautiful Mexican Pacific coast in Jalisco. Enjoy the luxury of contemporary Mexican-style rooms with marble floors and private balconies. Dine in their fabulous restaurants with Mexican cuisine, seafood, and more. The Fiesta Kids Club is designed for kids 4-12 with programs that appeal to them as well as activities for the whole family. Guests 14-16 will have a blast at their Teen Club. For some quiet adult time, hit the roof and relax in the Sonne Beach Club infinity pool, for adults only. Prepare to be pampered at the Nakawè Spa which offers a range of therapeutic treatments that include massages and hydrotherapy.

Why Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Resort & Spa is great for families

  • Fiesta Kids Club offers programs for children 4 – 12 as well as activities that parents and children can enjoy together
  • Teens Club for guests 14 – 16 has ping pong, foosball and other games
  • Chulavista buffet is ideal for casual dining and families

Marival Distinct Luxury Residences

While “family” and “luxury” don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, you’ll find them both at the Marival Distinct Luxury Residences in Nuevo Vallarta. Exquisite accommodations, culinary excellence, and family adventure await you at this all-inclusive resort. Enjoy complimentary kayak and bicycle tours with your family. Enjoy gourmet dining in three upscale restaurants and cocktails at the best bars in Nuevo Vallarta. Choose from one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences or three-bedroom villas with a private pool that can accommodate up to 11 guests. Enjoy access to the Marival Emotions with its kids-friendly buffet and pool. Get pampered at this all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta.

Why Marival Distinct Luxury Residences is great for families

  • Supervised Kids Club for kids ages 4-12 and Teens Lounge for ages 13-17
  • 24-hour room service for late-night cravings
  • Complimentary wifi to stay connected
  • Special money-saving offers for holidays where kids stay free

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, an All Inclusive Beach Resort

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta includes all you can eat, drink, and do in one all-inclusive package. The resort features luxury accommodations with ocean views with four unique restaurants and bars, all on a private beach, Las Estacas. Bring the kids to their international buffet restaurant and choose from their innovative food carts.

Your all-inclusive package also includes 24-hour room service, four pools, including a quiet pool for adults only, a kids’ pool, and a pool with a swim-up bar overlooking Banderas Bay. Indulge with a Tequila Sommelier and tequila tastings, spa hydrotherapy services (optional), and a fitness center. At their outdoor Kids Club, little ones can play games and discover nature activities like their seasonal sea turtle release program. Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is located less than 30 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

WhyHyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is great for families:

  • Supervised Kids Club for children ages 4-12
  • Family-friendly themed parties
  • Live family-friendly entertainment nightly
  • Volleyball, soccer, and horseshoes on the beach

Luxury vacations at the Barceló Puerto Vallarta

On the shores of the magnificent Mismaloya Playa, south of Puerto Vallarta is the Barceló Puerto Vallarta 5-Star oceanfront Hotel. Surrounded by lush mountains and Pacific Ocean views in a natural environment, this 5-star resort hotel offers 316 spacious and luxurious suites for the ultimate in pampering and luxury. All have balconies with stunning views of Banderas Bay. The beach resort also offers premium-level all-inclusive services featuring access to gourmet restaurants, premium lounge, and room service.

Enjoy a variety of culinary selections like traditional Mexican cuisine and exquisite international dishes, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese specialties. Choose from four swimming pools or the semi-private beach with a spa and fitness center.

Why Barceló Puerto Vallarta is great for families:

  • Four swimming pools or semi-private beach
  • Great location close to downtown and Vallarta Zoo
  • Supervised Kids Club for kids ages 4-12
Puerta Vallarta All Inclusive Resorts - The Lazy River
The Lazy River at Velas Vallarta. Photo credit: Mira Temkin

Velas Vallarta is an ideal all-inclusive package

Velas Vallarta provides a delightful all-inclusive experience located right near the desirable Marina Vallarta in this all-inclusive beach resort on the Pacific Coast. With three sparkling swimming pools, waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, and a lazy river, the resort is just a few steps away from an 18-hole championship golf course. 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 sunset from your private terrace, this is tropical chic at its best.

Puerta Vallarta All Inclusive Resorts - Creperia
Enjoy your choice of fillings at the Creperia, Velas Vallarta. Photo credit: Mira Temkin

Why Velas Vallarta Puerto Vallarta is great for families:

  • Kids Club for those 4-12 where kids can embark on a journey of fun and discovery
  • Snack, crepes, and ice cream stations for a sweet treat
  • Weekly Mexican Fiesta Night with mariachi band and gourmet Mexican buffet
  • Babysitting and childcare are available

When you want to vacation as just a couple, here are two fabulous all-inclusive resorts for adults only.

Casa Velas adults only all inclusive in Puerto Vallarta as seen from the resort pool
The Spanish hacienda styling of the Casa Velas adults only all inclusive in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Photo credit: Cindy Richards

Casa Velas – Adults Only All-Inclusive Resort

If you’re looking to relax without children in tow, Casa Velas fits the bill for a relaxing getaway. On the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course lies an oasis of calm and serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta. Casa Velas is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort, an intimate 80-room resort, and a boutique hotel that lets you feel like you’ve truly escaped from the outside world. Exquisite dining, impeccable service, and warm Mexican hospitality with yoga meditation programs let you relax and unwind in ways you never thought possible.

Reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, Casa Velas offers the ultimate in wellness and rejuvenation. For those who love the feel of the sand beneath their toes, you’ll have access to the Tau Beach Club which gives you both the ocean and the pool. Enjoy complimentary transportation from Casa Velas to the beachfront ocean club in the exclusive Marina Vallarta, which offers private beach access, an infinity swimming pool, exquisite dining, and a full bar. With your complimentary Day Pass, it’s the best place to hear the calming sounds of the waves, all overlooking Banderas Bay…and it’s less than two minutes away from Casa Velas.

If you want to leave this all-inclusive resort, your concierge can help you plan a day to see more of Puerto Vallarta. The El Malecon or boardwalk is a wonderful place to walk on Banderas Bay where you can shop for Mexican handicrafts, watch live entertainment, and sip a cocktail, all along the beachfront. Truth be told, we had such a delightful time just relaxing at Casa Velas, we never left the resort.

Why Casa Velas is Great for Adults Only

  • All-Suite Accommodations. My master suite had a mega-size bathroom, a private outdoor plunge pool, and a jacuzzi hot tub. Casa Velas also offers luxurious Grand Class Suites that reflect the coastal ambiance of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • Guests will feel pampered with Molton Brown bath accessories, a private terrace and plunge pool, and elegant Italian marble baths, decorated with Mexican art by sculptor Sergio Bustamente. Choose from one king or two double beds with stunning tropical gardens or golf course views.
  • All-inclusive amenities include a fully-stocked mini-bar, along with delicious snacks that are refilled daily, room service, and free wifi.  
  • Delicious Mexican cuisine at Emiliano’s or dine poolside
  • Day Pass to Tau Beach Club, their oceanfront beach club is just a few minutes from Casa Velas in Marina Vallarta with complimentary transportation
  • ABJA Spa features a hydrotherapy area, a garden-view fitness center, and a beauty salon. Inspired by Mexican tradition and international wellness trends, ABJA Spa in Puerto Vallarta offers a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, and harmony treatments to relax your body and soul.
  • Tee Up at the Marina Vallarta Golf Course with easy access and special privileges as a guest of Casa Velas.

Indulge in Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta features “Unlimited-Luxury” in this all-inclusive beach resort on the Pacific Coast for adults only. Indulge in gourmet à la carte restaurants – no reservations required, premium spirits, and soft drinks. With 271 spacious and elegant suites, guests go poolside, enjoy 24-hour room service, and concierge services, a daily refreshed mini-bar, daily maid service, and free wifi.  The possibilities are endless with daytime activities, theme parties, and live music.  

After a day of adventures, be inspired by Mexican sunsets and breathtaking Banderas Bay views. Discover luxurious amenities like private plunge pools, soaking tubs, and outdoor hot tubs.

Why Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta is great for adults-only

  • Access to Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa, right next door
  • AAA Four Diamond Resort
  • Endless daily and nightly entertainment
  • Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers the ultimate in pampering
With more than 20 years of travel writing under her bling-y belt, Mira Temkin understands the expectations of the leisure traveler and writes to those expectations. From destinations to tours to cruises and luxury resorts, her articles cover the world: across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central America, South America and Europe. She is a proud member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and past member of the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). Mira always has her bags packed and is ready to go! You can read her other travel stories at miratemkintravel.com.
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