New Hilltop Hotel with Spectacular Views of Banderas Bay
Grand Miramar Club and Spa is perched on the hills of Puerto Vallarta’s Conchas Chinas, an exclusive residential neighborhood lined with cobblestone streets. The area is known for its spectacular views of nearby Banderas Bay, and the hotel has some of the very best. Its property cascades down the side of a lush mountain, and its guest rooms, restaurants, swimming pools, and spa all look out onto the sparkling waters. From certain points, you can also see the city skyline and the Sierra Madre mountain range.
The hotel's minimalist architecture reflects its natural surroundings—the design uses balconies to give the building an undulating appearance, an homage to the nearby ocean waves. Four outdoor pools lie at the heart of the property—sink into a lounge chair built into the infinity pool, or grab an ocean-facing spot on the midlevel swimming deck. Minutes away, you’ll find Playa de los Muertos, Mexico’s most popular public beach. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service here every morning.
Junior suites are more like private cottages, with terraces that look out onto Banderas Bay or Puerto Vallarta. Inside, you’ll find two flat-screen televisions, and kitchens outfitted with refrigerators and microwaves. The onsite restaurants, including Sky Restaurante, are replete with similarly dazzling views and serve complimentary continental breakfasts. Head up to the new rooftop sky bar and take in panoramic vistas of the ocean and city lights. The next day, you can catch up on a book borrowed from Grand Miramar’s library or indulge in a massage at the rainforest-inspired spa.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Tropical Paradise with Cosmopolitan Flair
Puerto Vallarta is perhaps Mexico’s most sophisticated vacation destination, with expansive beaches, trendy restaurants, and cobblestone streets leading to beautifully preserved 19th-century churches. A 16-block boardwalk known as the malecón offers unobstructed ocean views as it extends from the city center, past fountains and a famous 9-foot-high statue of a boy riding a seahorse.
Vallarta draws a diverse crowd of vacationers intent on relaxing during the day and living it up at night, bouncing between the city’s numerous dance clubs and bouncy castles. For a glimpse of the city's history, head to Viejo Vallarta, also known as Old Town, where artists peddle shawls and piñatas and mariachi bands serenade couples dancing on Plaza Principal.
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