All-Inclusive Beach Resort with Slew of Perks
Thanks to Puerto Vallarta's west-coast location, its sunsets are especially dazzling, with every conceivable shade of red, yellow, and orange filling the sky as the sun dips below Banderas Bay. In addition to offering a prime spot for viewing the nightly display from Flamingos Beach, Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Vallarta supplies a surfeit of memorable perks—including a sunset tea service and decadent petit fours—to complement the area's striking natural attributes.
Along with doling out complimentary snacks, the all-inclusive resort serves gourmet Mexican, sushi, and international fare at three onsite restaurants. In between feedings, guests can while away the hours on a chaise longue overlooking a half-moon-shaped infinity pool that overlooks, in turn, the ocean. The resort's lavish spa indulges guests with coffee skin treatments and midnight massages on a beach dotted with tiki torches. Staff members pour colorful cocktails and glasses of wine at a sports bar and an ocean-view jacuzzi bar. At the end of the day, guests retire to standard rooms outfitted with a king-size bed and a hydro-massage bathtub to relieve tension accrued from dealings with unreliable sandcastle contractors.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Tropical Paradise with Cosmopolitan Flair
Puerto Vallarta is perhaps Mexico’s most sophisticated vacation destination. Known simply as Vallarta, the city sizzles with cosmopolitan flair on its expansive beaches and cobblestone streets lined with trendy restaurants. A 10-block boardwalk known as the malecón offers unobstructed ocean views as it extends from the city center, leading past fountains and landmarks such as the famous 9-foot-high statue of a boy riding a sea horse. Considered the most LGBT-friendly city in Mexico, Vallarta draws a diverse crowd of vacationers intent on relaxing during the day and living it up at night as they bounce between the city’s numerous dance clubs and bouncy castles.