Highlights From an Amazing Vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I just returned from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and wow, what a wonderful vacation! We stayed at the Villa Del Palmar Flamingos in Nuevo Vallarta. After a 30-40 minute cab ride from the airport we had arrived in paradise. Greeted with a smile and fantastic luggage service, as we walked into the beautiful lobby we were presented with cool washcloths and a cold bottle of water.

Each of the rooms at our hotel was a suite that included either a mini kitchen or a full kitchen. I even had the pleasure of enjoying a glass of wine in one of the presidential suites, wow! What an amazing layout! It housed two bedrooms with a full kitchen and living area and a huge patio with a Jacuzzi.

Some of the wonderful wait staff at Puerto Vallarta.
Some of the wonderful wait staff at Puerto Vallarta.

Two fabulous restaurants, with what I’d call five-star dining. We ate gourmet, four course meals every night. I was with a group of seven who enjoyed every meal! Our favorite was Trattoria Restaurant – Oceanside, cool breeze, and amazing sunsets!

The food was fantastic! Even better was the service, which was the best service I have ever experienced on vacation. The restaurant manager and wait staff, some of whom are shown in the photo, made each meal a magical experience! Imagine dining with the sunset every night! This restaurant also serves cocktails and meals poolside during the day. The entire staff was so eager to make your stay more pleasant, always smiling and making sure that we were well taken care of.

Activities are offered during day and throughout the night. They are there for you to enjoy, or if not, just sit and relax by the pool where the wait staff will meet your every need.

Some of the fun things I enjoyed were water aerobics, pool volleyball, beach volleyball, pottery painting, poolside bingo, salsa making, salsa dancing, and I even sang my heart out at karaoke a couple of nights! In fact, I won enough at bingo to purchase pineapple surprises for our entire group! How fun is that?

I also took scuba lessons in the pool for $35. The instructor was very calm and kept me from freaking out! In the evening they have fun activities several nights a week including a Mexican fiesta, beach parties, karaoke night, and much more.

The spa facilities were so relaxing! I recommend as many spa treatments as you can fit in. My facial and massage were some of the best I’ve ever experienced!

A beautiful sunset.
A beautiful sunset.

Puerto Vallarta nightlife is about 30 minutes away, so it is a bit of a jaunt. I did not experience the nightlife this trip, but did walk around Puerto Vallarta and ate at a favorite restaurant, Pipi’s. The Mexican food was good and they had huge margaritas, good prices, and a fun wait staff!

Buceria is a small town located near Nuevo Vallarta. I didn’t personally make it to town but heard great things from other guests who did.

The only negative experience of my trip was time-share sales! It was so aggravating. First there were people outside of the luggage claim area that try to trick tourists by offering a discount on excursions if you will let them transport you to hotel. There is a price for this; about half of a day of your hard earned vacation will be used listening to a high pressure sales pitch. And watch out for the sales presentation at your hotel! The same thing happened there. We were told it would take 90 minutes and we would receive a hotel upgrade. Over 2 hours later we had to be rude to get them to let us leave. It is frustrating when there is a beautiful pool calling your name, and you are listening to a high pressure sales pitch!

Must See, Must Do:
Rythms of the Night! As night falls the island of Las Caletas is transformed into a magical paradise, the ultimate backdrop for Rhythms of the Night – an amazing voyage that will transport you to a mystical and spiritual land that time forgot. Your adventure begins with a cruise to Las Caletas. When you arrive on the island you will follow torch lit trails past reenactments of ancient rituals and customs. You will then dine under the stars, enjoying a buffet fit for a king. Next enjoy the show! Stories of an ancient civilization are told through live music and modern dance as one of Mexico’s most innovative contemporary dance troupes transports you on a magical and mystical journey through time. End the night with a night-cap and dancing under the stars as you sail back to Puerto Vallarta.

My favorite thing in Puerto Vallarta is by far the people of Puerto Vallarta! They are truly happy to see you, to make your stay perfect, and always go above and beyond!

Now that is a perfect vacation!

Kimberly Roche, CTIE

Kim Roche
Kim Roche

About Kim Roche:

Kim Roche serves as the Business Development Manager of AurTravel. Responsible for the development and growth of AurTravel’s corporate, incentive, and group travel business as well as marketing the services of the agency’s newest division, Amazing Honeymoons, Kim has over 23 years of experience in the travel industry, including 13 spent in sales and management capacities. Kim holds numerous designations and certifications, including Certified Travel Consultant (CTE), Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE), Western Europe Specialist, and Disney Specialist.

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