Thoughts of Mexico usually lead to fun in the sun and lots of tropical beverages. You’ll enjoy all that and more in Puerto Vallarta, which offers couples a romantic escape with a dose of local culture, great food, entertainment and activities galore, all in a lush paradise just 2.5 hours by air from O.C.
Villa Premiere Hotel and Romantic Getaway (www.premiereonline.com.mx/ home) has an ideal beachfront setting on Bandaris Bay. The adults-only resort is intimate (80 rooms), and casually elegant, possessing all the right touches, but without the crowds.Rooms have first-class features, and the view defies description.
We enjoyed the hotel’s full-service spa for a fabulous couple’s massage, both outdoor pools, and the fitness center. Swimming up to the bar in the infinity edge pool and gazing at the exquisite sunset… You will stop simply to catch your breath! The staff, the food and this location could not have been better. The hotel offers “all inclusive” and we found the cocktails potent and the food outstanding throughout our stay.
Getting out and about town is essential. There’s ziplining in the jungles for adrenaline seekers, water excursions of all sorts, golf, numerous art galleries to stroll, and of course, shopping. You must wander around the cobblestone center of town, home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and galleries and a range of restaurants and bars.
Mexico’s Pacific Coast is known for fresh fish, and in PV they are as abundant as innovative chefs! None are more gifted than Chef Thierry Blouet, owner of the famed Cafe’ des Artistes, a posh and romantic restaurant. (Cafedesartistes.com).
We relished in his innovative and delicious menu. One day we did Vallarta Food Tours (Vallartafoodtours.com), a walking tour visiting several of downtown’s food vendors and restaurants. But, don’t just rush by them or you will miss out. The fish is usually caught and served within the same few hours, and the flavor is incomparable.
Villa Premiere has an appealing wedding program with a variety of packages. The staff truly cares about your total experience, and it shows. Have the hotel set up a romantic candlelit dinner at the edge of the ceremony point above the surf– it’s one of their signature experiences and you will remember it always. Visit us at Visitpuertovallarta.com