A wellness getaway in paradise, where do we sign up? The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers its guests the ultimate luxury escape on the coast of Puerto Vallarta. This superior all-inclusive resort in Mexico is situated along the shimmering blue waters of Banderas Bay. Located on the white sandy beaches of Nuevo Vallarta the property is conveniently a short 15-minute ride from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and just 25 minutes away from the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is the only all-inclusive resort in all of Mexico to be awarded Five Diamonds by AAA and for good reason. From the moment you arrive at the hotel and enter the lobby you are whisked away to experience true Mexican hospitality.
The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has brought new meaning to the term “all-inclusive” with its “Beyond all-inclusive, Beyond all compare” concept. Not only does the resort’s staff go above and beyond to provide guests the best in luxury accommodations, fine dining, and top-notch customer service, but its safety protocols are also setting high standards. In these uncertain times, guest’s safety and peace of mind are a number one priority and this is evident from the moment you set foot on the property. Upon arrival, each guest has their temperature taken and is then asked to wipe their shoes using the sterilizing floor mats as they disinfect their hands with sanitizer before proceeding to check-in.
Touring the property, one will be taken back by the stunning atmosphere that has been created throughout the resort. The open-air lobby gives way to a tropical landscape that magnetically pulls you to the resort’s three-tiered infinity pool. After check-in, drop your bags and pull up a seat at the beachside pool bar. Soak up the dramatic ocean views and peruse the mouthwatering lunch menu which showcases an assortment of tropical drinks, ice-cold margaritas and delectable food items from fresh ceviche to prawn tacos and more.
In times like these, where health and overall safety is top of mind, booking a wellness suite at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an excellent option. Upon check-in, your wellness concierge will meet with you to go over your every need during your stay giving you the ultimate customized service. From freshly squeezed juices delivered daily to customized healthy menu options and one-on-one fitness classes, balance and wellbeing is the ultimate concern of your host.
A place for healing and inspiration, each two-floored wellness suite comes fully equipped with an aromatherapy kit, a Lifecycle recumbent bicycle, an exercise kit, healthy snack options and more. On the second floor of your suite, you will find a private terrace with a jacuzzi and a stunning view of the resort below. In an atmosphere of serene, classic refinement that pleases the eye and centers you from the moment you enter, you’ll find each wellness suite dedicated to personalization. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul as you start your day with a personalized yoga session on your terrace. Your private instructor will guide you through a fully customized session that will help increase flexibility, balance, and muscle tone while decreasing your stress level so you can enjoy your day from start to finish! Looking for the perfect way to end the afternoon? Book a massage in the privacy of your terrace for ultimate relaxation. Each wellness suite booking includes a 50-minute massage. Whatever stresses, aches or imbalances you’ve brought with you, your wellness suite is where they melt away.
Albeit the entire resort experience is beyond all expectations it is arguably the culinary program that truly stands out. Not typical of most all-inclusive resort stays the team of chefs here take their job duties seriously which is evident at every dining establishment you experience throughout your stay. The resort’s Executive Chef Guillaume Morancé oversees a team of passionate savvy culinary professionals that guarantee their guests a meal to remember at each sitting. Savor the best of not only Mexico but also Italy, France, and Asia when you dine out at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.
The resort’s signature AAA Four Diamond restaurant Lucca is a foodie experience that cannot be missed while staying at the property. Executive Chef Adrián Aguayo brings years of extensive culinary training and expertise in delivering savory Italian food to his guests each night. Fresh seafood local to the area combined with the classics is what you can expect from Lucca all served in a cozy atmosphere with stunning décor, gorgeous sunset views, and live music.
Executive Chef Wayu “Light” Wattanakamin brings an international resume to Sen Lin that rivals most and his experience shines through with his expertise in delivering some of the finest Asian Fusion you will ever taste. Originally from Thailand, Chef Wayu spent 14 years working in restaurants throughout Europe and Asia so it is safe to say you are in for a treat when you dine at this Asian-inspired restaurant. Each dish that is delivered to your plate is presented like a piece of art, with taste profiles coming from countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, and more.
It wouldn’t be a true vacation to Puerto Vallarta without a classically cooked Mexican feast at Frida! Chef Jose Alberto Mendez has spent his entire life with a dedication to his local culinary roots and serves up tantalizing dishes that celebrate his country’s colorful culture. Frida has been touted as one of Puerto Vallarta’s best Mexican restaurants and it is easy to see why. Chef Mendez uses his traditional cooking techniques blended with the art of sourcing fresh ingredients local to the area to bring his guests’ incredible Mexican feasts night after night.
The resort’s signature French dining establishment Piaf offers its guests traditional French classics with a modern twist using only the best of ingredients local to the Pacific coast of Mexico. Executive Chef Denisse Martin Lugo brings not only an undying passion for the culinary arts but also a solid resume of working under some of the best chefs in North America. Under the tutelage of the resort’s Executive Chef, Guillaume Morancé, Chef Lugo couldn’t have a better pair of hands to oversee her daily creations. Close your eyes and take in the aromas of France mingling with the soft coastal breezes of the Pacific. Indulge in fresh, local ingredients prepared with flair and a passion for authentic classical cooking.
Whether you decide to spend your days in full relaxation poolside or you choose an activity-filled vacation, the Grand Velas has you covered from every angle. The resort’s team of concierges are at your beck and call for anything you may need from the moment you arrive until the very last goodbye. From world-class golf to sailing Banderas Bay to scuba diving colorful reefs filled with marine life, the options are endless. One thing is for certain with the combination of their warm caring staff to their world-class culinary program paired with an itinerary of endless activities, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit guarantees the Mexican vacation you have always dreamed of!
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