My spouse and 19-month-old daughter and I recently visited the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for five days. For all those of you who don’t know where Puerto Vallarta is, it is located on the central western coast of Mexico (Pacific Ocean), roughly a 45-minute flight from Mexico City.
We Travelled with American Airlines with a stopover at Dallas/Ft.
Worth, however there are also direct flights from Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, Mexico City and more.
Pools and Lagoon
Our time spent at this resort was memorable in so many ways — from the warm hospitality throughout our stay, to the stunning scenery, and the child-friendly atmosphere. If you choose to reserve at the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & 27, here are some of the things you will find to do, visit and eat.
With 300 meters of private beach, there are lots of water activities at the resort. The Pacific Coast is famous. After a quick lesson by the instructor, I attempted paddle boarding for the first time ever, which I found to be a very relaxing and a excellent way to practice balancing my entire physique.
A couple days after I also had another first — browsing! It since we don’t have the big waves but at my mind of Miami it is nearly impossible. After about an hour of browsing, I had worked up a major appetite (thankfully the resort has many restaurants to pick from).
Along with paddle boarding and surfing, the resort offers catamarans and also the capability to reserve actions in the area such as sailing, whale watching tours, fishing expeditions and horseback riding.
Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa includes three pools to select from. Sunbeds all umbrellas, shower and towels are all included in your room cost. The kids’ pool has been so fantastic for our daughter that appreciated the water characteristics, slides and waterfall.
Near the kids’ pool would be the most important pool of the resort with above meters of crystal clear and a pub blue water to swim. We didn’t invest time there, but it was popular among younger guests.
The pool on the deck is intended for adults only. A pub, chill music and a lot of sunbeds ensure it is the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy a swim.
If you’d rather maintain the sea, the resort features a gorgeous walled-off saltwater lagoon which offers a swimming experience for both kids and adults. The lagoon is a superb choice, Considering that the sea waves might be somewhat extreme. We loved that our daughter perform from the water and could sit up in the shallow end.
The Zentropia Spa of the resort offers the opportunity to unwind and relax with many different wellness treatment and services including clay therapies, massages, facials and aromatherapy sessions, paraffin treatments, steam tubs and more.
My 80-minute full body massage was epic! I came out and experienced different massage techniques during the remedy relaxed from head to toe.
For us, the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa includes several restaurants around the property serving up both Mexican and worldwide dishes. All of your meals is included in your stay, which means you’ll find the chance to try all the restaurants in the event that you want, Considering that the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is all-inclusive.
El Bosque is your main buffet restaurant at the resort and also the only one that is open for breakfast, lunch and supper every day. We had breakfast here each morning and lunch on most days. We ate supper at each of the different restaurants to try them out. What I adored here would be the enormous and also freshly squeezed juices selection of breakfast items — from chilaquiles with roasted tomatillo salsa, to pancakes with butter — they had everything.
Portofino is your Italian restaurant situated close to the Main Pool, which serves up classic Italian favorites such as beef Carpaccio and spaghetti Bolognese. I was recommended the osso buco, therefore I needed to try it for myself. It was packed with taste and tender.
Bambu offers Asian-style dining.
It is located one floor over El Bosque. Menu choices include sushi, stir fry dishes, tempura and a buffet. We purchased tempura veggies spring rolls and many different sushi rolls.
Viva Mexico has to be my favorite restaurant on the property, both for its joyous vibe along with the excellent Mexican specialties. It also boasts beautiful views across the sea and the pool. The guacamole is prepared in the table and created as hot (or not spicy) as you desire. Another standout was the shrimp aguachile (ceviche with chili) and also the breaded fried cheese. My daughter especially loves the mariachi coming to our table and serenading us to get my 32nd birthday.
Ribs & More is a carnivore’s dream come true — broiled steaks and large sides served under a huge thatched roof. This Tex-Mex restaurant that was open-air has a broad array of ribs and meat cuts, all ready to your liking. The rib eye was exceptional and served with vegetables and potatoes.
When a car from Vallarta Adventures picked us up from the 25, my day visit to the Islas Marietas started off early in the afternoon. We drove to Nuevo Vallarta where we stopped a boat with a few different passengers led to the Islas Marietas, which will be comprised of 6 cenotes and 3 islands, forming a small archipelago that is home to 92 different bird species .
The 3 major islands are referred to as round, long and small as a result of their shape. After a boat ride it was time to get some snorkeling prior to going to the beach. The islands are and comprise a federal park shielded, which is the reason why guests are not permitted to apply sun screen there.
After a half-hour of snorkeling, it was time to visit the beach that is hidden! They requested us to put on a helmet and life jacket before swimming through an underwater cave (just possible during low tide). Once on the opposite side, the view is more spectacular. You are just permitted to be there for 30 minutes, but it is well worth the attempt.
Another day excursion we chose was to Sayulita, a beach town just 25 minutes north of the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa. What was once a quiet fishing village has turned into a surf destination, hosting yearly surf contests. It’s a great spot even if you’re not coming to browse.
We started off by seeing boutique and all the street vendors enclosing the principal plaza. I enjoyed the street murals across the town. Don Pedros are highly recommended by me if you’re trying to find a fantastic lunch spot with beach views. It’s just steps from the beach and the shrimp tacos were superb!
We did not have sufficient enough time to go to Puerto Vallarta town while at the area, but it is another day excursion you could easily do if remaining in Punta de Mita. Some things to get you can find wander take a look at the Our Lady of Guadelupe Church in downtown and do some shopping at one of the numerous markets of Puerto Vallarta.
My stay at the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa has been a mixture of experience and comfort, which is what creates Mexico such a fantastic destination for friends, couples or families . Even solo travellers will discover that it’s tough to become bored. My spouse and I were apprehensive of traveling with our one-year-old since we weren’t positive if she’d have”kid things” to do, however, the resort had us covered.
She was playing at the mini club intended for youngsters off most ages , when she was not at the pool. They are fully equipped with play mats, toys, DVD’s , theatre point, arts and crafts jobs and also tons of different things to keep the kids occupied. Last but not least, she had a burst at the Raggs character breakfast with the other families.
I wish to give a sincere thanks to Daniel along with Andros and his team for making our stay memorable and comfortable — a Mexican family vacation for those books!