My spouse and daughter and I recently visited the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for five lovely days. For all those of you who do not know where Puerto Vallarta is, it’s situated on the central western coast of Mexico (Pacific Ocean), roughly a 45-minute flight out of Mexico City.
We traveled with American Airlines from Miami with a stopover in Dallas/Ft.
Worth, but in addition, there are direct flights out of Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Toronto, Mexico City and much more.
Pools and Lagoon
Our time spent at this all-inclusive resort was memorable in so many ways — by the warm hospitality throughout our stay, to the stunning scenery, and the atmosphere. If you decide to book in the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & 27, Below are a few of the things.
With 300 meters of private beach, there are loads of water activities in the resort. The Pacific Coast is well known for its surf-worthy waves, which I took advantage of throughout my stay. Following a quick lesson in the teacher, I attempted a terrific way to practice balancing my entire physique and paddle boarding for the first time ever, and that I discovered to be a very relaxing.
A couple days after I also had another original — browsing! In my hometown of Miami it’s nearly impossible since we do not have the waves although it. After about one hour of browsing, I’d worked up a major desire (thankfully the resort has many restaurants to choose from).
Along with paddle surfing and boarding, the resort offers also the capability and catamarans to book activities in the region such as sailing, whale watching tours, fishing expeditions and horseback riding.
Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa has three pools to select from. All umbrellas, sunbeds, shower and towels are included in your room cost. The kids’ pool has been fantastic for our daughter that appreciated the water characteristics, slides and waterfall.
Close to the kids’ swimming pool would be the pool of the resort featuring a bar and over meters of crystal clear water to swim. It was consistently popular among guests, although we did not invest time there.
The infinity pool on the top deck is intended for adults only. A bar, chill music and plenty of sunbeds ensure it is the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy a relaxing swim.
If you would rather be in the ocean, the resort has a beautiful walled-off saltwater lagoon which provides a safe and relaxing swimming experience for both kids and adults. Since the ocean waves could be a little intense, the lagoon is a great option. We loved that our daughter could sit up in the end and perform safely from the water.
The Zentropia Spa of the resort offers the chance to unwind and relax with many different wellness treatment and services such as steam tubs, clay therapies, facials , aromatherapy sessions, paraffin treatments, massages and much more.
My body massage was so epic! I came out and experienced several massage techniques during the treatment totally rested from head to toe.
Luckily for us, the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa has several restaurants on the house serving up both Mexican and international dishes. All of your meals is included in your stay, which means you’ll get the chance to try all the restaurants on the property in case you so wish Considering that the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is all-inclusive.
El Bosque is your main buffet restaurant in the resort and also the only one that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. We had breakfast here each morning and lunch on most days. We ate dinner at each of the restaurants to try out them. What I loved here are the huge and also freshly squeezed juices choice of breakfast items — out of chilaquiles with roasted tomatillo salsa they had it all.
Portofino is your Italian restaurant located near the Main Pool, which serves up classic Italian favorites like steak Carpaccio and spaghetti Bolognese. I was recommended the osso buco, so I needed to try it for myself. It was tender and packed with taste.
Bambu offers Asian-style dining.
It is situated one floor over El Bosque. Menu choices include a cold buffet, stir fry dishes, tempura and beef. We ordered tempura veggies spring rolls and many different sushi rolls.
Viva Mexico has to be my favorite restaurant on the home, both to its joyous vibe along with the fantastic Mexican specialties. It boasts amazing views across the swimming pool and the ocean. The guacamole is prepared in the table and made as hot (or not spicy) as you desire. Another standout was the shrimp aguachile (ceviche with chili) and also the breaded grilled 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 — grilled steaks and large sides served under a huge thatched roof. This open-air restaurant that was Tex-Mex has a broad range of meat cuts and ribs, all prepared to your own liking. The rib eye was outstanding and served with potatoes and vegetables.
My day visit to the Islas Marietas started in the afternoon when a car in Vallarta Adventures picked us up in the resort. Where we boarded a ship with a few passengers headed to the Islas Marietas, which is comprised of 3 islands and 6 cenotes, forming we drove to Nuevo Vallarta .”
The 3 main islands are referred to small, long and as round as a result of their shape. Prior to going to the beach after a ship ride it was time to get some snorkeling. The islands are and comprise a national park shielded, which is why guests aren’t allowed to apply sun screen there.
It was time to go to the hidden beach! They asked us to put on a helmet and life jacket before swimming through an underwater cave (just possible during low tide). Once on the other side, the view is more magnificent. You’re just allowed to be there for 30 minutes it’s well worth the attempt.
Another day excursion we took is a beach town only 25 minutes north west of the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, to Sayulita. What was once a quiet fishing village has turned into a world class surf destination, hosting surf competitions all over the world. If you’re not coming to browse, it’s a great spot to do some shopping and have lunch.
We started off by visiting boutique and all the street vendors enclosing the principal plaza. I enjoyed all the street murals around the town. If you’re looking for a terrific lunch place with beach views, then I recommend Don Pedros. It is only steps from the beach and the shrimp tacos were superb!
We unfortunately did not have time to visit with Puerto Vallarta city whilst in the region, but it’s another day excursion you could easily do if remaining in Punta de Mita. Some things to do there are wander the Malecón oceanfront promenade which runs along Banderas Bay, check out the Our Lady of Guadelupe Church in downtown and do some shopping in one of the numerous markets of Puerto Vallarta.
My stay in the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa has been a fantastic mixture of comfort and experience, which is what creates Mexico such a terrific destination for friends, couples or families . Solo travellers will discover that it’s hard to be bored. My spouse and I had been worried of traveling with our one-year-old since we weren’t sure if she would have”kid things” to perform, however, the resort had us covered.
She was playing in the mini club intended for kids off most ages when she wasn’t in the pool. They are completely equipped with theatre stage, play mats, DVD’s, toys, arts and crafts jobs and also tons of different things to keep the kids busy. Last but not least, she had a blast at the Raggs personality breakfast with the other families.
I need to give a sincere thanks to Daniel and also Andros and his staff for making our stay memorable and comfortable — a Mexican family vacation for those books!