10 Top-Rated Resorts in Puerto Vallarta

Written by Meagan Drillinger
Oct 9, 2020

When it comes to beach destinations in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most diverse and unique. Not only is it home to beautiful beaches, and embodies a laid-back beach culture, it's also a thriving historic capital, complete with historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and red-tiled terra-cotta roofs.

Today, Puerto Vallarta is one of the largest coastal cities and has expanded its footprint far beyond the historic Zona Romantica. As such, it offers several different vibes for hotels, whether you're looking for a barefoot luxury beach resort or a chic, glamorous boutique city hotel.

No matter which atmosphere you choose, it's always a treat to wake up to the glittering Bay of Banderas, which is wreathed in emerald-colored Sierra Madre peaks. Still, it can be difficult to decide which is the best resort in Puerto Vallarta.

Read on to discover the best places to stay on your next vacation with our list of the best resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

1. Hotel Mousai

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About 15 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta's Zona Romantica, Hotel Mousai is one of the best resorts in Puerto Vallarta, perched on a jungle-carpeted peak overlooking the Bay of Banderas. Technically, the resort is part of Puerto Vallarta's Garza Blanca hotel, but operates as its own mini boutique resort within a resort.

Known for their dramatic views from every room, the suites at Hotel Mousai have expansive terraces and sweeping vistas overlooking the bay or the Sierra Madre mountains. The rooms pop with chic, modern furniture, and a palette of blacks, reds, and purples that oozes rockstar-level sex appeal.

On the rooftop, guests enjoy even more spectacular views from the infinity pool. There is a small restaurant up here, as well, serving small plates (which are best paired with Puerto Vallarta's epic sunsets). Three other restaurants round out the offerings on property, and guests have access to the restaurants at Garza Blanca, as well as its secluded beachfront space.

Address: Carr. a Barra de Navidad Km. 7.5, Sur, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Hotel Mousai

2. Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta

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Nestled on 85 acres of jungle, at the base of the Sierra Madre, where the mountains meet the Bay of Banderas, sits this half-beach, half-jungle resort that is one of the best resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

Comprising 165 suites (all with ocean views), Garza Blanca's rooms to beat are the Ultra Suites, which are guaranteed to be on the highest floors in the Panorama towers and offer views of both the beach and the mountains. On property, guests have outdoor options, from snorkeling to hiking and bird-watching.

Garza Blanca has five towers on the property, with Towers 1 through 3 on the beach side. The other two towers are up the hill on the other side of the coastal highway, and a trolley is needed to go back and forth. However, the trip is just a few minutes, and trolleys come frequently.

Sister property Hotel Mousai, just up the hill, has the gym and spa, which is shared with Garza Blanca. The beach is small but relatively private, and the resort provides snorkels, kayaks, and paddleboards. The main pool area has two pools, while a third pool is located up the hill.

Address: Carr. Costera a Barra de Navidad Km. 7.5 Puerto, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa

3. Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only

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When the heat of the action is found in downtown Puerto Vallarta, some travelers may feel like they're missing out on the fun when picking an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta. Not at Grand Fiesta Americana. Just 15 minutes outside the city, this all-inclusive, adults-only hotel is all about energy.

The resort is on a small stretch of beach, which really isn't much to talk about, but it does offer a lovely view. The real source of life at Grand Fiesta Americana is the pool scene, which is always lively with DJs, sports, and activities. When the sun goes down, there is always an evening show or themed event to keep the entertainment going.

The rooms are modern and spacious, and the entry level room is a Junior Suite, which has a small sofa and dining table. The larger categories include the Master Suites, Party Master Suites, and the premium Governor Suites and Presidential Suites, which have spacious private terraces with sun loungers and a private hot tub.

Ten restaurants mean guests can dine at a different location each evening of their vacation and probably have a few restaurants leftover. They serve everything from Mexican food to Spanish-style tapas, a steakhouse, and Asian fare.

Address: Carr. Costera a Barra de Navidad km 4.5, Sur, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only

4. Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

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At Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway, it's all about location. Yes, the resort is lovely, with wonderful amenities and rooms, but one of the main reasons to book this resort is to take advantage of its beachfront location, as well as its proximity to Puerto Vallarta's downtown.

Located just 10 minutes from the city' famous malecon, the resort offers a combination of beach getaway and city hotel. Plus, it's positioned in the Cinco de Diciembre neighborhood, which oozes local vibes and is packed with restaurants and views of the Bay of Banderas.

The resort is just 80 rooms, all of them suites, and all with balconies and ocean views. Rooms are modern and upscale, with marble floors, contemporary artwork, light wood, and neutral tones. Opt for the spacious Premier and Honeymoon Suites, which have outdoor hot tubs and hammocks.

As for thoughtful touches, the hotel has plenty of amenities, from two pools and three restaurants, to a small fitness center and spa. Plus, all guests who check in are entitled to a five-minute neck and shoulder massage in the lobby.

Address: San Salvador 117, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

5. Casa Kimberly

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More than just a luxury boutique hotel with a gorgeous design and stunning views, Casa Kimberly comes with a fascinating backstory: it used to be the home of Elizabeth Taylor. Today, it's one of the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta.

The villa, which sits perched on a hillside overlooking the entire Zona Romantica and the Bay of Banderas, was a gift to Taylor from Richard Burton, who owned the villa next door. Their relationship was tumultuous from start to finish, but Burton constructed a bridge between the two villas, which they would use to get between each other's villas without having to pass through the crowd of paparazzi.

Casa Kimberly is a true testament to the Hollywood queen, from the larger-than-life-sized portrait of her to the vintage, opulent decor and original furniture from when she used the villa as her private residence.

The suites are decorated with deep soaking tubs, wreathed in verandas, and all have views across the city.

The restaurant, Iguana Restaurant, is a signature of the city, as well, known for its haute cuisine and epic sunsets.

Address: Calle Zaragoza 445, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Casa Kimberly

6. Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel

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One of the most charming boutique resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel is a true family operation. The historic building once belonged to the now-owner's grandmother, who has renovated it from top to bottom to emerge as a trendy, art-forward, LGBTQ-friendly hotel.

The hotel is just one block from Playa Los Muertos, one of the most famous beaches in Puerto Vallarta. It's in the Zona Romantica, as well, which means it's surrounded by restaurants, galleries, shopping, and an unlimited supply of energy.

Rooms are decorated with local textiles, modern accents, bright colors, and murals painted by a local Mexican artist. The more spacious Penthouses, as well as the Master Suite, have terraces and kitchen space.

The central courtyard is the social hub of the hotel, with a small, open-air pool, as well as entrance to the Restaurante Eclectico, which serves seafood, grilled meats, and salads.

Address: Amapas 175, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel

7. Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences

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Conchas Chinas is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta, located at the southern end of the city with sweeping, panoramic views over the Bay of Banderas from the hillside of jungle-covered peaks. This is the stunning backdrop for Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences.

The hotel's buildings are staggered down the sloping hillside, which means that almost every room, pool corner, or restaurant has beautiful views. The resort has spacious suites, as well as larger family-sized residential units, but all have balconies and views.

Junior Suites have living areas, furnished balconies, and kitchenettes. Then there is the Three-Bedroom Residence, as well as the three-story Governor's Suite, which can house up to eight guests. A Presidential Suite has more than 9,000 square feet of space and a full kitchen.

Luxe amenities include several separate pool areas, including a large swimming pool, a lounge pool, and a relaxing pool with stools for sitting. Then there is the adults-only "sky pool," which is an infinity pool overlooking the sea, as well as a rooftop pool with built-in pool lounge beds.

Several restaurants include casual poolside dining, a daily breakfast buffet, and an elegant restaurant serving haute Mexican fare several times per week.

Address: Paseo de Los Corales 139, Conchas Chinas, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences

8. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

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Velas Group has its fair share of luxury resorts across Mexico, but its property in Riviera Nayarit is one of its best. Though technically not in Puerto Vallarta proper, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is just over the bridge in Nuevo Vallarta in the state of Nayarit.

The experience at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit begins at arrival, as guests are greeted in the expansive open-air lobby, topped by a massive thatch-roofed palapa. Nestled on the grounds are pools, restaurants, and plenty of Mexican artwork and hand-crafted furniture.

Rooms are massive, with suites starting at 1,000 square feet. Amenities include a 12-option pillow menu, L'Occitane bath products, and furnished balconies with pool and ocean views. Grand Velas also has Wellness Suites, which include complimentary spa treatments and exercise bikes in the room.

The resort's crown jewel is its three-tiered infinity pool, which overlooks the stretch of beach. A massive spa has 20 treatment rooms, as well as an ice room, plunge pools, and hydrotherapy.

A family-friendly resort means it is equipped with kids' clubs: one for kids under 12 and one for teenagers.

Address: Av. Cocoteros, Paseo de los Cocoteros 98, Sur, 63735 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico

Accommodation: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

9. Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel

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The secret to Rivera del Rio is that even the most seasoned Puerto Vallarta traveler may not know it exists. Blended among the shops and houses in this section of the Zona Romantica, Rivera del Rio is a quirky and camouflaged boutique hotel carved out of an unassuming townhouse.

Inside visitors will find a mishmash collection of different styles of decor, and a layout that is evocative of an M.C. Escher painting, with hidden staircases, chandeliers, and a rooftop hot tub that looks like a Roman-style bath.

Rivera del Rio has only eight guest rooms, and each one is decorated in its own opulent style, with bold colors, lavish furniture, mirrored walls, fireplaces, and stately bed frames.

It's just a short walk to the beach, as well as the many restaurants and shops just off the malecon, yet it's in a quiet enough section of the neighborhood to ensure a peaceful night sleep.

Address: Rivera del Río 104, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel

10. Hacienda San Angel

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Perched above Puerto Vallarta, not far from Casa Kimberly, is Hacienda San Angel, which looks over the iconic crown of the Guadalupe Church. The 12-room boutique hotel has fantastic views of the bay and surrounding mountains, while inside, guests are greeted with beautiful gardens, three pools, and a rooftop restaurant.

Rooms start at Junior Suites, which have views over Puerto Vallarta and the resort's gardens. The Presidential Suite is undoubtedly the property's most lavish, with a private Jacuzzi, outdoor living space, and city and sea views.

Hacienda San Angel's restaurant is one of the best in the city, with beautiful views, particularly at sunset.

Address: Calle Miramar 336, El Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Accommodation: Hacienda San Angel

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