After years of spending our beach vacations at the " Dreams " ( former "Camino Real" ) resort in PV ( please check my reviews ), we were finally looking for the perfect non-family, adult-oriented resort, since our daughter had all grown up.
Well, we think we just found it!
"Casa Velas", with its only 80 rooms/suites, is an all-inclusive, tranquil green oasis, situated in the middle of the "Marina Golf Course".
This little boutique hotel/resort may not be on the beach but it features an absolutely beautiful and large free-form swimming pool (slightly heated), surrounded by the most stunning tropical landscaping and gardens, complete with fish, frog, turtle and water lily ponds. There is plenty of shade available and the pool lounges are furnished with plush cushions and soft, large towels.
The Spanish Colonial architecture of the buildings complete the picture of this little paradise!
The rooms are clean, well appointed and have very comfortable beds.
This is a very quiet resort!
Attention to detail at this hotel is a priority and the service is exceptional.
From the front desk to the restaurant to the service at the pool and lobby bar, you will be made to feel special and appreciated.
A special thank you to Benny (lobby bar), Manuel (restaurant), Denisse (concierge) and Freddy (pool service) and EVERYONE ELSE who made our first stay here a memorable one !!!
The hotel has only one restaurant, unfortunately, so the menu choices are somewhat limited but the food is nevertheless delicious and the breakfast menu even features several dairy-free options and is very health-oriented!
Also, there is no direct beach access although the hotel has a small but well run beach property called the "Beach Club", which is reachable through the hotel's shuttle bus. We preferred to just stay around the pool instead since space there is somewhat limited and lacks the lush, tropical surroundings of "Casa Velas".
Another option is to visit its large sister property, the "Velas Vallarta" resort (shuttle bus available). This is a big family-style hotel on the beach with very pretty landscaping but it can get very busy and loud, for those who are looking for rest and relaxation.
The only negative we found was the fact that if the hotel hosts a convention or a wedding, it can get really noisy and unfortunately, because of the small size of this resort, there is nowhere to escape to!
We experienced one day of incredible noise around the pool when about 30 local conventioneers
let loose and partied, yelled and hollered all afternoon long to the dismay of all the other hotel guests! Worst of all, the hotel management did NOT interfere even though this hotel has a "quiet" policy in the pool area! Very disappointing!
It is quite often the case that as soon as a bunch of people are together it can get loud and all the politeness and consideration for others seems to go out the window...!
Despite this unfortunate incident we would definitely come back to this stunning, well run and superbly maintained property!
For those who are wondering about the close proximity to the airport, it is not really a problem!
We only really noticed/heard a few airplanes take off during our 8-day stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to a beautiful beach resort in Puerto Vallarta for an indulgent vacation refuge with sublime dining, a pristine beach, ocean club, golf courses, pools and a spa. Our spectacular resort is within walking distance of Puerto Vallarta's sophisticated 500-slip marina and 15 minutes from the city center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Velas Boutique Resort
- Hotel Casa Velas Boutique