Jason and I just returned from seven heavenly days in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate our babymoon. Before leaving I was a little anxious about traveling internationally during my third trimester of pregnancy. What if I go in to labor early? What if I get food poisoning? What if I get hemorrhoids from sitting on the plane too long?
I’m happy to report that my worries went unwarranted, and I was able to soak up every minute of tranquility while in PV. This was one of the most romantic trips Jason and I have been on, and I think having a baby on the way brought out the extra lovey dovey-ness in us both.
But enough about that, let’s get to details you really want to know about: our itinerary. Staying at three different places worked out wonderfully and if you’re going to Puerto Vallarta (babymoon or just for fun) I’d highly recommend checking out these spots.
CasaMagna Marriott (2 nights)
This resort is located on the marina side of PV- just a short jaunt from the airport. It’s within easy walking distance to the marina’s restaurants, shops, and beautiful yachts. Two days was plenty of time to explore this side of town. (I wouldn’t recommend much longer than that unless you’re staying at an all-inclusive and don’t plan on leaving much anyway.)
The rooms, pool, spa, and grounds of the CasaMagna are stunning (more beautiful than the pictures on their website show). What really made our stay here so spectacular was the spa. We scored an amazing deal that included two daily massages, but even if you had to pay for it, it would totally be worth it. (Ask for Blanca, she was amazing!)
I also loved their sea turtle release program. Once in a lifetime experience! And the nightly sunsets we watched from the pool bar were out of this world (while sipping on non-alcoholic fruity umbrella drinks of course).
Hotel Rio (1 night)
Judging by the $65 rate I assumed the Hotel Rio was going to be a dive, but my expectations were far exceeded. Hotel Rio has charm and character pouring out the seams, including an eco-friendly saltwater pool, organic honey shampoo (I have to find where I can buy this stuff- loved it) and welcoming staff. The on-site CoExist Bistro serves up phenomenal food and drinks at reasonable prices (enough so that it’s not just guests who dine here).
My only complaint would be that the beds here aren’t the most comfortable, but I’d say it was worth the tradeoff for being in the heart of downtown for a night. The beach/boardwalk are only a block away, across the street is a souvenir market, and shops and restaurants surround you in every direction. Being pregnant, it was particularly nice to have everything within arms’ reach.
Casa de los Arcos (4 nights)
Casa de los Arcos was the grand finale to our trip. It’s hard to put into words just how relaxing, beautiful, and hospitable this place really is. Perched on a jungley hillside, the property features four villas with views of Banderas Bay and the city life below.
We stayed in the spacious Casa Palapa, boasting of colorful Mexican accents, jungle-style thatched roofing, and an open-air kitchen/dining area. The bedroom doors open out to the breathtaking ocean views and soothing sounds of the in-suite fountain. Jason and I spent hours on our private terrace, watching the sunsets, reading books, and taking naps in the warm Puerto Vallarta breeze. The serenity of this place draws you in and rocks you to sleep.
All of that would be enough in its own, but Susan, the owner, goes above and beyond, making sure you’re taken care of in every aspect. She’ll personally drive you to the supermarket and help you navigate the aisles so you get exactly what you need. She’ll hook you up with a personal chef. Heck, she’ll even invite you up to her casa for homemade margaritas and drop you off at the airport when it’s time to go.
I could go on and on about this place, but it’s really just something you have to experience for yourself. Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to answer!