It’s been said that Puerto Vallarta was truly put on the map after the 1964 movie release of The Night of the Iguana, which showcased the natural beauty of the destination. The fact that celebrities like Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor spent time in the scenic Mexican area on the Bay of Banderas – which is known for having spectacular sunsets – probably didn’t hurt either, reports assistant editor, Ann Ruppenstein in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.
Taking advantage of a stretch of secluded white-sand beach with views of the mountainous coast, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is ideally situated less than 25 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and five minutes from downtown.
Not only was the former Dreams property overhauled when it opened in 2014, Playa Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled renovations across the 87 oceanfront rooms in its club tower, including a new lounge and reception area with a colourful tile installation and a patio expansion at the Blaze steakhouse restaurant. The revamped rooms — some of which have outdoor hot tubs — feature a neutral palette with pops of colour, large bathrooms with dual vanities and rainfall showers, 24-hour room service, WiFi and more.
“One of the important things about the hotel is you have always, always, in every place that you are, you’re going to have an oceanview,” says German Martinez, director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. “You have a room with oceanview, but you also have restaurants, bars, any location has the view, and that’s important because every one who comes to Puerto Vallarta, they want to have a beautiful view.”
The all-inclusive resort, which has been awarded Triple AAA Four-Diamond designation, has five pools and a spa with services ranging from facials and massages to agave-themed treatments (the state of Jalisco is, after all, one of the largest producers of tequila) and a fish experience pedicure treatment — all of which come complete with access to a hydrotherapy circuit and jacuzzis.
For the full story, check out this week’s cover story in the digital edition of Travel Courier.