The Magic Begins Here
Part of the sheer luxury and bliss experienced at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit occurs the moment you arrive. Whisked away from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, a short ride in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle leads you through the neat rows of swaying palms, vibrant tropical foliage and elegant homes and waterways that characterize the Riviera Nayarit. The resort stands out gracefully- there is no glitz or gaudy signs- just a gently curved majestic building decorated with hanging bougainvilleas and an immense palapa, or tropical palm-thatched structure.
Pulling up to the resort, white-clad attendants await to help you out of the car and instantly relieve you of your heavy luggage. Stress melts at the first gentle sensation of the ocean breeze; the palapa lobby has sky-high ceilings and the infinity pool and deep blue of Banderas Bay can be seen in the distance. A quietly bubbling rock fountain, comfortable rattan sitting areas designed in elegant contemporary Mexican style and opulent marble and stone flooring set the scene. Near the wide entrance are found whimsical, original sculptures by Sergio Bustamante, whose work is featured on the famous Puerto Vallarta Malecón and in Guadalajara’s historic Centro. His famed “Mago”, or magician creates many a memorable photo for guests. He holds a sign stating the obvious, “Aqui empieza la magia” or The magic begins here.
At Grand Velas one does not wait at a reception desk and wait patiently for a clerk to find their name on a screen. In the true sense of Mexican hospitality and world-class style, you are lead to a comfortable chair or couch and immediately served a glass of refreshing hibiscus infusion- a specialty locally known as Té de Jamaica. Attendants appear with freshly moistened towels scented with signature spa essences (a great preview of what’s to come during a visit to the sumptuous spa). Expert hands administer a relaxing neck and shoulder massage and then it’s time to check in. Check-in is a personalized process consisting of the verification of accurate reservation details and the stroke of a pen on the documents brought to you.
The blissful initiation ritual leads to the next phase as your bell boy brings your luggage and offers a tour of the grounds or efficient guidance straight to your suite. The facilities continue to impress as you discover the resort’s tranquil ambiance enhanced by Koi ponds, tropical foliage and the subtle, ever-present sound of the rolling tides. A flick of a key card and your suite door opens, leading to your next delightful discovery of the world of magic that is Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.