Not all the news about the overall state of the economy is bad. Travelers looking for unbelievable deals this fall need not look further than to the authentic Mexican charms of Puerto Vallarta for hard to pass up, deeply discounted rates and packages that are sure to leave everyone sunny and upbeat. From three star charmers to five star luxury, Puerto Vallarta hotels have never made it easier to go on a finance-stress free vacation. Even the exchange rate is more favorable these days with the US Dollar stretching further in Mexico which makes it even lighter on the pocketbook. Following are some of the special offers that travelers can take advantage of:
BUENAVENTURA GRAND HOTEL & SPA – This newly renovated property located just steps from lively downtown Puerto Vallarta is offering enticing fall packages with 25% off regular rates. The Fall all-inclusive package is priced at US$100.00 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) and includes: 3-nights/4 days accommodations in a Deluxe Room, one Gold Star Wrap spa treatment per person, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner served at Frutas and Flores buffet restaurant or Rodisso, an a la carte Brazilian steakhouse; unlimited international and domestic cocktails, beer and wine by the glass; and in-room mini bar with soft drinks, bottled water and beer (replenished daily). www.hotelbuenaventura.com.mx
HOTEL ELOISA – Located in Puerto Vallarta’s most traditional quarters, the Romantic Zone, Hotel Eloisa is an excellent option for those looking for a true taste of Puerto Vallarta’s local spirit. From October 13 to December 23, 2008 the Eloisa is offering a third night free. Regular rates start at US$ 61 for an air conditioned room. www.hoteleloisa.com
MARRIOTT CASAMAGNA PUERTO VALLARTA RESORT & SPA – Currently undergoing a floor-by-floor US$10.7 million renovation, this luxury beachfront property nestled between the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and Mexico’s picturesque Bay of Banderas, is offering a Girl’s Getaway Package for friends in need of a liberating break from current life’s stresses at the resort’s world-class Ohtli Spa. Valid through December 10, and starting at US$318 per room/per night (based on double occupancy) it includes accommodations in an ocean view room, daily breakfast for two, four spa treatments per stay per room, two daily passes to Ohtli Spa’s wellness areas, and two fitness classes. www.puertovallartamarriott.com
MELIA PUERTO VALLARTA – This luxury all-inclusive hotel located on the beach in the Marina Vallarta area, is offering special rates starting at US$ 158 per person/per night (based on double occupancy) till November 12, 2008 and from US$ 178 from November 13 to December 22, 2008. Supervised outdoor activities including wall climbing and themed activities for kids and four restaurants to choose from make it a great place for families. www.melia-puerto-vallarta.com
PLAZA PELICANOS – This charming Mexican property features two all-inclusive options: the Plaza Pelicanos Club, a short walk from the beach and with its own beach club, and the beachfront Plaza Pelicanos Grand offering superior amenities such as in-room coffee maker and bath robes as well as superior food and beverage options that include alcoholic beverages. Special rates at the Club start at US$65 and US$ 85 at the Grand. All rates are per person/per night, include all taxes and tips and are based on double occupancy. Two kids under 12 stay free. Valid until December 23, 2008. www.plazapelicanos.com.mx
VILLA PREMIERE HOTEL & SPA – This award winning boutique beachfront retreat that’s walking distance to downtown Puerto Vallarta is offering a special package with savings 25% off regular rates. The Winter package is priced at US$560 per room, per night (based on double occupancy) and includes: 3-nights/4-days accommodations in an oceanfront guestroom with indoor jacuzzi, an 80-minute Therapeutic Massage, per person, per stay and daily American breakfast for two. The package is valid from November 1, 2008 through December 20, 2008 and January 4, 2009 through March 1, 2009 and includes all hotel taxes and tips. www.premiereonline.com.mx.
Located only a few hours flight from many US cities, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal getaway destination offering a wide range of attractions and activities for everyone. Visitors can chose to lounge on endless miles of sandy beaches set amidst the beautiful vistas of Banderas Bay, explore the historic center’s cobblestone streets for beautiful arts and crafts, or enjoy an excursion in the dense forests of the Sierra Madre Mountains. More active types can choose from a wide range of outdoor adventure activities such as canopy tours, parasailing, horseback riding, sea kayaking, snorkeling, or golf in championship courses, just to name a few. Puerto Vallarta is also a destination rich in culture with live music concerts, theater, trendy art galleries, and one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in Mexico offering a first class dining experience.
Upcoming world-class events that travelers can look forward to include:
November 12-15, 2008 – 53rd. International Sailfish and Marlin Tournament – A 50 year-old tradition that attracts the most passionate group of fishermen for three exciting days of fishing in some of Mexico’s finest waters. Prizes this year will exceed US$ 300,000.
November 13-23, 2008 – 14th Annual International Gourmet Festival – Resident chefs from Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants and hotels team up with talented guest chefs to offer special tasting menus, cooking classes and demonstrations, and wine, cheese, tequila and chocolate tasting events.
November 16-17, 2008 – Vallarta Golf Cup – Puerto Vallarta’s signature golf tournament will take place in some of the area’s most challenging golf courses.
Additional information on Puerto Vallarta, festivals and events is available at www.visitpuertovallarta.com