Luxe options abound on the Mexican Riviera, but thankfully they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. From hotels where you’ll be treated like royalty to yacht tours that’ll make you feel like a true jet-setter, here are four savvy ways to experience the best of sophisticated Puerto Vallarta without breaking the bank.
Saving big on the resort town’s luxury accommodations can be easier than you'd think -- simply plan to visit during the off season. Occurring roughly from spring to fall, this period offers pleasant weather, less tourist crowds, and perhaps -- most importantly -- lower hotel rates (as much as 20 to 50 percent savings).
For example, a night at the newly-renovated, 4.5-star Villa Premiere would cost $361 USD during Puerto Vallarta’s high season. In contrast, a visit to the top-rated, adults-only beachfront property during the quieter months can be found for as little as $243 per night.
Puerto Vallarta is home to one of Mexico’s most enticing gastronomic scenes, but dinner at one of its high-end restaurants doesn’t have to end with a hefty check. The city’s annual Restaurant Week, held each May for two weeks, offers diners the opportunity to enjoy special three-course meals at set prices which offer up to a 50 percent savings on regular charges.
More than 40 restaurants participate, including hotspots like trendy new Tintoque and elegant Café des Artistes. Both Mexican and international cuisine can be found during the culinary celebration where meals will range from an affordable $15 to $20.
If you like to travel in style, look no further than the three-hour private luxury sailings offered by Mike’s Charters & Tours. Their yacht Acalli is an ideal option from which a small group (20 passengers max) can explore the Banderas Bay.
Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town cityscape, the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific, and Los Arcos (giant rock formations in the sea) can all be seen from the comfort of this upscale ship. On board you’ll find three bedrooms, a bathroom, and kitchen, to get a true taste of the luxe life. Bilingual captain and sailors will navigate you through a relaxing tour of the bay, and serve freshly-made guacamole, marlin tacos, and margaritas.
Booking a yacht will never come cheap, but by planning ahead and paying upfront online, you can save as much as $225 USD (that's 20 percent off the regular rate for Acalli) with Mike’s. (Rates run $1125, or $900 with the discount for a three-hour ride with 20 passengers.)
Those looking to be pampered can find great deals as well. Even if not advertised, it's worth checking with your hotel to see if the spa is running any promotions on treatments. For example, current savings can be found at Mind & Soul Spa at Villa Premiere, which provides massages, facials, and hydrotherapies. Now through December 20, enjoy a 15 percent discount on all massages. And on Thursdays, enjoy 25 percent off on luxurious Champagne body treatments.
Offers at other spas can be found for appointments at certain times of day or during certain times of year, so don’t be afraid to inquire with hotel receptionists or spa staff.