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Review: Best Executive Club Lounges In Puerto Vallarta


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Which are the best luxury hotels in Puerto Vallarta with executive club lounges? As far as we know, there are two, the Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta, and the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center. But do consider the Four Seasons and the St. Regis as alternative options, even though they don’t have club lounges, as these hotels aren’t far away from Puerto Vallarta and offer the ultimate in luxury.

Direct flights from New York to Puerto Vallarta take 6 hours. Thomson Airways fly direct to Puerto Vallarta from the UK with a flight time of around 15 hours. You can also fly indirectly with KLM, Aeromexico, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, British Airways, Aer Lingus, US Airways, and Air Canada.

1. The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta is ideally situated in Puerto Vallarta. This Rewards Category 5 Marriott Bonvoy resort hotel has 14 tranquil acres dotted with swaying palm trees and fronted by 410 feet of private Pacific Ocean beach.

The nice thing about this hotel is the vibrant modern Mexican architecture, which beats the look of the Sheraton’s hands down. This Westin showcases concrete and vivid Mexican colors mixed with Mexican wood carvings.

This hotel is just minutes from the international airport and the charming downtown. Beachfront pergolas and sparkling pools invite relaxation, while the serene spa offers head-to-toe pampering. Reenergize at the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, tennis courts, or nearby golf courses, or explore upscale shops and dining at the marina district across the road.

Bright tropical colors and elegant, modern Mexican decor grace 280 ocean-view rooms, each with a private balcony, plush Heavenly® Bed, and rejuvenating Heavenly® Bath.

The club lounge here is the Royal Beach Club, and benefits include daily newspapers, delicious breakfasts, and evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in an exclusive ocean-view lounge.

It is worth paying to upgrade to this executive club lounge as this is the best executive club lounge in the area, with beer, wine, and alcoholic cocktails free-flowing during happy hour. There’s a filling array of hot food, enough for a dinner substitute, with a soup, four hot entrees, salads, cold cuts & cheeses, fresh whole and cut fruit, and a variety of desserts.

The morning breakfast is impressive too, with all the usual on a cold continental buffet (cereal, bread, pastries, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses) plus eggs & pancakes, waffles made to order. An excellent and filling spread.

2. Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center is a Rewards Category 4 Marriott Bonvoy resort hotel in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, less than a quarter-mile from downtown shops and restaurants at the Malecon Boardwalk and just 4.1 miles away from Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport Puerto Vallarta.

Retreat to upscale, oceanfront rooms and suites with luxury bedding, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and room service. Request a room near the top of the building as these have the best views, particularly at sunset.

The beach here isn’t great, but the pools are lovely, heated, and have swim-up bars. Explore the variety of renovated restaurants, stay fit at the 24-hour fitness center, play tennis on one of four courts, or pamper yourself with a blissful spa treatment.

The Sheraton is generally worse than the Westin, which we have reviewed above. Still, the rooms have glorious ocean views, and the club lounge here is pleasant, offering free breakfast and evening wine during the happy hour, as well as soft drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Breakfast in the lounge is very average, with 4 pre-prepared hot options: usually including well-done scrambled eggs, sausage, and bacon. There’s cold yogurt, fruit cups, and cereal, as well as bread on the continental cold buffet side. The happy hour in the evening offers wine as the only alcoholic drink and one hot meal option like chicken wings as well as cold cuts, salads, and sushi.

The Sheraton is significantly closer to downtown, where all the good restaurants and fun is. Getting downtown is a walk or a short bus or cab ride away. The Westin, by contrast, is far out in the Marina area, so you can’t walk into town, and bus and taxi journeys can be lengthy and expensive.

That said, this is a bog-standard Sheraton, and the architecture at the Westin is more exciting. Plus, the beach isn’t great here. The Sheraton’s beach is fine for lounging and tanning but is small and very rocky, so pretty poor if you want a swim.

3. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

There’s no club lounge at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita but it’s great and should be considered nonetheless. It is one of Mexico’s most luxurious resorts.

Located in the Riviera Nayarit, about 45 minutes north of Puerta Vallarta, this hotel sits on Bahia de Banderas, one of the world’s largest natural bays. Between the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains and the pristine white coral shores of the Pacific, this luxurious resort offers an unprecedented level of privacy, elegance, and personalized service. Built to preserve and blend with the natural environment, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico, is a golfer’s paradise. Its championship golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features a par-three natural island green.

173 ocean-view guest rooms include 30 suites, and most of these suites include private plunge pools. Even the standard rooms are very special and ideal for both families and couples seeking a romantic escape. These traditional Mexican Casitas come with inviting sitting areas and furnished private terraces that either overlook the ocean or the lush tropical gardens.

Enjoy some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and whale-watching on the planet, along with a fitness center and full spa, a tennis center equipped for night play, an infinity-edge pool, an adult pool with luxury private cabanas, and a fabulous lazy river pool. The Kids for All Seasons program will take care of your kids, plus the 3,700 square foot event facilities are ideal for garden and beach events.

We like the golf carts that ferry guests around the sprawling property and the Shack Bar, which is really a wooden shack on Las Cuevas Beach. It makes the perfect spot to fall in love after a stroll on a beach and is the perfect place for a sunset margarita.

Wherever you are in the world, Four Seasons hotels are consistently one of the best hotels in that city or resort. Because they don’t have a Four Seasons loyalty program, you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them on a Four Seasons hotel stay. It can’t be done. But you can get discounts at Four Seasons hotels and benefit from special rewards at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.

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