One of the best parts of getting to know a resort is discovering its perfect vistas, cool offerings, and surprise treats. At the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, these can’t miss spots are hidden in plain sight all around the property. Here are some of the most magical spots not to miss during your stay.
1. The Lobby Swings
When you walk into the lobby for the first time, the first thing you see is the beautiful ocean beyond the resort. And while you’ll turn left to check in, once you’ve unpacked, head back to the lobby and walk toward the pool and beach. There, you’ll find ultra-comfy swinging chairs–the perfect place to kick back and relax. Early in the day and late afternoon are perfect times to grab a swing, as the sun won’t be glaring down on you and the temperature is just right. There are also swinging chairs at the bar at Nosh, with great views of the bay.
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2. Fresh Coconuts at Coco Bar
Next to the pool, just outside Las Casitas restaurant, sits a thatched-roof stand selling cool drinks to sip by the pool. If you’re a fan of coconuts, order one and they’ll prepare it for you complete with the straw. Once you’ve finished the coconut water inside, bring your coconut back to the stand and watch as they cut it up so you can snack on the fresh coconut pieces. It’s a perfect way to cool down between dips in the pool.
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3. Swim-Up Bar at Nosh
Nosh, the open-air bar and eatery that sits between the pool and the beach, has two perfect spots to spend an afternoon: its swim-up bar and its swing chairs. Whether you’re pulling up a seat in the pool or swaying gently in the breeze coming off the ocean, you can order drinks and snacks without missing a beat. Pro tip: If the swim-up bar is seeming a little crowded, paddle over, order your drink, and then wade back to one of the in-pool tile chaise lounges to settle in and enjoy.
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4. Coffee at Los Mangos Deli
Yes, you can get coffee at spots all around the resort (including in your room). But the baristas at Los Mangos serve up what many consider to be the resort’s best cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking for an iced latte or a shot of espresso, you can find it here, along with local snacks and pastries.
5. Sunset at the Jetty (or Beach)
Spectacular sunsets are standard here, but for a backdrop where there’s nothing but natural beauty between you and the setting sun, head to the jetty along the beach on the left side of the resort if you’re looking out toward the water. This is a prime spot for proposals, selfies, and moments of reflection (and has been a backdrop for more than a few small weddings).
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6. Spa Ritual at Ohtli
Even if you’re not getting a spa treatment, you should still make time to head to Ohtli Spa to enjoy the hydro-circuit of therapeutic showers, Roman tub soaks, cold plunge pool, foot bath, sauna, and steam rooms. Access is included with the resort fee, and it’s a lovely way to unwind at the beginning or end of the day.
7. The Turtle Nursery
Tucked into peaceful corner of the Marriott Puerto Vallarta is its turtle sanctuary, where each year, the hotel safely shelters eggs that turtles lay on the beach. When baby turtles hatch during the July to November season, guests can watch as the tiny turtles are released back onto the beach to make their way into the surf. It’s a remarkable sight, and even when there’s no hatchings going on, it’s still cool to pop over to the nursery to see the buckets and sand keeping those turtle eggs warm and cozy.
8. Splurge: Private Dinner in the Herb Garden or on the Beach
The resort’s restaurants are good, but for a truly memorable dinner, you can book a private dinner for not much more than the cost of a restaurant meal. The Marriott Puerto Vallarta has two popular spots for private dinners: the peaceful and lush herb garden and on the beach near the Jetty. On offer as of publication is a five-course Sensory Menu featuring tuna sashimi and slow-cooked short rib. The menu is available for private dinners in the herb garden for about $60 a person.