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Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort: All-Inclusive LuxuryFebruary 26, 2007 By: Mary Ellen Schultz Travel Agent
Mexico's award-winning beachfront Pacific Coast property aims to seduce the senses
In upscale Nuevo Vallarta, along Mexico's Pacific Coast on the edge of Banderas Bay—15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport—is Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, a five-star getaway that is also a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Lauded by Condé Nast as Latin America's top Spa Resort,
Grand Velas recently received the AAA Five-Diamond Lodging Award—the sole
all-inclusive in Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta, and the only
family-friendly North American one to do so. As Mexican-born owner Eduardo
Velas notes, "We're not just selling rooms; we're selling
experiences." His vision (and the hotel's mission) is to provide
first-class experiences that seduce the senses.
All-Inclusive With a Difference
With a soaring, thatched-roof lobby, curving corridors and
elegantly airy style, Grand Velas blends Mexican warmth with tropical,
contemporary cool in its 267 spacious suites and spa. Five restaurants, three
of which are gourmet, feature inviting décor and Mexican and international
cuisine. Tiered infinity pools, a children's pool, fitness center and 8,400
square feet of meeting space (with a resident peacock roaming the grounds!)
complete the resort. Notable throughout is a crowd-free sense of space, even at
Grand Velas's usual 70 percent capacity.
General Director Oscar Cruces stresses hospitality as Grand
Velas' prize-winning asset, saying, "Exceptionally attentive service is
the most important thing we offer. [it is] a 365-day, 24/7 job, with year-round
training to ensure top-quality guest care."
Spacious, terraced suites boast ocean views, engaging
original art and oversized, amenity-filled marble bathrooms. For spectacular
sunsets, agents should book the front rooms on floors six through nine, and
fourth/fifth-floor middle rooms.
Most requested are the Ambassador Grand Class Spa Suites in
the new tower, which is decorated in soothing neutral tones, with interior and
exterior Jacuzzis; the cozily elegant 2-bedroom Governor's Suites; and,
hedonists' heaven, the three-bedroom Imperial Spa and Presidential Suites,
complete with steam room and massage area.
Grand Velas Spa—member of the Leading Spas of the World—is a
16,500-square-foot oasis designed to soothe body and spirit, offering 80
treatments and 20 treatment rooms. Suggest clients try the popular Therapeutic
massage, deliciously anti-depressing Chocolate Wrap and decadently hydrating
Gold Bath. In-suite spa options include massages and flower-petalled bath
rituals. (All spa treatments cost extra.) Agents can book directly through Spa
Director Jessica Van Kurczyn at 011-52-322-226-8000 or [email protected].
For clients wishing to get hitched south of the border,
Grand Velas' romantic wedding package includes setup, cake, flowers, ceremony
with translator and all paperwork for $1,650 plus accommodations; personalized
celebrations are welcomed. For information, contact Wedding Coordinator
Margarita Guitron (011-52-322-226-8039, [email protected]).
Surrounded by lush tropical jungle and the dramatic
boasts activities galore. Beyond Grand Velas' roster of on-site adults and kids
programs, off site, clients can shoot birdies at three pro-level golf courses,
explore nearby Puerto Vallarta's art galleries and markets, go tree-canopy
zip-lining, deep-sea fishing and dolphin riding, visit the mining village of
San Sebastian del Oeste or drive to Mismaloya, where Night of the Iguana
(the iconic film that put the region on the map) was filmed. Concierge Mauricio
Sides can arrange tee-times and excursions. Contact Sides at
011-52-322-226-8007 or [email protected].
Even with a location and service par excellence, the general
director continues planning luxe-life experiences, saying, "We're not
content to rest on our laurels; we're committed to evolving to maintain our
position as being the best of the best for our guests."
Ten percent agent commissionable rates are $430–$1600 per
night, per person/double occupancy, depending on category and season; the
two-bedroom, art-filled Colunga Spa suite (maximum of 4 people) is $6,500. High
season is Christmas through Easter and July through August. The majority of
guests are American. Agents can book through the sales director, Mariana Suarez
at 011-52-322-297-2052 or [email protected], over the GDS, or by calling
Grand Velas offers a plethora of packages. Rates quoted are
all daily, per person/double occupancy (unless otherwise noted).
The Winter Special includes daily tee-time and spa
treatment; cost is $399, available through March.
The "Great Outdoors—
chartered deep-sea fishing excursion and daily round of golf; the price is
$569, or $901 for a single. The "Love of Nature" package combines a
day of whale watching and snorkeling with a round of golf, priced at $446, or
$764 for a single.
Available through May, the "Ultimate Divorcee
Vacation" package features a "Diamond Divorce" spa experience
and private jeweler consultation to explore what to do with leftover
"bling." Rates are $638 or $1,077 for a single.
The three-night, $19,434 "Glam It Up!"
extravaganza provides star treatment for up to six people booking the Imperial
Spa Suite, with a four-hour Diamond Spa experience and tee time for all.