Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit + The Costa Alegre

Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit + The Costa Alegre

Set on a hillside overlooking the Bay of Banderas, this four-bedroom house in Puerto Vallarta was once homebase to movie director John Huston (he rented it while filming his masterpiece, Night of the Iguana).

At the 12-suite property,  it’s all about the food. Chef-owner Thierry Blouet prepares creative dishes such as crab enchiladas with smoked tomato.

A 1,200-acre private island off the Manzanillo coast is the setting for this expansive, Spanish-tile-roofed hotel.

Colonial art decorates the secret patios and nooks of this romantic 19-suite hotel.

Garza Blanca’s 79 hotel rooms and suites are some of the largest in Puerto Vallarta, all with dark wood furnishings, high-tech touches (iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs), and boldly colored accents such as bright orange pillows and turquoise bed throws.

It’s the top-notch service that travelers talk about after leaving this 1,500-acre retreat on the Riviera Nayarit, just northwest of Puerto Vallarta.

Open since 1999, the first luxury resort on the Punta Mita peninsula continues to enchant guests with its sweeping views (naturally, it claimed the peninsula's choicest spot when it opened) and pamper them with its famously perfect service.