Beautiful Vacation to Puerto Vallarta
My wife, myself and 2 other couples recently traveled to Puerto Vallarta where we stayed at the Marea Baja villa. We booked the reservation through Mexican Destinations powered by VacationRoost and they took care of everything! Noe was our driver and picked us up right on time after arriving and took us straight to the villa about 20 minutes away. He gave us some information about Mexico and Puerto Vallarta on the way and helped us get excited about our trip. Our first impression upon arriving at the villa was that this place is amazing! It was open and airy and beautifully decorated. Jesus the house man and Toni, the Mexican Destinations concierge, greeted us at the door and led us down the steps to the house. The entrance to the villa is very inviting with flowers and foliage all around. As we walked in the house and took a quick tour, my wife’s first comments were “this is my new happy place!”
The house has three beautifully decorated bedrooms on the second floor with large tile bathrooms and balconies to enjoy the ocean and warm breeze. There is authentic Mexican artwork on every wall and interesting sculptures throughout the house. The first floor has a large, modern kitchen, dining area that looks over the pool to the ocean, entertainment room with HD TV, DVD, internet and the outdoor patio and pool. The outdoor patio has plenty of lounge chairs for enjoying the sun and a beautiful infinity edge pool for cooling off with spectacular views. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can head out the side door, down a few stairs and you’re right on the beach, just a few steps from jumping into the ocean.
Mexican Destinations offered their driver, Noe, to take us on a private tour of Puerto Vallarta where we were able to see all of the famous sites: the downtown boardwalk and beach, the old town church with the bells ringing, the flea market, a yummy ice cream shop, a drive through the “Beverly Hills” area of PV with large multi-million dollar homes owned by celebrities, and then to the Mismaloya beach where the famous Elizabeth Taylor movie “Night of the Iguana” was filmed.
We spent about 4 hours with Noe and he spoke perfect English the whole way while explaining all about the history of PV, upcoming developments and some of the exciting things that are happening there right now. It was a wonderful tour and we really enjoyed seeing and experiencing all of Puerto Vallarta.
When we arrived back at the house, Jesus and Julia (the villa chef) had prepared quesadillas with chips and freshly prepared guacamole and pico de gallo salsa along with Mexican horchata. We spent a few hours just lounging on the patio enjoying the snacks, the pool and the gorgeous Puerto Vallarta weather. The views from the patio are unbelievable and that’s when you really start to feel like you’re on vacation! The men in our group ventured down into the ocean for some swimming while the ladies got some sun on the patio chairs. The private beach is secluded and empty, which is nice for relaxing. We saw a few other couples come out and wander around, but mostly it was just us.
At about 6 PM, Jesus set the dining table and called us in for dinner. The table was lit with candlelight and there was a warm ocean breeze blowing in the open air dining room. First on the menu was a delicious avocado salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Second was the main course of chicken fajitas with rice, guacamole and refried beans. Third was a light and fluffy caramel flan that provided a perfect finish to the meal. This was by far the best meal of our trip and we are grateful for Mexican Destinations for helping set this all up for us. The atmosphere was romantic and inviting and as I write about this vacation, I’m reminded of how much I wish I was there instead of back here in my office. The staff was wonderful and Toni even brought in flowers for our wives to make it extra special! It was truly the perfect vacation spot for our group and certainly the highlight of our trip to Mexico. If we ever travel back to Puerto Vallarta, my first thought will be to stay at Marea Baja!
- Jeremy Griggs, VacationRoost Controller