Exploring Riviera Nayarit
Sponsored by Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa’s Family Selection
On a recent press trip to Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, Kiddo and I experienced the signature Family Selection service while visiting the property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. With multiple on-site concierge desks, and personalized activities such as arts & crafts workshops offered by the Family Selection program, there are no shortage of ways to enjoy yourself while surrounded by tropical lush vegetation and miles of pristine beaches.
While we truly enjoyed our time at the all-inclusive resort, I do feel the need to mention that this property is more what I would personally consider “mid-level,” rather than luxury accommodations.
Attention to Detail
Nestled along the picturesque Bay of Banderas in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, nature’s backdrop makes it impossible not to relax and leave your “real life” behind. I’ve found this to be essential when it comes time to unplug and enjoy your family. I’ve traveled to many family destinations over the years, and experienced many family-tailored services, but I will say Family Selection is all about making families feel like VIPs in an all-inclusive environment. From top-shelf liquor selection and mocktail menus, and imaginative kids club programs, to well-stocked mini bars and bath butlers, they spare no expense when it comes to catering to families.
Living Your Best Life
Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you need to forget about healthy choices. With zen views for miles, this is the perfect way to begin your stress-free vacation. Start your morning with some SUP yoga, followed by a beautiful smoothie and fresh fruit buffet breakfast overlooking the crystal waters of the Pacific Ocean. Continue your relaxation inside one of the many poolside cabanas so you can keep your eye on the tide, and even opt for a massage ocean side.
Use this time to consider some of the many excursions they offer near the property and explore other recommended areas with the help of your personal concierge. Over the last few years, Kiddo and I have taken numerous trips all around Mexico, and I have to say, it’s absolutely magical. Especially when you have the opportunity to steer clear of the tourist areas.
At Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, children are celebrated from the moment they arrive until their departure. Kids can learn to surf the aquamarine seas with a pro, snorkel or even windsurf with one of the many family host assistants. Family Selection rooms deliver nightly services from cookies and milk turndown to welcome kits personalized for each stay.
Those staying on one of the 518 fully equipped, stylish Family Selection rooms, have access to the baby club (1– 3-year-olds), mini club (4– 12-year-olds) and Black & White Junior Club (13– 18-year-olds). Family Selection is in a secluded, well-designed area with its own private entrance, beach, and offers exclusive facilities located at privileged areas of the resort. Visitors staying in the Family Selection towers also have the luxury of enjoying the entire property as well.
One thing I personally appreciated at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa was the signature spa treatment that was made available for moms with their tween daughters. Kiddo expresses her desire to experience spa time with me often, and usually, most properties have an 18+ requirement. At Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, you can book a treatment for your favorite tween to experience side-by-side with you in the couples room of the 5-star Zentropia Spa & Wellness center.
On our final night at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, we sat down for a Chef’s Table culinary adventure with GM, Jose Morgan. Not only was the sky painted in the most beautiful colors at sunset, but as the clouds slowly moved in we were entertained by the most magical electrical storm.
Madera Grand Reserve Malbec
And then it happened, the sommelier broke out the nectar of the gods. As my favorite Madera Grand Reserve Malbec flowed, we spent the evening laughing, and bidding our farewells over a delicious deconstructed salmon ravioli, fresh vegetable salad, and an incredibly unique “nest egg” for dessert which was gluten free, nut free, and dairy free, making it the perfect end for everyone to enjoy, even those with allergies, and special dietary restrictions.
Just a 2.5 hour direct flight from LAX to PVR, Family Selection at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, is a tropical, seaside getaway appealing to all ages.
Have You Visited Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit?
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