I just returned from another outstanding week in paradise at the Puerto Vallarta Hotels | CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta. This resort is a special place for me as my first visit was in 1990 about a month after it opened and have enjoyed returning quite a few times over the years. The Associates, good sized comfortable rooms, the location in the Marina, the gorgeous Sierra Madre Mountains, expansive views of Bandaras Bay and the perfectly manicured grounds make it so easy relax and enjoy a vacation.
Sunrise over the mountains
Darn, they still come out sideways, but you get the idea
The last three years I've been part of a five person golf team (1 Pro/4 Amateurs) that play an International Pro-Am, great fun with great friends, new and old alike once we are all on site. The organizers of the tournament make all the accommodations and then I send our team names and Reward numbers to the "MAN", Simon who is the Chief Concierge at the resort and he makes sure all of us on our team are set for our stay. . As usual the Sunday and Monday arrival days are quite busy for the hotel with some 400 golfers, some wives and others that descend on the place and there was Simon helping out in any way possible.
Three of us arrived at the hotel around 1230 PM to register and sign in for the tournament. My room was not quite ready so we went to Champions Sport Bar in the resort to watch football and grab a bite of lunch. Myself and another from out team are Lifetime Platinum Members and we were surprised to meet Lizbeth Torres our own person Guest Services Manager......AND she had the Platinum Arrival forms (remember those) so I selected Wine and Cheese with Crackers to be delivered to my room. Soon she was back with my room key and told us if we needed anything at all to call her, now that is what I call great costumer service.
I went out to the front entrance where all of our luggage was being watched over by the friendly and helpful Bellman only to find Simon asking me for my bag tags. Before I could get to my room a Bellman was walking right behind me dragging my golf travel bag and luggage. And yes, ssindc I had to check luggage as they still for some reason will not let me take golf clubs and put them in the overhead bins on a plane.
Our entire stay was incredible as always. Everything you could want is right there in the Marina as well as one of the three golf courses we played. Friendly people all over the place and not a moment of anyone feeling less than completely safe.
Places to eat in the local area all of which are excellent that we visited again this year just to name a few:
- Sonora Prime
- Sticky Fingers
- Porto Bella
The weather was stunning, very low humidity, temps high 70's low 80's in the day and mid to low 60's at night with a gentle breeze. My balcony overlooking the pool on the "Thornton Wing" (named by Simon and his Staff in honor of our very one Insidertryt53) was great to enjoy in the evenings with some Wine before heading out for dinners.
The three days we had morning rounds of golf it was fun to visit with friends and fellow golfers in the pool and hot tub both of which as meticulously maintained and good sized. The service from the Waiters at the pool is top notch and the drinks are well poured for sure!!
After a nice dinner in the Marina or Mikado's at the resort we would enjoy the hot tub some or lobby bar before heading to the rooms to prepare for the next round of the tournament. The Marina is lovely with huge yachts to drool over if you're a boater and if not enjoy a Rita regardless.
The resort even comes with it's very own "Watch Kitty", well not much watching happening, but she is a cutie for sure.
It is so nice to see familiar faces at a place you return to have them remember you. A few of those who have always been wonderful with their service, friendly professional personality, always smiling and cannot do enough for you that I want to especially thank:
- Simon of course for putting up with us and helping out on every level
- Lizbeth Torres who took excellent care of us as well and gave special help to one of our team who needed it one day
- Juan or pool Waiter who didn't miss a beat always having a drink or beers ready
- Arturo in the Lobby Bar which has been remodeled very nicely and is huge
- Daniel one of the Bellman who always said hello by name and gets us squared away with airport and golf course transportation
- Valentin my Housekeeper who kept the room spotless and left fun notes in the room
Leaving town Saturday afternoon, the CasaMagna is before the tall white buildings, great spot.
As for the golf, well we didn't come in this year in the top three of our flight like last year, but each two of us posted scores in the 70's, and one day a golfer beat our Pro and a few others. All in all a really fun event on Marina Vallarta and Vista Vallarta courses which the later is in the mountains.
If you've not visited this wonderful spot in paradise you should, just avoid the first week of December 2017!!! You've been warned.