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Banderas Bay Bliss

Recommend the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta to clients looking for affordable beachside luxury

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Banderas Bay Bliss

[PHOTOCAPTION]PHOTO: A panoramic view of the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. [/PHOTOCAPTION]

Spanning 14 acres of prime beachfront on Mexico’s Banderas Bay, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa provides an ideal vacation venue for your clients looking for affordable luxury. The property offers panoramic ocean views, a variety of upscale dining options, activities galore, a personable and service-oriented staff and access to the center of a bustling cultural metropolis.

Most Common Accommodations: All of the 221-square-foot standard king and double rooms have spacious balconies or patios with wicker chairs and side tables; 75 percent of them face the pool, with views of Banderas Bay and beyond. The light and breezy rooms feature marble tile flooring and brightly colored chairs or sleeper sofas, offset by dark wood furniture. Desks have technology outlet panels, and roomy closets have laptop-size safes. Bathrooms boast marble countertops, lighted makeup mirrors, separate WCs and glass-enclosed shower tubs.  

Fanciest Accommodations: The resort offers 29 suites in 11 categories. All are one-bedroom, and some have hot tubs. Among them are two Presidential Suites, the larger of which offers 2,066 square feet of space on the top floor, plus three outdoor terraces with sweeping views of the bay from the living room, master bedroom and master bath. A white baby grand piano adorns the living room, and a small kitchen is adjacent to the dining area. The master bedroom features a capacious walk-in closet, and the master bath has an oversized jetted tub and a vanity.  

What’s Included: Nightly rates include on-property activities like basketball and ping pong; use of beach palapas and chaise lounges; and access to a fitness center with weight machines, free weights, classes and cardio machines with individual TV monitors.   

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Use of spa facilities, which include saunas and whirlpools, are complimentary for guests booking treatments; otherwise, the daily fee is $18.

The resort also has its own turtle nursery, where eggs are kept until they hatch. Each day during hatching season (typically midsummer through February), just after sunset, guests are invited to release baby turtles on the beach.  

The resort also offers complimentary Sunset Guacamole Wednesdays. During the early evening poolside demonstration, guests can sample the freshly made guac.  

A meal plan that includes all food and beverages is available for an extra charge.  

Additional Activities: For additional fees, guests can play tennis on two lighted courts and rent equipment for ocean activities like kayaking and paddle-boarding from the activities center. They also can book tee times at the Marina Vallarta Golf Course across the street, as well as day excursions by Vallartas Adventures to places like Las Caletas, a beach hideaway with activities that range from snorkeling to sunbathing, through the resort.  

For children, the Marriott Kids Club offers indoor activities along with an enclosed, outdoor play area, complete with a shallow pool, sandy play area and playground equipment.  

Best Entertainment: With an emphasis on recreational activities, entertainment is minimal. Bands perform in Champions Sports Bar on Friday nights, and there is live music in the lobby during high season.  

What’s for Dinner? The resort offers seven food-and-beverage outlets. Las Casitas, an upscale, open-air, beachside and poolside restaurant, specializes in fresh seafood and steaks. Mikado offers teppanyaki fare prepared tableside, plus sushi and other Japanese dishes, as well as Thai cuisine. La Estancia is more casual, serving buffet and à la carte breakfast and lunch, and Mexican cuisine for dinner. For grab-and-go service, Los Mangos Deli offers salads, sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and snacks.  

The comfortable, open-air Lobby Bar features a large tequila selection, including the resort’s own brand, which is also served in its other bars and restaurants. Champions Sports Bar serves casual fare like burgers and salads, with three pool tables and TV monitors playing sports. A swim-up, grottolike bar is set in the middle of the expansive pool.  

Who Books This Resort? Families typically stay during the Christmas holiday season, spring break period and summer months. Seniors like to spend time at the resort during the winter months. Weddings usually take place from November through April. Adults vacationing without children visit year-round. Forty percent of guests are attending onsite meetings and conventions, which take place throughout the year.  

Insider Booking Tip: Guests who stay in Tower A are guaranteed to have ocean views. (Some of the rooms in Tower B have garden views.)  

Key Selling Points: The resort is known for its service and variety of activities – especially the turtle release program. The Marriott Kids Club also is a draw, with supervised activities that include cooking classes, indigenous arts and crafts, and Spanish language lessons.  

For adults, the Ohtli Spa is the largest in Puerto Vallarta at 22,000 square feet, with 12 treatment rooms, an indoor lap pool, a Janzu hydrotherapy pool, and amenities like pressure showers, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, and hot and cold plunges. Signature treatments include the Fire Opal Balancing Stone Therapy (a massage using Mexican Fire Opals) and the Aztec Chocolate Body Wrap.  

For more information, call 888-236-2427 or visit  

RESORT NAME: CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

SIZE: 433 rooms, including 29 suites set on 14 acres   


FACILITIES: Beachfront spanning more than 700 feet; jetty for romantic dinners, weddings, and yoga and stretching classes; spa with fitness center and salon; seven food-and-beverage outlets; gift shop; Marriott Kids Club; large pool with whirlpool and swim-up bar; outdoor games, including basketball, ping pong and giant chess; indoor and outdoor event space; and full-service business center  

RATES: $120 to $350 per room, per night, in high season (Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, followed by Nov. 1 through Dec. 21) 


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A version of this article appears in print in the September 2016 issue of Agent@Home Magazine.


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