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5 Beautiful boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta

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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta?

If you’re familiar with our blog, you know we write a lot about Mexico.

And we’ve visited PV (as it’s called for short) and the nearby chi-chi Punta Mita area several times.

There are several boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels where you can escape the crowds
There are several boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels where you can escape the crowds

Some of the bigger luxury resorts like the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (where we’ve stayed – fabulous!) and the trendy W Punta de Mita are among the best resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

But you can also find smaller boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels that are absolutely delightful.

Some are quite exclusive and downright decadent. And some are in the affordable mid-range, but punch higher in luxury than their rates would suggest.

Travel guide to the best boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels

If you like the intimacy, individuality and charm of boutique inns, then you’ll love the boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita!

Boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels

Hacienda San Angel is one of the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Smack-dab in the old town, Hacienda San Angel is one of the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta

We’ve chilled out at all of the following five boutique luxury hotels in Puerto Vallarta. (We know, it’s a tough job.)

We can personally vouch that each is a worthy vacation experience in itself.

Just be forewarned: Re-entering the real world is a tad difficult after staying at some of these places.

Where is Punta Mita?

Punta Mita (or Punta de Mita) is an upscale resort destination in the Riviera Nayarit area of Mexico, about a 45-minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta.

It boasts some six miles of virgin sandy beaches.

1) Casa de Mita

Casa de Mita is one of the best boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Welcome to Casa de Mita!

This boutique hotel in Punta de Mita is a real gem.

Tucked off a dirt road, it would have been hard for us to find if not for the directions emailed in advance by the concierge for Mexico Boutique Hotels, to which Casa de Mita belongs.

Casa de Mita is one of the nicest Puerto Vallarta hotels on the beach
At Casa de Mita, we felt like a privileged guest at a friend’s beach villa

Once there, we didn’t want to leave.

Powdery white beach? Check. Fab food? Check. Tasteful surroundings? Check.

View of the pool from the bar

Rooms and suites:

The Honeymoon Suite at Casa de Mita
Bedroom in the upper-floor “honeymoon suite” at Casa de Mita

The six rooms and two suites of the villa-style hotel are individually decorated.

We stayed in the “honeymoon suite.”

Bathroom in our “honeymoon suite”

On the top floor of the villa, and with a king-size bed, it has a beachy feel with its pebble-floor rain shower, thatched palapa roof and gauzy curtains.

A real wee gecko even peeked in at us before scampering away.

Casa de Mita
Don’t you love this little gecko sculpture on the roof?

But no matter the room you book, all have ocean views and are exquisite.

Think arched wooden windows, terraces, whitewashed walls, handcrafted Mexican furniture, big bathrooms with Aveda products, original oil paintings and luxurious linens.

Pool at Casa de Mita
Get comfy in this cabana by the pool…

Dining at Casa de Mita:

What do you fancy to drink?

Meals are served outside under palm trees around a blue-tiled pool overlooking the sea.

There are no menus – the talented chef cooks what’s fresh.

Dining at Casa de Mita
Fresh guacamole goes perfectly with custom-crafted margaritas…

Dinner might start with a crab ravioli appetizer, followed by carrot-and-zucchini soup and then your choice of entrée.

It’s so delicious that guests of the neighboring Four Seasons Punta Mita often dine at Casa de Mita (which accepts a few outside reservations).

Beachfront vibe:

We liked strolling the beach in front of Casa de Mita at sunset
We liked strolling the beach in front of Casa de Mita at sunset

Adding to the charm of the place is its casual, barefoot vibe.

There’s no formal check-in, just an invitation to plop down in a sofa with a mojito while your bags are whisked to your room.

There are no room keys (no need for locks as theft isn’t a problem).

And the owner’s well-behaved dogs often pad about, looking to be petted.

Looking down at the pool and beach…

If you feel the need for an outing, the friendly staff will drive you to the surf town of Sayulita or arrange stand-up paddling or snorkel excursions.

All-inclusive rates:

Casa de Mita is a Puerto Vallarta all-inclusive hotel.

All meals, alcohol and airport transfers are included in the rates (which are relatively reasonable), making this a real deal for a luxury stay.

What do we have for lunch today?

What we loved:

The atmosphere is warm and welcome – we felt as if we were staying at a wealthy friend’s villa.

Be aware:

The powdery, white sand beach isn’t private, so while the section in front of Casa de Mita is raked daily and well maintained, you might see the occasional plastic bottle further down the beach.

Casa de Mita

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Do you drool over luxury digs? Then check out these hotels around the world with fabulous private pool suites!

2) Quinta Maria Cortez

Quinta Maria Cortez is a great boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta
It’s “Anne Rice meets the tropics” at Quinta Maria Cortez

Say hello to “Ann Rice meets the tropics”!

This multi-level, vine-covered, stone and brick B&B on the beach oozes atmosphere.

View of Banderas Bay from Quinta Maria Cortez
Looking out over Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay from Quinta Maria Cortez

After staying at Quinta Maria Cortez, you may never want to stay in a plain chain hotel again.

This is one of the most unique boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels.

Main living room/lounge in the eclectic Quinta Maria Cortez
Main living room/lounge in the eclectic Quinta Maria Cortez

Suites:

Most of the seven suites only have partial walls facing the sea, so they’re airy and open.

The Maximiliano Suite has one side of the living room completely open to the sea

The décor is totally eclectic, but somehow it works beautifully.

Greek columns, gilt-framed mirrors, Persian rugs and exposed brick walls meld with antique Mexican furniture, black tile floors and expansive porches filled with potted ferns and palms.

Added bonus: Many suites also have kitchens.

It wouldn’t be a hardship to whip up a light meal in this Alejandro Suite kitchen

We like the 1,200 sq.ft. Maria suite best.

Originally the owner’s apartment, it has a king-size canopied bed in the air-conditioned bedroom and peach silk Louis IV chairs in the living room.

The Guadeloupe suite is favored by those who want the beach directly outside their door.

The open-plan Guadeloupe Suite is the closest to the beach

It’s a large, open, split-level suite with a king-size bed, single daybed, sitting area and kitchenette.

Bedroom in the Guadeloupe Suite

Great location in Conchas Chinas:

The location of Quinta Maria Cortez in the upscale Conchas Chinas residential neighborhood is ideal.

It’s quiet, yet only a 15-minute walk or $5 USD taxi ride into town. (And you’ll want to go into town for dinner – Puerto Vallarta has foodie-worthy restaurants!)

Breakfast (included), from French toast to eggs, is served in a breezy dining room overlooking the water.

And staff will set up an umbrella and chairs on the small sandy cove for you to read or nap.

The beach isn’t big, but it’s perfectly cozy for reading and napping…

Villas next door:

Want to stay in a villa instead?

The same owners also offer Casa Tres Vidas (with three villas) right beside Quinta Maria Cortez.

A villa may suit you better if you’re traveling with family or a group of friends.

A villa pool at Casa Tres Vidas, right next door to Quinta Maria Cortez
A villa pool at Casa Tres Vidas, right next door to Quinta Maria Cortez

What we loved:

Rooms and suites at Quinta Maria Cortez only have partial walls facing the sea, so you get a real indoor/outdoor experience.

Be aware:

If the bedroom faces the sea and isn’t fully enclosed by walls, then it’s not air-conditioned – and that can be uncomfortable in the summer/fall or when it’s muggy.

Quinta Maria Cortez, Puerto Vallarta

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3) Imanta Resort

You get utter privacy here (no prying paparazzi can get close)

A member of the Relais & Chateaux collection of hotels and resorts, Imanta is the most exclusive of all Punta Mita hotels.

And it’s a one-of-a-kind property, written up by the likes of Forbes Life and Elite Traveler.

Imanta, a Punta de Mita hotel, attracts celebrities and royalty
This ultra-luxurious Punta de Mita hotel attracts celebrities and royalty

Privacy and seclusion reign.

During our stay, we rubbed shoulders with European royalty – and their very discreet bodyguards, who, funnily enough, we mistook for other guests.

(But we can’t spill the beans on who the royal family is coz we don’t want to be privacy-poopers.)

One of the best Punta Mita hotels, Imanta sits on its own private beach in splendid seclusion
Imanta sits on its own private beach in splendid seclusion

Imanta Resort bungalows:

There are only 12 individually decorated “rooms” situated on 250 acres of wilderness in the Sierra de Vallejo national biosphere reserve.

Each was built from stone, cut from the property’s large pink granite boulders, and they boast separate living areas, decks and outdoor showers.

Imanta's bungalows and villas were all built using local materials
Imanta’s bungalows and villas were all built using local materials

Most of the rooms have private infinity pools. (Three jungle casas don’t have pools.)

Choose an ocean-front casa or bungalow, and you get unmitigated luxury in a whopping 2,500 square feet to spread out in, along with a private pool – plus unparalleled service (dial “zero” for whatever your heart desires).

Inside an ocean-front casa

Or, if you really want to splurge, go for the 10,000 sq. ft. Casona Jaguar.

It has a 65-foot swimming pool.

There are no lack of pools at Imanta; this one has a rooftop perch

Dining at Imanta:

Two restaurants tempt your tastebuds when it’s time to eat.

Breakfast at Imanta…

For lunch, sit with your toes in the sand under a beachfront palapa to dine on freshly caught fish.

For dinner, the chef tells you what’s available and fresh. Perhaps lobster with hibiscus mole?

Dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients grown in the resort’s organic garden.

The world’s most romantic bar:

Imanta’s Observatorio Bar is quite possibly the most romantic bar in the world!

Just make sure you indulge in a cocktail (or two) at sunset at the Observatorio Bar.

We sipped cayenne-spiced cucumber margaritas on daybeds while gazing out over the wild jungle and mesmerizing Pacific.

(But just so you don’t get too jealous, Janice was sniffling with a cold, sniff. So it wasn’t all that romantic for us, sniff. All she wanted was to crawl back into that big casa bed!)

These steps lead up to the Observatorio bar

Jungle spa and gym:

The Jungle Spa offers holistic treatments based on Aztec and pre-Hispanic healing methods, using many of the herbs, flowers and plants from Imanta’s nature reserve.

And you can get a full workout in the resort’s gym.

Janice follows our machete-wielding guide on our jungle walk

OMG Rates:

Imanta is pricey.

The “cheapest” rooms start at more than $1,000 USD a night in the winter/spring season. Casona Jaguar will set you back almost $7,000 a night.

What we loved:

On a 90-minute hike through the adjoining nature reserve (accompanied by a machete-wielding guide), we saw ancient Aztec baths and a two-foot turquoise iguana.

We’re also impressed that Imanta makes every effort to be environmentally responsible. In addition to using local building materials, Imanta also recycles and treats water for garden use and only uses eco-friendly cleaning products. It has green “roofs” too.

Be aware:

You better like the company of the person you’re with – because this Puerto Vallarta eco-resort is the kind of place where you’re unlikely to chat with anyone else (except staff), and it’s really, really quiet (could be too quiet for some).

Imanta Resort, Punta Mita

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Recommended reading: There are some lovely 5-star hotels in Cabo San Lucas too!

4) Hacienda San Angel

View of Puerto Vallarta from one of Hacienda San Angel’s open windows

So you’ve had your sand-and-sea fix at one of the above Punta Mita or Puerto Vallarta hotels on the beach.

Now you’re ready for some urban time in this Mexican resort town.

Well, get yourself to Hacienda San Angel.

An angel sculpture on the rooftop of Hacienda San Angel
An angel sculpture on the rooftop of Hacienda San Angel

Centrally located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s old town, it’s almost touching distance from the famous Guadalupe Cathedral.

Yet hidden from the street behind rustic wooden doors, it’s an oasis of genteel tranquility – and one of most romantic hotels in Puerto Vallarta.

View of the Guadeloupe Cathedral from Hacienda San Angel, Puerto Vallarta
View of the Guadeloupe Cathedral and sea from Hacienda San Angel

Heavenly suites:

The Garden of Angels suite at Hacienda San Angel
The Garden of Angels suite is by the pool; it features a nude sketch in the bathroom by famous Mexican artist Ernest Munoz Acosta

Five colonial-style villas house 20 exquisite suites, connected by lush gardens with trickling fountains.

Each suite is different, but all have been lovingly decorated by the owner.

Discover antiques, 19th century art, crystal chandeliers and Persian carpets. Some have romantic outdoor bathtubs too.

The private Jacuzzi in the San Miguel suite

One suite is Richard Burton’s former abode.

He bought it after falling in love with Puerto Vallarta when filming The Night of the Iguana in the mid-1960s. It’s now the Celestial Suite (one of six “royal suites”).

The palapa-covered terrace, with unbeatable views of the cathedral’s crown, makes this suite a guest favourite. (But it only has a canopied queen-size bed, so if you want a king bed, ask for a different suite.)

Of course, you get Bulgari amenities and fine Egyptian linens.

Hacienda San Angel is one of the best boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta
The Presidential Suite has a king-size bed and private Jacuzzi; above the bed is a 1920s copy of the Monja Coronada from Guadalajara’s main cathedral

Angel chocolates and other treats:

Upon checking in, we were delighted by the lovely box of chocolates, wrapped in ribbon, that awaited us on the bed.

Other little goodies include free calls to the U.S. or Canada.

Daily complimentary breakfast was served in our suite. (We ate on our tiny balcony overlooking Puerto Vallarta’s red-tile roofs.)

Very romantic, right?

At night, the place is lit by hundreds of candles, and mariachis serenade at cocktail hour.

Throw in three pools, and Hacienda San Angel ranks right up there as one very fine inn.

Hacienda San Angel
These charming decor details are so eye-catching!

What we loved:

Being right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta means you can easily enjoy the city’s Malecon sculptures and art galleries.

Be aware:

To get to some guestrooms, you have to walk through the dining room and kitchen (a bit quirky).

And Hacienda San Angel is not on the beach – just so you know that :-).

Hacienda San Angel, Puerto Vallarta

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Recommended reading: Do you know about these 55 amazing things to do in Mexico?

5) Casa Isabel

Casa Isabel is one of the best places to stay in Puerto Vallarta for affordable luxury
Casa Isabel is one of the best places to stay in Puerto Vallarta for affordable luxury

This boutique Puerto Vallarta hotel is the one to book for luxury on a budget.

Fancy a great big studio with full kitchen for only $149 USD night in high season? Find this, plus 1-bedroom units ($199 USD) and a large 2-bedroom/2-bath unit ($329 USD), at the 14-suite Casa Isabel.

There’s simply no sticker-shock when the time comes to pay your bill.

Up in the hills:

The adults-only inn is perched in the leafy hills overlooking the old town’s red tile roofs and the turquoise Bay of Banderas.

The inn is owned by a fellow Canadian (who, along with her late husband, owned the Madison Avenue Pub and Madison Manor Boutique Hotel in Toronto).

Casa Isabel suites:

The open living and dining room of the 2-bedroom suite in which we stayed

Casa Isabel’s Mexican-style decor gives you a real sense of place.

Suites have thick wooden soundproof doors, polished terracotta tile floors, white coverlets on the king-size beds, and colorfully-painted Mexican sinks in the bathrooms.

Homey touches include corn husk dolls lined up high on kitchen cupboards, a wooden rocking horse in the 2-bedroom suite, hat stands (complete with sun hats) and a clever resident cat who’s figured out how to use the door stopper to knock on your door.

There’s air-conditioning, but all units also have huge folding windows that open completely to the glorious views.

View from the Casa Isabel boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta
View from Casa Isabel

Tip: #204 (studio) and #401 (1-bedroom) have the best views.

Walk to the beach:

A 10-minute walk down cobblestone streets takes you to Los Muertos Beach, where, for no fee, you can plop yourself down in a lounge chair at any number of beach clubs. The best beach clubs have showers and give you towels too.

A 5-minute walk the other way leads to the art galleries and restaurants of the “Romantic Zone.”

Or you can just chill by Casa Isabel’s three small pools (the infinity pool is our favorite) and enjoy chile relleno and grilled shrimp at the casual rooftop restaurant.

A small rooftop pool at Casa Isabel has great bird's eye views over Banderas Bay
A small rooftop pool has great bird’s eye views over Banderas Bay

What we especially loved:

The views at Casa Isabel over the red-tile roofs are breathtaking.

Be aware:

Kind of obvious – but this Puerto Vallarta boutique hotel isn’t on the beach.

Casa Isabel, Puerto Vallarta

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Photo credits: 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 23, 24, 30, 33 to 37 and 43 to 46 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Lead image Imanta | Remaining images courtesy of the respective hotels


We stayed as media guests at these deluxe Puerto Vallarta resorts and hotels for travel articles published in various magazines and newspapers. But the gushing here is all ours – and entirely genuine :-).


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Mikael

Thursday 4th of July 2019

Would love to visit Mexico soon, the country has been on my bucket list for a long time. I have actually even booked a trip twice, but forced to cancel both times (first hurricane and then the security situation). I have been reading a bit mixed comments of the current security situation in some areas - have you visited Cabo or Puerta Vallarta recently, like this year? Would be interesting to hear first-hand comments about the safety.

Janice and George

Thursday 4th of July 2019

Yes, we've visited Cabo within the past 8 months :-). We're very familiar with Los Cabos and have visited many times over the years -- see our Los Cabos Travel Guide with info on safety, hotels, what to do in Cabo, etc. And we've visited PV in the past when US travel advisories warned against going there. We've always felt safe -- no more unsafe than in a Canadian or U.S. city or holiday destination. But, like anywhere in the world, you have to be smart. (Don't walk in scuzzy neighborhoods late at night, etc.)

Check the current Canadian government travel advisory for Mexico. There are no safety warnings for Cabo or Puerto Vallarta. Here's the U.S. travel advisory for Mexico.

We personally wouldn't hesitate to visit Cabo or PV :-). If you decide to go, we wish you a wonderful trip!

Corinne

Friday 10th of January 2014

I'd love to stay at all of them or any of them...but I'll have to win the lottery first! Beautiful pics.

Janice Mucalov

Friday 10th of January 2014

Actually, combining a couple would make for a great trip PV holiday - one on the beach with one right in Puerto Vallarta.

Irene Levine

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

These all look like fantasy properties...worth the trip from anywhere by any conveyance!

Janice Mucalov

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

Indeed! And the Punta Mita hotels aren't so far from the airport anyway...