The hotel’s Spa Imagine has a wide variety of treatments. // © 2015 Hotel Mousai
Feature image (above): Hotel Mousai affords amazing views of Banderas Bay. // © 2015 Hotel Mousai
- Hotel Mousai is 30 minutes south from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
- The hotel has an all-inclusive program and room-only program. All-inclusive rates include on-site meals and most beverages, although additional charges may apply at some restaurants.
High on a hilltop overlooking Banderas Bay sits the latest VIP address in Puerto Vallarta: Hotel Mousai, a 73-room luxury enclave within Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa that is turning heads as it struts onto the five-star scene.
Hotel Mousai is a glamorous, next-generation-design property, which sets it apart from other accommodations in Puerto Vallarta, where style tends to swing more traditional. Guests are greeted in the lobby with a black-and-white chessboard motif, complete with life-size chess pieces and accent tables that serve as miniature chessboards. Pops of purple and red are scattered throughout the lobby, providing unexpected bursts of color.
The rooms are ultra-modern, each with a personal iPad to control lighting, curtains, temperature and mood music, as well as to access guest services such as spa bookings and room service. All rooms at Hotel Mousai are suites; each has an expansive terrace with a private Jacuzzi tub and a hammock. Guests can book their rooms either as an EP or all-inclusive.
But the true star of the show at Hotel Mousai is the jaw-dropping view from almost any angle. The property towers over Banderas Bay, which glows each night with a sunset view. The back of the hotel faces the lush Sierra Madre mountains that climb up from the shoreline. And down the coast in either direction are clear views of the small beaches that spring up along the route back into Puerto Vallarta. The ocean view is the focal point of design for some of the hotel’s best facilities — most notably the rooftop infinity pool and the spa.
At The Rooftop, guests can relax poolside, enjoying a menu of fun cocktails and small bites, while a blanket of refreshing mist rains down throughout the hotter hours of the afternoon. At night, DJs spin tunes until 1 a.m.
Spa Imagine is a futuristic and chic space offering more than 40 types of massages, wraps and treatments. There is also a sauna, a cold plunge pool, a large Jacuzzi, a six-cycle vitality pool and steam rooms, not to mention stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Other amenities include a fitness center, private butler service, a private in-suite chef, tequila and wine tastings, yoga and a full activities program on land and at sea.
Between Mousai and Garza Blanca, guests have seven restaurants and bars to choose from. Those staying at Mousai have full access to everything at Garza Blanca, including a VIP area at Garza Blanca’s beach, while guests at Garza Blanca have more limited access to Mousai. Clients should not miss Mousai’s Hiroshi, an Asian fusion and sushi restaurant. The design is minimalistic, again capitalizing on the area’s natural environment, and the food speaks for itself. The lobster tempura rolls and tuna sashimi are exceptional.