A Premiere Blend

Elegant style meets boutique chic at this Vallarta hotel

By: Janeen Christoff

The hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta can turn a relaxing getaway into a hectic experience when staying in the heart of the city. But the alternative all-inclusive or large resort hotel can also leave clients feeling isolated and out of the loop. The Villa Premiere’s ability to blend the luxury of a secluded hotel stay with the vibe of Vallarta is what makes it a perfect choice for clients headed to this Mexican Pacific destination.

Located on a long strip of sandy beach, the Premiere’s two pools, swim-up bar and views of the ocean compromise nothing in the way of luxury. It’s a quick walk to the Malecon, the city’s central hub for dining, shopping and entertainment, and the hotel’s central location and laidback environment make it a perfect choice for clients wishing to escape but who still want to connect with Vallarta’s sophisticated restaurants and pulsing nightlife.

Comforts of Home

Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable with large bathrooms and traditional decorations. In-room amenities include Jacuzzi tub, wet bar, coffee maker and mini bar, and for added comfort, terrycloth robes, slippers and a hairdryer are also provided.

In the coming year, the hotel plans to upgrade linens and add a pillow menu as well as equip rooms with mosquito screens on sliding-glass doors.

In addition to these in-room comforts, Villa Premiere provides 24-hour concierge service, a gift shop, full-service spa and for clients who like to mix work with pleasure, a business center. Features like these are what make the hotel feel like a large-scale resort without detracting from its boutique ambiance.

Eating In

If clients prefer the seclusion of the hotel to Vallarta’s nightlife, they can take advantage of the hotel’s three restaurants.

Los Murales serves a variety of Mexican gourmet cuisine, including exotic dishes like red snapper with Saint Jacques scallops served with cactus and black bean sauce and marinated duck with dark beer. Clients can enjoy the creations of chef Jose Zamora with live Latin music playing in the background, making Los Murales perfect for a romantic evening.

The Manglar serves a variety of international cuisine and La Ceiba, an open-air, seaside restaurant features a more casual menu and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here, guests can order hamburgers, burritos, sandwiches or my personal favorite: shrimp enchiladas.

Although I found all the restaurants more than satisfactory, my number-one place to grab a bite was at the swim-up bar. Guests can enjoy tasty margaritas with chips, salsa and guacamole without leaving the pool. In my opinion, There’s no better way to cool off.


One of the hotel’s most alluring features is the Premiere Spa. For ultimate relaxation, clients can take advantage of a wide range of specialized body treatments like wine therapy massage or choose from a variety of different massages, hydrotherapies and scrubs. The spa also offers facials and a full-service salon. Sauna, steam rooms, showers, dressing rooms and lockers are all available to guests at no charge.


Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa
San Salvador No. 117
Col. 5 De Diciembre
Puerto Vallarta

The Villa Premiere also offers yoga lessons, reflexology lessons and aquatic therapy. For more information, visit their Web site.

Rates: Jan. 1-April 22 prices start at $300. April 23-Dec. 22: $240. Dec. 23-Dec. 31: $430.

Commission: 10 percent

Eating Out

Although the Villa Premiere offers three different dining options, Puerto Vallarta is well known for its fabulous cuisine. For clients intent on dining out, here are a few suggestions:

El Arrayan
Tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of Old Town, El Arrayan’s chef and owner Carmen Porras uses authentic techniques and ingredients to preserve family recipes in an intimate patio setting.
Allende #324, El Centro

Los Xitomates
Enjoy ancient recipes that distinguish the culinary heritage of Mexico at this hip downtown restaurant.
Moreles 570 Centro

Vitea Bistro & Bar
Located on the edge of the city’s new pedestrian bridge over the River Cuale, this oceanfront bistro offers a casual, artistic atmosphere and excellent food.
Libertad #2 y Malecon
Col. Centro