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Old 07-21-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Casa Velas/PV - The vacation of passion fruit hallucinations...

Well…it’s a few months late but I finally got organized enough to do a quick Puerto Vallarta TR. I should preface by saying this vacation was 100% about relaxing and being spoiled so we did very little exploring. I also had a walking boot on and we left our waterproof camera at home so not a ton of excitement but a nice change of pace.

We normally go to the Riviera Maya but the air was expensive so we started looking at Puerto Vallarta. We hadn’t been there since 2009 so we figured why not. We booked Casa Velas for 4/26-5/2 then started the planning. Casa Velas is a boutique adults only all-inclusive that sits on a beautiful golf course in the marina area of PV and is a short shuttle drive to their beach club. We thought we would be bothered by not being on the beach but the cool ride was a welcome break from the sun.

The obligatory “hell yeah we’re finally on vacation” airplane picture:


After a non-eventful 2.5 hour flight we breeze through customs and find our transfer area. The hotel was only 7 minutes away from the airport which we really enjoyed. Our 1st impression of walking into the lobby was that it was small but beautiful and smelled great. Room wasn’t ready so we went to Emiliano’s for lunch, checked-in then hit the pool for what little afternoon we had left. Didn’t do much after that besides shut the lobby bar down

































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We both had a strong hangover the next morning but nothing a nice carb filled breakfast and some sun couldn’t help with. We spent the next few days unwinding and going back and forth from the pool to the beach club with food in between. I can’t repeat it enough but the service here was amazing, definitely the best we’ve had on any of our AI trips. We thought we might be tired of only having one restaurant but there was also the beach club and main resort pool menus....which were merely recommendations because they would make you anything and bring it to you anywhere. For someone who snacks like me I was in heaven. Random pics:





















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My walking boot was getting the best of me and one afternoon I decided that we were leaving the resort and we weren’t coming back until we had fresh churros. One of the bartenders happened to overhear us and told us about a small street festival going on and he knew there’d be a churro cart. My eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store so we decided to venture out. We ended up at some bar that our new friend said was popular with the locals. They had $12 buckets of 10 beers so it quickly became popular with us. Unfortunately I was a bit worn out after that so the next few days were followed by more eating, drinking, napping, swimming…wash, rinse and repeat.

So excited to go find the churro guy:












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Great pictures. If someone had never been here, it was like a tour. Good for you. Welcome home.
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Awesome pictures!! Thanks!!!
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Thanks guys...more to come...
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Thanks for the report. I have heard a lot of good things about that hotel!

The location is throwing me off...is it south of PV or up in Nuevo? I thought it was south but then all those lights at what looks to be the end of the bay threw me off...or is that Boca de Tomatlan, just incredibly grown?
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Thanks for the report. I have heard a lot of good things about that hotel!

The location is throwing me off...is it south of PV or up in Nuevo? I thought it was south but then all those lights at what looks to be the end of the bay threw me off...or is that Boca de Tomatlan, just incredibly grown?
It's North of "downtown" Puerto Vallarta in the Marina area. The shot across the bay is looking to downton PV towards Dreams PV. When we left the PV airport it took us approximately 7 minutes to get there.
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Sorry you had to wear the walking boot, I can imagine that got a little warm during the day. Anxiously waiting for more beautiful pics!
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Sorry you had to wear the walking boot, I can imagine that got a little warm during the day. Anxiously waiting for more beautiful pics!
Thanks! And believe it or not I couldn't have been any more lucky with the boot and weather had I tried. It wasn't humid at all and the temps during the day were a mild high 80's. In fact the weather was so perfect we both decided we might have to make PV our annual Spring vacation. I've never been to Mexico and not had to de-fog my camera but didn't do it a single time on this trip. It was amazing.
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The day after our churro expedition we didn’t do much besides rest so by the time night came we were ready for some drinks at the lobby bar. It was slow so I asked Benny (well known at this resort for being the best bartender) to make me something special. He went and grabbed a few containers from the back and came out with this, a passion fruit margarita:


It was amazing but very sweet so I only had one but boy was I in for a night of fun and interesting dreams. I’ll be honest and say it probably isn’t near as fun as being there but one of the reasons I write TR’s is so I can remember our vacations and this one is now officially known as the passion fruit hallucination vacation. Apparently shortly after drinking that I decided I had to go to bed immediately and proceeded to have crazy dreams and episodes of what I call sleepwalking which I’ve never done in my life….ever. Since this was so unlike me my husband couldn’t help but poke a little fun and decided that I was hallucinating from the passion fruit. Since he had so much fun messing with me I decided to end every night there with a passion fruit marg or martini and my dreams definitely didn’t disappoint in fact they only got better and better. I’m not 100% sure the passion fruit is to blame but that’s the only thing I can think of because the dreams and sleep walking continued for the rest of our stay.

We spent our last few days doing much of the same as the rest of the trip with a quick trip to the Malecon for a candy store and to the marina for some shopping thrown in. A few more pics:














Passion fruit martini…yum:




Loved the AI bracelets:


And finally, a farewell present from Dani Boy:


I know this report is choppy and summarized but if anyone has any questions about the resort or wants to see more pictures of the room/resort/etc. feel free to let me know!
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Glad you shared your trip with us. I love your pictures. As you can see from my pictures, I suck at photography and I have a pretty good camera. Will get more practice next month at the Royal.
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Glad you shared your trip with us. I love your pictures. As you can see from my pictures, I suck at photography and I have a pretty good camera. Will get more practice next month at the Royal.
Thank you! I'm enjoying your current tr but always look forward to a new RPDC report too!
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It's North of "downtown" Puerto Vallarta in the Marina area. The shot across the bay is looking to downton PV towards Dreams PV. When we left the PV airport it took us approximately 7 minutes to get there.

ah! I didn't remember that it curved so much but we've never stayed at the marina, only in the hotel zone and then up in Sayulita and Guayabitos. Nice photos, brings back memories. Old Town PV is so lovely, too bad the beaches in town weren't nicer, but you can't have it all.
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ah! I didn't remember that it curved so much but we've never stayed at the marina, only in the hotel zone and then up in Sayulita and Guayabitos. Nice photos, brings back memories. Old Town PV is so lovely, too bad the beaches in town weren't nicer, but you can't have it all.
We really enjoyed walking around downtown but I'll be honest and say I'm not familiar enough with the area to know exactly where Old Town is. Is that the more concentrated area near the Malecon?

It just kills me because I found some great little boutique places to stay but my husband is a lot more comfortable with AI so we booked Casa Velas. However when we were walking around the few times we got out he'd see a charming hotel and ask why we didn't stay there...it's hard not to smack him sometimes!
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