Luxury on the West and East Coasts of Mexico with Grand Velas

Paradise on the east and west coasts of Mexico—that’s what you’ll find at Grand Velas with Emmy-Winning Travel Host Ashley Colburn in the latest webisode of Paradise Found!


Luxury on the West Coast — Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Though located only minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, Grand Velas Rivera Nayarit creates a tropical escape, surrounded by lush forests and the deep blues of the Pacific Ocean.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit guestroomEmphasizes Ashley, “One thing that makes this resort unique is the surrounding gardens, giving each and every hotel room view something special.”

The resort boasts Master Room Suites with breathtaking ocean views, though the Imperial Suite is truly royal with incredible amenities you will not believe. But Grand Velas’ whole concept is unique with rooms designed for everyone.

“We have the Grand Class Suites for adults only, which are very romantic,” says Ignacio Mendoza, general manager of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. “We have one suite category designed for wellness. We have family suite with two bedrooms. The smallest suite in this hotel is 1,000 square feet.”

The resort offers activities specifically designed for children, for teenagers, and for adults.  Adults especially will enjoy the tequila tastings and cooking classes, plus karaoke night and salsa night.

“We have the best kids club in town,” adds Mendoza.

Frida Restaurant Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Frida Restaurant

The resort also hosts restaurants that “not only compete with the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta with the best capitals in the world.”

These include Frida, a gourmet traditional Mexican restaurant, and Lucca, which serves Italian-Mediterranean cuisine.

“If you’re looking to have a romantic dinner during your stay, be sure to make a reservation at Piaf, the adults-only dining option at the resort,” recommends Ashley.

While Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has been named one of the most excellent spa hotels in the world and offers the perfect beach for elegant wedding, it also is located near downtown Puerto Vallarta, which provides experiences into the local Mexican culture.

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After exploring the famous boardwalk and markets of Puerto Vallarta, Ashley ventured through a small cave to a hidden beach on islands in the Pacific before returning to the resort for dinner and a spectacular sunset.

Related: The Amazingly Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit


Luxury on the East Coast — Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Nestled against the Caribbean is another paradise property, the luxurious Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Similar to the Riviera Nayarit resort, this property hugs the white beaches of Playa del Carmen and overlooks the Caribbean Sea.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

“You’ll definitely want to indulge in the culinary adventure of seven different restaurants at this resort,” says Ashley. “Be sure to bring someone special to the adults only, Five Diamond Cocina de Autor, featuring basque-inspired cuisine.”

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Grand ClassAll Grand Velas Riviera Maya suites feature private terraces with views of the ocean or lush jungle. Some offer plunge pools, message tables, and whirlpool tubs, though all are equipped for Wi-Fi and receive 24-hour room service.


This resort is located near many of Cancun’s famous historic sites, including Chichén Itzá, cenotes, and the Tulum ruins, great for a day getaway with your loved one, family, or group. Plus, the resort boasts conference rooms, catering, and business facilities, making it the ideal property for meetings and events.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya spaRelated: Go Grand with Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Notes Ashley, “Whether you are on the east coast or west coast, there is one thing for sure. Both Grand Velas properties are paradise.”

And don’t forget to ask your travel agent about My Time amenities, exclusive benefits you receive at Grand Velas properties at no additional cost from GOGO Vacations!