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Now Amber Resort Puerto Vallarta: Experience Charm, History, Beaches & Arts

Now Amber Resort Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a city with a romantic aura, postcard sunsets and delicious traditional cuisine. Visited by tourists from around the world, it largely developed since the 1960's and '70's, yet seems nostalgic to a much earlier era, with its iron balconies, stately churches, marina and boardwalk malecon. Now Amber and Secrets hotels are elegant bases from which to enjoy these attractions. The twin properties are all inclusive, and Now Amber is home to four a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a grill, and Coco Cafe for coffee and pastries. Guests may choose from Barefoot Grill; Capers, with its Italian fare and wine cellar; international buffet Carnival; the seafood of Castaways; or Himitsu's pan-Asian fusion. Other local dining choices include Trio Cafe, or the wonderful variety and ambience of River Cafe. At Trio, sample the Sealed duck magret or the Pacific red snapper in Muscadet sauce. Close with Black Forest Cake with dark chocolate mousse, or the Passion Fruit & White. River Cafe features Peruvian Ceviche and Spiced Grilled Octopus as appetizers, followed by Griled Spiny Lobster, Flank Steak or Duo of Duck as main courses. The tropical cocktails are special, wait staff superbly attentive, and there is musical entertainment. La Palapa restaurant also hosts live shows. Try their shrimp entree, or the corn risotto. Elizabeth Taylor loved to breakfast here.

By day, take a yacht tour of the Bay of Banderas with Mike's Charter Tours. Snorkel in the sunny bay discovered by media and tourists when Richard Burton and Liz Taylor filmed Night of the Iguana. The beaches retain that folksy feel. Should you wish to spend nights here, the lushly appointed thatch villas of Hotelito Mio are romantic perfection, from their hardwood flooring and four-poster, mosquito netted beds, to the stone motif of the showers. Puerto Vallarta's Art Walk, which occurs until late May 2018, takes visitors to as many as 13 galleries, a few of which boast the intricate pottery of Chihuahua and its craftspersons from the town of Mata Ortiz. Stop for lunch at family-owned Gaby's Restaurant. Inquire about their cooking classes. For views, you can't beach a lunch at Sapphire Beach Club. Healthy eaters or coffee aficions will delight in a lunch at Metate Cafe. Metate is a tranquil respite with fresh cuisine.

Through Vallarta Adventures, one may book zip lining, luxury sailing, yachting, snorkeling, or an evening cruise across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas beach, where thousands of bright torches greet arrivals for an ampitheatre spectacle called Rhythms of the Night. Following the show, where Mexican history is presented with the flair of Cirque de Soleil, guests walk a torch-lit path to a candlelight dinner. 

A visit to Puerto Vallarta will leave you planning your next one, forever reliving the sights, sounds and memories of the last. Crafts, cuisine, romance, entertainment and water sports are all here. It's a fun city to shop and explore. Consider visiting during the festive Dia De Los Muertos—The Day of the Dead. Whenever you go, property to stay at is Now or neighboring Secrets, with its swim-up suites, balcony hot tubs and spa. A casino to be added in December 2017.

Bijan Bayne

Bijan C. Bayne is an award-winning Washington-based freelance columnist and critic. Bayne's travel articles have appeared in AAA Horizons, Family Digest, Atlanta Goodlife, Ohio magazine, Arrington’s Inn Traveler, and Hotel Executive, and his book reviews have been featured in Washington Post Book World, The Boston Herald, Wild River Review, and The Crisis. He has served as a consultant for film,...(Read More)

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