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The Best Boutique Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Despite popular opinion, Puerto Vallarta is not just mega-resorts and tourist traps. Here are our favorite hidden gems for a more authentic and intimate experience.

Slide Background Verana Luxury eco-lodge Verana can only be reached by boat and you'll trek uphill along a bamboo and agave-line path into a jungle to find your room while mules deliver your luggage. Honeymoons are a specialty here. Couples can book the starlight bath and float under the stars in an infinity pool for two, surrounded by candlelight, then indulge in a bottle of champagne and dessert. Slide Background Xinalani Healthy living comes easy at Xinalani, a remote yogi retreat on the southern shore of Banderas Bay that's accessible only by boat. Wake up to ocean views from all 33 palm-thatched rooms and casitas, then hike up to the yoga pavilion for morning vinyasa flow before enjoying a nutritious and mostly plant-based breakfast buffet. After a few days here, you'll feel relaxed, rejuvenated and several years younger. Slide Background Hotel Mousai For something more chic and contemporary, Hotel Mousai is another adults-only all-inclusive that exceeds expectations. Request a room in the new south tower and simply text your private butler for anything you might need as you soak in your terrace jacuzzi. A spa visit is required – the hydrotherapy circuit is complimentary for guests but the ancestral cocoa ritual that includes a hot stone massage and decadent chocolate body wrap is worth upgrading for. Slide Background Casa Velas Casa Velas may be an all-inclusive, but it's an adults-only sanctuary with a sophistcated serenity that sets it apart. Kind, earnest service, verdant topical gardens inhabited by peacocks and a surprisingly quiet oversized pool translate to immediate vacation mode. There's a golf course on-site and white-gloved service at Táu Beach Club too. If you're itching for more dining options, the all-inclusive package includes meals at all eight restaurants at nearby sister resort Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

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