A Trip to… Grand Vellas Spa/ Resort Nueva Vallarta

June 21, 2011

This is an old review that I am reposting… as a hint, hint to husband for our anniversary coming up!

My husband suprised me with a trip to the Grand Vellas Spa & Resort.  An all inclusive amazing experience.  I LOVED it.  Fireworks the first night and I was sold!

We had a beautiful suite with a lanai looking out over the ocean and huge infinity pool.  The weather was perfect and not too hot.  The room was luxurious to say the least, with a jacuzzi tub that opened into the main room and a bed on the lanai to nap in the afternoon sunshine and breeze.  Husband and I spent most of our time down at the pool, under an umbrella, snacking on guacamole, jicama and what ever drink, Angel, our pool side attendant, brought over.  We never left the resort but since I have been to Puerta Vallarta several times I didn’t feel like I missed anything.  Now on to the good stuff, 5 stars, world class, unbelievable spa!

The first day Husband and I had a couples massage.  We arrived an hour early as requested and were perfectly surprised at the faculties.  We were taken to separate dressing rooms and water rituals.  I was introduced to my private attendant, and shown where to change and store my things.  She then brought me a pitcher of iced water and asked where I would like to begin.  I started with the steam room, she gave me a chilled peppermint hand towel for my neck, set the timer and left me to steam and meditate.  She returned after a while and brought me to a pressure shower (my new favorite thing EVER), a large stone room with a HUGE shower head in it.  She instructed me to stand under it and turned it on.  A very powerful spray of luke-warm water poured down for about 10 seconds and was the extremely refreshing.  After I dried off I was taken to the dry sauna to steam for another 15 minutes and returned to the pressure shower before moving to the hot spa pool.  After soaking for 20 minutes, my attendant returned and brought me to a Swedish shower, a capsule with  multiple shower heads that spray your whole body at once.  I was then brought to a foot pool and relaxed with a cup of jasmine tea, while waiting for my massage.
My attendant then introduced me to my massage therapist and she took me to the treatment room.  The building was unique with windy hallways and a beautiful sky lighted courtyard.  Simply stunning.  My husband joined me here and we were brought into the room together.  Once inside they started a foot bath ritual that was just lovely and then the therapists stepped out, leaving us a set of chimes to use once we were on the table.  The massage was basic but very relaxing after all the other treatments we had already.  After the massage we were greeted with a handwritten recommendation card and a cup of warm peach tea.  Overall just lovely.

I loved the spa so much I decided to go back a few days later.  This time I had a Diamond Ritual.  A scrub, bath, massage and facial.
I started the same water rituals and then was shown to a spa suite.  Where I began a very invigorating  honey scrub. The therapist really worked the scrub in, a nice surprise since most scrubs are a bit on the week side.  I showered it off with the in-room shower and then started a magical bath.  A large capsule/tub that played music and a light show.  I loved the scalp massage I received during the massage but I am a bit on the short side and kept slipping under the water.  There weren’t any places to “hang” onto so not as relaxing as it could have been.  After the bath was a wonderful massage.  The therapist even adjusted my back a bit.  A little different than I have ever experienced before. A great massage.  She finished with a facial/peel.  The facial was great and one of the best I have ever received in a spa setting.  Extractions and all.  I loved it so much I went back the next day for a mani/pedi!  Overall the most amazing spa I have ever been to.  The location, the feel, the water rituals, the service, the personal touches were all perfect and totally what I expect and long for in a spa.

The pictures were taken from the Grand Velas Website all my other pictures have my husband in them and he refuses to let me post them!