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Dora and SpongeBob Vacay in Mexico's CasaMagna Marriott

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  Site Where: Paseo La Marina 435, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48354
July 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

While the thought of sprawling out under an umbrella and sipping a margarita is all you need to entice you to head to Mexico on vacation, it’s not exactly the type of stuff that’ll get the kids excited. But if you promise them that they can hang with Dora and SpongeBob when they are there, they’ll start packing their bags. It also wouldn’t hurt to say it’s the closest they’ll get to Bikini Bottom.

The beloved characters will be hanging at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa as part of the hotel’s Nickelodeon Getaway package.

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Buy the Hotel's Uniforms at Velas Vallarta Resort

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  Site Where: Paseo de la Marina Norte 585, Mexico, 48354
April 14, 2009 at 5:17 PM | by | ()

We've heard of folks coveting hotel beds, sheets, and bathrobes before but now you can walk away from your hotel stay wearing the exact same clothes as the hotel employees.

The For Her boutique at the Velas Vallarta Suite Resort and Convention Center sells a two-piece tunic and slacks ensemble designed by Melin Castro of Melin Castro Design.

The pieces are cut from fine linen, and the necklines are works of art with elaborately designed bead patterns hand-embroidered by craftsmen in Guadalajara. The lightweight ensemble comes in black and white and can be worn for any casually elegant outing during the day or night or worn as a bathing suit cover-up. It sells for 2400 pesos, or approximately $200 US. The ensembles are also sold in the boutique of Velas Vallarta's sister hotel, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

We gotta say that uniform looks mighty comfy if just a tad too see-through. We just hope hotel guests buy the outfit on the day they check-out and not during their stay. That could get awkward at the pool.

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CasaMagna Marriott in Puerto Vallarta Produces its Own Tequila

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  Site Where: Av. Paseo De La Marina No. 5,, Puetro Vallarta, Mexico, 48354
April 11, 2008 at 11:58 AM | by | ()

When drunken nights happen in Mexico, instead of blaming it on the Cuervo you might be saying "blame it on the CasaMagna Marriott." That's because the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa produces their own propriety brand of tequila.

Yes, you read right. There's a CasaMagna brand of tequila made from the agave azul harvested on property. And the hotel has created a whole experience around it.

Tequila lovers (not the Tila kind), enthusiasts, connossieurs or just heavy margarita drinkers might want to consider skipping on down here for the "Secretos de la Familia" program.

The resort has a Tequila Experto (expert) on staff, certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico (TRC). The Tequila Expert conducts tasting classes to increase guest awareness of the new found popularity of tequila. More than 117 different "by the glass" tequila options are maintained in the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort Tequila Vault for use in all the resort's food and beverage outlets.

Guests can also sit in on weekly tasting classes and get a brief history of the tequila from the Tequila Expert.

Naturally, the hotel has a packaged centered around their tequila called the Tequila Reposado package. For $263 a night, you get deluxe accommodations in an ocean view room for two, complimentary breakfast buffet for two at the resort's La Estancia restaurant, tasting of three of the resort's tequilas with a Tequila Expert and a 750 ml complimentary bottle of tequila to take home. Use the code VSR to book either online or by calling 1-888-Paradise.

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One Hotel Still Cares About the Old People

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  Site Where: Av. Paseo De La Marina No. 5,, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48354
September 11, 2007 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

Hotels have long been catering to your traveling pets, your romantic relationships, your sexual romps, your nerdy museum interests, your shopping libido, your drinking problem and even your fashion week obsession. But what about the old people? And by old people we mean those over the age of 62. And by catering we mean something other than the AARP discount here and there.

Well, at least one hotel is showing respect for our elders--The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. This place has been package/promotion happy before but we kinda like this one because it says old people can have fun too. We think Bill Marriott musta had a hand in this Marriott Seniors discount.

Anyways, as the promotion says, "those old enough to remember reading the headlines of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's romance during the filming of The Night of the Iguana" will get a deluxe room for $110 a night, a 15 percent discount at the new Ohtli Spa and a 15 percent discount on food and beverage.

The deal can be booked online or by calling 1-888-Paradise and using the code S9R. However, it does expire on October 31st.

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Good Rate :: $107 at the Westin Puerto Vallarta

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  Site Where: Paseo de la Marina Sur #205, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48354
August 21, 2007 at 10:56 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were captured August 21, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

With the east coast of Mexico getting hammered by Dean, you may want to look to the west coast for your off-season beach vacation deal. Wait a week to see how the path of the storm pans out, then book a $107 room at the Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta. This price is for the "partial sea view" rooms and is the mid-week price, but you can still get this price on the weekend if it's prepaid and full ocean view rooms are $175 midweek.

A Luxury Latin America review notes that the shaded pool complex is a big plus here, along with the above-the-fray beach bar:

The striking beach cabanas make a noticeable fashion statement, but Westin's 300-yard stretch of coastline does not impress overall--except for its hip after-hours atmosphere. Come sunset, you'll find that the beach is where it's at, as guests chill out till dawn at the popular Nikki Beach Club. A fine-looking wait staff serves up grill food and specialty cocktails among a romantic sandscape of tiki torches, billowing fabric and beds piled high with plush pillows.

Rooms are set up for those who don't like surprises, with the usual chain hotel layouts and amenities, but the fact that the Westin is not an all-inclusive translates into better service overall. (See our earlier review).

Here's another bonus if you just got a new passport: "Receive a $100 USD Credit applicable for Room Upgrades, Food & Beverage, or Spa Treatments when you stay with us through September 30, 2007 when you present a new passport with Mexico as your first stamp."

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Valentine's Day Hotel Packages: CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta

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  Site Where: Av. Paseo De La Marina No. 5 | Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48354
January 19, 2007 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

Here is another Valentine's Day hotel package to consider should you be headed to Mexico (don't forget your passport). A cheap stay can be had at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa for just $189 a night. While the package components are pretty standard---breakfast for two daily, champagne and a welcome gift--the add-on "romantic touch" is the hotels' Tantalizing Turndown Menu.

It includes:

* Luis Perdier sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries (upgraded with Moet Chandon Champagne) * Two towel swans on the bed * Rose petal heart on the bed with kissing doves * Aromatic bath salt and flower petal presentation in the bathroom; citrus essence with Tila tea for relaxation. The tea made from these dried flowers is said to having calming effects (helps you relax) * Chocolate lovers pastry tray served with Kahlua

Just beware as this is the same hotel promoting a family whale-watching trip at the same time. And in the end, do you really need a towel swan to show your lover how much you love him or her?

We will be bringing you more Valentine's Day Hotel packages next week but for now you can click here for more.

[Photo: Wadey]

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Whale-Watching, Family-Style

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  Site Where: Av. Paseo De La Marina No. 5 | Marina Vallarta,, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48354
December 26, 2006 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

Last week, Hotel Maven Tim Leffel did a bang-up job reporting on the hotel scene in Puerto Vallarta. Today, we have news that another hotel in PV is worth checking out, but this one involves the whole fam.

This winter, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa is inviting families to take part in a unique educational experience through its "Secretos del Mar" marine-life program. Every year, January through April many humpback whales come to Banderas Bay to give birth. Marriott guests are encouraged watch these stunning creatures in their own surroundings.

Of course, the hotel has put together an ESCAPE! Family Package which starts at $189 per night and includes, breakfast for two adults and two children 12 and under; complimentary pizza and in room movie one night, and nightly milk and cookies turndown service.

Not included appears to be any whale-watching tours so you'll have to fend for yourself there. Now, if only they offered an Escape Your Family type of package....

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