What We Love

  • The menus rival the vistas at Blanca Blue, which has incredible views of Banderas Bay and a 230 bottle wine list. Impressive light and flavorful contemporary fare ensures unforgettable dining.

Things to Know

  • Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa not only offers fine dining and a full-service spa, it's also within a few miles of the downtown area.
Are you ready to indulge yourself "island-style" with rest and relaxation? relaxation? Just a short distance to the south of Puerto Vallarta, the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa is located in Banderas Bay. Nestled between the lush emerald foliage of the Sierra Madres and the cerulean blues of the Pacific Ocean, the resort is positioned along the winding shores of the Rio Nogalito and offers an astounding array of unique adventure opportunities for guests. 

The beaches of Banderas Bay are known for their expansive vistas and cozy, pristine sands, and the resort's beautiful stretch is no exception. Grab a complimentary sun lounger under a shady umbrella and wait for the courteous lounger-side waiter service to cater to your every whim. The sizable infinity pool appears to disappear into the Pacific and offers a Jacuzzi as well as the same luxury amenities available at the beach, sans the sand.

On-site restaurant options leave nothing to be desired, courtesy of Blanca Blue, an exceptional gourmet experience with contemporary fare like ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese, parmesan and asparagus, served with butter sauce and real slabs of San Daniele prosciutto. Aqua Azul pleasures palettes with traditional Mexican cuisine and an assortment of ceviches.

After you've tucked in, test your tensile strength on a paddle board, train for the rowing team on a kayak or blow bubbles in the surf on a snorkeling expedition, all courtesy of Garza Blanca. For the fairway fiends in the group, Garza Blanca is a short driving distance from four gorgeous 18-hole golf courses. Take your pick from Marina Vallarta, designed by Joe Finger; Los Flamingos Country Club, designed by Percy J. Clifford; or Vista Vallarta, home to two separate courses, one designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and the other by Tom Weiskopf.

This hotel is NOT all-inclusive. Food and drink must be purchased separately.

Unless otherwise specified, all services are available for an additional charge.

Property Information

Total rooms: 164


Resort Details


You don’t have to go far for delicious food and drinks, these options have you covered.
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Whether a land lover or a water sports fanatic, you’ll always have something fun to do.
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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 2432 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    No, this isn't heaven~ but, I'm telling you that it's paradise! Perfect in every way.

    Dear Senor Lopez Tarragota, Note: First let me put everone's mind at ease about any Covid-19 concerns at the resort. The resort lived up to its Covid-prevention pledge. Absolutely no doubt that the resort is Covid-prevention safe. My Review: The title of this review are my words my words which I used in my Google review using my writer's alias, "Stan Dubrunski." So if people want to see the usual breath-taking resort photos, they are there. I did include 2 photos that show in detail the Garza Blanca difference: 1) The fine detailed artistic finishing of the transition of the tile floor using hand-laid stones to also act to avoid foot slippage, and 2) Not only are there knotted rope ends on the bed canopy ropes, they are accented with a sea shell. Detailed class is embolden throughout the resort's facilities. Expensive, yet lasting, and so very appreciated. Instead, I want to let people know why: When you close your eyes and dream of the ideal tropical vacation ~ when you open your eyes Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarata will be ready and waiting for you. You and your staff are the difference between just a nice posh resort and truly a relaxing week in paradise. The many associates whom we encountered at the resort speak proudly of it ~ knowing that if they honor the high guest expectations that they will be given opportunities to advance their careers creates an atmosphere with a positive aura. I know that I will forget someone ~ including the maids, gardeners, shuttle drivers and bellmen who stopped to answer my questions~ but here goes my staff shout-out list: Manuel our personal butler; Gloria and Emily the Elite Consierges who setup our reservation and arranged so many details to happen; my 3 Amigos at the Panorama Pool and know Tequila ~ Pedro, Gonzolo & Miguel; Tito at the Beach Pool; Kiersten & Antonio at Bianca Blue; our Tower4 Room Service butlers who delivered & setup our breakfasts; Ana our maid; and, countless others I should have taken photos of and/or noted their names.

    Jun 29, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Spectatular property

    We loved this property. It's not a mega resort but that's what we liked. It's large enough to have several high quality restaurants but not too big that they lose the intimate feeling. The staff was extremely helpful, courteous and kind.

    Jun 29, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful amazing vacation place

    I really love this resort to come and have a relaxing time I really enjoyed my stay with my husband . We really appreciate the help we got Luis Perez he was so attentive with all our needs. He was amazing. Five diamonds if there’s that rating. 👌🏻

    Jun 15, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Stress Relief

    After the circumstances of the first half of 2020 we were SO ready for our vacation. I’m so happy we chose Garza Blanca. This was our first visit since purchasing our membership and from before our arrival we were being treated like family. Upon our arrival everyone greeted us with “Welcome Home” and by the time we left we truly get like we had been with “family”. All the staff at Blanca Blu greeted us by name and remembered our breakfast and dinner preferences. Our “Host” Pascal made sure ALL our needs were met and went above and beyond to provide us with recommendations. The Imagine Spa is world class and one of the best we’ve ever visited. Thanks to EVERYONE that made our stay so memorable. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!!

    Jun 10, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    The trip to Garza blanca was absolutely amazing. The rooms are beautiful wirh a refrigerator stocked with water and soda and beer, as well as snacks. Restocked daily. Blanca Bleu, the main restaurant had gourmet dishes. Delicious. And the adjacent property Villa del palmar has outstanding dining options as well. The waiter, Hector, at the Asian restaurant,Hiroshi, was best server I have EVER had. He went the extra mile to insure our dining experience was special. The names to shout out for excellence at Garza blanca Maria, and Otikio, the pool concierges were on top of everything to make food, Drinks, chairs, umbrellas always available. Just fabulous. Isbelina, Edger, and ESPECIALLY Ivan, who was our "butler " were over the top amazing. Cant say enough good about this place. After Coronavirus is conquered, take a trip to Cancun Stay at Garza Blanca, you not regret it.

    Mar 23, 2020