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RELAX AT THE DAY SPA AT PINNACLE

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No luxury vacation in Puerto Vallarta would be complete without a visit to the Day Spa at Pinnacle to treat yourself to some total relaxation and rejuvenation.   Located in the lobby level of Signature by Pinnacle (right next door to Residences by Pinnacle), the Day Spa is a Zen space designed to help you pamper your body and soul.

Our talented team of therapists have a reputation for some of the best massages in Puerto Vallarta area and have a dedicated local following.  Treat yourself to a 60 or 90 minute massage in any of the following styles:  Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Hawaiian or traditional Swedish.

Body treatments include full body exfoliation to get your skin beach ready and glowing.  Or try a luxurious mud wrap to pull toxins from your body, shed excess water weight and get smooth, healthy skin.   Reflexology, hydrating facials and spa manicures and pedicures are also available at our luxury spa in the Romantic Zone.

Starting at less than $200 pesos, our Puerto Vallarta spa treatments are an incredible value compared to the price of spa treatments at home, so be sure to treat yourself with 1 or more visits during your Puerto Vallarta vacation.

ADVANTAGES OF CONDO-STYLE RESORT VACATIONING

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The biggest trend in travel is vacationers moving away from traditional hotel rooms and instead choosing condo-style vacations for convenience, cost and comfort.  At Resorts by Pinnacle, guests receive the best of both worlds:  condo style accommodations with boutique hotel amenities.  Here is some of what you can expect from our properties:

  • Space:  unlike a traditional hotel room, our one and two bedroom suites give all of our guests the spaciousness of a condo, including private terraces with barbeque, comfortable living areas and full service kitchens.
  • Cost:  not only are Resorts by Pinnacle suites very competitively priced against luxury hotel suites, but our guests enjoy fully equipped kitchens meaning that they can enjoy eating at home as often as they wish, keeping down costly restaurant bills.
  • Convenience:  in-suite laundry, dedicated underground parking, airport transportation, maid service, concierge and more!  It’s all here at Resorts by Pinnacle so that you can vacation with ease.
  • Amenities:  unlike a vacation rental or smaller hotel, at Resorts by Pinnacle guests enjoy the luxury services they deserve like our Signature Lounge, Day Spa and fully equipped Signature Gym.

WELCOME TO THE RESORT BY PINNACLE NEIGHBOURHOOD!

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Signature y Residences by Pinnacle ofrecen a los huéspedes no sólo lujosas habitaciones estilo condominio con servicios como el salón Signature, spa y gimnasio, sino también un fácil acceso a lo mejor de Puerto Vallarta con nuestra ubicación ideal Zona Romántica / Ciudad Vieja.

El encantador casco antiguo y los barrios de Zona Romantica son verdaderamente el corazón de la ciudad y es aquí donde encontrará una increíble variedad de restaurantes, tiendas, actividades en la playa y más, todos a pocos pasos de su puerta.

Culturalmente, no se puede pedir más! Hay docenas de galerías de arte en la zona y varios espacios de teatro en vivo como The Palm Cabaret y Act II Stages. Dé un paseo por el hermoso muelle de Los Muertos hasta el icónico Puerto Vallarta Malecón donde encontrará teatro y danza, música, artistas y arte de performance todas las noches de la semana.

Para los amantes de la comida, la zona del casco antiguo / zona romántica es el lugar perfecto para explorar la parte culinaria de Puerto Vallarta, y Basilio Badillo Street, también conocida como Restaurant Row, ofrece una animada escena de restaurante con casi todo tipo de cocina. En la base de nuestro “Pinnicular”, la calle Olas Altas cobra vida en la noche con restaurantes y bares, incluyendo el famoso Andales, popular entre las damas de las verdaderas amas de Beverly Hills cuando llegan a la ciudad.

Y, por supuesto, una gran atracción de la zona es la proximidad a la popular playa de Los Muertos, donde encontrará deportes acuáticos y actividades, restaurantes frente a la playa y clubes de playa incluyendo Mantamar Beach Club con un menú diseñado por el chef Thierry Blouet de Café des Artistes fama y el muy esperado nuevo Sapphire Ocean Club.

Hable con su conserje de Resorts by Pinnacle acerca de explorar nuestro barrio de Zona Romántica / Ciudad Vieja y disfrute de lo que hace de Puerto Vallarta un destino turístico de clase mundial.

MEXICAN NEW YEAR TRADITIONS

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New Year’s Eve in Mexico comes with a lot of traditions and superstitions thought to get the New Year off to on the right foot.  Here are a few of the more unusual traditions that will be practiced in houses around Puerto Vallarta this December 31st.

 Eat Some Grapes:  At midnight, eat 12 grapes, each representing the coming months of 2015.  A sweet grape means you’ll have a good month.  A sour grape means not so great.

 Coin Toss:   Mexicans always believe in starting the New Year with a clean house and at midnight you should sweep out the dirt from your front door, throw 12 coins onto the ground and then sweep them back inside your house, to bring you wealth and prosperity for the coming year.

 Change your Underwear:  To bring good things into 2015, on New Year’s Eve women wear red underwear for love, yellow for happiness and prosperity, green for good health, pink for friendship, and white for peace. 

 Look Out Below:  Mexicans typically toss a bucket of water out the window at midnight to bring a fresh start to 2013.

 Get Your Bags:  To bring yourself travels and safe journeys, at midnight, take your empty suitcase and walk around your house or block.  Or if you’ve had a bit too much tequila, it also works to just pile the suitcases up in the center of the room and walk around them a few times.

 Whatever your traditions or superstitions about New Year’s Eve, Resorts by Pinnacle wishes you health, wealth and happiness for 2015.  Happy New Year!

CELEBRATING NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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The best of New Year’s Eve celebrations are right at your doorstep with Resorts by Pinnacle’s prime location in heart of Puerto Vallarta.

The famous Puerto Vallarta Malecon will be alive with merry-makers during the last hours of 2014.  Food vendors, street performers, musicians and a great vantage point for the fireworks at midnight.

All of our favorite neighborhood restaurants including Maya, 116 Pulpito, Kaiser Maximillian, The Swedes and Fusion Gourmet, among many others, will be hosting New Year’s parties with special menus.

If you feel like dancing all night, hit the mega-clubs on the Malecon (we like Skybar at Mandala) or shimmy in the New Year dancing to a live salsa band at Bodeguita del Medio.

But there is no need to go out when you have the amazing private terrace views offered by all of our suites at Signature by Pinnacle.  Ever one of our Signature units will be an ideal viewing point for the fireworks.

Talk to your Resorts by Pinnacle concierge about these and other fun options for a fabulous New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta.  And from the entire team at Resorts by Pinnacle, we wish you a very happy 2015.

LOCAL DINING: 116 PULPITO GASTRO LOUNGE

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Our Resorts by Pinnacle guests love that less than 100 meters from Signature by Pinnacle and Residences by Pinnacle are some of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.  And today we’re reviewing one of our favorites, 116 Pulpito Gastro Lounge.

116 Pulpito is a sophisticated tapas bar located just a few steps away from Signature and Residences by Pinnacle.  The almost industrial feel to the small restaurant’s décor feels very urban and hip, and diners can choose from the cozy interior, the small bar or the terrace tables to enjoy their meal.

The menu features Spanish-inspired tapas that focus on fresh, region local ingredients and flavors.   Beautifully presented plates are meant to appeal to your appetite as well as your senses.  Perfect for sharing, some of our favorites are the amazing Papas Bravas, the shrimp sliders, the decadent cheese plate and their delicious oven-fired thin crust pizzas.

116 Pulpito also offers drink specials most nights of the week including 2×1 sangria and 2×1 margarita deals, and a standing 20 peso beer offer on Thursdays.  On Mondays, it is their popular Tapas Night offering an all you can eat tapas bar and live music.

Talk to your Resorts by Pinnacle concierge about reservations at 116 Pulpito or other wonderful Puerto Vallarta restaurants.

VALLARTA’S BEST FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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With gorgeous sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, amazing restaurants, charming cobblestone streets and architecture, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting than Puerto Vallarta.  We asked members of our Resorts by Pinnacle team for some of their “Vallarta Best” favorites to help you spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

Best Flowers:  This one goes out to Costco.  For less than $20 USD, you can buy two dozen roses in a variety of colors for your loved one.  And as an added bonus, they stay fresh longer than any other blooms in town.

Best Romantic Indoor Restaurant:  Trio serves up fine dining Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful setting complete with a live guitarist to set the ambiance.

Best Romantic Outdoor Dining:  The garden terrace at Café des Artistes is only surpassed by the incredible culinary skills of renowned chef, Thierry Blouet.

Best Chocolates:  Anyone would swoon for the decadent hand-crafted chocolates from Xocodiva, located in the Romantic Zone.

Best Romantic Tour by Land:  Take a romantic riverside horseback tour for two through a beautiful ecological reserve at the base of the Sierra Madre with a stop at a waterfall with Rancho El Charro.

Best Romantic Tour by Sea:  Vallarta Adventures presents Rhythms of the Night, a boat charter to their own Las Caletas Beach, followed by dinner beside the sea and a Cirque de Soleil-style show in their jungle amphitheater.

Best Sunset View:  Our own Signature Lounge is the best place to start any romantic night, enjoying 2×1 drinks and a stunning view of the Puerto Vallarta sunset.

Talk to your Resorts by Pinnacle concierge for tips on these and other romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta.

RENTING A CAR IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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With our fantastic Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone locations, guests of Resorts by Pinnacle can enjoy the best of the city with no rental car needed.  But if you would like to get out an explore some fun day trip destinations like Sayulita or San Sebastian, then renting a car in Puerto Vallata is simple and easy, especially when you go prepared with what you need to know.

To rent a car the only requirement needed is a valid driver’s license from your home country and a Visa or MasterCard (some car rental agencies also accept American Express, but not all).    You do not need an international driver’s license or special permit to drive in Mexico and there is no minimum age to rent a caras long as you possess a valid license, although some rental agencies charge a higher rate to drivers under 25.

There are 3 types of rental insurance offered, some of which are mandatory and many of which are strongly suggested as your credit card insurance will not be valid in Mexico for almost all accidents and damages to the vehicle:

1. Third Party Liability (mandatory):  you cannot rent a vehicle in Mexico without this insurance and Third Party Liability should be pre-calculated into your daily quoted rate.

2. Supplemental Liability Insurance (not mandatory but strongly recommended):  Credit card insurance will not be accepted in Mexico to pay for any liability costs you may incur.

3. Personal Accident Insurance (not mandatory): check with your credit card company about what their policies are for personal accident coverage.

4. Loss Damage or Collision Damage Waiver:  your credit card may cover this waiver.  Check with your provider in advance.

Talk to your Resorts by Pinnacle concierge about arraging for a rental car and get out to explore all the beauty that the Banderas Bay area has to offer.

GETTING SAFE SUN ON YOUR VACATION

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Warm summer days in Puerto Vallarta have everyone reaching for their sunscreen, but are you really doing everything you need to protect your skin from a painful sunburn?  We have some summer sunscreen tips to make sure that you enjoy your vacation in Puerto Vallarta without worry:

1)       Go through your sunscreen collection, toss old or expired bottles and buy new products.

2)      Look for a waterproof sunblock if you plan on being in the water or if you sweat a lot. It takes about 80 minutes for a waterproof sunblock to wash off, so using one will help ensure that you have protection from the sun even when you are swimming or working out outside.

3)      Find a sunblock that is labeled “broad spectrum,” which means that it protects from both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause wrinkling and aging of the skin, while UVB rays cause sunburn, but both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer. It is best to be protected from both, however, sunblock that is not broad spectrum will only protect against UVB rays.

4)      Choose the sun protection factor (SPF) that works best for you.  The level of protection is primarily determined by SPF number. The higher the SPF the longer you will be protected from UVB rays before your skin becomes red and starts to burn. It is recommended that you choose a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.

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