Riviera Nayarit, Mexico (March 21, 2012) – Riviera Nayarit, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, continues to attract major investments and the biggest names in international resort development. Led by companies like Grand Palladium Resorts & Hotels, Hard Rock International, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons and others, the choice of new and transformed resorts this summer will be more impressive than ever.


Grand Palladium Resorts & Hotels has completed a $30 million transformation of the all-inclusive Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa. The entire property was made over to capture the essence of authentic Mexican culture and provide guests with the ultimate Grand Palladium experience. With new bathrooms, contemporary furniture and new color schemes, the resort’s 422 guest accommodations, ranging from deluxe rooms to suites, now reflect the natural beauty of Mexico’s landscapes and beaches. A new restaurant, Ribs & More, joins the property’s buffet restaurant, El Bosque, and the ala carte Portofino Restaurant, under the direction of the renowned Spanish chef, Juan Mari Azark, among the Grand Palladium’s dining options.


The resort also features a newly expanded Renova Spa with four massage rooms, a new sauna, steam room, a hot and cold Jacuzzi and a Bridal Room; a Sunset Boulevard Disco; and expanded Kids Club and Junior Club. For more information, visit


Hard Rock International has announced that the Vallarta Palace in Nuevo Vallarta has been transformed into the new Hard Rock Hotel  Vallarta. Described by the company as “the ultimate all-inclusive,” the resort features luxury accommodations, including in-room double Jacuzzis; fine dining, top-shelf drinks, 24-hour room service, and live entertainment. In keeping with the Hard Rock image, there will be Rock Star Suites, an extensive collection of authentic rock memorabilia, and an “ongoing schedule of live concerts, celebrity-driven soirees and other exciting onsite events.”


The resort features 348 guestrooms, four restaurants and a snack bar, four bars, a new Moon Lounge, a spa and fitness center, beauty salon, Kids Club, two swimming pools, and 6,300 square feet of meeting facilities. For more information, visit


Occidental Hotels & Resorts has re-opened the Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta after a $14 million renovation. Formerly the Allegro Nuevo Vallarta, the all-inclusive resort offers 270 guest accommodations ranging from deluxe rooms to suites and two penthouses, and the Royal Club, offering an even higher standard of accommodations plus private check-in and exclusive reception area and restaurant. Other resort features include four restaurants, including two ala carte; three bars, a fitness center, lighted tennis court and two swimming pools, one reserved for children.


The resort is on the Bay of Banderas only 35 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. For more information, visit


Four Seasons Punta Mita has just completed a series of upgrades including renovations of the Tamai adult pool and its cabanas, new games and flat screen televisions in its game room, opening of the Nawua Gourmet Store including Mexican foods and handicrafts, refurbishments to the Four Seasons Yacht and renovations of Nua bar. By mid-2012, guest rooms will be upgraded with new furniture, artwork, lamps and bathroom accessories.  Meeting rooms and the Numa Pool will also be refurbished.


Long a favorite among international travelers seeking intimate luxury, Hotel Des Artistes in Punta Mita has reopened as Hotel CINCO offering “an unpretentious, pristine organic living experience in a refined atmosphere.” Featuring a healthy lifestyle, including an emphasis on local, farm-to-table dining, the resort offers a handful of rooms and suites, including the new Villa CINCO, with 5,500 square feet of space, a master bedroom with an office, library, master living room, state-of-the-art kitchen and dining pod, soaking tub, two guest rooms and a bonus room. Villa CINCO also offers a fire pit, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi.


The award-winning chef Thierry Blouet oversees the menu at the popular Café des Artistes del Mar and guests also may enjoy rooftop casual dining at the Local Harvest restaurant as well as refreshments at the Barefoot Bar. Other resort facilities include the Gerry Lopez AquaCenter with Surf/SUP Concierge for aquatic adventures, the CINCO Athletic Club & Spa and Lifestyle Camps. For more information, visit


This year, TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards List rewarded several properties in Riviera Nayarit with some of the highest distinctions for best hotels in Mexico and the world. Among the hotels that received awards this year are Marival Residences & World Spa (ranked second in the listing of the best 25 all-inclusive hotels in the world and as the number one all-inclusive hotel in Mexico), Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa, Villa la Estancia and the St. Regis Punta Mita (all placed in the listing for top five hotels in Mexico). The Four Seasons Punta Mita and Hotel Cinco were rated on the list of Top 25 Best Hotels in Mexico.