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Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s charming beach towns. If you enjoy white sand beaches, a charming small-town feel, gastronomy, and Mexican culture, this city should definitely be on your wish list.
In addition to having beautiful beaches, fantastic marine ecosystems, watersports centers, and turquoise-blue water, there are plenty of sights to see, such as Los Arcos, El Malecón, and Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
In this guide, we’ll show you some of the highest-value redemptions you can make for reward stays in luxury hotels and resorts across the major hotel chains.
Let’s get into it!
Unfortunately, no IHG-branded properties made the cut due to low redemption value.
Not to worry, because we’ve put together 9 hotels (including 2 all-inclusive properties) in Puerto Vallarta that’ll get you tremendous value for your hard-earned points!
Hot Tip: Many hotels in Puerto Vallarta now offer either free COVID-19 testing or tests for a fee. Travelers will also find testing sites at medical facilities around the region where they can receive the necessary tests for their travel back to the U.S. To see a list of these locations (including hotels), visit the Visit Puerto Vallarta website.
Our winning resort is The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, located in nearby Punta de Mita, around 30 miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta and 15 miles from Bucerias, a famous seaside village.
The St. Regis Punta Mita is situated on 22 acres on a lush peninsula, offering guests a serene hideaway at this exclusive resort with incredible service, including the signature St. Regis Butler Service.
Each of the standard rooms starts at 600 square feet large, contains top-shelf bedding and linens to accompany the king bed or 2 queen beds, and has tropical garden views. The room contains floor-to-ceiling windows, a furnished terrace, a desk, a sitting area, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and coffee and tea facilities.
Relax in the marble spa bathroom with a deep-soaking bathtub, double vanities, a walk-in rain shower, a lighted makeup mirror, bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer, and more.
Indulge in the beachside seafood restaurant, the signature AAA Five Diamond Awarded Mexican restaurant, and 4 other dining options.
Here, you’ll find a spa, a gym, multiple pools (some are kid-friendly), pristine stretches of private white-sand beach, 2 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, tennis courts, and a kids’ club!
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 70,000 to 100,000
Cash Rate: $770 to $2,500 ($1,400 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 2.5 cents per point
Hot Tip: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is one of the best hotels to book with points in all of Mexico, not just Puerto Vallarta!
If The St. Regis Punta Mita is sold out or you’re looking for a superb luxury resort without insane opulence, the W Punta de Mita has got you covered!
More than anything, this resort is a chic resort getaway catering to those into the “South Beach” vibe — the complex is 5 miles from Manzanilla Beach and less than 7 miles from Litibu Golf Course.
Each of the colorful rooms is appointed with a furnished balcony/terrace, a choice of 1 king bed or 2 double beds, views of the lush jungle, and floor-to-ceiling windows. To get even more specific, each room is also at least 661 square feet in size and has a minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, a flat-screen TV, iPod dock, and lots of closet space.
The bathroom is appointed with a separate bathtub and shower, twin vanities, bathrobes, a lighted makeup mirror, a hairdryer, and much more.
There are 5 restaurants and a WET Deck cocktail bar available for your enjoyment. You’ll find amenities like a 24/7, adults-only heated outdoor pool, another beachside pool with 2 hot tubs, as well as a spa, a fitness center, direct beach access, and event space.
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 50,000 to 70,000
Cash Rate: $400 to $1,100 ($500 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.6 cents per point
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is a 4-star luxury hotel overlooking the Bay of Banderas and is our first property in Puerto Vallarta proper — it’s a 3-minute walk from Marina Vallarta and a little more than a mile from Costalegre’s beaches and bays.
Each standard room measures at least 366 square feet large and has either 1 king bed or 2 double beds, plus a furnished balcony, a sofa bed, a sitting area, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, coffee and tea machines, a desk, and garden views.
When you check out the marble bathroom, you’ll find a walk-in shower, a single vanity with a bright LED-backlit mirror, bathrobes, Thann bath products, and a hairdryer.
In total, there are 7 dining options: 3 full-service restaurants, 3 bars (1 swim-up bar), and a grab-and-go coffee shop.
To make your stay enjoyable, you can check out the heated infinity pool, private access to El Salado Beach, the heated indoor adults-only lap pool, the heated outdoor kids’ club pool, hot tubs, the gym, the spa with a steam room, and more.
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 40,000 to 60,000
Cash Rate: $125 to $450 ($250 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 0.8 cents per point
Hot Tip: If you’re flying into Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta, don’t miss our guide to the best ways to fly to Mexico with points and miles.
Las Alamandas Resort is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, and it happens to be a World of Hyatt partner, which is phenomenal!
This secret resort is set on a 1,500-acre nature preserve less than 3 miles from Highway 200 and 8 miles from Perula.
The entire property has just 16 suites — all of them are at least 750 square feet large and have a king bed, a furnished veranda with a hammock and space for alfresco dining, a sitting area with 2 armchairs, a flat-screen TV, an iPod dock, and a full minibar.
The bathrooms contain twin vanities, a deep soaking bathtub, a walk-in rain shower, a separate toilet room, and bathrobes.
In addition, this resort has 3 restaurants include a rooftop bar, as well as a spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, a private landing strip, a kids’ club, an outdoor pool, and more.
World of Hyatt Points Required: 30,000
Cash Rate: $300 to $700 ($360 on average)
Points Value: Up to 2.3 cents per point
Conrad Punta de Mita is one of Hilton Honors’s newest luxury properties — located just west of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Riviera Nayarit, this property has incredible natural beauty!
If you book a standard room, you’ll have the chance to choose between 1 king bed with a sofa bed or 2 queen beds — each room measures at least 650 square feet large and has a sitting area with a couch, a furnished patio, a minibar, Nespresso coffee amenities, tea, a desk, a flat-screen TV, and abundant closet space.
In the marble bathroom, you’ll spot a spacious walk-in shower, twin vanities, a separate toilet room, Shanghai Tang amenities, bathrobes, slippers, and more.
On the premises, you’ll embark on a culinary journey with 3 full-service restaurants, 1 lounge, multiple pool bars, and a coffee shop! Other amenities at this posh, brand-new resort include a spa, a 24/7 gym, tennis courts, watersports, 2 miles of private white-sand beach, a kids’ club, a game room, and event space.
Hilton Honors Points Required: ~95,000
Cash Rate: $500 to $1,200 ($750 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.3 cents per point
Our next property is an exclusive complex set on nearly 15 acres of palm-lined land overlooking Banderas Bay. The property is also half a mile from Marina Vallarta.
Each cozy room has either 1 king bed or 2 double beds, at least partial ocean views, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Of course, the beds are Westin Heavenly Beds, and the other in-room amenities include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a sitting area with a loveseat, a furnished patio/balcony, a minibar, coffee and tea machines, and at least 581 square feet of space.
The marble bathroom houses a walk-in rain shower, a soaking bathtub, a single vanity, a separate toilet room, bathrobes, slippers, and Westin Heavenly Bath products.
There are 3 full-service restaurants, a spa, a gym, private cabanas available for a surcharge, a club lounge, 2 outdoor pools (1 with a swim-up bar), a kids’ club, 3 outdoor lighted grass tennis courts, table tennis, and volleyball! Event space is also bookable.
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 30,000 to 40,000
Cash Rate: $125 to $525 ($215 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.3 cents per point
Our very last property, Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, is a 4-star retreat situated along the Pacific Coast and is half a mile from the Malecón boardwalk and less than 5 miles from Vallarta Undersea scuba diving school.
In the standard rooms, you can choose between 1 king bed or 2 double beds — either way, the rooms are a minimum of 430 square feet large, are equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, and have a sitting area with a couch, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a set of coffee and tea facilities, and a desk.
Within the bathroom, you’ll find a single vanity, a make-up mirror, marble tiling, a walk-in shower, bathrobes, a hairdryer, and more.
There are an astonishing 14 unique dining options, a full spa, a gym, tennis courts, private Las Glorias beach access, outdoor heated pools, and event space.
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 30,000 to 40,000
Cash Rate: $125 to $300 ($160 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 0.8 cents per point
Hot Tip: Considering spending your points on a stay in Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo) or Cancún, instead? Check out our local guides for more recommendations on properties you can book with points and miles!
One of 2 all-inclusive resorts in this guide, the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta offers jam-packed value, especially for families looking to enjoy a luxury stay with as little money out of pocket as possible.
This resort is 2.5 miles from Parroquia du Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and the famous Malecón Promenade.
You’ll find 335 rooms and suites here, all with garden and/or ocean views, work desks, minibars, coffee and tea, sitting areas with a couch, chairs, and a coffee table, and flat-screen TVs.
The designer bathroom is outfitted with a walk-in rain shower, a lighted make-up mirror, bathrobes, slippers, and a hairdryer.
There are 12 dining options to choose from, plus private dining! Complimentary activities include access to 5 infinity pools, 2 kiddie pools, an infinity hot tub, fitness classes at the gym, volleyball, soccer, kids’ club activities, kayaking, live entertainment, and more.
For an additional charge, you can book a spa treatment, rent a private cabana, or embark on an excursion or tour.
World of Hyatt Points Required: 21,000 to 29,000 points per night for double occupancy (10,500 to 14,500 points per night for each additional guest; maximum of 4 people per room)
Cash Rate: $250 to $750 ($350 on average) per night, based on double occupancy
Points Value: Up to 2.5 cents per point, based on double occupancy
Hot Tip: From adults-only opulence to family-friendly fun, check out the best all-inclusive resorts and hotel packages in Mexico.
The Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort offers an all-inclusive experience with 3 meals per day plus snacks and all non-premium brand liquor, draft beer, wine, and more.
This AAA Four-Diamond resort has rooms at least 370-square-feet large, plus spectacular views and a choice of 1 king bed or 2 double beds. Here, the in-room amenities are relatively standard: a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a desk, a private patio, and a bathroom with a single vanity, a walk-in shower, and a separate toilet room.
The property houses a buffet breakfast restaurant, a traditional Italian restaurant, an authentic Mexican dinner restaurant, a sky bar, a laidback French fusion spot, a Mediterranean restaurant, a sushi bar, an all-day signature international restaurant, a snack bar, and a lobby bar.
You’ll find plenty of wellness amenities here, too, including a spa, a floatarium, nightly entertainment, direct ocean access, daily activities, non-motorized watersports, a gym, a kids’ club, and poolside waiter service!
Hilton Honors Points Required: 46,000 to 70,000
Cash Rate: $120 to $320 ($200 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 0.5 cents per point
In this list, we’ve included the best hotels to book in Puerto Vallarta using points — and while there was a solid balance among Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton properties, there were no IHG properties that made it onto the list.
So in this next section, we’ll show you the best ways to earn specific hotel points, starting with World of Hyatt.
The main credit card that you can use to accumulate World of Hyatt points directly is The World of Hyatt Credit Card issued by Chase. You can also opt to sign up for the business version of this card, the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card.
The World of Hyatt card offers a fast track to Hyatt elite status, an annual free night, and up to 9x points per $1 on Hyatt stays.
The World of Hyatt Credit Card makes your Hyatt stays more rewarding and helps you get coveted World of Hyatt elite status faster. This card is a must-have for any traveler who regularly stays at Hyatt hotels, or even for anyone who’s able to take advantage of the card’s annual free night certificate.
When you factor in all the benefits the World of Hyatt card offers, it’s easy to see why it is one of the best co-branded hotel credit cards on the market.
This way, you can take advantage of the more relevant spending categories offered on Chase credit cards, such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card.
Furthermore, if you have any of the 3 Chase Ultimate Rewards cards above, you can also amass Ultimate Rewards points by converting your rewards from the Chase Freedom Flex℠, Chase Freedom Unlimited®, Chase Freedom® card (no longer open for new applications), Ink Business Cash® Credit Card, and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card.
Marriott Bonvoy has co-branded credit card relationships with American Express and Chase — each card offers a different set of benefits that will appeal to different traveler personas.
A great option for Marriott hotel fans who want a no annual fee card and automatic Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Casual travelers who like to frequent properties that are part of the Marriott Bonvoy collection of brands may want to consider the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.
The Marriott Bold card rewards cardholders for Marriott stays and gives them a boost towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Marriott loyalists will love this card's annual free night award, automatic elite status, and up to 17x points per $1 on Marriott hotel stays.
If you’re a frequent traveler and a Marriott loyalist, there’s a lot to love about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. The card comes packed with several great benefits like a free hotel night once a year, automatic Silver Elite status (with a fast-track to Gold Elite status), and multiple options for redeeming points.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card gives you automatic Marriott elite status and helps you earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on your everyday purchases.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, the latest mid-tier offering in the Marriott Bonvoy lineup of cards, offers cardholders automatic elite status and ways to earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on each of their stays and daily purchases.
A premium card for Marriott fans who want perks like an annual statement credit and Free Night Award, plus a fast track to Marriott elite status.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is a premium card designed with road warriors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalists in mind.
So is the card a worthwhile addition to your wallet?
This is generally a bad idea due to the low redemption value you’ll get — instead, stick to credit card spending or staying at Marriott properties as the best way to earn lots of points.
Lastly, Hilton Honors rounds out our 3 loyalty programs discussed in this piece.
American Express is the exclusive credit card issuer of Hilton Honors co-branded credit cards.
Check out some of our favorite picks here, including a card that earns up to 14x points per $1 spent on eligible purchases!
Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status, plus great earnings at Hilton, U.S. gas stations, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. restaurants!
You can’t beat a comfy king-sized bed and room service. For many travelers, it’s the hotel that really makes or breaks an experience. If you’re one of those people, you’ve probably stayed at a Hilton hotel.
Whether your visits are for work or pleasure, the Hilton brand has you covered with more than 6,200 locations in 100 counties and territories.
To enjoy a host of great benefits, you may want to apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Card.
An excellent high-earning Hilton credit card that comes with perks like Hilton Honors Gold status and Priority Pass lounge access.
If you’re someone who loves traveling and loves staying in Hilton hotels, adding a co-branded Hilton hotel card to your wallet is almost a no-brainer. From automatic Hilton elite status, to airport lounge access, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card can be a great fit for Hilton loyalists looking to up their travel game.
Automatic Hilton Diamond status, an annual free night, and a travel and resort credit make this the perfect card for those who stay in Hilton hotels.
Paying hundreds of dollars for an annual fee on a co-branded hotel card might seem ridiculous, but you should know that the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card is much more than your run-of-the-mill hotel credit card.
The Hilton Aspire card is not only a phenomenal card for Hilton Honors loyalists, but even those who visit Hilton hotels just a few times a year can still get excellent value out of all the benefits that are packed into this card.
So let’s have a look at what makes the card so valuable to travelers.
An excellent option for business owners and business travelers who stay at Hilton properties often and want perks like Hilton Honors elite status.
For frequent business travelers who regularly stay in Hilton hotels, The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is a great option.
Not only will the card help you earn more points on all of your Hilton stays, but you’ll also receive automatic elite status, complimentary Priority Pass visits, travel protections, and the opportunity to earn free night certificates.
Here’s a detailed look at all the benefits this card offers so that you can determine if it’s a good fit for you.
Since Hilton Honors points are so easy to earn through credit card spending, we recommend using that as your primary way to generate points.
If you need a few thousand more points to make a reservation, you can top off your balance by transferring Amex points to Hilton.
In Puerto Vallarta, there are accommodation choices that range from budget hostels to expansive ultra-luxe complexes with amenities like you’ve never seen before.
We’ve focused on properties that will net you the best redemption value, and these are generally the most luxurious ones, as well.
However, we’ve also included some decidedly comfortable 4-star resorts and even some all-inclusive properties for travelers that don’t want to spend large sums of money out-of-pocket.
Whatever the case, you’ll have plenty of options to pick from!
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Puerto Vallarta is generally less opulent compared to Cabo San Lucas. Also, Cabo is much more centralized while Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita are more sprawled out.
Cabo is generally more expensive than Puerto Vallarta, as well.
The best month to visit Puerto Vallarta and capture the fewest crowds and the best weather is anywhere from April to June. The weather is pleasant and shoulder season rates are at their lowest.
The coldest months in Puerto Vallarta are January and February. In January, the low is around 62 degrees and the high is around 84 degrees. In February, the low is around 61 degrees and the high is around 85 degrees.
The rainiest months in Puerto Vallarta are July to September, of which September usually has the highest rainfall overall.
The best hotels in Puerto Vallarta that you can book using points are:
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