Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Best Luxury Hotel Options For Guests of Non-Resort Private Weddings in Bucerías, Nayarit

Martoca Beach Garden in Bucerias Nayarit
You have done your research. Finally after working hard, or maybe getting lucky, you guys have decided to get married in an amazing tropical location like this one you see in the picture on the left. So now you sit in your family's living room as you break out the news-"We are getting married in a place called La Martoca in Bucerias". Everyone is very happy for you, but immediately ask you,-Where is "La Martoca" or, Bucerias!? So you explain: It is an intimate venue, in a charming fishing village that is on an amazing beach in on the West coast in tropical Mexico, inside the Bahia de Banderas bay; only 30 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta. Bam! They hear the key words "Puerto Vallarta". Now they feel they recognize a familiar name. But since it will not be a hotel wedding, where should they stay? Well, read on and let's help you and your guests find out all the luxury resorts that they may not know exist and where they can stay in within close driving distance to Bucerias, Nayarit. 

When you decide to have a non-resort wedding it is because you want to be original, private, intimate, free and have a truly special fiesta. Sometimes this requires a bit more effort than just picking a hotel for all to stay in and have a cookie cutter wedding. But is well worth it. You need to find some hotels or condos that your guests can stay in that are relatively close to the venue. 

Amazing private wedding venue weddings
The most important thing to remember is to not become a travel agent for your guests. I suggest you lean on your planners for support and have them supply you with some great options for your guests and point them in the right direction. Let them know you did the vetting and research and the options available and step aside. If you fall into the trap of booking rooms for them you will add extra stress and perhaps create problems with your friends and family. So stay away from travel agent mode. 

Just point them to amazing hotels and links to such places and maybe find some group rates in the main hotel. It is after all one of the best advantages of a private wedding venue wedding: The fact that guests can stay anywhere they want without restrictions or extra fees. So once you find a wedding venue then help them find a few good recommended hotels or condos and other than that, just point them to the right direction and let them book their own vacay! 

North side of Banderas Bay area near Bucerias
Before you concentrate on the hotels themselves, learn about the different areas that are available in the surrounding villages and beaches. The following link and previous post is a great guide for those who do not know about the Banderas bay area. Please take time to review the area here before we move forward with specific hotels in Bucerias area: http://martoca.com/where-to-stay/ 
For the sake of this post, we are focusing only on top class hotel choices that are strictly within a 30 minute drive from Bucerias. Anything outside the 5 star category, or further than 30 minute range, is excluded in this post just for the sake of abbreviation. Your guests can stay anywhere they like and do not have to stay in luxury hotels of course, that is the best part of a private wedding venue. Your guests can stay anywhere it suits their budget and style best. However for those that like high end luxury or special places the following is the best list I could come up with for you.

The brand new W hotel which is about 15 minutes from our Martoca venue is on a magnificent beach. A surf spot is close by so that is a huge bonus. It is a boutique hotel. In Punta de Mita area which is North of Bucerias.
Here is the link for that one:

The Four Seasons and the St. Regis' reputation as top class hotels is well known. They are also in Punta de Mita area and are within 30 minutes range from our venue. The W is 15 minutes which is half way between us and the 4 seasons and St Regis. So some guests can stay in the W and some in St Regis or Four Seasons and they would all still be easy to pick up and drop off by our shuttle service. Here is the link to these amazing resorts:
The common factor these hotels share is they are all on the North tip of the bay. We are on the North side of the bay as well.  In the map below, you can see we are located in the light blue part called Bucerias. And these hotels I am showing you are on the upper left side of the blue in the Orange section called North Coast. 
 Banderas Bay. Bucerias is on top section in blue

If guests do not want to stay in an area that is closer to Puerto Vallarta's downtown area and the airport, then Nuevo Vallarta is a great choice. It is exactly in the middle between Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta. A very convenient location. That is the pink section you see on the right of the blue Bucerias area in the map on left. Nuevo Vallarta has a great beach and is full of All-Inclusive Resorts that have packages that are affordable for those who do not want luxury. It is 15 minutes south of Martoca wedding venue. 
For those who do want luxury in Nuevo Vallarta we recommend the Grand Velas Resort and the Villa la Estancia Resort. These are amazing properties and the kid friendly beach and location is perfect. You have towns and local bars and restaurants on either side and Down Town PV is about 20 minutes away. . 

I love the Grand Velas Resort. Not a large chain. All Inclusive and amazing. All top shelf brands and amazing restaurants. 
Marival Residences is an independent hotel. Amazing condo style rooms. The only setback is the fact that the beach is across the street. It is an outstanding resort. About 266 per person per night All-Inclusive. You can use the beach of course but you just have to cross a boardwalk style road. No biggie.

Villa La Estancia is also a great location and top class independent resort. 1 mile walking or biking distance from Bucerias and the shops and actual town life. You will love the pool!

After all is said and done... Have a Corona in Martoca!
For top class hotels I think any of the previous ones will more than satisfy your most demanding guests. For those who like luxury but do not want to pay 700 dollars per night, I have also heard many people love Dreams Villamagna and the Marival Residences. They offer the same level of service as Four Seasons and St Regis, but for less money. About 30%-40% less. Take a look... It is also in Nuevo Vallarta. I have had many wedding groups stay here and they never had a complaint. I would say offer any of these hotels to your guests with complete confidence. They are very close to the same top level as the previous hotels mentioned.

Rancho Banderas in Punta de Mita area. I love this hotel. Not luxurious but just right. Full of rustic charm with the same beach as the W Hotel. This is a 166 dollars per person range All-Inclusive. So for those who cannot afford the W it is basically walking distance from each other via the beach. if you want some guests to stay in luxury and the rest in a viable middle range hotel this is a great one-two punch! Here is the link to Rancho:

Make sure your guests have many options for lodging
And of course there are many standard All-Inclusives in Nuevo Vallarta's hotel zone to choose from that are solid commercial type 5 star providers. These are in the 130-150 dollars per person All-Inclusive range. Among these I recommend two hotel locations.
Hard Rock Hotel for those who want fun and a theme: http://www.hrhvallarta.com
RIU Hotels are a chain that has solid options for mid level hotels. 3 different hotel levels all next to each other next to Bucerias area and this website they have is full of good information on locations and beaches to visit. http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/mexico/vallarta-riviera-nayarit/index.jsp

OK amigos, this covers all the major names in luxury hotels and a few nuggets for mid-level hotels for your guests and all are within 30 minute drive from Bucerias, Nayarit where La Martoca Beach-Garden is located. I also like to suggest private condos I know personally for those who are seeking maybe a non-hotel option. Please email me and I can help you locate some amazing private condos for your guests if that is your preference. I have found that a private condo that provides a chef and groceries, housekeeping and a rental car for the week may cost less than a normal AI hotel. So it is a matter of looking around...

Have fun and enjoy your wedding. Refer this link to those who need advice or if this is for you, well, congratulations on your amazing wedding journey amigos!- James.


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