I told the taxi driver, “Nuevo Vallarta” and we headed across Mexican state lines from Jalisco to Nayarit. My destination, the Dreams Villagmana, was just a few minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport. Located in the newly marketed “Riviera Nayarit,” the Dreams is part of a growing area of all-inclusive luxury resorts in this part of Mexico.
When I arrived, the lobby bar was packed with people. Free drinks (all-inclusive) coupled with a slight drizzle will certainly always create a happy hour. Yet, I also noticed, or rather felt, an energy. A very welcoming and fun energy. This was going to be a great night.
Outside the taxi I was instantly greeted by multiple attendants. They quickly found my reservation and in a matter of minutes I was off to my room to start my afternoon. The room’s modern style in a comfortable setting also came with a fully stocked mini-bar (part of the all-inclusive). In addition, as a special guest of the property, I also received a delicious tray of chocolates and a special bucket of coronitas. Thank you.
Dreams Villamagna Ocean View
As with any room I stay in, I quickly checked the view too. I peeked through the curtains to see the Pacific. Fantastic. I opened the glass door, stepped onto the balcony, navigated around the Jacuzzi (an evening soak was now on the agenda), and watched the distant waves for a minute.
The butler continued with his room and amenities description when I interrupted with my first question. “Tiene tablas de surfear en la playa? (Do you have surfboards on the beach?). Not perfect Spanish I know, but he understood and unfortunately replied, “No.” Wow! With a beach break the coming set seemed ideal for a late afternoon session. Hopefully next time.
I returned inside and the butler assisted me with my first 7oz cerveza and lime. With a bucket, and even more in the minibar, I realized I’d be able to watch the sunset right from my balcony. I asked my next question, “El puesto del sol, es bueno aqui? en el balcon?” (The sunset, is it good here, on the balcony?)
He answered, “Muy buena.”
“Excellent,” I thought.
After my tour of the property, I returned to watch the sunset from my balcony. My week in Puerto Vallarta was comprised of pinkish sunsets so I was pleasantly surprised to see the return of an orange brilliance. In fact the entire sky was illuminated with an impressive orange glow. Maybe it was the earlier rain or maybe it was just part of a dream, but for me, the sunset was exactly as my butler had described, “Muy buena.” I hope you agree.
Happy Sunset Sunday.
Stay adventurous, Craig
I’d like to thank Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta for hosting me the one night. I really enjoyed my time on the property and hope to return for a longer stay at some point in the future. Also, this Sunset Sunday is part of the 2012 Mexican March Madness.