Whale Watching Season Makes a Splash in Puerto Vallarta

 

With the tail end of whale watching season approaching guests who want to witness these spectacular sea creatures in their natural habitat are encouraged to act swiftly. Considered one of the area’s best water excursions, visitors can catch humpback whales as they make their annual 16,000-mile reproductive migration starting in December. But, hurry, because they start heading north again in March.

Weighing up to 90,000 lbs., humpback whales are easily identified by their black dorsal fin and the hump on their backs for which they are named. It’s quite a thrill to these magnificent mammals playing, feeding and breaching just a few feet away. By January, the females begin to give birth, so keep an eye out for calves swimming alongside their mothers.

Puerto Vallarta has several professional whale watching tour operators. Ask a hotel representative for additional information.

No time for an excursion? During migration season, humpback whales are plentiful in the Banderas Bay and often visible through the bell tower at Hacienda San Angel, so be sure to take a peek!

Five Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Hacienda San Angel

Love is in the air across Puerto Vallarta with the most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day, just a few weeks away. Puerto Vallarta has long been a destination for lovebirds with its sultry tropical air, charming cobblestone streets and abundant activities for couples. And, let’s not forget one of Hollywood’s most storied and beloved duos has roots here: actor Richard Burton gifted then-wife Elizabeth Taylor with a gorgeous Puerto Vallarta love nest -- quite the grand gesture -- for her birthday.

 

Heading to Hacienda to celebrate your amor this Valentine’s Day? Here are five ways to get love struck by Cupid’s arrow and celebrate at our romantic retreat:

  1. Relax under the sun by your suite’s semi-private pool while enjoying house-made margaritas and fresh, locally-made provisions.

  2. Indulge in a seductive couples massage in the privacy of your suite.

  3. Allow the Hacienda chefs to prepare a gourmet meal for you to enjoy while being serenaded by the best Mariachi band in Puerto Vallarta -- without another guest in sight.

  4. Stroll hand-in-hand through Hacienda’s alluring chapel, Puerta del Cielo. And don’t miss the irresistible views!

  5. Curl up with your other half and a good book and retreat to one of the hotel’s cozy corners to create your very own love nest.

New Year's Eve Fireworks

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Uh oh. Are your New Year’s Eve plans still up in the air? Problem solved!

Join us at Puerta del Cielo for an elegant 7-course feast with wine pairings from Italy, California, France and Mexico—and yes, we have wine and it’s divine.  Our chef has pulled together a beautiful menu to help you ring in 2017: scallop carpaccio, fig and arugula salad, crab consommé, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, and, after a palate-cleansing green apple sorbet, tender beef medallions served with roast potatoes and grilled endive. No need to rush off after your chocolate Napoleon, the final course. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of the fireworks on the Malecon, so linger over some bubbly, make some resolutions if you must, but indulge yourself in the final hours of 2016 before implementing them. Salud and Felicidades from all of us at the Hacienda. Here’s to a rollicking new year!

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Brunch is Back!

November is a stellar month in PV. The summer heat’s abating and the rains are still comfortably in the future. In other words: Perfect Brunch Weather! Yes, the Hacienda’s Sunday deliciousness is back, served in the open air patio of Puerta del Cielo where you’ll be surrounded by the Sierra Madres and serenaded by a strolling violinist. The bay shimmers in the distance as your complimentary mimosa effervesces before you and our chef pulls out all the stops: prime rib, shrimp cocktail, omelets made to order, waffles and crepes, and exquisite salads, divine cheeses and desserts you’ll be happy you saved a modicum of room for. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, Sundays only (through Easter) and the price is fixed—329 pesos (less than $20). We think you’ll agree that’s an outstanding trade for a lot of luxe. Non-hotel guests are more than welcome, and everyone will need a reservation. Looking forward to seeing you soon!