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This Puerto Vallarta resort offers myriad room options for all tastes. GArzA BLAncA PreSerVe, resort & spa S sarah muñoz 52 august 2010 onsite review april 2010 Say hello to a new Puerto Vallarta hideaway with a great sense of place that taps into the upscale market with quiet elegance. Less than a year after its grand opening, Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa has taken advantage of its location—10 minutes away from downtown Vallarta, but seemingly a world away from its crowds—to bring back the laid-back glamour of another time in this Mexican city. According to general manager, Miguel Andres Hernandez, the original Garza Blanca hotel was born approximately 35 years ago, when Vallarta was enjoying its Hollywood heyday. It became famous for romantic dinners on the beach and its geographical seclusion was also coveted by the jet-set. After that period ended, the property remained empty until a few years ago, when the name, what was left of the property and approximately 85 acres behind it were snatched up. Today, Garza Blanca encompasses a hotel, residences available for sale, villas, a restaurant, a spa and beach club. This new property is not only putting a new spin on the Vallarta of yesterday, but it’s also taking advantage of what is still its most romantic asset—its lovely beach and view of Banderas Bay—with torch-lit dinners and assorted events. “We wanted to take the most representative elements of the Garza Blanca of old and improve upon them,” says Hernandez. First and foremost to this renaissance is its location. Unlike the other coffee-colored, coarse-sand beaches of the area, the sand of Garza Blanca beach is delicate and white, explains Hernandez, which makes this strip of coastline a micro-climate within Banderas Bay with great biodiversity, including its namesake white heron. Lolling about on the beach and continued on page 54

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
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All-American St. Louis
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