Saturday, April 1, 2023

Mexico: An all-inclusive view where you can relax and watch for whales

The still horrifying shore, where the waves of the Pacific had come to break. A humpback whale eats itself for breakfast. Flamboyant sunsets are marvels at the endless lake. The Marival Harmony Spa and Luxury Resort is a hotel that has something pleasantly surprising! Travel.

Built on a gentle slope, right on a cliff, Marival Harmony is located on the west coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit, about an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta. It is offered in an all-inclusive formula by Montreal, is rated 4.5 or 5 stars (depending on the tour operator) and is reserved for customers aged 18 and over.

This oceanfront complex is part of the New Relaxation Transat 18+ collection, which includes twelve hotels in the South, ideal for a relaxing stay as a couple or with friends.

With 268 rooms, 4 restaurants and 5 swimming pools (including 2 VIP), it is true that Armonia Marivali offers an intimate atmosphere over all the big exclusives. And – amazingly true – it turns out to be more delicate in real life than in many pictures!

Nature and relaxation

In situ, it should also be noted that nature is present. Without being surrounded by jungle, the hotel is located in the Banderas Bay area, which is still unspoilt. It has a middle floor decorated with royal palm trees and the ocean runs all over it.

This is the case in the (only) restaurant in the complex, La Brise, where you can sit under a traditional palm roof overlooking the beach. There we find a great selection of food, whether fruit, vegetables, meat dishes, lion dishes or special stations of paella, pasta, burgers, pad Thai, shrimp and lark! Our favorite: small and freshly cooked special local specialties where we alternate between tacos, quesadillas, ceviches, aguachiles or grilled meats, depending on the day or season.

La Brise, a buffet restaurant overlooking the beach and ocean

Sarah Bergeron Ouellet

La Brise, a buffet restaurant overlooking the beach and ocean

A la carte restaurants: a special mention to the secret terrace of the Essence restaurant and sunset views from the “Gourmet Table” of the Gods!

Sarah Bergeron Ouellet

The “secret” terrace of the Essence restaurant

As for the account activity (including all packages included), it also varies from day to day. From yoga classes and healthy healing sessions to tequila tasting, water aerobics, live band activities and introduction to surfing, there are plenty of options to keep you busy.

People who book the Transat Relaxation Collection 18+ get a little “well-being” extra package, like an included hydrotherapy session, a discount at the spa or even access to a Balinese bed for the day (lucky!).

Sarah Bergeron Ouellet

“Sound healing” session

Those who want a more spacious retreat can opt for the Lush Suite. The room will have a living room, two bathrooms and a large balcony and will give them access to the pool reserved for the VIP pool.

Our “ultimate” decision, however, would not be to miss the simple pleasure of a walk on the beach, either to watch the whales (passing between December and March), or to admire the stories of the sunset over the ocean in this area. of Mexico.

Le Marival Harmony Luxury Resort & Suites in brief

  • In Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
  • 5 stars
  • 18 years
  • 268 rooms
  • 3 pools + 2 VIP pools
  • 4 restaurants
  • 4 bars
  • 1 spa ($)
  • Actions program
  • Part of the Relaxation 18+ collection by Transat.
  • To consider

  • Prices vary widely, but the Armonia Marivale is not a small hotel. At the time of this writing, a one-week all-inclusive package is available for $2777 per person for March 2023 or $2499 for April 2023 on
  • It is a property on the Pacific coast of Mexico, so that we forget about the powder white sand and the turquoise sea without waves! The Pacific is more restless. The hotel also provides “boogie boards” for the guests. Also offers surf lessons and board rentals ($).
  • Those who like large hotel complexes with many bars, restaurants, swimming pools and large-scale shows will definitely appreciate the intimate part of this hotel.
  • The 18+ Relaxation Collection

    New for 2022-23, this Transat collection was born from the study of festivals to the relaxation of stays. “We developed surveys on our site as well as package reservations and noticed that adult resorts are in great demand, explains Marie-Christine Pouliot, senior advisor, Transat public relations and marketing content. The tourism industry has also observed an increase in health tourism for several years, an interest that has multiplied after the pandemic. The collection therefore includes 4.5 or 5 star hotels, reserved for adults, which offer a “peaceful setting” conducive to relaxation. Relaxation package extra-cast (“special” meals in the best restaurant in the establishment, an aromatherapy basket in the room, spa discounts, etc.) At the moment, only nine hotels are part of the collection.


    This journey was made possible thanks to Transat.

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