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Andi's Casa Velas Review - with a TON of pics!


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#1 Andi

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    Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:59 PM

    Sorry Mods...I couldn't decide if this should be in the PV section or Review section? So please move it if it is in the wrong place!

    We stayed at the Casa Velas for 5 nights…was suppose to be 4 but I will tell you about that in a bit!

    So DH and I stayed in a Grand Class Suite with a plunge pool…it was AMAZING! We got in on their special promotion (I think they still have it going on their website) stay 3 nights get 1 free. After being at the Vallarta Palace with our family for 4 days we were more than ready for some quiet relaxing time! Casa Velas was PERFECT!

    It is such a pretty pretty place…the staff is MORE than accommodating and the hotel itself is just so QUIET. We were there during the Swine freak out time…but honestly I think that whole thing worked in our favor because we practically had the entire hotel to ourselves! There are 80 rooms at the hotel and I think that we saw the same 10 couples everyday…our best guess was that MAYBE 15 rooms were occupied for the entire 5 days that we were there!

    Ok so the room…perfect…so pretty…the plunge pool was cool. Stocked fridge with waters, beer and a small snack cabinet…all part of the all inclusive package! Also on the all inclusive…it is the way to go! It was kind of weird though because every time we were eating we had to sign a bill to our room but as they told us when we checked in, it was all zeroed out by the time we checked out!

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    sorry don't mind the clothes and my DH in this pic!

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    our plunge pool

    So there really is only one restaurant at Casa Velas, Emiliano. It served breakfast, lunch and dinner…the breakfast was AMAZING! DH and I really enjoyed the Huevos Rancheros and Machaca. We never at lunch there and dinner just once…but that was good too!

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    this is our view of the pool while eating breakfast every morning
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    So maybe I live under a rock...but this is the purse stand that the staff would bring over every time for my purse so i didn't have to put it in a chair or on the ground! I just thought this was COOL!

    As part of the Casa Velas package, all guests can go to the sister property Velas Vallarta, the bigger more traditional resort and enjoy any of the amenities there such as restaurants, pool, etc. DH and I did walk there one day (about a 5 minute walk down the beach from the beach club). We walked around and checked it out…got a drink (which by the way the drinks were way better at Casa)and left. We had our Casa Velas wrist band and had no problems walking around the property…the staff there was very nice too.

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    Velas Vallarta
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    My DH and I at the Velas Vallarta

    Ok so our biggest decision everyday was Pool or Beach Club? The Casa Velas Beach Club is AWESOME! When I booked Casa, the one thing that really turned me off was that the property is not on the beach. It is on a golf course…which is VERY nice. Well so Casa Velas has a Beach Club which literally is a Beach House! It is right next to the Marriott. So you can take a shuttle over to the beach club at any time you want…it is about a 3 minute drive at most! There is a restaurant there that serves lunch and dinner. We had sushi almost every day for lunch…with French fries! DH LOVED IT! There are chairs by the pool or little cabanas down on the beach…tell you what…make sure you take a nap in the cabana on the beach, I did that almost daily too! They have a beach side dinner…you have to make a reservation, which is not a big deal though. So we made a reservation for one night and then um well we had too many drinks by the pool that afternoon and totally passed out and missed our reservation…oops! So sadly we never enjoyed a dinner on the beach, oh well I guess that gives us a reason to go back!

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    Beach Club
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    Looking at the Beach club from the beach


    So yeah…we were booked for 4 nights…we were having so much fun we didn’t want to go home so we stayed one extra night! We lucked out on changing our flight too, thanks to the swine…the airline was waiving all change fees for travelers to mexico or with reservations for Mexico…the reservations guy totally was laughing at us when we called to stay an extra day! He said we were the only ones who had that request!
    So if you are thinking about Casa Velas…book it! BUT I will say…we were glad we didn’t have our entire group stay there for the wedding portion…it would have been just too quiet of a place for all of our guests. For the honeymoon though…PERFECT! Also, I pretty much had to beg DH to let me book Casa Velas for our “honeymoon”. He wanted to stay at the Vallarta Palace…I knew we would want a change. 30 minutes into our stay at Casa…DH told me he was so glad we changed hotels!

    A few more pics coming...

    #2 Andi

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      Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:04 PM

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      Pool at Casa Velas...oops I mean the pool is in the back the little koi pond is in the front!

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      Nap time at the pool...that was great!

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      Lobby

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      Entrance to Casa Velas

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      Cabanas on the beach

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      This guy visited us at the pool at Casa Velas one day...he lives in the golf course...after a swim in the pool he made his way back home!

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      Ahhhh...don't these look just delicious? they were


      ok, that is it... any questions, just ask me!

      #3 Jacilynda

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        Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:12 PM

        I'm soooo glad you had soooo much fun! This place is amazing! I LOVE sushi, but I don't know about adding french fries in the mix!!!

        #4 nicole.gia

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          Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:36 PM

          looks gorgeous! your honeymoom sounded perfect!

          #5 H&F

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            Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:11 PM

            Yeah Andi! Thanks so much for posting. I loved reading your posts while you were down in PV during your wedding week and honeymoon. I really appreciated all that you did while you were down there.

            I'm so glad you had a great honeymoon and CONGRATULATIONS on your marriage!!!

            #6 Andi

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              Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:44 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by H&F
              Yeah Andi! Thanks so much for posting. I loved reading your posts while you were down in PV during your wedding week and honeymoon. I really appreciated all that you did while you were down there.

              I'm so glad you had a great honeymoon and CONGRATULATIONS on your marriage!!!
              aww thanks! I hope that my quick posts about the swine craziness helped maybe a few brides....

              I saw your post on the honeymoon thread about what this swine stuff is doing to the the tourism numbers in Mexico...good for you and being proud of your DW! I am sure it will be amazing!!!!!! Seriously though, we were totally fine down in Mexico during the swine stuff!

              #7 mrsrhbtobe

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                Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:59 PM

                Thanks for posting such great pics Andi! Glad you had such a great time :) Congrats!
                Love is not about finding the right person, but creating a right relationship. It's not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much love you build till the end.

                #8 KimmyG

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                  Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:59 PM

                  Congrats, Andi!!! It looks so beautiful. So glad you had a great time!!

                  #9 Erika J

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                    Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:17 PM

                    Andi -- Great review> I wish I was there right now.

                    PS--- Picof you napping!! so cute LOL!!

                    #10 Goldstein to Be

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                      Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:58 PM

                      It looks so fun, Andi! Thanks for posting.




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