diner’s delight As much as we enjoyed our ceviche by the curvy pool by the sea, we won’t soon forget our experience at Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge, a stand-alone dining concept in Garza Blanca. We dare say it’s the best we’ve had in Puerto Vallarta and among our top five in Mexico. It’s popular with guests but also with the local crowd who come to enjoy a superb jazz ensemble on Tuesday nights, 100 types of tequila and mescal and a cellar with wines from all over the world, but with a focus on the Mexican. And yes, that menu is contemporary but not recherche, fun but not stupid. Get ready for a taste of delirium in the form of roasted beet sorbet and hazelnut-toasted goat cheese or free-form, braised short rib-stuffed ravioli—nothing disappoints. Whatever you choose for dinner, save room for dessert. The lemon semifreddo with blueberry compote is out of this world. Try dinner indoors or on the covered terrace. Better yet, arrange for a beachfront supper by torchlight, much like the first Garza Blanca property offered back in the day.
Next to come: a cafe-deli with different types of brews and another restaurant with a view, reachable through a pedestrian bridge connecting the main hotel lobby with the mountainside.
Garza Blanca has a Smooth Sailing package that includes a 2-night stay and a leisurely jaunt aboard the 70-ft. yacht, as well as onboard gourmet hors d’oeuvres, children’s snacks if needed, welcome baskets, unlimited wine and beer (plus non-alcoholic refreshments) and towels and sunscreen for your day at sea. The package starts at $1,978 per suite, per night and is good for travel through Nov. 15, although it must be booked by Oct. 31.