Luxurious Verana is located about thirty miles south of Puerto Vallarta in the tiny fishing village of Yelapa. While there is a rudimentary bone-rattling road that leads to the village, the only way to get to this luxury small hotel near Puerto Vallarta is by boat from the town of Boca de Tomatlan, which is itself about a 30-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta. At the end of your approximately 45-minute boat ride, Verana Yelapa Mexico awaits. You are met by hotel staff for a walk up the steep hill to the hotel while your bags make the journey on pack burros—if you need a ride yourself, advise the hotel in advance. There are no electronics, televisions, telephones, or other modern distractions. All in all, this exclusive luxury small hotel near Puerto Vallarta is the epitome of getting away from it all.

Verana Yelapa Mexico climbs up the mountain over the bay and is set in beautiful landscaped tropical gardens surrounded on three sides by lush jungle. On its five acres, eight secluded guesthouses offer every luxury, and all combine the indoors with the outdoors. Windows and walls are variously open to the sea breezes and magnificent views of the bay and beaches below. Even some of the freestanding showers are open to the outdoors. Each of the Verana rooms, or casitas, is uniquely designed and furnished with antiques and local handcrafts, and has its own private terrace and patio area. Architectural Digest's Kathryn Harris calls it an "ongoing play between inside and out."

The Verana pool is spring-fed and perched on a promontory with infinite views over the ocean. Dine under the stars at one of the two restaurants as the chef prepares your dishes with fresh local ingredients, and taste samples from the extensive wine and tequila list. The chef also conducts cooking classes, and the bartender has afternoon drink-making classes. Spend a day being pampered in the full-service Verana spa, or enjoy an evening soak in its open-air candlelit bath, available for one or two people.

Verana is close to a peaceful beach with with pristine golden sands that is accessible by a footpath leading down the hill. It's about a fifteen-minute walk. If you are tired of sunbathing and relaxing, this luxury small hotel near Puerto Vallarta also offers many other outdoor activities and things to do. There is horseback riding, and you can take jungle treks up to a beautiful waterfall and natural swimming pool. You can take a coastal tour of other deserted beaches by kayak. The hotel will arrange deep-sea fishing expeditions, parasailing, and whale watching cruises.

The Verana Yelapa Mexico retreat is open from the first of November through the end of July. The minimum stay, except for last-minute bookings, is five nights—hope for someone to cancel if you're traveling on short notice. Many people who stay at Verana Yelapa Mexico also want a taste of the city of Puerto Vallarta and will spend a couple of days at the sister property in town, Casa Sin Tiempo. This little bed and breakfast inn is located in the heart of the historic Old Town, next door to the villa made famous when it was the love nest for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton during the filming of Night of the Iguana. The Verana offers a number of packages, including spa packages and honeymoons. You can even have the actual wedding ceremony included.

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