Luxury All-Inclusive Resort Riviera Nayarit Grand Velas

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Day four of our family vacation to Riviera Nayarit at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit was AMAZING! We hope you enjoy these reviews and of course, special thanks to Velas Resorts for hosting us.

The girls woke up here. (insert heart eye emoji). The family suite is so spacious and we felt like we had more than enough space for all of us, and then some. The decor itself has a great coastal luxury feel and is so relaxing.

I didn’t realize how much I would love having this hot tub on our private balcony until we used it every day and came home and didn’t have one. There is just something about going in the hot tub right before bed… I slept better than I have in years!

We had an early first breakfast of coffee and juice for Pete and I and fruit platters for the girls. Then we headed out to enjoy the sunrise on the beach. I say first breakfast because after that we had a proper one at the restaurant overlooking the beach, Azul.

We walked up and down the beach, stopping to take pictures and for Emmy to go running in and out of the water. 

But the best part was seeing these little guys. Baby Turtles!

It was magical. A conservationist explained the proper way to return them to the water so we carefully brought them back to the water and wished them luck on their grand adventure!

I wish we could start every single day like this.

I loved being able to take in the salt air, connect with the girls and Pete, and just get some exercise. With all the amazing food we were enjoying, that was probably a very good idea… although the resort has more healthy options than I’ve ever seen before.

This guy or gal above was also a favorite.

To naturally keep the birds away from your meals while relaxing outside, the beautiful falcon flies high above to scare them off before returning to his handler. 

We spent the morning exploring and relaxing…

The girls all went to the kid’s and teen’s clubs too.

We all met back together for lunch.

More pictures of the fine dining:

I couldn’t leave out this beautiful peacock.

We saw two of them wandering the resort. It seems they love living here just as much as we love visiting.

As soon as I saw this spot, I told Pete I wished we had never been married… so that we could do it here. Right at sunset. I’m totally not joking. It took my breath away. IF you are thinking of renewing your vows or are looking for the perfect wedding and honeymoon location. This is it!

Day four was one for the record books. I was left in that happy sleepy/refreshed state of mind. I was sleepy from all the fun and yet so refreshed from all the pampering! 

Final note- We need to go back ASAP!

Question: What do you look for in a resort?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I am not much for tropical vacations but I love the cool and relaxed luxury vibe of this resort. Seeing baby turtles on the shore, in the wild, would definitely be a lifelong memory!

  • Wow, this place is beautiful. I do not love sand, so the pool right up against the beach is perfect in my opinion! And sea turtles? That s wonderful, my family loves watching nature in action! Thanks for this!

  • Okay, the Riviera Nayarit at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit looks amazing! I love all of the sights to see and the food looks simply scrumptious. Glad you were able to enjoy your stay here and I am loving all of your updates on the visit!

  • What a lovely resort. You are right, that would make for a perfect wedding spot. And the baby sea turtles? You don’t get much cuter than that!

  • I’ve never stayed at a resort before. Sad I know! But I’d love to. This looks like an excellent place to get away!

  • I would totally be up for that trip for those baby turtles! Oh, and you know, for the sheer fact that this place seems so luxurious! But honestly, those baby turtles are definitely a plus.

  • That baby turtle is way too cute! I love that you visited such a cool, tropical place altogether.

  • Everything looks so beautiful there! That must have been such a nice place to just relax. I’d love to be able to go there sometime.

  • You look like you had an amazing experience! I would love to have a hot tub on my balcony when I go on a trip. I can imagine the feeling of not having one when you get home

  • Awesome place! I love that hot tub too! I’d spend my “before bedtime” hours soaking away the stress and tiredness if I had that at home. The baby turtles are so cute. That must have been an awesome experience watching them get to the water.

  • Ha i am on a resort in Playa De Carmen now! I love a good Mexican resort I wiill add this one to my list but I look for closeness to the beach, food options and entertainment!

  • What a breathtaking place to stay. Between the baby turtles and the peacocks, there was plenty of wildlife too! I would definitely be looking for lots of activities to do if I was heading to a resort. Great food is a bonus as well.

  • What a beautiful place to stay! I love the different things there are to do and all the wildlife. I am a huge fan of Turtles. I would love to visit.

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