Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, to Open Two Big New Convention Centers
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Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is set to open two big new convention centers this year that will aim to grow the destination’s meetings and events scene. The Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Convention Center will open in April and the Bel Air Unique Resort & Convention Center Vallarta in Flamingos is scheduled to open in June.
The Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Convention Center will offer four main ballrooms with over 32,290 square feet of space with capacity for up to 2,400 people. On each side of the ballrooms, additional foyer areas will provide 14,316 square feet of space and four small meeting rooms. The property also has a Sanctuario Ballroom with 75,347 square feet. Its Grand Mayan Playa has the largest space in the development, according to the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, with capacity for up to 3,000 attendees in a cocktail setting. Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta also has five resort hotels with over 2,200 guest rooms; two golf courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus and the other by Greg Norman; 20 restaurants and 18 bars/lounges; 27 pools, one mile beach and Aqua Park with a Lazy River; luxury spas; and boutiques. Nightlife options will expand with the inauguration of Cirque du Soleil at the resort in 2018.
Bel Air Unique, in the nearby Flamingos area, is inaugurating the Bel Air Convention Center in June, which will host up to 3,600 people simultaneously in its 33,906 square feet of indoor and outdoor convention spaces, making it the largest in Riviera Nayarit. The Grand Salon Bucerias will be the largest ballroom with over 15,000 square feet, accommodating up to 1,600 people. This ballroom can also be divided into up to six smaller rooms. The Convention Center will also have a foyer with over 8,000 square feet of space for up to 860 people. The two outdoor spaces are the Las Tortugas Garden with over 8,000 square feet of space for up to 860 guests and Playa de Chacala with 2,690 square feet of space for 280 attendees. All spaces can be arranged in auditorium, classroom, banquet or reception formats. Bel Air Unique has also completed an extensive renovation and expansion of the resort, increasing the number of rooms from 215 to 419, adding five pools and expanding the number of restaurants from two to six.
Other important meeting and event spaces in Riviera Nayarit include:
Hard Rock Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta inaugurated its Sanctuary Convention Center in 2015. This multi-function space offers 12,900 square feet of space, which combines with the Nayarit ballroom (6,317 square feet) and other meeting facilities in the hotel to offer 20,000 square feet of meetings and event facilities, as well as outdoor areas including an open air auditorium beside the sea. The resort also has six restaurants and a Rock Spa.
Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta has 12,303 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,589 square foot ballroom, 2,852 square foot foyer and 1,862 square foot patio. This five star all-inclusive resort has 497 guest rooms and suites with a private balcony or terrace. It also has 11 restaurants and bars, as well as a World Spa with international treatments for its guests.
Punta Mita has two luxury hotels, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, that provide over 10,964 square feet of meeting space. The two Punta Mita golf courses, Bahia and Pacific, were both designed by Jack Nicklaus. Spa facilities, fine dining and sunset cruises are also available for meeting, incentive or wedding experiences.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has two restaurants, 267 one to three bedroom suites and a 16,500 square foot spa. It also has three meeting rooms that total 9,418 square feet of conference space.
Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa has over 15,392 square feet of available space for events, including the Grand Salon and the Salon del Sol. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,100 guests or be divided into up to three smaller sections. Three additional meeting rooms accommodate up to 300 and the two outdoor spaces are each able to fit up to 500 guests. There are 693 suites, the El Tigre Golf Course, pools and a spa. Since it has its own marina and is adjacent to the Vallarta Yacht Club, many sailing and fishing tournaments take place here, or fishing can be incorporated into an event.
Riviera Nayarit also has an array of activities to augment an incentive program, spouse programs and pre/post-convention tours, as well as venues for gala events. These activities include: a sunset cruise, visit to a sanctuary island with a hidden beach, experiences of the indigenous Huichol culture, golf tournaments, surfing or SUP classes, horseback riding on the beach, polo, chef demos of local cuisine, spa days and deep sea fishing, among others.