I mentioned a while back that I was the first person to sleep on the bed in my room at the brand new Now Amber all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta. The day after I checked in, the president of Mexico swung by to inaugurate it.

Then the construction crews went back to work though to complete the finishing touches—that was just the “soft opening.” Nevertheless, I was able see what guests will experience at this twofold resort. The side I slept on is Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, where kids are allowed, and the other side is Secrets Vallarta Bay.  They’re two sides to the same face really though, with a nose down the middle to keep the kids on the right side. Parents can eat and drink at will on both sides of the resort.

Notice the name is Puerto Vallarta proper, not Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Punta de Mita, or some other spot in the neighboring state. That means you’re close to downtown and close to the airport both. You can see the twinkling lights just down the beach at night. Unlike many of its competitors though, this one is on a nice beach.

Many readers of Luxury Latin America probably look down at the whole idea of an all-inclusive resort, but this is one of those that does its best to keep you from feeling like a number, especially if you’re in one of the “premier” sections with its own concierges. You’ll eat well in a la carte restaurants, you’ll drink quality booze, and the rooms are as well-equipped as any in the region. You just don’t get any sticker shock when it’s time to check out. It’s not quite as ambitious as Grand Velas, but is more segregated for adults and newer.

See our full review of Now Amber and Secrets Puerto Vallarta.