VACAYA OASIS @ HILTON VALLARTA RIVIERA
OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 5, 2022

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The Vacayans are hard at work planning each and every detail of our 2022 Mexico Resort vacation. We’ll have lots to share with you as everything comes together. You’ll find that information here.

Importantly, there are two Hilton’s in PV so please make sure you know that we will be at HILTON VALLARTA RIVIERA: Carr Barra De Navidad Km4.5 Zona Hotelera, Sur, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico Phone: +52 322 176 1300

We’ll also house an email archive on this page, too. This archive will feature all the trip-specific communications we have with you throughout your pre-resort experience with us. That way, if you happen to lose a general email somewhere along the way, you’ll be able to find it right here.

VACAYA’s mission is to give you everything you need with plenty of time to ensure a totally stress-free experience. Get ready for your vacaya!

Many people ask us “what will the VACAYA Oasis experience be like?” VACAYA Oasis is certainly more laid back than our large-ship cruises, perfect for those seeking fun, relaxation, adventure, and romance.

The VACAYA Oasis rhythm is… Relaxed. Easy. Fun. Balanced. Luxurious. Indulgent. Sporty. Unscripted. Adventurous.


 

PAGE DIRECTORY

GENERAL NOTE
ACCESSIBILITY
AIRLINE DISCOUNTS
BOOKING EXTRA NIGHTS – Updated July 26, 2022
CHECK IN ON OCTOBER 29
CLOTHING OPTIONAL SKY DECK – Updated July 20, 2022
CLUB LOUNGE
CURRENCY – Updated September 12, 2022
DAY OF THE DEAD – Added September 12, 2022
DINING
DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
EMAIL ARCHIVE
ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW – Updated September 14, 2022
FITNESS CENTER
MONKEYPOX – Added July 22, 2022
PARTY THEMES – Updated July 1, 2022
ROOM KEYS
SERVICE ANIMALS
SMOKING POLICY
SPA
SPECIAL NEEDS – Added September 14, 2022
TRANSFERS
WATER
WEATHER
WHAT TO WEAR
ZONA ROMÁNTICA SHUTTLE – Added September 12, 2022

 

 

GENERAL NOTE

We are so excited about offering a vacation to the most gay-friendly city in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta.

The Vacayans have had one site inspection already and we plan more over the coming months. After that, we’ll have a much better sense of how everything will play out operationally – from cabana rentals to meal times to entertainment and party locations.

For those who’ve traveled with us before, you know we like to communicate early and often, so as soon as we have the most important details, we’ll always post them here first.

We can’t wait to welcome you all! Now, keep sharing the story of this vacation with your friends! We want to fill every room at Hilton Vallarta Riviera!

– The Vacayans

ACCESSIBILITY

We are keen to invite those with accessibility issues to the resort and we believe you’ll have a wonderful experience. However, the resort only has 3 rooms that are designated as wheelchair accessible. So booking early is important if you want an accessible room. You can see them on this map:

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The accessible rooms are 418, 420, and 422. Each of these has one king bed. The reason they put them on the 4th floor is that the lobby is also on the 4th floor (at street level because the hotel sits on a hillside), From the lobby, there’s an elevator that goes to every floor, including the lower pool deck, and all the floors the restaurants are on. It’s a short distance from the lobby to the accessible rooms on the 4th floor.

Hilton defines accessible as:

  • Accessible bathroom – Roll-In shower, grab bar in shower, accessible bathtub.
  • Lever door handles
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration, concierge, pool, and on-site restaurants.
  • Visual fire alarms
  • Wheelchairs available on site (there might be a fee)

Please contact the hotel to obtain answers to very specific questions about “how accessible” it is beyond what’s on this list. The hotel can be reached at +52 322 176 1300.

Please note these rooms can only be booked directly with a VACAYA Guest Services team member via email at info@myvacaya.com or by calling +1.718.504.0404, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm ET.

AIRLINE DISCOUNTS

As a VACAYA guest, discounts are available to you with various air carriers when booking your flights using our Group Codes/Links. Those codes/links, as well as the instructions for booking, can be found HERE.

BOOKING EXTRA NIGHTS

Our special discounted group rates are available for the nights of Oct 26, 27, & 28 and Nov 5 & 6.

To book extra nights, simply go HERE, choose your extra night dates, click on the Special Rates button, input Group Code GRPVAC, and then hit Update to see available room categories and to make your reservation.

For pre-event stays, if you book the same room type you’ll have with VACAYA, every effort will be made to put you in the same room you’ll have for your VACAYA week for the extra nights, but it cannot be guaranteed. For post-event stays, assuming you purchase the same room type for your additional nights, you’ll stay in the same room. Please note that all extra night bookings must be paid in full at the time of booking and they are non-refundable. Also, if you’d like to book extra nights both before and after our week, you’ll have to make two different extra night reservations.

CHECK IN ON OCTOBER 29

Rooms are scheduled to be ready by 4pm local time. If you arrive before 4pm, you can check your bags with the porters and use the resort’s facilities until your room is ready. Just keep your swimsuit in an easy-to-grab location!

To check in, you’ll need the following:

  • Your Passport
  • Your Vaccination Card (printed, photo, or eRecord)
  • Your Mexican Tourist Card (which you’ll get at the airport)
  • A Credit Card (for incidentals)
CLOTHING OPTIONAL SKY DECK

At VACAYA, the clothing optional areas at our resorts and on our cruise ships have become progressive celebrations of the incredible diversity of the LGBT+ community. Our clothing optional areas bring us all together in a utopia where sexuality, gender identity, and body type don’t matter one bit. And the best part? With all of life’s worries literally stripped away, you never know when you might make a new nekkid best friend!

We’re so pleased to offer a clothing optional area at Hilton Vallarta Riviera. It’s the Sky Bar deck on Floor 7 just above the Main Lobby. Sky Bar will be open daily from 9am to 1am, with the area designated as clothing optional for sunbathing from 9am to sunset and nude hot tubbing any time between 9am-1am. Please note that waiter service is unavailable in this area, but the bar is big and well-staffed. Out of respect for our host bartenders, we ask that you throw on your swimsuit or wrap a towel around yourself before heading to the bar for a drink.

Our hosts have been very gracious in allowing us to provide this clothing optional area to you, so we want to be extremely respectful in regard to the guidelines they’ve established. So thank you in advance for your cooperation. As a general rule and out of respect for your fellow guests, please remember that cameras shouldn’t be used in the clothing optional area. 

As a reminder to everyone coming to the resort earlier than Oct 29… our designated clothing optional area is NOT clothing optional until October 30. With the resort’s guests from the week prior still able to use the facilities on Oct 29 (until they depart the resort), we ask that you please stay clothed when using this rooftop area. Also, the rooftop will not be clothing optional on November 5 (as future guests begin to arrive).

In general, if you’re looking for a great pre- or post-dinner place to grab a drink under the stars with friends, Sky Bar is one of the many options available to you during the evening. It does, however, have a hard close at 1am.

Access to the Sky Bar deck is capacity controlled at 110 guests both day and night.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The Sky Bar deck will NOT be the Red Light District.

VACAYA is a sex positive company, of course, but based on myriad factors (a venue’s rules and regulations, local ordinances, etc.), we’re sometimes limited in our ability to host a Red Light District. We’ll always have one when we can, but Hilton has requested that this clothing optional space not be used for sexual encounters. This area will certainly be a great place to meet new people in the buff, but please take the sexcapades back to your room. Luckily, every resort room faces the ocean so the view will be very similar. Enjoy!

CLUB LOUNGE

Our Suite guests have access to Hilton’s Club Lounge – located on Floor 13 in the North Tower – from 7am to 8pm. A light breakfast is available here each morning, and a wide variety of beverages is available to you during opening hours.

CURRENCY

Although US Dollars are widely accepted around Mexico, there are some businesses that will only take Mexican Pesos.

If you decide to purchase Mexican Pesos, the exchange rate is:

1 USD = 19.7 MXN*

For the latest exchange rates, we recommend https://www.xe.com.

 

*As of September 12, 2022

DAY OF THE DEAD

Our Day of the Dead V-Dance, PURO, will begin mid-afternoon. Then, our included shuttles will begin taking all guests to the Malecón Boardwalk (where the “Dia De Los Muertos” street festival will take place) late afternoon/early evening. There are no organized VACAYA activities at the festival; you are free to move around, eat, dance, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique cultural event at your own pace. We’ll have a complete schedule of the transfer shuttles to/from the festival available here a couple weeks before our event.

DINING

The dining options at Hilton Vallarta Riviera are bountiful. From an abundant buffet to Italian, Mexican, Asian, Seafood, Steaks, and Sushi specialty restaurants, you won’t ever go hungry.

The resort’s restaurants will be open as follows:

Vela Food Hall

Breakfast: 7-11:30am
Lunch: 12-5:30pm
Dinner: 6-10pm

Azulinda

Grab & Go: 9am-2pm
Fusion/Sushi: 4:30-9:30pm
Late Snacks: 10:30pm-2am

Cocomar (Seafood)

Lunch: 11:30am-5pm

Seasalt (Grill)

Lunch: 11:30am-5pm
Dinner (Reservations Required): 6-10pm

La Luce (Italian)

Dinner (Reservations Required): 6-10:30pm

Maxal (Mexican)

Dinner (Reservations Required): 6-10:30pm

Sunan (Asian)

Dinner (Reservations Required): 6-10:30pm

Room Service

Available 24×7

Reservations can be made once you arrive at the resort. Full details will be available at check in.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

With the exception of Mexican citizens, all travelers must have a valid passport to travel to Mexico via air.

Visas are not required for US Citizens, but may be required of other nationalities. You can check the official visa requirements/instructions for Mexico HERE. It is the responsibility of each traveler to have the proper travel documents.

When arriving at PVR Airport, you will go through Mexican Immigration and Customs. After collecting your luggage in the Arrivals Hall, make your way to the Customs queue. Mexican Customs officials scan all bags as they leave the Arrivals Hall and some are randomly selected for further inspection. You’ll be asked to press a button that lights up either green or red to determine whether you’ll be randomly selected. Green means “you’re free to exit without inspection.” Red means “you’ve been selected for further inspection.” If selected for further inspection, simply follow the instructions of the officials as they do a hand inspection of your luggage.

EMAIL ARCHIVE

All emails to our Booked Guests will be available here.

July 1, 2022 – 120 Days To Go! Time for Party Themes!

July 26, 2022 – Booking Extra Nights

September 14, 2022 – 45 Days To Go!

ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW

We’re excited to welcome this galaxy of stars to VACAYA Oasis @ Hilton Vallarta Riviera. Whether they’re a favorite or entirely new to you, get to know each a bit more by clicking on their photos.

 

PLAYA ROSA V-DANCE (Oct 30, 4pm)
THRILLER (Oct 31, 9:30pm)
PURO V-DANCE (Nov 2, 3pm) 

 


 

THIS IS ME (Oct 29, 9pm)
BUBBLES V-DANCE (Nov 1, 4pm)
¡SOY FUEGO! (Nov 3, 9pm)
THE “M” V-DANCE (Nov 4, 4pm)

 


 

THE SKIVVIES – SUNDAY, OCT 30 – 9:30PM

 


 

MEGHAN MURPHY – TUESDAY, NOV 1 – 9:30PM

 


 

MAMA TITS – FRIDAY, NOV 4 – 9:30PM

 


 

Throughout the week at the VACAYA Piano Bar!

 


 

Throughout the week at the VACAYA Piano Bar!

 


 

Throughout the week at the VACAYA Piano Bar!

 


 

Throughout the week at the VACAYA Piano Bar!

 


 

Our entertainers are under the deft guidance of VACAYA Resort Director Danny Cabrera…

 

All entertainers, dates, and venues are subject to change with or without notice.

FITNESS CENTER

The Hilton’s Fitness Center – located on the lower level of the North Tower – will be open daily from 6am to 9pm.

MONKEYPOX

Monkeypox has been making its way through the LGBT+ community over the past several months and has become increasingly problematic for gay men in some areas of the world. Monkeypox is a virus that includes a painful rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, and flu-like symptoms. Monkeypox spreads through close, personal, skin-to-skin contact.

We advise that you take all necessary preventive measures to avoid contracting or spreading the infection, including vaccination if currently available in your area. While the monkeypox vaccination can be hard to come by in some regions, we’re seeing an increase in production and availability that should continue to expand over the coming months.

The CDC says that if you were vaccinated against smallpox as a child that that inoculation offers someprotection against monkeypox. You can learn more about monkeypox and monkeypox vaccinations HERE.

If you’re experiencing symptoms suggesting you may have monkeypox, please see your healthcare provider immediately for treatment and be sure to limit your close contact with others.

PARTY THEMES

Our commitment to you is to always release party themes a full 120 days before each event. It’s July 1, baby, so let’s get this fiesta started!

 

THIS IS ME WELCOME PARTY
Saturday, Oct 29 – 9pm Poolside

Our signature Night 1 cocktail party is your chance to throw on a little something that lets other guests know where you’re from! You’ll mix and mingle the night away – getting to know fellow guests – with an evening of drinking and merriment to kick off our week together!

 


 

PLAYA ROSA V-DANCE
Sunday, Oct 30 – 4pm Poolside

It’s time to get Pretty in Pink as the Hilton pool and beachfront become the hottest, pinkest, and gaaaaayest area in all of Mexico for our first V-Dance of the week!

 


 

THRILLER!
Monday, October 31 – 9pm VACAYA Theater

It’s Halloween and we’re going all out for a night of chills and thrills! It’s a show! It’s a costume contest! It’s a party!

The Costume Contest features 4 categories:

  • Bloody Mary – The ultimate category for all things blood and gore.
  • Drop Dead Divas – So many greats have been lost through the years. With this category, they’ll return from the dead!
  • ocCult Classics – What’s Halloween without witches, werewolves, vampires, and tributes to our cult classic favorites? This category covers the supernatural, paranormal, and all the Halloween standards, too!
  • Bat Shit Crazy – If history is any guide, we’re bound to see quite a few costumes that truly defy anycategory, so Bat Shit Crazy will cover all your creative genius!

There will be a winner in each category and those 4 will go up against each other for Best in Show! Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place: $500 credit for a future VACAYA trip and the Zzolo Award
  • 2nd Place: $300 credit for a future VACAYA trip
  • 3rd Place: $200 credit for a future VACAYA trip
  • 4th Place: $100 credit for a future VACAYA trip

For group costumes, the winners will split the prize money/credit.

 


 

BUBBLES V-DANCE
Tuesday, Nov 1 – 4pm Poolside

Froth! Fizz! Lather! Suds! Some may want to keep their effervescent costumes simple, because this fun-in-the-sun V-Dance is bound to end up in the pool!

 


 

PURO V-DANCE
Wednesday, Nov 2 – Day of the Dead! – 3pm Poolside

The Chinvat Bridge separates the world of the living from the world of the dead. Tonight, we’ll all be walking over that bridge as VACAYA takes you into town for the local Dia de los Muertos festivities. But before we take that stroll, get all decked out in your Day of the Dead costume and dance to purify your soul before the sun sets and we all take that walk together! Danza de la Muerte!

Included shuttles to downtown will begin around 5pm. So come dance with fellow Vacayans for an hour or two and then hit the Malecón for all the local festivities!

 


 

¡SOY FUEGO!
Thursday, Nov 3 – 9pm Beach Club

¡I AM FIRE! Tonight, we’re hitting the beach for the ULTIMATE tribute to all things glowingly pyro-rific! Be ready to dance in the sand and celebrate the primal heat! Need a little inspiration? Think reds, yellows, oranges, glow, neon, and firefly sparkles!

 


 

THE “M” V-DANCE
Friday, Nov 4 – 4pm Poolside

Each resort trip ends with our signature letter V-Dance and today, we’re celebrating our host country Mexico with the letter M! Mexico has always opened its wide and welcoming arms to our community, and even through tough times, they’ve been there for us. So today, be inspired by Margaritas, Mujers, Madres, Manzanas, Melocotóns, Mariscos, or any other word that makes you smile!

 

For nights where there aren’t parties at the resort, we’re working with local club/bar/lounge owners to produce events at their LGBT+ establishments in the Zona Romantica, the nearby gay area of Puerto Vallarta. So plan on spending several nights “on the town” with The Vacayans! Our ground transportation partner Amstar will sell a shuttle pass that’ll take you from the resort to the heart of the Zona Romantica for those nights – Oct 30, Nov 1, and Nov 4. Also, Ubers are readily available and cost less than $5 each way.

ROOM KEYS

You won’t have one! And you won’t need a lanyard to carry a room key card. Instead, when you check in, you’ll receive a special RFID bracelet that you’ll simply scan against your door’s entry pad to get into your room. Simple. Easy. And if you keep your bracelet on the entire time, you can’t lose it!

SERVICE ANIMALS

Hilton Vallarta Riviera allows registered service dogs on property at no extra charge. Hilton requires that you provide written documentation of service status from a certified veterinarian at check in or your dog will not be permitted on property. Dogs are allowed in your guest room and public venues as long as they’re not disruptive to other guests. Please note that the hotel may ask you what tasks your dog performs for you at check in (as a reminder, as part of the ADA, this type of questioning is not allowed in the United States, but we’re in Mexico and they allow it). You and your dog are expected to follow the rules of the hotel as they’re set forth for all guests. And obviously, you are responsible for any charges due to damage caused by your service dog. 

SMOKING POLICY

Hilton Vallarta Riviera guests may only smoke in the designated Beach Club area (indicated below). This is a small area dedicated to smokers on the beach.

Smoking is not permitted in any indoor area, including in guest rooms. Smoking is also prohibited on the room’s terraces.

 

SPA

At Hilton Vallarta Riviera’s eforea Spa, you’ll emerge brighter from a cocoon of spiritual refreshment and physical relaxation. eforea Spa promises an experience focused on balance and wellness, away from the ever-increasing demands of everyday life.

Explore the available spa services HERE.

You’ll make your spa appointments once you arrive at the resort October 29.

SPECIALNEEDS

If you have a special need due to a disability or dietary restriction, we’d love to know about it so we can communicate that need to our partners at Hilton Vallarta Riviera. If you have a special need, please complete the online form you’ll find HERE by Wednesday, Sep 28. We’ll send the list of needs over to the resort soon after that date and we’ll get back to any guests whose needs might require alternative arrangements.

TRANSFERS

We’ll provide transfer instructions approximately 45 days before the event. You’ll be able to purchase your transfers through VACAYA’s ground transportation company, AmStar.

WATER

While the tap water at the resort is perfectly fine for showering, bathing, and brushing your teeth, it’s recommended that you drink bottled water both while on property and off. Bottled water is abundantly available around the resort.

WEATHER

Seasonal norms for October and November show consistent highs of around 89°F / 31.6°C and a consistent low of around 79°F / 26.1°C each night.

WHAT TO WEAR

The resort is nice comfy casual at all times. Swimsuits/shorts and Ts/tanks are perfect during the day. And nice shorts/jeans/pants and a collared shirt are perfect resort wear during the evening. Nice T-shirts are also ok. The restaurants are beautiful spaces and you’ll see they warrant just a bit of style. As a general guideline, we ask that tank tops not be worn in the restaurants during dinner.

And we’ll say it again here (because it’s that important)… when moving away from the Clothing Optional Pool, please cover yourself.

ZONA ROMÁNTICA SHUTTLE

Our ground transportation service provider Amstar will have an option to purchase a 3-night shuttle service that will take you roundtrip from our resort to the gay area, Zona Romántica. The shuttles will run the evenings of October 30, November 1, and November 4. The shuttle schedule for those nights will be posted here and at the resort once the total number of guests taking advantage of the service has been locked in.

You’ll have the ability to purchase the 3-night shuttle pass through Amstar’s excursion booking site (launching shortly) and at the Amstar Desk at the resort on October 29.