Joe Manganiello Takes Girlfriend to Mexico to Spend Time With His Family

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello experienced just that earlier this week when he took girlfriend Bridget Peters down to México for a little fun in the sun with his family.

Of course, fun in the sun is probably an understatement.

After all, in the five days the couple spent with the True Blood star’s brother and sister-in-law at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, they enjoyed such activities as hiking in the jungle, kayaking to the famous Los Arcos, snorkling, learning how to paddle board, playing football on the beach and taking Mexican cooking lessons from the resort chef.

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According to our source, Manganiello told staff at the resort it was “literally the greatest vacation he's ever had.”

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Garza Blanca Preserve Continues to Rise in Tripadvisor Ratings

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Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa enjoys its new position in 6th place on tripadvisor.

Here at Garza Blanca Preserve, we are please to share pleasing news of our latest position in the ranking of hotels in Puerto Vallarta according to customer reviews on tripadvisor. Of 117 hotels reviewed on tripadvisor for Puerto Vallarta, Garza Blanca is now ranked in 6th position, rising from 8th place.

The favorable classification by tripadvisor is based on close to 500 customer reviews and comes in addition to tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellent 2013.

Sierra Madre

One of the key missions of this luxury beachfront resort protected by the lush Sierra Madre Mountains is to continue to exceed the expectations of all its guests and visitors to its gourmet restaurants; and this new ranking is testimony to its commitment to fulfilling this goal.

Official Beach Certification for Garza Blanca Preserve

Garza Blanca Beach

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa received coveted certification for its beach from the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (IMNC).

On Wednesday October 9, 2013, the Mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Ramón Guerrero Martínez, accompanied by a number of other important dignitaries attended an award ceremony to present Garza Blanca Preserve with an official certificate for the quality, safety and cleanliness of its beach.

The much sought-after certification was awarded by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (IMNC) to only four beaches within the Puerto Vallarta municipality and stands testimony to the impeccable white sandy beach that adorns Garza Blanca Preserve.

Garza Blanca Beach

The IMNC certification is a guarantee that the Garza Blanca Beach meets the standards set out in the norm: NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006 which evaluates the quality and cleanliness of the beach in addition to how the resort complies with the protection and conservation of the natural environment. An independent team of accredited experts assessed the beach in accordance with Mexican law.

Garza Blanca Preserve was also awarded with an additional certificate for its active participation in keeping the beach clean, commending staff for their regular efforts in making sure that no garbage, glass, or cigarette butts remain on this idyllic beach.

Garza Blanca Preserve voted No. 1 by in 4 categories

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa has received No.1 recognition from impartial online reviewer in 4 categories.

We are proud to announce that have awarded Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa with No.1 positions in the following categories:

Impartial reviewer,, which sends expert journalists to hotels anonymously to review the venues that it features on its website, voted Garza Blanca Preserve best hotel in four classifications. The "Tell-All" website prides itself on unbiased reviews and we are delighted to receive such recognition.

Reviewers at made special note of the resort’s stunning jungle and ocean views from the elegantly decorated suites as well as our gourmet restaurants with extensive wine cellar. As for luxury and quality, the reviews on the website declare that "No hotel compares to the level of luxury the Garza Blanca offers." And we would have to agree with them!

Adventures in Paradise

Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis
Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis at Garza Blanca Penthouse.

When Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis hit Puerto Vallarta, México, for Grits & Glamour tour date, the accent was definitely on the Glamour portion.

Lorrie and husband Randy, and Pam and her husband, Matt, got to mix in a little vacation fun on the trip, where they stayed at the ultra-luxurious Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa. Coming back to the routine of Nashville proved a less-than-refreshing joit of reality after the pampering they received from the spa staff.

“We are already pining for Puerto Vallarta”, says Pam, affecting a nostalgic whine in her voice. “They pretty much ruined us”, chimes Lorrie, “Yeah, we were expecting to have butlers when we got home but it didn’t happen, Pam text me the next day and said, ‘Did your butler show up this morning?’ Well, mine did not”, Lorrie ads with a throaty laugh, “And I guess hers didn’t either”.

Obviously, one can get used to butlers rather quickly. “Randy and I had our own butler and Pam and Matt had one”, Lorrie explains, “And they followed us around everywhere. There was nothing we wanted that they wouldn’t get us. They prepared our meals on the beach, they came to the room and prepared breackfas. Seriously, it was the most glamorous palce I’ve ever seen. We felt like the old-time movie stars”.

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Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013

Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013
The Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013 is an exclusive annual award that recognizes the best hotels in the world.

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa ranks high amongst the best in Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013’s exclusive list of the world’s top hotels.

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is delighted to announce its inclusion in Expedia’s most sought-after list of the world’s top hotels, Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013’s. Positioned 36th, our first-class resort is celebrated as one of the highest ranking hotels worldwide in this elite selection of 650 hotels.

The Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013 is an exclusive annual award that recognizes the best hotels in the world based on the experiences of customers. Over a million customer reviews are submitted to Expedia each year and Garza Blanca Preserve was identified as providing exceptionally high quality, superior services and outstanding customer service.

The 650 hotels selected for this prestigious list of excellence have been ranked according to customer reviews, independent of advertisers and partners. Garza Blanca Preserve is thrilled to receive such commendation of its caliber and distinction as a leader in a new generation of luxury hotels.

About Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa:

Located only 7 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and Blanca Blue Restaurant Bar & Lounge can be found nestled at Km. 7.5 on highway 200 to Barra De Navidad from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is a luxury resort and spa developed in conscious harmony with 85 acres of tropical jungle.

The Top 101 Suites in the World

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Elite Traveler, The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine. Jul/Aug 2013.

We are delighted to announce that Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa’s Penthouse has been named as one of the Top 101 Suites of the World.

The recognition can be found in the July/August 2013 cover story of Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine.

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Go Away With... Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis of Grits and Glamour

Palm Tillis and Lorrie Morgan at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.
Palm Tillis (right) and Lorrie Morgan (left)

Grits and Glamour celebrated the completion of its CD “Dos Divas” in a relaxing way. The duo — comprised of country music stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan — took a trip to Mexico.

“We went with our husbands on a couples’ getaway to celebrate the wrap of our new album and stayed at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta,” says Morgan. “We were treated like royalty and I’m ready to go back.”

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Splash Act!

Vanessa Williams at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.
Jennie Garth and her daughter Fiona

Jennie Garth and youngest daughter Fiona, 6, have fun frolicking in the water while celebrating the 90210 star’s 41st birthday at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.

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Vanessa William’s Romantic Getaway To Garza Blanca

Vanessa Williams at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.
Vanessa Williams

Before heading to New York for her return to Broadway in the revival of The Trip to Bountiful, the multi-faceted Vanessa Williams had her own trip to bountiful. She and her beau escaped to Puerto Vallarta for a romantic Valentine’s Day rendezvous at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.

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Food Inspired Cocktails: Bartender, Make Mine Sunny Side Up

Luis Perez, master mixologist at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.
Luis Perez, master mixologist at Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta.

According the to the Museum of the American Cocktail, the first printed reference to the word cocktail was in 1806. At the time, a newspaper called the Balance and Columbian Repository defined the cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters”. These libations became more sophisticated and paved the way for the martini, old fashioned and whiskey sour.

But a chocolate and blue cheese martini?

At Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, master mixologist and head of food and beverage, Luis Perez, has created a variety of food-inspired cocktails like the chocolate blue cheese one. He also added the anchovy martini and a Habanero chili pepper martini to his repertoire.

Perez says that he was first inspired to do a food-cocktail was when he was preparing for a wine tasting. “Suddenly I thought about the pairing of cocktails and food and wondered, why not?”, he explains. “There I was at home mixing. I thought about unique combinations of fish, milk, cheese, meats and a lot of things”.

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Elite Traveler Magazine - May/Jun 2013

Elite Traveler, The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine. May-Jun edition.
Elite Traveler, The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine. May/Jun 2013.

Actor Billy Baldwin and his singer-actress wife Chynna Phillips, recently enjoyed their recent five-night stay, sans kids, at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.

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Country Divas launch album at Garza Blanca

Album cover for 'Dos Divas', the new production of Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan
Album cover for Dos Divas, the new production of Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan.

Country music icons Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan will celebrate the completion of their upcoming duets album 'Dos Divas' at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Thursday, May 31.

Taking place at the acclaimed Blanca Blue Restaurant located on the property, the party will begin at 7:30 pm with an intimate performance by Ms. Tillis & Ms. Morgan. A cocktail reception will immediately follow.

Modern Country Music Legends and touring partners, Ms. Tillis and Ms. Morgan have joined forces on their upcoming record, which will be released this summer. Daughters of legendary Country artists Mel Tillis and George Morgan, respectively, the two have consistently been amongst the most prolific and popular female country artists of the last two decades. Ms. Tillis is known for hits such as Maybe It Was Memphis, Shake the Sugar Tree, Spilled Perfume, and the number one Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life). Ms. Morgan is best known for her hits Five Minutes, Something In Red, What Part of No, and I didn’t Know My Own Strength.