What We Love
- Intimate seclusion, which is why it’s a favorite of A-list celebrities
- Free equipment for beach activities, from surfing to volleyball to ping-pong
- The Kids Club is a mini-resort with its own soccer field
What To Know
- Resort is about two hours from Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo
- WiFi is available only in the resort common areas and Art Gallery
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A Matisse painting brought to life on the Mexican Riviera. Vibrant pink gardenias and dusty green cacti line the walkways leading to canary yellow and magenta pueblo-like buildings and down to the crashing Pacific Ocean. A maximum of 42 guests stay at a time, which lends the air of staying in a private family home. Some vacationers curl up on rattan sofas to read while others lie out by the freshwater pool, shaded by the giant palapa. Once a private estate, Las Alamandas maintains that quaint and cozy vibe, with just 16 rooms scattered around the 1,500-acre property, all elegant but simple with bright ceramic tiles, folk art, indoor/outdoor lounge areas, and spacious bathrooms done up with hand-painted Mexican tiles. While tacos, chips, and guacamole from La Palapa Beach Club will keep you satisfied poolside, save a night to savor upscale Mexican cuisine at Oasis, the hotel’s main restaurant, which uses all local ingredients. Must-tastes: corn mushroom quesadillas and homemade sorbet in flavors such as hibiscus flower and mango. Peruse the hotel’s art gallery, indulge in an oceanfront massage or head to the fully equipped gym (designed by Robert De Niro, a frequent guest) for tennis, yoga and fitness routines. In the evenings, groups mosey up to the rooftop lounge, Estrella Azul, where you can sip frosty tequilas and gaze into the heavens with a high-powered telescope. You might even rub shoulders with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Brad Pitt, or Cindy Crawford.
In the Area
Take a day trip to Puerto Vallarta and stroll along the malecon, stop by the city’s vast flea market, where you’ll find everything from silver jewelry to paintings by local artists to fresh fruit and homemade pastries, and get a seafood fix at Joe Jack’s Fish Shack in the Old Town. Back on Las Alamandas’ 1,500 acres, lounge out on the four beaches, kayak through the freshwater lagoons or ask the staff to arrange a one-hour horseback ride along the beaches.
How to Get There
I think the most notable part of our stay was the views and the ocean sounds. Literally from every spot we saw and heard the ocean. It was hard to come home and no longer see and hear the ocean. The food was very, very good -- especially the lunches and dinners. It was so easy to fall into a wonderful groove at Las Alamandas -- breakfast, beach, lunch, beach, dinner with some ping pong mixed in between. Having access to a beach all to yourself was so amazing. We couldn't believe it. Can't say enough about the staff -- friendly and attentive.
We were at las alamandas for a week with our 2 sons aged 11 and 14 and everyone had a wonderful time. Alamandas is all about escape and relaxation. Literally there is not another decent hotel within 30 miles. I can see why they get famous actors there as the property has a very 50’s Hollywood vibe (updated for today see pictures)..Located on 1,500 acres with at least 4 beaches although we did not leave the main property/beach. At one point the property was nearly full and you really could not tell it is so small and exclusive. Very high staff to guest ratio. The food was great and skewed toward fresh fish and vegetables. Service was particularly awesome. Margaritas were excellent. I would definitely get the board option so food is inclusive as their is no where else to eat. Our oceanfront suite with separate room for the kids had been recently refreshed and one of the best things about the rooms was the roar of the surf all night long lulling you to sleep. If you are able to go ocean front although other rooms are not that far away from the ocean. Ocean can be rough but we found it swimmable most days. There is a nice pool, outdoor ping pong, and tennis court. B-ball court needs a new backboard and rim.
About a 2 1/2 drive from puerto Vallarta airport (you should definitely arrange with the property to have them pick you up). At the airport ignore people trying to get you to sign up right after you get out customs and walk completely out of the airport and there will be someone with a sign. They were super welcoming when you arrive at the property.
In the end in a world rapidly filling up with people it was wonderful to go somewhere so beautiful with so few people. Not for everyone (no hard partiers, golf outings etc) but perfect for travelers looking for somewhere unique and beautiful (and quite safe) to get away from it all. Highly recommended!
We just returned a few days ago and had an amazing time. We are a family of four with kids
ages 11 and 13. We spent several days on the private beach which was amazing! Lots of swimming in the ocean and in the pool. Horseback riding on the beach with my daughter and a fishing trip with my son. My wife got a massage overlooking the ocean and said it was one of the best ever. The staff was great, food was good and we will be back. Definitely take the property tour.
I have an autoimmune disease and have not been on a plane in over 2 years. We were set to leave for Hawaii having prepaid for the trip. The day I was to pack I just could not pull my self together to spend almost a week in a
generic hotel that has 400 rooms. It just overwhelmed me. We cancelled everything one low our shirt.
Later I realized I needed to go someplace. Having been to Las Alamandas 12 years ago my husband and I signed up for 5 nights. Well the only thing that had changed was us. If anything the resort was more special than we remembered. The car was waiting for us at the airport, the transportation to the resort was seamless.
We got to the resort and many of the employees were there to welcome us. Cold coconut water with a splash of tequila and a plate of fresh fruit was waiting for us. We were exhausted and decided to just have soup and salad brought to our beauty patio and call it a night. My husband and I raved about the food, drinks, room and service
and it wasn't even a full day yet.
The next day coffee was waiting for us on our patio table. My husband has to have coffee the minute he wakes up
and there it was.
In the evening we went to the restaurant for dinner and it was some of the best red snapper I have ever had. The chef could tell we loved his food. He came out and consulted us about what we wanted to dine on for the rest of the week..Truly felt like we were consulting with OUR staff. It only went up hill from there.
There is not enough room for me to list all of the good things about this vacation. From the check in to the check out. The maid service, the drinks, the wait staff and yes the grounds keepers.
We will not wait another 12 years to go back. Service like this is rare, and no not once did it feel intrusive.
If you need your body and soul mended or just a little extra romance go for this place.
It will be memory highlight forever.
This place was incredible. We absolutely loved it. The staff were friendly and attentive. The property was immaculate and beautiful. It is very intimate and is situated on a gorgeous beach. The whole experience from arrival to departure was smooth and executed perfectly. The food was exceptional as well. We can’t wait to return !!!!!