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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed in 2 garden view suites or casitas. Both were lovely. The Casa Azul Junior is massive with beautiful light. Much bigger than the photos depict.
The resort is beautifully maintained and coiffed with delightful service. The food is excellent and the recent review from the Brits is ridiculous.
One of the most spectacular things about the property is the privacy. A must - drive around and see their 4 unspoiled beaches and vistas. It will take a good hour and you will see no one. Huge!
We've now visited 3 times over 4 years - and always stayed in a beachfront villa. If you want discos and lots of restaurants and go-go activity, we'd recommend downtown Puerto Vallerta - but if you want solitude and the most beautiful beaches and sunset views on the planet, and a staff with only your comfort in mind, this is THE place.
The sole restaurant has a limited menu, but the plus is they will willingly - nay GLADLY - modify any dish to your liking. For a couple who want to be together, read books, hold hands, stroll the beach and enjoy comfort, we've found no better place.
We stayed 6 nights, maybe that was our mistake? The room was lovely, view incredible and the staff tried there best to make it a great experience. You most definitely cannot swim in the sea - even my 6ft husband struggled to get out. The biggest let down was the food. We ended up eating cheeseburgers and pasta as all the Mexican options tasted of the same salsa they used throughout. The ceviche was minced up fish, along with the same salsa. I’ve never had ceviche like it and never wish to again! Quesadillas were frozen tortillas, with fried American cheese and nothing else! On the last night they even had leek and potato soup!! It was awful, tasted like a packet cup of soup. Along with over cooked, rubbery calamari, enchiladas which used the same salsa and left over vegetables from the fajitas they served at lunch (I didn’t even realise that fajitas were actually Mexican! I thought they were just tex mex and was suprised to see them turn up here!). My husband doesn’t eat fish or seafood and his options were severely limited - to soup or the same Mexican food in the same salsas with the same vegetables). No moles, no variations on salsas, no pork, no meat other than chicken or beef. The vegetarian options were awful - we’ve been travelling throughout Mexico and just come from Oaxaca where the vegetarian food has been out of this world and super reasonable. If your vegetarian your going to be eating pasta or vegetarian enchiladas/ fajitas/tacos all made with the same mix of vegetables or salsa. I was really suprised given all the great reviews about the food, but I can only assume that it’s been dulled down for western palates! Oh I forgot the fajitas were even made with soy sauce!! So weird!! I’d never go back and can’t actually believe how it’s got to where it has from all the reviews. If you like bland, boring food that doesn’t taste Mexican this is the place for you!