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
This hotel was famous back at the late-nineties for being a hideout for celebrities. Nowadays it is having a comeback but somethings are clearly still from 20 years ago: all the bath and shower mixers and plumbing, tiles in showers, faulty hinges from doors, tv's in rooms, mattresses, pool, etc. Also, being a small hotel and having staff circling around in low occupancy might not be the best and most efficient solution, so an electronic call-button or similar might work. It has a vibe of old-school luxury like in some James Bond films (Roger Moore era), but not brought up to this day.
Having said that, the property overall is amazing, the level of seclusion and privacy is uncanny and the service is quite attentive and polite. The food is great although the portions might be a tad small for some. I truly believe this hotel has a huge potential if those things were to be taken care of.
We went down to Las Alamandas with our whole family for a week and it totally exceeded expectations. We heard how amazing it was and read a ton of reviews on the property, but when we saw it, we all said, WOW!
All aspects were amazing from the accommodations, to the staff, to the staff, to the private beaches, the amazing views, etc.
We loved it so much we have already locked down the next 2 years to go back with our family.
Even though it is a bit hard to get to from Puerto Vallarta, where we flew in from, you will forget about the long drive once you step foot on this amazing property.
Las Alamandas is a total hidden gem!
I just enjoyed a most magical holiday getaway! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel like family coming home for the holidays. Warm and gracious staff took great care to make sure that our stay was most comfortable and luxurious. It's also nice to see such personality, love, and detail go into sharing colorful and cultural festive decorations and themed celebrations for the holidays. Accommodations were incredible spacious yet intimate; the bathrooms divine! My bed was so comfortable I'd do anything to duplicate it at home. Gorgeous views and relaxing lounging areas everywhere with plenty of peace and privacy to enjoy simply spectacular nature! And on top of everything, the food is to die for!! Organic meals made using ingredients from the resort's private orchards, fish caught the morning of, and oh such heavenly desserts! This place is pure perfection. Go with or send someone you love. It's paradise. I've booked for same time next year.
This place is amazing. After breaking the trip up by staying at the BW plus in Manzanillo (see previous review) this was more than necessary. Private beaches, private condos, private service, private restaurants, private landing strip (next time though; 35 min flight from GDL, highly recommended). Huge eye for detail, fresh flowers every day, freshly bake cookies, fresh towels all day long, great activities. The staff is amazingly helpful and very relaxed; probably because the managers instruct them that anything is possible. And anything IS possible: no check in time, no check out time, no breakfast time, in fact, time stands still for you. Total disconnect, and reconnect with nature. Leave your phone in the room, by all means, get the beach picnic (ask for the tropical ceviche and a cooler with beers), get a mile long private beach just for you and your family. They bring the chairs, the kites, the body boards, the beach umbrella, the snorkels, the hammocks, everything; just relax and listen to the waves coming in. Room are clean, well equipped, and spacious. Food, including the fish, mostly comes from their own fields (1,200 hectares). You will be revitalized! More than highly recommendedable.
Years Ago, Las Alamandas Co-Hosted My Wedding Nuptuals & Party! In Fact, We took over the entire property, after meeting Isabel Goldsmith, herself, upon our initial holiday visit!
My Wedding There Was Truly Amazing - & Such a Magical & Memorable Event In my life that I will NEVER Forget! We flew in our Family & Friends, Minister & Photographer? At That Time - We left ALL Logistical Details in the capable hands of the (previous-Now) Resort Director, Cyril Gorry; Who Went Above & Beyond in Superceededing Our & Our Guests Every Request & Expectation! Las Alamandas is Truly a Special Place!
IF I had One Regret In the past - It would Only Be That WE Didn’t Jump at the Opportunity to purchase Adjacent On-site Property when Offered! Big Mistake!
IF you lové thé sound of the ocean - When at Las Alamandas thé océan Will sooth you to sleep! And, IF you’ve never been Near an Ocean - My ONLY recommendation is that you take ear plugs for first night!
I used to live in the Bay Area, & NOW live in the Palm Springs Area (Way too Far from my Natural Habitat That encompasses My lové of thé Océan!
I Long to return to Las Alamandas....