Off Season Fun in Nuevo Vallarta

Summer vacations are starting for some, and it’s a time many families start getting serious about their summer vacation plans. There are lots of great options, and this week we’re exploring Villa la Estancia, our beachside resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Seascape with dark rain clouds at sunsetSome of the things you can expect from a June or July visit to Nuevo Vallarta include quite a few plusses. The crowds from early spring have mostly thinned out, but the airlines still offer a good selection of flights out of Southern California airports with some direct flights available. The weather starts to include more rainy days through June and July, but many people find the rain to be a fun addition as the storms can be dramatic to watch roll in from the balcony of your beach-side condo. And enjoying a luxury condo overlooking the beach during a rainstorm is one of life’s more romantic experiences.

The shopping in nearby Puerto Vallarta remains a great way to spend afternoons with shops offering a wide selection of artwork from local craftsmen, amazing seafood, and lots of fun small shops filled with all manner of souvenirs, baked goods, and household items.

Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 9.00.54 PMChocolate lovers will want to make the pilgrimage to Choco Museo. This celebration of all things chocolate includes workshops showing how chocolate is made, hands-on classes to learn how to make various chocolate confections, and an actual chocolate museum. Be sure you set aside enough time to take it all in, and remember that they also are giving away free samples.  It’s hard to imagine anything more perfect than free chocolate. Be sure to put this stop on your itinerary.

But come nighttime, Puerto Vallarta rolls out some of the most original bars and venues you’re likely to find anywhere. Bar La Playa is right near the beach and a consistent crowd favorite with its handcrafted drinks featuring top shelf tequilas and mezcales.  Tell them what you like, and their cocktail artisans will create a personalized drink tailor made for your palate.  Are you in the mood for a nice Cuban cigar after dinner? Visit La Casa del Habano where you’ll find an amazing selection of Cuban cigars along with some true experts to help you choose among them. They have a walk-in humidor, and plenty of Cuban cigars available to sample before you buy. Relax with the owners, and come away with some fine cigars when you’re done. The Incanto combines a cabaret theater with an intimate piano bar to provide some of Puerto Vallarta’s best musical entertainment and delicious food from their cafe.Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 9.01.35 PM

View all of our Nuevo Vallarta vacation rentals at this link. Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect next getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in  Big BearMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Take a Hike!

Spring is a great time around here. While we’re always a bit sad to put away our snow gear, spring brings with it a host of new opportunities and adventures to embark upon. And for those of us who love the outdoors, it’s a perfect time to pack our bags and take a hike.

Do You Prefer Grass or Sand Between Your Toes When You Take a Hike?

footstepsOur beautiful resort at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is a perfect springtime destination. This time of year sees some of the best weather with the high most days getting into the low 80’s and overnight temperatures in the 60’s. Our beach lovers can’t get enough of the miles of pristine sand when its coupled with the luxury of one of our beach-front condos. Each condo is equipped with a full kitchen, and there is gourmet dining on site as well. Puerto Vallarta is a short cab ride away with its great shopping and rich local cuisine.

If your version of hiking includes chasing a golf ball down the fairway, you’re going to love spending time at Villa la Estancia. The Flamingo Golf course is just a few minutes away and offers championship level golfing. This full service golf course has club rentals, carts, lessons, a driving range, and a beautiful natural backdrop to enjoy on your outing. A day on the links, followed by an evening walk along the shore can only be made better with a luxury Five Star Vacation Rental to return to at the end of the day.

Hike the Forest in Big Bear

Family On Walk Through Beautiful CountrysideBig Bear is by far our most popular destination year round, and spring is a perfect time to plan your visit. The forest comes alive with wild flowers and the sights and sounds of birds and deer during the spring. Big Bear has dozens of miles of trails, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake from many of them. And with Big Bear, you can enjoy a range of great experiences on every hike. Take in the forest, dip your toe in the cool lake water, and enjoy a great meal in The Village all on the same outing.

Of course the best part of any Big Bear hike is when you return to your luxury Five Star Vacation Rental afterward. You’ll enjoy an unrivaled level of comfort and craftsmanship. Spring nights are great for barbecuing and relaxing later in front of the fireplace. It’s a perfect solution to a busy life, and a great way to reconnect with family and recharge your batteries.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Plan Your March Vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

There’s a lot to like about living in Southern California. Though we seldom get the kind of temperature extremes seen in many other areas of the country, it does get a bit chilly in the months leading up to Spring.  This can be a bit frustrating for those of us who love spending time on the beach. It can take a bit of the enjoyment out of the experience when the weather turns cold. But we’ve got a great solution, so you can have your beach and warm weather too.  Plan your March vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and you’ll see why it’s one of the most desirable times to visit.

Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 3.49.10 PMOur resort at Villa la Estancia sits right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico and March weather here is a beach-goer’s delight. The average temperature is in the 70’s with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s. And the water temperature is positively delightful. March typically sees the ocean temperature hovering around 75° making for some of the most enjoyable ocean swimming you’ll find. By comparison, the beach ocean temperatures off the coast of Southern California seldom reach 70° and hover in the 50’s during March. A quick plane trip, and you can feel the sand beneath your feet and take a refreshing swim without getting a bad case of the shivers in the process.

VLE00Though you may be tempted to spend most of your time laying on the beach or swimming, our Villa la Estancia resort and nearby Puerto Vallarta offer so many things to do, you’ll have some serious conflicts to resolve. Villa la Estancia boasts a world-class spa on site that will pamper you beyond belief. They have a lengthy menu of spa services that will target whatever stresses you, and provide an amazing level of relaxation.

Puerto Vallarta is a quick cab ride away, and offers a colorful and vibrant experience with a uniquely local flavor. There are great shopping destinations for a variety of options to pick up souvenirs, locally-sourced arts and crafts, and some of the most amazing seafood and ethnic cuisine.

Kevin and Maria Cobb were guests at Villa la Estancia before they decided to invest in the luxury condos on the beach there. They have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling for all our guests. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

 

Plan a Winter Getaway to The Beach

VLE00We know that the holidays are just around the corner, and this is a time when lots of people start taking time off. While traditional getaways to our Big Bear cabins are certainly most popular, this is also a perfect time of year to plan a winter getaway to the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. If you’re up for a fun adventure this holiday season, you can enjoy the warmer days found south of the border in our beachside resort at Villa la Estancia on the coast in Mexico.

footsteps Long to feel the sand beneath your toes without freezing them off? You can enjoy that in Villa la Estancia. These beautiful towers sit right on the beach, and offer a true resort experience. The on-site amenities make all the difference with this destination. They have award-winning restaurants offering a full fare of fresh seafood, steaks (including Kobi beef) and more. The resort just received a 2017 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Award.

If you want to enjoy a the night life, there is a great selection of nearby bars and restaurants for whatever mood you’re in at the moment from a quiet, intimate spot, live music with dancing, or a seaside bar with the sound of the crashing waves to fill your senses.

The Tatewari Spa on the premises is a world-class spa that will soothe your senses with soft candlelight, relaxing music, and gentle aromas during your visit. You’ll have a choice of a massage to fit your specific needs at the moment. The massages can help pregnant women, anyone feeling stressed out, golfers, and all of us who could use a healthy dose of pampering.
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The resort is a short cab ride from Puerto Vallarta where you can enjoy a vibrant shopping district, amazing local food, and a wide choice of night life entertainment. Try hard to avoid calling your friends back home to tease them about the amazing time you’re having here. Next year they may join you to plan a winter getaway to the beach.

Kevin and Maria Cobb were guests at Villa la Estancia before they decided to invest in the luxury condos on the beach there. They have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling for all our guests. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Spotlight on Villa la Estancia

Our guests are a diverse group, and we love finding ways to create destinations for their maximum enjoyment. One of our absolute favorites for our beach lovers is Villa la Estancia, our resort destination in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

We’ve been visiting this resort for many years, and our enjoyment of the pristine beach there is certainly a highpoint of each visit. Our guests seem to agree based upon the number of return visits we see. But there’s much more to this resort than a great beach with crystal blue waters.

massage in spa.Villa la Estancia set out to become one of the premiere resorts on the Mexican coast, and they’ve hit a home run. There is virtually everything you need right on the property to enjoy a fully pampered, luxury getaway. The on-site spa is a space where you’ll be asked to turn off your cell phone and turn on your senses as you enjoy candle light, relaxing music, hydrotherapy and massage services. The on-site restaurants offer a range of dining from casual to formal with Kobe steaks, seafood, and everything in between.

BeachThe beach is a constant companion during your stay, and our view rooms allow you to start each day with a spectacular view of the surf just moments from your door.  The seasonal swim-up bar is a fun element to the pool, if that’s more your flavor,

Golfers will love their stay here with courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Von Hagge and more nearby. And no stay at Villa la Estancia is complete without a day or two spent enjoying the local markets and traditional eateries for an exciting day shopping for local crafts, art, and amazing food.

If you’ve got a big event on the horizon, Villa la Estancia is a great choice for weddings, anniversaries, church or family reunions since we have over a dozen luxury condos available to keep your party all in the same location as you enjoy your time together.  And travel to Villa la Estancia is easy with direct flights from most Southern California airports.

You can view all of our Nuevo Vallarta condos and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday in  Big BearMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your holiday in Nuevo Vallarta or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Plan an Exotic Getaway to Nuevo Vallarta

Summer break is almost here for most families with kids in school, and it’s a great time to start planning something special for the summer break. If you don’t make any plans, you may end up watching summer slip away and you’ll lose your chance for some special family time.

ViewWhile Big Bear is our most popular getaway, we also have some great opportunities for relaxation in Mexico. Our seaside resort at Villa la Estancia is consistently a favorite with our guests. Take a look at these photos, and you’ll see why.

The resort sits right on the sandy beach, so you’ll have a quick walk from your room directly to the beach. Of course you’ll be immediately faced with a dilemma as you pass by the huge swimming pool with its swim-up bar and comfy lounge chairs. Once you decide that you’ll try out the heated pool later and continue heading toward the refreshing surf just beyond the beach, you’ll feel a smile start to cross your face. The beach continues about as far as you can see, and the gentle sounds of the surf and birds help to create a level of relaxation you just can’t get anywhere else.

When you’re ready to head back to the resort, you have more fun choices to make. Will you dine at one of the fine onsite restaurants, take the short trip into Puerto Vallarta to enjoy some local cuisine, or will you take advantage of the full kitchen in your Five Star Vacation Rental to create something fresh you cook yourself? Each of these is a great option, and you’ll likely want to try all three at different times during your stay.

Region capture 84We have over a dozen luxury units at Villa la Estancia, and we can configure the units for groups from just a couple to 10 guests, and larger groups can rent more than one unit to keep everybody in close proximity. Villa la Estancia is a quick flight away from Southern California, but it’s a world away in luxury and sheer relaxation.

You can view all of our Nuevo Vallarta condos and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday in  Big BearMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your holiday in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Rain Got You Down? Enjoy a Beach Getaway South of the Border

The weather in Southern California has been amazingly bleak for quite a while now. Record-setting rainfall, floods and gloom are settling in and threatening to be the new normal. Some of us are telling our friends and neighbors things like, “If I wanted a waterlogged life, I would have moved to Seattle.”  While we’re enjoying the extra snow these storms are bringing our mountain destinations, some families are missing the simple joys of Southern California life like a visit to the beach and sunny walk in the sand. Well, we’ve got great news for you.

Region capture 61South of the border at our Villa la Estancia getaway we’re enjoying summer-like conditions. It may rain occasionally, but mostly you’re looking at highs in the 70’s and 80’s, sunny or partly cloudy skies, and great beach conditions. It’s a perfect time to plan a quick getaway. And with Spring Break right around the corner, you can grab the entire family for a quick week on the sand.

Region capture 60Our resort condos in Villa la Estancia are the stuff dreams and relaxation are made of. You’ll be just footsteps away from the beach with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a luxury resort. The two on-site restaurants are amazing with menus that include fresh seafood and Kobe beef options. The huge onsite spa is another great way to be pampered in the process.  Relax with drinks at the swim-up bar as you enjoy the pool. Lay in the sand and soak up the sun as you listen to the waves splashing on the beach just a few feet away. And remember your friends back stuck in the traffic and gloomy weather back in Southern California.

Region capture 59You have a good choice of flights out of Southern California with direct service into Puerto Vallarta. A quick cab ride from the airport, and you’ll soon be kicking off your shoes and enjoying the view from your room or the sand between your toes.

Each of our condos has a fully equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy anything from reheating your great leftovers from the restaurant downstairs to cooking up the fish you caught while out on an excursion earlier. There’s great golfing nearby as well, so be sure to pack your clubs.

You can view all of our Nuevo Vallarta condos and book online at this link. You can also have a great family holiday in  Big BearMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your holiday in Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Planning a Nuevo Vallarta Beach Vacation

Where do you go when you want an exotic beach getaway that’s close to home…but not too close? It isn’t a trick question, and yes, such a place exists. The cool sandy beaches of Mexico’s Nuevo Vallarta may be exactly what you’re looking for. With flight times out of LAX averaging three hours, it’s clear why this locale is such a popular pick for luxurious yet accessible vacations. The beach boasts warm, white sand contrasted by clear blue water and the lush greenery that covers the ground.

Bright, coastal scene of a palm tree leaf and blissful clouds hovering over a beach in Nuevo Vallarta, MexicoAnd as if the beach wasn’t enough to get you packing, the area’s other amenities certainly will. There are several luxury shopping malls that offer the finest in retail, and most of the stores accept American dollars. The dining scene, too, is unparalleled. Exotic gourmet cuisine is the norm in Nuevo Vallarta, so much so that some people have been known to visit just for the food. Few other locales can rival the quality of food, dining, and entertainment found here…and don’t forget the beach!

Once you’ve taken in all of these offerings, you can visit the many luxury condominiums, pools, spas, and golf courses that are nearby, too. At every turn, Nuevo Vallarta offers the finest entertainment to visitors. Perhaps the most luxurious of all its features, however, is the Villa la Estancia property. This development, in the most exclusive area of Nuevo Vallarta, houses luxury housing, penthouses, and vacation rentals. The stunning views and picturesque exterior make this the most coveted accommodation in the city, and Five Star Vacation Rental offers select rentals in the complex.

Whether you need a quick getaway or a major vacation, Nuevo Vallarta is a wonderful place to land. Its proximity to Los Angeles paired with its level of luxury make it an unbeatable choice for visitors. Investing in a vacation rental during your stay can make your experience even better, and Five Star Vacation Rental is proud to offer the most exquisite rentals in the area. If you are ready for a fabulous Mexican adventure, do it in style, and book one of our Villa la Estancia offerings.

Villa la Estancia is the standard for luxury in Nuevo Vallarta, and Five Star Vacation Rental offers only the top quality accommodations. is our top Spring Break destination, but if you’re looking for a more exotic vacation, we also maintain rentals in Big Bear,  Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Find a Bit of Romance

Right around Valentine’s Day each year, we see a spike in bookings for all our destinations.  It’s the perfect time to set aside some time for you to rekindle the romance with your sweetheart.  But why wait until February?  We’ve got some great ideas right here in the middle of summer that are guaranteed to delight the two of you.

How about a stormy getaway to the beach Puerto Nuevo?  One of the most romantic memories from early in our marriage was during a stormy day.  We grabbed some takeout from our local rib joint, and by the time we got home the sky just opened up.  It was a deluge, but our little rented house had a covered patio out back.  We settled in at the small table under the patio for our feast, and we enjoyed a great meal as the sky raged and flashed with a summer thunderstorm.  That was many years ago, but it’s something we regularly remember.  We were enjoying some great food, the delight of each other’s company, and a turbulent stormy sky.  And this is something you may recreate right now on the beach at Villa la Estancia in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

The rains pick up this time of year at the beach in Puerto Nuevo, but it does nothing to detract from the beauty and luxury of this destination.  Each of our luxury condos is just steps away from the beach.  Summer storms are common, but each unit has a covered patio where you can relax and take in the beauty of the storm over the ocean.  It can be a vacation more about the time you spend together at this amazingly romantic destination.  There are two onsite restaurants, a huge spa, and no compelling reason to ever leave the property.  Settle in, spend some time relaxing together, and wait for a great summer storm to roll in.  Add a romantic meal on the patio, and we guarantee this will be a moment you’ll want to repeat over and over again.

You can find romance at any of our destinations.  Just call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you plan a great summer vacation.  Browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, or Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation at the beach, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Five Star Vacation Rental.

Summer Fun in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Five Star Vacation Rentals has properties located in some of the most desirable destinations in the world.  With summer vacations just around the corner, it’s a great time to look at the possibilities.  This year you can plan a vacation that will be the one the entire family looks back on for years to come as their all-time favorite. Here is a quick recap of our top two destinations.  Either of these will be a great option for your summer getaway:

Big Bear Vacation Rentals

Far and away, this is our most popular destination.  We’ve worked hard over the years to assemble some the most luxurious cabins and estates available in Big Bear.  Our cabins offer something for everyone.  If you want seclusion and privacy, we’ve got you covered.  Want to enjoy a great lake view with room for the extended family?  No problem.  Planning a family reunion with 20-30 family members?  We have adjoining cabins available that will keep you all centrally located without the hassle and expense of renting a dozen hotel rooms.

Summer is an ideal time to visit Big Bear.  The lake is stocked, and fishing is a great pastime.  Boating on the lake is also popular with boat, sailboard, and jet ski rentals available.  There are a number of great hiking trails that will immerse you in the beauty of Big Bear’s forest.  Bring your bike with you or rent one when you arrive, and you’ll find another great opportunity to enjoy the pristine surroundings.  View all of our Big Bear rentals at this link: www.FiveStarBigBear.com

Villa la Estancia Mexico Vacation Rentals

We were one of the early buyers at this resort outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and we regularly return to enjoy the amazing sandy beaches.  It’s everything you expect from a beachside resort.  It has luxurious pools with sunken cabanas, so you can just swim up and get some refreshments.  It has a 30,000 square foot world-class spa on site that will provide you with a decadent level of pampering.  The restaurants located at the resort are world class, and offer an amazing combination of local seafood with the finest Kobe beef dishes as well.  Ask us about our all-inclusive meal package to simplify your stay.

In addition to the great beach and resort benefits here, you’ll be located a short cab ride from Puerto Vallarta.  This amazing historic city has a large community of artisans who sell their works on the streets and in small local shops.  And the local cuisine is just amazing.  Some of the best lobster we’ve ever had was in a little hole-in-the-wall cafe nearby.  There are so many fun shops and arts available, you’ll find yourself returning over and over again.  This is one of the reasons we always travel with an extra empty bag.  It’s never empty by the time we return home!

There are direct flights to Puerto Vallarta out of LAX, and the resort is just a short cab ride from the airport.  Check out all our available Villa la Estancia units at this link.

And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California Beaches, and Mammoth Mountain,  A well planned vacation in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.