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Isn’t It Time You Fled the Country?

We’re not actually looking for fugitives from justice. ¬†But we do welcome with open arms fugitives from stress and the daily grind. ¬†You’ve probably noticed the symptoms as well. ¬†You’re getting increasingly impatient with long meetings. ¬†The mere mention of a conference call sends your eyes rolling back into your head. ¬†And every new mention of a deadline has you glancing at the clock seeking escape at the end of the day. ¬†This is no way to live, and you really need to get some relaxing time away. ¬†Fortunately, we just happen to be world-class experts on creating relaxing escapes away from the pressures of your day. ¬†And this week, we’re going to recommend that you not only get away, but you should flee the country entirely.

Of course we’re talking about spending some quality time in one of our resort condominiums in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. ¬†We’ve got over a dozen luxury units just steps away from the beach at Villa la Estancia. ¬†The resort is a short cab ride from the airport, and there are several flights daily out of LAX. ¬†Other southland airports offer connecting flights that will still get you there quickly. ¬†You can head to the airport at noon, and you’ll be enjoying shrimp and margaritas on the beach by dinner. ¬†It’ll feel like somebody reached around to the back of your head, and opened up your relief valve. ¬†You’ll just sink into the beach chair as all the tension and pressures melt away.

Many of our luxury units overlook the surf, and you’ll find yourself gravitating toward the balcony time after time during your stay. ¬†Each of our units is fully furnished with your comfort in mind, but nothing can quite compete with the view of the ocean you’ll have when you choose one of our view condos.

Villa la Estancia is consistently rated among the top resorts in the Nuevo Vallarta area, and with good reason. ¬†There are two award-winning restaurants on site that cater to even the most discriminating tastes. ¬†Take the short cab ride into Puerto Vallarta, and you’ll enjoy full days of great shopping and amazing food stands. ¬†Seasoned travelers always bring along an empty suitcase to fill with the unique craft and accent items that are virtually irresistible in the markets. ¬†And when those items eventually find their way onto your shelves and desks back home, they’ll be a constant reminder of the amazing time you had when you grabbed the family and fled the country — for an amazing getaway to Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

If you’re in the mood for a relaxing getaway elsewhere, be sure to check out the rest of our properties in ¬†Big Bear,¬†¬†Park City,¬†Palm Springs/La Quinta,¬†Southern California Beaches, and¬†Mammoth Mountain.¬†¬†We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we‚Äôre dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family. ¬†Call us today at 310-780-3411, and we‚Äôll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Time For an Exotic Getaway

We’re in the middle of a great ski season in our Big Bear, Park City, and Mammoth Mountain ski areas. ¬†If you haven’t already booked your ski getaway, let this be your friendly reminder to book your getaway while there’s still time. ¬†If you keep putting this off, you’ll end up missing it again this year. ¬†Don’t let that happen! ¬†Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you put together the perfect ski escape. ¬†‘Nuf said.

If you’ve already skied to your heart’s content, then we’d like to take a few moments in this week’s blog to suggest you embark on a bit more exotic getaway. ¬† Grab your passport and get ready for some fun on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico!

Our luxury resort vacation rental condos in Villa la Estancia, Mexico are an amazing destination for your next vacation, family reunion, or just to getaway with a bunch of friends. ¬†The resort is located right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, and enjoys some of the most moderate weather virtually year round. ¬†Villa la Estancia is an ideal place to plan a getaway for your large group as well, because we have 16 units in the resort. ¬†This makes your time away that much more enjoyable, so you can all congregate in one of the great gourmet restaurants on the property, or quickly assemble in the lobby to take day trips into the surrounding community. ¬† You’ll also want to schedule some time just laying on the beach as well. ¬†This is a truly relaxing destination where you can stretch out on the beach and just let the sounds of the waves lull you into a renewal of your spirit and a deep calm.

Be sure to arrive hungry, because you’ll find some of the most amazing dining both on site at Villa la Estancia and in the surrounding community. ¬†The short ride into Puerto Vallarta will reward you with a wide range of eateries from the most tasty little hole-in-the-wall, to some world class experiences that you’ll never forget. ¬†And we’re sure that whatever sort of eatery you choose, the table will growly strangely quiet once your meal arrives and you start to sample the amazing local cuisine. ¬†Hint: Order the lobster. ¬†You’ll be very glad you did.

Direct flights into Puerto Vallarta leave daily for the quick 3 hour flight out of LAX, and you can arrange connecting flights from virtually any southern California airport as well. ¬†The resort is a quick cab ride from the airport, and you’ll be feeling sand between your toes before you know it. ¬†Give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you put together an amazingly exotic getaway for your family or group. ¬†View our available units at this link.

We can also help you plan your holiday in one our other destinations as well. Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City, Palm Springs/La Quinta,  Southern California Beaches, Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

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Planning a Romantic Getaway to Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta

In the mood for a little bit of romance? ¬†We can help you set the mood. ¬†If your idea of a romantic getaway includes a beautiful condo on the beach away from the crowds with some rainy afternoons, Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta may well be your perfect choice. ¬†Travel to Puerto Nuevo often slows a bit this time of year as the rainfall increases and the temperatures are a bit hotter. ¬†But if you’re looking for more privacy and little less shopping in Puerto Vallarta, August and September may well be the perfect time to plan your getaway. ¬†As further incentive, we’re currently offering a 30% discount on weekly rentals, and some flights may be discounted during this season as well.

One of the advantages to Villa la Estancia is the great amenities you will enjoy without ever leaving the property. ¬†There are two onsite restaurants with exquisite menu options to meet virtually every taste. ¬† There’s a 17,000 square-foot full-service spa that will pamper you to the point of guilt if you let them. ¬†And if you choose one of our ocean-view condos, there’s really no need to go outside at all. ¬†The restaurants offer room service, and you can both enjoy a massage right in the comfort of your suite. ¬†Our idea of a perfect evening starts with a massage to get you both fully relaxed. ¬†Then order from the extensive menu of one of the onsite restaurants. ¬†When your meal arrives, set up out on the balcony, so you can enjoy the ocean view and crashing waves while you feast on some perfectly-prepared fresh seafood with the beverages of your choice. ¬†Throw in the occasional afternoon rain shower, and the picture is complete. ¬†You may never want to come home.

Once you arrive, you’ll quickly see why Villa la Estancia gets such rave reviews. You may check in as overworked denizens from Southern California, but you’ll check out feeling as though you’ve been treated like absolute royalty. ¬†It’s little wonder that ABC’s new show, “The Lookout” featured Villa la Estancia as their favorite resort after an undercover report on vacation getaways in the area. ¬†The property was also featured recently on “Real Housewives of Orange County. ” ¬†Be sure to check out our recent blogs with more details at this link and this one.

View all of our¬†Villa la Estancia units on this page.¬†But if your idea of romance leads you in a different direction, we’ve got that covered too. ¬†We have luxury vacation rental cabins, estates, and condos available in some of the most romantic destination you can find anywhere. ¬†So feel free to¬†¬†browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page. And be sure to look at our luxury rentals in¬† Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta,¬†Southern California Beaches,¬† Mammoth Mountain, as well. ¬†Regardless of where you may go, you‚Äôll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable. Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you put together a romantic getaway that will keep you both sighing with fond memories for a long time to come.

More Rave Reviews About Villa la Estancia on ABC’s “The Lookout”

There’s been a lot of good attention paid recently to our Villa la Estancia resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. ¬†Our blog a couple weeks ago noted that Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” spent a fun getaway there and featured their visit on this season’s episode 10 and episode 11. ¬†We’re thrilled at all the great press, and excited to see more guests making plans for a memorable getaway to this amazing beach front resort.

We’ve been convinced of the value of Villa la Estancia since we first visited there nearly a decade ago looking for a new destination for our guests. ¬†The resort was growing and getting some of the overflow traffic from Puerto Vallarta just a few miles to the south. ¬†There are a number of things that convinced us to stake our claim here. ¬†We started with just one penthouse unit while the property was still under construction.

Fast forward several years. ¬†We now offer 16 luxury units, so you can imagine how excited we were when we saw Villa la Estancia featured on ABC’s program,”The Lookout.”¬† The episode was filmed with an undercover crew, and they took a close look at several resorts along the coast starting in Puerto Vallarta and moving up to Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. You can watch the entire episode at this link. ¬†Villa la Estancia ends up as the star of the episode. ¬†The undercover team was met with several disappointments along they way, but Villa la Estancia’s introduction included something akin to a heavenly choir. ¬†We know exactly how they feel.

Villa la Estancia’s construction quality is unrivaled. ¬†We’re accustomed to seeing great amenities and first class luxury in our resort properties, but Villa la Estancia really pulls out all the stops. ¬†Top quality granite counters and upgraded appliances are just the start. ¬†The furnishings are top notch as well. ¬†But as much as we love the luxury of this world-class resort, the real value for most of our guests is found in the surroundings.

The beach is simply amazing. ¬†The clean white sand stretches as far as you can see, and there’s really no place in the resort that’s more than a minute or two walk from the surf. ¬† We’re also seeing an increasing number of golfers staying at the resort because there are several world-class courses located nearby in Puerto Nuevo and Puerto Vallarta. ¬†We devoted a recent blog to our golfing destinations, and you can view that post at this link. ¬†Lovers of unique shopping and great seafood will love spending time in Puerto Vallarta with its fun shops and fresh lobster.

And if you’re really just in the mood for pure relaxation, there’s no better place than Villa la Estancia. ¬†The on-site spa will have you feeling like a star. ¬†And you can enjoy world-class dining in the resort’s restaurants as well. ¬†Use this link to view all our Villa la Estancia luxury vacation rentals. ¬†We also offer an all-inclusive option that will keep you well-fed throughout your stay. ¬†We have details about the all-inclusive option¬†at this page.

Call us at 310-800-5454 and we’ll be glad to help you with your plans.  You can also browse our properties in Big Bear, Mammoth, Park City , Palm Springs/La Quinta, Southern California Beaches,  or  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you put a lot of time and effort into planning your getaway, and we’re confident that your stay with us will be a great memory for everyone in your party.


“Real Housewives of Orange County” Filming at Villa la Estancia in Puerto Vallarta

Movie stars have historically sought out the most luxurious vacation destinations. ¬†It’s part of the allure of stardom, and why so many of us are fascinated with their lives. ¬†Anybody can book a comfy vacation at a chain hotel, but where do the really rich and famous people stay? ¬†Well, sometimes, they stay with us.

Richard Burton and Liz Taylor on the set in Puerto Vallarta

Hollywood has a long term love affair with Mexico, and the area surrounding Puerto Vallarta has seen dozens of big-name stars land here to enjoy the amazing beaches and luxurious¬†accommodations. The classic film, “Night of The Iguana” was filmed here in 1962. For 72 days the cast and crew inhabited the sleepy fishing town while the movie was in production. ¬†It was during this time that the film’s star, Richard Burton carried on his scandalous affair with Elizabeth Taylor.

The film went on to be a huge success, and is credited with helping to establish Puerto Vallarta as a resort destination. ¬†The grateful town erected a bronze statue of the film’s director, John Huston, which remains today.

Now there’s a new generation of reality TV stars, and like their predecessors, they also seek out the finest destinations for fun and vacations. ¬†And Puerto Vallarta continues to be a popular destination.

Fans of the Bravo show, “Real Housewives of Orange County” recently had a front row seat to the luxury of our resort rentals in Villa la Estancia. ¬†The girls decided to jet down for a rowdy bachelorette party, and they stayed at the resort. ¬†We certainly agree with their decision, and were delighted to see the numerous scenes that showed the resort’s rooms and pools.

The suites at Villa la Estancia are amazing. ¬†The resort sits right on the beach and it’s nearly impossible to find a place in the resort where you can’t enjoy a breathtaking view of the surf. ¬†There are two on-site restaurants, and La Casona ¬†is the only restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta to feature Kobe and Angus Certified beef.

The Real Housewives arrive at Villa la Estancia

With two swim-up bars and shaded terrace seating, this casual poolside spot features ceviche, Mexican favorites like fish tacos, gourmet burgers, sandwiches and salads. There is a full service spa on site. The spa is a 17,000 sq ft facility which features 14 indoor treatment suites, two exclusive VIP treatment suites with private Jacuzzi and shower, a spa retail shop, a full-service beauty salon and a fitness studio.

While the girls on “Real Housewives of Orange County” were too busy to enjoy all the wonderful amenities found at Villa la Estancia, we recommend that you dive in. ¬†Pull up a chair in the evening and enjoy the show as the sun slowly sinks into the swells of the ocean that is just steps away from the resort. ¬†The cool breezes will only enhance the great relaxation that you and your family will feel here.

View all of our Villa la Estancia units on this page.   Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico If you’re looking for a getaway someplace else, browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page. And please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta,  Southern California Beaches,  Mammoth Mountain, as well.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

Looking For a Warm Christmas? Five Star Vacation Rentals Has the Answer

Lots of folks who live in Southern California have landed here from other parts of the country where the weather is not quite as nice as ours. ¬†Well, now that we think about it, NO place really has weather nearly as nice as ours, right? ¬†These transplanted Californians delight in some things that are completely foreign to us natives. ¬†For example, never once has your faithful blogger delighted in NOT having to shovel snow. ¬†In fact, he has never even held a snow shovel. ¬†But if you were born and raised in Minnesota, that simple statement would set your head spinning with a great big smile on your face. ¬†Southern California is sort of like the Emerald City to these folks. It’s a dream land where nobody really needs a heavy coat, black ice is something you get when you pour Coke into the ice tray, and the sun actually seems to shine brightly almost every day of the year. ¬†Yes, Toto, you really aren’t in, err, Minnesota any more.

Not our idea of fun.  Is it yours?
Not our idea of fun. Is it yours?

Many of these folks become then envy of their less-fortunate relatives still trapped in the arctic climates from which they fled. ¬†And the contrast in the weather is never so dramatic as when the holidays arrive. ¬†Your weekly phone conversation with Uncle Julius in Minneapolis invariably covers exactly how long it took him to shovel out the ¬†driveway so he could find the car. ¬†And if he’s really lucky, he’ll tell about the wonderful new snowblower he just bought. ¬†You can smile and tell him about the wonderful new lawnmower you just bought. ¬†It’s quickly¬†apparent that the two of you — though once neighbors — now reside on entirely different planets.

But the holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family from all the far flung areas they’ve landed. ¬†And it would be a crime NOT to offer a brief respite to those you love by hosting your own holiday get-together at one of our luxurious Southern California or Mexico vacation rentals. ¬† You’ll certainly be more popular with the snow-bound relatives, and you may decide to become a Realtor so you can profit from the relocation that many of them will begin planning as soon as they return home and their feet hit the hard, frozen soil. ¬†Be sure to tell them you can get them seats at the Rose Parade, and they won’t need a parka for it either.

We have some great choices for a warm-weather winter getaway.  All of our vacation rental units are luxuriously furnished and promise to provide an amazing setting for your family and friends to enjoy the holidays together.

Our Southern California beach homes are located within walking distance of the beach and offer an amazing level of luxury. ¬†The beach homes are also ideally located to serve as a home base for visiting all of Southern California’s favorite attractions from Sea World, just a couple hours to the south, and Hollywood studios an hour or so to the north. ¬†Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are even closer. ¬†Click here for a closer look at our Southern California beach homes.

This is your view from the balcony at Villa La Estancia. Notice that there's not a snow shovel in sight.

If you have a very large group, our best¬†accommodations may be with our Villa La Estancia Mexican resort vacation rentals located right on the beach in Puerto Nuevo. ¬†We have 16 units available in the resort, so we can accomodate a group of virtually any size. ¬†The resort is located just a few minute’s drive from the¬†¬†Puerto Vallarta Airport, and all southern California airports offer direct flights. ¬†Trust us, Aunt Mildred from Detroit will rewrite her will to include you after she spends an hour in the on-site spa at Villa La Estancia. ¬†In addition to the ocean swimming and boating, all the golfers in your group will enjoy the championship golf courses nearby as well. ¬†Good luck getting them all back on the plane to Minnesota after that! ¬†Click here to view our Villa La Estancia vacation rentals.

Our Palm Springs/La Quinta vacation rentals are a special delight during the holidays.  Palm Springs pulls out all the stops at Christmas time, and the entire family will delight in great shopping, shows, and amazing restaurants.  Our vacation rentals are right on the golf course, so you can have everybody back east dust off their clubs and enjoy a few rounds while their neighbors back home will be lifting nothing but their snow shovels.  It makes for a perfectly delightful time.  You can look at our Palm Springs/La Quinta properties on this page.

Give us a call today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan your ideal family vacation. ¬†Your vacation time is very special, so don’t gamble with it. ¬†Our goal is to offer you a level of luxury that you just won’t find anywhere else.








Spotlight on Villa La Estancia in Mexico

Plan something new for your fall or winter vacation this year. ¬†We have luxury units available right on the beach in the Villa La Estancia resort in Nuevo Vallarta. ¬†There is a wonderful assortment of activities and shopping available, and there’s always the option to just spend a few days relaxing on the beach.

The Fall weather is delightful with temperatures averaging in the 70’s and 80’s. ¬†Getting there couldn’t be easier. ¬†Flights are available to the Puerto Vallarta airport (PVR) from San Diego, Orange County, and LAX. ¬†Direct flights arrive in about 3 hours, and the resort is a 10-minute cab ride from the airport. ¬†Here are a few suggestions for your trip:

Make it a golf vacation

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf
Vista Vallarta Club de Golf

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf¬†has grown in the past decade to become an international destination for golf enthusiasts. ¬†Opened in April 2001, the first course at Vista Vallarta is a Signature Design by Jack Nicklaus. Since this course is located on the property’s highest elevation, golfers are treated not only to world class golf but will enjoy breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta, the Marina and Banderas Bay as well.

Also on the property is a beautiful course designed by Tom Weiskopf. ¬†Built on the property’s lower west end, golfers won’t believe they have simply taken a different turn from the club house.Here the terrain is extreme with dense jungles, deep ravines and swift creeks. ¬†Both the Weiskopf and Nicklaus courses are designed with scenery unlike any you’ll find in the United States. ¬†Pack your clubs, and give us a call. ¬†We’ll give you all the details for reserving your amazing golf vacation. ¬† For more information about golfing at Vista Vallarta Club de Golf, visit their website at¬†

Make some new aquatic friends

Amazing Dolphin Encounter
Amazing Dolphin Encounter

The Aquaventuras Park is a short drive from our resort at Villa La Estancia, and it’s well worth it. ¬†This is a wonderful water park that features up close swimming with dolphins. ¬†It’s really an amazing adventure. ¬†Testimonials on their website help capture some of the fun in store for you there. ¬†Anne from New Jersey writes,

Dancing in the water with a dolphin was unbelievable. I will never forget today!

Jocelyn Limos described her adventure this way:

If you love dolphins like I do, then this is something you need to do for The Experience of a Lifetime. I would do this over and over again. Thank you for my dream come true!

We expect you’ll be writing your own testimonial of the amazing experience you’ll have spending some time with these wonderfully intelligent and affectionate creatures. ¬†Aquaventuras Park offers some great discounts for advance booking, so call us at 310-780-3411 first, then visit their website to book your tickets and start planning your exciting getaway.

Pry yourself away from the beach and do some shopping

Puerto Vallarta Shopping
Puerto Vallarta Shopping

There’s nothing wrong with spending all day every day on the beach (bring sunscreen!). ¬†After all, it’s a vacation, and you should have the freedom to just relax. ¬†Despite the amazing beauty of the pristine beach right in front of our resort, we recommend that you set aside at least one day to experience the great shopping, food, and culture in the community surrounding Villa La Estancia. ¬†A quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta will bring you to beautiful shops and world-class dining. ¬†Local artisans have their wares on display daily, and we can’t let you go home before you sample at least one of the local restaurants with an ice-cold beverage of your choice. ¬†As with most of our Five Star Vacation Rental getaways, the only problem you can expect is that you’ll regret you didn’t book your stay for longer.

But wait, there’s more!

We’ve only just scratched the surface of all the fun things for you and the family on your Villa La Estancia vacation. ¬†In a future blog we’ll give you details on horse-back riding, boating, fishing, and other fun things. ¬†But don’t wait for us to write about it! ¬†Call us and book your vacation, so you can dive into your own Puerto Nuevo adventure.

We have over a dozen units available for rent in Villa La Estancia ranging from our luxurious penthouse suite to lower level suites overlooking the pool.  Whichever unit you choose, you can be confident that your suite will be clean, comfortable, and luxurious.  Our mission is to make sure your precious vacation time is always enjoyed to the fullest.  View our Villa La Estancia properties on this page, or call us today at 310-780-3411 to book your Nuevo Vallarta vacation.

And don’t forget that¬†we also have Five Star Vacation Rentals available¬†in¬†Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta,¬†Southern California Beaches,¬†Mammoth Mountain, and¬†Big Bear. ¬†Each of our destinations offers a wealth of activities for the entire family, so call us to book your next vacation.