Summer Golf Vacation Choices

We always get an increased number of calls this time of year as families start looking forward to the end of the school year and make their summer plans. It’s an exciting time, and an especially good time to get the entire family involved. Find out what special quests you’d like to explore for this year’s vacation. Golfing is a consistent favorite with many families, and we have some of the best golfing destinations.

Our La Quinta properties are nestled amid some of the best golf courses in the country. Most of our properties there are right on the fairways as well.  You’ll not only have a chance to enjoy some great golfing during the day, you can also relax in the evenings with some great views over the courses. La Quinta’s proximity to Palm Springs makes this a great destination for the non-golfers as well. The shopping and night life in Palm Springs is great, and for a bigger adventure, plan a day trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy lunch and an amazing view in the cool air at the top.

Big Bear’s own 9 hole golf course opens in May, and offers one of the most beautiful settings you can find. Nestled among the slopes of Bear Mountain, this course is a real delight and another great activity to take in while staying in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.

Flamingo GolfThose seeking an even more exotic golf getaway will want to consider our luxury condos on the beach in Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. The Flamingos Golf is and 18 hole championship course just 5 minutes away from Villa la Estancia. There’s a putting green, driving range, pro shop, lessons, and club rentals as well. It can make for a perfect getaway with your days split between the sands and beach of your luxury condo, and some of the finest golfing available. Choose one of our ocean view condos, and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset over the ocean after a great day golfing. Our condos all have full kitchens, so you can cook your own meal or dine at one of the on-site restaurants.

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.


Planning a Great Golf Vacation

When your family is looking for some leisure time, it’s always important to keep in mind those things that each of you most enjoy. In this week’s blog we’re going to help you plan out a golf vacation getaway that will best cater to the golfers in your family.

Group Of Golfers Walking Along Fairway Carrying Golf BagsThere are millions of golfers around the country, probably because it’s a sport that combines several things a lot of people enjoy: Spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings with friends and family in a pursuit that requires some practice and skill but also benefits from a bit of luck too. Planning a great golf vacation can be a wonderful treat for the golfer in your family.

We have several destinations among our vacation rental homes, estates and condos that are located perfectly to cater to your golf cravings.

Golf, ball lying on the green next to holeWe’ve lately been adding some amazing luxury estates to our lineup in the community of La Quinta near Palm Springs in the desert east of Los Angeles. These homes are all located on local golf courses, so you can enjoy the links by day, and relax just off the fairways at night. Choose one of our homes with a private pool and spa, and you’ll have a getaway that everyone in your party will enjoy even if they aren’t golfers.  Many of these properties come with private casitas and multiple master suites, so they’re suited for bigger parties and multiple families to enjoy. View all our La Quinta properties at this link.

Palm tree and lake on tropical oceanfront golf courseWant to make your golf getaway a bit more exotic? Choose one of our luxury surf-side condos at Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and you’ll be sure to have a memorable getaway. In addition to a location near several championship golf courses, your family will enjoy a luxury resort on the beach with the great shopping and dining of Puerto Vallarta nearby.  Check out our Villa la Estancia vacation rentals at this link.

Though Big Bear is our most popular destination, it’s not usually due to the golfing. But the Bear Mountain golf course can add to a great mountain getaway for your golf vacation. This 9-hole course enjoys the dramatic scenery you expect in Big Bear, and is a great course for golfers of all skill levels. Combine this with the other great attractions you enjoy in Big Bear, it can be a great choice that will keep your golfers happy, but also have lots of other choices for biking, hiking, fishing, and boating for the rest of the family. The golf course is open seasonally through the end of October. View all your luxury Big Bear vacation rental choices at this link.

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 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.  Here are links to our other properties in  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

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.

Plan Your Winter Getaway to Mexico

It’s something the rich and famous have been doing for years.  Oversize sunglasses, floppy hats, and relaxing by the surf in winter were once solely the domain of the glitterati.  But those delights are no longer limited to just a select few.  As the weather turns a bit colder, increasing numbers of us love to flee for the warmer environment found south of the border.  And this time of year is perfect for a winter getaway to our resort in Villa la Estancia just outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.  Winter temperatures in the area seldom dip below the mid 60’s and highs are in the 80’s.  During December and January there are usually only a couple days of rain each month.  As with all of our destinations, its a place that will have you harboring thoughts of staying lost past when your vacation ends.

Villa la Estancia is situated just a short cab ride from the airport in Puerto Vallarta.  It’s located right on the beach, and is built on the premise that you simply cannot have too much luxury or pampering.  There are two gourmet restaurants on the premises, and plenty of space poolside to work on your tan.  Your most difficult decisions will be whether to have the steak or the lobster or both, and should you relax by the surf or by the pool?  We’re sure you get the picture.  And that picture gets even better once you put yourself and your family in it.

Each of our units is furnished with your comfort in mind, and you’ll be tempted to never leave.  But there are so many good reasons to venture out.  A short cab ride gets you into the heart of Puerto Vallarta where you can enjoy nearly endless shopping at stores filled with great knickknacks and creations of local artisans.  And you’ll want to pause throughout the day to enjoy the local cuisine as well.  The supply of fresh seafood and ethnic choices will have you stopping repeatedly throughout the day.

We have 16 amazing units at Villa la Estancia, so this is a perfect destination for groups of virtually any size. Are you beginning to feel the sand in your toes and smell the brisk ocean breeze?  Take a look at all of our Villa la Estancia vacation rental condos at this link:

If you’re looking for a getaway someplace else, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Big Bear.  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.


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 BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern 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.


Calling all Golfers. Five Star Vacation Rentals Has a Getaway For You

We’re just finishing up ski season in most of our destinations, and skiers are some of our favorite guests.  But we see many of these same folks come back during the spring and summer to pursue their passion for golf.  The reason for their return visits is pretty clear:  We have some of the best destinations with the finest courses that you can find anywhere.  Whether you’re an avid golfer or just interested in starting, we’ve got the perfect choice for you.

Our Palm Springs/La Quinta properties offer real luxury during your golf vacation.  These properties are located right on the fairway of the most popular golf courses in the Palm Springs – La Quinta area.  And with the many other activities nearby, you may want to book your stay for the entire summer.  The golfers in your family can hit the links every morning while the rest of the family can enjoy the shopping, theater, and other great local activities.

We can’t think of a better way to spend our summer vacation than booking a week or month at the beach while staying in one of our luxury Southern California Beach estates.  And since Southern California boasts some of the nation’s finest golf courses, you can be sure your golf craving will be satisfied.  You have a number of top courses to choose from, but our favorite is the Monarch Beach Golf Links.  You’ll enjoy a day full of “it just doesn’t get any better than this” moments while you take in the lush green fairways that stretch out to the azure ocean views beyond.

Puerto Nuevo Golf

Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is one of our favorite golf destinations.  While most of our guests choose this resort because it is located right on the beach, avid golfers will feel their pulse quicken when they get a look at the local golfing opportunities.  You can’t beat the convenience of the par 72 Flamingos Golf Course that’s a quick 5 minute cab ride from your luxury condo.  After you enjoy a few rounds there, be sure to take the brief 30 minute drive to the Vista Vallarta Golf Club where you’ll enjoy play on courses bearing the names of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.  There are daily flights from all Southern California airports, so you can be on the course this afternoon.

While the Mammoth Mountain ski season often runs through June, come July, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful golfing found anywhere in the world.  The Sierra Star Golf Course is situated in the soaring pines at 8000 feet above sea level. This par 70 championship course was designed by Cal Olson, and many golfers find the altitude gives them some of their longest drives ever.

Big Bear seems to be an endless source of fun for most of us, and it’s no different for golfers.  Book your stay in one of our luxury vacation rental cabins, and you’ll enjoy Big Bear’s 9 hole Bear Mountain course.  Golfing usually starts in the middle of May, so give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you pick out the perfect cabin for your getaway.

As you can see, we’ve got some amazing choices for the golfers in your family.  Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the best one for you.  And whichever one of our golf destinations you may choose, you’ll have the assurance that we’re working hard to make sure your golf vacation is a great one.

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 QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth 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.