Sand in Your Toes Time

One of the great things about living in Southern California is the moderate climate. Sure we have our hot summers and occasional cold winter nights, but for the most part we’ve got it pretty good. But our beach times are often limited to the summer months. Surfers can don wetsuits for their fun, but the rest of us usually wait for warmer temperatures. But what if you didn’t have to wait?

Did you know that the average ocean temperature off the coast of Nuevo Vallarta in Mexico is usually in the high 70s this time of year? That’s about 10 degrees warmer than it is in Southern California. And that makes all the difference in the world. There’s no need to wait until summer when you can enjoy a luxury vacation rental right on the beach with Five Star Vacation Rentals in Villa la Estancia.

It’s a getaway you’ll really enjoy. The weather is warmer, there’s often only rain a couple of days during the month. There’s all the fun to be found when you head the short distance over to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy some great shopping and local restaurants. There’s even a chocolate museum. You’ll never want to leave.

The Spa Treatment
The Spa Treatment

You can pamper yourself with the huge 17,000 square foot onsite spa and enjoy fine dining at La Casona, the eclectic fine dining steakhouse at the resort. Or just relax by the pool or at the water’s edge. Get the picture?

All of our luxury suites have full kitchens and most have water views. You can end your day in Puerto Vallarta by cooking up the fresh catch of the day you buy there, or reheating the leftovers from one of the many great local restaurants to choose from.

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 Bear 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.

 

New Year, New Plans

We’re putting off a few more days before we take down the tree and the Christmas lights. We’re excited to welcome in the New Year, and have great hope for the adventures that await us in the days and months ahead. We love the fresh feeling we get from the New Year, new plans, and the opportunity to make this year even better than last year.

If one of your resolutions was to spend more time with your loved ones, we’ve got some great opportunities on the horizon that you can start planning for now.

Plan a Family Ski Vacation

Portrait of a smiling couple with ski boards on snowBig Bear’s ski season is in full swing, and it’s a great time to plan a family ski vacation. Whether you have little ones looking for their very first ski experience, or you’re an expert-level skier hoping to get some quality time in on the slopes, Big Bear’s two ski resorts have choices you’ll be happy with. And with your Five Star Vacation Rental waiting for you at the end of the day, you can be sure your time will be fun, relaxing, and leave you feeling pampered.

Big Bear offers lots to do off the slopes as well. The Village is packed with lots of great little shops and restaurants. The nearby Big Bear Zoo is a great stop to see local wildlife and some actual bears while in Big Bear.

Plan an Exotic Mexico Vacation

ViewIt’s a bit jarring to move from ski slopes to sandy beaches, but those are two choices we offer. We have over a dozen luxury condos on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. This is a great time of year to visit. Their weather is usually mild this time of year with very little rain and temperatures ranging from the 70’s and 80’s. The ocean water temperature also usually stays in the high 70s during our winter, and gets even warmer during the spring.

The Villa la Estancia resort is right on the beach and just a short cab ride away from the airport and the shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.  There’s no shortage of activities. You can go deep sea fishing, enjoy a massage and steam spa, taste the local cuisine at the many small shops and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, or bring your clubs and spend some afternoons on the nearby championship golf courses. It can be a great getaway for one or all of these things.

You can start your next getaway by viewing 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 Vallarta and La Quinta.

 

Ready For Some Sand Between Your Toes?

NuevoVallartaBig Bear is our most popular destination, but we also have over a dozen luxury resort condos in Mexico at Villa la Estancia on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. There is virtually everything you need right on the property to enjoy a fully pampered, luxury getaway. The on-site spa is a relaxing space where your cell phone is turned off and your senses are tuned in 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, This destination is a great choice for a number of reasons, and now is a great time to plan your getaway. Are you ready for some sand between your toes?

golfHoleWinter and Spring are ideal times to visit Nuevo Vallarta. The weather is moderate and the rainfall usually starts tapering off in March.  Golfers will love their stay here with courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Von Hagge and more nearby. And with Puerto Vallarta a short cab ride away, 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 planned for the coming months, 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.  We can’t think of a better way to get caught up with loved ones than relaxing on the beach, taking a massage together, or gathering to enjoy some fine dining with an amazing view of the surf just beyond. Travel to Nuevo Vallarta is simple from all 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 Your Winter Getaway on The Beach

Southern California has some of the best weather found anywhere in the world. But as winter approaches, we do see the temperatures drop enough that the beaches are pretty empty. If you’re missing your beach time, your family may want to think about planning an exotic adventure for the new year where the weather is warmer and you can swim in the ocean. Sound interesting? Check out the luxury getaway we can put together for you in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Region capture 12The weather in Puerto Nuevo is remarkably warm this time of year. Most days the high is in the 80’s and the lows are in the 60’s. And the ocean water can be a cozy range from the high 70’s to low 80’s. It’s great beach conditions, and a great chance to enjoy the feel of sand between your toes while enjoying some amazing luxury in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beachside condos.

We have over a dozen luxury units in Villa la Estancia, and you’ll quickly see why these are so popular. The resort has all the amazing amenities you’d expect and more. There are award-winning onsite restaurants, a full spa, pools, and every unit is just moments from the surf.

GolfVacationThe golfers in your party will want to pack their clubs for the quick flight out of Southern California to enjoy the championship golf courses nearby. And Puerto Vallarta is a quick cab ride away with amazing local cuisine, shops with artwork from local artists, and some great historical sites as well.

But you’ll keep finding yourself drawn back to your luxury suite. Choose one with ocean views, and you can start each day with breakfast on the balcony overlooking the waves that await. In addition to great on-site dining, each of our units has a full kitchen, so you can try your hand at some of the great foods and fish you’ll find available in the Puerto Vallarta marketplace.

It’s exotic, it’s relaxing, and it’s a great way to plan a winter vacation that will have you feeling you’re in the middle of summer. Check out photos and book online 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 City, and La Quinta.

 

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.

 

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.

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.