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.

Did You Get Your Skiing Done? Good! How About A Run To The Beach?

We talk about skiing so much this time of year.  Of course there’s a good reason.  Most of us love to ski, and this has been an amazing year for skiing.  The conditions here late in the season are better than ever.  So, don’t let us dissuade you if you’re headed for the slopes.  You all know we’ve got a lot of great options after a day of skiing to make you feel warm and pampered in Big Bear in one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental cabins and estates.

But what if you’re one of those families who has actually had enough skiing this season?  Or maybe you just prefer a vacation someplace else? Well, we’ve got some great options for you to hit the beaches both in Southern California and in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

Our Southern California Beach properties are simply amazing.  We have weekly rentals spanning much of the Southern California coastline.  One of our favorites is in Laguna Beach.  This amazing property offers panoramic ocean views and the absolutely best quality furnishings and workmanship you can imagine.  It may be the only home you’ll ever visit where everyone in your party fights over who will do the dishes.  And for good reason.  The view from the kitchen is stunning, and you’ll find yourself standing there for hours just watching the waves and the sun as it slowly dips low in the horizon.  Be sure to double check the dishes when you’re done, though. With this sort of distraction, you may not be at your best scrubbing those plates clean.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more exotic, we suggest you grab your passport and take the quick flight to Villa la Estancia, our resort on the beach in Puerto Nuevo.  This stunning high rise sits right on the beach and has all the amenities you’d expect of a top tier resort.  You can enjoy award-winning restaurants on site, or take a quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta to take in the sights and enjoy the local cuisine.  It’s often much warmer this time of year, with March temps often reaching the 80’s and seldom dipping lower than the mid 60’s at night.  There will be occasional rain, but most days are just sun all day long. Spend a week sitting in the sun, and you’ll have a month of people back home asking you about your great tan.  It’s almost decadent.

View our Villa la Estancia vacation rentals at this link.  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CitySouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Big Bear. 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 you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

Make a Run For The Border

Summer vacation is ending soon, and you have maybe one last chance to make a big splash that you can all remember as an actual vacation.  Our suggestion this week is that you book a week away in one of our luxury vacation rental condos at Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Villa la Estancia is located just a short cab ride from the Puerto Vallarta airport.  LAX has frequent non stops that can get you there in about 3 hours.  The trip is absolutely worth it.  You board the plane in the pressure and heat of Los Angeles, and when you get off that plane just a few hours later, you’re going to be immersed in a tropical paradise.  It will seem more like a voyage on a time machine than an actual plane ride.

Villa la Estancia sits directly on the beach, and is one of the region’s most luxurious destinations.  Bravo Network’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” filmed there, and the ABC show, “The Lookout” sent undercover visitors there who discovered the accommodations and staff were among the best in the region.  We’re so in love with the place that we’ve assembled over a dozen luxury vacation units there.  With this many condos available, we’re ready to book a getaway for a group that ranges anywhere from just a romantic getaway for the two of you, to a retreat for your work, school, or church group of several dozen.

Shortly after you arrive, you’ll begin to share our enthusiasm for the place.  The ocean is literally just a few steps away, so you can have sand between your toes almost immediately upon your arrival.  And the resort has beautiful pools with swim-up bars just like you’d expect of a top notch resort.  The on-site dining is a destination for discriminating diners from the entire region.  You can enjoy fine Kobe beef dishes and fresh local seafood without having to step off the property.

As much as you’ll enjoy your time soaking in the luxury of Villa la Estancia, we do recommend you set aside some time to sample some of the local color as well.  Nearby Puerto Vallarta has lots of fun dining and shopping available.  You can pick up some amazing values on art objects created by local artisans in the colorful shops that line the streets.  And some of the finest lobster in all the land can be found in small family-run restaurants scattered around the town.

View our Villa la Estancia vacation rentals at this link.  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Big Bear. 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 you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

 

 

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 CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, and Mammoth Mountain.  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 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

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 QuintaSouthern 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. 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.