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Las Alamandas

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Las Alamandas

Costalegre

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Las Alamandas

Costalegre

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Las Alamandas

Costalegre

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Las Alamandas

Costalegre

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In a nutshell:
Exclusive hideaway with spacious villas and indulgent suites decorated in tropical Mexican colors. Good for a private honeymoon destination or an indulgent family vacation. Nature excursions, boat trips, picnics on a private beach, wild beaches and seclusion.

The rich and famous head to Las Alamandas for its seclusion and privacy – with a maximum capacity of 42 guests in a paradise of 1,500 acres, you may never even see any other visitors. For the ultimate indulgence it is possible to rent a whole villa, or even the entire resort, though a suite for two will provide an intimate hideaway on a more affordable scale.

 

Las Alamandas is the creation of Isabel Goldsmith, granddaughter of the Bolivian ‘Tin King’ Don Antenor Patino and daughter of the British financier Sir James Goldsmith. On inheriting from her grandfather the ecologically rich reserves where Don Patino had planned a mega-resort, Miss Goldsmith visualized a discrete hideaway of exquisite taste.

 

The results are quite extraordinary. With vast financial resources and a distinguished background, Miss Goldsmith might have created the type of resort where jewels and couture were flaunted by day and night, and where guests were insulated from any kind of local culture. Instead, with a skilful eye for color and an instinctive appreciation of Mexico’s indigenous crafts, Las Alamandas was conceived as a very relaxed, very Mexican retreat.

 

Vivid hues of pink and green or primary yellows and reds enliven the sumptuous villas. Bathrooms are lined with handpainted tiles in blue and yellow Talavera style and plump cushions are embroidered with traditional motifs. Hand-woven hammocks swing from comfortable verandas, their colors blending with the tropical skies. The effect is instantly relaxing and welcoming.

 

Appropriately, the dress code for evening is ‘casual and colorful’. No jacket or tie is required for the convivial Oasis restaurant, and the wearing of long trousers for dinner is merely a polite suggestion. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be outrageously romantic – you can, if you wish, dine alone on the beach, with candlelight, table linen, champagne…and bare feet.

 

Las Alamandas is heavenly for honeymoons and idyllic for pure relaxation. The degree of pampering is unsurpassable; fresh flowers on your pillow every night, mariachis to serenade you over dinner, lunching on lobster on a deserted beach. This is perhaps the ultimate tropical hideaway.

 

Rooms

Las Alamandas has just six luxurious villas, each with between one and three guest rooms which can be rented individually, or you can rent the whole villa.  With a total of 14 suites, and a maximum of just 30 guests in this magnificent 1,500 acre property, it is hard to find a hotel with such privacy and seclusion as Las Alamandas.

 

Three of the villas (Casa del Sol, Casa Isabel and Casa del Domo) are located right on the beach front, and feature wonderful outdoor living areas with comfortable sofas and hammocks looking out to the ocean

 

The other three villas (Casa Azul, Casita San Miguel and Casita San Antonio) are located slightly back from the beach, but still enjoy fantastic private terraces, and the ocean can still be spotted through the palm trees, or across the manicured lawns.

Summary of room categories

Garden view

Azul Junior, Azul King, San Miguel

Ocean View

Domo King, Isabel King, Isabel Upper, Sol Alberca, Sol Playa

Ocean Front

Azul Junior, Azul King, San Miguel

Ocean Front Master Suites

Domo Master, Isabel Master

Presidential Suites

Sol Presidential

The Villas at las Alamandas
Villa Features
Casa del
Sol
Entire Villa (8 persons)
1 x Presidential Suite, 2 x Junior Suites
3 bathrooms, veranda, living room, fully equipped kitchen.Presidential Suite (4 persons)
Large bedroom with king size bed and bathroom, second bedroom with queen bed and bathroom
Veranda, living room, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioningJunior Suite (2 persons)
Bedroom with king bed
Private terrace, bathroom
Casa del Domo Entire Villa (4 persons)
1 x Master Suite, 1 x King Suite
2 bathrooms, veranda, living room, fully equipped kitchen.Master Suite (2 persons)
Large bedroom with king size bed
Veranda, living room, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioningKing Suite (2 persons)
Bedroom with king size bed
Private terrace, bathroom
Casa Isabel Entire Villa (6 persons)
1 x Master Suite, 2 x Deluxe Bedrooms
3 bathrooms, veranda, living roomMaster Suite (2 persons)
Large bedroom with king size bed
Veranda, living room, bathroom, terraceDeluxe Bedroom (2 persons)
Bedroom with king bed
Private terrace, bathroom
Casa San Antonio Honeymoon Suite (2 persons) – Ground floor
Bedroom with king size bed
Private terrace, bathroom, outdoor JacuzziHoneymoon Suite (2 persons) – Second floor
Bedroom with king size bed
Private terrace, bathroom, roof terrace
Casita San Miguel One Bedroom Suite (2 persons)
Bedroom with king size bed
Private terrace, bathroom
Casa Azul Master Suite (2 persons)
Bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom
Veranda, sitting room, private roof top terrace
King Suite (2 persons)
Bedroom with king size bed
Private terrace, bathroom
Junior Suite (2 persons)
Bedroom with two queen size beds
Private terrace, bathroom

This single story beachfront villa, taken in its entirety for up to 6 guests, provides a sumptuous arrangement of open-air lounges, dining areas and bedrooms with plenty of personal living space. The glorious main veranda, a haven of plump-cushioned sofas in vivid yellow and pinks, is cooled by ocean breezes throughout the day. A new and enticing plunge pool provides further refreshment.

 

Casa del Sol can also be subdivided into a Presidential Suite, encompassing the main living areas and a large bedroom, and two completely independent Junior Suites. For two people traveling alone, these individual suites provide spacious accommodations with private ocean view terraces, and are highly desirable.

 

The spacious, air-conditioned bedroom of the Presidential Suite has a king bed and a confortable seating area. Large folding doors open onto a shady private patio with a breath-taking view of the Pacific.  The bathroom is decorated in hand-painted Mexican tiles and has a fantastic sunken tub, along with a spacious dressing area.  The colourful lounge area is decorated with Mexican artwork and includes a lounging area, a dining area, and an adjoining fully equipped kitchen.

 

Casa del Sol’s colorful Junior Suites are amongst our favorite accommodations at Las Alamandas. The spacious bedroom is now furnished with a king size bed piled high with cushions. Underneath, soft feather pillows and crisp cotton sheets are instantly inviting.  Comfortable chairs and a writing desk are arranged in the sitting area of the room, in front of the folding patio doors. Outside, a dining table and chairs have perfect views over the manicured gardens towards the beach, and the cushioned sofa encourages lengthy afternoon siestas. This is a great spot for breakfast, cocktails at sunset, or a very intimate dinner.

 

Many blissful hours can be spent reclining on the plump cushioned sofas of the Presidential Suite’s veranda, watching the powerful waves that break just a hundred feet or so from the terrace.  And behind the sliding patio doors there’s a cool-floored sanctuary with an impressive fully-equipped kitchen and airy living room – enough to make anyone feel at home in this remote paradise.

 

Casa del Domo shares the mile-long beachfront with Casa del Sol and Casa Isabel, and provides a luxurious retreat for two to four people. It is named for the shocking pink dome that crowns the single story villa, and the vibrant color scheme continues inside.  The villa can easily be divided into two separate units, each accommodating two people. Both suites have king size bed and private, ocean view terraces.

 

The Master Suite of Casa del Domo boasts a fully equipped kitchen and sunny living room, with oversized patio doors sliding open to reveal the Pacific vista.  The tranquil patio is inlaid with small pebbles in decorative motifs, each component placed by hand. Sultry afternoons can be spent here lounging on the outdoor sofas or drifting to sleep in the gently swaying hammock. A separate bedroom, with king size bed, also has its own terrace and a roomy tiled bathroom.

 

The King Suite has a large, oceanview terrace gained from sliding louver doors in the spacious bedroom. This suite also has a king size bed, tiled bathroom and refrigerator, plus a separate tv den.  The terrace of Casa del Domoo overlooks the unspoiled coastline stretching for miles south of Las Alamandas.

 

Nestled amidst the shady palm trees and spiky agave plants, this stunning villa is available for parties of up to four guests.  It is located directly by the ocean and includes two suites with king size bed.  Originally the private residence of Isabel Goldsmith, this Suite is decorated in her own choice of furnishings.

 

The spacious Master Suite has a king bed and comfortable sitting area. Large patio doors open onto a shaded terrace area, with stunning views to the ocean. The adjoining bathroom is also very spacious, colourfully decorated in hand-painted Mexican tiles, and with the trademark sunken bathtub.

 

A cacophony of intense colors provide inspiring decor in this stylish villa. Bright pinks combine with handpicked Mexican artworks and furniture to produce a very luxurious but authentic feel. Large sliding doors open onto the fantastic terrace area, commanding superb views across the gardens to the sea.

 

As an added bonus to the delightful living areas below, guests can enjoy a secluded roof terrace, with unrivalled panoramas of deserted beaches and tropical countryside.

 

The impressive private terrace features a comfortable lounging area with sofas and chairs, as well as an outdoor dining area, allowing you to enjoy a private lunch whilst admiring the spectacular views and crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Casita San Antonio is the newest of Las Alamandas’ villas. The two suites have been designed with honeymooners in mind – the lower suite has a private outdoor Jacuzzi and the upper suite has a secluded roof terrace.  Each suite is beautifully furnished with a king bed and many special touches.

 

This single story villa lies adjacent to Casa Azul and is similarly decorated in shades of blue and white. The casita overlooks the gardens and La Plaza de los Delfines.

 

The bedroom, with king size bed, opens out onto a pretty patio with cushioned seating and dining furniture. There is also a cozy sitting area within the suite, complete with fresh flowers on your arrival.

 

The spacious and lavish bathroom features a large changing area, and a separate room with a wonderful sunken bathtub. The whole bathroom is decorated with lovely hand-painted Mexican tiles.

 

The spacious shaded patio area has a comfortable sofa, and a table with 2 chairs, providing a great place to enjoy lunch or afternoon drinks, which can be ordered from the restaurant.  Meanwhile, the private rooftop of Casita San Miguel is a fantastic place to sunbathe or relax with a good book. The King size day bed comes complete with pillows, and has great views through the palm trees to the ocean.

 

A stairway edged in pink and with risers of primary colors leads up the hillside from Plaza de los Delfines to Casa Azul. The three individual suites, each with private entrance, look out over the plaza and immaculate gardens of Las Alamandas. Towering palm trees shade the villa from the midday sun and a proliferation of the yellow alamandas flowers grow around the sunny patios.

 

The suites at Casa Azul are ideally suited for couples seeking privacy and exclusive surroundings. The roof top terrace of the master suite is particularly enticing.   The Master Suite in Casa Azul occupies the second floor of the villa and is reached via a private entrance door. A large open verandah offers comfortable outdoor living space, with cushioned sofas and dining furniture. Inside, the bedroom offers a king size bed and en suite bathroom complex that includes a dressing area, double vanity and archway through to a large tiled tub. An indoor living room opens onto the terrace with double patio doors.

 

A further flight of stairs leads up to the delightfully private roof top terrace, with views over the resort and towards the beaches.

 

The King and Junior Suite echo the color scheme of cool turquoise blue and are located on the first floor of the villa. Each has a private patio with dining furniture and garden views. Both suites have an indoor sitting area.

 

restaurant

Dining at the Oasis, Las Alamandas’ full-service restaurant, is a relaxed and intimate affair. Despite the exclusive clientele, the dress code is elegantly informal (no jackets and ties required), and the setting is rustically charming and typically colorful. Sipping margaritas on the patio conjures up images of the Hacienda days, but the menu is decidedly modern.

 

Continental favorites are mixed with authentic Mexican dishes, and the emphasis is always on fresh and healthy cuisine. Fish and seafood are brought in daily from local fishermen, eggs and chicken are free-range and many of the fruits and vegetables are grown organically on the property.

 

The same menus can be enjoyed in the privacy of your villa, and breakfast on your own patio is heavenly. The simple pleasures of fresh tropical fruits and warm pastries (the resort has its own bakery) would be sufficient, though a tempting selection of hot dishes are also on offer.

 

At lunchtime the Palapa Beach Club is a favorite dining spot. The open sided pavilion overlooks the beach and is cooled by ocean breezes. Alternatively, take a picnic to a nearby deserted beach.

 

For the ultimate in romantic occasions a table can be set on the beach at night, with champagne and candlelight – and with fireworks and mariachis for entertainment.

 

beach

Seventy acres of unspoiled coastline belong to this dreamy resort. In front of the guest villas lawned gardens meet white sands, and the spirited Pacific is just a few barefooted steps away.  You can swim (or just cool off) in the waters, but pay heed to the warning flag and ask advice from the staff if you’re not sure – sometimes the surf and the undertow can be treacherous.

 

Climb the hill just south of Casa del Domo (or take a Jeep) and the scene is breathtaking – another mile long bay, lined with palms and backed by gentle hills, is yours for the taking. It’s a favorite spot for horseback riding and secluded picnics.  In fact, Las Alamandas is one of the few places in the world where you can reserve a beach for dinner…

 

pool

A feast for the senses awaits at Las Alamandas’ jewel of a swimming pool.  Positioned just yards from the beach, the pool is bordered by soft lawns and partially shaded by palm fronds.

 

Close by, the Palapa Beach Club is an ideal spot for lunch or for liquid refreshments, with shady hammocks available for afternoon siestas.

 

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How to get here

How to get here

 

By air

The closest major airport is Manzanillo, about 2 hours minutes (75 miles) away by road.  However, Puerto Vallarta airport has more international flights and  is about 2.5 hours away by road (75 miles).

Las Alamandas has a private airstrip (3,300 feet long). Private charters can be arranged.

Driving directions

From Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo, take the coastal Highway 200 out of town. The exit to the resort is at km 83 and is signed Quemaro and Las Alamandas. The road can be rough, particularly during the rainy season. Once you have passed through the town of Quemaro, follow the signs to Las Alamandas. The entrance to the resort is guarded.

Las Alamandas

Quemaro

Costalegre

Jalisco

Mexico

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