Villa La Estancia - Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
With its remarkable location along the Mexican Pacific Coast, and opulent European influences, Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is the essence of luxury living. A part of the Lifestyle collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, this posh resort overlooks Banderas Bay with ocean views as far as the eye can see. Add to the mix its AAA 4-Diamond Award status, soothing full-service spa sanctuary, culinary delights and lavish accommodations - and you have the perfect tropical paradise. Each guest room - be it a studio or three-bedroom villa - has a framed bay view that can only be rivaled by the plethora of amenities, including sleek marble floors and gourmet kitchens. The resort is situated just 10 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, and is part of a newer development that includes haute restaurants and nightclubs.
The hacienda-style architecture is the perfect backdrop for relaxing. Sup at sunset on your furnished balcony or nibble on innovative fare at the poolside under an expansive ebony umbrella. Formal, multi-course dining can be found at the property. The on-site Tatewari Spa, where treatment rooms are illuminated by the soft glow of candles, is a timeless retreat where the emphasis is placed on escapism. Take a tour of the countryside, enroll in a linguistics class to learn Spanish, or delve deep below the water's surface to admire the rainbow of sea life. Everything is possible at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit.
Location of Villa La Estancia - Riviera Nayarit
Nearest Airport: PVR
Amenities for Villa La Estancia - Riviera Nayarit
- General Information
- Handicap Accessible Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- Fitness Center
- In-Room Spa Services
- In-Room Amenities
- In-Room Safes
- Fully-Equipped Kitchens
- Scuba Diving
- Whale Watching
- Business Center/Services
- Meeting Rooms
Reviews for Villa La Estancia - Riviera Nayarit
Staff was great,food excellent,well kept up and the weather was also lovely.look forward to returning again.The one bedroom suite we rented was more than I expected,large and roomy.The deck was huge with a view of the ocean.
ralphs739 - Victoria, British Columbia
I booked this hotel through Chase Ultimate Rewards, which limited my choices, but after reading the reviews here, it didn't seem I was missing out on anything. The positive reviews were spot on, this was one of the best resort experiences I've had, and I've stayed at 5 diamond resorts including Gran Velas in Nuevo Vallarta. The staff were wonderful, from the moment of our arrival, giving us personal attention and making us feel spoiled. A welcome glass of champagne for me, a cold bottle of water for my 4 year old. The concierge fully explained the grounds, the restaurants, and activities of La Estancia, and neighboring Villa del Palmar before we headed to our room. She did mention the 90 minute time-share presentation and discount card incentive, but was not pushy about it. This was the only time I heard about it and didn't feel pressured like I have at some places. We were fortunate enough to have a gorgeous luxury suite that included 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms each with their own shower, a large jacuzzi tub, balcony access from the living room and bedroom, a massive fully equipped kitchen with full-sized fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric can opener, microwave, oven, stove, even a full set of Tupperware to store leftovers, etc, plus a washer and dryer. The room was tastefully appointed and felt luxurious. It was immaculate, and kept that way by daily maid service. The resort itself was wonderful, beautiful pools and hot tubs that were beachfront. The swim up bar offered great food options and I loved the ice buckets provided with drink orders so frozen drinks stayed frozen and beers stayed cold in the sun. Oscar Sapien, the pool butler, is a local celebrity among the guests. He simultaneously delights the children with a selection of pool toys and impromptu palm frond origami, and attentive service and hysterical banter with the adults. Always professional, but also entertaining, he made you feel welcomed, jovial and attended to. My daughter still talks about Oscar when she looks at the palm frond grasshopper he made for us to bring home. You can tell the quality of relationships that form between staff and guests, as I saw guests embrace staff upon their return to their time-share property after a long absence. The staff as a whole were wonderful, they all called my daughter "Princess" and were warm and welcoming, especially breakfast at La Casona, the restaurant on-site. The hostess made my daughter an origami flower out of leftover paper which delighted her. Service was fast and attentive, and the food was good. We enjoyed a steak dinner there one night, which was also quite good and beautifully presented. One of my favorite parts of staying here was the low occupancy rate. I believe this must be because of the time-share component of the property, which means it's an expansive property, but feels almost empty. Most times there were between 12-20 guests visible at any one time from the pool. That's anywhere, sitting having lunch, in one of the two massive pools, lounging, etc. Maybe there would be 2-3 people in the pool with you at peak hour, but usually you had everything to yourself. We did meet some other very friendly families and made some great friends, but everybody commented on how we felt we had the whole place to ourselves. This means getting service at the restaurant or bar is very easy, with multiple people available to serve just a few guests. Contrast this to the Villa del Palmar, which was also a very nice hotel, but more crowded. They have 5 restaurants to La Estancia's 1 1/2 (I count the pool bar as 1/2 because they just serve lunch until around 5:30, I think). Villa del Palmar has Italian, Mexican, Sushi/Tacos and a few others, if I remember correctly. I tried the Italian, which was fine, but nothing wonderful. The salad had a balsamic reduction as a dressing, which I found to be an odd and overpowering choice. But the service was great. Many nights they have a buffet option in the main pool area for 699 Pesos including beverages. We never opted for that, but I saw some did, and it often included entertainment. The restaurants were much more crowded here, never a wait, but not the intimate feel of La Estancia. Guests at La Estancia can use their All-Inclusive plans at Villa del Palmar, but not the other way around, which contributes to the exclusivity of La Estancia. In my opinion it's definitely worth it to be at La Estancia, even if it costs more. One wonderful feature was the hospitality room - basically a spare hotel room which is available for guests to use after they check-out. Our flight wasn't until almost 6pm, and they needed us to be out of our room by noon. So we spent the afternoon at the pool and beach, then came back and showered and got ready for our flight in the hospitality room. With a 4 year old in tow, this is much easier than trying to make due with a bathroom stall and rifling through a suitcase at bag check. I wasn't able to find time to have a massage, but they were very accommodating, even offering to have my 4 year old come into the room and set her up with things to entertain her while I had my massage, upon hearing my concern that she might not be willing to stay at the Kid's Club at Palmar without me. Despite having frozen margaritas, and my 4 year old having several blended smoothies and other drinks with ice, neither of us felt any ill effects, so it would seem their ice machines use purified water. There is a Mega (think Costco) very closeby, accessible by a quick taxi ride, or even walkable. I was going to go there, but the onsite market was very convenient, and not exorbitant, and with a short stay, I didn't need Costco sized quantities. The staff is really outstanding, and management has done a good job of having a high level of service permeate throughout the staff. So many staff members in every division made efforts to make our stay feel special. Many of them remembered our room number, names and preferences within a day or two. This is how you set yourself apart from other hotels, by making guests feel that they truly matter as individuals. I would have to nitpick to find anything I would change. I will say that we did go to the pool area in the middle of the week, and Oscar was not there, and the pool attendants did not set us up with towels and such on the lounge chairs, they just threw a couple towels on each chair and went back to their station. Oscar would never let this happen. It wasn't crowded or busy, and I didn't explicitly ask them to make up our chairs, but I kind of figured that was standard. Making a "towel bed" takes like 30 seconds each, less time than it would take to go back over and ask them to do it, so I just did it myself, not a big deal, but also not what I'm guessing the hotel wants to have happen if they're trying to compete with 4 and 5 diamond hotels. They have a warm hot-tub, for kids I'm guessing, and then another kid-friendly (not adult only) hot tub that was hotter during the day, but we did go into that hot tub at night and it was tepid, which was disappointing. Confirmed this on multiple nights. I do think the adult only hot tubs were hotter at night, but I'm not certain since I had my kid. Thankfully we had a massive jacuzzi tub in our suite, so we just went up there with a pint of Haagen Dazs and a 6 pack from the La Palmita Market at Palmar. Although there is a washer/dryer, dishwasher and kitchen sink, there is no detergent/soap to use these things. I believe you'd just have to purchase these at the market, but I didn't bother to ask if the hotel might provide these. Purchasing full size items for a few days seemed wasteful, and we got by without it. I left a few dishes and the cleaning person cleaned them. I am presuming they used appropriate materials, despite the 60-Minutes hidden camera reports of cheaper hotels using the same materials for the bathroom to clean the drinking glasses in those hotels. There is a bar in the hotel lobby of Villa del Palmar, which is convenient for grabbing a quick drink in the evening to take to the pool area, or up to your room, but in La Estancia, you have to go into La Casona, which is a dressier affair. I was kind of surprised the pool bar, La Parrilla, closed so early at La Estancia, and found myself wishing they were open later so there was an easy option to get a drink at sunset on the beach. Again, this is just nitpicking. The well Margaritas were fine, nothing special. They certainly didn't skimp on the alcohol, but I think maybe the combo of the type of tequila and the mix didn't make them exceptional. The beer selection was the standard Mexican fare, not that I expect any resorts to have anything resembling an IPA or a microbrew, but a guy can dream. We took a cab to Bucerias, which was fine, but I would guess other side trips would be better. Bucerias was a series of touristy shops selling identical stuff, and beachfront restaurant/bars catering mostly to gringos/expats. We ate at El Brujo, which had great service, and pretty good food. I'm spoiled living in Southern California, we have fantastic Mexican food, so I have high standards. There were some beachfront vendors at La Estancia, but I never felt accosted, and didn't feel their presence often. It being a public beach, I don't think there's much the hotel can do about this anyway. We did not do the all-inclusive plan, and I found the menu prices to be reasonable for a hotel restaurant. I did find the gratuity to be a bit confusing. Sometimes your bill would arrive with a Suggested Tip already included. Sometimes it would arrive without that line item. I believe the Suggested Tip amount was less than i would've given, something like 10%, maybe. It just made it a bit confusing because of all the line items including tax, and a conversion to dollars, so every time you sign a bill you have to calculate the whole tip, or a partial additional tip. In fact, I didn't even realize the Suggested Tip was too low until after I had already signed a few of the tabs. Because they are a credit card/room charge only operation, and no cash purchases are allowed, this means you need to have plenty of cash on hand for tips along the way. Thankfully the currency exchange at Palmar gives you pesos in 50's and 100's, as opposed to many exchange booths which stick you with large bills making tipping difficult. We ordered breakfast from room service, which came fairly quickly and was great. There was a beautiful selection of fresh melon and it made for a great breakfast on our balcony overlooking the ocean. I speak pretty fluent Spanish, but we never had an issue with taxis. There are no meters, which can be disconcerting, but there is an agreed upon schedule of fees depending upon your destination, which the hotel provides to you at check-in, and we never had anybody try to vary from that. Airport side-note, the hotel offers a paid airport shuttle, but we just walked out to the taxi counter just inside the exit to the airport (ignore all the others yelling for your attention along the way. I just pretended to be on my phone which was very effective actually), where there are competing companies all fighting for your business. Booking at this counter will get you the same flat rate no matter which company, so it doesn't matter much. In December 2017, it was $22.06 USD one way to the hotel (I think it was 435 pesos). I found that you can actually pay by credit card with no additional fee. If your credit card doesn't charge a foreign transaction fee, this is a nice way to save your pesos for other stuff. There is a currency exchange counter inside baggage claim, as you are waiting to clear customs. Their exchange rate was 14 pesos to the dollar (which is not great). Once you are past customs, next to the taxi counter, there is another currency exchange counter, which is the same company as the one inside baggage claim, but they offered 16.8 pesos per dollar. Not awesome, but definitely better. They don't charge commission, and offer better rates if you exchange more. There is also a bank of ATM's from different non-US banks just outside of baggage claim. I was very excited to have discovered Villa La Estancia, and before we left we were already talking about coming back regularly and making this our â€śhomeâ€ť in Mexico thanks to our wonderful experience. I hope they can keep the quality of service and continue improving as time goes on with the same low occupancy rate. I would assume the supplemental income they get from time-share sales is what keeps them able to maintain such a high level with such a private feel. I canâ€™t wait to go back again!
travl_hackr - Santa Barbara, CA
The hotel itself is wonderful. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The pool concierge, Oscar Sapien, Was fantastic. The fish tacos at the pool restaurant were delicious. It is just a short walk up the beach or out the front door to great restaurants in Bucerias.
RSC1954 - Burr Ridge, Illinois
I was here with my family for a wedding and the accomodations were just fantastic. Oscar Sapien, one of the pool concierges was the most friendly person ever. He was there to greet us every morning and arrange our umbrellas. He made sure my 14 month old had everything she needed. He hade my sister in law a leaf grasshopper in his spare time. he was just amazing and the stay was amazing.
We had a lovely 9 day stay at villa la estancia ! All of the pool and hotel staff were amazing to us and the food/drinks were fabulous. It was quiet enough that we always had a nice place to sit by the ocean or pool and if you needed anything at all the staff were quick to deliver. We also had amazing valet service for our rental vehicle and were able to explore many of the nearby towns. We would stay here again in a heartbeat and hope to do so soon ! Special shout out to Oscar, Esbai, and Luis at the pool - although as I mentioned everyone was great ! If all this wasnâ€™t already enough the property itself is very beautiful and impeccably maintained. Do not hesitate to book your stay here!
jaimepayne - Edmonton, Canada