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“Divine and delicious !” 5 of 5 stars
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Las Alamandas
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Km. 83.5 Carretera Federal 200, Quemaro 48850, Mexico   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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“Divine and delicious !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Las Alamandas is an extraordinary, magical, secluded resort on the Costalegre. It is rare to find somewhere so unspoilt and so beautiful with great service and delicious food. I love that so many fruit and vegetables come from their orchards. This was not my first visit, I love to escape there to relax the mad , hectic world and this time went with friends, who loved it. We had a great time, some with just books, beach and massages and others riding, kayaking and hiking.The staff are kind, smiling and attentionate, everyone is always trying their best to make your stay not just enjoyable but really special. Thank you, it really is special !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Dear Guest:

With 1,500 acres of pristine land along the Pacific coast, we are blessed with all we need to provide not only the organic, farm-to-table cuisine that you enjoyed, but also an unparalleled array of invigorating outdoor activities. Of course, having the opportunity to do nothing at all – in a hammock, at the pool, on your terrace, or on a beach – is another advantage of our location. We’re so glad you’ve made Las Alamandas your second home. Please come back soon!

With warm regards,

General Manager
Las Alamandas
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Ont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Getting to Las Alamandas is half the fun. The website says 1 hr and 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, but it took us closer to 3 hours with little traffic. The drive is quite pleasant (through the Sierra Madres and then along the coast)and the roads are good.
We arrived to discover that we were the only guests at the resort, giving us 1500 acres as our own personal playground. The accommodation (ocean view villa with rooftop hot tub) was bright, clean, and comfortable. As others have pointed out, the ocean currents are quite nasty on the beach. In spite of signs warning of this we tried boogie boarding and I was driven head first into the ocean floor on my first attempt. Luckily sand is fairly forgiving!
The food was OK. Quite pricy, not very inventive, and not always fresh (we had very stale chips served to us on every occasion). The Tecuns (Mexican raccoons, that look more like big rats with long tails) running around the dining room terrace was a more nature than we needed!
The staff tries hard and are very attentive.
There isn't much to do, but the vistas are fantastic. If you go to Las Alamandas...go with someone that you REALLY want to spend quality time with. I did, and it was a memorable getaway.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Guest: Thank you so much for your recent visit, and for taking the time to write a review. Las Alamandas can arrange transfers from both Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo airports, and we also have a private landing strip which makes the trip quite short and easy – as well as scenic. We are surprised that it took you so long as it never takes our drivers that length of time, even with traffic, of course, deserted beaches are not found in the Centre of town. Many wonderful activities are offered from biking, tennis, horse riding and kayaking on the lagoons. Guests can choose to be as active as they want. As to the one "tejon” who visits us regularly: he is like an unofficial mascot – and he’s very cute! You are right that it is best to go to Las Alamandas with someone you REALLY want to spend quality time with – which you did and so of course you had a "memorable getaway"!

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General Manager, Las Alamandas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We've returned from four nights at Las Alamandas where we booked an ocean-view and garden view suite. Generally we were pleased with the property and the experience. Although it was quite full, it felt private and secluded. The rooms are simple but large and quite comfortable. First time guests should be prepared for the fact that there are not a lot of activities. The beach is not considered safe for swimming due to riptides, for example. We did go horseback riding and mountain bikes are available, but it is not a highly active destination. The quibbles i have with the place are largely related to its restaurant. You have no other option but to eat at the restaurant (which is quite beautifully situated) but the food is two-star, 2 1/2 at best. It's quite limited and repetitive. The servers could not be more pleasant but many of our orders were forgotten (something at every meal). Dinner consists of a chicken, fish and beef selection which starts to feel a bit like an airline. It's expensive which would be fine if the quality reflected the price but frankly it doesn't.

We did have a beautiful beach dinner which could not have been more lovely and the stars were incredible.

I was particularly interested in visiting las alamandas because we have travelled frequently to the El Tamardindo resort (which has been closed but is rumoured to be re-opening this autumn). For those of you who have been to El Tamarindo it's my feeling that they still set the standard for luxury vacation experience on the Costalegre. Las Alamandas was pleasing and we'll probably return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Dear Guest: We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your first stay with us! As you pointed out, one of the features that our guests appreciate most is the privacy and spaciousness of our beautiful villas. Even when the resort is completely full, your serenity and relaxation are assured. And the exquisite dinner on the beach which you enjoyed so much, under the amazing stars, is an incomparable dining experience. We sincerely hope you will return soon. We look forward with pleasure to welcoming you back!

With warm regards,

General Manager
Las Alamandas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just came back!this is paradise on earth!very tastefully. Decorated,on the ocean,great service,private and ideal for honeymooners.would not hesitate to recommend itit is 3 hours from PuertoVallarta,but the resort afford transfers for a fee,and it is advisable to use it,as the roads out of the city are not well kept

Room Tip: If in budget,ocean front ,spectacular view,can hear waves
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear Guest: We couldn't agree more: Las Alamandas is a honeymooner’s paradise! As you suggested, using our private transfer service from both Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and Manzanillo Airports (ZLO) is the most comfortable way to travel. Another option, if budget permits, is air transfers directly to Las Alamandas, since our property has a private airstrip. You’re absolutely right about the oceanfront villas: views are spectacular, and the sound of the ocean will lull you to sleep. Sweet dreams in Paradise!

With warm regards,

General Manager
Las Alamandas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This place reminds you of how life can be when you're able to get away from the daily grind...! A little private Utopia on Earth - a hotel/estate where you can commune with the beauty of Nature and recharge the batteries....Its ideal for reminding oneself of what Life is really all about - the joy of Living itself and the power of unspoilt, unexploited Beauty. It's a place where 'just being' each day becomes a meditation on Higher Consciousness - whether you are aware of it or not!

You awake each morning to the soothing and cathartic rhythm of waves gently breaking on shore, you notice a yellow butterfly dance around the Alamandas flowers as you walk to the 'Palapa' for fresh mango and papya from the organic farm on the estate, you ask for whatever you need to eat and drink and its provided...freshly grown or farmed locally...and its brought over with a smile...

As there aren't too many rooms on the property, you dont seem to come across too many others staying at the hotel - but fellow guests I've found to generally be like-minded souls looking to 'get away from it all'...and its perfectly possible to bump into more descrete 'A' listers or billionaires who know the 'best kept secret' of where to get away from it all and dont want to spoil that by letting their friends 'in on it'!

The place is equally set up for romance, (e.g. a cliff top candle lit dinner can be arranged), solo creative people, friends or family groups...there are so many wholesome activities to enjoy from kyaking on the lagoon, to birdwatching, boogie-boarding, beach walking or taking the hotel boat out along the river and see the local fishermen out at sea or even catch a glimpse of the migrating humpback whales....

Generally I think the guests in the beach front villas take it easy and doing nothing but enjoying existing in the private jacuzzi or private pool!!!

More recently, there has been added a new, extremely cool 'star gazing bar' and art gallery with revolving shows of mexican artists including some incredible Huichol Indian Needworks showing Shamanic Peote Ceremonies...

Alamandas is really is out of this world - a place where magic happens and you'll find yourself wanting to go back again and again, and each time you will discover something new and inspiring to explore...

Everything has been thought of to give clients rare and sophisticated travel experiences - where no detail has not been considered and managed to provide you with something that you can peaceful allow to become part of who are...

Room Tip: Presidential Suite or beach front villas definitely worth it....but each room has something unique a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Dear Guest: Thank you so much for capturing the unique spirit of Las Alamandas so beautifully! Your description of our resort, and the inspiring vacation experience that we seek to provide each and every guest, is simply exquisite. Many guests are surprised to discover an eco-paradise that appeals equally to couples seeking a private escape and to families wanting to reconnect. Every visitor to Las Alamandas discovers a private paradise filled with magical moments, tailor-made to suit their needs. We’re truly thrilled that your visit was so rewarding!

With warm regards,
General Manager, Las Alamandas
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Grenoble, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Definitely Paradise on earth...
Gorgeous views.
Breathtaking sunset.
Amazing nature, perfect service, with a crew of amazing mexican employees.
I have travelled extensively but this place is really the best ever.
However the ride to arrive there is quiet complicated and bumpy...
An airport is planned for the next couple years and it would be perfect then.
The ocean coulld be a little rough but it is gorgeous and clean.
Everything is done in the best taste: colors, furniture, flowers, art in the rooms , the library,the dining room.
Even the choices of articles in the boutique are beautiful.
I would love to be able to return to this resort!

Room Tip: We were staying in the San Miguel suite,very nice and confortable with great gardens and partial oce...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Annie:

We are truly wowed by your review – just as you were wowed by your stay with us! We’re so pleased that you recognized and appreciated the extraordinary attention to detail that makes our resort so special. Of course, we can’t improve on Nature – but we do take great care to assure that our intimate resort celebrates our amazing location in every way, from the accommodations to the cuisine and service. We hope you will share your experience with your friends, and plan another visit soon!

With warm regards,

General Manager
Las Alamandas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

If anyone tells you las alamandas is like paradise they are lying. THIS PLACE TRULY IS PARADISE. Words cannot adequately describe this place. It is the nicest place I have ever seen. It is magical, beautiful and incredibly private. If anyone tells you that there is no such thing as four seasons service in mexico they have not been to las alamandas. The service is remarkable. The incredible staff have one goal in mind and that is to make your stay incredible. The private beaches are magnificent. Wine and cheese at sunset point, a romantic candle lit dinner, a by the ocean couples massage could not be improved.
I must say if I ever went back to St. Barts (and I don't think i ever would) it would have a bahamas type feel next to las alamandas.
There is only one terrible thing about las alamandas; leaving.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las A, General Manager at Las Alamandas, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Dear Mr. Rosen:

On behalf of the entire staff here at Las Alamandas, thank you so very much for your glowing remarks!! There is simply nothing more important to us than a happy guest. Knowing that we “wowed” you with our service, beaches, cuisine and romantic amenities is the highest praise we could ask for. We’re so glad you found “Paradise” at Las Alamandas! And we hope that you will return often to bask in the warmth of our sunshine and hospitality. We look forward to your next visit!

With warm regards,
General Manager, Las Alamandas
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Address: Km. 83.5 Carretera Federal 200, Quemaro 48850, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Quemaro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Quemaro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Las Alamandas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Las Alamandas is an exclusive resort situated on 1,500 acres within a private estate on the Pacific coast and is a pristine nature reserve. It is Mexico's ultimate escape! This secluded haven, named by many magazines as one of the most romantic hotels of the world, was designed and developed by Isabel Goldsmith-Patino. It offers to its guest's luxury, comfort and the highest standards of personalized hospitality in an exquisite setting.Las Alamandas was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest and was chosen by The Robb Report 100 as one of "Earth's Most Exclusive Retreats". It is not a diamond in the rough, it is an exquisite jewel on the Costalegre. Managed like an elegant private estate where guests feel completely at home. The resort is ideal for a romantic getaway, intimate honeymoons, unique family reunions and spectacular beach weddings. Seven villas luxuriously designed for gracious indoor-outdoor living and beautifully appointed suites offer privacy, comfort and accommodate up to 42 guests. The clients are such as Brad Pitt, Sting and Trudie Styler, Maxwell, and Cindy Crawford. Robert de Niro has taken the entire hotel for the Christmas holidays several times. With a clientele of many celebrity guests and Fortune 500 CEO's, the hotel is often rented out in its entirety for a special event and is a favorite location for fashion shoots. Guests can enjoy gourmet Contemporary Mexican Cuisine featuring a fusion of finest Mexican recipes prepared with fresh and organic ingredients, fresh seafood and produce grown on-property. Meals are served at the "Oasis" restaurant, at the main Beach Club "La Palapa "overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the privacy of your suite or as a gourmet-picnic on one of the four private beaches. Guests can indulge with spa treatments and massages to the sound of the Pacific. They can enjoy horseback riding at sunset, kayaking on the lagoons, take bicycle tours or hike to Look-out Point or simply sunbathe by the pool or take a siesta gently swaying in one of the many hammocks. More than a luxurious vacation retreat, Las Alamandas is the perfect hideaway ... more   less 
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