My family (My wife and I and 2 girls age 12 and 13) were looking for a very relaxing vacation, and we defenitely came to the right place. We booked our stay at Villa La Estancia as part of a travelocity all-inclusive package, and so I can't speak to the hotel price, though the package price was very reasonable.
The resort was absolutely spectacular - well beyond our high expectations.
Our 1-bedroom suite was huge, beautifully decorated, and very comfortable. It had 2 full bathrooms, a living area, dining area, and kitchen. The master bath was enourmous with a whirlpool tub and large dual vanity. We had a large private patio to ourselves with a breathtaking view of the entire resort, pool, and ocean.
The resort grounds were immaculate with grass, palm trees, ponds, and pool. The pool was beautiful, with 2 tiers, a waterfall between the tiers, fountains, a swim up bar, plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, and shallow areas for small children. There were also 4 hot tubs practically right on the beach with different temperatures (warm and hot) to suit your preferences. The beach had lounge chairs with umbrellas as well as a few hammocks, with sand that was smoothed out every night. Also on the resort grounds were a nice fitness center a luxurious spa, and a tennis court. There were two restaurants at the resort, one was pretty fancy with excellent food open for breakfast and dinner, and the other was poolside for lunch. Available close by were parasailing, jetski and kayak rentals. There is a small town 20 minutes on foot down the beach to check out. There was a sister hotel next door (Villa Del Palmar Flamingos) that had very similar grounds and 3 restaurants, which we also had access to. Villa La Estancia is geared towards a more relaxing stay. Villa Del Palmar Flamingos is a bit more lively and more crowded, with activities scheduled throughout the day. So if we wanted some excitement, we went over there. It also gives some meal alternatives with Italian, International, and pizza restaurants.
The service was unbelievable. Everyone, from the concierges to the restaurant staff to the pool staff to the spa staff, were waiting on us hand and foot. We would get calls daily from the concierge asking if everything was to our liking. We had maid service twice a day, once to clean and the other for turn-down service to prep the room for bed time. At the restaurant, we were served by multiple, incredibly friendly waiters. The pool staff was very attentive, preparing our lounge chairs for us and getting us whatever we needed, including magazines, sunscreen, pool and beach toys, in addition to the food and drink.
The only negative I can think of is that the hotel is pretty far from the downtown area (probably 30 minutes by taxi). We were not interested in going downtown, and so this was not an issue for us.
Just a note... We happened to travel there in May. This must be the low season, since we were practically the only ones at the resort. I'm sure this contributed to our enjoyment.
Overall, it was an incredible experience for us. We kept commenting throughout our stay that this must be how celebrities travel. I would absolutely recommend it. We are planning on returning there as soon as we can and are trying to talk some family into meeting there for a trip in the future. I just can't say enough about this resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa La Estancia Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Hotel La Estancia
- Resort La Estancia
- Villa La Estancia Nuevo Vallarta