My husband and I stayed via an AI Costco travel package Dec 8-15. It was a slow time before gearing up for the holidays and we nearly had the resort to ourselves. We had a 1 bedroom villa, and when we walked into the room, it was clear this was the nicest place I had ever stayed. All the furniture was solid (we tried to move the coffee table a little closer to the couch and it must have weighed at least 300 lbs!). Real plants are used to decorate the patio area, bathrooms and outdoor hallways. Everything about the room/view was absolutely perfect! It is a very elegant resort.
The staff was amazing (from the concierge, to the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, bartenders, pool assistants…)! Of course, they were 100% professional, but what made the difference was that they genuinely seemed interested in us/our experiences/our preferences, etc. They really treated us as friends. We never heard “no” once during our entire visit at VLE, and felt like VIPs. We had planned the trip as a birthday celebration, and the staff surprised me with birthday cake, special drinks, a card and even singing! They made it a very special day for me!
I felt very safe at VLE—upon entering or exiting by car, we were signed in/out at the gated entrance and the drivers had to give some sort of ID/registration number. There’s a 24 hour security staff at the beach entrance as well. For the villas, each has a beautiful metal gate which requires a card key before accessing either the A/B villa front door entrances.
We had our option of 5 dining locations (La Casona, pool restaurant, and the deli market at VLE as well as the Italian and Mexican restaurants at Flamingos), however we did become a little tired of the food by the end or our visit (maybe it was just over indulgence…). La Casona had wonderful presentation; the salmon entree and mushroom ravioli were great, the fish tacos were very good at the pool, and the deli was a nice surprise with great green juice, a wonderful vegie wrap and very good desserts (also, keep an eye out for the iguanas!). The market was handy to pick up “in room” beverages, as AI only includes restaurant on site food and drinks, and the room is too nice not to enjoy a drink at sunset. Room service is available with a 15% charge.
I had a facial at the spa which was very nice. The hydrotherapy pools looked wonderful, and after a spa service you can use them during your stay at VLE, but I booked the facial at the end our visit and didn’t have the chance to go back. So, I recommend you book the spa early. (There are separate men and women’s pool facilities; clothing is optional, but in the woman’s section, everyone was wearing swimsuits.)
With an AI option and 2 people, it would be easy to go with the studio villa, as the two of us hardly used the kitchen or the living area in 1 bedroom unit. However the 1 bedroom unit had a lovely whirlpool bathtub (which our turn-down/evening housekeeper prepared with bubbles and flowers!) and a washer and dryer, which was handy. We did not spend much time at Flamingos (the hot tub was nice for later in the evening as VLE tubs close ~9 pm), and wish we would have asked for a schedule of events, but with 3 day trips during our 1 week stay, we weren’t able to completely explore both resorts, anyway.
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- Hotel La Estancia
- Resort La Estancia
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