We split our trip to "Puerto Vallarta" between 3 nights in Punta de Mita and then 4 nights in the "south" of Bahia de Banderas... and I can't believe that until the last minute we actually were supposed to stay in the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort as my better half got stuck on "their beach" :) but then I came across Villa Lala and was able to convince her literally about a week from arrival to go with this smaller, more intimate and personal beautiful property - I am so glad we made this last minute change!!! Location: from the PVR airport you want to accommodate about 45minutes to 1h drive all the time on the main Route 200, depending on the traffic... that is the only thing "inconvenient" about getting to Villa Lala, or at least was to me - the drive from the airport through the Puerto Vallarta and Old Vallarta isn't fun but as soon as you get out the "city limits" it becomes a scenic and very pleasant ride. You need, you want to have a car! You can spend the entire vacation at Villa Lala as well as great food is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner here and the place has a lot to offer but there are simply things you want to check out (see below under things to do) in the area while you are here since you already put the effort to leave Puerto Vallarta tourist trap! :) Grounds/Building: this is a very beautiful property built into the natural landscape of the area, I had a pleasure to speak to the owner who is an architect and the mastermind behind it; he told me how his goal was to preserve the most of the natural background and simply introduce Villa Lala to it - we loved it and I am pretty sure you will appreciate it as well! The infinity pool with the garden/dining area is the very heart of this property (it's just 7 rooms of which 2 are in a completely separate structure called the Tree House), there is another garden area with some gym equipment (nothing major but I did end up using it once or twice to stretch etc.) right behind the Tree House, the lower levels of the property right on the waterfront include a small man-made area on sand with a hammock and sun loungers. There is a small dock with the picturesque hammock right by the ladder and stairs to the ocean - also recently added, per the owner, is the small "natural pool" pretty cool for those who just want to soak in the fresh water but don't want to jump into "open waters":) this is also the area where free kayaks, life vests etc. are for grabs :) Room: we had the Garden Junior Suite, it had a some ocean view, was spacious and convenient with good a/c (not blowing directly on the bed which is always preferred), mini bar, safe and the usual. In the main villa there are 5 rooms, 1 on the ground floor only and then 3 on 2nd floor (including ours) and 1 on the 3rd floor - as mentioned before Tree House suites are in a separate structure. Truth is you won't really spend too much time in the room with the amenities on the property so unless you have the Tree House rooms I don't think the type of room really matters or at least did not to us. Pools & Beaches: as mentioned above the infinity pool is really where you will want to spend some time :) we had seen guests taking kayaks for a run but I ended up just swimming around the rocks - it was pleasant but with poor visibility that day I did not venture out too far outside of the hotel shoreline though I managed to see quite a few colorful fish so with the vest or more peaceful waters it could be a really good snorkeling experience, do check it out. Popular thing to do in this area is to use the water taxis to the local "hidden beaches" though with our trip being split between two different areas we didn't that - we just didn't come to Jalisco/Nayarit for beaches but if that is a must to you then go for it, from my research they looked good and the boat taxis definitely make it unique experience. Food options: good made to order breakfast is included, I especially enjoyed having the morning coffee by the pool - the views of the bay are very relaxing. You can also do the lunch on the property and dinner (the last must be requested in advance) - the ladies cooking for you are super nice and you have to appreciate the fact that they cook just for you, as if you were dining at their home - do make sure to "reward" them for that, I though that's the least we could do - their English may not be perfect (after all you are visiting their home and not vice versa, do use translator if needed as it did help us, put some effort!!!) but their cooking is spot on :) there aren't many dinner options in the area as many spots close around 5-6pm (Le Kliff is a must, another one recommended by Alba of Villa Lala called La Choza My Tony became our go to spot for the last 2 nights for the great fresh sea food and excellent Margaritas :) but there are plenty of great lunch options - just a super short drive. Things to do: other than utilizing many of the chilling areas of Villa Lala I highly recommend taking the drive to the local tequila distilleries, after all it's Jalisco :) Again we didn't do the "hidden beaches" but they look good, so did the Arches - we stopped to glance at them from the main road and they are pretty impressive. You can do Marietas from here but considering we stayed prior to Villa Lala in Punta de Mita I can only say that it's much more convenient to do it from there than this area of "Puerto Vallarta" if that's for you. Lastly, I thought visiting Puerto Vallarta and the Malecon was a must while visiting the area and yes it was decent but if I turned back time I would have passed on it and simply go to the Botanical Gardens nearby for a hike for which for we unfortunately ran out of time... and simply were too lazy enjoying Villa Lala :) Overall: we were supposed to stay 5 years ago in some All Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta... cancelled due a hurricane we arrived in 2020... I am "glad" it happened so for us because in the meantime I "grew" as a traveler and rent the car and go out of my comfort zone every time we travel, just for the record we did visit Puerto Vallarta once during this trip and I just did not like it - too busy, too developed and reminded me of Miami as crazy as it sounds... Boca de Tomatlan and Villa Lala is where you want to be, the tropical jungle/mountainous shoreline where time goes slower and life "feels" better, it's a true vacation paradise :)…
This review is super late but my husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. We stayed in the tree house and it was magnificent. A true work of art and architecture. Alba took such great care of us! She was always available by text. She had great suggestions and always arranged everything ahead for us! We never worried about anything in our trip. All the food is homemade on site and delicious! Our favorite day was taking a kayak out to private beach. We can’t wait to come back!
We had a wonderful two days recently at Villa Lala Boutique Hotel. We were in the master suite, with a fantastic view of the inlet and sunset every night. Breakfasts and dinners were tasty, made fresh, and we felt very catered. Thank you Cachi and Alba for your kind attention in assisting us with our travel back, particularly as we had to go back home early to the States to face this pandemic.
Thank you Cachi for being such a great host. You are a genius architect and a welcoming person. You have created a very unique peaceful oasis. Thank you Alba for making sure all our needs were met, for the reservations and all extras. You are an inside out beautiful person and it always was a pleasure to chat with you. Thank you Martha, Luz, Celene and Yuliana for serving us, keeping our room fresh and adding details that made us feel appreciated. Thank you for the great margaritas and meals. Most of all for being so friendly. Villa Lala is more than a four star hotel, it is a five star home.
This is a 5 star hotel - it is beautiful and the service provided by the staff is outstanding. This hotel is definitely for a romantic or quiet getaway. The hotel is so peaceful - it is truly breathtaking. You feel lost in paradise - total bliss. Guests can lounge outside and just enjoy the waves and pelicans (we saw a dolphin one day at breakfast). Caution: restaurants/stores are not nearby so I encourage you all to take snacks, alcohol (if needed), and anything else. For my partner and I, this was the perfect getaway and we plan on returning! You can have your drinks and dinner there. Also, the complimentary breakfast is delicious!!! We cannot wait to return.