This past May marked our fifth visit to Casa Carole - we simply can't resist returning to this gorgeous, authentic home.
The villa cascades down the steep cliff from the coastal highway right to the ocean front. The bedrooms are located on separate levels providing complete privacy. Each room has a full en suite bathroom, is air conditioned and most have a balcony affording fabulous views of Banderas Bays and Puerto Vallarta's special sunsets.
The main floor rooms are spacious - plenty of room for large groups to relax in (with games, satellite TV for those who need it and more) and a dining room where you can enjoy the meals exquisitely prepared Mari.
Eating well is something you will do while at Casa Carole. You can place you meal orders with Mari from the comprehensive menu book that is conveniently provided or request something special. Count on eating well at both breakfast (the heuvos rancheros are superb as is the French toast) and at dinner. You are on your own for lunch and on Sunday when the staff are off.
Pepe will arrange any excursion/diversion you're interested in whether it be zip lining in the hills way above Puerto Vallarta (worth it!), jet skiing on Banderas Bay or deep sea fishing. He's also a magician when it comes to preparing margaritas and guacamole and salsa for the traditional late afternoon cocktail time.
Carmen keeps your room and the entire property squeaky clean - you don't even see her going about her work.
Casa Carole isn't a modern, luxurious oasis loaded with high tech gadgets. It is a traditional, colonial style home which oozes character and comfort. You will feel most at home here and won't want to return to your real home when it comes time to leave.
Late fall, winter and early spring are the best times to visit - there isn't much rain and the humidity is relatively low. You are also only a 60 peso taxi ride ($5.50) to downtown Puerto Vallarta with many cabs easily available at the close by hotel. While you likely won't want to wander far away from the property there is much to see in town including many fabulous restaurants - be sure to take advantage of them!
Casa Carole has a beautiful infinity pool and there are steps leading down to the ocean where you can swim, snorkel and explore many of the small tidal pools set inside the rocks.
The owners, John and Carol, take great care of their property and their love of gardening is most evident in the beautiful landscaping.
If you're looking for a Puerto Vallarta villa escape for six to ten peopel or more then this should be your first choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carol & I built Casa Carole right on the beach several years ago. We asked the architect to design the villa so it would be ideal for rental, with each bedroom having a full bathroom ensuite and a balcony with views of the tropical jungle and the sea. Casa Carole is a traditional Colonial Mexican villa with exposed adobe brick arches, marble floors and beamed ceilings. The decor features hand crafted furniture, Mexican art and sculptures, plus handmade glassware and linens. It is truly a Mexican family house. Our guests rave about our staff of four; chef, houseman/concierge, maid and pool-man for their courtesy, friendliness and competence. Our staff really makes a difference. We have successfully rented Casa Carole for the past many years with a growing clientele who come back for more. ... more less