We stayed at the Villa Azalea for two nights recently, and were delighted by the hospitality and so impressed by the hard work and imagination that has gone into this property. The setting is wonderful, with a small river tumbling down the mountainside at the lower edge of the garden. The main villa contains both public spaces and private rooms and suites. All beautifully decorated, clean, and comfortable - justifiably luxury accommodations. The grounds and gardens are extensive, beautifully laid out, and planted with a huge variety of fruit trees, many of them labeled.
There are three large shade houses where a wide variety of organic vegetables and herbs are cultivated.
Those fruits, vegetables and herbs show up immediately for your pleasure in the form of blended drinks, refreshing mint water, and delicious meals. Our table was set in a new and interesting location for each meal. When we decided to make an expedition to the beach, a picnic lunch appeared within minutes.
Dulce, the owner, noticed our interest in Mexican cuisine, and suggested that she arrange a cooking class for us with a chef/instructor. This several hour cooking extravaganza happened in Villa Azalea's outdoor kitchen, using beets, avocados, herbs, nopales and many other ingredients grown on the grounds. The gracious Chef Wendy was an excellent teacher. We made three amazing dishes - our best ever cooking class experience.
We highly recommend the Villa Azalea. It is easy to get there from Puerta Vallarta, and the mountain setting makes an invigorating change from the beach hotels. The only way you could get a better value for your luxury hotel dollar would be if there were more hours in the day. We didn't even have time to sit by the pool, explore the grounds, eat all that good food. Thank you to Dulce and her staff for the wonderful service, and for sharing the rich and beautiful environment you have created.
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- Experience a small luxury hotel with world class service at Villa Azalea, an intimate, secluded property, located 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, in western Mexico; considered as one of the best resorts in Puerto Vallarta. Come and enjoy this couples oriented hotel, designed for the most demanding travelers as it was first conceived by its owner, a Swiss entrepreneur who has invested mind, heart and efforts for years and offer us now: Villa Azalea, a place that blends elegance, nature and good taste for the most eco friendly, relaxing vacation. ... more less
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