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Peaceful, private villas ideal for groups or families
Vallarta Gardens is located away from the bustle of Puerto Vallarta on the outskirts of a town called La Cruz de Huanacatle. The isolated location provides a peaceful scene that is ideal for groups or families that want all the amenities of a fully stocked villa at their fingertips. There are both private and shared pools, allowing groups to choose between private swimming or joining in on the common fun. This beautiful, secluded spot has limited dining options, but many guests make good use of the gourmet kitchen and spacious villas for evening entertainment.
An hour north of Puerto Vallarta on the beach by La Cruz de Huanacatle
Vallarta Gardens Resort and Spa is located an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. This peaceful location offers a private beach near the town of La Cruz de Huanacatle. The resort is not as isolated as it appears; the lovely new La Cruz marina is a five minute walk up the beach and the town of La Cruz de Huanacatle offers a few good restaurant options.
The resort is only about 30 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. Travelers that are renting a car should look out for road signs that indicate the turn-off for Punta Mita, the northwesternmost point of Bahia Banderas. After this turn, the outskirts of La Cruz de Huanacatle will come into view. The gates for Vallarta Gardens is on the left -- there is 24 hour security at the gate -- and beyond the entry road are landscaped gardens where the villas are located overlooking the sea.
Generously spacious villas with three or four bedrooms complete with Jacuzzis and patios
Spacious, contemporary rooms are just part of the package that make up luxurious villas at the Vallarta Gardens resort. Villas contain three or four bedrooms, some with king beds, others with full-size beds. There are also sleeper sofas in the media rooms, so the three-bedroom villas sleep up to eight and the four-bedroom villas sleep up to 10. Master bedrooms offer private Jacuzzis and huge patios with plush furniture. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with appealing stall showers.
Villas are also complete with gourmet kitchens. Beyond modern appliances, kitchens are stocked with cookware, glasses, silver, and enough dishes to serve eight people or more. There is a huge supermarket about 15 minutes away, and many guests choose to stock their kitchen instead of dining at the one restaurant on-site. Each villa has an indoor dining table that seats eight and a second dining table on the covered deck that also seats eight. More conveniences include a laundry room and garage with automatic door and internal access.
Big pool, private beach, and luxurious spa
Villas offer everything guests need to relax, but the Vallarta Gardens resort has more appealing features too. While some villas have private pools, other villas will utilize the big, curvy common pool surrounded by palm trees. There is also a small, private beach on the grounds. Anyone who has spent time on the beaches in Puerto Vallarta and been constantly asked to buy things will appreciate this peaceful environment. In addition to the pool and beach, there is also a luxurious spa offering a total of more than 30 different therapies. There is also a fitness center here with modern cardio machines.
One restaurant on-site; gourmet villa kitchens might inspire home-cooked meals
Vallarta Gardens offers only one restaurant on-site, called La Palma. Many guests utilize the spacious villa kitchens to prepare meals, and stock the fridge at a huge supermarket located only 15 minutes away. For dining out, the nearby town of La Cruz de Huanacatle has a few choices for good restaurants.
The Vallarta Gardens Resort & Spa features three- and four-bedroom, two-story villas overlooking a curvy swimming pool and small private beach. Located about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta near the town of La Cruz de Huanacatle, this resort offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of Puerto Vallarta. Villa interiors are chic and stylishly contemporary with gourmet kitchens, flat-screen TVs, media rooms, free Wi-Fi, laundry rooms, and secure garages. Some villas have private pools and rooftop Jacuzzis with sweeping views out to the Pacific Ocean. Additional perks include a lavish spa and sunny fitness room. For a family or group looking to rent a large house rather than rooms in a hotel, this is a fabulous option.