Villa la Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Nice rooms with balconies and kitchens
  • Large pool with lots of lounge chairs
  • Great stretch of Bahia Banderas beach
  • Wonderful spa with innovative programs including hydrotherapy
  • Bucerias is only a mile away on foot or bike
  • All-inclusive and European rates available
  • All-inclusive packages include access to restaurants at adjacent property
  • Large, modern, air-conditioned fitness center
  • Good restaurant serving specializing in steak
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Only one on-site dining choice (though all-inclusive includes restaurants at adjacent property)
  • Hard to get drink service on beach or poolside
  • Some balconies aren't totally private; shared with dividers

Bottom Line

A few yards north of its sister Villa group hotel, the Flamingo, the Villa la Estancia shares a basic architectural form, an elegant, innovative spa, and one of the finest stretches of beach on the north side of Bahia Banderas. The Estancia, however, is not a timeshare but a group of privately owned condos -- so guests don't get the selling speeches as much as they get at the other property. While attractive, and offering amenities such as a luxury spa, superb fitness center, and delicious restaurant, it's hard to see what sets this Villa apart from the others to make it a luxury resort, which it aims to be.

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 Scene

Not a timeshare like its sister properties, this Villa shoots for an upscale vibe.

The resort is composed of several eight-story buildings shaped into a basic U form, in shades of brown and tan, facing the beach and sea on the northern shore of Bahia Banderas.

The Villa Estancia is going for a level of upscale elegance that differentiates it from its sister hotel next door. The designers used a rich palette to achieve the Spanish Colonial Hacienda décor that feels, in some areas of the hotel, too formal for the neighborhood. But it’s very handsome, in a dark, masculine way.

The hotel is a high end timeshare, selling fractional ownerships with an eight-week minimum, so it doesn’t have that hustler quality of your basic timeshare. But it is one, even if the prices are way higher than usual. What this adds up to, for the visiting hotel guest, is, take a bit of advice: unless you are in the market for a timeshare, don’t do the tour, don’t hear the pitch, don’t go there.

Take a swim instead, in the gorgeous freeform pool in its lovely garden setting onsite, or in the clear blue sea, and then hang out poolside, have a meal in La Casona, the main restaurant, or indulge in a hydrotherapy treatment at the alluringly elegant Tatewari Spa, right on site. All the restaurants at the Villa del Palmar Flamingos, next door, are also available in the all-inclusive package (guests at the Flamingo do NOT have the same privileges at La Estancia)

 Location

Quite a bit north of Puerto Vallarta -- good for those who plan to stay at the resort

This northernmost stretch of Nuevo Vallarta is still under development, and so, along with some half-built hotel towers, empty lots, and other not-so-pretty signs of ongoing development along the way, you’ll find lush green jungle right across the road. Other than the other hotels nearby--and there are several--beyond the beach there is not much here except the road to there.

  • 15-minute drive to airport
  • 5-minute drive to Bucerias
  • 20-25-minutes drive to Puerto Vallarta

 Rooms

Large, handomely decorated rooms with nice terraces

Although the 260 rooms are privately owned, the hotel organizes the design -- so all rooms a Mexican Colonial decor style with a few contemporary touches. Spacious and comfortable, they feature tan marble floors, wooden ceiling fans, and arched doorways. They all have lovely terraces/balconies with ocean or pool views. The studios have mini-fridges, while the suites have kitchenettes or full kitchens.

  • Colonial decor with modern touches
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tan marble floors throughout
  • Balconies with ocean or pool views
  • Suites have kitchenettes or full kitchens, double sinks separate shower/tub

 Features

Only one restaurant in this all-inclusive, but guests can eat for free next door

  • Tatewari Spa with innovative hydrotherapy treatments
  • La Casona steakhouse serving eclectic Mexican fare
  • All-inclusive rates are available (optional), and include access to restaurants in Villa del Palmar Flamingos next door.
  • Large, beautiful freeform pool with plenty of chairs
  • Air conditioned, well equipped fitness center
  • Faces long, quiet beautiful beach on the gorgeous north shore of Bahia Banderas
  • Tennis courts
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 Bottom Line

A few yards north of its sister Villa group hotel, the Flamingo, the Villa la Estancia shares a basic architectural form, an elegant, innovative spa, and one of the finest stretches of beach on the north side of Bahia Banderas. The Estancia, however, is not a timeshare but a group of privately owned condos -- so guests don't get the selling speeches as much as they get at the other property. While attractive, and offering amenities such as a luxury spa, superb fitness center, and delicious restaurant, it's hard to see what sets this Villa apart from the others to make it a luxury resort, which it aims to be.

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Address

  • Paseo Cocoteros 750

Room Types

  • Deluxe Studio
  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Penthouse
  • Three Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 245
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Address: Paseo Cocoteros 750
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