In a town where there is no shortage of luxury, you have to be exceptional to stand out from the crowd, and the stunning Villa Mandarinas just does that. Designed and built by award winning architect Alberto Alvarez the 7 bedroom Villa Mandarinas is not only one of the most beautiful homes on the coast, it is also in unquestionably one of the most spectacular locations.
Unlike many of the ocean front villas on Puerto Vallarta’s South shore, which tend towards either extreme Mexicana or starkly modern, Villa Mandarinas combines the warmth and colour of Mexico with sleek modern touches and an inherent respect and understanding for the natural environment. The villa is literally built around the rocks of the cliff-side (one has been turned into a feature shower and another sits in the centre of the spectacular living room), shocking pink bougainvillea cascades over the brilliant orange walls, and tiny parrots flit amongst the trees overlooking the terrace. Unlike many of the ultra modern villas along this spectacular piece of coast which cling to the cliffs in stark contrast to their surroundings Villa Mandarinas seems to have grown and evolved with the surrounding jungle like an exotic bloom.
Built into the cliffs just beyond the tiny village of Mismaloya, it has stunning views of the Los Arcos marine reserve and the ruins of John Houston’s Night of the Iguana film set. It sprawls over 6 levels with a private manmade beach and salt water rock pool at sea level, 7 ensuite bedrooms and a range of stunning outdoor spaces including an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, firepit and dining palapa. Whether you want to sit by the pool and sip a margarita or spend the afternoon spotting hump back whales and dolphins from the hammock on your own private terrace, beauty and relaxation are never far away.
Each room is beautifully furnished with handmade furniture and spectacular feature lighting. From the moment you walk through the door there is a sense of peace and tranquility which is hard to describe and very hard to leave.
Prices start at $2000/day for 5 bedrooms in low season and go up to $4000 for all 7 bedrooms during the peak Christmas & New Year holidays and include 24 hour security, pool maintenance, 2 maids, 2 chefs and the wonderful Micky who makes a mean Margarita. It also includes daily grocery deliveries (just give them the list and the cash and they’ll do the rest).
Not only does the villa make an exceptional home for those looking for privacy, luxury and 5* service, but it is also an incredible venue for an exclusive wedding or special event. Planned and managed by the owners with exceptional style (there is also the option to hire a wedding planner starting at $1400 per event) and attention to detail, the villa can accommodate up to 250 people for an event and is licensed for wedding ceremonies. With its private dock, stunning ocean frontage and spectacular views, Villa Mandarinas really would allow you to make dreams come true. Prices for your dream wedding including the villa for 3 nights, honeymoon suite, wedding breakfast and party coordinator start at $14,600 for us to 150 people.
My advice, find up to 13 like minded people and book yourself a luxury stay of a lifetime…
Catherine D’Arcy is Founder of Corazon Latino.