Published Feb 2, 2005 - (Updated Aug 13, 2012)
Discerning travelers with eyes only for one another will discover just how blissful a romantic retreat can be at this superbly private, ecologically harmonious hideaway less than two hours south of Puerto Vallarta.
Owner Isabel Goldsmith’s ecologically minded attitude has a lot to do with why “Forbes” calls Las Alamandas one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Refreshingly visionary, she manages her 1500-acre oceanfront resort like an elegant private estate, overseeing even the minutest details to ensure the ultimate in luxury and satisfaction. Catering to no more than 28 fortunate guests at a time, just half a dozen villas are tucked into a pristine paradise boasting a trio of incredibly beautiful and wondrously secluded beaches.
So you do the math, you won’t run into anyone else here unless you want to! Even when dining, there’s a multitude of wildly romantic, completely private spots on the property, including an intimate cliff-top table for two overlooking the pounding Pacific. The cuisine is traditional fine Mexican, everything exceedingly fresh, many ingredients grown right here.
And talk about romantic walks! As well as more than a kilometer of white, sandy beaches to stroll, mosaic paths wind through lush, rolling tropical forest and fragrant gardens – the resort’s namesake Alamanda flower perfuming the air, as do gardenia, jasmine and other exotic blooms, while iguanas, armadillos and sea turtles mosey past.
Diversions include tennis, horseback riding, mountain biking, swimming in the pool or ocean, a well-equipped fitness center and shopping for handicrafts at the boutique. There’s satellite TV in the bar and a wide range of health and beauty treatments and yoga classes available in the privacy of your suite or on the beach.
Don’t be surprised, however, if you find yourself so content in your fabulously spacious suite with both indoor and outdoor lounge areas
that you rarely venture out – the oversized, Talavera-tiled bathrooms especially inviting with huge soak tubs. Each suite one of a kind and true to the best Mexican design traditions decorated with folk art and local artifacts, every piece of furniture is hand-crafted right on the property, absolutely nothing cookie cutter about this exquisitely intimate boutique hotel.
And that includes its newest addition, its fluently bilingual and exceptionally personable and attentive manager Miguel Andres Hernandez, who is originally from Columbia and has spent many years in hospitality management, affording guests unforgettable vacation experiences.