A secluded, romantic resort on a nature preserve, alongside private beaches. You’ll fall in love.
Waking up at Las Alamandas Mexico everyday was like awakening into a dream. I fell asleep each night to the sounds of crashing waves. I’d awaken to those same soothing ocean mantras, as slivers of daylight trickled through the shutters into our room. The endless days of sunlight, private beaches, and gently swaying palm trees were predictable in the best way possible. I’d never grow tired of the warm sun on my skin, tanning more and more each day. My footprints in the sand were matched only by the trails of crabs scurrying across the shore.
Las Alamandas Mexico is a boutique resort, about two hours south of Puerto Vallarta. You might not have heard of the Costalegre Coast before. That’s because the area is not built up with monstrous resorts or towering condos. It’s left mostly wild and free, with the exception of a few smaller villas and mansions. This resort is surrounded by 1,500 acres of untouched nature, including a lagoon, tropical gardens, and private stretches of coastline with several scenic panoramas.
Las Alamandas is one of the region’s best kept secrets. This peaceful resort has only 16 suites, with a maximum of 42 guests. We visited during a quiet week in early December, where we saw only a few guests here and there. On our last day at Las Alamandas, the entire resort was ours. We were the only guests, having every beach and poolside cabana to ourselves. It felt more like staying at a lavish home than a beach resort. It’s the ultimate romantic escape.
Staying at Las Alamandas made us feel like Hollywood celebrities (well, without the fame or the paparazzi after us). The hotel staff were attentive and made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived. This boutique resort is a favorite among the rich and famous. Past guests include Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Sting, Cindy Crawford, and Robert De Niro, who actually requested and designed the resort’s gym facilities after renting out the entire place on many occasions.
After arriving at the Puerto Vallarta airport, we transferred to the hotel by car. The hotel arranged for a luxurious SUV to pick us up and drop us off at Las Alamandas. We both were exhausted from the flight, so we fell asleep on the way. It takes between two and three hours, depending on traffic, to reach Las Alamandas from the airport.
Alternatively, Las Alamandas also has a private landing strip. You could arrive and depart by small plane if you wished.
After driving down several winding, dirt roads, we reached our destination. Justin and I were immediately greeted by two hotel staff members who welcomed us to Las Alamandas. The sun was setting and it was growing dark outside. Outside on our private patio, there were two fresh coconuts with straws in them. We were offered a little bit of rum or tequila for our coconuts. We sipped boozy coconut water and watched the sun go down. That was an incredible welcome to our new home.
Our suite at Las Alamandas Mexico was directly facing the ocean, only a few steps from the beach. There was a comfortable and cozy bed, a spacious bathroom, and an expansive patio with the best views. No detail was spared. We had fresh flowers in our room, along with a spread of fresh fruits and lemonade. The bed was decorated each day with cut leaves and petals in beautiful designs.
Massive, wooden shutters opened to allow lots of sunlight into the room. Our suite was elegantly decorated, steeped in Mexican designs. Painted clay lamps sat on the bedside tables. Paintings by Mexican artists adorned the walls. Brightly painted ceramic tiles covered the bathroom walls, in some places from floor to ceiling.
The bathroom was gigantic. There were two sinks, two shower heads, and one massive bathtub. It always smelled like fresh flower petals, as they were placed on top of the tissue boxes and towels. There were toiletries available for use, including those to make a soothing bubble bath. The actual toilet was inside a small, separate room, isolated from the sinks and showers.
From the bedroom, wooden doors opened to reveal a private, outdoor seating area. This was a great spot to relax, in the morning throughout the evening. We had a private jacuzzi tub, a table with chairs, two loungers in the sunshine, and a couch. The best part of this suite was its close proximity to the ocean. From the patio, we savored these beach views. Within a few steps from our room, we could bury our toes in the sand. This was one of the most private and romantic spots to watch the sunset.
COMMON AREAS AT THE RESORT
There were several shared spaces at Las Alamandas Mexico, though it never felt crowded. Actually, it was quite the opposite. Even if the resort was fully booked, I couldn’t imagine that there would ever be any concerns over maintaining personal space.
Besides the beach, one of my favorite places at Las Alamandas Mexico was the swimming pool. There were many comfortable loungers surrounding the pool, with a few of them facing the ocean on a separate deck. The pool was always quiet and private, lined with palm trees. Two raised platforms with mattresses were more like outdoor beds. These offered a reprieve from the hot sun and could be the perfect place for an afternoon snooze.
I loved admiring the ocean while floating around on an inflatable watermelon slice. Yes, this flotation device was a mainstay at the hotel pool. You, too, could wind up floating around on a giant watermelon.
Next to the swimming pool, there was a giant chess set. Even though Justin and I aren’t masters of the game by any means, we had fun playing in the sunshine.
There were opportunities to stay active at Las Alamandas. For those who enjoy a daily workout with cardio machines and weights, there’s a gym overlooking the resort from the top of a hill. The resort has a tennis court, a basketball court, a play area for children, bicycle rentals, and kayak rentals to use at the lagoon. One day, we rented bikes and rode some of the 35 miles of trails around the resort. Warning: the paths are quite bumpy and uneven, so be careful out there. Also, lots of water and a trail map are necessary so you stay hydrated and don’t get lost! We drank through our water and managed to get lost, so don’t be like us!
We also arranged to kayak around the lagoon. Be sure to enjoy a relaxing afternoon drifting around the calm waters, observing many species of birds.
We spent some time in a large, common space that had several seating areas and couches, Although there wasn’t WiFi throughout the resort, there was a strong WiFi signal in this living space. There was also a flatscreen TV, dozens of books, and several works of art displayed prominently on the walls and tables. The Internet was relatively fast; we used it to upload photos and videos from our phones to our social media accounts without any difficulties. Otherwise, it was nice to have a partial digital detox for the week.
Just outside of the common room, there was a Foosball table where we played a few matches. Further towards the boutique shop and restaurant, there was a ping pong table. We mixed up our lazy afternoons by the pool with games of Foosball, ping pong, and chess. Justin and I got rather competitive with one another, which adds to the excitement.
A TOUR OF THE PROPERTY
I highly recommend that you opt for a tour of the resort property upon your arrival. Typically, guests take the tour on their first full day at the resort. A staff member drove us around the 1,500 acres in a golf cart to discover this beautiful property. We explored the lagoon, private beaches, and admired stunning views from several vantage points. We were armed with a resort map and pictures of the various species of birds and animals that live on the nature preserve should we stumble upon them.
It’s a great idea to make note of the places you’d wish to visit again during your stay. Guests can reserve an entire beach to themselves to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch.
On our last day at Las Alamandas Mexico, we requested a private picnic lunch at one of the beaches that we saw on our property tour. No detail was spared. We were presented with a delicious picnic lunch, all packed into a cooler for us. Justin and I were dropped off at the beach and picked back up after a couple of hours (which flew by way too fast, by the way). There were two loungers in the middle of a deserted beach. We also borrowed boogie boards and snorkel gear for water activities. We could even take a snooze in one of the hammocks. It was the ultimate picnic lunch experience.
The main beach adjacent to our suite and the pool was ideal for swimming and exploring. We walked from one end to the other, climbing on rocks (being sure to let the camouflaged crabs flee before stepping on the rocky surfaces). The ocean wasn’t calm, and at times, it wasn’t for the faint of heart. There were waves, ranging from gentle ripples to massive ones. It’s always a good idea to be mindful of your surroundings. Justin and I both managed to lose a pair of sunglasses to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a good thing that we both only buy the cheap ones.
At the same time, these waves were totally exhilarating. We rode boogie boards up and over the waves. Justin even tried some sort of makeshift surfing on the board. I adored these waves. While I could marvel at them for hours, I was also perfectly content listening to them as I fell asleep each night.
RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
We ate all of our meals at Las Alamandas Mexico, as the resort is quite isolated anything else around. We purchased meal plans that included breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as any non-alcoholic beverages for one flat rate. I’m going to go into much more detail about the vegan food in a separate blog post. Let me assure you that it was absolutely no problem at all dining here as a vegan. You’d have no problem with any kind of allergy or dietary restriction.
While there was a daily menu with new options each day, the chefs prepared entirely vegan meals that weren’t listed on the menu. Every day (other than breakfast, where there were several vegan options already listed), my meals were a complete surprise. I totally didn’t mind this at all. Every meal was more delicious than the last.
At Las Alamandas, they grow their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their own gardens. They source all ingredients as locally as possible. Every meal tasted extremely fresh, and it’s quite possible that the ingredients used in our meals were harvested that day.
For breakfast and lunch, we dined at the palapa – an outdoor seating area with prime ocean views. In the evening, we ate dinner at the charming Oasis restaurant.
The meals were all traditional, Mexican fare. I ate empanadas, stuffed peppers, tacos, and vegetable kabobs. Every meal came with homemade tortilla chips and two kinds of fresh salsa. If only every meal came with chips and salsa back at home. I’ve been lamenting the lack of chips and salsa in my daily life ever since we returned.
I’ll give you a full account on everything I ate soon. And oh yes, there were a variety of plant-based milk options for coffee and meals: almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk.
I’m not sure I’ve ever visited a place so private, yet felt so incredibly pampered. We instantly were made to feel at home, and we never wanted to leave.
From the staff to the spectacular accommodations and property, we were thrilled to spend a week at Las Alamandas Mexico. We’d return in a heartbeat.
When you stay put for a while without any distractions, you start to appreciate the little details. I adored watching the pelicans fly across the shore, barely skimming the surface of the water and swooping down to catch fish. I loved watching swarms of tiny birds race towards the ocean, and scamper back when a wave came in. This was unlike most of my travels and vacations. I had no stress. I had no plans. It was at Las Alamandas that I felt truly relaxed. Everyone needs this type of holiday now and again to recharge their batteries. My only regret was having to say goodbye.
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Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Las Alamandas for hosting a portion of our stay. Our opinions, as always, are entirely our own.