Owner Isabel Goldsmith (daughter of the late Sir James Goldsmith) ensures that every whim is catered for by professional and friendly staff, from a romantic picnic on a private beach to a family fishing trip on the San Nicolas river. There is also horse riding, surfing, yoga, spa treatments, cliff-top hikes and salsa dancing, but the atmosphere is so peaceful and soporific that you can't help but just want to laze around soaking up the sunshine. This intimate hotel is the place to come to get away from it all, and where you may well find yourself sharing the pool with movie stars.
- Low-key luxury melds with a warm and colourful Mexican feel
- The 5* facilities include a private airstrip, and Jacuzzis in most suites
- It's private, peaceful and relaxing; with just 18 suites in 1,500 acres you may never see another guest
- The service is very attentive - there's a staff-to-guest ratio of 10 to 1
- The attention to detail - from hand-embroidered towels in the bathrooms to crochet-fringed parasols by the pool - is excellent
- It's surrounded by pristine nature, including deserted sandy beaches, lush tropical gardens and hidden lagoons rich with birdlife
- Powerful, unpredictable currents and crashing waves make swimming in the ocean unsafe at times
- Harmless racoon-like tejones invade the restaurant at meal times, but if you don’t feed them they won’t bother you
- The isolated location may not suit all - don't expect nightlife, shopping or sightseeing nearby
- WiFi is limited to the Presidential Suite, the art gallery and the front office - a plus for some!
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Beach Resort
- 18 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
Located at one end of the vast hotel grounds, eight brightly painted casitas house 18 suites decorated with Mexican folk art. With pretty embroidered fabrics, chunky wooden furniture, an abundance of hot pink and a faultless attention to detail, the property has the sophisticated and feminine style. Spacious rooms have kingsize beds, ceiling fans, air conditioning, TVs, CD and DVD players, safe boxes and well-stocked minibars with eight different tequilas.
Each of the casitas has between 1 and 3 guest suites, which can be booked individually or you can take the whole villa. The most private and luxurious suite is the Casa del Sol - Presidential Suite, a vast space with its own TV den, spa area and infinity lap pool.
The Master Suites of Casa del Domo, Casa Isabel and Casa Azul are also pretty comfortable, with ocean views and spacious rooms. The Casa del Domo Suite has a kitchenette so it’s a good option for families. Our favourite is the Casa Isabel Suite - close to the beach and it has a private plunge pool.
The other suites are divided up according to their proximity to the ocean. The Beach Front Suites are in Casa del Sol, Casa del Domo and Casa Isabel. They have space for an extra bed and some have outdoor Jacuzzis. The other suites (Casa Azul, Casa San Antonio, Casa San Isidro, Casa San Miguel and Casa Bougainvillea) are set further back among palm trees: they are more affordable and you can choose a Garden View Suite or an Ocean View Suite.
The large bathrooms are tiled with colourful Talavera tiles. Louvered shutters frame spotless windows and sunny terraces have built-in sofas, wooden loungers and comfy cushions in the ubiquitous pink, yellow and blue colour scheme. Many of the suites also have private outdoor Jacuzzis, where you can enjoy a soak while gazing over the peaceful gardens.
- Safe box
The cuisine at Las Alamandas is simple, fresh and healthy. Mexican specialities (poblano crepes, tortilla soup and ceviches) as well as continental dishes (chicken breast stuffed with spinach and ham, fettuccini carbonara or sirloin beef and pepper brochettes) are offered. Delicious puddings included exotic homemade ice cream (avocado and chilli or lemon tea), berry crème brulée, lemon pie and organic cheeses.
The menu at the restaurant, Oasis, changes daily and there are 3 or 4 choices for each course. The fruit and vegetables are grown organically on the property, fish and seafood are brought in daily from local fishermen, eggs and chickens are free-range, and the meat is flown in from an organic farm in Monterrey. Romantic dinners can be arranged at the Oasis Pergola or around the property (you can even have a stretch of beach to yourself). La Palapa Beach Club offers drinks and casual dining, with tacos and tapas on offer.
A breakfast of tropical fruits, freshly-baked pastries and a selection of hot dishes is served at La Palapa overlooking the beach, or brought to your suite. Enjoy drinks at Estrella Azul Bar, there's even a telescope for stargazing.
- Family friendly
- Organic produce
- Room service
- Vegetarian options
- Soak up the sunshine by the pool, watch thunderous waves fall on the beach, have a treatment at the spa, relax in the privacy of your own terrace, or doze in a hammock under a palm tree
- Take a boat ride on the San Nicolas river, which runs through the property
- Discover the estate’s 1,500 acres on a mountain bike or by horse (the first hour is free), and picnic on nearby beaches. Guides are available
- Hit the ocean with a surf board or boogie board
- Play board games (backgammon, monopoly, Chinese checkers, chess, etc), or have a game of ping pong in the shade of the beach club’s palapa. Volleyball and croquet are also available in the garden
- Play tennis (the first hour is free) or work out in the fully-equipped gym
- Other activities - fishing, diving, snorkelling, canoeing and golf - can also be arranged
- Admire the wildlife - you might spot pelicans, hawks, storks, herons, iguanas, tejones and whales
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
- Table tennis
- Tennis coaching
Children are welcome and catered for, with under 10s staying for free if sharing with their parents. Cots and babysitting can be arranged.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Las Alamandas is located midway between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, along the Costa Alegre, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta International (120km away) is the nearest airport. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving it.
From the Airport
The hotel can arrange transfers by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, or charter a plane to its private airstrip (the flight takes less than 45 minutes - see Rates). Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the terminal.
Las Alamandas is a 2-hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta and 1.5 hours north of Manzanillo, the last half an hour of which is slow going along a bumpy dirt road into the back of beyond. See our car rental recommendations.
The hotel can arrange air-conditioned cars with drivers.
More on getting to Mexico and getting around
- Puerto Vallarta International 120.0 km PVR
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.0 km