Luxury Riviera Nayarit property Villa la Estancia tempts hedonists and woos honeymooners with its "ultra all-inclusive" offerings.
The sun splashes playful patterns on the free-form pool in the center of the property, while beachside chaise lounges are comfortably tilted to give a perfect view of Banderas Bay. At dinner, steaks sizzle at La Casona and seasonal seafood is available on a market menu poolside at La Parilla. A visit to Tatewari Spa is de rigueur, as is nightly Champagne on one's private terrace.
Though not quite boutique, four-diamond Villa la Estancia is one of the more peaceful and pretty properties in the booming Riviera Nayarit region. Attention to detail and laid-back pacing are two of the property's defining features.
Even though it is not set up to be an all-inclusive property, Villa la Estancia recently began to offer an "ultra all-inclusive" program that gives guests limitless food, premium alcohol, select wines, spa facilities and more; as well as many activities not offered by all-inclusives.
In general, we find that the "classic" all-inclusive experience doesn't usually provide true luxury (bad liquor, limited room service and slipshod service are just a few of many potential deterrents).
However, the temptation to have as much of a good thing as possible is undeniable. Thus, whenever a formerly à la carte property begins to offer an all-inclusive package, we look into it. And in Villa La Estancia's case, we found that it did not throw the hotel's service or serenity off track.
With its world-class golf courses and the largest marina in Mexico, the Riviera Nayarit is poised to overtake neighboring Vallarta as the go-to destination for a quick golf/spa/sailing fix. But its hotels tend to be either large, bustling, family-intensive, and yes, all-inclusive, or sedate, isolated (in the case of the Punta Mita compound) and priced to the skies. VLE finds a blissful midpoint and we very much approve.