Picture yourself here, nestled between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco dipping your bod into this infinity pool and gazing out to sea. You there? Good. We wanted to collaborate with our readers to share in a mutual daydream. This is Casa Colina, one of Mexico’s finest off-the-radar villa rental retreats. This isn’t your bargain escape, but it is one that will promise to pamper and relax you in the finest of ways.
Casa Colina, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in Jalisco (one of Mexico’s safest states), is considered one of Mexico’s most stunning private villas, ideal for girlfriend getaways, bridal parties, honeymoons, couples getaways, and family reunions.
So, if you’re open to spending a pretty peso, families looking for that perfect getaway this summer can book at the ultra-luxe Casa Colina. From snorkeling and diving to horseback riding, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Mexico. The food, the beauty, the culture… we keep looking for a similar alternative nearby and we’re always hard pressed to find it. The level of service and the cuisine alone have its neighbors beat.
The secluded villa, with its own private entrance, staff and chef, has six impeccable junior and master suites with balconies, Jacuzzi tubs and more, making Casa Colina an ideal destination for small or larger-sized couples, friends, or families. Descriptions of Casa Colina’s guestrooms, which have panoramic views of the ocean and mountains, include:
Laguna Suite: Master bedroom suite with a California King bed, shower, Jacuzzi tub, private garden, breakfast table, and plush loungers.
Sueno Suite: Master bedroom suite with a California King bed, shower, Jacuzzi tub, outdoor shower, and private garden.
Oceano Suite: Master bedroom suite with a California King bed, shower, and a walkout balcony.
Luna Suite: Master bedroom suite with a California King bed, shower, and a walkout balcony.
Estrella Suite: Junior bedroom suite with a California Queen bed, shower, Jacuzzi tub, and walkout balcony.
Vista Suite: Corner bedroom suite with two queen beds, shower, Jacuzzi tub, and a walkout balcony.
In addition to its spacious rooms, Casa Colina has several on-site amenities including:
- Expansive outdoor terrace area with infinity-edge pool, blue-tiled Jacuzzi, gourmet BBQ and plush lounge chairs and umbrellas.
- Surround-sound home theatre with a 65” Panasonic plasma TV, satellite receiver and DVD player.
- Fitness center with state-of-the-art machines and fold-back windows with views of the ocean and mountains. Chilled towels and water are also available.
Spend the morning and early afternoon lounging by the villa’s infinity-edge pool overlooking the mountains and ocean and dining on a gourmet lunch served poolside and created by the villa’s private chef. After lunch, staff tidy up the villa so mom and dad don’t have to lift a finger and can enjoy an afternoon of adventure, including:
- Snorkeling, diving and fishing in the sea. Families can also kayak and horseback ride along the area’s miles of unspoiled beaches and breathtaking lagoons.
- Visiting the five million-year-old Colima volcano.
- Touring the quaint town of Barra full of local flavor and authentic shops, as well as seeing the surrounding areas including the famous Playa La Audiencia on Santiago Peninsula (the beach where Bo Derek’s movie “10” was filmed).
- And golfing at the nearby AAA four-diamond Isla Navidad Grand Bay Resort where families can also play tennis and horseback ride and much more.
For dinner, return to Casa Colina for sunset cocktails and hors d’oeuvres arranged by the villa’s staff and then enjoy specially made dinner in one of Casa Colina stunning dining areas, including the chic indoor/outdoor Top of the World Palapa with a custom-built Estrella chandelier, fully-stocked bar and 250-degree views of the mountains and ocean and the Lagoon View Lounge with a hand-laid brick cathedral ceiling and Balinese furnishings.
After dinner, your staff can set up the villa’s entertainment system to play music out on the patio by the pool or they can pop in a movie for the family to enjoy Casa Colina’s surround-sound home theatre with a 65” Panasonic plasma TV.
Closest airports include regular domestic flights from Guadalajara (30 minutes) and Mexico City (50 minutes), and Playa de Oro International Airport is just 25 minutes away.
Nightly rates to rent the private Casa Colina villa high above the turquois waters of the Pacific Ocean, include a low-season rate this summer, through September 30, 2012: $2,900/night.
Mid season rate October 30, 2012 – November 30, 2012: $3,800 (also offered February 1, 2013 – April 30, 2013)
High season rate from December 1, 2012 – January 31, 2012: $4,800.
Rates include airport pickup and drop-off, chef, staff, laundry but exclude food, beverages and phone, which are charged at actual cost without markup. A 50% deposit to secure booking is required. Balance payable 14 days prior to booking. Security and provisioning deposit equivalent to one night’s rate.
Casa Colina also offers a 5% discount per room not needed. So, for example, if a group only had eight people in their party and required four rooms, they would get a 10% discount (5% per room).