Posts Tagged ‘celebrity hotel’

A Stay at Las Alamandas in Jalisco, Mexico

DSCF3589

My favorite hammock at Las Alamandas

I recently visited Mexico’s Costalgre for the first time, spending a few nights at Las Alamandas resort. Located about About 120 km south of Puerto Vallarta, getting to the resort takes more than 2 1/2 hours along a long, winding, and frequently bumpy road from the PVR airport. It’s clear from the moment you arrive that the best and worst thing about Las Alamandas is it’s remote location.

Photo May 03, 10 55 04 AM

The bougainvillea-filled courtyard

Located on 1,500 acres and with only 16 suites (which can accommodate up to 42 guests), Las Alamandas is incredibly private and the type of property that gets bought out for weddings and celebrations. Old press clippings in the hotel’s library feature images of Hollywood celebrities spending New Year’s Eve here. The hotel has also served as a backdrop for a bunch of catalog and photo shoots. Las Alamandas is also a favorite of honeymooners, again because of it’s privacy and tropical romantic charm.

Photo May 02, 1 57 26 PMPhoto May 02, 1 56 43 PM

Left: colorful stairs Right: welcome drinks served in coconuts

Las Alamandas offers activities from horseback riding to kayaking to fishing. But it’s also a great place to do absolutely nothing. Wifi only works in the common areas, so it’s a great place to unplug and recharge.

Processed with VSCOcam with 6 preset

the gorgeous swimming pool

The resort is extremely private, which makes it clear why celebrities might like it so much. There is no way a paparazzi is going to be able to photograph you in an unflattering swimsuit on one of the property’s private beaches. The main stretch of beach, which my Domo Master suite was situated directly above, was experiencing unusually strong wave and current activity due to seismic activity in the Pacific. This was a bummer since it made the beach unusable, but the owner told my husband she had never seen the waves that large before.

Photo May 02, 2 12 04 PM

A cozy banquette at Las Alamandas

I stayed in the Domo Master Suite which was large, with a king sized bed, a living and dining area, an outdoor jacuzzi, and seating area. Only the bedroom had adequate air conditioning and fan coverage, so the rest of the indoor space was not all that usable. The patio was nice and used often, with a great hammock and comfy sitting area. The staff would deliver my morning coffee here and it was a very pleasant spot to gaze the Pacific ocean and wake up.

Photo May 02, 3 05 34 PM

The living room of our Ocean front master suite

The living room of the Domo Suite was large, but lack of good air-conditioning and a fan made it mostly wasted space.

Photo May 02, 3 06 53 PM

flower petals on the bed at Las Alamandas

DSCF3593

One of the daily gorgeous touches at Las Alamandas

The welcome greeting on the King-sized bed. The bed was not the most comfortable, but it was adequate. The bedroom had a fan and small air conditioning unit for when the breezes weren’t enough.

Photo May 02, 3 09 11 PM

The master bathroom featured dual sinks

The master bathroom had dual sinks and a fantastic shower which was large enough for two people and had ample water. It was hot during my stay so the outdoor jacuzzi never got used.

DSCF3580

Well-placed hammocks are abundant at Las Alamandas

My favorite amenity, a well-place hammock, is where Las Alamandas truly excels. I was happy spending the afternoon here with a book and a quick call to room service for a round of freshly made margaritas.

Photo May 03, 1 11 47 PM

Foosball in the gallery at Las Alamandas

The public spaces in the property are beautiful. There is a gallery complete with a foosball game. The only time I saw other guest was during meal times, hen eating breakfast and lunch at La Palapa restaurant or dinner at Oasis. For more about dining at Las Alamandas, check out my previous post, Mexican Food in GIFs: Dining at Las Alamandas here.

Photo May 03, 6 28 29 AM (6)

The view from La Palapa restaurant at Las Alamandas

Las Alamandas was relaxing, rustic, and stylish. The staff was very nice and accommodating. It’s also for those who don’t mind privacy and a bit of a hassle to get there. If you want a bar scene, you’re better off staying in Puerto Vallarta. Las Alamandas’ remote location isn’t close to much of anything, so you should expect to stay on site for your visit (unless you’ve booked excursions through the hotel).

 DSCF3604

Margarita with a view

My trip was booked through Suzy Xiu at Smartflyer. You can book directly through the hotel’s website and check out Las Alamandas special offers section here.

Photo May 02, 2 12 33 PM

Succulents near the beach

Las Alamandas is great choice for couples and families looking to get away from it all who don’t mind getting to the resort’s location. If you’re not a fan of bumpy roads, the hotel can book you a transfer to and from the Puerto Vallarta airport in a small Piper airplane.

DSCF3601DSCF3576

Left: Current warning sign during my stay Right: unusually strong waves 

DSCF3697-2

Lookout Point at Las Alamandas

Lookout point on the Las Alamandas property is great place to take in the sunset. The staff can also provide a picnic or cocktails to enjoy while you watch the sunset.

DSCF3677

The beach at Las Alamandas at dusk

DSCF3687

Killer sunset views along the Pacific

Las Alamandas could not be any prettier. It’s easy to see why it’s a popular property to buy out for weddings and other private events.

Photo May 05, 6 19 42 AM (1)

If bumpy roads aren’t your thing, book the Piper!

Room rates at Las Alamandas start at about $260 per night.

Las Alamandas Resort
Carretera Federal 200 km 83.5
Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico

Toll Free US: 1888 882 9616
Toll Free Mexico: 1800 8366640
Tel 52 322 285 5500

​General Information: info@alamandas.com

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When Travel Porn Collides With a Celebrity Sex Tape: Why I Broke Up With My Favorite Resort in Cabo

Westin Cabo LobbyI used to have a favorite resort in Cabo. It was my travel porn of choice – the happy place my mind went to when I needed a little bit of escapism. The margaritas were fantastic and my favorite room there was a hammock was in the shade in the balcony. Hammocks are one of my favorite amenities, and too few hotels have them. Not to mention Cabo is an easy flight from Los Angeles.  I loved that hotel. It was a special occasion sort of resort, an aspirational kind of place where I felt like a better, sexier, tanner more glamorous version of myself.

Then, unfortunately, Ray J make Kim Kardashian a superstar by filming part of their sex tape at that resort, which he described as “ballin.” It totally ruined it for me. Never mind the bad camera work or the fact that the Cabo segment of that video might be the most boring set of scenes in the entire celebrity sex tape genre.  Ray J is such a lame cameraman he even made the beautiful suite look common while describing it as “fly.” I suspect Ray J thought the tape would make him a famous swordsman, not win any awards for cinematography.

I think the moment that ruined it for me was when they make out in the infinity pool. I mean, who knows how often they change that water? Eeew. From then on, even my daydreams felt tainted. Note: there is a great clean transcription of the Cabo section of the tape on The Agony Booth.

When travel porn collides with the reality of a celebrity sex tape, I find myself unable to return to that hotel. I had to break up with my favorite resort. I even removed the resort’s Do Not Disturb sign (which I took from the hotel) from the door on my home office.

My sense of humor is generally a good coping mechanism for travel – but on occasion, it works against me. I’ve been known to drop a perfectly timed movie quote from time to time. I fear this skill, fueled by tequila-filled margaritas and gems of Ray’s terrible dialogue would be a disastrous combination – one that would for sure annoy my sweet and patient husband (who would never waste a second of his life saying the word “Kardashian”).

Cabo

The Beach in Cabo

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Facebook YouTubeTwitterSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via RSS