Pure Contentment at Casa Tres Vidas
by, 02-28-2014 at 01:46 PM (486 Views)
After browsing the short list of villa offerings on LL, we decided on Casa Tres Vidas in Puerto Vallarta. When we were able to secure award business class seats for the desired dates within 5 minutes, we knew we had made the right call.
Margaret, the person in charge of pre planning certain details of the villa stay, was prompt and very thorough in responding to every question that I had!
After five hours of flight time, an hour of immigration lines and about a 30 minute transfer from the airport, we were on the fast track to getting to our haven that would be our escape from the polar vortex we left back home. Tucked away in a residential area with narrow roads, a few steep inclines and sharp turns, we pulled up to the unassuming villa and were greeted by Roberto in the lobby of Quinta Maria Cortez, a bed and breakfast under the same ownership.
The villa is of a layout I have never experienced before. From street level, we went down three flights of stairs to our villa, Vida Mar, the closest to the ocean of the three. This property is not for those with mobility issues.
We were given a quick tour and I made a run for the master bedroom, that is much superior to the other chambers. I wanted to secure the amazing view that came with the private balcony of this room, before any of our friends could steal it from under our noses.
After our short tour, we met Eduardo and Daniel, our private chef and villa butler. The staff is really what takes the experience over the top. Not in a stuffy, pretentious approach, but a wholehearted, genuine, hospitable one.
Eduardo, we would learn, had prepared cuisine excellence for 4 years in establishments across Miami, and at least that many on various international cruise liners. His meals were well balanced, catered to our every desire!
When he learned of our passion for cajeta, a Mexican confection of thickened syrup made from sweetened caramelized milk, he quickly modified our menu to include crepes filled with Eduardo-made cajeta! All our meals were concluded with a round of applause for this dynamic duo! I will use pictures to elaborate.
Apart from the staff, the strongest perks this villa offers are probably multiple common areas to congregate with your party, an intimate beach with very few passersby (though not easy to swim in) and the most stunning views of Banderas Bay.
We spent our lazy mornings drinking fresh squeezed orange juice, that Daniel was so kind to prepare every morning, gazing out into the bay watching the show the whales put on, like clockwork, right before breakfast was served.We ventured out of our villa for an excursion and for a stroll on the Malecon.
The rest of our week was spent savoring spot on cuisine, feeling the breeze through our hair, more whale watching of course, and wondering why we don’t make this a yearly tradition.
For those interested in visiting the villa, do not expect over the top luxury, Bvlgari amenities or a turndown service. It is just enough to make you comfortable, while you enjoy the true gems: the staff, the location, the peacefulness and the view. Pure contentment at a price tag that is more than reasonable!