Inviting Villa, Dazzling Ocean Views, Poolside - Villa Reyes
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Special offer: Experience meals prepared in your kitchen by our great cook! Details
Playa Las Tortugas (Turtle Beach) villa description
Villa Reyes at Playa Las Tortugas. An upscale tropical paradise at the secluded “Turtle Beach” on Mexico’s Pacific shore. Entrée Magazine summed up the picturesque setting: ..... “ a gorgeous, coconut-producing plantation, an 1100-acre estuary teeming with exotic birds and a turtle camp protecting the endangered olive ridleys ..“ The area also enjoys perfect 'Puerto Vallarta weather' ... 80's in Dec, Jan, Feb
Villa Reyes beckons you to the travel experience of a lifetime in its spacious 1,750+ sq. ft. interior ... with ocean views and the sounds of waves from the bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and from the 1,200 sq. ft. of decking. The pristine beach is just a leisurely 3 minute stroll through colorful tropical flowers, foliage, and coconut palms. Only yards up the beach is the mangrove estuary where you can kayak and watch 125 species of exotic birds, including the resident pelicans and roseate spoonbills.
Canoe or swim across the estuary for lunch at one of Platanitos’ six sand floored, oceanfront restaurants. Enjoy a walk or a barefooted run on 5 miles of uninhabited sand beach that is lined with palm trees and goes on as far as the eye can see. The ocean waves are great for boogie boards, surfers, and ocean kayaks. The community pool is also just steps from Villa Reyes and is a favorite of our guests. Volunteering to help the Turtle Camp research facility preserve the endangered sea turtle population is another popular family activity. Even small children can participate in the release of hatchlings - sometimes as many as 1,000 in one evening.
Villa Reyes (formerly Villa Michelle) was purchased in September, 2011, by the current owners who have updated many of the amenities to insure the comfort of guests. Villa Reyes is now the only Tortugas rental that offers air conditioning in all rooms – a special benefit when the mid-day temperature heats up. A clothes washer and dryer are located in the Villa and the staff will gladly do your laundry every 3rd day. The kitchen is equipped with full size appliances and bottled water is supplied. Bath and bedroom linens are provided.
The Villa has 2 king size beds. Both spacious bedrooms have full baths, including large tiled showers. Each bedroom opens to a covered lanai. The large closets are adequate for a long term stay. (A hairdryer and iPod dock are provided.) A rollaway bed and air mattresses are also available. Our new roof-top day bed has custom insect screening and perfect ocean/pool views. This bed can provide 'starry, starry nights' for the adventuresome.
A 'pack and play' and highchair can be requested. There is daily maid and garden service to insure your Villa and the grounds are in top condition for your enjoyment.
The dining room table seats eight. The dining room area also includes a desk and loveseat which are well positioned to retain the ocean views while you relax to use the free Internet or just read a book from our selection of novels. There are two additional dining areas – one on the second floor balcony and one on the rooftop. (For those of you who would like to leave the cooking to us, we can arrange affordable/authentic Mexican meals prepared in your Villa by our wonderful cooks. Sample menus are available at www.Villa-Reyes.com.)
The den with flat screen TV/DVD player (for movies) adjoins the kitchen and provides great ocean views/sounds. CD’s, DVD’s, books, board games and cards are provided. Colorful Mexican tiles and tasteful accent pottery will add to your enjoyment.
To reach Playa Las Tortugas, guests will travel 70 miles north from the Puerto Vallarta airport. Good roads will take you by mountain passages, small villages, roadside fruit stands, and the scenes become progressively more rural in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit. By the time you turn west toward the ocean, you will see major farming which produces tons of pineapples, large herds of cattle, and huge mango orchards. This area from Puerta Vallarta to Playa Las Tortugas has a great reputation for traveler safety and cordial citizenry.
Anne Banas (executive editor of “Smart Travel”) reminds us that “Mexico is a really large country. Just because there might be border violence in one area, it’s like saying that there’s crime in New York so don’t go to L.A. It just doesn’t make sense. Most of the tourist areas are perfectly safe.” Thomas Dale and Associates ( a leading international security firm whose clients include CNN, Walt Disney Co, NBC Universal, and Cisco Systems), recently conducted a study and declared Puerto Vallarto and the Riviera Nayarit among the safest tourist destinations in the world. (Where is Nayarit? The state is just north of Puerto Vallarta and features 200 miles of Pacific Coastline known as 'Riviera Nayarit'.Other coastal towns: San Blas, La Penita, Los Pancho, Sayulita and Bucerias.)
The weather in Riviera Nayarit is widely recognized as some of the best on the Planet. Average year-round temperatures range from highs of 80 to 85 degrees to lows of 60 to 70 degrees. Most rain occurs from June through September and even then, most rain occurs at night or during pre-dawn thundershowers. Much of the year is characterized by deep blue skies and ocean breezes.
There are multiple options for transport from the airport. Many guests choose to rent a car from companies like Gecko Car Rentals (they pick up and return you to the airport/they include insurance in the rental price). Some guests use bus/taxi transportation. We also offer a private shuttle that will stop for grocery shopping in Puerto Vallarta, when requested.
A Washington Post reporter called Playa Las Tortugas his 'Shangri-La, the place I could recommend without reservation or caveat.” Our secluded beach community will indeed take you back to the 'old Mexico'. The well appointed Villa Reyes will provide comfort/ serenity and memories to last a lifetime. Our rates for 2013 have been reduced due to global economics. Enjoy now!
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- 1750 sq. ft.
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- The two King Sized bedroom suites have tiled bathrooms, ocean views, deck access, and much privacy. An outdoor, rooftop canopy bed is provided on the third floor roof. Enjoy the comfort & breezes of a day bed. Romantics can enjoy the starry, starry nights. Air mattresses are also available. Two are twin size and one is queen size with auto inflate and linens....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Our rates are for your own private villa and include daily maid service. Our beach setting is a thing of beauty and off the beaten tourist bath. It allows 100% relaxation with all the creature comforts. An opportunity to see real Mexican culture in a setting that is not focused on tourism. If you like a tropical beach setting, being close to nature, and have a little sense of adventure ... you will love Villa Reyes!...moreless
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Pool & Spa
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- Away From It All
Location & View
- Ocean View:
- Whale Watching
- Massage Therapist
- Surf Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Volunteer to help release turtle hatchlings & participate in turtle conservation, migratory bird watching via canoe or kayak, massage therapy, photography, experiencing rural Mexican culture/cuisine, surf fishing, deep sea fishing. Golfing opportunities available at Tepic, Punta Mita, Litibu, and Puerta Vallarta (each facility is about 1.5 hours from Tortugas). Jungle adventures and waterfall excursions can be arranged from Playa Las Tortugas. Whale watching excursions available in season. Deep sea & surf fishing opportunities. Aquatic opportunities abound. Horseback riding is inexpensive. The natural (eco-friendly) setting of Villa Reyes makes it a great destination for all age groups and the privacy is perfect for romantic occasions. The setting is also perfect for family reunions. For much greater detail, see our Website: Villa-Reyes.com...moreless
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Beautiful place in a beatiful setting.
- Guest g (Laredo, Texas)
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 01/01/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Perfect Family Vacation
Perfect Family Vacation
We stayed here for Christmas week, 2011; my two sisters and our mother, together with our families. Our group ranged from 16 to 84 and we came together from all over the map: Brooklyn, Seattle, Albuquerque and Sacramento. It was just a perfect place for us all to gather. There were 12 in our group so we used Villa Reyes and another house at Playa las Tortugas. The house was everything pictured and beautifully equipped. PLT is a hidden treasure, the grounds are beautifully maintained, and the staff extraordinarily helpful. We were so happy to be out of the hustle of the large resort scene but wanted for nothing. We tended to start our days at Villa Reyes with coffee, breakfast and yoga on the palapa with nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law straggling in as they awoke (even Mom made it over!), before transitioning onto our activities for the day and to the other house for lunch and dinner. In varying combinations, we took full advantage of what was offered... surf and boogie boarding, kayaking and using the stand up paddle board (on both the estuary and the sea), walking (and wading) over to Platanitas for lunch, horse back riding on beach at sunset (now that will be a memory for a lifetime!) and, of course, sharing in three releases of turtle hatchlings. "Off campus" we enjoyed the bird-watching jungle cruise near San Blas (perfect with our mother) and a day trip to Sayulita (perfect for the teens and 20 somethings...). We also took advantage of the meal preparation and enjoyed delicious dinners almost every evening. It was a just a great place for a family vacation!
- Guest Kate (Brooklyn, NY)
- Date of stay 12/23/11
- Review Submitted 01/29/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, pet owners, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: We really appreciate knowing that our guests appreciate the comfort and amenities offered by Villa Reyes. We also love to see such a diverse group participate in the abundant adventures offered by Playa Las Tortugas. This great review confirms our belief that Villa Reyes can readily accommodate families, adventure seekers, couples looking for peace/tranquility, and friends of our sea turtles & the associated ecosystem.
Our adventures at Villa Reyes
Our adventures at Villa Reyes
We were lucky to have scheduled our vacation at Villa Reyes shortly after the new owners had refurbished it and changed the name from Villa Michelle. The features described in the listing were "spot on". Our children liked having the pool, the beach, and the estuary all located within a short walk from our central location. The whole family was excited to take the kayaks to explore the estuary. We even kayaked across the estuary to have lunch twice at the authentic sand-floored restaurants at Platanitos. The fish and shrimp are delivered daily from local fishing boats. The tropical grounds and sunset ocean views from Villa Reyes were great for photography. My husband enjoyed early morning exercise on the miles of serene beach. All in all, this was a fantastic place to relax and unwind on the beach. Our housekeeper was so helpful and she made sure our needs were attended to. We also decided to have some meals prepared by the Tortugas staff & found the veggies, local seafood, and desserts to be especially good. The Property Manager arranged for horseback riding on the beach and a jungle river ride. Next time, we want to return in Jan. or Feb. for the El Bajo whale watching boat trip. We took a fantastic day trip for shopping in Puerto Vallarta and stopped to tour a Tequila Distillery (with samples!). We heartedly recommend the half day trip to the "Thursday Morning Market" in La Penita - exotic fruits/vegetables and crafts (pottery, silver, wool rugs). We also enjoyed watching as people in the nearby village of Zacualpan socialized on the sidewalks at sunset and we bought some of our supplies at their small stores. We will come back to this paradise because our family can enjoy a variety of adventures together - including the last 7 miles of dirt road into Tortugas which took us back to an authentic Mexico. (With Skype and WiFi we were also able to maintain contact with our extended family in the U.S.) We even have plans to invite my husband's parents to join us at Tortugas next time.
- Guest Beach Fan (Columbia, SC)
- Date of stay 11/25/11
- Review Submitted 01/27/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you for the review. We want every guest to enjoy Villa Reyes and this tranquil environment in rural Mexico. Your summary is a confirmation of our success and the adventure in paradise which we call “Playa Las Tortugas”.
An amazing timeGuest comment entered by owner
An amazing time
We had such an amazing time here! Just what we needed - a holiday in the sun. The house is amazing; we have never felt more comfortable staying in someone else's home. The beach is absolutely wonderful, it's so great to get some privacy! We spent many days enjoying the surf and the sun, along with many of the countless activities that Playa Las Tortugas has to offer. This was such a unique experience and we loved every second of it. The staff was wonderful and helpful, and they helped make sure that our stay was fun and rejuvinating. Thank you for opening your home to us! (Reproduced verbatim from the Villa's guest book by the new owners of Villa Reyes.)
- Guest Nick, Denise, Chloe, Xander - Chicago, IL / NYC
- Date of stay 01/02/10
- Review Submitted 11/28/11
Magnificent PlaceGuest comment entered by owner
My wife and I spent the past 7 days in this magnificent place. All the staff and residents were very friendly and outgoing. This was our honeymoon so being isolated from the world was perfect for us. We spent 2 days away; one day up in San Blas, which I recommend and then one day visiting all the towns along the coast south of here. Both of which were worth the trip. Our cook Bella provided us with outstanding meals each day we were here and will be one of the many things we miss when we leave. This was just a very peaceful and theraputic week that we hope we can repeat many more times in the future! The turtle release every night is the main thing that will be missed! (Reproduced verbatim from the Villa's guest book by the new owners of Villa Reyes.)
- Guest Mike & Jessica, Chicago, IL
- Date of stay 11/08/09
- Review Submitted 11/28/11
9 wonderful days!Guest comment entered by owner
9 wonderful days!
We've just spent 9 wonderful days at the Villa Michelle (now Villa Reyes)and we've LOVED it!! We complement you on the care you've put into decorating - it was very comfortable. Loved the boogie boarding, kayaking, beach combing, sunsets and the geckos. We would definately recommend checking out some of the towns on the coast - and in the area. It was nice to see the real Mexico. The staff at Playa Las Tortugas was very professsional and made us feel welcome and well cared for. We were happy to have stayed this time and would love to return again!
- Guest The VDO Family, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
- Date of stay 03/27/09
- Review Submitted 11/28/11
Special offer: Experience meals prepared in your kitchen by our great cook!
On one day of your choice during a 7 day rental, our staff will pamper you with breakfast and dinner prepared in your kitchen at Villa Reyes. Your breakfast choices are very diverse and dinner includes a complete meal with dessert and beverage. Meals for additional days are available for only $35 pp per day. Children age 5 and under are free. Children age 6 – 11 @ $15. (*no meals on Sundays)
LOW SEASON (May thru September): 1 or 2 guests = $800 per week, 3 or 4 guests = $950 per week, 5 or 6 guests = $1,100 per week / $175 per night REGULAR SEASON (October thru April): 1 or 2 guests = $1,000 3 or 4 guests = $1,200, 5 or 6 guests = $1,400 per week / $200 per night ***SEE OUR WEBSITE (www.Villa-Reyes.com) FOR LAST MINUTE OFFERS*** *3 night minimum stay ** 7 night stay req for Christmas or New Year @ $2000/week *** 50% deposit to confirm (Refundable til 60 days prior)NO ADDITIONAL TAXES APPLY
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- Nearest Airport: Puerto Vallarta at 70 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Platinitos (by kayak or canoe) at 1 Miles
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: My wife and I are 'seniors' who traveled the world before finding our paradise on this five miles of secluded beach in rural Mexico. I was a Navy pilot and am a retired attorney from South Carolina. Currently, we divide our time between South Carolina, Florida, and Mexico. We love being immersed in nature and fully support the conservation of Mexico's abundant turtle population. We are adventure seekers and we love the stimulating environment which we have found in rural 'old Mexico'. We always feel safe in the State of Nayarit, Mexico and the people are especially friendly ... they are tolerate of and amused by our dreadfull lack of fluency in the Spanish language.
Why the Owner Chose Playa Las Tortugas (Turtle Beach):
Playa Las Tortugas is the most pristine natural environment that we have found in 50 years of extensive travel. We have a five mile beach that is virtually uninhabited. A fresh water estuary provides miles of mangrove lined waterfront that is ripe for exploration by kayak. At times, the butterflies add a further colorful dimension. The weather is phenomenal. The closest restaurants are 20 minutes away by kayak and a little longer if you drive. They have sand floors and the fresh red snapper is cooked on open charcoal grills. Our home is located in a grove of coconut palms and tropical flowers which line the beach access. A large and refreshing community pool (lighted) is only steps from our Villa. In combination, these natural attributes spell 'PARADISE'. For visitors, these amenities will provide the most memorable vacation of their life.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The culture in rural areas of Mexico has remained true to tradition. Many aspects of life are slow and akin to 'yesterday'. Often, farmers on horseback are contrasted with huge tractors that foreshadow the changes that are in progress. However, when the sun retreats at day's end, virtually all of the town's people come out to socialize with their neighbors on streetsides and town squares. Nearby, vendors push carts laden with diverse food and beverages. Tiny 'mom & pop' stores sell vegetables and necessities from sidewalk displays. All in all, visitors can still experience the cultural warmth of old Mexican when visiting this area of Riviera Nayarit.
- Primary: +1 803-446-5677 For info in English.
- Secondary: +52 322-299-3346 For info in Spanish.
Villa Reyes at dusk: modern, comfortable and facing the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy ocean views, sounds, & breezes from the rooftop deck. (wet bar & grill)
View from den - looking over 2nd floor deck to flower gardens, pool, and ocean.
2 King Bed suites. Both have tiled baths, ocean views, deck access and privacy
Villa-Reyes is only steps from the beautiful pool. Swim year-round!
Turtle conservation is big at Playa Las Tortugas. Visit on-site "Turtle Camp".
Today's fish & shrimp catch grilled at beach front restaurants in Platanitos
New custom insect curtains for the rooftop palapa
NEW day bed under the rooftop palapa!
There is no better place to enjoy the ocean views/sounds/breezes ... and sunsets
Enjoy day trips to nearby fishing communities. Shop exquisite Puerto Vallarta.
The spoonbill roseates get their pink color from their diet of shrimp.
Mi casa es su casa! The front entrance - driveway side.
The 2nd floor Den with panoramic ocean views.
Dining Room seats 6 - 8. Enjoy ocean views and sounds while dining.
Our gardener, Francisco, takes great care of the beautiful flower gardens.
Palms line 5 miles of pristine beach. Walk, swim, surf, kayak, or ride horseback
Adults & even small children can help release new hatchlings at sunset.
Roof top deck. Blue skies, coconut palms and stunning tropical flowers!
Unobstructed views looking through the insect screened palapa.
Relax with a book and beverage or enjoy a starry evening!
Our premium lot, very near ocean ... for sale by owner ... $145,000.
Use the on-site kayaks/canoes to explore our 1,100 acre estuary!
Over 100 species of migratory birds can be found in the Playa Las Tortug estuary
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