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Beachfront Luxury Villa Tortuga - Family Friendly

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

“The next morning… I find my Shangri-La, the place I could recommend without reservation or caveat… I’ve been in search of the perfect beach since I first saw the ocean, decades ago. Now I’ve found it.” ~ The Washington Post

“A charming, ecologically minded property on an otherwise uninhabited stretch of pristine beach ... a true tropical paradise.” ~ Alaska Airlines Magazine

“The villas at Playa Las Tortugas, 70 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, share 5 miles of creamy beach with nothing but a coconut plantation.” ~ Ranked #2 in Top 10 Spring Flings, Sunset Magazine, March 2008

We could not have said it better ourselves…a truly special place, secluded and tranquil, nestled among the palms of a coconut plantation, Villa Tortuga is your beachfront hidden treasure on miles of pristine, uncrowded beach.


Villa Tortuga,(formerly Casa Amarilla), is a private beachfront residence in the exclusive gated development of Playa Las Tortugas on the Riviera Nayarit - a scenic drive of less than two hours from Puerto Vallarta through old growth jungle, beautiful countryside and quaint towns. Villa Tortuga’s secluded location, assures your peace, privacy, and a vacation like none you have had before.

If you have ever dreamed of getting away from it all to your own private paradise, this is the real-life equivalent. You would need to search far and wide to find the combination of privacy, serenity and yet activity possibilities that await you here. Villa Tortuga is easily accessible by car or a private shuttle we will be happy to arrange.

The beach is an eco-preserve with an adjacent 1100 acre estuary. Villa Tortuga is one of only 13 homes there. Gently nestled amoung beautiful tropical gardens and coconut palms, at over 3700 sq. ft, it is one of the most spacious, well-appointed and luxurious homes in the development.

The house is big, open, airy and right on the beach. The open floorplan lends itself to hosting families and multiple couples up to a maximum occupancy of 8 people including children. The 3 bedroom suites are spacious, beautifully decorated and well-separated from one another. Each bedroom suite is separately air-conditioned and has its own unique magnificent views, private bath and terrace/balcony. Upgraded linens, rbes, pillows and hand made organic soaps are found in every room.

The Grand Master Suite, is located on the second floor with a commanding view of ocean. It is decorated in a carefully designed Safari theme with a King size bed. Spa-quality plush robes and disposable slippers are there for your convenience. The bath has “his and her” custom made marble sinks and the spacious shower has a magnificent view of the palms and ocean below.

The beautifully decorated Serenity Suite has a King bed and is located on the lower level with a garden view. The bath is large and the shower has wonderful views of the beach.

The Surfer Suite also is located on the lower level of the house with views on two sides to the beach. It has a Queen bed and is the most private of the suites with an independent access just off of the pool.

The private pool is located on the beach side of the house, just outside the living room, with incredible 180 degree views of the beach and crashing surf. You can watch the kids play in the pool from the palapa, outdoor living room or inside the house.

The gourmet kitchen has most modern amenities including granite countertops, a stainless steel, side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, microwave and numerous small appliances. Bottled water for drinking and cooking are provided.

The dining room seats 6-8, has dramatic ocean views, and opens directly to the beach.

The outdoor dining palapa represents the best in “laid back” outdoor Mexican living. Enjoy the views, fresh air and tropical breezes while you dine al-fresco or sip your favorite drink as you leisurely converse with friends or family. You can use it as a quiet shady retreat to lounge or read a book. If you have more ambition, you can also fire up the gas barbeque and watch the spectacular sunsets in the evening.

A large outdoor living room is located between the house and the pool. Shaded by the overhanging roof it has a large cushioned bench with plenty of seating.

Don’t think being in a remote paradise means being unattended. You will be secluded, yet pampered. Gabriel, the property manager, can arrange everything - from in-house massages, excursions, meals to just about everything else you are likely to need. There is a satellite wireless internet connection and a phone that you can make and receive calls using a prepaid phone card available from Gabriel. Your cell phone will probably not work here at the house itself, but you can usually get a signal on the beach. There is a television and a DVD player with a large selection of DVDs with many suitable for younger children. For those with very young children, a "pack-n-go" portable crib and highchair are available. Standard daily maid service is included. Meal preparation, de-luxe maid and laundry services are available as well for an additional cost.

PLAYA LAS TORTUGAS Turtle Beach) is the nesting habitat of several species of sea turtles. Playa Las Tortugas enjoys a mild tropical climate with an average year-round day temperature of 77° F (25 ºC) and 350 days of sunshine a year.

In season, Humpback whales migrate just offshore occasionally breaching and dolphins play nearby both easily visible from the beach. The birds and wildlife are abundant. Tropical birds and flowers such as the blooming plumeria add sounds and aromas to complete the scene. Spectacular photo opportunities abound, so bring your camera!

Keywords: Beachfront Luxury Villa

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, With internet translating, any language is fine.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our stay was most enjoyable as the Villa offered all modern amenities and comfort (well equipped kitchen) and very comfortable and well appointed bedrooms.

For one week, we were 3 couples (6 people) with the dog and for the remainder of the time, we were 2 couples.

Playa Las Tortugas is truly a magical place and we were very grateful that we could bring our pooch to enjoy the outdoors and the ocean for a full 17 days of perfect vacation. Morning runs in the palm grove and long beach walks in the afternoon made it all the more enjoyable.

We also had one of our friend who is a certified Yoga instructor - so we were spoiled daily with beach side Yoga sessions.

My friend and I are Kitchen aficionados, so part of the daily ritual was to plan our menu and cook delightful meals (which was a real treat in this house).

We had a wonderful vacation and would recommend Playa Las Tortugas to friends and family (already have ;-)!

There are not many unspoiled places such as this one, and it is real privilege to be able to enjoy such a magical place.
Feb 2018
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Compostela Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1) Grand Master and Serenity suites. Soft matress pillowtop in each suite. Upgraded linens and pillows - soft to firm., Queen size Beds (1) Surfer suite. Soft matress pillowtop. Upgraded linens and pillow selection, from ultra-soft to firm, Baby Cribs (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 2 twin rollaway type beds available for children
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Premium beachfront location with comanding views 2 pools : private pool and community pool Professionally appointed and decorated Daily maid service included (except Sundays) De-luxe cleaning service available All kitchen utensils and appliances Cook available upon request Provisioning available Laundry service available Airport pick-up and drop-off available Personal Masseuse available On-site property maintenance manager Satellite TV Wireless Internet available DVD movie library Books and games Independent remote-controlled Air conditioning systems in each bedroom suite SPA-quality robes Disposable sleepers 600 tread-count linens Plush bath and beach towels Hair dryers in every bathroom Hand-made organic soaps Shampoo, Conditioner, shower gel, lotion presented in environmentally-friendly mounted caddies Beach chairs and umbrellas Pool lounge chairs Relaxing hammocks Pack-n-go crib High chair Toddler booster seat Additional Inflatable mattresses Canoe,


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Beachfront Luxury Villa Tortuga - Family Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Amazing home and grounds

  • 5 of 5

For some reason I couldn't enter the date we arrived which was in March 2018! My family spent 8 glorious days in the home in this private oasis. It was the best trip we've ever taken. The house is beautiful and amazing. The people who help you - Chella & Ismael - are so nice and helpful. The food Chella prepared was outstanding. Having your own private pool and the beach within steps was lovely. We slept with the doors open to the sounds of waves. The town of Platanitos is close and so fun for a lunch trip. We saw baby turtles released, whales in the ocean, horseback riding on the beach! I can't say enough. LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Will absolutely be going back as soon as possible! Thank you Villa Tortuga family!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

I hesitantly write this review as I feel like this is our secret vacation getaway location and not sure I want to give away our secret! This was our 3rd time to Playa las Tortugas and our 1st time at Villa Tortuga. The house is beautiful, extremely well maintained and clean. The bedding is fabulous with very nice sheets - and the pillow selection is divine! We have 2 young boys and thus having our own little pool is very convenient, but the community pool is so close too. And the beach is beautiful, clean and quite. I would highly recommend getting a cook. The food is delicious and it makes for a relaxing vacation. We highly recommend the boat rides at El Tovara in the mangroves and lunch at the restaurant where they gate off an end of the river for swimming and swinging from a tree into the clearest of water. Our last visit in November, we hiked to El Cora waterfall and had it all to ourselves to take a dip - hard to find but worth the effort. We have rented a Jeep Wrangler twice and not regretted the extra cost for the drives down the bumpy dirt roads. If you're looking for a relaxing, quiet and remote location for a vacation that's great for kids - this is it.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dayna, it is always a pleasure to have you and your family stay at our villas! I love that you all go out exploring, too, there are some wonderful places to see off property also!
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Villa Tortuga is a great place for relaxation, meditation and fun

  • 5 of 5

Villa Tortuga is a smartly designed and elegant vacation place at the best location on the beach. The spacious upstairs master suite had such a nice view of the never ending water.

Our hosts had been kind, attentive and professional - we had been pampered by Sr. Gabriel, the manager and the caretakers Ramon and Lili. We had opted for food service - and it was a good choice for us.

I highly recommend horseback riding from the villa, and the local mariachis. Ramon has taken very good care of us and our requests had all been realized for fresh milk, nice flower arrangement and a good taxi driver for outings. This is a place to have complete relaxation in a healing energy beach. We definitely are returning with our family soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mpls., MN

Ideal Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family (myself, husband, two teen boys) spent our spring break at Villa Tortuga. I wanted privacy and luxury, my husband was looking to surf and the boys needed some good beach time and ocean activities. We got it all!

The villa and grounds are as beautiful as the photos portray. Each boy had his own suite and we all had plenty of space to ourselves. The private dipping pool was ours alone, while the community pool was nearby if we had wanted more. The surf was great for boogie boarding and body surfing and all three 'boys' got up on surfboards. We also enjoyed some time sea kayaking. I loved being so close to the beach that we could see the boys from the house.

The staff was helpful, attentive and very patient with our attempts at Spanish. I recommend the shuttle to and from Villa Tortuga. The drive is long and the guarantee of A/C in the vehicle was so nice. We had no need or wish for a car the entire week. Our walk/swim to Plantanitos for ceviche and cervesas on the beach was our only time away from the house and it was a tasty and entertaining diversion.

A wonderful retreat. I highly recommend and hope to return.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a beautiful and spacious home to stay in, away from the crowds, on a long secluded beautiful beach with fantastic sunsets, warm very swimmable ocean, wonderful cooks, great pools, lush well maintained grounds,wifi,is very safe, then Villa Tortuga at Playa Las Tortugas is the place for you. There were mornings that I went on 6 mile walks and was the only person making tracks in the very fine sandy beach. Afternoons were spent either by the private pool or on the beach, where there were never more than 4-5 other couples or families, all at least 50 yards apart. I am almost 71 and

truly enjoyed the boogie boards in the ocean that came with the villa.

Getting to Las Tortugas is a bit of a drive, but well worth. The directions provided by Marianne are excellent. A wonderful and warm married couple, Ramon and Liliana take care of the house and grounds, and will cook fantastic meals twice a day for you, if you

choose to have that done. Some of the homeowners that stay at Las Tortugas several months a year walk the beaches daily and pick up things that have washed in from the ocean, which help to keep the beaches pristine.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh PA

Villa Tortuga is an excellent choice

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Villa Tortuga for a week in December. The house was spacious and more beautiful than the pictures. Each bedroom had it's own spacious bathroom. Lovely views from the house of the palm trees and beach which was just steps away. The Beach was wonderful. Our place had it's own private pool (solar heated) with plenty of pool furniture and was next to the community pool. The maid service and service people were very helpful and friendly. We had them cook for us a couple days and the meals were delicious. It was a wonderful week and I highly recommend Villa Tortuga.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Puerto Vallarta
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Las Varas-San Blas HYW
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Platanitos, across estuary
Nearest Beach
in front of villa
Car: recommended

Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at the property, walk or run along miles of sandy beach, Visit the turtle camp and release baby turtles in season, Whale watching, excellent birding in estuary,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150

Cancellation of 45 days needed for refund of deposit - $100 cancellation Fee.
Holiday period requires 90 day cancellation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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