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Majestic Cliffside Tuscan Villa / Stunning Views & Huge Pool/Close To Beach

Bedrooms 5
Space 9,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-10)

This spacious (almost 10,000 sq. ft.), walled Tuscan stone villa overlooking Banderas Bay and the beautifully charming downtown Puerto Vallarta, is one of the rare private treasures where you can EASILY walk from your front gate to fabulous gourmet restaurants or funky joints surrounding the Romantic Zone and Old Town, the Blue Chairs of Los Muertos Beach, and the downtown Malecon.

Return to your huge pool deck, surrounded by total privacy, and have your own chef, access to an in-house masseuse & spa amenities, Meditate with private Yoga, high speed wireless Internet, Netflix, free long distance & cable TV. This is a walled, private estate.

Staff of 2-3 is included in rental. That means all needs are taken care of. You can have poolside cocktail service at your whim. The staff is personable, speaks English, and has been trained to be both invisible when need-be and by your side when needed.

The Villa was designed so that each bedroom has a comfortable, private area. Guests can choose to retire to a soul enriching space all their own, or join the larger house, for fun and festivities.

This delightful, elegant home was featured on THE HGTV network and for years was a favorite on the Vallarta Home tour. Think PortoFino on the Mexican Riviera.

Keywords: villa, 5 bedrooms, 4 bedroom, puerto vallarta, mexico

More Details

jon duncanson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017

About jon duncanson

Award winning television journalists Jon & Sylvia have traveled the world and bring that sensibility and experience to this lovingly renovated stone villa. We've made this home modern, but keeping in mind the old Mexico ambience--so you feel the true spirit of this generous country. We regularly host CEO's, media personalities, families & major tour book editors. This is an elegant does not feel like a 'rental property'. When you stay here, you imagine you're in one of the finest homes in the world looking at one of the best views on Earth. We love it, we hope you do, too.

jon duncanson purchased this villa in 1999

Why jon duncanson chose Alta Vista

We were sailing down the Mexican coast after 9 months at sea and pulled into Puerto Vallarta for the hurricane season. As a curiosity we started looking at the charming old homes downtown. Walking through the hills of Vallarta we saw this amazing stone villa looking out over the city, bay & ocean. We literally said, "wouldn't that be a cool place to live!" The next day, we found it was for sale. The moment we walked up the stairs and into the main living quarters, we were sold. Literally. Coincidentally, nearly every person who walks into this home has the same reaction.

What makes this villa unique

The principal benefits are views, service, location & privacy. The layout of the home is designed to give each bedroom it's own private rest space, for the times when a guest wants to get away from even his or her friends or family. Read a book, take a nap, swing in the hammock. Yet, when it's time to come together, the indoor-outdoor living makes everything inviting. Above all, this home is one of the only big villas where you can WALK down into town and Los Muertos Beach within minutes. So if a restaurant urge strikes (and there are loads of great eateries nearby), you walk out the gate and you're there (or the beachfront, too)! We can arrange airport pickup and staff can direct you with any help you may need (and can get huge discounts on tours and packages).


Alta Vista Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • No add'l overnight guests allowed beyond agreed number. In the event of more, add'l fee of $100 per person per night will be due prior to checkout.
  • Guests shall not prevent staff from performing normal house duties.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 bathrooms.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (2). We can make any conversion work for your group. All bedrooms have either ensuite or across the hall bathrooms (5). Each bedroom has private outdoor space to really get away from it all. All bedrooms have wi-fi for Netflix viewing or uploading photos to Facebook or Instagram.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Private chef services available on a moment's notice. Cristina will delight your palette! Also, poolside snack and drink service available throughout the day at no charge (guests responsible for base food costs). Full-time 3 person staff for personal service. It's your own private Four Season's villa.


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Majestic Cliffside Tuscan Villa / Stunning Views & Huge Pool/Close To Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Magnolia, Texas

A gem! What views!

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I stayed at Casa Ileana for five incredible days. I can't imagine staying at a hotel after this. Most incredible to me was the architecture and design combined with service and style. The weather is so perfect and free of insects the Casa's design is such that much of the social space is open to the outdoors. Event though the kitchen, dining room, fireplace seating is covered, there is no wall toward the pool and patio. As a bonus the pool and patio is private but still has incredible views.

The bed rooms close off to the outside, but usually have doors that can open if you wish. Each also has access to an open (but private) space.

The staff is professional and kind. I mentioned to a friend to remind me to buy some Diet Coke for the fridge. A staff member overheard this, and two hours later I noticed cold Diet Cokes in the fridge!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Perfect destination in every way!

  • 5 of 5

From the second we stepped foot in Casa Ileana, our experience was extraordinary. The house, pool, and view were amazing and the friendly staff attended to our every need. It is just the right mix of luxury and comfort when you feel like you are being pampered but it is still okay to walk around in your bare feet. The owners did a nice job of collecting beautiful furniture, art, and artifacts from around Mexico so the ambiance is authentic and rich. Basically, the food was delicious, the staff was lovely, the beds were comfy, and the environment was sumptuous… what more can you ask for?!?

The house is very conveniently located so a trip into enchanting Old PV is an easy walk. Though it is centrally located the house is extremely private and quiet. We can’t recommend this location enough… we will definitely return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carefree vacation thanks to the phenomenal staff

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week-long vacation here with two other families with kids between 2 and 7. The owners are warm and accommodating as we planned our itinerary. Once we arrived, Cristina and all of the staff were so helpful and sweet with our children. Please have Cristina cook you her delicious meals. She is so talented and can cook anything! We wanted local fare but she also did a Seafood Paella on request that was so good. Churros y chocolate and ceviche were other favorites. If you do want to venture out for a fancy meal, Vista Grille is only one block away.

We spent many days not even leaving the villa because we had the pool, view, delicious food and drinks, and wonderful company. If you are going with children who are not yet pool-safe, you will need to watch them like hawks and keep them close, as there is no pool fence. We had enough adults to supervise continuously between us so it wasn't ever a problem. The locally found furnishings are works of art and I have so many photos of the decor alone.

Car service was arranged for a day trip to Sayulita (highly recommend this surf town!) and we were able to walk down to the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta. Airport shuttle service was also easy to arrange through the owners and Cristina.

It was a trip to remember, even for the very young kids. We hope to make it back one day.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I travelt to PVR at least 5 times a year with my friends, and this house was stellar. It was close to EVERYTHING, yet very private and quiet. The staff was beyond amazing, and the layout of the house makes it perfect for either families, or groups of friends/couples. I am looking forward to staying here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, United Kingdom

Puerto Vallarta Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I have been vacationing in Puerto Vallarta for many years and Casa Ileana is the best place to stay with it's incorporation of Mexican artifacts throughout the home lending to a real Mexican ambiance and it's perfect location to my favorite part of PV. It is set atop of Puerto Vallarta's Old Town and Romantic zone overlooking the city and bay and it's just a short walk to experience the liveliness of the town's quaint shops and restaurants which keep getting better and better.

Casa Ileana is a gorgeously architected indoor/outdoor home nestled into the mountain including five beautifully decorated bedrooms. There is plenty of space for everyone with comfortable living quarters and an open living room/kitchen plan for socializing and gathering around the pool.

The staff at Casa Ileana managed by the wonderful Cristina is extraordinary. She makes an amazing Huevos Rancheros and new to the menu was a mushroom and spinach omelette. Yum! I can't forget to mention the afternoon bowl of guacamole, accompanied with Margaritas of course. She also coordinated a trip to the Canopy tours for us negotiating the best rate and planned our transportation to the airport. She is efficient and kind and I wanted to take her home with me. Cristina is just lovely!

I traveled with my family from London and we were in desperate need of sunshine and relaxation and Casa Ileana never disappoints. The owners and the caretakers of the house always make it special for us. They are extremely accommodating and gracious and our two children (ages 12 and 11) loved staying in this magical home.

It's a beautiful place where I have made many beautiful memories and I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, TX

Awesome views of Puerto Vallarta!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented homes in the Mismaloya area for over 20 years and didn’t know what we were missing! It was always a trek to get to town and therefore, we rarely experienced the real Puerto Vallarta.

We just returned from a wonderful stay at Casa Ileana and it showed a whole new world to us. It is right in the middle of everything! Not only does it have a million dollar view of the town and bay, but it is close enough to walk to town to shop, enjoy wonderful restaurants and most importantly get much needed exercise after all the great meals that Christina prepared. The entire staff is attuned to doing whatever makes you happy – great cocktails, the best breakfast we have ever had, and wonderful relaxing dinners.

The home has unique Mexican artifacts in every room and is quaint and extremely comfortable. February was a delightful time of the year to go – cool weather for morning walks and sun kissed afternoons for enjoying the beach or pool. The Vista Grill (one of the best restaurants in town) was a 3 minute walk up the hill and offered great food and wonderful views. We were truly pampered throughout our stay -- relaxing massages at the house and afternoon cocktails and appetizers by the pool every afternoon.

Lastly, the owners were so accommodating and delightful to work with. They could not have been more helpful in working with us on dates, transportation, having the house fully stocked with all our favorite beverages, and recommending restaurants and activities. We enjoyed our stay…..the view is extraordinary during the day and even more dramatic at night. A relaxing get away.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. Nothing pleases us more than to hear that folks leave Casa Ileana happy! Vacations are sacred to us and we greatly appreciate that you trusted yours with us! Our goal is always to make the trip effortless! As much as you hate to leave Casa Ileana at the end of your stay, the staff hates to see you go! Fingers crossed, we'll see you again soon!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
PVR International
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Vista Grill Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Los Muertos
Car: not necessary

Casa Ileana sits above the Romantic Zone and Playa Los Muertos Beach, a simple walk down the hill but set back enough to enjoy complete privacy with huge trees and rain forest. For restaurants, Panchos Tacos on Basillio Badillo Street is heaven-in-a-tortilla (ask for the 'Gringa')! A little out-of-the way joint called El Tacon on Carranza Street makes seafood burritos--best seafood ANYWHERE. Great pizza at Los Muertos Brew Pub--add the drunken onions to any pizza. Beyond that amazing jungle canopy tours, sailing, more restaurants, great walking. It is THE perfect location in Vallarta.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $500
Dinner/Lunch Prep 6-10 $75
Dinner/Lunch Prep 1-5 $50
Dinner/Lunch Prep 11+ $120

call or email owner for special requests. flexible on minimum days

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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