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

Bedrooms 5
Space 9,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-10), FULL STAFF (3)

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. Chef services for breakfast included; Additional Chef services available for lunch/dinner for small fee. $50 for 1-5 people; $75 for 6-10 people; $120 for 11-15 people.

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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
  • Children welcome
  • 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:
  • Beach View ...
  • 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 ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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. Chef services for breakfast included; Additional Chef services available for lunch/dinner for small fee. $50 for 1-5 people; $75 for 6-10 people; $120 for 11-15 people.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
Des Moines Iowa

Perfect Setting, Excellent On-Site Staff

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Ileana over Thanksgiving 2017 for an extended family vacation. The house is absolutely stunning! The location is perfect, a short walk down the hill to Old Town Puerto Vallarta. The home is open, breezy, immaculate and every single detail has been tended to! The kitchen and living areas offer panoramic views of the bay. The bedrooms all have very comfortable beds and the linens and towels are luxurious.

But, the best part about our stay was the wonderful staff that came along with the house. The Owners of the house are very involved and accommodating and the House Manager, Christina, is divine! Christina is a wonderful Chef and her breakfasts in the morning should be famous! Her eggs ranchero are delicious and were served with freshly squeezed juice every morning. She took care of all the details from arranging a private boat charter, to calling us cabs, making dinner recommendations, you name it! She freshened up or beach and pool towels, picked up wine for us, did our laundry and made sure that we were completely taken care of.

If Puerto Vallarta is your destination, Casa Ileana should be your top choice. It's relaxing, quiet, beautiful and worth every penny!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words! Vacations are sacred to us and our staff takes great pride in making sure our guests' experiences are memorable. We're gratified that your experience met your expectations. Nothing pleases us more than providing an atmosphere at Casa Ileana where clients and their friends not only enjoy their stay, but feel pampered. A bit of comfort, a dash of location sprinkled with fine details, then toss in good food and you have a recipe for a successful vacation. And speaking of recipes--you're right!!! Cristina's Rancheros are the best! We've tried Huevos Rancheros everywhere and know that Cristina's deserve a trophy! A special thanks to the Hansen Family for being such wonderful guests who treated the house and staff with great kindness and care. We hope to see you again! Kind regards, Jon, Sylvia, Cristina, Lupe & Erica
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Excellent views, luxurious, authentic Mexican.

  • 5 of 5

I've been staying here for over 15 years now, and each time the owners seem to make improvements to make it even more convenient and inviting. The structure has a feel of being in a private, luxurious Mexican home, thoughtfully decorated with local art and sculpture. The view is spectacular, overlooking downtown Puerto Vallarta. A short walk or cab ride down the hill has you in a world class restaurant, craft brewery, or street tacos in minutes. Cristina and staff listen, and quietly go about making your stay comfortable and relaxing, providing excellent food and drink (best margaritas!). You could visit P.V. and never leave the property and you'd have the best vacation. But the gorgeous beach, shopping, and restaurants are just moments away. If you want to bring your whole family, or a have a quiet personal retreat, Casa Ileana will help you fulfill every fantasy of a vacation in the warm, Mexican sun.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The very best thing about opening our home to guests is developing a return clientele. Creating a history makes it not only rewarding, but easy. We have an incredible number of return clients dating back--yes--15+ years. The base of our staff is consistent. The clients love it. It all creates family. You know what to expect on all sides, and the memories continue to grow. It's easy for the clients, because they know that their enjoyment will be at least, the same, but usually better with time. It's easy for us, as owners, because we can be secure in the understanding that great returning guests build a certain kind of expectation of quality. We strive to meet that, to exceed that, and always to please. We are immensely thankful for the great people who come through our doors.
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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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Beverly Hills


  • 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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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
PVR International
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Casa Isabel Restaurant & 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

Breakfast prep is included in the reservation.
Additional Chef service(includes prep, service & cleanup) is available for lunch/dinner for an extra fee for the staff:
For 1-5 guests: $50 plus cost of ingredients & tip.
For 6-10 guests: $75 plus cost of ingredients & tip.
For 11-15 guests: $120* plus cost of ingredients & tip.

*events of more than 15 must be approved in advance.
**Photocopies of credit card & driver's license required w/in 7 days of booking to confirm.

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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