Beachfront Penthouse in Punta Plata. Spectacular 2 bd, 2 ba, kitchen, dining, living and laundry w/large wrap around terrace, walking distance to everything in Bucerias. 7th floor 1 bd, 1 ba with kitchen and terrace available for highly rated travelers at additional cost, please enquire. Fishing, boogie boarding, SUP, kiteboarding, and bars/restaurants with live music - all outside your door. Calm, infinity pool where everyone gathers in the afternoon for sun and a cerveza.
Corner Beachfront Penthouse w/wrap around terrace for beach and mountain views
- english, spanish
About Gabriella Zielke
Welcome to our second home! It’s a very special place and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do. My husband and I both spent part of our childhoods in Mexico. He grew up in Mexico City and other parts of central and South America. I went back and forth to a small town outside of Monterrey. My last time to live here full time was 1992, and he moved in 1996. It’s great to be back, even if only a few weeks or months of the year. We now hail from Dallas, Texas. Mexicans love the Cowboys, so our home city is very recognizable and an easy conversation starter. Bucerias is a favorite destination for a lot of snowbirds from Canada. English is widely spoken here and it’s always 5 o’clock. Our search for a second home began before we married each other. He and I had both been looking for beachfront property when we met, thinking we would rent something for weekend getaways. It's fun to do this together! We recently became residents of St. Croix and sadly have listed this property for sale. There will be no showings without explicit guest approval and discount on rental.
Gabriella Zielke purchased this Condo in 2016
Why Gabriella Zielke chose Bucerías
We chose Bucerias because there are 4 direct flights daily from DFW, and depending on winds, it's 2-3 hours. So it's perfect for a long weekend whenever we feel like it. I was adamant that there be good kiteboarding and it be right on the water. We also wanted inland activities, so the Sierra Madres and jungle are perfect. Plus we wanted more of a Mexico feel than concrete and tourism. Bucerias is the best of both worlds. Plenty to do, but not as commercial as Puerto Vallarta. You get to know everyone quickly and they're all very friendly and helpful. Peter wanted air conditioning. Turns out it's very expensive here, so please be kind when using it. Keep the doors closed and turn it off when you're not inside.
What makes this Condo unique
The views are what really made our penthouse standout. The terraces wrap around, giving views of the entire bay, Puerto Vallarta, and mountain ranges on both sides. The patio doors open all the way up so it's like having an additional living and dining room with nice cool breezes.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great building and location
We enjoyed the condo, the building and location. The main portion of the condo (first floor) had all the usually amenities but the space is not large, especially the kitchen. With four of us it fit well but when our friends joined us it often felt tight. The upstairs space was very spartan, for the amount of space up there it could have used some comfortable seating. It had a bed, kitchen table and desk. We found the master suite bed very comfortable but the twin beds in the second bedroom were the more typical mexico hard beds. The outdoor patio is an excellent size and offers amazing views of the area. We also found the pool deck beautiful and well maintained including a grilling area as a bathroom.
We didn't give it five stars because we had issues with the on site property management. The dishwasher broke twice. The first time, it took two days for them to come and repair it and the second time they never bother to come at all. Also, there was a TV we were supposed to have in the second level but the property manager refused to bring it back to the unit. Even after repeatedly asking for it in person and by email.
Still best view
Could use attention to detail and cleanliness is still an issue. Internet didn’t work most of the stay, needs beach towels, and unit needs updating. It’s still very nice, but for the price these details shouldn’t be overlooked. The view is the best on the bay of Banderas!
Very disappointed - place needs a lot of TLC
Let me start by being positive, the views are fantastic and the complex is well situated and very friendly, however, the actual condo is run down and in dire need of upgrading. We took both the 6th floor and the 7th floor Penthouse, the Penthouse in particular needs a lot of work, no cooking utensils, no coffee pot, no tv, A/C unit leaked water everywhere, recent changes to the layout were poorly done and we thought the full glass windows were going to blow in when the wind came up. Ceiling fans were either noisy or just did not work and the appliances need to go to the dump. A section of stucco on the balcony ceiling fell off and other sections look like they are about to come loose. Jagged section of tile on the stairs and a broken glass top on the bedside table all could have done serious damage to a person. The door to the Penthouse only had a handle on the outside (this was eventually fixed), We contacted both owner and the property management people with our concerns but very little was actually rectified. No cleaning service is included during your stay and in truth the whole place could do with a thorough cleaning inside and out. We understand the condo is up for sale and came back one day to find a realtor showing people through the condo without notifying us at all. In fairness the Owner did compensate us for the 3 times the unit had showings. We booked the condo for 4 weeks in Feb and March this year to spend time with our children and grandchildren and we were very, very disappointed. The unit is advertised as "Luxury Modern" but in reality is very far from it.
We love Bucarias. Location and views are great. Only better if property was cared for.
Friendly owners and renters on property. Condo met our needs. Just expected it to be better maintained and needs updating.
Condo needs a little TLC. Can’t beat the view!
The view from this corner unit is unbelievable. Pool area is fantastic. Right on the beach!
We ran into many maintenance issues and it should be noted that the unit is in need of TLC. Floor tiles were broken, toilet wasn’t working properly, dishwasher needs maintenance, sliding doors need maintenance, unit was not cleaned well, dishes were dirty in cupboards, tv is not in English and service wasn’t working for a portion of trip, door stops don’t work (it gets windy up there), balcony loungers were dated and dirty, railings are rusting, lightbulbs were burnt out. Nothing that got in the way of having a fantastic trip though! Just could use attention to detail. When alerted, Gabriella discounted us one nights charge, and she was extremely helpful. She made note that they are switching management which will help a lot next season.
All in all, this place is a superb location with a million dollar view! We will return, and we had a fantastic trip! Thank you!
Amazing View and location - Lacking in communication from the owners
What a wonderful place! The views are amazing from this 6th floor corner suite. I watched the sun rise every morning. The location is lovely and walking distance to the market square in Bucerias as well as many places to eat and experience the culture. We had My Mexican Kitchen come in and cook for us on a few occasions. We had an appie night, 2 different dinners and a breakfast. My favourites were the appie night and the breakfast. Our place did accommodate 2 families (4 adult, 5 teens) comfortably - inside and out on the balcony. The kitchen was a bit small for the meals to be prepared in, as well we did not have enough cutlery. We did read some of the reviews before going and I'll admit when you see 1 star and then read the review you do get a bit worried about what is coming your way. Unfortunately, yes, there was mold in the main bathroom shower on the ceiling, as well as on the floor of the master shower. There was no remote control to get access into the parking areas, some of the lights were burnt out throughout the place and on the balcony, and there were no supplies like toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc. We bring our own anyway, so it didn't matter as much and we just bought toilet paper and laundry detergent. I did manage to get a hold of Gabriella to advise of some of these issues. I feel that the property manager that she has taking care of this place is NOT doing their job, And there is NO way to get a hold of him anyhow, as he didn't respond to my ONE email. I did meet some of the other residents in the same building that own and they use a different property manager and anyone that stays in this unit has generally had the same issues that we had.
In general, the place geographically is amazing - the perfect corner for amazing views, it's on the highest floor - so no noise above you, and size of the unit fit the 5 of us comfortably. The unit is very basic - beds, dining table, couches, comforters, etc. The kitchen needs the dishwasher to be put in properly so that when you open the door and begin loading it doesn't FALL out of the counter. The entire place just needs a bit more love. It was clean, but very bare bones. I found Gabriella very hard to get a hold of and lacking in her correspondence from the very beginning. She doesn't respond to emails very quickly, if at all. Ask one question at a time, because if you send an email with more than one you won't get all the answers to all of your questions.
We're a fan of the great kiteboarding wind in the afternoons during high season. Makes for a nice breeze through the open patio doors as well.