Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-10), FULL STAFF (3)
- english, spanish
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 HOME...it 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).
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Casa Ileana is a very special place. Cristina runs the home and is a top chef.
If you are taking a trip to Puerto Vallarta and want to live the good life - this is the place to stay.
An amazing villa! Christine and the staff are outstanding! Incredible property and super clean! Location is fabulous! Perffect for couples traveling together or multi generation as well. We will be back!
Cannot say enough about the staff!!! Loved it!!
Beautiful Piece of Heaven with Stunning Views
One of the nicest properties we have ever stayed at! We have been blessed with the ability to travel and have stayed in nice places. Casa Ileana in Puerto Vallarta is one of the finest! Very spacious home with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Great pool that overlooks the city. Stunning views of the beach and city. The staff is exceptional and provides everything you need for your stay. Thinking of going in town for dinner, the Casa has a tremendous 5 star chef that makes dining delightful! Would recommend the Casa for your next vacation. Great for couples or family celebrations! Stayed multiple times and already planning our next visit!
We love hearing all feedback, but this kind makes our hearts sing.
Our chef, Cristina, has been delighting our guests for 18 years! Each client, as he or she departs, threatens to take her home with them. Her menu is varied to include traditional Mexican & other, but all can be classified, "gourmet".(Her Four Seasons training shows) Of particular joy to people is the way the staff notes small details like, "guest #2 removed onions from the dish". The next day that guest will find that no onions will be on his/her plate.
Every detail is important, because every vacation is important!
Thanks for the kind words!
Spectacular property and even more spectacular staff.
Absolutely gorgeous property, exceptionally well-maintained by an incredible staff. Property manager and chef Christina made for one of the most memorable vacations we've ever had. Every meal was exceptional, and her attention to every detail of our week made for a truly relaxing, easy-going experience from start to finish.
Thanks so much Chris! Cristina has an uncanny knack for seeing the little things: one day, she'll see that someone in the group doesn't like onions, and the next day, that person won't have onions on his plate; she'll overhear someone say they wish they had thought to buy a Coca Cola, and a few minutes later, a coke with ice will be handed over.
Vacations are important..and they often come down to the little things.
Amazing Holiday Trip
We had the most wonderful time in this amazing house. Unique and well appointed, it exceeded all of our expectations. Open air kitchen, dining and living room were spacious and great for our large group of 9. The staff at the house was lovely and the cook was amazing. Plus, it was a super easy walk to town so we could enjoy the beach, restaurants and shopping. No need for a car! We made a lot of great memories and hope to return soon!
It warms our hearts that our guests dive in to the great pool of joy at Casa Ileana and Puerto Vallarta. Our staff feels a tremendous responsibility to make sure they "over-deliver." We consider it a success when people feel both pampered enough to stay home by the pool, and adventurous enough to explore our beautiful city. Vallarta is such a wonderful place, with kind & warm people, fabulous restaurants, great music. We hope you do come back again and again. We promise to keep giving you reasons to do so!
Great spot to enjoy a vacation with a group
This rustic yet luxurious property was the perfect set up for our group of 9. The combined indoor/outdoor space is beautiful and allowed all of us to very comfortably eat, play games and hangout together. Additionally, the property has many inviting private sitting areas, allowing one a moment away to read a book or take a nap. The pool is lovely, well maintained and easily heated upon request. The walk to the beach is hilly but easy for our group. None of that would matter without a great staff and Christina and her crew did not disappoint. They were intuitive, kind and flexible. They cooked for us all but two meals on our week long visit and they were all delicious. Sylvia, the owner, was very helpful before our visit and kindly checked in with us during our stay.
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.