|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Gorgeous ocean views, perfect gardens in a forest setting, and Luna Mar's superb permanent staff of 6 complement the brilliant architecture to create a truly exceptional experience in the heart of the Mexican Riviera. In an exclusive gated community with 20 lots and private beach, Los Ranchos is part of the larger Punta Mita Resort development (which is a 3 minute ride away), giving guests access to 2 Jack Nicklaus golf courses, tennis club, children's play areas, pool and activities, fine dining, beach clubs, water sports, and much more. But it is just as likely you will never want to leave the Villa!
At the Villa itself is a spectacular pool area with padded lounge chairs, where you can watch the ocean roll in ... or walk 40 steps across the Villa's lawn to the private beach. If you wish, arrangements could be made with local excursion and sporting businesses to provide discounted professional services (with no mark-up and at the same prices owners pay) for fishing excursions or island hopping (including spectacular Marietas Islands National Park that is minutes away and part of the spectacular view from the house), boat rides to local villages accessible only by water, surfing or water board lessons, SCUBA or snorkeling, or a host of other activities pre-packaged or tailored by you. These are private tours that pick you up and drop you off on the Villa's private beach, researched and initiated by the owners for their own use, and offered to guests at the same rate as part of the Villa experience.
The Villa also has its own beach toys, including a 2-person ocean kayak, surf board, paddle board, and boogie boards.
The Luna Mar staff is the heart of the Villa; 3 of the 6 have been there since the Villa was designed and built in 2009. Headed by Joel, a seasoned professional trained in 5-star hospitality and luxury resorts, the entire staff has had extensive training and experience in hospitality services. They take tremendous pride and exceptional care in attending to your every need to make your experience at Luna Mar one you will always treasure. Chef Berta will treat you morning, noon, and evening with dining experiences that wow, with dishes from her Mexican cuisine menu or your tailored requests. Her creations are worth the trip! Our ever-changing original dinner table artwork pieces create permanent memories that make up for their all-too-short lives. They are often set to the theme of Joel's dinner venue for that evening, which you can direct or leave to Joel for a surprise that always delights. Reina attends to the house with loving care and is a master at individualized bed creations that seem to be the first topic of conversation at the breakfast table each morning. Carlos keeps the facilities running smoothly, with professional efficiency and highest reliability, and a contagious personality. However, it is misleading to label the staff individually. They work as a team, filling in where needed, with one goal in mind: creating an exceptional and very permanent experience for all our guests.
The Villa itself is beautifully appointed with fountains, garden pathways, perfect niches, spectacular courtyards, patios and a warm common area. The smallest of the bedroom suites is over 1,000 s/f, and all come with indoor and outdoor showers. All bedrooms have outdoor beds and/or hammocks for daytime naps or nighttime sleeping to the sound of the waves. The master bedroom complex is nearly 2,000 s/f indoors, and 1,000 s/f outdoors, with one huge veranda overlooking the ocean and another above the tranquil inner courtyard. Renowned architect Jose Vigil (www.jvas.net) does a masterful job of creating and then bringing together all these extraordinary spaces in a way that that manages to make a decadent Villa complex into a very warm home.
The staff enjoys providing different dining experiences each evening in the many elegant spaces of the Villa. One night a torch-lit dinner on the beach, the next a rooftop star-gazing dinner, then maybe on the new ocean viewing patio/fireplace area, still another in the courtyard by the fountain, and of course, dinner poolside. The table detail is amazing for each dinner. Bring your camera!
We visited the property for the first time in April of 2014. We immediately fell in love with the Villa, the staff, and the setting. After researching other Villas in Los Ranchos, and in the surrounding area, we determined that Luna Mar was where we needed to be. We closed on the property at the end of July, looking forward to years of memories with family and friends. After considerable research and advice from other owners in the area, it became clear that an occupied house is better than allowing it to be empty in our absence -- for the staff and for the facilities. Given our own experience there, we decided to continue offering the property for lifetime experiences.
Luna Mar LLC purchased this villa in 2014
The staff. The architecture. The setting.
We have been fortunate to travel the world, and have never found a place as tranquil and private as this while still having such spectacular natural resources.
It is an exceptionally private Villa, with ready access to innumerable sporting and entertainment activities. You have complete control on the degree of privacy or access. Either is easy to accomplish, depending on your mood or intention on any given day.
It was our dream vacation and we will be returning. The staff and property is first class. Food was out of this world. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner could not have been better. Private beach is best I have experienced. Plenty of space to get away and read a book or socialize. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a first class, no hassle experience.
The house is amazingly beautiful and you can't beat the view! The amazing staff really made us feel welcomed and cared for. Dinner tables were set in different locations every day and we couldn't wait to see how the staff would come up with next! And Berta's cooking is AMAZING! I wish I could have her quesadillas and guacamole everyday!
Even though we went during the middle of July, the air conditioned rooms and refreshing pool made it easy to escape the heat--along with the healthy supply of iced drinks from Francisco!
During our 4 night stay, we did so many fun activities including:
-Massages by the beach
I would highly recommend all of these activities as each one was more memorable than the last! However, if you're not the adventurous sort, there's no need to leave the luxurious property. There's always something fun to do, even if it's doing nothing at all!
This vacation rental is fantastic. Each room on the property is unique and has a great view of the ocean. The pool and pool area is clean and well-kept and there are plenty of places to sit, relax, eat, and take in the amazing view. You are literally steps away from the ocean and have a private beach so whether you want to float in the pool or go for a swim, you are always satisfied.
The service was great. The staff are welcoming and take care of your every need from food and drink delivery to turn down service. There is plenty to do in Punta Mita, but honestly, you'll never want to leave the villa.
It really doesn't get any better than this! A wonderful residence, perfect setting, ocean view from every room, perfect beach. Everything was just as stated. The staff was wonderful as well. Lots to do...or do nothing at all!
This ocean front estate is everything you could hope for. Warm and inviting, with a gorgeous view of the ocean from the living and dining rooms, the bar and lounging area and even while swimming in the beautiful pool.
The bedrooms and bathrooms were very luxurious with view of the ocean as well. Everything you need or want will be taken care of by the gracious staff. They answer all questions, had great suggestions for things to do and the food and drink were top drawer. Joel and his staff are the best!!! You will fall in love with them.
The small towns around are fun to explore and there are so many things to do--a boat ride or snorkeling around the Marietta islands, walking on the beautiful sandy beaches or having drinks and dinner in one of the many restaurants. You can be as busy as you want to be.
We highly recommend this home to anyone who wants a relaxing, luxurious vacation in a beautiful location. It's perfect for just you, a few couples, or an extended family. It is truly is heavenly!!!
I will absolutely return to Luna Mar. We had been going to punta mita for years staying at the four seasons but as our group got bigger we decided to rent a house. I wasn't sure if we would like the bay side as much as the ocean side but found the beach to be even better. We stayed for a week and rarely left the property since the service and food were so good. Layout of the house is great for multiple families/couples. Owner is very nice and easy to work with.
Golfers and Tennis Players: Punta Mita Resort (available to our guests) has two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, and there are numerous other golf courses in the area. The resort also has a tennis pro and multiple courts available to our guests.
Shoppers: Downtown Puerto Vallarta has great shopping, but it is best to tie it to a day trip, as it is about 40 minutes into town. However, that works because there are many other interesting things for non-shoppers, too. There is a boardwalk with restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. While there are much closer luxury shops at the resort hotels (St. Regis and Four Seasons) and interesting shopping in Punta Mita Village, both 5 minutes away, we enjoy going out a bit further to local villages nearby. Sayulita, for example, is 15 minutes away and is a quaint little town chock full of art galleries, local craft shops, clothes shopping and more. It also has a public beach area great for surfing and paddle boarding with good restaurants on and off the beach (try Don Pedro, which has Salsa night on Mondays).
Surfers: Surfers havens are found throughout Punta Mita.
SCUBA divers: Take a group excursion from Punta Mita, or better yet, allow the staff to arrange a private pick-up on the beach at the Villa. Owner is a certified diver and enjoys diving near the Marietas Islands National Park, a 10-minute boat ride from the Villa beach.
Snorklers: There is a reef 60 yards out from the Villa beach that has great snorkeling. Diving for oysters or lobsters is fun there (the owner does it with local divers, who the staff could arrange to guide you). Also, there are many other snorkeling opportunities throughout Banderas Bay, including the Marietas Islands noted above.
1. Sayulita Village (noted above).
2. Take a panga (or water taxi) from the Villa private beach to the water-access-only village of Quimixto to find a serene beach surrounded by boulders, perfect for snorkelers, as well as Yelapa, the largest remote beach..
3. Old Town Puerto Vallarta. Shopping (noted above), tourist strolling, restaurants of all calibers, galleries, museums, water sports, etc. You can easily put together a full day trip to PV that can satisfy the preferences of all ages and genders!
On the water: Combine a trip to Marietas Islands with a SCUBA or snorkeling activity, or with a fishing trip.
|Refundable damage deposit||$7,000|
Rates subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
Includes use of Villa & staff services, including Chef, grocery shopping, Waiter, Valet, Concierge, Housekeeping, Laundress, Gardening, & Maintenance. Punta Mita Resort guest access (golf, tennis, beach club, etc.).
Rates do not include actual cost of groceries and beverages (per receipts) or services & activities provided by 3rd parties (eg. massage services, fishing excursions, golfing fees, etc.), or tips. Guests are welcome to procure outside excursions, rentals or services directly, or they can be arranged through our Concierge with a 10% service charge.
The owners are contemplating adding a 7th bedroom in the off season of 2016. If an additional bedroom is added, customers renting the Villa as a 6 bedroom unit will have the option of whether they wish to rent the 7th bedroom or use the 6 bedrooms as rented, but will not be required to rent the 7th bedroom in any case.