The Villa Group of Packages

A selection of specialized stays are ready for 2008

By: Terra Judge

The Villa Group has created a selection of golf and spa packages for 2008 at their villa-style hotels located on Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.

The family-friendly Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa, in Nuevo Vallarta, is one of the area’s newest properties and offers 275 oceanview suites. Villa suites offer kitchenettes and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites feature a whirlpool tub in the master bedroom, separate dining area, complete kitchen and private oceanview balcony or ground-floor terrace with wet bar.

Features of the property include a lagoon-style, multi-level swimming pool; themed dinner shows; and the newly rebranded, 17,000-square-foot Tatewari Spa.

Villa del Palmar Flamingos’ Golf Package includes three nights’ accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, daily breakfast buffet, welcome fruit basket with truffles, daily 18-hole round of golf for two at the nearby Marina Vallarta Golf Course or Vista Vallarta’s Jack Nicklaus course and Tom Weiskopf course, roundtrip transfers to the course and taxes for $651 Jan. 3-April 15, $568 April 16-Oct. 31 and $692 Nov. 1-Dec. 20. Rates are per person and based on double occupancy.

Adjacent to the Flamingos property, Villa La Estancia Luxury Resort & Spa is set to open this summer. Fifty suites of the three-phase project are now available for vacation stays. Bookings are currently being accepted for the entire resort.

Villa suites range from 1,200-square-foot one-bedrooms to 3,350-square-foot three-bedrooms. Guestrooms are also available.

Guests can dine at poolside La Parrilla and the upscale La Casona, featuring Kobe and Angus Certified Beef. A two-level freeform swimming pool with waterfalls and a swim-up bar pairs with three 12-person whirlpool tubs for guests, who will also have access to the Palmita Market, Tatewari Spa, area golf and beach concessions, as well as all restaurant and bar options at the adjacent Villa del Palmar Flamingos.

Villa La Estancia’s Golf Package features three nights’ accommodations in a one-bedroom oceanview villa suite, a 50-minute couple’s massage and the same inclusions as the Villa del Palmar Flamingos’ golf plan for $1,037 Jan. 3-April 15, $996 April 16-Oct. 31 and $1,046 Nov. 1-Dec. 20, per person, double occupancy.

Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta offers 562 guestrooms and one- and two-bedroom suites with furnished balconies. The property offers a freeform activities pool with waterfall and waterslide, 12-person spa tub, oceanfront pool, two children’s pools, freeform adults pool, oceanfront massage services, fitness center, three tennis courts, a Kids Club, and dining options including La Cucina and the Equipales sports bar.

The property’s golf package provides three nights’ accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, arrival fruit basket, daily breakfast buffet for two and three 18-hole rounds of golf (cart not included) at Vista Vallarta Golf Club for $875 Jan. 3-April 15, $690 April 16-Oct. 31 and $760 Nov. 1-Dec. 20.

A spa package is also available and includes three nights in a one-bedroom suite, one breakfast for two at La Cucina Restaurant, choice of one spa treatment, choice of salon services and taxes for $885 Jan. 3-April 15, $700 April 16-Oct. 31 and $770 Nov. 1-Dec. 20.