Olimpia Emo Capodilista

Las Alamandas

  • Where:
  • Why:A “quarantine” stopover to be able to enter the US
  • When:April 2021
  • Who:My friend and I
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Las Alamandas My afternoon reading spot

My afternoon reading spot

Las Alamandas Aerial view of the colourful beachfront property

Aerial view of the colourful beachfront property

Las Alamandas The hotel's iconic pink dome, entrance to Casa del Domo

The hotel's iconic pink dome, entrance to Casa del Domo

Las Alamandas The entrance plaza of the hotel. I bought that straw bag from the hotel's boutique

The entrance plaza of the hotel. I bought that straw bag from the hotel's boutique

Las Alamandas Plaza Delfines decorated with bougainvillea and palms

Plaza Delfines decorated with bougainvillea and palms

Las Alamandas The stairway leading to our rooms from the plaza

The stairway leading to our rooms from the plaza

Las Alamandas The private hang-out area outside of the room, with views towards the sea

The private hang-out area outside of the room, with views towards the sea

Las Alamandas Enjoyed the welcome note on my bed

Enjoyed the welcome note on my bed

Las Alamandas The best views to wake up to in the morning!

The best views to wake up to in the morning!

Las Alamandas My lovely tiled bathroom

My lovely tiled bathroom

Las Alamandas Private plunge pool of one of the beachfront suites

Private plunge pool of one of the beachfront suites

Las Alamandas The view from my room over Plaza Delfines

The view from my room over Plaza Delfines

Las Alamandas A drone selfie while soaking in some rays on our private roof terrace

A drone selfie while soaking in some rays on our private roof terrace

Las Alamandas Some more drone selfies on the roof. Rewarded with sunstroke for posing for these

Some more drone selfies on the roof. Rewarded with sunstroke for posing for these

Las Alamandas My friend Astrid

My friend Astrid

Las Alamandas Morning beach ride. They picked me up by horse from the main plaza and we rode along the beach

Morning beach ride. They picked me up by horse from the main plaza and we rode along the beach

Las Alamandas Cheeky selfie in the pool — more fun tiles!

Cheeky selfie in the pool — more fun tiles!

Las Alamandas Love the strong hue of the pool against the orange walls behind. On the left is La Palapa Beach Club

Love the strong hue of the pool against the orange walls behind. On the left is La Palapa Beach Club

Las Alamandas Astrid at our lunch spot in the beach club

Astrid at our lunch spot in the beach club

Las Alamandas Blending in at La Palapa where we'd have delicious ceviche every day

Blending in at La Palapa where we'd have delicious ceviche every day

Las Alamandas Lunch for two, with a view

Lunch for two, with a view

Las Alamandas We had one of the beaches all to ourselves. This one was great for swimming

We had one of the beaches all to ourselves. This one was great for swimming

Las Alamandas Aperitivo time at the outdoor restaurant

Aperitivo time at the outdoor restaurant

Las Alamandas The palm lined stairs leading out of our room

The palm lined stairs leading out of our room

Highs & Lows

  • Feels like you’re staying at a friend’s private home.

  • Massages on the beach.

  • You can rent whole villas for families or groups of friends or select individual junior suite units.

  • Four private beaches to choose from.

  • Riding, kayaking, fishing or biking around the property. Or simply lounging in a hammock with a cocktail in hand.

  • Farm-to-table food from local farmers and their own garden.

  • Coconuts taken fresh off the palm trees around you.

  • Be very cautious swimming in the sea right in front of the property as the tides are dangerously strong. There is a pool right at the beach and other beaches more suitable for swimming.

  • Although the hotel is open all year round, it is good to check which season to go in, as some months are much hotter and more humid (June - September) while others (November - March) are drier with an afternoon breeze.

  • Mosquitoes!

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Beach Retreat

  • Vibe

    Colourful, fabulous and seclusion for the Hollywood hideaways

  • Location

    Unspoiled private beachfront property on 2,000 acres of wild gardens

  • Rooms

    8 individual villas + 18 suites

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    I went the old-school way — phone calls and back-and-forth emailing. But now that the hotel has updated their website with Selfbook technology, I look forward to a seamless direct one-click bookings in the future

  • Future Forward

    Sustainability focused food & beverage initiatives with farm-to-table food grown on the property. Limited plastic use throughout the property

  • Music

    The crashing of waves, the morning birds and the evening breeze

  • Year Opened

    1990

  • Designed By

    Designed by Isabel Goldsmith herself, owner of Las Alamandas. Colorful garden design with bougainvillea spilling over the terraces and quirky statues dotted around the gardens that has landed the hotel in Architectural Digest and Vogue, among others

  • Health & Wellness

    Early morning walks along the beach and the freshest of juices are wellness-focused enough, but if you feel inclined to do your daily workout, there is a gym as well as a tennis court and a breezy yoga pavilion overlooking the ocean. Make sure to end your day with a serene massage in the shaded palapa on the beach

  • Food

    Beachfront dining under the stars and delicious Mediterranean-Mexican farm-to-table cuisine with varying daily menus. Guacamole, margaritas and fresh fish were my evening staples

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Generally quiet in the evenings, but not for lack of things to do. There's a sexy rooftop terrace to sip cocktails on as the sun goes down, a colorful bar for evening aperitivos or the option of the beach palapa open all day with snacks. There’s also a bonfire night on the beach once a week

  • Minibar & Retail

    Small boutique store at the hotel offering a vibrant selection of artisanal arts and crafts, jewellery, beachwear and accessories. Should you forget your SPF, you can find that too

  • Accessibility

    Yes — ground floor rooms and paved roads to access the restaurant and beach club

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes

  • Children

    Lots of activities to entertain the little ones — but also enough space that guests don’t feel overwhelmed by children running around

  • Price

    On the pricier side but the seclusion and serenity of a private retreat all to yourself is priceless

  • Tel.

    +52 322 205 8054

  • Website

    Visit website

Las Alamandas

Las Alamandas

Las Alamandas, Carretera Federal 200, Las Alamandas, Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico

Wildlife

Wildlife

Las Alamandas, Carretera Federal 200, Las Alamandas, Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico

Yoga

Yoga

Las Alamandas, Carretera Federal 200, Las Alamandas, Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico

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Careyes, Jalisco, Mexico

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