Last Updated on February 22, 2023
Stunning ocean sunsets. Pristine beaches. Crystal-clear waters. Unobstructed ocean views. This is Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Beach Riviera Nayarit, one of Nuevo Vallarta’s lovely oceanfront vacation club resorts.
Nuevo Vallarta is a planned residential-resort community located in the state of Nayarit. By car, it’s only about 15 to 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta and the airport that visitors fly into.
Though my wife and I love all the history and more ‘old city’ authentic feel of Puerto Vallarta, sometimes we need a vacation where we’re not fighting crowds or traffic. That’s where Nuevo Vallarta fits the bill. It has all the conveniences plus a more relaxing ambience along with long stretches of sandy beach to find your own special moments.
The Villa Del Palmar Flamingo Beach Resort
Technically, the resort is called Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Beach, plural, but if you drop the “s” and call it Villa Del Palmar Flamingo Beach, everyone will know what you mean.
The alluring beach resort and spa sits directly on stunning Banderas Bay at the northernmost point of Nuevo Vallarta, a strip of soft, white sand stretching nearly eight miles along the coast fronting the resort. It’s a great place for a morning jog, playing in the gentle waves, or taking a sunset stroll.
With tropical grounds lined by palms and exotic flowers surrounding inviting pools, we found that getting into a “vacation” mode here was easy.
Villa Del Palmar Nuevo Vallarta Suites
Guests may choose between junior, one, two, and three-bedroom suites, or a three-bedroom presidential suite. Views include either ocean or garden with furnished balconies or terraces.
To be honest, we are all about the view when booking a getaway so we opted for a one-bedroom ocean view, ideal for watching the sun set. The suite featured a king bed and pull-out sofa that could sleep two adults and two kids or four adults. The villa also included two full baths. Those opting for a full suite will also have a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room along with a washer and dryer.
Dining at the Nuevo Vallarta Resort
While some resorts are all-inclusive, Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Beach is not all-inclusive mandatory. Guests can even choose the number of days they would like to take advantage of all-inclusive dining if they so desire. For those choosing to pay as they go, charges at the resort restaurants are simply added as room charges.
El Patron offers traditional Mexican cuisine in a phenomenal setting overlooking Banderas Bay. Breakfast is served as a buffet or a la carte, while lunch and dinner offer a variety of a la carte options. Tomatillas is a wonderful farm to table restaurant utilizing the freshest ingredients from local farms, gardens and the sea.
Parilla El Carbón offers a selection of fine-cut meats and seafood with a Mexican twist. La Trattoria features Italian specialties in an open-air setting overlooking the pool and beach. Our favorite is Yashinoki Japanese Restaurant perched over the pool area with stunning ocean views.
Pizza and taco bar days are also a popular treat, as well as a visit to La Creperie for a selection of incredible sweet and salty crepes.
For those wanting a special dining experience, book a deluxe sunset dinner at the ocean’s edge surrounded by the glow of candles and tiki torches accompanied by the gentle lapping of the waves.
Resort Amenities and Activities Abound
Come on in, the water’s fine. We absolutely love the meandering infinity edge pools of the resort. Spacious, crystalline, with waterfalls and multi-levels, it’s hard to tear yourself away from the relaxation of this lovely area.
The resort also sports a fully equipped fitness center with a sauna/steam room and a new 17,000-square-foot, world class, Tatewari Spa. Let’s not forget that for families with kids, the Kids Club at the resort is amazing. With games, movies and activities for all ages, it will be difficult to convince them to leave this wonderland and the friends they meet here to rejoin their families!
Fun in the Sun and More
Activities at Villa Del Palmar Flamingos Beach include paddleboard classes, beach soccer, aqua fitness, Zumba and yoga. Of course, theme nights are popular and include Movie Night held under a star-filled night sky, beachfront Havana Nights with salsa music and dancing, and more.
Guests can book cooking classes at La Casona, schedule a tea time in the lobby, sign up for horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, golf, or extreme activities like zip-lining. Each resort guest is assigned a concierge to assist with activities and information about the local area.
Nearby Must-Visit Towns
For those missing the historic real-deal Mexican experience, we highly recommend two small nearby towns you’ll fall in love with.
Walk to Bucerias
Bucerias is a traditional coastal town whose name means ‘place of divers.’ Once a small fishing village with cobblestone streets and brightly colored homes, the town maintains a simple lifestyle reflective of the past. The best part is that it’s easily walkable from the resort via a rustic, unmarked, unpaved road filled with gardens and palm trees. The town has a vibrant market, beachfront eateries, lots of wall murals, and charming boutique shops.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Just 3.5 miles up the coast from Bucerias, La Cruz is considered the Nautical Capital of Riviera Nayarit. Though the marina completed here in 1993 is the largest and most modern in the corridor, the small-town picture-postcard feel persists. It’s a fascinating dichotomy as local fisherman still arrive at the pier in their pangas (small boats) loaded with the fresh catches of the day, all while surrounded by multi-million-dollar yachts.
It’s no surprise that when we chatted with other guests and vacation club owners at the resort, they all agreed that this is one of their favorite resorts and favorite locations.
This piece of Riviera Mexico paradise draws visitors like a moth to a flame; it seems to have all the pieces that complete the perfect vacation puzzle.beachbeachfront