Villa Mandarinas is one of the brightest jewels in Mismaloya. This architectural masterpiece cascades down six beautiful tiers of native vegetation, dramatic cliffs and colorful gardens overlooking the beach and cove featured in the classic motion picture The Night of the Iguana. Villa Mandarinas offers its guests the ability to arrive by land or sea. By water, the home’s earthy and vibrant colors draw your eye from miles away.
The property’s dramatic castle walls rising to the terraces, gardens and lawns above grow more impressive as you pass Los Arcos and continue to the estate. As you step off the boat onto Villa Mandarinas’ pier, you arrive at the private beach on one side of the property that balances itself against a spacious natural salt water pool on the other. These features are expressions of architect Alberto Alvarez’s vision of what an tropical getaway deserves. Inside this eco-friendly villa, you will find a home entertainment system, a computer and Wi-Fi. Your reservation includes housekeeping, a cook service, a butler service, a manager and 24/7 security.
Soaring ceilings and capacious rooms open onto terraces and landings throughout the residence. The cathedral-like vastness of the property allows your cares to drift away. Four custom, handblown chandeliers complement the loftiness of the home. The chandelier in the dining room hovers below the ceiling illuminating the one of a kind sabino wood table carved from a single tree. The stairs, made from beautiful dark stained haya wood, act as the visual hub of the home. The base of the stairs flows organically into a massive boulder that bisects the kitchen and dining area from the main living room.
Each of the seven master bedrooms has a spectacular view of the bay and individual private terraces shaded by bamboo. The unique features of each master bathroom speak to the creativity and artistic inspiration of Villa Mandarinas’ designers. In one bedroom, a half ton sink has been carved from a volcanic boulder so massive that the piece was installed and the room built around it.
Villa Mandarinas can accommodate up to twenty fortunate guests, and children are welcome. From corporate retreats, to families and friends, this villa makes an ideal spot to rejuvenate and refresh one’s spirits. From golf to water sports, shopping and nightlife, there is something for everyone under the Riviera sun!
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | Shane .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
My wife and I took 4 other couples to the Villa Mandarinas on what would be all of our first experience at a villa vacation. The staff at the villa was nothing short of excellent. The pictures barely do the place justice as it is stunningly beautiful. I dont believe there is a bad bedroom in the place. Being built on a cliff there are alot of stairs to navigate but that was not an issue with our group. Luxury Retreats had every detail taken care of and the concierge I dealt with made it a breeze to set everything up. If you get a chance gather 10 of your closest friends and make the trip! - Shane S., Oregon, USA
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in February 2012 | Erik .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Feb 2012
The service and food were outstanding. The villa layout, mix of privacy and common space, décor, pool and view were all stellar. Location south of town was nicely non-commercial with good access to a more “genuine” Mexican feel. Of our activities, ziplining was the stand out. The ocean was quite a bit less accessible than expected, with dock in disrepair and currents too intimidating for kayaking or even lagoon exploring – didn’t really feel like we wanted to spend time on the waterfront since the most impressive thing was the surf and that could be seen and heard from above. The wireless internet didn’t work beyond the living room and nearest parts of the terrace. Food was very high quality and taste – everyone raved about just about every meal, and we wouldn’t have even gone out to dinner once if we had known how wonderful it would be.Thank you for a memorable stay. We look forward to returning and hope you will keep prices competitive (especially for lovely repeat guests)! - Erik R., Massachusetts, USA
Left on 10/27/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 27, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
Many times you see photos of a place you are about to visit and once you arrive you are quite disappointed--this was NOT THE CASE. Every statement about the property and services were exceeded. The house was definately indicitive of an architect\'s vision and the location was perfect. But the staff was truly the icing on the cake--perfection in every way. From the moment we entered the property, they made us feel welcome (the cool scented towels probably helped). This continued throughout our stay--we wanted for nothing and knew we were only a request away if we did need something. Our meals were comparable to any five star restaurant that I have ever been to dine. Excellent variety, excellent presentation, and most importantly excellent taste. I can only sum up my experience by saying that I will be a repeat customer!
Left on 06/03/2010 for a stay in December 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 3, 2010Stayed Dec 2009
Making sure we know that the villa is not in full sun most of the day during this time of year. While the Villa was beautiful we were upset to find out the setting was such that the sun was blocked by the house most of the day.We were there for getting sun tans and had to leave to drive to a near by hotel to get full sun.
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