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“Beautiful Villa Bella in La Cruz de Huanacatle - Wonderful !!!”

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Villa Bella Bed and Breakfast Inn
Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful Villa Bella in La Cruz de Huanacatle - Wonderful !!!”
Reviewed 6 June 2007

We just returned from a week stay for our honeymoon at Villa Bella B&B in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, about 20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
Our hostess, Elsa, was the most inviting, friendly, and accomodating hostess we have every encountered. Elsa is a warm-hearted and friendly person and we felt like 'one of the family' during our stay. The accomodations were beautiful and decorated with flowers on our arrival. The gounds were gorgeous and meticulously maintained. The blue tiled inifinity pool has an extraordinary view of the Bay of Banderas and the town below. The breakfasts were wonderful as prepared by Rosa and Juan and we were treated to a varied assortment of traditional Mexican food every day - fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit, plantains, eggs, pancakes, french toast, etc. - all delicious. And the daily conversations wtih Elsa and the other guests was most enjoyable. Elsa was especially accomodating in making arrangements for tours or helping with directions and advice on restaurants (all of her recommondations guided us to excellent restaurants and food). We were extremely happy to be away from the hustle, noise, and traffic of Puerto Vallarto and would absolutely stay at Villa Bella again when we return to the area.
Of note, there is much condo construction in the areas north of Puerto Vallarto resulting in some dust in the area, especially noticable as we were there during the dry season. And, as La Cruz is a small fishing village where folks have their own small mini-farms, there is some rooster crowing, goats bleating, and dogs barking. We would return earlier in the year to avoid the dust (we were OK with the animal noises, they were fun to listen to). We would happily return to Villa Bella, which will continue to be a welcome retreat away from the large condo/hotel developments and would greatly look forward to visiting with Elsa and her family again.

Stayed May 2007
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new york
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Reviewed 6 June 2007

My husband and I made our 3rd visit to Villa Bella this year. It is set in the little town of La Cruz, which it seems is growing very quickly....not sure if this is a good thing. I will not repeat all the good things that have been said.....they are all true. Elsa, the owner, is the key to this B&B. I consider her to be my friend and I feel like we are coming home when we go there. She goes out of her way to accomodate all your needs and it is so obvious that she loves what she does. It is a pleasure to come home to this place at the end of every day. As beautiful as this B&B is, she is always renovating it and making it more beautiful. We will be back next year. Elsa, we look forward to seeing you in New York.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
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Reviewed 3 June 2007

I just spent from May 27- June 2 at the Villa Bella.
From the moment I arrived I got personal attention.
I loved Elsa and her incredible staff. The breakfast is wonderful.
The B&B has a beautiful view of the bay of Banderas. There was a full moon while there and the view of the bay was absolutely stunning. The location is perfect for lone women travelers. I felt very safe in the B&B and in the village of La Cruz.
The room I was in was beautiful and had a very comfortable bed.
I highly recommend the Villa Bella.
Only one warning be sure to make arrangements with Elsa to be picked up or rent a vehicle. The taxi prices are outrageous, $70 to
La Cruz from the airport.
Also watch Expedia if you book through them they gave Villa Bella the wrong check-in date.

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Seattle
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 28 April 2007

We spent 10 days over Christmas 2006 with Elsa and her amazing staff in La Cruz which is just north of Puerto Vallarta. we wanted an authentic and personal experience away from the condo hawkers and commercial aspects of Mexico and we got it. Villa Bella is an absolute delight. Elsa really cares about your time in her B&B and goes out of her way to make recommendations and take care of you. In the morning you will experience a home cooked breakfast in the outdoor kitchen overlooking the Bay. Colorful and bright tiles and many special mdecorating touches enhance the experience. We had our 15 year old son with us and this was our first Christmas away from home. Elsa made it so special for us and the other guests. What a delight to experience this holiday in another country - from midnight mass at the small local church to the fireworks celebration it was all so memorable. Elsa's restaurant Frascati serves some of the best Italian food you will have anywhere in the charming little village of La Cruz or Puerto Vallarta for that matter. We loved the food and the congenial staff. We always felt like we were coming back to our home at the end of the day. We actually learned how to kick back and relax spending two days just hanging out in our lovely room, reading, relaxing, taking a swim, talking with other guests and enjoying the atmosphere. The buses are easy to figure out and you can enjoy the beaches at nearby Buserius, another charming little town by the sea. Sayulita, the surfer haven, to the north, is equally enjoyable. The word is getting out on this heavenly b&b and the sleepy fishing village of La Cruz. If you like stunning sunsets/sunrises, authentic experiences and like to make friends for life you can't go wrong. We will be back.

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Missouri
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Reviewed 27 March 2007

Previous details by TA clients, along with favorable outside reviews,
convinced us to book at Villa Bella B & B on an extended business trip to PV. Photos on TA, as well as reviews, are accurate depicting the stellar accommodations and hospitality extended by Elsa and her dedicated staff. Villa Bella works diligently to give guests the best
stay possible and we give them highest accolades. No need to reiterate all the wondrous amenities described by previous guests, but be assured it is true. We loved the peace within the villa walls,
but some reviewers could give the impression the B&B is silent and isolated, which is mistaken. From the Villa, pleasant sounds of the ordinary commerce and life of the town are heard easily, which is appreciated by travelers who like to experience a bit of local ambiance. Your walking shoes are put to good use descending the road into town, just minutes away, where bus connections are convenient and reliable to the beaches and interesting adjacent communities, including PV. A short walk brings you to the active downtown area, with excellent dining and shopping for regional folk art. In town, be sure to enjoy Elsa's restaurant; we did, more than once! Elsa is a gifted hostess, who can call a taxi for your ride to Puerto Vallarta, but equally easily (for you) she will arrange experiences tailored to your interests, such as our amazing day trip to the estuary at La Tovara and historic San Blas nearby plus much more. Just one example illustrating why our stay at Villa Bella way outdid the other half of our trip, the resort experience (oh, Elsa can send you there too if you want to check out a resort…) Thanks to a fine hotelier and her staff, we thoroughly enjoyed our sample of experiences in a fascinating location and got some rest, too.

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  • Stayed March 2007, travelled on business
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Kansas City
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Reviewed 4 March 2007

Staying at Villa Bella is an utter delight! The manager, Elsa, is just amazing! The incredible service begins when Elsa comes to pick you up personally from the airport. It is just a 20 minute drive, but Villa Bella is a world away from the noise, tourists and traffic of Puerta Vallarta. Villa Bella stands high on a hill overlooking the village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. The entire compound is lovely. We stayed in the Master Suite of the Guest House. The Master Suite is practically an entire, self-contained house - living room, dining room/kitchen and bedroom/bath suite. One whole side of the building is open-air with a high palapa roof, veranda and hammock for two - and the most incredible view of La Cruz, the Bay of Banderas and the mountains beyond! And all of this in total privacy - you are all alone in your own high eagle's aerie! We could hardly tear ourselves away! But occasionally we did - to the beautiful infinity-edge pool above, which shared the same view and for the full, delicious breakfasts, a different, handmade entree every morning. The village of La Cruz is just a short walk down the hill and there are several excellent restaurants right there in town. We did find it helpful to have a car to go exploring the surrounding areas. Elsa, herself, is one of the very best parts of staying at Villa Bella. From the very first email that you send her, you can tell that you will be in excellent hands! She makes you feel totally at home, she is completely professional, she will arrange anything you need and she will give you as much help or as much privacy as you desire! We talked to several guests that have returned to Villa Bella a number of times - and we can understand why!

  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
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Reviewed 26 December 2006

My husband and I warily booked a holiday to Mexico when I was 7 months pregnant. At Villa Bella we had nothing to worry about, and Elsa and her staff catered to our every request. Our room was absolutely spectacular...in fact it was more like a small house, it may not have been called the honeymoon suite but we declared it so.

The only difficulty we had staying here was LEAVING, there's so much to explore nearby, it's amazingly well located to visit a different beach each day. And nothing better than coming "home" to peaceful and secure vila bella for a night swim, a dvd or a wine overlooking the lights of the bay and listening to sounds of the village below.

Rosa, Juan and Marcela took amazing care of us - including waiting for us to get out of the pool to serve breakfast (the pool is irrestistable) and Juan taking us to fix a flat. Elsa is an amazing hostess giving daily suggestions and directions for local adventures - great to not have to think! Definitely rent a car (very cheap). She and Marcela willingly helped us plan to retake our vows at Villa Bella...until we decided it was more fun lying around!

Villa Bella is a serene B and B on a hillside with great views, and is a beautiful, colourful and delightfully Mexican setting. We usually don't go to the same place twice, but can't wait to return to Villa Bella.

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  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Bella Bed and Breakfast Inn
Address: Calle Monte Calvario #12 | Col. Monte Calvario Hills, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 63732, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Bella Bed and Breakfast Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A nice and intimate property perched on the top of the hill in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, with breathtaking views of Bandera’s Bay and the new Marina Riviera Nayarit. Peaceful, intimate with a great sense of service and attention to details by owner since 1999. Warm hospitality, delicious breakfasts and beautiful, clean and well appointed suites. Ideal for couples and romantics and rest and relaxation holidays! ... more   less 
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