Friday, December 9, 2011

Spring Break 2012- Family Fun or Fantastic Fiesta

Are you craving an escape from reality? Do you dream about breakfast in bed, drinks by the pool, romantic sunsets and delicious meals on the beach?

Start planning your luxury escape to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Casa Valerie Villa Rentals has a varied inventory of Villas available in all sizes for your family vacation or for large groups of friends.

We specialize in luxury Villas with all of the amenities you desire that will make your vacation the highlight of your year.

Not only can we provide the perfect Villa for your family or group, we specialize in Spring Break rentals in Mexico. All of our Villas offer stunning views, onsite staff, transportation services, party planning, vacation planning services, Sensory Packages such as onsite massage and Spa treatments, Tequila Tasting or Wine Pairing Events and chef or nanny services for your stay. If you want it or need it, we can have it available for you.

Very few luxury Villas in Mexico allow Spring Break College Groups but we have a large inventory of Villas that opens their arms to the college crowd and offers extras like transportation to local nightclubs and hotspots, breakfast or drinks and snacks around the pool. If you have a group of friends, start making your list and contact us. We can help you put together your group and offer you a way to get your stay for free.

If you are a family in search of the ideal family vacation, we have Villas that offer all of the amenities a family desires. Peace and quiet, relaxation or fun and thrilling adventures for children and adults alike. We can also supply baby and toddler equipment rental, grocery delivery and a chef to prepare meals. Mom can get an onsite massge and Dad can go golfing while a nanny provides entertainment and a careful watchful eye over the little ones.

Contact us with your dream vacation and we will help you plan your get-away from reality in a magical place. To browse our inventory of Villas in and around the Bay of Bandera of Puerto Vallarta, please check out the villas available below.

Call us or email us with any questions or tell us your dream vacation and we will put together a package that will bring you a lifetime of happy memories.

Villas perfect for College Spring Break Groups:


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pet Friendly Villa

If you hate to travel without your best friend we have the "purr"fect option for you. Casa Valerie, located just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is pet-friendly and allows dogs of any size to stay with you for a small fee and deposit.

We believe your vacation is important and that the best memories should be shared with your best friend(s). Not only does Casa Valerie accepts pets, we can sleep up to 18 people. So bring your entire family, including those with four legs and experience a luxury Villa, full of amenities with stunning ocean views, a private infinity pool, en-suite Jacuzzi, gourmet kitchen and more.

Contact us to reserve your fabulous vacation!

Friday, November 11, 2011

LGBT Commitment Ceremonies in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Anyone planning or dreaming of planning a wedding or commitment ceremony knows the hurdles that come with the process to create the perfect day.

One of the main issues couples have is not only trying to keep each others ideas, wants and needs in the design of the ceremony but to also include (or completely put the kabash on!) outside opinions, ideas and wants. (Hello MIL to be!)

To escape the barrage of opinions of others on how your day should be, the best choice may be to “take it on the road” and hold your ceremony outside of your home area. This allows you to keep your ceremony smaller, selective and within a budget, yet incredibly amazing. It takes you off the hook of inviting every co-worker, neighbor, cousin or friend who would never imagine going to a destination wedding without you feeling obligated. You can still invite them but assume that some may simply not travel for a destination wedding.

One of the top destinations for LGBT vacationers is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The naturally colorful backdrop and diversity of the city and surrounding area is the perfect choice for people who want a friendly and accepting atmosphere with plenty of culture, activities, amazing restaurants, accommodations and nightlife.
No worries about feeling out of place, in fact, many of the businesses on the South Side of Puerto Vallarta (Zona Romantica/Olas Altas) are gay owned and operated.

Having your commitment ceremony here is an ideal choice as it offers a plethora of options in every style, budget and venue. Best yet, having your ceremony at a Private Luxury Villa allows you to stay on-site and fully enjoy the destination. Casa Valerie, just south of Puerto Vallarta can sleep up to 20 guests in total and Villa Real del Mar offers beautiful guest rooms and an on-site gym and Spa.

Both of these Villas come with staff and many added features and amenities, such as a private infinity pool, panoramic ocean and jungle views and deluxe sensory packages. Either Villa would make a fabulous choice for a commitment ceremony and Villa Real del Mar has an amazing white sand beach for “toes in the sand at sunset” festivities. Casa Valerie offers breathtaking views and large terraces built specifically for entertaining under the stars.

Creative, “hands on” types can plan their own celebration or can choose to work with the Villa's coordinators who can recommend the best local wedding planners, photographers, florists, caterers and more. All you need to do is bring the love of your life, your guests and your swimsuit! (Everything else can be bought here in Puerto Vallarta!)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Super Hot Deal on Living Social

Do you do Groupon? Then be sure to sign up for Living Social for the hottest deal this season. Casa Valerie Villa Rentals is featuring on Living Social one of the hottest deals on a luxury Villa rental in Puerto Vallarta.

Villa Real del Mar is nestled among the estates and beautiful, lush gardens of Real del Mar, a luxurious, gated community on over 30 acres with multi-million dollar homes, this sumptuous 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom villa has gorgeous sea views from all rooms. Completed in June 2006, Villa Real del Mar offers the latest in luxury amenities including a private beach club with two clay tennis courts, a full-service spa and gym, and a private restaurant and bar, all within a five-minute walk. 

Villa Real del Mar can sleep up to 8 guests. Open-air architecture means lofty dining and living areas that flow into each other, blending indoor and outdoor living spaces. The design is contemporary Mexican, with thoughtful use of indigenous woods, palapa thatch, tile, marble, inlaid stone decoration and plenty of detail -- all to the highest quality standards and outstanding use of materials. Relax in your Jacuzzi and gaze at the tranquil horizon of the Pacific and the twinkling lights of Vallarta.

Take advantage of the hot deal on Living Social right now to save 50% off the normal rental rate and escape to this tropical paradise. Hurry! You only have a few days to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to treat yourself to a luxury Villa at a fraction of the price. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Casa Valerie- Valerie Neblett's Dream Villa in Mexico

In 1980, Valerie Neblett and her husband, Robert, made their first trip to Puerto Vallarta to their timeshare at the Costa Vida Resort on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. Totally enamored with the area, they explored further south and found themselves in Mismaloya. Deciding this was a place they wanted to spend more time, they scouted the area and found a lot for sale that had the most amazing views of the Bay of Banderas, the mountains, jungle and the little beach side community of Mismaloya.

They approached Ricardo Applegate, a local builder, and Christina Duque, a respected architect to draw up plans and build their tropical home. All of this happened on a seven day vacation while Valerie was six months pregnant with her son, Sterling.
When their whirlwind vacation was over, Valerie and Robert flew back home dreaming about their new “casita” that would be built in the Lomas de Mismaloya. (Hills of Mismaloya). To get things going, they flew architect Christina Duque to their home in Louisiana to put their dream into motion and finalize plans. Not long after Christina departed back to Puerto Vallarta with plans in hand, little Sterling was born and ground was broken in Mismaloya. As Sterling grew, so did their two bedroom casita south of the border.
In 1981, Casa Valerie was completed and the Neblett's made their way south to christen their new home and introduce Sterling to the place where years later, he would celebrate his marriage to Brooke.

Looking back to the early 80's, Valerie has fond memories of their first years in Casa Valerie. “The town (Puerto Vallarta) was precious. No traffic lights, no traffic, people greeted one another and always stopped to chat. Every day was lazy, only going out on trips to the market for supplies, a jaunt to the beach and sunset dinners every night on our terrace over looking the Bay.” she reminisces. “Sterling loved his trips to Casa Valerie, loved playing in the gentle surf, the fresh fruit and how everyone loves a baby in Mexico. He thrived on all of the attention.”
Those first years, the Neblett's celebrated many Holidays and birthdays at Casa Valerie, including a few Christmases where Robert dressed up as Santa Claus to prove to Sterling that his sleigh even traveled as far as Mexico. “The Holidays were always an amazing experience.” Valerie remembers. “Sterling and his younger brother, Jefferson, would be so excited to escape the cold winters and celebrate in a tropical paradise. The only time we could get them out of the pool was to unwrap gifts!” she laughs. “They would return back to school, sun kissed and happy and we would return back to our daily life well rested and energized.” Jefferson shares equally fond memories of vacations in Puerto Vallarta and at Casa Valerie including the plethora of friends and family that joined the Neblett's in their tropical paradise.

In early 2001, Casa Valerie changed and grew. Formerly a two bedroom, two bath home, Valerie envisioned a much grander Villa and renovations soon began. With design in her background, Valerie wanted the view of Los Arcos and the Bay of Banderas to be the focal point of the Villa.

Changing a two bedroom home into a luxurious seven bedroom, eight and half Villa took a bit of creativity and a few pockets full of change. Valerie's touch is found throughout the Villa, from the exquisite wrought iron gate that welcomes you to the clean lines of the living area and sumptuous bedding in the bedrooms. A copper soaking tub adorns one of the rooms, a natural rock shower with ocean views in another and the master bedroom offers amazing panoramic views right from bed.

Valerie's love of salsa dancing and Latin culture is also apparent throughout the Villa from the splashes of vibrant colors to the immense works of art. When Valerie is not in residence, she is often traveling the world and attending salsa competitions.
Boasting over 5000 square feet of terraces and a large infinity swimming pool, Casa Valerie was the ideal location for Sterling and Brooke Neblett's wedding. Sadly, Robert passed away from Pancreatic cancer before he could see the newly expanded Casa Valerie and to celebrate the wedding of his son who virtually grew up there.

Valerie looks wistful as she speaks of Robert's passing and the sweet memories of her son's special day at Casa Valerie. “Oh, he would have been so proud,” says Valerie. “To have the child we created together, get married at the home we built together, surrounded by our friends and family.”
Casa Valerie, once a small home filled with love is now a 15,000+ square foot villa made with love. It sleeps up to 20 guests very comfortably and is known for hosting some of the most luxurious parties and weddings in the Bay.
A fully stocked gourmet kitchen, professional gas grill and multiple dining areas make it ideal for hosting events. Full staff is available as well as sensory packages and a concierge to fill all your needs.
Casa Valerie is also pet friendly as Valerie understands that for many vacationers, their pets are a part of their family and like to include them in their Holiday plans. As well, Casa Valerie and Villa Real del Mar (Another luxury Villa owned by Valerie Neblett) are open to having Spring Breakers as guests. Not many Villa owners are willing to host Spring Breakers but Valerie's sons have hosted many Spring Break groups at both Villas with great success.

“Spring Breakers often have a bad reputation” said Valerie. ”But what many Villa owners do not realize is that there are many Spring Breakers that have the economic means to rent a Villa and have the maturity to enjoy it without wrecking havoc.” “Sure they can be noisy but most nights they are out in the clubs and only use the pool during the day. We reserve a damage deposit and let them know what is expected of them and so far, we have not had any problems. In fact, our boys often brought down as many as 150 of their college mates from Boston College and they stayed here and at Villas all around us.”

After exploring both Villas, it is apparent that they are not only incredibly luxurious but that they are also comfortable. Each Villa has their own unique features that fit almost any lifestyle and vacation needs. The hardest part is deciding which one is the right vacation rental for you. If you are unsure, contact Valerie who will assess your personal needs and wants and set you up with a lifetime of memories at one of her properties.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sensory Packages Available to Casa Valerie Villa Rental Guests

If you are planning a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, we of course highly recommend either of our two luxury Villas; Casa Valerie and Villa Real del Mar. Not only do they have every amenity (and then some) that you could ever wish for, but we offer Sensory Packages to bring your vacation to the next level.

What are Sensory Packages?

Our Sensory Packages are classes, events and courses that will compliment your lifestyle and add a new dimension to your holiday.

Wine lovers can arrange to have Puerto Vallarta's top wine supplier, Sea Coast Wines, tailor a wine tasting to please your palate by hosting a wine tasting at your Villa. You may select a variety of wines from a region such as the U.S., South America, Mexico or Italy or a combination. Savor the five tasteful selections at sunset and under the stars.

If wine is not your drink of choice, maybe a Tequila tasting is more to your liking. A local tequila expert will greet you and your guests at your private Villa and will introduce you to the national drink of Mexico. Tequila is much more than just a clear alcohol used for making margaritas; the class will include a discussion on how the drink is made, sampling of four different grades of tequila, tasting techniques and what to look for in a quality tequila.

Most people forgo working out on vacation but we have some exhilarating options to keep you fit while having fun. We work with some of the best dance experts in town and can easily arrange to have one meet you and your guests at your Villa to teach you the techniques and execution of one of the most sultry of Latin dances, Choose the one you want to experience, either the Salsa or the Tango and dance the night away on the terrace under the stars.

If you love to simply relax while on vacation, we can have you covered from head to toe in bliss. Enjoy a spa day at your private Villa and indulge in massage, facials, manicures, pedicure or other spa services that are sure to make you feel incredible. We suggest you start your vacation off right and plan a pampering day at the beginning of your stay to help you relax and unwind. Don't you deserve it?

If you really need to “stop the world” and escape to a higher level of being and bliss, we offer yoga classes for you and your guests with one of the best yoginis in town in the yoga style you prefer and at any level of practice. If you are new to yoga and meditation, we can put together an intro into yoga experience guaranteed to make you say “om” and “namaste”.

Many people travel to learn more about a culture or to glean information to take back home and this is why we offer painting and cooking classes as well. Discover a hidden talent or a new hobby in a foreign land that you will carry with you long after your vacation ends.

Interested in seeing more? Please visit our Sensory Package page and see how your vacation can be one that you will never forget.

Please check out our video tour of Casa Valerie

Check out our video of Villa Real del Mar

Monday, May 16, 2011

Photo Contest Winner! Casa Valerie Luxury Villa Escape!

A big congratulations to Laura Lightbody who won our most recent Photo Contest on our Casa Valerie Villa Rentals Facebook Page.

Our Photo Contest featured our Facebook fan's favorite Vacation Photos and the photo with the most "likes" would win a luxurious two night stay at our Villa, Casa Valerie in Mismaloya, just a few minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Laura posted her photo and then got all of her friends to "Like" the Casa Valerie Facebook page and then "vote/like" her photo! She had a ton of friends vote thus making her photo the stand out winner. 

Not only was Laura's photo great it was a lot of fun. So many fun, happy smiling faces in it, we wanted to know the story behind the photo, so we asked her. And she was kind enough to answer a few questions and send in additional photos from her vacation.

Casa Valerie: When did you stay at Casa Calerie?
Laura: Sept 2010.

Casa Valerie: How did you find out about Casa Valerie?
Laura: It was a recommendation from a friend.

Casa Valerie: Who stayed with you and was there a special occasion?
Laura: Me and 12 other girlfriends stayed at the Villa for our good friend's bachelorette party and an excuse to get out of the country.

Casa Valerie: What was the highlight of your stay there?
Laura: So hard to pick one. it was such a memorable trip. the weather was incredible, the food was fantastic and the Villa was so comfortable for our big group of girls.

Casa Valerie: What are your favorite things about Casa Valerie?
Laura: Long dinners followed by watching the sunset.

Casa Valerie: Tell us about the photo that helped you win the two night stay at Casa Valerie?
Laura: We spent so much time in or around the pool, we decided to take a group shot on the ledge. I love the picture because it represents how much fun we had together on the trip. and we are all sun-kissed.

Casa Valerie: Who will you bring with you as your guests?
Laura: The same 12 girls! Reunion time, duh. :)

Casa Valerie: What do you plan to do on your next stay at Casa Valerie?
Laura: Sun, food, wine and relaxation.

We look forward to seeing Laura Lightbody again and of course the rest of the group on their Gurly Getaway! Congrats Laura!