The Restaurants of Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit

With the closing of this year’s Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, an event hosted by Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, and the highly anticipated Vallarta Lifestyle’s Restaurant Week just around the corner, there is no better time to get acquainted with the fantastic dining options available at Villa La Estancia, a AAA Four-Diamond Resort that has as much pride for its delicious cuisine as it does its sophisticated and spacious luxury suites.  Guests staying at the ultra-luxe resort have four gourmet restaurants to choose from and the Palmita Deli and Market, where one can find everything they need and more during their Mexico vacation.

La Parrilla, the resort’s casual poolside dining option is open from noon to 5:00pm and serves up a delicious selection of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Mexican ceviches and seafood specialties. The laid-back ambiance and idyllic location create the perfect setting for a late-lunch or a poolside snack.

La Casona at Villa La Estancia is an eclectic Mexican steakhouse that offers more than just delicious dishes.  Its multifaceted menu is perfect for guests with even the most discerning of palates and its indoor and outdoor seating provide for a versatile dining option.  In addition, La Casona, as well as La Parrilla, offers a wellness menu designed especially for those seeking to maintain healthy eating habits on their Mexico vacation.  At this gourmet restaurant, the stunning views, gourmet cuisine and sophisticated ambiance create a combination that is beyond your average dining experience.

For guests staying at Villa La Estancia, dining out while on a Mexico vacation becomes even more special, as the resort offers two additional restaurants for guests to choose from that are located right next door.  El Patron at Villa del Palmar Flamingos, Villa La Estancia’s sister resort, offers a selection of contemporary Mexican cuisine that will please your senses with its exquisite flavors and delightful aromas.  Trattoria, which is open for pizza from 11am to 6pm and dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm, serves up a delicious assortment of classic Italian fare and oven-baked pizzas.

The variety of fine-dining options at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is part of what makes the luxury resort so popular.  Guests have so much to choose from that satisfying one’s cravings is a blissful experience.

Restaurant Week 2017

Every year from May 15th through the 31st, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit convert themselves into the ultimate gastronomic destination for Restaurant Week, a culinary event that pampers your palate. The two-week festival, established by Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group, puts a spotlight on some of the most coveted restaurants around the bay. Both visitors and locals alike can delight in the delicious menus put out by over 40 restaurants, all at a discounted rate, giving patrons an opportunity to try a little or a lot of the fantastic food that the region has become known for.

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2017 invites guests to try from a variety of three-course meals, each course having at least three options, so that patrons can cater their meals to their own tastes and cravings.  The menu created by each participating restaurant is provided at a discounted rate, sometimes lowering prices by up to 50%.  The restaurants that choose to participate in Restaurant Week 2017 do so with the promise of offering a variety of their very best meal options at either $269 or $399 pesos per person. The discounted rates and special menus make planning a week of dining out both more accessible and much more exciting.

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s Restaurant Week is a highly anticipated event, with foodies from around the world planning their vacations to the region during the last two weeks of May.  For some, Restaurant Week 2017 is an opportunity to try the restaurant they have always been craving, while for others, it is simply an excuse to plan an evening out with friends, family or that special someone.  Whatever the reason, Vallarta Lifestyle’s Restaurant Week 2017 is sure to be a memorable event for all those taking advantage of the special prices and mouth-watering menus.

If your staying at the luxurious Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa, in Riviera Nayarit, this May, make sure to check with the concierge for details about participating restaurants and their special menus. Or if this year is not in your plans, it is never a better time to book your stay at Villa La Estancia, as next year’s Restaurant Week makes for an extremely attractive time to visit Banderas Bay and the AAA Four-Diamond Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit.

Spotlight on San Pancho

Cradled by the shores of the Pacific Ocean, just an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, is a majestic town called San Francisco, or San Pancho for short.  Kindly referred to as the “cultural heart of Riviera Nayarit,” this small, picturesque Mexican town is a breathtaking escape from the faster pace of the surrounding region.  Its palm peppered shore, golden sand beach and quaint cobblestone streets create a refuge for those wishing to jump back in time to the feeling of “old” Mexico. While relaxation is inevitable in the quaint fishing village of the past, there are also a number of other activities one can indulge in while visiting San Pancho.

When spending any amount of time in San Pancho, it is hard to miss the spiritual feeling of the town and its people. There truly is a connection between human life and nature, and the union can be felt in most of the activities found in town and on the beach throughout the day.  Among the most popular land activities for visitors are walking, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding. The rugged terrain that surrounds the picturesque beach creates the perfect escape from the heat and an amazing opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The beautiful stretch of sandy beach also provides ample opportunity for a number of aquatic sports, including surfing, swimming and fishing.  While the waves can sometimes limit surfing to the experts, there are multiple points throughout the small cove that are great for swimming and playing in the water.

In addition, San Pancho has a vast array of relaxing things to do, including perusing the myriad boutique shops that line the center of town, dining at any number of the small, locally owned eateries that have garnered a reputation over the years for their delicious cuisine, or simply mingling with the people who call San Pancho their home.  The small town is loved by so many that it has become a refuge for Mexicans and foreigners alike.  Working together in synergy, the people of San Pancho have created a unique culture all their own, where friendship, a love for nature and an appreciation for life prevail.

Cuisine of the Sun Essential Events

The luxurious Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit is enthralled with the upcoming edition of the Cuisine of the Sun International Food and Wine Festival.  From April 26th to the 29th, 2017, the AAA Four-Diamond resort set in the beautiful destination of Riviera Nayarit will invite guests to the ultimate gourmet experience, as national and internationally acclaimed chefs showcase their talents, dishes and libations at a myriad of essential events throughout the four-day festival.  The grand affair features a variety of entertaining activities that are sure to tempt your palate and keep you engaged from beginning to end.

Opening Ceremony with Chef Betty Vázquez

The Cuisine of the Sun Festival begins on Wednesday, April 26th in a big way with celebrity chefs meeting and mingling with guests during a Mexican themed party alongside Villa La Estancia’s pool deck.  Guests can indulge in the fantastic two-bite hors d’oeurves being served, while sipping on wines and tequila and listening to the local and international music that will permeate the air.  The star of the night, Chef Betty Vázquez, will provide the highlight of the evening as she puts on an outdoor demo and introduction to the Mexican culture and its cuisine. As Riviera Nayarit’s Ambassador, her creative techniques and personal flair are truly a treat for all those who will be in attendance.  Ending the evening will be a spectacular firework show that will light up the sky and the most outrageous display of chocolates and desserts guests have ever seen.

Thursday’s Trio of Essential Events

Thursday April 27th promises to be an exciting day filled with a trio of events guest won’t want to miss. The morning begins at 10:30 am with Chef Cloyce Martin, Chef Rahm Fama, and Mixologist Davina Thomasula putting on separate cooking shows and a Mixology demonstration. Guests can learn a few tricks of the trade during the entertaining and informative sessions at La Casona, Villa La Estancia’s eclectic Mexican steakhouse, before heading over to the Chopped Challenge at 2:00pm.  This second event of the day, sponsored by Alaska Airlines and SugarFoods will be held on the terrace of El Patron, where Chef Penny Davidi and celebrity guests Michele Ragussis, Martita Jara and Chris Kyler battle it out for a chance to move on the next round.  The limited array of ingredients, pressure to perform and competitive tone will contribute to the excitement of the days Chopped Challenge. Rounding out day two of the Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival is a Chef Dinner Under the Stars with Davina Thomasula, Cloyce Martin, Rahm Fama, Dakota Weiss and Martita Jara.  Guests are invited to dance the night away, while enjoying exquisite cuisine, sensational music and great mixology in the company of various celebrity chefs and mixologists.

Friday’s Fun-Filled Schedule

Guests choosing to purchase tickets can join the stars for 2 hours of hot topics, great demos and a heated question and answer session at La Casona, as the celebrity chefs put it all on the table.  In this Talk Show and Cooking class, participating guests learn a few tricks, while Penny Davidi, Michele Ragussis, Martita Jara and Chris Kyler show off their talents. Following the morning activities is the second round of the Chopped Challenge, sponsored by Alaska Airlines and SugarFoods, and another Chef Dinner Under the Stars with celebrity guests Chris Kyler, Michele Ragussis, Gilles Epie, Penny Davidi and Mixologist Davina Thomasula. Between the great music and captivating entertainment, guests will have the time of their lives.

Saturday’s Grand Finale

On April 29th, the final day of the Festival, guests will be tantalized by an early morning cooking class, the grand finale of the Festival’s Chopped Challenge, and a closing ceremony that will outdo every other event of its kind. Guests can join in on the most spectacular beach party in Mexico where all the chefs prepare their signature dishes and Chef Pat Neely prepares a delicious BBQ dinner.  Participants can dance under the stars as local bands entertain the crowds and the finest lingerie, swim suits and diamonds steal the show, in a spectacular event that features international models, draped in millions of dollars in jewels.  Closing the event is a fireworks extravaganza that will blow away any 4th of July party!

Villa La Estancia Los Cabos’ Full Board Meal Plan

Villa La Estancia Los Cabos just launched their new Full Board meal plan, a unique meal plan designed with the needs and desires of guests in mind.  The new Full Board plan, available exclusively at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos, presents guests with an unlimited assortment of mouth-watering cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages at all of Villa La Estancia Los Cabos’ restaurants, including the number one rated restaurant in Los Cabos, La Casona.

The Villa Group’s choice to offer such an exclusive plan came after an in-depth analysis of the all-inclusive meal plan previously offered at the resort, which included feedback from owners, guests and online reviews.  After careful consideration, the luxury resort in Los Cabos developed the new meal plan option hoping to please guests by offering a more personalized service.  Full Board includes meals, snacks, soft drinks and water at any of the restaurants at Villa La Estancia for $85USD per day per adult.  As an added value, guests choosing this option have the unique chance to dine at any of the delectable restaurants of Villa La Estancia’s sister resorts, Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco, which are located within the same resort compound.  This exclusive opportunity gives guests purchasing the Full Board meal plan at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos ten unbelievable restaurants to choose from.  No other resort provides such a wide variety of dining options without requiring that guests leave the comfort and accessibility of the resort grounds.

The owners of The Villa Group and the management of Villa La Estancia Los Cabos hope that in addition to the European plan, which is based on consumption only, the availability of the alcohol free Full Board meal plan will better suit the diverse desires of their clientele. Travelers choosing Villa La Estancia Los Cabos’ Full Board meal plan will no doubt be on their way to an unparalleled vacation experience.

Los Cabos Open of Surf 2017

June is promising to be a spectacular month in Los Cabos, Mexico as locals, visitors and surf enthusiasts prepare for the Los Cabos Open of Surf 2017.  From June 6th through the 11th, men, women and children will be shredding waves in a competition reserved for some of the most talented surfers on the planet.  This annual event combines surfing talent, the music of the hottest bands and the beauty of the legendary Zippers surf break at Costa Azul, a surf spot near San Jose del Cabo.

The World Surfing League (WSL) event in Los Cabos will feature the QS 6000 Women’s & Jr. Pro Event, a spectacular display that was added to the docket in 2014, making it one of the most important competitions for the women’s division in the country of Mexico. Now in its fifth edition, the Los Cabos Open of Surf is set to be even bigger and better than in year’s past.  Between the four-day surf competition and the live music scheduled each day, the entertainment is sure to keep all those visiting Los Cabos enthralled from the moment they arrive until the very last day.

For travelers looking for a bit of excitement on their Mexico vacation this June, the Los Cabos Open of Surf is the place to be.  Book your stay at Villa La Estancia during the second week of the month and enjoy the luxury of staying at a world-class resort, while attending one of Mexico’s most important sports competitions. Villa La Estancia Los Cabos is far more than your ordinary resort.  The spacious accommodations, featuring one, two and three-bedroom suites, delicious dining, and superior hospitality make it a leader in Los Cabos’ hotel industry.  The stunning resort, set on the shores of Medano Beach, has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including a 2016 Traveler’s Choice Award, a 2015 Certificate of Excellence, the GreenLeaders Bronze award for its eco-friendly ventures, a Thumbs Up Badge, and a Rave Reviews award.  In addition, the resort’s top restaurant La Casona recently received a Certificate of Excellence and is currently rated number one among 457 other restaurants in the area.

Cuisine of the Sun Travel Packages

It is the time of year again to start planning for the Cuisine of the Sun International Food and Wine Festival, an exquisite experience hosted by Villa La Estancia Rivera Nayarit. This year’s edition, which promises to be even greater than the last, will showcase the talents, flavors and personalities of some of the most well known chefs and mixologists in the business.  Villa La Estancia, a AAA Four-Diamond resort nestled in the private residential neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta, has a plethora of interactive events, swanky soirees and beachside gatherings planned during the four-day affair, which will run from April 26 – 29, 2017. Those looking to participate in the Cuisine of the Sun International Food and Wine Festival alongside famous celebrity chefs and foodies can acquire a package with special pricing or can choose from the a la carte menu for a more personalized experience.

Special Cuisine of the Sun All Inclusive Package

Guests looking for the ultimate experience can opt for an all inclusive package, which includes lodging at Villa La Estancia and access to the Cuisine of the Sun Festival for $380 per day. The all inclusive option provides guests with the unique ability to dine at an array of restaurants, including those of sister resort Villa del Palmar Flamingos. This unlimited access to gourmet meals and a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages makes dining while on your Mexico vacation a stress free experience. In addition, guests choosing the all-inclusive plan may utilize the luxury resort’s fitness and recreation facilities and participate in the activities and entertainment of Villa La Estancia free of charge. Rounding out the exclusive package is unrestricted access to the hydrotherapy circuit at the world-class Tatewari Spa. This divine water experience includes a Eucalyptus Steam room, dry sauna, relaxing shower massage, a cold plunge pool and Swiss showers for the ultimate experience. Enjoying your Mexico vacation has never been easier when combining the luxury amenities of Villa La Estancia with the superb talent and incredible entertainment of the Cuisine of the Sun International Food and Wine Festival.

Special Cuisine of the Sun Room Only Package

The Villa Group and Villa La Estancia know that the ability to cater one’s Mexico vacation to their unique tastes and desires is more important than ever. For that reason, the luxury resort in Mexico has provided a special Cuisine of the Sun Room Only package, that allows guests to stay at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, while still attending the events included in the International Food and Wine Festival. This package, which is reasonably priced at just $247USD per day, includes lodging and one day access to the Cuisine of the Sun Festival.

The second annual Cuisine of the Sun International Food and Wine Festival is shaping up to be an extraordinary experience. The star-studded event gives guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with celebrity chefs, enthusiastic mixologists and masters in their trade.  The four-day affair, which is sponsored by Alaska Airlines, SugarFoods, Riviera Nayarit and the Mexico Board of Tourism, is an experience you will not want to miss.

Cabo San Lucas Golf – A Green for Every Golfer

What would a world-class destination be without a series of ultra-luxe golf courses for every type of golfer? In Cabo San Lucas, seasoned veterans, those just beginning and everyone in between can find a golf course to suit their tastes and needs.  Pros like Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and others have lent their talents and expertise to creating some of the top courses in the world. The impeccable greens, challenging fairways and diverse courses have made golf in Cabo a world-class affair.

Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course

This Nicklaus’ masterpiece is one of the most renowned courses on the planet, earning rankings time and time again among the top one hundred golf courses in the world. Well-known for its stunning desert, mountain and ocean views, in addition to its diversified holes, this course stands out among Cabo golf courses.  At 7,075 yards, the course plays long and offers a number of different changes in elevation, rolling hills and challenges for both novice and expert golfers.

Palmilla Golf Course

Coming in second among top ranked golf courses in Cabo is Palmilla, a course designed by world-renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus. As one of three courses in the area to rank among the top 100 courses in the world, this Cabo golf course is truly something special. Offering three 9-hole options, the Mountain Course, the Ocean Course and the Arroyo Course, and five sets of tee boxes at each, the Palmilla course is perfect for every level of golfer.

Diamante-Dunes Course

Ranked #38 of the top 100 golf courses in the world is the Diamante-Dunes course, created by Davis Love III.  Featuring 7,300 yards of supreme golf, this course caters to experienced golfers looking to tee off overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific on their next Cabo vacation. In addition to its championship-level holes and sweeping ocean views, the Diamante Dunes course offers a resort style clubhouse, convenient course side comfort stations and the assistance of professional caddies.


Designed by Tom Fazio, this 18-hole course is nothing less than impressive. The course itself is laid out over 300 acres of beautiful landscape, which highlights the ancient cacti and lush palms that blanket the region.  The challenging course is ideal for those looking for golf in Cabo without the crowds. Not only is it one of the top golf courses in Cabo, but its unique location, stunning views and demanding holes put Querencia on par with some of the top courses in the world.

Three Ways to Create Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Moments at Villa La Estancia

There are two special days every year set aside to honor the one’s who have given us life, shown us unconditional love and who have dedicated their time to ensuring our lives are as wonderful as can be. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are days celebrated around the globe and with each celebration comes unique opportunities to shower our loved ones in moments especially designed to show them just how much we care. At Villa La Estancia, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are especially extraordinary, given the vast array of services and amenities meant to pamper and spoil guests of the world-class resorts.

Indulge in the Exclusivity of a Unique Spa Experience

Both the Tatewari Spa at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit and the Desert Spa at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos provide an ample array of services designed to relax and refresh the mind, body and soul. This Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, reserve a space at either spa and treat your loved one to an indulgent experience. Signature services, deep tissue massages, full-body wraps and the like are ideal gifts for both the men and women who have given us so much.

In-Suite Dining

One of the perks of staying at Villa La Estancia is the chance to have one of the resorts’ top chefs prepare a meal for you right in the comfort and privacy of your luxury suite. When planning a spectacular Father’s Day or Mother’s Day in Cabo San Lucas or Riviera Nayarit, treat that special someone with a meal they’ll never forget. When choosing in-suite dining, you and your dinner companions can learn a few tricks of the trade, while watching and conversing with a top chef, who will cater the menu to your personal tastes and desires. In-suite dining is a great way to spend the evening honoring Mom and Dad.

Family Photos on the Beach

What better time to grab family photos than while vacationing in Mexico on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? When staying at Villa La Estancia, you and your family will find a plethora of idyllic backdrops for a family photo session you’ll love showing off. Whether snapping photos while frolicking on the beach, posing among the tropical flowers and lush gardens that adorn the resort grounds, or taking group selfies while lounging around the pool, the photographs you take and the memories you’ll make will serve as the perfect gift for mom and dad.

La Casona at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos Comes in at Number One on Trip Advisor

The Villa Group is extremely proud to announce that La Casona, the signature restaurant and steak house at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos, has come in at number one on a list that includes 457 other restaurants. This first place ranking on Trip Advisor, one of the top travel sites in the world, is an amazing feat considering the vast array of factors to consider when choosing the best restaurant in Cabo. With such deserving competition, it can be hard for even the most exclusive restaurants to make the list, but La Casona, at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos, has done just that. The upscale restaurant has topped the Trip Advisor charts, coming it at number one among a long list of worthy opponents in Cabo.

La Casona is Villa La Estancia’s top restaurant, serving up a spectacular selection of signature dishes from six o’clock to 10:30pm every night. The luxurious restaurant offers a plethora of delicious entrees including platters of Certified Angus Beef and Prime Cuts, fresh seafood, lobster and muscles and an extensive selection of wine and tequila for the ultimate dining experience.  The restaurant features an open floor plan, which creates a sense of entertainment for guests as they view the chefs expertly blending fresh ingredients and spices. In addition, La Casona has outdoor seating that overlooks some of the most exquisite views of the Sea of Cortés and the El Arco rock formation available in Cabo San Lucas.

Villa La Estancia Los Cabos is no stranger to the Trip Advisor award process. The luxury resort in Cabo possesses a number of different awards that recognize its stellar service, sublime facilities and its unique ambiance that creates just the right mood for guests looking for an exclusive Cabo vacation.  In year’s past the luxury resort in Cabo received a 2016 Traveler’s Choice Award, a 2015 Certificate of Excellence, the GreenLeaders Bronze award for its eco-friendly ventures, a Thumbs Up Badge, and a Rave Reviews award.

As the number one restaurant on Trip Advisor, it should come as no surprise that La Casona at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos was also the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence, a coveted award reserved for the attractions, accommodations and restaurants that consistently receive rave reviews from the millions of travelers that frequent the top travel site. For all those that love La Casona, including the management and staff who take part in making sure each dining experience is above par, this recognition means the world.

Three Bedroom Suites for Every Occasion

Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, a AAA Four-Diamond award-winning resort in the heart of the private residential neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta, has Three-Bedroom Suites idyllic for every type of occasion.  Surpassing the quality and size of other resorts, the luxury, comfort and spaciousness of the Sunset and Master Residences at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is something to marvel at.  With more than 3,350 square feet, these luxury accommodations provide everything large families, small groups and those looking for their home away from home need on their next Mexico vacation.

Presidential Three-Bedroom Suite – Sunset Residence

Perched at the top of the Villa La Estancia, featuring more than 4,000 square feet of living space, are the Sunset Residence suites, a series of Presidential Three-Bedroom Suites offering the ultimate vacation experience and ocean views at every turn. Three generously sized bedrooms and four expansive spa-inspired bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and marble showers accentuate the grandeur of each three-bedroom unit. Furthering the home away from home experience is a spacious kitchen, complete with everything one could need to prepare a gourmet meal and an ample living room area where each travel companion can find a space to call their own. The outdoor terrace of each ultra-luxe Presidential Three-Bedroom Suite comes complete with a Jacuzzi, grill and a lounge area for relaxing during the day and stargazing at night. Adding to the magical ambiance that exudes from the Presidential Three-Bedroom Suites is the sweeping vistas of Banderas Bay and the emerald green mountains that blanket the region. With capacity for up to 8 adults, the Sunset Residence is the ultimate choice for large families, small group outings, or simply those looking to vacation in a lap of luxury.

Three-Bedroom Suite Ocean Front – Master Residences

In addition to the Sunset Residences, Villa La Estancia endows guests with a unique experience for up to 8 adults in the Three-Bedroom Suites Ocean Front. These palatial Master Residences are airy with a sleek contemporary style, providing 3,352 square feet of living space for all your Mexico vacation needs. Each Master Residence offers far more than one could expect to find at a typical beachfront resort, including two master bedrooms – each complemented with its own spa-inspired bathroom with a marble shower, whirlpool tub and Travertine accents – and an additional bedroom with two Queen-size beds and a full spa bathroom.

The Three Bedroom Suite Ocean Front is complete with a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for in-suite dining or entertaining guests throughout one’s stay. A laundry room with washer and dryer, a wet bar and an expansive terrace that leads off the two master bedrooms and living and dining room area round out the overall experience. The spaciousness of these three-bedroom suites creates the perfect setting for all types of vacations and the idyllic space for each and every guest. The Master Residences are truly an oasis for relaxation, the idyllic meeting place for family and friends, and an awe-inspiring escape for guests of the AAA Four-Diamond resort in Riviera Nayarit.

Villa La Estancia- Riviera Nayarit Family Vacations

It is hard to imagine a more perfect destination for a family vacation than Riviera Nayarit.  The picturesque region of Pacific Mexico is blanketed in the beauty of emerald green mountains, azure ocean waters and a wealth of adventurous activities for the whole family to enjoy. Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is the perfect complement for your Mexico family vacation in that it offers guests, young and old, an escape for the mind, body and soul.

Families staying at Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit will encounter an endless array of ways to find the rest and relaxation needed at every age.  Escaping the pressures of long hours at work and school is easier than ever when on vacation in Mexico. The stunning resort grounds are a haven of tranquility for adults and children, who can enjoy lounging poolside, on the beach or on the private terrace that extends from each spacious suite.  There are also ample opportunities to lose yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds the resort, where mountain landscapes meet sweeping ocean vistas. The long stretch of beach that extends from Bucerias in the north all the way to the marina of Nuevo Vallarta to the south is a great place for sunset strolls or sand castle competitions.  As a whole, peace and tranquility exude from the resort’s subtle surroundings both during the day and at night, allowing everyone to take a mental break from life.

For the body, Villa La Estancia has a number of fitness activities to keep you active, energized and full of vigor during your Mexico family vacation. Guests of all ages are invited to participate in a number of water activities, such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming in the tranquil waters of Banderas Bay. The activities staff of Villa del Palmar Flamingos, a sister-resort located right next door, have arranged innumerable activities in the pool, on the beach and around the resort grounds so that kids can enjoy themselves while on their Mexico family vacation in the same way adults enjoy the adventures and relaxation on sand and sea.  The all-inclusive resort in Mexico also has state-of-the-art fitness center and a number of fitness classes led by experts for use by adults looking to staying in shape while on vacation in Riviera Nayarit.

Last, but certainly not least, the Tatewari Spa, located at Villa La Estancia, is the idyllic place to relax your mind body and soul.  The soothing ambiance, world-class spa therapies and special attention allotted to guests make the Tatewari Spa stand out from the competition.  Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the ultimate in relaxation while indulging in a plethora of spa treatments designed with each age group in mind.  Children staying at the all-inclusive resort in Mexico can take advantage of mini-spa treatments catered to their unique needs. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a deep-tissue massage where a focus on releasing muscle tension will help heal injuries incurred during physical activity.  Couples can delight in the pleasure of a spa therapy for two and individuals can relish in the soothing experience of a full body wrap or delicate facial.  Regardless of age or interests, Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit is the ultimate place for a Mexico family vacation.

Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival Riviera Nayarit A Star-Studded Experience

The second annual Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, hosted by Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, is set to be a star-studded experience for guests of the all-inclusive resort in Mexico to enjoy.  This year’s gastronomy festival, held from April 26-29, 2017, will see the likes of some of the world’s most famous and talented chefs, mixologists and celebrity guests.  The sumptuous four day affair, curated for the second time by US FOODS culinary specialist and Food Network Celebrity Chef, Penny Davidi, is set to be a grand event, with each big name in the culinary industry adding to the excitement and success that is sure to prevail.

Penny Davidi

Without a doubt, Penny Davidi will be the star of the show.  Her talent and expertise in the culinary industry has won her much deserved recognition, not only as winner of Food Network’s Chopped All-Stars but also as a culinary force to be reckoned with.  Apart from her central role as curator of the Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, she is also owner of her own California eatery, Pizza Rustica, and ToC, a French style bakery.  In addition to her own endeavors, Davidi is the menu curator and executive chef at Pump, one of West Hollywood’s newest restaurants.


Chris Kyler

This Food Network Star Season 10 finalist brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the Cuisine of the Sun table.  Having served former U.S. Presidents, commanding officers of the USS Harry S. Truman and the like, Kyler is sure to stand out at this year’s Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival.   His humor, lively spirit and unique performances make him one of the freshest faces on the culinary scene. Guests of Villa La Estancia are sure to enjoy his stellar performances during this year’s Chopped Challenge, cooking classes and Chef Dinner Under the Stars.


Dakota Weiss

Making her debut at the 2017 Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, this “Best New Chef” is sure to show off her unique culinary creations, which often showcase the best of traditional American cuisine, at the Star Chef’s Dinner at La Casona, an eclectic Mexican steakhouse at the all-inclusive resort in Riviera Nayarit.  In addition, Weiss will be hosting a cooking class on the beach and participating in the festival’s exciting Chopped Challenge. Her insatiable tenacity and unique cooking style is sure to impress the foodies and master chefs who will be in attendance.


Gilles Epie

The Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival 2017 is proud to include Gilles Epie, a two-time Michelin starred chef, in its star-studded lineup.  As the “Best Chef in America” and “Best New Chef in 1996,” Epie is sure to please at this year’s festival with his participation in cooking demonstrations, the Chopped Challenge, Dinner, Beach Party and Fashion Show, in addition to his solo dinner preparation at La Casona, Villa La Estancia’s Mexican Steakhouse.  His mixture of bold flavors, simplistic style and fusion of French and Californian favorites are sure to wow even the most discerning of festival goers.


Cloyce Martin

As the youngest presenter, this child prodigy and culinary master is sure to steal the show at the second annual Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival.  As a teenage chef, he is set to demonstrate his talents during a cooking class on the beach and dinner at La Casona. Most well know for his role in the hit A&E Networks’ Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown, Chef Cloyce is sure to be hit and pure entertainment.


Davina Thomasula

Once named among the Top Ten Bartenders in NYC, Davina Thomasula has been shaking up the culinary scene with her spectacular cooking and cocktail creations for a number of years.  Her upbeat personality and stellar skills, which gained her world-wide acclaim during her performances on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, 24-Hour Restaurant Battle, Absolute Vodka’s Electrik Mixology Films, and B-OUT, will make for a scintillating culinary experience at Villa La Estancia, as she hosts a cooking class on the beach, wows the crowds with her mixology at dinner at La Casona and her overall presence during the sensational culinary festival.

Rahm Fama

The Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival is pleased to welcome return guest, Rahm Fama, a well-known foodie and meat-loving host of the Food Network’s show Meat and Potatoes. His passion for the culinary arts are sure to provide sensational entertainment at this year’s Cuisine of the Sun Festival, as he demonstrates his talent during cooking demonstrations, the Star Chefs’ Dinner and during the scintillating Chopped Challenge.  Although still relatively young for such a long list of accomplishments, Rahm Fama is a well-respected chef who continues to impress foodies with his creative dishes and culinary expertise.


Michele Ragussis

The Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival is thrilled to welcome back Michele Ragussis, Food Network Star’s season eight finalist. Her role as Executive chef at Central House at the Crown in Provincetown, Massachusetts and exciting performances in culinary competitions on such shows as NBC Food Fighters, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Chopped, and Midnight Feast make her the perfect addition to this year’s event.  This talented competitor will truly be an asset during the Chopped Challenge, sponsored by SugarFoods, the talk show and cooking demonstration, the Beach Party, Dinner and Fashion Show, and throughout the entirety of the Cuisine of the Sun Festival.

Martita Jara

This professional chef and interior designer will take her passion for entertaining to new heights the 2017 Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival.  A master of Mexican flavors, Jara provided guests with such a stellar performance during last year’s event in Riviera Nayarit, that the all-inclusive resort in Mexico was determined to have her back. Her vibrant personality and fresh twist on traditional Mexican food will be put to the test during the Chopped Challenge, Star Chefs Dinner at La Casona, and during her cooking demonstrations on the beach.

Patrick “Pat” Neely

Pat is a celebrity chef and restaurateur, who will be participating in the Cuisine of the Sun Festival for the second time. In addition to his cookbooks and popular Food Network programs, Neely has become a highly respected figure in the culinary world due to his passion for the art and his dedication to excellence. Pat will be honoring guests with his BBQ creations at the closing ceremony and during his cooking class on the beach.

Romantic Desert Adventures – Desert Spa at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos

The month of February brings about a plethora of reasons to celebrate the romance between lovers.  Not only is Valentine’s Day right around the corner, but in many areas of the world, the cold nights and chilly days of February also create the perfect excuse to snuggle up with the one you love.  At the Desert Spa at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos, couples are invited to indulge in a few romantic desert adventures that are designed to fortify the bond between lovers, elevate the romance, and enhance the feeling of love while on your next romantic Mexico vacation.

Noche Romantica – This scintillating evening for two is a tender couple’s experience that involves a hint of romance, a lot of relaxation and a wealth of opportunity to embrace the company of your loved one. The Desert Spa professional massage therapists begin the Noche Romantica (romantic night) with a 50 or 80-minute couple’s massage, followed by 25 minutes of private relaxation in the spa’s expansive suites, which includes a private bathroom and large whirlpool tub for soaking in the romance that permeates the room.  Combine the moment of bliss with a bottle of sparkling wine and a variety of chocolate-dipped fruits, and you have the recipe for the ultimate Noche Romantica.

Azucar para Dos (Sugar for Two) – Pour a bit of sugar atop your Desert Spa experience by choosing an indulgent spa therapy designed to sweeten the love and romance on your next Cabo vacation.  This romantic experience first utilizes a brown-sugar mixture to completely exfoliate the body, improving its circulation and leaving it feeling silky smooth.  Following exfoliation, couples are invited to rinse off in the suite’s shower before indulging in a delightful massage.  The total Desert Spa experience lasts around 80 minutes, but the lingering romance rarely fades.

His and Hers

When choosing Villa La Estancia for your Cabo vacation, there are countless opportunities to indulge in pleasures designed for him and for her. This romantic experience, however, combines individual moments for a divine couple’s experience. The His and Hers treatment, available exclusively at the Desert Spa at Villa La Estancia Los Cabos, begins in the Jacuzzi of one of the luxurious spa suites.  Couples have the opportunity to relax in the aromatic water as professional spa therapists work their magic on the neck, shoulders and scalp. Following the Jacuzzi soak, guests are encouraged to relax during a full body massage, in which each massage therapist works out areas of tension and uses just the right amount of pressure as determined by him and her.

When choosing Villa La Estancia Los Cabos for your Valentine’s Day in Mexico vacation, you’ll be blessed with romance, drenched in serenity and pampered from head to toe.

San Jose del Cabo Art Walk

From November to June, guests of Villa La Estancia Los Cabos can relish in a truly unique experience as local artists display their talents at the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk.  The artsy event, organized by the Gallery District Association, is more than just visiting different galleries, it is a chance to meet and mingle with artists and the host of people who gather every week on Obregon Street in San Jose del Cabo for the eclectic event.

Whether this is your first time on a Cabo vacation or your tenth, visiting the downtown area of San Jose del Cabo is always a joyous experience. The quaint center of town, which extends beyond the Main Square into the colorful streets behind the church, is host to a number of galleries that have been growing in popularity for quite some time. This self proclaimed “Gallery District” invites all those who wish to enjoy a tranquil evening of sipping wine, dining on local cuisine and art appreciation, to join the masses every Thursday night from 5-9 o’clock in the evening.

For many who repeatedly vacation in Cabo, the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk is a nice change of pace from the traditional adventures that the top destination in Mexico is known for.  The weekly event gives visitors a chance to embrace the vibrant Mexican culture that leaves so many wanting more, while at the same time keeping pace with the customary elegance that guests have come to expect at Villa La Estancia.