What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Puerto Vallarta and The Bahamas?
THIRDHOME Exchange members recently returned from fabulous luxury villas in Puerto Vallarta and The Bahamas. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME travel experiences!
Villa Azul Celeste Luxury Beachfront Villa| Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Villa Azul Celeste is a three bedroom, three bathroom home located directly on Bay of Banderas and offers incredible ocean vistas and a personal staff to make your stay carefree. The courtyard entry leads to an exquisitely furnished spacious villa with 4,000 square feet of interior space and an additional 2,000 square feet of terraces, gardens and a heated infinity edge pool. COVID testing is easily accessible privately at the villa to keep every guest’s health and safety top of mind.
THIRDHOME member Kevin says, “This home is incredible. The location is ideal. But what makes the entire visit so special is the kind and friendly staff that attend to your every need with a happy smile.” Click here to read more of Kevin’s review.
Pinders Beachfront Villa and Cottage| Long Island, Bahamas
Step into this art and light-filled Abaco-style estate with relaxing views from every room. This four bedroom, four bathroom beachfront home offers a fantastic open floor plan with mahogany kitchen cabinets and countertops and stainless steel appliances. The living room is designed with a sense of “barefoot elegance ” as it opens onto a huge screened porch with ample seating for outdoor dining and entertainment. Relax and enjoy this island escape during your next stay with THIRDHOME.
THIRDHOME member Charles says, “5+ stars. Our family had a memorable stay at the Pinders Beachfront Villa and Cottage. The home and cottage are beautiful (amazing art and decor) and have everything you might need to enjoy a relaxing stay on Long Island. Stephan was very responsive throughout the planning process and Cheryl on island as well if we had any issues with our stay.” Click here to read more of Charles’ review.
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THIRDHOME members can swap their second homes for incredible resort stays, in prime Mexican destinations, at the fraction of the regular booking cost.
Since 2009, members have been able to exchange time in their second home to travel to unique and inspiring destinations. Convenience, top-of-the-line service and stunning properties keep bringing members back to THIRDHOME‘s resort stays in Mexico.
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Trade a stay for luxury on Banderas Bay
Beside Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, you’ll find Nuevo “New” Vallarta. And new is an understatement. Nuevo Vallarta’s Vidanta Grande Luxxe resort boasts some of the most modern and luxurious residences in Mexico. Thanks to a recent partnership, THIRDHOME members have access to these incredible properties by exchanging time in their second homes.
“The Luxxe Chairman’s Villa was the perfect spot to experience all that the Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
Let me just say that once my friends and I checked into the villa we really didn’t want to leave. This is quite simply the nicest and most luxurious condominium I have ever experienced. The rooms are huge and the furnishings and decorations comfortable and beautiful. The outside deck was expansive with separate areas to dine al fresco or just sit and read while admiring the view. The entire staff at the residence was extremely friendly and helpful and even provided an in-room coffee service at 6 am each morning. In addition, there is a rooftop bar, restaurant and pool with a view of the entire Banderas Bay that is breathtaking. The Villa is located inside of Vidanta, a large Mexican resort with numerous restaurants and pools and tons of activities for adults and children including nightly entertainment in ‘The Sanctuario’ an extraordinary outside venue. David, the owner, was extremely helpful prior to the visit and provided us with everything we needed to seamlessly register and enter the resort. This property is highly recommended. “Larry G. Member since 2013
“Where do I begin.
We had an amazing time staying in this 4br Grand Luxxe residence. We used this property for our kids Spring Break this year and could not have been more impressed with the Residence and the property in general. We were 9 total(4 adults and 5 kids) and couldn’t have spread out more if we tried. Everything was perfect and everyone was so nice and helpful. They treated us like as we were the owners…The rooftop pool at the Residence Tower was where we ended our days each and every day. There is a restaurant there and a pool and 2 hot tubs… If the opportunity arises again I will jump at the chance to stay at this amazing property again. Thank You David [the owner] and Thank You THIRDHOME for allowing this opportunity for me to come together!”Mark L. Member since 2017. Second home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Experience paradise on the Riviera
The Riviera Maya, with hot spots like Playa del Carmen and Cancun, has become one of Mexico’s hottest destinations. Easy access for U.S. east coasters, and calmer Gulf waters, makes this sliver of the Yucatan one to rave about. THIRDHOME‘s Vidanta partnership has also opened the doors to amazing properties on the beaches of the Riviera Maya. You’re just one deposit away from booking a stay in one of the residences pictured below.
“Totally fabulous resort and villa!
This was the most incredible travel experience. This 5-star resort was very high end with the most amazing villa, 18 restaurants with fabulous food, a beautiful beach club that served wonderful tropical drinks and impeccable service. The contemporary villa was very large with an amazing balcony including a plunge pool. We all had several spa treatments and there was a nice workout room. The owner gave several perks with the reservation and had great recommendations for restaurants and activities. The Grande Luxxe status gave guests extra perks within the resort. Our family had a wonderful relaxing vacation. It takes a bit to impress us but this was over the top. I highly recommend Vidanta Resorts. ”Lynn B. Member since 2018. Second home in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“A Luxury Paradise.
The Grand Luxxe apartment is so beautiful, comfortable, big, has great service, it’s real luxury, and the common areas are great. At the beach club, you’ll find anything you need, from any kind of food in the various restaurants, to a really nice mini-market for the comfort of eating something in your place or just have a bottle of wine. The Spa is fantastic! We had a great massage. I higly recomend it. Scott, the owner was very helpful and easy in everything we asked and needed. Thanks, Scott for letting us enjoy this beautiful place.”Katyna M. Member since 2018. Second home in Venice, Italy.
Cabo San Lucas
Relax at Land’s End
Picture yourself at the furthest reaches of the world, away from the stresses and noisiness of the city. Now realize that vision at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Surrounded by Pacific waters and the Sea of Cortez, you’ll feel a sense of ease wash over you as you settle into a THIRDHOME oceanview residence. Partnerships with lavish resorts like Solaz los Cabos has made swapping your home for a sun-kissed Cabo stay a reality with THIRDHOME.
“Solaz los Cabos: You will love it.
We just spent 2 sun-drenched amazing weeks at Solaz and we could not be happier. The entire staff was warm, welcoming, and eager to help… One of the best amenities is the beach, and it is swimmable!! Many options as far as pools are concerned and the fitness center was ideal. The roof top desert gardens were unique and much more aesthetically pleasing than typical roof tops. Architecturally, a master piece. The interiors of the suites were perfect and the beds were the best ever… Overall 5 stars, and we look forward to our return visit.”Michael M. Member since 2015. Second home in Gilbert, South Carolina.
The kind attention to every detail in preparation of our stay by the Owners was unprecedented. That level of service and thoughtfulness met us at the property with an informative check in and thorough tour of the stunning home. “Welcome Home” was the kindest greeting! The impeccable design and cleanliness was only outweighed but the spectacular view. We enjoyed the fine services of the restaurant, activities center, beach club and poolside—gracious and unobtrusive. We slept luxuriously and enjoyed the well-equipped kitchen for preparing breakfast. Loved our stay so much we are ready to return and make it home! ”Frank K. Member since 2018. Second home in Dencarik, Indonesia.
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THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Maceio, Brazil and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.
Located on the charming and sleepy coastline north of Maceio, this Alagoano property sits right on the beach. This expansive property can sleep up to 16 guests and features 12,000 square feet of living space. This massive villa also sits on 1.1 million square feet of isolated property. If you’re looking for tropical seclusion, you’ve found it at Villa Nandie. Bask poolside, play on the beach and dive on sunken Dutch vessels off the Costa dos Corais coral reef.
THIRDHOME member Shawn and Nicole says, “We had an absolutely glorious time in this beautiful home. Words cannot begin to describe its beauty and the area. The house – beautiful decor, stunning views from every spot, lovely pool, hammocks. The beach – absolutely peaceful. Untouched, just local fisherman, maybe a few people pass by each day, and crashing waves. There is a beautiful covered deck hanging over the beach and in the evening the tide comes in and the water is crashing at your feet.” click here to read more of Shawn and Lisa’s review.
Villa Romantica | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This tropical villa overlooks Los Muertos Beach and features incredible views of Bandera Bay. With room for up to 6 people, this villa is perfect for a small family holiday or romantic couples getaway. Lounge alongside the front-deck infinity pool while watching the waves crash ashore. When you’re not relaxing by the beach or in the villa, discover Old Vallarta and the surrounding jungle’s flora and wildlife. Book this property today for a spectacular Puerto Vallarta holiday.
THIRDHOME member Colleen says, “We just spent the most magical week in Villa Romantica. The villa could not have been more perfect for a relaxing and luxurious stay in Puerta Vallarta. We loved the indoor outdoor layout which allowed us to enjoy the pool and stunning beach views all day long. There is not a bad spot in the house. From enjoying breakfast on the patio, to afternoons looking over the beach from the infinity pool, to morning coffee and pre dinner sunset drinks from one of the multiple lounge areas…we never wanted to leave.” click here to read more of Colleen’s review.
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Larry recently visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with THIRDHOME! His THIRDHOME membership allows him to trade time at his second home to visit destinations all around the world, such as his favorite city, Puerto Vallarta. Members of The Club, like Larry, book trips every day for a fraction of the price by using their THIRDHOME membership. Read more to learn about Larry’s luxury travel experience in Puerto Vallarta.
Ah, Puerto Vallarta, my favorite city on this Earth!
And I’m not alone. Puerto Vallarta was among Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Reader’s Choice Award picks for one of the “Best Cities in the World” as well as one of the “Top Small Cities Outside the U.S.”.
After all, how can a city that boasts being the film location of Schwarzenegger’s “Predator” as well as legendary Director John Huston’s “Night of the Iguana” not be a really special place?
So, after years of begging my two birthday compadres, Tina and Fiesta, to move our annual celebration (our birthdays are August 14th, 15th and 16th) out of the U.S. to Mexico, I finally won out and we planned a week long birthday celebration and reunion.
Ten long-time friends hopped on planes in Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Arizona and headed down to Puerto Vallarta for a birthday party for the ages. My final argument to the group was compelling and three-fold:
Reason #1: I had scored a beautiful 11,000 square-foot penthouse through THIRDHOME for our birthday week located in the hills above the “Romantic Zone” of Puerto Vallarta.
Reason #2: Casa En Las Nubes (House in the Clouds) features a panoramic view of the City and Banderas Bay as well as a view of the Sierra Madre Mountains and, dare I mention, a private Chef named Santos and an exquisite bartender named Maurecio.
Reason #3: If your parents were savvy enough to name you “Fiesta” shouldn’t you, and your husband, spend important moments south of the border?
Now, there are many who believe that the only time to travel to Mexico is the winter season when snow, ice and freezing rain are the norm in much of the United States. I, however, have learned over the years that summer in Vallarta is a fantastic time to visit for the following reasons:
- Since it rains in the afternoons, the surrounding mountains and jungle are a dazzling emerald green. There is nothing quite as dramatic and photo-worthy as watching the clouds roll in over the Bay leading to the daily afternoon thunderstorm.
- Less Gringos (Americans) and cruise ships visit in the summer months and the locals are more relaxed and have time to talk and interact with curious tourists.
- Because of a constant breeze coming in from Banderas Bay summer is actually less humid and sultry than my home in Virginia. The Bay is very calm and swimmable.
So how do 10 old friends suddenly reunited in the same house for a week spend their waking vacation hours?
For starters, you reminisce, relax and rejuvenate. Our best moments were sitting together talking for hours in one of the home’s huge outside living areas looking down into the city as the sun sets and the Puerto Vallarta landscape moved from daytime to dazzling nighttime scenery.
Casa En Las Nubes was ideally situated for our nightly bonding. I have visited nearly every nook of Puerto Vallarta and nothing compares to the views we enjoyed each day. Throw in the amazing food and beverages and we really had no need to venture out, but venture out we did.
So many highlights over the 7 days but here are my personal favorites:
Highlight #1: Our water taxi and snorkeling ride to the Yelapa fishing village. Yelapa is a small Mexican town lost in time. On the towns website they brag: “A palapa in Yelapa is better than a condo in Redondo”. We sampled the world’s best Michelada (beer, clamato, shrimp, jicama, peanuts and more), we hiked to, and swam below the Yelapa waterfall, we sampled raicilla, a locally produced fermented mash (moonshine) and we took pictures with the biggest iguana I’ve ever seen.
Highlight #2: We spent a day roaming Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon (downtown boardwalk) admiring the numerous one-of-a-kind statues and sculptures while talking to locals, sampling tequila and indulging in local seafood. The huge local Mercado (market) met all our souvenir and shopping needs for the week.
Highlight #3: We ubered into the jungle to visit El Eden an eco-tourism natural park, site of the Predator movie set. Although we were all too chicken (or old) to participate, we watched the zipliners careen past us while we enjoyed a seafood lunch, listened to mariachi music and swam in the swimming hole beneath the Eden waterfall.
Highlight #4: The surprise afternoon visit of the mariachi band to our condo to usher in our birthday celebration. Thank you Dale and Art!
“Priceless” is the only word that describes a week like the one we just enjoyed. I’ve found the real joy of THIRDHOME membership to be the opportunity to travel in a first-class manner to outstanding places while enjoying the company of my closest family members and friends. Gotta go, time to plan my next escapade.
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See more of Larry’s photos from Puerto Vallarta below: