Vacationing in Mexico: PARADISE VILLAGE

Paradise Village Resort photographed from a sailboat

Paradise Village Resort photographed from a sailboat

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View from fifth floor unit

 Looking toward the marina and the Sierra Madres

Looking toward the marina and the Sierra Madres

Paradise Village, another of Nuevo Vallarta’s planned communities, is on the southern end of Riviera Nayarit along the Bay of Banderas. Built by a Canadian family of Italian descent about 20 years ago, PV has more the feel of a residence than a luxury resort. That’s possibly due to being able to walk “downtown” to get an ice cream cone, pick up some milk, or get a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. Also, the owners live on the property and are said to be directly involved in management and member services on a daily basis.

In addition to a beautiful beachfront, there are three pools for members’ enjoyment–a family pool in front of the main building, an adult “quiet” pool in front of the adjacent oceanfront building, and another rarely used near the marina building. Additionally, there is a pool at their nearby golf course available for members’ use. And, of course, the resort offers all of the usual activities and theme dinners.

There are also three full-service and two beachside restaurants. And an elegant full-service restaurant that serves a great Sunday brunch at El Tigre, their world-class golf course. To round the servicies out, there is a spa/fitness center available to members (free) and guests (for a fee).

View looking north

View looking north

The nearby mall, walking distance though a free shuttle service is available, includes a small supermarket and pharmacy, as well as a number of retail and eating establishments. There’s also lavanderia (laundromat) and a children’s play area. Last but certainly not least, Paradise Village has two marinas and a yacht club. How much better can it get!

We first visited Paradise Village in 2009 during a week we were spending at Villa del Arco Flamingos. We really liked what we saw and decided we needed to check it out further. So the following year we did a timeshare exchange and spent a week there.

What we enjoy most is the sense that we are part of a village, not an all-inclusive resort. As noted above, there is a small mall a short walk away, as well as restaurants, retail establishments and pharmacies. There are  even a hospital and a casino, along with a number of other resorts and private residences. It seemed like a perfect “home-away-from-home” that we could enjoy during our retirement years, so we took the plunge about bought into it.

Another plus, though not uncommon but always enjoyed, are the amazing sunsets.

Sunset at Paradise Village

Sunset by the pool at Paradise Village

 

My all-time favorite

My all-time favorite

 

 

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