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Rated by Condé Nast as one of the world’s top secluded and private beaches – La Punta Private Beach.

There’s a clubhouse, swimming pool, exercise room and BBQ area. The community also has a tennis clubhouse, pro, four lighted tennis courts and a children’s playground.

One of Mexico’s most prestigious communities, La Punta is an ultra-exclusive residential paradise, coveted by notables the world over. Beautifully situated on a rugged peninsula that separates two majestic bays, the enclave is an incredible union of magnificent estates and tropical preserves, with much of it’s area set aside for vibrant flora.  The community is completely secure with 24- hour security and controlled access.

La Punta peninsula is also home to the famous resort Las Hadas, where Bo Derek filmed the movie “10.” Her famous run on the beach was on La Punta private beach.

Palace by the Sea is located on the very tip of the peninsula with magnificent 180° views of both Manzanillo  and Santiago Bays. You can miraculously enjoy spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset on the same day!

The beach is just a short walk or drive in our golf cart and you’re on this exclusive beach paradise.

Here’s a map, a few pics and video/slide panorama. Enjoy!

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Palace by the Sea and La Punta map

Palace by the Sea - La Punta Private Beach

View of Manzanillo Bay. Las Hadas marina is on the left.

Overlooking La Punta Private Beach, Las Hadas and Manzanillo Bay

This could be you in Paradise!

 

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Having just returned from a fabulous visit to Palace the Sea, here is another dimension of life on beautiful La Punta. In previous posts we’ve given glimpses of La Punta life through our walking tour series: A Concert of Doors, A Concert of Gardens, A Concert of Views. Continuing on that theme here is La Punta by Night.

 

This photo tour was taken on our after dinner walk at approx. 8 PM (Sunset pics were taken from the Palace by the Sea pool deck around 7PM).

 

Every sunset is unique and incredible. The sun moves a few degrees north (toward the right) each night, visible by where it sets in reference to the rock formations.

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The colors are exquisite and constantly changing.

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I must admit to having some fun with discovering new settings on my camera which allowed me to take these pics in very low light situations, which explains the graininess.

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Looking up from the Plaza at Palace by the Sea, the palm leaves frame the show of stars.

The views of the stars is spectacular. This was taken from Palace by the Sea Plaza looking up.

 

 

Throughout La Punta – Palm trees adorned with lights.

near the tennis courts

 

 

A lovely view of the Manzanillo bay and the night life in town from our peaceful paradise.

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Before going in for the night, we turned around to capture the magic moment of the Plaza, entrance courtyard of Palace by the Sea.

 

Palace by the Sea Plaza at Night

Jose with Champagne

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Part 4 – Beverages

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar Rios, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace. Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

Jose our houseman and resident barista will pamper you with specialty beverage service.

Some of our many very satisfied guests write -

 

“The house design and layout is spectacular in and of itself. However, when you couple that with the seclusion and, of course, your amazing staff, you realize just how special the house is. We truly adored Pilar and Jose who made us feel at home and well taken care of. Jean Pierre and Paty were also quite helpful and attentive to any needs we might have had.

Pilar is an amazing chef and was ever so accommodating. Jose was very funny and attended to any needs we had. And the beauty of La Punta is unparalleled when compared to any place we have visited.” Brian G

 

“I’m happy to say that we all had a wonderful time, and the Palace By The Sea is truly a “Palace”. Not only is the home absolutely beautiful in every way, the staff was a joy to work with and be around. Fabulous food and cooking, and Jose made all of our plans so easy to execute. He was a great guide and chauffeur…” DH

 

“The sunshine, weather and food, food, food was delicious. Your staff is to be commended; John Pierre, Pillar, Jose, Patty, Blanca and gardener.” Sherry

 

“The food at the Palace was way better than the restaurant! Jose makes a mean margarita and was at our service if we ever needed anything.” Laurie

 

“Wow! That was one fabulous week at the Palace by the Sea. No amount of verbiage, or photos, could adequately describe the experience. Now I’m clear on the meaning of the phrase “lap of luxury”. The staff was not only efficient and attentive – they pampered us. Pilar’s cooking – “fue muy sabrosa” – I’ve never had an entire week of four star meals. Jose and Jean Pierre deftly handled all the logistics” Eric M
Jose with Champagne
Margarita

Margarita

 

Champagne

Champagne

Pilar serves lunch

Pilar serves lunch

 

 

Palace by the sea staff - Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

Palace by the sea staff – Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

 

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Part 3 – Dinner and Desert

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar Rios, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace.

Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

 

One of our many very satisfied guests writes –  ”The staff was wonderful and the food outstanding. We went out to dinner one time and truly felt like the food at the Palace was way better than the restaurant! Jose makes a mean margarita and was at our service if we ever needed anything.” (Laurie)

 *DR table greenCarrot SaladASPARAGUS DISH MEAT DINNER Steak, Bean, Cheese SamplerScrumptious Lobster DinerBrandied Pear KIWI JELLO FLAN Grapefruit surprise ORANGE CREPE DESERT CHOCOLATE CANNOLI DESERT
SOUP

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Part 2 – Lunch

The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace.

Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

 

Another of our guests writes - ”The staff was exceptional, always ready to accommodate and yet unobtrusive. The 18 year old in our group is a vegetarian and Pilar, the chef, created interesting and delicious meals for her. We are definitely foodies and Pilar delighted us with local dishes as well as personal requests. She even provided us with a complete Thanksgiving Dinner – American style! When the men came back with their catch of Mahi mahi, Pilar prepared it two ways! I have to applaud the entire staff on their professionalism and friendliness.” (Diana)

SOUP

Mandala Soup

SHRIMPS

Shrimp and endive

SHRIMP SALAD

Shrimp Caeser

PEPPER SALAD

Pepper Salad

ZUCCHINI DISH

Eggplant, Zucchini dish

chicken zuke

Chicken and squash

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Pilar serves lunch. She loves making guests happy!

FISH SOUP

Seafood soup

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Mexican feast!

 

FRUIT:BREAKFAST

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The sensational dining experience at Palace by the Sea deserves highlighting all by itself.

Our wonderful chef, Pilar, has been with us for 15 years. All of our guests rave at the quality of food, the love the care and the service that they receive while staying at the Palace.

Pilar can prepare just about anything you would like, fine Mexican cuisine of course, as well as American, Italian, French, etc.

At the beginning of each day, you simply let her know what you would like to eat for lunch, dinner and breakfast the next day, and Jose will go into town to purchase all ingredients fresh for that day. Pilar will then begin to work her magic and will delight you with a delicious and beautiful presentation of your meal. Her services are included with your stay at the Palace.

You will find that it is very easy to become accustomed to this level of pampering. A world class chef and gourmet restaurant service without leaving the comfort and coziness of this exclusive location. You will need to pinch yourself to see you’re not dreaming.

 

Here are a few samples of what you can expect from your Palace by the Sea dining experience. Followed by just a few of our guest comments.

Bon Appetit!

 

Part 1 – Breakfast

“I’m happy to say that we all had a wonderful time, and the Palace By The Sea is truly a “Palace”. Not only is the home absolutely beautiful in every way, the staff was a joy to work with and be around. Fabulous food and cooking.” (DH)

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Seaside Table

 

Palace by the Sea Staff – at your Service
from left JP. Omar, José, Patti, Maria, Pilar
OMELET

Omelet plate

SCRAMBED EGGS

Scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, tomato, tortilla

FRUIT:BREAKFAST

Fruite Plate including mango, papaya, pineapple watermelon

FRUIT

Beautiful fruit plate

BREAKFAST EGGS

Mexican eggs breakfast

fruit plate

Beautifully designed fruit plate

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Delicious fruit plate variety

Palace by the sea staff - Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

Palace by the sea staff – Jean Pierre, Omar, Jose, Paty, Bianca, Pilar

 

Please stay for lunch (to be continued!)

 

Pelican rocks

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While strolling out from Palace by the Sea, we looked at doors, we looked at Gardens. Now, looking up and seeing the big picture, here a few lovely views we observed on our morning walks around Via del Oeste.

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Kitty appreciates the fine hand crafted stone design of the street
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North Side of La Punta Peninsula and Santiago Baysantiago bay viewSantiago Bayhill viewView of homes on the summitSantiago BaySantiago Bay and mountain close upPelican rocksPelican Rock
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A unique feature of the homes on La Punta is how they beautifully incoporate the landscape in their design.

There are over 100 homes on La Punta, with several looping roads on the peninsula.

Here are just a few highlights from our streetside view:

 

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Corner Garden and Fountain

Prickly pear golf grass

Prickly Pear and Exotic Grass

 

Coconuts

One of the Ubiquitous Palm Trees

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Monkey Statue

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Real Monkeys!

Palm Fan

This Palm made such a wonderful organic-geometric, colorful design


 

 

Spanish style gate

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While staying at Palace by the Sea, we like to take morning walks before breakfast. The light is beautiful and we love to breathe in all the flavor of the area.

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We stroll to the tennis courts to watch a few minutes of the morning games and then loop back to the Palace where Pilar has prepared something exquisite for our breakfast.

 

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Part 1. A Concert of Doors

When I was in college, one of my composition teachers mentioned a “Concert of Doors”, with different kinds of doors placed in an open field and the “listener” walks through them. A recent walk around La Punta with camera reminded me of this phrase as I observed different beautiful doors of the homes and garages. Here’s a small sampling:

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Grand Entrance Spanish Gate

 

circle door

Excquisite artistic design

 

wood door

Wood, stone and flowers

 

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This beautifully crafted steel and windowed door with Palapa roof houses several boats.

stone and grate gate

Nice combination of stone and steel

 
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Woodwork Detail
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reprinted from latimes.com   January 1, 2014

Britain beats France, but Americans visit Mexico most

By Christopher Reynolds

latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-britain-france-americans-favorite-destination-mexico-most-20131220,0,3387341.story

It’s Mexico, cruising to victory by a mile despite a limp. Then comes Canada, followed by the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic and France.

No, these are not early Winter Olympic results. These are the U.S. travelers’ five top foreign destinations, as measured by a new survey of travel data from 2012.

In that year, U.S. residents made 20.3 million trips to Mexico (mostly by land); 11.9 million trips to Canada (again, mostly by land); 2.5 million trips to the U.K., 2.3 million to the Dominican Republic and 2 million to France. These numbers come from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office, which surveys Americans on their travels abroad and surveys foreigners on their travels here.

Every winter, the office releases results and we get a glimpse (with a year’s delay) of the international traveling set’s fluctuating tastes. Among other findings of the December 2013 report:

Overseas travel by Americans rose by 5% to 28.5 million in 2012 – faster than travel to Canada or Mexico. Over the same period, U.S. residents’ travel to Canada rose 3% while travel to Mexico fell 1%. American trips to Mexico were down slightly in 2011 and 2012. The annual figure has hovered between 19 million and 21 million since 2004.

After four years of slumping in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, American travel abroad is again on the upswing. U.S. residents made 60.7 million foreign trips in 2012, up from 59.2 million the year before. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of U.S. residents traveling abroad fell from 64.1 million to 59.2 million.