Villa, 3 Ensuites, 2 Casitas, 6.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14) Ocean and jungle views
About Howard Fields
Howard Fields is a resort designer who discovered San Pancho and the Jungle/Beach and wonderful Mexican Villa he purchase and named Villa Clavellinas to be his private retreat in paradise. Always appreciating the simplicity of Mexico, bountiful fishing, gorgeous water and weather and the charm of the Mexican people he visits often and continues to enjoy this piece of paradise.
Howard Fields purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Howard Fields chose Bahía de Banderas
Private, exclusive, gorgeous and close to a town. Sounds of the jungle and charm of the sea. Ideal weather and charmingly situated.
What makes this Villa unique
In less than 6 hours from San Francisco can be in another world.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Smoking allowed - not allowed in the bedroomsnot allowed in the bedrooms
Max guests: 14
Adventure in the Jungle
Beautiful location with remarkable staff who are the friendliest and nicest people ever!
The accommodations are somewhat dated and although comfortable enough, I would not rate this place as Luxurious.
Our family of 12 which included 5 grandkids ranging in age from 14 to 3 had an absolute blast.
Great to have a beach and ocean right there on the doorstep.
We spent Dec 21-28, 2018, at Villa Clavellinas, celebrating Christmas and our 50th wedding anniversary. Our party included my wife and I, our 4 adult children, and our 4 granddaughters, ages 8-11. In the planning phase of our trip, we spoke several times with the villa's owner, Howard Fields. He was very helpful answering our questions and making suggestions regarding our plans.
The villa is open and spacious, built into a jungle hillside, surrounded by tropical foliage, with views beyond spectacular. It looks out over the Pacific Ocean, where whales and dolphins were a common sight. On our arrival, our granddaughters were delighted to discover a giant white unicorn with rainbow tail floating in the pool. They enjoyed hours of watery fun playing on its back.
We opted for a chef to prepare our meals. The food and beverages were plentiful, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. The property manager, Manuel, checked in on us regularly to handle our questions and special requests. The daily housekeeper was efficient and thorough. All the staff were friendly, cheerful, and accommodating.
The beach is a bit of a hike down a steep slope on a beautiful paved trail. It's a good way to burn off the calories from the pollo poblano, chilaquiles, and Margaritas. The beach itself is a private paradise, a wide expanse of pure sand washed by warm, sparkling surf. We took advantage of all the beach toys, including kayaks. Life jackets in all sizes are provided.
Trips to the charming town of San Pancho provided diversion. For transportation, including airport pick-up and drop-off, we used the local taxi service, which has vans available for groups our size and larger. It was easier for us than renting cars.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Villa Clavellinas, a truly memorable experience!
Thank you, Howard, for sharing your beautiful villa with us.
Not only is the property in one of the most beautiful locations, the staff is amazing!! Our three generation family was well cared for. The food was incredible. Everything was kept clean and orderly. The view from the pool took my breath away.
AVOID THIS OWNER!!!
Would give ZERO stars if I could. We reserved this home in April 2016 for a 7 night stay in December over Christmas. Since this was for Christimas, we were paying a premium for the home and made a 50% deposit to reserve the home - we had 11 people coming from Canada and US. We contacted Howard (owner) several times in the following months to confirm final payment, logistics, and home amenities so that we could prepare for our visit. We even confirmed with him that we were reserved because we noticed that the VRBO calendar showed the dates as available. Each time, Howard was extremely slow to respond and we had to follow-up multiple times; his responses were often short, vague or incomplete. Then in December, one week prior to our arrival (when we were arranging with the house staff for our airport pick-up), we received an email from Howard saying that he double booked the home and that we could no longer stay (even though we reserved first). He made a superficial attempt to find another home for us and after a few days of being stringed along and poor communication from him, we asked for a refund (with interest). After another several days of more follow-up (and lots of excuses), he finally paid us (but without interest). We suspect that another group came and offered more money - otherwise, Howard's reasons for not giving us the reservation made absolutely no sense since we had reserved the home first. I'm posting this review to make others aware that the owner is disorganized and does not communicate well - I wish we had known of the risks before we booked. And just as an FYI, VRBO does not provide any coverage to guests in situations like this (0 stars for them too).
This was a most unfortunate situation with Aarty. The reality was that he, his wife and his sister were all in chaotic communication with me and the reservation was confused in the VRBO Calendar which none of us noticed resulting in a double booking. I chose to accept the other guest after the situation became difficult and I learned they miss-represented the age of their two children. I made every effort to find them another villa, booked it myself, offered a $3000 credit and future conveniences all to no avail. The result of over 20 hours of conversations and searching and issues with VRBO was the negative posting on Villa Clavellinas. Bottom line is I never would have accepted a reservation with a 2 year old child as the villas has too many stairs and open balconies. It was very unfortunate for all parties and wish it did not happen. Howard
I can't really add too much more to what has already been written. We had an unbelievably relaxing vacation staying at Villa Clavellinas. Our extended family group ranged in age from 22 to 90. My mother-in-law was the eldest and had no problems scampering up and down the stairway from the house to the beach. During our stay we surfed, fished, kayaked, hiked, ran, and went sightseeing. There was also plenty of time to relax on the premises to read, write, and look over the ocean. We hired cooks for our entire visit and feasted like royalty. The food was incredible from shrimp rellenos, chicken enchiladas, huevos rancheros, fresh salsas, mariscos, margaritas, guacamole, and chips. The cocineras were fun and a pleasure to be with. San Pancho is roughly 30 minutes away, Sayulita perhaps an additional 10 minutes. It was nice to head into town periodically to shop and experience the culture but it was nice driving back through the jungle to have the seclusion of the Villa. As I mentioned before, our stay was very relaxing. I slept like a rock, lulled to sleep every evening by crashing waves. I would return to Villa Clavellinas in a heartbeat.
Fishing from rocks at beach
Boat charters for fishing and snorkeling
Swimming with Dolphins (Pre-Reservation)
Horseback Riding (Pre-Reservation)
Frisbee Golf Course on the beach and in the jungle