Noted California architect Ed Giddings built several homes in Puerto Vallarta over two decades. Of the handful that remain, Villa Azul is the glowing jewel, regarded as an architectural marvel. And for good reason. Into a jungle-covered hillside contiguous to Ocho Cascadas, Giddings melded his signature mèlange of wood, stone, glass, higuera-clad palm trunks, and curvilinear cement into a paradisaical tour de force unique in all the world. From its evocative open-air entertainment rooms spilling out to terraces high above the Pacific Ocean to its seductive high-voltage private bedroom suites bedecked in a sunny ambrosia of South-of-the-Border colors, Villa Azul bedazzles all who come with its dramatic design and magical views—it’s a setting you never forget.