“Three rustic, delightful and comfortable thatch-roofed villas for 2-6, overlooking a shimmering lagoon and the Pacific”
The 2 smaller villas, Villa Adobe and Villa Palma, snuggle up to each other and are ideal for 2 parties holidaying together. However, they face different ways, so you get privacy too. They lie beside Casa del Lago, which faces the lagoon and has 2 bedrooms over 2 floors. There's also a caretaker's cottage on site.
The most striking thing about the interiors are their lovely, lofty palm-woven ceilings and their earthy-pink adobe walls. The furniture is a mix of comfortable modern (cream leather easy chairs, good new wardrobes) and quirky artisan. All beds have cotton linens with down pillows and comforters.
Villa Adobe has one large bedroom with a kingsize muslin-draped bed, plus a double sofabed and a twin day bed in the living room - perfect for 2, comfortable for 4. A sliding door in the bedroom opens to a small terrace for that lagoon view.
Bathroom fixtures are modern, with a large walk-in adobe-sculpted shower and Neutrogena toiletries. You also get plenty of storage in deep cupboards and shelves, and an iron and ironing board.
Villa Palma offers a separate sleeping alcove with a kingsize bed, and has a sofabed in the living room, which also has leather and rattan bucket chairs around a small table. The house also has a washing machine and dryer.
Largest of all is the adobe and stone Casa del Lago, boasting 1500 sq.ft of terraces, and nearly twice that amount of space inside. The lower floor has a living room with a fireplace, a dining area, a kitchen (with a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer), a pantry, a guest bathroom with a shower, and a studio/office; alongside is the master suite, with a kingsize bed, its own living area, a fireplace, a Jacuzzi, a bathroom and wide views towards the lagoon.
The floor above has a very large terrace with sitting areas, a dining area and partial shade. The second bedroom suite has a glassed kingsize sleeping alcove overlooking the ocean and lagoon, and a bathroom.
All 3 villas have kitchens for self-catering. Those in Villa Adobe and Villa Palma are equipped with a fridge, an oven and a 4-ring hob. Other gadgets include a smoothie-maker, a coffee machine and a water dispenser. Adobe's kitchen opens to a large dining terrace, Palma's to a beautiful thatch-shaded patio with spectacular views of the lagoon and ocean, leading to a patch of private garden. Casa del Lago's kitchen includes a full stainless steel stove with an oven, a dishwasher and a fridge. All kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, glasses, pots and pans.
If you love fish, it doesn't get fresher than straight from the local boats. Between 1pm and 3pm the fishermen return in their panga boats to Punta Lobos, a beach a couple of kilometres out of town, with the catch of the day.
As for eating out, you're spoiled for choice: Todos Santos is blessed with an unusual number of good places to eat. For tacos, burritos and papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes) try the taco stand on the main street, next to the El Tecolote bookshop. For sandwiches, soups, an assortment of Mexican dishes, breads, muffins, cakes and great coffee there's Caffe Todos Santos (calle Centenario 33). If you love pizza, they come oven-fired at Il Giardino on calle Degollado.
But for the best food in town - matched by charming Italian service - seek out the Cafe Santa Fe (calle Centenario 4). Sit outside and watch hummingbirds hover as you dine on swordfish carpaccio, lobster ravioli, rabbit in wine, mango sorbet and warm focaccia. It's Italian-run but does Mexican dishes too.
Even closer to home, a minute's walk away with great views over the lagoon, is La Poza, a small posada hotel that serves delicious organic food - Mexican with a touch of fusion. They do lunch and dinner 6 days a week.
Children are welcome and baby cots and extra beds can be made up on request. There are sofabeds in the sitting rooms and babysitting can be arranged. Families should book either Villa Adobe, which has space for 4 using the daybed and sofabed in the sitting room; or Casa del Lago which has 2 separate bedrooms and space for extra beds, sleeping a total of 4-6. As the lagoon is deep in places and is unguarded, keep a close eye on little ones.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.