“Secluded and serene, this ocean-front hotel blends laid-back beach sophistication with dreamy Zen style”
Jashita's suites have a neutral palate, plenty of space and are perfectly appointed. Superior Deluxe and Waterfront Deluxe Suites boast high ceilings, plump sofas and four-poster beds draped in romantic curtains. These palatial proportions continue on huge private terraces, complete with plunge pools and life-affirmingly beautiful bay views. For a panoramic vista, splash out on a Honeymoon Suite or the new pièce de résistance, Jasmine Penthouse: which can be rented with its own stunning rooftop terrace and infinity pool. Each beautiful deck is crowned with a palapa roof, lounge sofas and magnificent sunsets over jungle and ocean.
The real attention to detail hits you when you settle in and find all you need, from cable TV, iPod dock and air-con to Italian linens, bathrobes and snorkelling equipment. All bathrooms have fantastic oversized rain showers. Sliding mosquito net doors keep rooms bug-free, and thoughtful extras include welcome chocolates and a beach bag with your room number stitched into it.
The hotel's Sahara Cafe (open 8am-10pm) serves poolside, on the beach and on three seafront terraces, as well as boasting a zen-styled dining area inside. Radiating insouciant beach cool and cooking up some of the area’s finest Italian and Mexican cuisine, the restaurant attracts local people in-the-know and kept us from looking for alternatives. From the waiter rushing cocktails to my side on the beach to live music and sundowners on the sunset deck while staff stoked up the BBQ fire for dinner, there’s no clichéd, mañana-type resting on your laurels here; service is on point.
We couldn’t wait to wake up for breakfast, which included a full cooked plate, tropical fruit salad, warm pastries and freshly squeezed orange or green juice. For lunch, fish tacos or ceviche on the beach were unbeatable. Come dinnertime, specials alternated between grills and homemade pasta evenings. Try freshly grilled lobster and fish or let the zucchini spaghetti remind you why Italians have the culinary edge.
Completely sheltered, Soliman Bay remains shallow (waist-height for adults) for a long way out, and the hotel welcomes kids (with a maximum of 6 children in the hotel at any one time). There are adult-only areas, including the main swimming pool, but there’s also a generously sized family pool for children. Snorkelling, kayaking and family boat trips are all popular. And there’s even a Moses basket for babies (to hang from your coconut shade on the beach).
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Superior Double Deluxe Suites have 2 double beds, making them perfect for families.
Available on request.
No kids’ menu as such, but Sahara Cafe has plenty of simple options like tomato and basil spaghetti, soups and grilled chicken breasts.