“Laid-back hideaway accessible only by boat, with 8 open-air casitas hidden among tropical greenery and overlooking a pristine beach”
Built with adobe walls, dark woods and stone, the 8 thatched or tiled-roof casitas vary in size and style, from a rustic studio for 2 to a 3-bedroom casita sleeping 6. Some are open-plan, others more private. Most are open-air (except for Arcos), with mosquito nets draped over large beds, hammock and armchairs set up in spacious living areas and a sink and counter. Some also have futons suitable for children. All look out to sea, though Sunset, Chula Vista and Cliff House have the best views.
Décor is rustic Mexican, with woodcarvings, pottery, Rivera-style portraits, masks and tree-trunk coffee tables. Tiled bathrooms have Talavera sinks and many are partly open-air - we stayed in Chula Vista and loved our outdoor rock-lined shower and pumice sink. There are no phones, TVs, minibars or electrical sockets for appliances. Solar panels heat the water and provide enough light to read all night if you wish, as well as powering a tiny oscillating fan. A hand-cranked flashlight is provided to help you find your way along the resort’s paths, which are lined with flickering votive candles at night.
The largest casita is Cliff House, built into the rock high above the bay and surrounded by trees and vegetation. It's great for romantics and families (though not those with small children). It has 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and a twin), one of which is reached by a steep stepladder, and a wooden gallery leading to a small balcony under the roof, with wonderful views. This is the only casita where meals can be brought to you if you want to eat privately.
A word of warning: bring ear plugs if you need complete quiet to sleep. The thundering surf can be noisy in the wee hours.
Most nights, dinner is served by candlelight at a communal table set in the breezeway of the main building or on the beach. There's a set menu (usually with a continental bias), but guests are asked about any dietary requirements on arrival and meals are prepared accordingly. Our dinner was delicious - spinach tartlets, followed by grilled mahi mahi with toasted almonds and then apple strudel for dessert. Red and white wines are offered for an extra charge.
Drinks flow and guests often end up lingering for hours, chatting around a crackling fire under the stars. If you prefer not to mingle, you can request dinner at a separate candlelit table, romantically set on the beach. Room service is available for those staying in Cliff House.
In the morning, coffee and/or tea are delivered to your room, before a breakfast of fresh fruit, orange juice and a huge plate of French toast or burritos (tortilla-wrapped scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado and salsa). Both breakfast and lunch are served at individual tables on the beach terrace. For lunch, we ate a mouth-watering mix of freshly-prepared Mexican and European dishes - frijoles, prawn empanadas, guacamole, chile relleno, beef fajitas and tuna salad.
All meals (but not drinks) are included in the daily rate. Times change depending on the season (listen for the gong calling you to the table), but generally breakfast is served at 9:30am, lunch at about 2:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm. The full bar is open from 8am to 11pm.
We don’t recommend the resort for kids under 5 - some casitas are not suited to younger children because of their open balconies and the steep ladders up to the rooms. It’s a great place for families with older kids though, particularly if they like wildlife, swimming and snorkelling. Many of the casitas have 2 or 3 bedrooms, as well as futons that can be used as extra beds. Toys are provided, babysitting can be arranged and there are even mini deckchairs. The beach is gently shelving and the water is calm, making it suitable for children's paddling.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available
Babysitting can be arranged.