“Relaxed seclusion and a warm welcome at this colourful, architect-designed boutique B&B, a showcase for Mexican Modernism”
The four cottages are nestled within an immaculately raked gravel courtyard of tropical palms, jasmine and bougainvilleas. Thanks to a clever layout, all feel secluded, with their own private seating areas, hammocks and colourful loungers. The colour palette is arresting and yet soothing: exteriors in the eponymous colour and, inside, a feature wall on the same theme. Casa Rosa, where we stayed, was predominantly pink with splashes of deep sea green, turquoise and violet. The two smaller cottages, Casa Azul and Casa Verde, are nearer the dining terrace, have queensize beds and face west. The Garden Cottages, Casa Rosa and Casa Violeta, have kingsize beds and additional garden space. All beds are draped with muslin netting, plump pillows and blissful mattresses. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a mini-fridge, a Mexican ceramic filtered water dispenser, blinds, beach towels, fresh flowers and a very useful information pack about the hotel and vicinity. High ceilings help keep rooms cool although ceiling fans and air-con are in situ. The stylish shower bathrooms have lava stone sinks, bathrobes, shaving mirror and hairdryer, as well as plenty of towels. The villa, Casa de Chilicote, has three ensuite bedrooms: two light-filled rooms decked out in sunshine yellow and pastel pink with kingsize beds and balconies, and one smaller one off the terrace. Its large open-plan living room comes with fireplace, big sofas, and TV and DVD player. As in the cottages, you'll find vintage collectibles that Jenny has collected through her career, as well as artworks from modern pieces on the living room walls to black and white photographs of Mexico in the bathroom. Desert gardens and terraces wrap around the building, which is next to the horse paddock; you also get a laundry room.
Breakfast (8.30-10.30am) is the only meal served daily at The Hotelito and is taken on the scarlet and hot-pink-walled terrace, sitting at vivid blue tables shaded by white umbrellas. We feasted on fresh tropical fruit, ever-flowing tea and coffee, squeezed orange juice, home-made muffins and marmalade, toast and croissants. You can also order yoghurt and granola. Eggs are cooked to order, we liked them mexicanas con tortillas style on traditional Mexican patterned plates, or you can choose bacon and eggs, huevos revueltos. For lunch, head to the supermarket in town to buy provisions, then grab the cooler box and beach towels (provided) for a sizzling picnic on the beach. Or stroll 10 minutes up the road to La Esquina for hearty Mexican fare. For evening drinks, an honesty bar is in place - mix yourself a drink and write it in the book. Otherwise it's a short drive or 20-minute walk into town for evening meals. Choose from taco stands on the main street, Caffe Todos Santos on Calle Centenario for Mexican dishes plus great pastries and coffee, or Il Giardino on Calle Degollado for oven-fired pizzas and other Italian fare. The best restaurant is commonly considered to be the Cafe Santa Fe also on Calle Centenario, which has a lovely shrouded dining terrace and specialises in Italian dishes, or Michaels' which serves Asian fusion cuisine. If you're staying at Casa de Chilicote you get a fully equipped galley-style kitchen, complete with fridge freezer, microwave, stove and dishwasher. You dine al fresco at a large table on the terrace just outside the kitchen door; there's also a dining table tucked to the side in the large living room, and a barbecue outside. A welcome breakfast basket includes marmalade, bread, fruit, tea and coffee. Olive oil and vinegar and other basics are in the house.
Children of all ages are welcome subject to reservation. Older kids will love the beach, the horses and the dogs, as well as pool. But the hotel is not really set up for younger ones.
Families with teenage kids should take Casa de Chilicote which has three bedrooms and can also take another two extra beds.