“Relaxed resort of beautiful villa-apartments overlooking the loveliest bay in Puerto Escondido, with exclusive access to the beach below”
Linked by stone pathways and surrounded by flowers and fountains, the 12 villas blend artfully into the hotel’s landscaped gardens. All of them feel private and have fresh, up-to-date decor - this is the modern Mexico of split-level apartments with exposed brick walls, kitchen bars and L-shaped sofas. Creamy walls, chunky wood furniture and polished cement floors give off a calm, uncluttered air; bright lemon-yellow tiles or a red-and-rust rug provide colour.
We stayed in the 1-bedroom Terraza, one of the 6 villas that have full ocean views over Carrizalillo bay. Our superb vista was from the vast terrace off our bedroom and we could have spent all day in the hammocks just drinking it in. Beside us, with the same view only from smaller balconies, were Mitla and Colorada - these are the duplex studio apartments and the only ones without a kitchenette; they have wet bars instead (a counter with a sink, coffee maker, and small fridge/freezer). The other villas with seaviews are the 2-bedroomed Florencia and 1-bedroomed Puebla and Escondido. The latter does not have a balcony, but it has an amazing outlook over the beach and ocean. Note that in Florencia there is no door between the 2 bedrooms, so it wouldn't suit couples, but is popular with families.
Also popular with families are the villas grouped around the courtyard by reception. Suiza is the biggest with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and is the only one with a DVD player (all villas have flat-screen satellite TVs). It has an outdoor patio, as does 2-bedroom Londres (with the largest kitchenette), and 2-bedroom Holanda (the smartest with burgundy leather couches). Canada also has 2 double bedrooms and is split-level, though it doesn't have a patio. Note that Venecia is the only villa with a twin bedroom, and instead of a balcony it has an outdoor living area with couch, hammocks and a dining table.
Maids clean daily and make sure water coolers are full; bathrooms have power showers and designer toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, cream and soap); there are iPod docking stations and free WiFi - and of course, when you step out of these smoothly serviced villas, there is that top-notch beach below. Bliss.
You get a free pound of coffee on arrival, to help you jump-start the mornings. All villas have a kitchenette with coffeemaker, blender, fridge and stove, except the duplex studios (Mitla and Colorada), which just have a wet bar. But if you feel holiday breakfast duty doesn’t extend beyond a cuppa, you're in luck; the restaurant Espadin is open every day for breakfast. Fresh fruit with yoghurt and granola is on the menu, as well as delicious tacos de huevo (eggs with chorizo and cheese). Even if you just have a juice, the fabulous views over the bay can’t be beat.
The hotel has recently taken on Patricio Sandoval as its executive chef. Sandoval comes from a culinary pedigree - both his father and brother ran restaurants in Mexico and California. His lunch and dinner menu can be described as Mexican with a gourmet twist: amazing salads (eg roasted beet salad with jicama and an oregano vinaigrette); tacos, and of course seafood (don't miss the ceviche of mahi mahi with fresh mango or roasted red snapper). And after supper, be sure to stop by the bar for a shot of mezcal - there are several to choose from, just be sure to sip it!
For self-catering, it is a short, cheap taxi ride to the market, where a stunning array of fresh produce, cheese, meats and, of course, seafood awaits. Perfect for those travelling on a budget, for families or for those who love to cook and sample local ingredients - check out the chap shucking oysters on the beach!
A descriptive list of local restaurants is provided in each villa’s welcome binder. On the nearby Rinconada strip is the tiny-but-tasty Turtle Bay Café and a second branch of the popular El Cafecito (the other faces Playa Zicatela), which is always busy. More laid-back fare is the delicious shrimp tacos at Mary’s Place, one of the family-run palapas right on Carrizalillo beach.
Children are welcome at Villas Carrizalillo - most villas can fit extra inflatable beds and baby cots, and the 2 and 3-bedroom villas are perfect for families.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Over half of the villas have 2-3 bedrooms. For large families, Suiza, Londres and Holanda work best, but any of the 2-bedroom units are good, too. Florencia is good for a small family as there isn't a door between the 2 bedrooms, just a wall and small hallway. Unless you book Venecia, which has a twin room, kids will have to share double beds.
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kitchens are well equipped (most villas have full kitchens) with blenders, fridges and stoves. The market is a short taxi drive away and there are plenty of family friendly cafes on the beach nearby.
Be aware there is a steep staircase down to the beach below and the pool is not shallow and is unsupervised.