How many times do you plan a vacation and look forward to rest and relaxation ,but then it turns out to be just as hectic as being at work? That won't happen here! This was the most relaxing, tranquil and fun 7 days we've ever had. We booked a return trip next year before we left!
First of all, David, the owner, is a very helpful and gracious host. He provided us with lots of personal attention while planning our trip, answering our questions and helping us get ready. When our flight was delayed, we called him in the states, and he contacted the onside staff to let them know for us!
When we finally arrived in Zihuatenejo, the promised transportation was easily found and ready to go. It's about a 45 min ride.
As one of the other reviewers mentioned, "off the beaten path" is an understatement! It's located about a mile or so down a dirt road, through a small stream, over a small bridge, through the jungle, and suddenly, you are there! It's an adventure from the very beginning!
No words can prepare you for what you'll find. Open air casitas (you can't call them 'rooms'), the freindliest staff members, pure PRISTINE beach as far as the eye can see in either direction, amazing food, and of course, unique Basil Margaritas, made from locally grown organic basil!
The casitas are like living in a Swiss Family Robinson tree house, with thatch roof, rope handrails, but with your own bathroom! All open air, no windows, and basically, shutters for doors. Awesome!
The beach and ocean are the focus, but it is unlike any beach we've been to in Mexico. Clean, pristine, unspoiled for miles in both directions. The only folks we saw were a few fishermen casting nets, and some locals folks wandering by every other day on horseback. No vendors hawking their wares every five minutes!!!! Most of the time, we had the beach to ourselves!
The onsite staff are an amazing team. The staff are all local residents, except for Evan, the yoga and massage guy, and Emily, who was there doing work in the local community as an intern. The rest of the staff are all local people who have experience from larger resorts, but have come home to work here. Julia, the manager, and Johnny, the bartender, tour guide, and surfer in training, are incredible folks, along with Olga, Gloria, and Abram the chef, as well as all the other folks you'll meet, are truly doing a fantastic job. What an amazing team! They really know how to make you feel right at home.
We were there the week before Thanksgiving, and happened to be the only two guests there. It's not large, only 8 casitas, so, 'full' means only 16 or 20 guests anyway. We felt like we had our own private beach house for a week! Evan and Emily kept us company at mealtimes, and we had some great discussions and dominos games ! We really appreciated their company!
Ok, I haven't even mentioned the main attraction - the sea turtles! We went in November, because David recommended that as a particularly active time if the year for turtle activity. Every night they come up and nest on the beach, local volunteers donate their time to find the nests, collect the eggs, and re bury them in a protected sanctuary, where they can hatch unmolested. Then, after they hatch, they bring them to the resort for the guests to release them into the sea. We were lucky enough to do this almost every day. It's amazing. Words cannot describe the feeling! Imagine sending 300 hatchlings out to sea on their first day of their 7 year adventure before they will come back to the same beach to nest and start the cycle over! Incredible.
We spent our time relaxing on the beach, taking long walks, hiking the property - its 200 acres! - and we went on some local tours with Johnny as well.
And the food was incredible. Abram and Olga made everything fresh and homemade. You hav to see it to believe it! We even had sushi one night! I wasn't expecting that.
All in all, a fantastic week. We loved it and we will be back next year!
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