We stumbled into Ziwa early in the morning after taking a bus all night and not really sleeping. We were not sure where we were going to stay. After searching from an internet cafe, we decided to give Villa Carolina a shot. We showed up on their doorstep and were greeted by an accommodating Carolina. Too tired to fully soak in our surroundings, we took a room, expecting to stay one night.
By the time we took a shower and rested a bit we could see that Carolina's was someplace very special. For one thing, the room was very nice and kept impeccably clean. There were nice touches like hibiscus flowers laid out on our always fresh towels. There is a kitchen if you want to do your own cooking, but with such great, inexpensive room service and great restaurants nearby, there's really no need. The gardiner is meticulous and keeps the pool very, VERY clean.
In fact, the pool was our favorite part of our stay at Carolinas. It was so beautiful, so clean, and the water was always the perfect temperature. We stayed in room 3, right next to the pool with a little porch screened off by plants and a lovely little outside dining area where we had our breakfast (the french toast is great!). It is such a small place, and felt very private, even with the few other guests. Also, because we were right next to the pool, it felt like an extension of our little "apartment."
We paid $155 a night. There are more expensive rooms upstairs with their own jacuzzi, but we did not feel like we needed more than we had, especially with the pool right outside our door. Also, the beach (Playa Ropa) is a very short walk- only one block, and I did not feel like we needed to be any closer. It was quiet and very peaceful. A cab to the center of Ziwa is only about $3. After going in for a meal or to wander and experiencing all of the activity and bustle of town, it was a relief to come home to the tranquility of Villa Carolina.
So the moral of our story is that we only intended to stay one night and then move on, but then every day we were so comfortable we decided to stay another night. We stayed four nights total.
It turned out to be one of the nicest places we stayed in Mexico, and a very good value for the relatively inexpensive rate. We would definitely return next time.
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