Just returned from a long weekend stay at Casa de las Olas. After stalking their website for years, we finally made it out there (sitting in my office in NYC, I’d go visit their site whenever things got stressful – LOL). We stayed here as a decompression/reward trip post Boston Marathon.
The place is just like the photographs. There’s no photoshop going on here! It’s bright, clean, breezy, beautiful. Every room looks out to the gorgeous sea and the beach. As many people have mentioned, it’s super secluded and private. During our stay, we believe all of the rooms were sold out, but we never felt crowded or annoyed by other guests. It was quiet, peaceful and just heavenly.
If you go here thinking of it as a luxury eco-lodge, you’ll be fine. Yes, the water out of the tap is salty. Yes, you won’t be able to have a lather-y, bubble-y shower. It feels odd at first, but after you cool down and wipe off the water, your skin actually feels softer and it’s not sticky or oily at all.
The shower does not have any water pressure and the stream of water is low. If you are used to big rain showers we recommend you to bring a little plastic bowl – like a mixing bowl of sorts so you can pour water over yourself. This fixes the shower problem quiet nicely. You can buy one easily at the Chedraui (it’s like Wal-Mart, right off 307 as you turn in to Paila Road).
Shrimp Guy. There seems to be a guy that comes around randomly to sell freshly caught shrimp. GET IT. You can cook it on the grill on premises. All it needs is some olive oil, salt, and a squirt of lime. Delicious.
Heat and humidity was not a problem during our stay, which was in late April. The rooms are cleverly designed for maximum air flow. We actually felt a little chilly one night. I’m typically a mosquito magnet, but I did not have any bites here.
Other recommendation are:
1) Buy Food. There’s not much around here. The nearest restaurant is about 0.75 mile from the place, and I’m not sure how good it is. If you like breakfasts and lunches, we recommend buying stuff to cook here. Also, buy ICE. If you like to make your own cocktails or bring a cooler to the beach, you’ll need to buy ice. No ice machines here.
2) Related, if you like to cook, bring your own knife. The kitchen knife here is pretty dull. Next time, I’m bringing my knife set so I can cook better.
3) Get a room with the balcony. It looks right out to the beach, so if you get too hot on the beach, you can retreat here and still get plenty of the tropical vacation feel. Also, it’s wonderful to have coffee in the morning as you watch the sunrise.
4) Buy Organic/Eco Friendly sunscreen. It washes away a lot easier than chemical based products in the salty-shower. Besides, it’s better for the environment anyways.
5) Get a car. It just makes things a lot easier. You can go to the organic market (buy Chiapas Coffee!), you can go to the little taquerias, you can to the bakeries, etc.
6) Eat your dinner early. Eat either a giant brunch/breakfast before noon and prepare to eat your dinner at 5, 6pm. Everything pretty much closes at 8pm. Being NYers that eat late, this was our biggest problem.
7) Hartwood. It’s exactly 1.44 miles away from here. It’s walkable, yes. But get there early. Insane crowds.
If you like to run, the Paila Road is perfect. It’s sort of a false flat so it’ll give you a pretty good workout. Run in the morning, though. There is least amount of traffic and it’s mostly local workers coming into work, so it’s primarily south bound traffic. It makes for safer, easier running.
Finally, I’d like to thank Jimmy for his hospitality. The guy is like a tropical genie. He just makes thing happen. I got a bit of heat exhaustion from sitting out in the sun too long and was feeling pretty miserable. He and my husband went out in search of food (after 8pm when everything has already closed) and managed to come back with the most amazing Jicama Salad…from a place that normally doesn’t do take outs or delivery. He saved our vacation!
There are lots of inns and hotels on this stretch, but what makes this place so special is the privacy and sincerity of the host. He only appears when you need him and disappears when you want to be left alone. He’s really like a genie! He genuinely cares about you and wants to make sure you have a good time.
I would go back here in a heart beat. Already looking into next year’s trip…
Get the room with a balcony. Request for corner balcony for added privacy!
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