This set of cabanas and rooms right on the beach in Zipolite has many excellent ingredients. Definitely it makes sense to pay a little extra to be in one of the cabanas higher up the hill--they have lovely views and more privacy, are brighter and somewhat more luxuriously decorated. All in all, there is a nice attention to detail here--simple decorative details, local art, local materials that all fit the location. The infinity pool is lovely and often not occupied, so many quiet swims were had here, especially in the evening under the stars. The yoga classes were very good and the yoga room was lovely (overlooking the ocean--beautiful views!). The restaurant is very good, with excellent service. Rooms are clean and well-kept, but the cabanas closer to the beach are a little dark and don't offer a lot of privacy.
The beach is pretty, if you don't mind the sight of a large number of middle aged male nudists strutting their stuff. The surf can be very dangerous, though, and we witnessed a terrifying situation where a couple who couldn't swim well nearly drowned, almost pulling down a very fit and courageous English traveler who gamely (and perhaps rashly) jumped in and attempted to save them. Several local surfers who are experienced with the currents (serious rip tides) were able to bring the two to safety, but it was a cautionary tale. Apparently the Lonely Planet mention that "drownings are depressingly frequent" here is very true. It would be useful if there were much better sign-posting here in both Spanish and English, and the presence of safety flotation devices (buoys, ropes, etc) for rescue purposes wouldn't be hard to procure and have at the ready for such situations. But really--why do drownings have to happen so frequently in such a place? There should be more safeguards in place.
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