Mal Pais is one of those places in the world that sucks you in and makes you never want to leave, and Pachamama is one of those places where days turn into weeks... It is set in beautiful, well-kept gardens, where the buildings look and feel a natural part of the surroundings. There is an outside shower to cool off from the beach, and plenty wildlife in the grounds - a family of howler monkeys, the resident iguana and skunk pottering around, pretty Paula the owl not to mention other birds. And Franz is very proud of his tree orchids :)
We stayed in one of the bungalows which was just right for two people, as long as you know each other well as the bathroom is just screened off the main room. Whilst the rooms are not luxurious and therefore may not be for everyone, they have everything you need and the setting is so wonderful and the hammock so comfy that the occasional ant in the kitchen is nothing to worry about.
Pachamama is in a great spot as you can cut through the land across the road to get to the amazing little rocky beach, and there is a wonderful place to eat and drink opposite (Caracolas). The notorious dusty road that runs through Mal Pais may be getting closer to being paved, but in the meantime take a scarf to put over your face if walking into Santa Teresa. Or take the beach route!
Franz creates a relaxed atmosphere amongst his guests, organising group meal outings and the occasional party. You can hire the quad bike, or arrange surfing lessons. Franz knows his stuff and can be trusted. Armancio the caretaker/ groundsman is a legendary character.
Thanks Franz and Marta - and sorry it has taken a while to write this review. We have been in denial since coming back to cold old UK. But I do keep my promises! We will be back some day. E y R x