This year reminded me why I keep coming back, and my brother and his partner who joined me for the first time were equally impressed. If you are looking for a resort-type vacation, focused on the latest chic decor, don't bother. If you expect a sterilized environment so you can ignore the fact that you are in the coastal tropics, don't bother. If you looking to experience la pura vida, La Mansion embodies it. The rooms are comfortable, the view are incredible, and -- most important -- the staff are incredibly friendly and willing to bend over backwards to help you get the best out of your vacation. And this year, the restaurant has moved up more than a notch.