My partner and I have have just returned from a 5 night stay at the Flora Vista Inn. We could not have picked a better B&B. The innkeepers Eddie and Deanna could not do enough to make your stay comfortable. Deanna's recommendations were fantastic - from places to visit to restaurants or activities off the beaten track she was spot on and took into account what we were particularly looking for.
Our room was of exceptionally clean and had a large whirlpool bath in the corner of the bedroom. Whilst we really enjoyed the arrangement, it may not to be in everyone's tastes. However we saw other rooms which also had whirlpool baths but in a conventional bathroom set up.
The breakfasts provided were absolutely lovely and the portions massive. Typically, fruit, coffee/tea, juice (a number of types depending on your preference) then an egg dish or a sweet dish - waffles, delicious pancakes, french toast etc. Deanna cooks everything fresh in the morning so you can arrange with her what you particularly want and she is more than willing to accommodate your likes and dislikes.
In the evening, there is a wine and cheese reception. The appetisers prepared by Deanna once again took into account individual preferences and were absolutely delicious.
The area in which the inn is situation is a couple of miles off motorway 1 and is only half an hour at most from Monterrey and ten minutes from Santa Cruz. Therefore it is easily accessible to the main sites in the area - Carmel, Big Sur etc without being in a typically touristy location. It is only a ten minute walk from a spectacular (and predominately deserted) beach which runs for 15 miles. There is also a fantastic clay tennis court and Deanna is more than welcoming to let you borrow rackets and balls etc.
The Flora Vista Inn is not for everyone - if you want nightlife the inn is simply situated in too much of a rural location. I also noted a tendency from other trip advisor reviews that the people who have stayed at the inn have been of the older generation. I would not let this detract from anyone wishing to staying there. I am 23 and, absolutely loved the property and people. There is free wifi throughout the inn and tvs in each room - so there is no problem in keeping in touch with the outside world. The inn also has a beautiful porch and gardens so there is ample room to sit and relax in total peace if you would prefer.
From Deanna's personal touches - running out of the inn after us with bottles of water or folding chairs to take to the beach - to the lovely location, this is a fabulous inn and I would recommend it to anyone.
We will certainly be making the trip back from England to visit the Flora Vista Inn again.