If you're looking for a resort with amenities such as room service, TVs in your room, Wifi all over the place, and no ants or bugs, then this place isn't for you. But if you're looking to take a break from it all, have an excuse to not keep your cell glued to your hip, love seeing does with their fawns, and realize that nature comes with some creepy-crawlies, then you'll love this place. I based my "stars" on what one should reasonable and realistically expect from a retreat.
The accommodations aren't luxurious, but they're more than adequate. They're what come to mind with a wilderness resort! I'll gladly trade the Marriott's ugly "luxury" comforters (and let me tell you, after working for a Marriott myself, their comforters are only washed when they start to reek or are very visibly dirty, which is why they have that horrid pattern - to mask dirt and enable them to get away with sometimes a couple months between washings) for the view out the window or off the deck. I'll gladly skip the pool surrounded by lots of screaming kids and rude teens for a serene row on the lake with my daughter. Come here to be left alone!
Long review short, if you're looking for seclusion and solitude with a side of nature and gorgeous views, perhaps a dessert of deer sightings (we saw a doe and her fawn first day, and two deer in a single day isn't much for this place!), then you'll love this retreat. If you want to commune with nature and have your choice between easy or tricky trails, head to Zaca. If you want a resort, then go to a resort instead of being mad at this place. Would you give an Italian restaurant one star because you couldn't get a taco?
- Also Known As:
- Zaca Lake Retreat Hotel Los Olivos