We just returned from one of our most satisfying and relaxing vacations we've spent in years. This was our 2nd year in Troncones, but our 1st time with Hans and Angie at their Posada. It is elegant rusticity--a beautiful tropical hacienda with everythign we were looking for. We had a beautiful muraled bedroom which looked out on Manzanillo Bay and opened onto a tiled patio with a loveseat and hammock facing the beach. Mornings began with a European-style continental breakfast--yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, coffee. Days were spent reading on the beach. Manzanillo Bay is a tranquil inlet around the corner from the long strtch of Troncones beach, and is great for body surfing, boogie boarding, and even snorkeling--which I did endlessly. The Posada has snorkel gear and boogie boards. Every evening Hans and Angie would host a sunset gathering on the beach, as guests relaxed and watched an infinite variety of gorgeous sunsets (and waited for the mythical green flash). It was easy and fun to socialize with the guests from Europe and North America. There are three restaurants you can walk down the beach and reach--including the very affordable Tronco Bay Inn (order the chile relleno or fantastic coconut shrimp). Nearly every night some restaurant had a special--special dinner or special entertainment. You can catch the community bus for 10 pesos and go into Troncones for lunch or dinner--or call a cab for 50 pesos. The village of Troncones is charming and sleepy--you can walk along the beach and reach it in 30 minutes. The ocean breezes seemed to keep the warm temperatures from ever getting too sizzling, and the sound fo the surf was tranquillizing. One evening we witnessed a nearby turtle release--as new turtle hatchlings dashed under cover of sunset to the safety of the ocean. Throughout the day Angie and Hans played hospitable hosts, responding amiably to our questions and requests--even letting us hitch a ride into Zihuatenejo one day to visit the local market and waterfront. There were many beautiful tocuhes to this little paradise--colorful Mexican murals, flowerpetals on the bed and new towel-origami arrangements each day, wireless internet access, many gracious spaces--hammocks, sofas, settees, tables--to sit or work or read or relax. I had a weird experience one morning--I stepped on a sting ray while snorkeling and was badly stung. The guests all collaborated on treating my wound--the treatment is soaking in hot water; everyone was very hospitable--Hans even gave me several anaesthetizing shots of Tequila. We were well cared for. There are many little adventures a couple can find--walk into Troncones, birdwatch, visit the fishing village of Mahajua. Alex at nearby Hacienda Eden leads kayak tours in the lagoon and hikes in the nearby hill country. A wonderful winter retreat to paradise. We are already planning our return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Posada de los Raqueros is a beach-lover's paradise hideaway and casitas. Our beachfront villa at Playa Manzanillo, just north of the village of Troncones, features several accommodation options, starting with two beautiful spacious oceanview guest suites (cuartos Viejo del Mar and Caballo del Mar), each with a large private talavara tiled bathroom, your own seating area on the main terrace, and situated around our hammock-lined terrace and garden. Across the lawn and 10-steps from the beach sits our beachfront bungalow Casita del Pelicano, one of our two 2-story bungalows. Behind el Pelicano, you will find La Casita de la Mariposa and the family-sized Casa Sol y Mar, a 2-story, 2 bedroom/2 bath loft-style beach house. All the bungalows feature large shuttered and screened windows, spacious private bathrooms with hot showers, open-air kitchens and refrigerators. And all are just a few steps from Playa Manzanillo - the "jewel" of the region - a wide, sandy beach with a fun surf spot at the south end. FlashFeel We speak Spanish, English, German and Dutch; please feel free to communicate with us in any of these languages. Welcome! Your options are many here. Want to surf? Get up, grab your board and walk 50 steps to a world class site. Snorkel? The bay at Manzanillo is loaded with tropical fish and has beautiful, clear water for excellent snorkeling. Feel like swimming? The water is around 80?F and the waves in the bay are often gentle. How about fishing? You can pick up a boat right in front of your casita and go out all day for Dorado, Sierra, or even Marlin, maybe even stop somewhere for a surf on the way out and back. Is eating your thing? The beach at Playa Manzanillo has several excellent restaurants to choose from, with everything from traditional Mexican fare to brick oven-baked Pizza, excellent European & American cuisine and fresh Lobster right out of the bay.But, then again, you might just be happy enough sitting on the beach in one of our comfy beach chairs with a book from our library and a cold Corona in easy reach. What do you think? La Posada de Los Raqueros is located in Troncones, a small, safe and friendly beachfront community 20 miles north of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and 40 minutes from the airport. Getting here is so easy that it's amazing how tranquil the area still is. ... more less