I make it a goal of mine to sniff out the really unique places to stay. The hidden beaches, the treehouses, etc. And this, this place beats them all.
The short story is that the family that operates this little hotel go above and beyond. The food was all amazing, the best we had on our 2 week trip in Central America.
The room was very comfortable with a queen sized bed, TV and AC. My only problem is that I found the bed a little firm, but all the beds on our trip were on the firm side so it wasn't out of the ordinary and still completely comfortable. I slept pretty well, falling asleep to the sound of the waves.
My husband and I spent the majority of our time lounging in the hammocks and reading, from sunrise to sunset for 3 days; exactly what we wanted to do on this vacation. We took a break on one day to go kayak around the island nearby and Richard also arranged a boat for us to go over to a beach on elsewhere on Meanguera since we couldn't hike (my husband had injured his toe pretty badly a couple days before). It was a lovely beach with soft sand, and I saw rather large reddish lizard.
Back at the hotel, at low tide, Richard showed me some different creatures that hung out there. I got to hold a starfish and a sea urchin (boy does that feel weird, it crawls across your hand), which I had never done before.
The small staff they employ were really attentive and had perfect service. The son (which sadly his name escapes me at the moment) made us some sushi out of fish that was caught that day. That's not something normally on the menu, but we asked if they had any sort of snack or appetizer and he said they had sushi, so we took it! It was great. I was really impressed with their service, that alone would make me return. Not to mention the food...the view...the perfect weather....the remoteness.
Richard also helped us out when we were trying to figure out how to get back from La Union to the airport. His family ended up driving to San Salvador that day and dropped us off for a pittance compared to a taxi. A much more comfortable and pleasant ride as well!
I advise coming for at least 3 nights to truly enjoy it. It's a little bit of a trek to get out there via boat, but so worth it. Out of all of the hotels that I've stayed in in Central America, this is my favorite. Best value, best location and best food.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Joya Del Golfo El Salvador/Meanguera Del Golfo