We stayed 2 nights at TeKuani Kal after a week in San Salvador. This was a wonderful way to end our trip to El Salvador. Like any developing country, you can't expect modern functionality. However, the rooms were clean and pretty large. The beds were firm and comfortable, and the bathroom was large. Yes, all the water comes from one faucet, and it is all cold. But it is so hot here that a cold shower actually feels OK. Don't drink the water in El Salvador. Always buy bottled water for everything, including brushing your teeth. The room had a window type air conditioner which was noisy, but worked well.
The staff understand little English. We had several Spanish speakers in our group, so that was not a problem, but I knew enough phrases to get the basics. It is always worth dragging a phrase book with you.
The grounds are beautiful, with many small areas of different vegetation and ponds. It is a small property, but the landscaping of separate areas makes it seem bigger.
Supposedly there is free wireless access, but I could rarely get to most web sites. I connected only a couple of times for a brief period. Others in my group seemed to have better luck.
The pool is very small. The water runs down into it from a short waterfall, then runs over the edge of the pool (like an infinity pool) to a course that feeds the top of a lower waterfall near the beach side rooms. Looking over the edge of the pool is quite awesome. You are floating about 100 feet above the ocean. You look out over a wide expanse of surfer's paradise. This is apparently a well known surfing beach. There are plenty out their, and the waves are breaking good for some long rides.
Go down the steps to the ocean level. There are more rooms ocean level, with small areas in front for sun bathing. There is an outdoor shower, then a gate to the beach. There is a row of hammocks under a canopy of vines where we spent the better part of one whole day - sleeping, reading, watching the waves. The beach is pretty stony, with a few patches of black sand where you can actually swim. Mostly it is a surfing beach, so be careful not to get in their way. The water is bath water warm. At high tide, the water rolling back out to sea over the rocks makes a sound like hundreds of firecrackers, as the rocks roll on each other in this natural tumbler.
The sunset is amazing. I took several dozen pictures of it. None do justice.
The food here is good, and the prices not bad. We enjoyed breakfast (which comes with the room) and also bought lunch and dinner. We stayed away from the seafood because of a bad experience with amoebas back in San Salvador. They also have exotic dishes like Iguana.
Walk up the beach a little way and you run into all the surfer bars and hotels in the noisier section of Playa El Tunco. We were too tired to head up there at night, but the bars looked inviting. Open air, and ads for bands.
This was a very pleasant 2 1/2 days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tekuain Kal is a small beachfront hotel located on Playa El Tunco, one one the best beaches in the world for surfing! We count with 12 rooms: 6 beachfront room, 2 suites and 4 other rooms. We have an ocean front restaurant, 2 pools (one infinity and one cascade), 1 bar, 1 temazcal (indian sweat lodge) and 1 massage room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tekuani Kal El Salvador/La Libertad