We had the distinct pleasure of staying in three accommodations offered by Maravilla - the cottage, the cabin and the main level of the beach house (not the penthouse). And we loved them all; each offered its own unique charms and delights.
The cottage is attractive and comfortable with a beautiful view of the mountains. It features a lovely living room with a comfy couch and large flat screen TV, with loads of movies. Both bedrooms have large king or queen beds and are very attractive.
The cabin is like upscale, super-comfortable camping, with an open air kitchen looking right into the rainforest. As others have noted, the sleeping is world-class. Could it be the cool highly-oxygenated air or singing of the coqui? Whatever it is, I don't know when I've slept as well. I know that I will often try to transport myself back there when drifting off at night. What a memory!
There are wonderful hikes right on the property. Our favorite was in the stream (bring shoes for this) to a beautiful set of waterfalls. We took quick dips in the pools along the way, so wear your bathing suit under your clothes. And, as others have said, Pony, a friendly lab-type dog, will accompany you and lead the way.
We also took day trips to spectacular waterfalls, worthy of any Hollywood film. In fact, one of them was featured in the movie, " A Perfect Getaway", which we watched while staying in the cottage, having gone there that very day.
And the beach house -- it is practically over the water! You will hear the sound of the waves 24/7. You can swim right there, or you can walk to end of the quiet, tucked away lane, to a wide and endless beach which is perfect for swimming and long walks or runs. Quiet, friendly neighbors - human, canine and feline. Speaking of neighbors, a gifted massage therapist, Thor Fister, lives three doors down. His massages are unique and reasonable. He does Thai massage and includes deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology and yoga poses. We had them twice. Check to see if he is around - highly recommend. We also took fun excursions to the Cabo Rojo lighthouse (and gorgeous beach) and Rincon, to watch the surfers and snorkel at Steps beach.
And last, but certainly not least, Margo's inspired food! She is a genius! Every meal is a five star dining experience. We have eaten in fancy vegan restaurants in NYC and DC and Margo's food leaves them all in the dust. You have to try it to believe it. Extraordinary! The full foodie experience is best at Maravilla, where you will be served in style by candlelight, and on some nights a bonfire.
Margo and Mark, along with their friendly helpers, Levi and Grace, will make sure you have a wonderful stay and make many magical memories.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maravilla is located in the rainforest mountains of Puerto Rico, with 100 acres of trails for hiking, horseback riding and eco adventure, including waterfalls, bird watching and exotic plants. We serve vegetarian and vegan food in Caribbean/International gourmet style, made to your specifications. Comfortable and charming boutique cottage and unique secluded cabin. All the privacy and personal attention you need in a simple, natural setting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maravilla Guesthouse Hotel Las Marias
- Maravilla Guesthouse Puerto Rico/Las Marias