I think “WOW” could sum up our week at Casa Carole! After an extensive on-line search for a location to celebrate a milestone birthday, we took a leap of faith on this little piece of heaven in Conchas Chinas, a 20 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride south of old town Puerto Vallarta. It seemed to strike the right balance of location, size, amenities, and price. The website does a great job of profiling this impressive Casa, and the actual experience exceeded our expectations on every front – I can’t imagine having chosen a better locale to celebrate my 50th with friends. From the sunsets, the view from the pool down to the beach and tidal pools, to the comforts provided by the Casa’s excellent team – it was truly a week in paradise.
We learned upon our arrival that there was a new cook, Maria, and she greeted us with a warm smile and followed up with many fantastic meals - she is a treasure! As one of my friends said, none of us experienced Montezuma’s revenge, but we all fell victim to Maria’s revenge…a rounding of the belly and several pounds or more staring back up at us from the scales when we got home! Our initial plan was to spend a few evenings in town – having been their many times – there are a number of favourite restaurants we were going to revisit. But the comfort of great food in this idyllic setting was just too much to leave, and with the exception of the Sunday dinner, we ate in every night.
Carmen obviously had things well in hand – the Casa was kept immaculate, and we never wanted for anything. And then there is Samuel - what can I say – I don’t know where they found him, but any business would be envious of such a fine employee. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we felt like we were family being welcomed home. I can’t imagine you could find a better ambassador for Casa Carole. It was so obvious that Samuel takes great pride in his work, in the Casa, and in making our stay the best it could possibly be. Friendly, gracious, hospitable, kind, humerous, efficient, genuine…knowing he would be there to greet us, is reason enough to want to return – and we are going to – we just booked another week later this year!
We dealt directly with owners Carol and John – via email and using their toll free line. They made the process work seamlessly and I have no hesitation in recommending. If you are looking for a real “all-inclusive”, vacation experience, tailored to your own group – look no further. You have arrived!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carol & I built Casa Carole right on the beach several years ago. We asked the architect to design the villa so it would be ideal for rental, with each bedroom having a full bathroom ensuite and a balcony with views of the tropical jungle and the sea. Casa Carole is a traditional Colonial Mexican villa with exposed adobe brick arches, marble floors and beamed ceilings. The decor features hand crafted furniture, Mexican art and sculptures, plus handmade glassware and linens. It is truly a Mexican family house. Our guests rave about our staff of four; chef, houseman/concierge, maid and pool-man for their courtesy, friendliness and competence. Our staff really makes a difference. We have successfully rented Casa Carole for the past many years with a growing clientele who come back for more. ... more less