Four of us arrived on Friday morning for a " Gourmet Weekend". The very first thing that Dulce, the owner, asked us to do was to cover ourselves with mosquito repellent which she gave to us. As the weekend wore on we found that we really needed it because the no-see-ums were vicious. In fact, while the sun was up, we found that the only way to avoid them was to stay indoors. Not what we wanted to do. We were all bitten quite badly and the resulting welts were itchy and painful.
One of our rooms was a suite on the ground floor and was a nice room but quite dark. The other room was on the top floor and overlooked the pool, a waterfall and the creek that runs through the property. Very nice. However, the upper floor is reached by climbing up a flight of 22 stairs which has no handrail. Pretty easy for people younger than 74 but for us it was a bit scary.
The hotel is just a couple of years old and is nicely situated in lovely grounds. The rooms are pleasant and there is a very pleasant common living room with a large table, sofas, a selection of DVDs and an "honour" bar where we could buy wine, beer, water and sodas. Although Internet is, in theory, available if one sits on a particular bench beside one of the pools, I was unable to connect to it with my iPad even if my wife was able to do so with hers.
We had all signed up for the cooking class and so on Saturday afternoon we spent a couple of hours preparing a meal with Victor, a chef who travelled in from Nuevo Vallarta. It was an excellent experience and one I would recommend to any one interested in food.
Dulce is an excellent cook who uses many ingredients that she gets from her own garden. The selection of herbs and the freshness of the vegetables were wonderful. The meals were nicely served on tables on the terrace but we found that the constant clearing of plates was distracting and less than relaxing for us.
When the time came to check out I knew that we were going to be charged for the bottle of wine that we had ordered for dinner but was surprised that two beers, some water and coffee(!!) came to an additional 350 pesos. Not exorbitant but, for this type of hotel, unwarranted.
It would be a great place for a honeymoon or even a second one but the bugs will keep us away in the future.
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