Las Mahajuitas is about a 20 minute boat ride from a beach near Puerto Vallarta: since you are not given life jackets in this open boat with no place to hang on, it should warn you immediately about the rather laid back attitude of the whole experience. It is very difficult to know exactly what to say about this place. For a start, the people working there are so wonderful & friendly & accomodating, I would hate to upset them in any fashion. However, you should know what you are getting into and be prepared for it before you go.
The casitas are open to the elements. When we were there it was very cold at night and so we had to ask for (and got) several additional blankets. But undressing and showering was certainly a chilly experience. The shower head is nothing more than a punctured gourd over a high tap and while we did have a hot water heater, it went on the blink intermittently---as did the water supply itself and the electricity which also had to be fixed twice while we were there. Being open to the elements also means mice getting into your clothes and raccoons/Badgers (whatever they were) running off with any food left around. There are also scorpions, which several people had to deal with.
The beach is fine but it is certainly not the white sand beach advertised by Boutique Hotels. On the contrary, it is pebble to coarase grade sand and it is fine if you want to save yourself the cost of buffing for a pedicure but not great underfoot otherwise. Other boats arrive on and off during the day but they are NOT a problem as they are kept off to one side of the beach. There are some walks into the hills & boat excursions & fishing but aside from that, there is nothing more to do here than relax and read.
That said, the food was absolutely fabulous and every evening the dining area was beautifully candle lit and decorated. People staying there eat together in the evening although separately on the patio in front of the beach during the day. Tea/coffee is brought to the casita in the early morning before breakfast.
Its possible that I would have enjoyed the whole experience more if I felt the casitas had been better cared for, especially in the cleaning of the bathroom. At times our bed wasn't even properly made & we couldn't use the upper level of our casita due to the wildlife annoyances. But people account for a large part of the travel experience and in that respect, Las Mahajuitas was a gem.
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