Stayed here in May, 2013, with a group. Some of us were in Casa Banana, I was in the top floor (my choice) and went up a ladder to a room with a gorgeous view. Overall, it is a "rustic" experience, in that the bathroom is a walk from the room, there is no glass or screens in any of the windows, an open air living experience. But the breeze was lovely, the people fun, the views gorgeous, steps to snorkeling right in front of the resort, a great hammock to lay in and read the day away. You can always here the water. The grounds have a great variety of plants, lots were flowering while we were there. Even the bathroom has a view. There are books and games, swimming, ping pong, snorkeling, kayaking, it is a short walk into town, where there are more beaches, restaurants, massages available. There are side excursions available to islands and waterfalls. Since you have to take a boat and climb out of it at Playa Isabel, and walk up a path to get there, it helps to be a bit adventurous. The host made us a campfire several evenings. He was charming and unobtrusive, available when needed.
You are on the edge of village life, with burros going by at any moment. (no cars anywhere)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Jardin is an eco-friendly garden retreat with the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. Beautiful gardens surround the open air sleeping palapas. The communal area is open anytime, where guests can mingle, relax, read, dine, lay in a hammock or play one of the many games provided. There are recycling guidelines on-site and the manager will introduce you to the communal spaces at the start of your visit. The common areas are great way to meet people and relax. We have a great local cook who is available for meals and often dinners will be arranged for guests. Our casas are a "labor of love". We have worked hard to get the casas to the state they are in and continue to work to make improvements to make them better and more comfortable for you. ... more less