I'm so glad I put aside my irrational fears about bugs and drug lords to spend a week in this serene and gorgeous place. Verana's combination of stylish design, excellent cuisine, and rugged outdoorsiness make for a one-of-a kind experience. A short list of do's and dont's:
* Bring a sweater and long pants--nights can be chilly
* Bring a book or two or three. Lounging by the pool or in your house is wonderful.
* Take the cooking class. Chef Fabian is amazingly talented.
* Take the tequila tasting class. You're smack in the middle of the state of Jalisco--one of the few places in the world that is authorized to produce tequila. So, when in Rome...
* Mingle with the other guests. Verana attracts diverse and interesting people. We had a blast meeting and talking with everyone.
* Get the meal plan. Fantastic cuisine is one of Verana's greatest strengths.
* worry excessively about bugs. We saw almost no bugs during our stay. No mosquitoes or biting bugs. We saw one scorpion. No other guest that I spoke to saw one, so I'm convinced that those critters are fairly rare.
* Don't take the trip to the Marietas Islands. The islands are overrun with tourists from Puerto Vallarta and that took away from the experience of the islands.
* Don't leave food in your house. Most houses are not enclosed so the resident coati will sneak in for a visit and make off with any snacks you might leave around.
* Don't be afraid of the coati. He's cute and harmless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 30-miles south of Puerto Vallarta floating above the Bay of Banderas, embraced by the mountains of the Valle de la Sierra Oriental, carved out of lush Mexican jungle on a hillside rests Verana. It is as unusual as it is remote. Unique design that is rustic yet sophisticated. Designed for travelers with a sense of adventure and appreciation of tranquility and natural beauty. An indoor/outdoor Spa adds to the amenities of a luxurious getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Verana Hotel Yelapa
- Verana Yelapa