I wanted to visit Verana since 2006. In turn, when my boyfriend and I were planning a trip to kick-off 2013, I shared this idea for consideration. I wish I didn’t.
He became enchanted with the place as I did. Who wouldn’t -- the photos are spectacular. Given the background of Verana’s owners; however, that is to be expected. They are in the business of creation an illusion. I just wish I didn’t fall for it, as it was an expensive mistake.
Here are some highlights:
• A visit from a snake. Having been there for less than an hour, a black snake enters our room. I understand that we are in the jungle and may encounter wildlife, however, the staff didn’t provide me with peace of mind. E.g., no one knew what to do should a poisonous snake bite us; there is a single phone on the premise at the office, however, there isn’t always someone at that location, etc. This was an unsettling start to the trip, as I realized that if something were to happen, I would have to solve the problem myself.
• Bugs. Again, I understand that when in the wild, you encounter wildlife – including bugs. However, the army of ants that invaded our room every day was over the top. There was line after line of ants (and other bugs joined the fun). I have never seen so many bugs in a room, and I have traveled quite a bit.
We changed rooms (thank goodness!), yet the bed was full of small little bugs!
• Food. I indicated on the form that I’m vegetarian, however, one night they couldn’t accommodate my dietary needs so I only had chips and guacamole. I don’t feel that this was worth the price that I paid for the “meal”.
• Beds. They were the most uncomfortable beds that I have ever experienced, which is shocking considering how much we paid for the room. The pillow alone was lumpy. Purchasing pillows alone would be a fast and cheap fix to the subpar sleeping situation.
I could keep going, but I think you get the picture: Verana isn’t worth the money unless you are solely going for a photo shoot. If living a facade isn’t your cup of tea, I recommend that you vacation elsewhere.
- 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