I would recommend POSADA ARIGALAN to travelers who are looking for a bit more comfort than backpacker accomodation and are willing to spend a bit more but would still like to stay within a moderate budget. Arigalan is your basic, modest but nice, small, Mexican hotel type of place- but the AC, terraces, large room size, refrigerator, lock box for valuables all added greatly to our comfort. Staff were nice. It was on the same hilltop as Casa Pan de Miel and Zoa and presumably shares the same view but is the most economical of the three.
We reserved for the basic king room with AC, but were moved (upgraded) to the suite with large terrace due to construction of more accomodations going on at the property. We never heard any noise, glad to say.
Firstly, considering how ungodly hot it was in this area in May (and all months but May is one of the worst), I am so glad we chose Posada Arigalan for the air conditioning! I'm a hot climate loving person but sleeping in AC was a godsend in Mazunte!
Secondly, the views are every bit as great as stated!
*Be careful on the uneven steep stairs leading down from the hotel to SA beach!
*Bring bug spray, especially if you want to enjoy your terrace in the evening.
*If you're on San Agustinillo beach, one of the best of the beach restaurants is Mexico Que Lindo y Que Rico (an Arigalan staff recommendation). You can get good breakfast lunch or dinner there. We tried several restaurants in Mazunte and SA (it is fairly easy walk to everything) and overall I was rather disappointed in the area restaurants compared to Huatulco and other places on Pacific coast (excepting Que Rico y Que Lindo).
*I would recommend Mazunte/San Agustinillo to young travelers who are looking for a good backpacker/international scene, or to somewhat adventurous middle aged travelers who like laid back, quiet beach destinations.
*I would recommend these beaches to folks who are comfortable with somewhat strong waves.
*We thought San Agustinillo a prettier more quiet beach, but it is more of a beach than a town. The restaurants (all right on the beach) tended to close at 6PM (cause low season?) so it was necessary to go to Mazunte for dinner, which is a little more of a town and more happening. So we tended to hang at SA all day(at Que Rico), and Mazunte in evening.
*Bring whatever cash you will need as it is a pain and a waste of money to cab it to Pochutla to nearest ATM.
I would definately like to return to the area some day and choose Posada Arigalan for my stay. I think i would ideally stay part of the time in Huatulco for the tastier food and variety of beaches, and part of the time in Mazunte/SA for the get away from it all feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arigalan is located in Mazunte located on the southern most tip of Oaxaca, Mexico. 3 suites and 4 mid size rooms 1 apartment 1 family room and 3 cozy cabana to pick from, Arigalan sits high between two beautiful beaches Playla Mazunte and Playa San Agustinillo with spectacular views of Playa San Agustinillo. Here you will enjoy total peace and tranquility. The local population is descended from the Zipotec Indians of ancient times. This dialect can be heard spoken by local residents. ... more less