by: Mandy Brooks
A much needed holiday
New Year's 2013
Me and My Man
Shampoo, conditioner, soap and a little dish of lemon verbena scrub.
The seating area of our room.
Me posing behind the plants by the private path to our room.
The outdoor restaurant where we had breakfast
every morning while looking at the ocean.
The outdoor dining area where they served dinner.
This is a view from our side deck that looked out at the plants and jungle. We had another deck that looked out at the ocean.
Serene hillside pool overlooking the ocean.
The beautiful view from our palapa.
This is the bartender giving us a tequila
tasting and lesson on how it's all done.
Our open air bedroom in the Palapa house.
We woke up to ocean views every morning.
Highs + Lows
You arrive by boat and are greeted by mules to carry your luggage up the hill.
Each house has a private walkway which is lit by candles every night, and they fill the room with candles as well.
Organic bath amenities by the outdoor shower that were stored in little clay pots: coconut body scrub, jasmine shampoo and clay mud mask.
Every meal was divine, but the coffee was mediocre and they need espresso.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Handmade Boutique Hotel
Romantic and tranquil
An hour drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Boca Tomatlan, followed by a half hour boat ride to Verana.
10 individual houses, each having a unique design.
Appropriate mix of coffee house, world music, and indie.
- Year Opened
About 10 years ago
- Designed By
The owners; LA based set designer Heinz Legler and his French wife, interior designer Veronique Lievre.
No gym but a beautiful and serene pool and a very cute open air spa.
Outdoor restaurant on the hillside overlooking the Pacific, with fresh seasonal entrees prepared daily by the in-house chef.
A very cute outdoor bar, with the best fresh fruit margaritas.
Children under 16 aren’t allowed. This is a place for romantics. Plus there are scorpions, which is a big concern for children.