Mandy Brooks

Verana

  • Where:
  • Why:A much needed holiday
  • When:New Year's 2013
  • Who:Me and My Man
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Verana Shampoo, conditioner, soap and a little dish of lemon verbena scrub.

Shampoo, conditioner, soap and a little dish of lemon verbena scrub.

Verana The seating area of our room.

The seating area of our room.

Verana Me posing behind the plants by the private path to our room.

Me posing behind the plants by the private path to our room.

Verana The outdoor restaurant where we had breakfast <br data-src=

The outdoor restaurant where we had breakfast
every morning while looking at the ocean.

Verana The outdoor dining area where they served dinner.

The outdoor dining area where they served dinner.

Verana 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.

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.

Verana Serene hillside pool overlooking the ocean.

Serene hillside pool overlooking the ocean.

Verana The beautiful view from our palapa.

The beautiful view from our palapa.

Verana This is the bartender giving us a tequila <br data-src=

This is the bartender giving us a tequila
tasting and lesson on how it's all done.

Verana Our open air bedroom in the Palapa house. <br data-src=

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 39/45

Important Bits

  • Type

    Handmade Boutique Hotel

  • Vibe

    Romantic and tranquil

  • Location

    An hour drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Boca Tomatlan, followed by a half hour boat ride to Verana.

  • Rooms

    10 individual houses, each having a unique design.

  • Music

    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.

  • Health & Wellness

    No gym but a beautiful and serene pool and a very cute open air spa.

  • Restaurant

    Outdoor restaurant on the hillside overlooking the Pacific, with fresh seasonal entrees prepared daily by the in-house chef.

  • Bar

    A very cute outdoor bar, with the best fresh fruit margaritas.

  • Children

    Children under 16 aren’t allowed. This is a place for romantics. Plus there are scorpions, which is a big concern for children.

  • Price

    Affordable Luxury

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