Mandy Brooks


with Mandy Brooks
  • Where:Yelapa, Mexico

  • Why:A much needed holiday

  • When:New Year's 2013

  • Who:Me and My Man

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

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

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.

  • Pool/Gym

    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.

  • Wifi


  • 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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