The SpaceMy home in Huatulco not only enjoys the rare combination of ocean view AND easy 5-min. walk to a lovely "swimmable" beach, but is very comfortably and tastefully furnished -- no concrete base seating here!! There is a real Ikea sofa, gorgeous genuine hair-on hide upholstered wing chairs, a 50" Smart TV for Netflix, and table & chairs in the living room. And since I live there sometimes myself, and like to live well and comfortably as well as cook and entertain, the home is also extremely well equipped for a rental. I used to rent for many years and even to this day, I know many seemingly lovely rentals are pathetically ill-equipped. Well, here you'll never have to borrow a corkscrew or put your beautiful fresh flowers in a pop bottle or find the cooking utensils in a yogurt bucket. The kitchen and bar have all the gadgets and necessities you're used to at home, and there's a lovely picnic basket with NICE plastic wine glasses, as well as trays for taking things down to the pool. For the beach, there are folding chairs and umbrella. The BBQ has a nice set of tools, and you will be able to set a beautiful table for a dinner party on the splendid new dining table. The terrace has a very comfy chaise as well as a hammock and a couple folding directors' occasional chairs, as well as the dining table and chairs and a beautiful genuine hickory twig chandelier. Bedrooms and bathrooms have built-in open closet and shelving for your personal items. Interaction with GuestsUnless I am away on a boat too far from an internet signal, I can always be reached by phone or email to answer any questions or solve any problems, with the help of an on-site agent. Most likely, tho not guaranteed, I will be there to greet you and check you out, tho. The Neighborhood"Residencial Arrocito" is a lovely ocean-side enclave of winding hilly roads, breathtaking views, and mostly single-family villas, with one small hotel and a few hi-end condo complexes. From our Villa, you can walk 5 minutes to 3 different restaurants, one of which is the little locally-run beach restaurant with tables and chairs in the sand. The OCEAN BAR and restaurant has lovely view from an elegant setting and excellent food and daily HAPPY HOUR 5 - 7. Enjoy breakfast or lunch served at the small boutique hotel Villas Coral, 3 doors away while enjoying their spectacular ocean view of the other side of the hill (opposite to beach side).
Many ambitious walkers/joggers enjoy the jaunt through our Residencial to see all the lovely villas and different views enjoyed from a variety of viewpoints, or even to go out to the Carretara and walk into downtown.
Golf is available but at a pretty steep cost. A few years ago, new owners took over and it has become quite elitist. However their restaurant serves lovely meals, a very reasonable Sunday brunch and overlooks the pool & gardens for a nice change of scene.
The Secrets Resort is our newest hi-end large chain all-inclusive resort of about 400 rooms, absolutely beautiful and sits on (for now) its OWN pristine calm beach and bay. You can buy a day-pass for $40 and from noon to 5, get pampered, eat fine food and drink all the premium liquor you can and want to safely consume, as well as enjoy their massive tiered pool and lovely beach palapas - and even activities if you wish - as though you are a guest in the hotel. Even if, like me, a resort vacation with a cast of thousands is not your thing, to enjoy it for only a day makes for a nice change of pace and view, and this is quite good value.
Otherwise, Huatulco itself, for a small town, has an amazing number of excellent restaurants, pizzerias, bistros, bars, beachside palapa restaurants, and nightlife. Shopping has improved greatly in the last 10 years, there is very little lacking in Huatulco. 2 large supermarkets, each with an imported goods section, good meats and fish, and one of them has decent produce. But most of us locals like to patronize the local fruit/veg markets, the carnicerias, pescaderias, and pollerias, which often have much better fresher quality and presentation and sometimes even better prices. You can eat SO WELL in Huatulco for SO LITTLE $!
If you are in Huatulco for at least 2 wks, I highly recommend a 2 day excursion (one overnight) to Puerto Escondido (PE), 2 hours away, with maybe a stop enroute in Mazunte or Zipolite, a couple of rustic charming bach villages. PE is a lovely real Mexican town which has become popular with people of all types and ages, tho it started out as a fishing/surfing haunt years ago. Now, it is a hive of musical activity with beautiful beaches and many excellent restaurants, with a very laid back vibe, quite different from Huatulco. If you are there for at least a month, you would do yourself a favour to spend at least 4 or 5 days taking in Oaxaca City, a fascinating and beautiful colonial city with world-class art, artifacts and handicrafts, and a lively Zocalo (town square) ringed by many wonderful restaurants and shops Getting AroundTaxis are NUMEROUS and CHEAP! a ride to almost anywhere is 5 to 10 minutes and 35 to 50 pesos, most often you'll pay 35 to the supermarkets, downtown, Santa Cruz Bay and maybe a little more to some of the other beaches. You can either flag them down in front of the Villa or have Octavio our caretaker call one for you. Of course you can investigate renting a scooter or a car and while you are at my place, you will have a dedicated off-street parking spot. Other Things to NoteGuests are expected to pay the electricity while there at a rate of 2.5 pesos per kw hr. This should run you approx. $100 or less per month for 2 people if you are judicious about the AC use, in fact significantly less if you don't use it at all. However if you leave it on all the time and are not careful about keeping everything shut up well, it could get as expensive as $200 or more! A meter reading will be taken upon your arrival and again on your departure and this can be paid in pesos at that time.
I have learned the hard way that it is sheer folly not to ask for a security deposit, but since you are paying a fair amount for your rental, I only ask you to bring a Canadian or U.S. cheque with you made out to me for $600 which I will simply hold (or my agent will) and return to you intact once premises are checked at your checkout. This deposit will also be used to cover electricity costs should you leave without settling up for that. Otherwise, it will be retained and cashed and any damages will be taken out of that amount and if damages come to something less than the $600, then the difference will be reimbursed to you.
The maid is to be paid directly by you for a thorough weekly clean and linens laundering, $300 pesos, about $22. I cover the clean before you arrive and upon your departure, so you need only cover it for the intervening weeks.