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- Karen Brown's Recommendation:
Part of the fun of the Majahuitas resort is just getting there! Located on the coast just south of Puerto Vallarta, the hotel is reachable only by boat. It’s a beautiful cruise from Boca de Tomatlan, ending at a small cove with a pristine beach backed by jungle and the bungalows of Majahuitas. Don’t expect luxury; the facilities are a bit primitive. The hotel is entirely solar-powered. But, if you’ve ever dreamed of being shipwrecked on a Robinson Crusoe-style deserted island with someone to pamper you, this is about as close as you can get. There are eight bungalows, each unique in decoration, construction, and location. Our favorite is Los Arcos, a two-bedroom unit close to the beach. Days are spent lazing around, reading that book you’ve always wanted to finish and working on your tan. When you want to go to town for shopping, the boat is ready to take you there. The food at Mahajuitas is always wonderful, but dinnertime is very special. The beach is lit up with candles and the cocktail hour gives everyone a chance to meet their neighbors and mingle before a feast of the catch of the day and later a bonfire on the beach.
Desert island hideaways don’t get much better than idyllic Majahuitas Resort. The hotel’s 18 acres are actually part of the mainland, but because there are no roads to the area the only access is by sea.
And so your vacation begins with a leave-your-worries-behind-you boat trip along the stunning coastline of the Bay of Banderas.
Away from Puerto Vallarta, the sea becomes clearer and blue-green. Twenty minutes later the boat arrives at one of the most picturesque coves on the coast. Seven casitas cling to the shoreline and slopes of the one third of a mile long beach, each casita having a perfect sea view.
We love the airy rooms, the hammocks overlooking the bay and the handcrafted furniture. Each casita is individually designed and, though all are close to the beach and main building, their positioning ensures a high level of privacy.
Waking to the sound of birdsong and the caress of tropical breezes is sublime. Guests tend to spend most of their days on the blissful beach, where the only distraction is the often daily visits by the snorkelling tours from town (who cannot be prevented from landing on the beach but who are not offered any services). They usually stay for an hour or two, after which the tranquillity returns.
To describe the resort as simple or rustic is deceptive. While it’s true that there are no televisions, telephones or air-conditioning (in fact the hotel is mostly solar powered), the resort boasts gourmet food and extraordinary service.
Evening meals are candlelit occasions, served beachside with beautifully presented dishes worthy of any five star restaurant in town. Delicious and freshly prepared breakfasts and lunches are also included in the nightly rates.
We’d highly recommend Majahuitas for romantics and honeymooners (the hotel has also hosted complete wedding ceremonies). It’s also one of the best places we’ve found for pure relaxation.