Our week-long stay at the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita , was perfect, magical, the best time away we've ever had.
Each day was more beautiful than the one before (fyi Trip Advisees:most of the weather sites predicted cloudy weather or thunderstorms most of the time we were away--instead we had perfect weather every day.)
Start at the palapa known as the Hippo Bar, centered around the gorgeous, pristine, freeform pool.. The wonderful staff will rearrange umbrellas to give you as much sun or shade as you like as you recline on the comfy lounges. The pool has multiple levels--you can walk on water, have a drink, read a book or make a call lounging by the pool--or in it. Or you can actually swim!
The staff constantly check to see if you need anything at all to eat or drink: sushi, ceviche, salads, salsa, guacamole, homemade chips, health food, veggie choices, fresh grilled fish. Need a cool cloth? No problem. Cold water, ice buckets, the special organic ice tea of the day? Whatever you require you receive and always with a smile, a thank you, a kind word in English or Spanish or Mayan. The feeling of being cared for is very special --neither cloying or cold-- just right.
There's a gorgeous beach to walk or run on, a turquoise ocean to swim in, snorkel, sail, or fish. There is also an incredible spa (treatments are extra, though there are many packages with various spa credits available). Every kind of massage therapy and hydrotherapy in the huge warm saltwater pool with strong jets to work out knots or help with arthritis --fantastic!
In addition to Ka'ax and El Chiringuita (the grill), there's La Canoa, the high end restaurant (you can eat anywhere any night-- there are no restrictions other than hours.) Each restaurant has its own character and each has excellent service. On our last night our waiter, Raoul at La Canoa, had the wonderful pastry chef make Steve a special dessert--also, they have a fabulous sugar free dessert-- roasted peaches with a chocolate sauce that was incredible.
Our room was beautiful. Large living room with sliding doors to a terrace with plunge pool (it's true we didn't use it a lot but it was nice to look at and not cold as i've seen in some other posts) and a lovely view of the ocean. Big marble bathroom, square soaking tub, double sinks and best of all, a beautiful outdoor shower. The bed was perfectly comfortable. There were flower petals on the bed every evening and the last night they were done in the shape of a huge heart!
Did I mention the flora and fauna? Hibiscus, palms, orange trees, flowers all over. Parrots and iguanas-- completely peaceful and endlessly fascinating. A coati too. There were also plenty of activities daily though we kept ours to a minimum--the sunset sail and a trip to some of the Mayan ruins arranged through the hotel with truly knowledgable guides.
Although I've mentioned it briefly, I want to publicly thank the staff of Bonita for being so wonderful to us. First, FEDERICO--our much-more-than-a-waiter, who brought us everything we needed during the day, and even made arrangements for us on his day off. CARLOS, the amazing bartender who can make anything and then make it even better with a huge smile. RAOUL ( mentioned above), waiter extraordinaire at La Canoa. Pepe at the grill, Yuri, Jesus, Patrizia at the spa, Doug who made arrangements for us to see Tulum and Coba. Eddie, Ada, Lucy, Santiago, Alex, Francisco--I wish I could remember everyone but these will have to do to say 'thank you' to La Bonita for the best vacation ever. There is no question we will return to paradise as soon as we can!
we stayed in Niza with plunge pool, terrace and outdoor shower--fantastic!!
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