Palmazul is surely the classiest place in San Clemente, with lovely views of the ocean and a great pool. Staff bend over backwards to be helpful and usually succeed, if one wants to adjust a dish in the restaurant or needs something special, like an extra bed in the room. We four stayed more than a week and our nine-year-old was very happy here. Over-the-top honest, kind and cheerful staff.
There's a bit of a playground and swings as well as the pool. The poolside bartender is excellent. The menu is mostly seafood and it's all good, although quality varies from day to day. The beach at low tide goes on forever--we'd walk it for two hours every morning and there's always something interesting going on.
Didn't try the spa because the prices scared me off after the wonderful deals at Vilcabamba, but in the real world the prices are more than okay..
You can rent a bike to tool around the three settlements, San Clemente, San Alejo and San Jacinto. However, the bikes need some work to improve safety and comfort.
Palmazul is not cheap. You sign your food to the room number and our bills, when we got them, were out of sync with the menu prices and what we actually signed for. Be sure to sign every chit so that it's easy for the staff and for you to come to agreement. And they will. Just point out any discrepancies and they will be fixed.
I missed the hullabaloo of the New Year's weekend except for one night, which was pretty awful. There's nowhere to hide from a fiesta on the deck below as all the rooms open onto it, and the sliding doors don't shut out the racket. Noise went on for three nights, as late as 4 a.m., with a wedding, a birthday, and New Year's Eve.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Palmazul Artisan Designed Hotel & Spa, a sun-kissed shoreline awaits right outside your window. Enjoy service that seems to read your mind, and indulge yourself in our superb Cocomar Restaurant and Arena Spa. Palmazul Artisan Designed Hotel & Spa welcomes you with beautiful gardens and a mix of distinct architecture that blends seamlessly with nature. The rooms are decorated not only with products made by Ecuadorian Artisans; but also with a sumptuous view of the sea; as well as having a mini-bar, balcony, elegant faucets, and amenities from L´Occitane. The hotel also boasts a semi-Olympic pool, bar, hammocks, tennis court, and exit directly to the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palmazul Hotel & Spa Ecuador/San Clemente