The title of this review are words often said by those who stay here yearly - and Casa del Encanto has MANY annual visitors who stay for extended periods every year and enjoy it very much. Some stay at Villa Tapirasio across the street as well (it has bug screens) but Casa del Encanto has the feel of a mexican village and the peaceful ambience for people who come to experience all that good stuff that mexico offers it's guests, pros and cons together.
Some of the negative comments I read here seemed to be written by those who do not understand where they were and definitely were not aware of how some things work (there are NO refunds of $ once you reserve no matter how long you reserved for - anywhere down here not just at Casa del Encanto) - so whining about it on Tripadvisor after the education sinks in is pointless. I tend to book for a week in 1-2 places in an area then if I do not like it I can move on or back to the other.
If you are looking for a unique mexican B&B experience and have a slightly tougher hide and a small sense of adventure, this one nestled within the quaint little village of Barra de Potosi ("where the lagoon meets the sea") is the place to stay.
Barra de Potosi is a beautiful authentic, real live mexican fishing village that was not put here for tourists, but because there are so many that come to savour the delicious flavours and vistas of this country and still stay in close proximity (45 minutes by local buses) to the bustle of Zihuatanejo etc. the villagers have adjusted by offering great food and lodging at prices that are half to a third what you pay normally elsewhere. I would encourage anyone with a sense of taste and adventure to come here and see for themselves. It is incredible and so rewarding.
A word to those who do not like to step outside their comfort zones - this B&B, while giving most all the creature comforts we norteamericanos like such as a consistent and fresh tasty breakfast, comfortable rooms with soft beds and pillows you sink right into, floor fans that can blow you away and wifi (although you may have to sit downstairs near the transmitter), friendly staff and hugely knowledgeable hostess, a 1 minute walk to your choice of at least 5 restaurants that all serve fantastic food and a 5 minute very pleasurable walk to the 9 mile beach with all it's charms ------may not be up to everyone's comfort level.
There are cons that others may not find to their liking and let's be honest - why not list them so that some of these negative (and even slightly hysterical) comments get put into perspective. No there are no bed bugs - if you get bites on your legs they are from sand fleas in the beach and in the floors of restaurants after about 5pm as the heat leaves - most smart people use bug spray on their legs at supper as well outside on dirt floors - anywhere in the world at this latitude. If you get bites elsewhere those are mosquitos and noseeums - ask the hostess to spray and buy a bottle of "Fast Aid" creme (with menthol and lanacaine) from the local pharmacia (or in the airport before coming here). Taking care of yourself is sometimes an educational experience - but claiming bedbugs is just dead wrong and would never be tolerated in an establishment with Casa del Encanto's ethics.
Casa del Encanto is rustic mexican hacienda. You cannot see it from the street as it has so much foliage - fountains everywhere and comfy chairs abound. The house is a curved concrete and plaster structure, beautifully colored and every room is clean and unique, but it is aging and it could use some work depending in what room you are in - on the plumbing and cieling fans etc. (the small things).
Someone should be spraying for mosquitos and noseeums every week as a regular maintainence matter. Laura will do it if you ask - many don't ask because they do not want to sound ungrateful for all that she does - but she doesn't mind - just ask her!
Yes there are bats outside in the open areas - NO they do not fly into the house (how could someone say that) because the netting over all entrances and windows prevents it and bats dislike flying around inside buildings anyway. But there are no bug screens, as the open concept of the place does not lend itself to being easily screened. The bed nets handle them at night quite well - bring a safety pin to keep the net opening in place - and ask Laura to spray the grounds or tell her about anything you need and she will gladly help you if she can.
Dogs, roosters, kids, fruit, vegetable, fish and propane hawkers calling out their wares. Noisy? A little but not really bad like some places.
The safety pin can also be used to unplug the shower heads that plug up due to high calcium over time naturally - but the showers themslves are great and work dandy after you poke them with a toothpick or pin.
Breakfast is lovely - a really tasty granola cereal mix milk or heavy cream, fresh yogurt (various flavors), all the fresh fruit you can eat, fresh bread and sweet buns (sometimes french toast or other treats) and the coffee is to die for - mellow but strong enough to set you up for a day in the real mexico that you came to experience.
I stayed for 3 weeks off and on, I happily reccomend this B&B to anyone with a sense of adventure and Barra de Potosi to anyone who has a romantic urge to walk through one of the most beautiful mexican villages in existance. You won't forget this experience and you will find out why so many come back.