Just back from a week long stay at Nueva Vida de Ramiro. Overall, the place is perfect. Beautiful private beach with 24-hour security and a lifeguard during the day, the only place we noticed to have both. The beach itself was the most spacious and well-kept compared to other accommodations along the water. I also think NVR supplies some of the best beach furniture compared to other hotels . . comfy chairs, beds, hammocks, umbrellas. The bungalows are tucked away in the "jungle" and along the beach, all very private. Guests only need to follow a sand path to the beach, perfect. I liked that as a guest you didn't feel cramped, always bumping into other guests or forced to sit next to them on the beach. It's really a magical place in that regard, allowing you to disconnect from it all. The complimentary continental breakfast is very tasty consisting of fresh fruit, warm bread with butter and jam, fresh juice, coffee and tea.
Now, a few caveats. First, the breakfast. NVR guests have the option of breakfast in the bungalow, or across the street at Casa Banana. While the continental breakfast is yummy the lack of a protein is a problem, the breakfast is not very filling and the addition of yogurt and granola or maybe some sliced meats would be a nice improvement. Guests can order a breakfast entree, but of the ones I tried I wasn't impressed and again a continental breakfast typically consists of just a little more food. I wasn't sure if it was okay to ask for more fruit and bread. It appeared every table got the same amount, whether two people or four people. While the Casa Banana staff is friendly enough, service is VERY slow. Couldn't really figure out why as the majority of customers have the continental breakfast which only requires placing two trays of food on a table. Was nearly impossible to get a coffee refill or a check to sign without waiting for 15 minutes.
Now, the bungalow. We stayed in #13, Casa Espiritu Maya, which was the only bungalow available during our stay for our party of three. Definitely wouldn't have been our first choice for a number of reasons, but we opted to book Espiritu anyway because we were set on NVR after reading such wonderful reviews. Espiritu is VERY rustic. Very traditional, as the description indicates. The rooms are nothing like most of the rooms pictured in descriptions of the other bungalows. This isn't meant to be a negative, but I think it's important for future guests to be aware of. For example, if you wake up in the middle of the night and need to use the bathroom you need to find a flashlight, navigate the stairs and make your way to the separate building. Again, not meant to be a negative, but I don't think it's for everyone. The main bedroom upstairs is fine, sparse, but all you need is a bed on vacation. Was really nice to wake up under the mosquito netting to the sun coming in. Would be nice to have screens on the windows, if only to avoid letting bugs in all night (screens are on the downstairs windows). Also, a few more hooks & hangers for clothes would be a great improvement and perhaps a full-length mirror (or any mirror for that matter). The tiny mirror in the bathroom just isn't enough, and is hung rather low, requiring anyone over 5'5 to hunch over to actually use the mirror. The balcony with seating for 6 and the 2 hammocks is amazing. The balcony itself is the best part of the bungalow, in general the bungalow has a lot of outdoor space, which is nice.
Now, the lower level, kitchen & bath. The sleeping area is again sparse and rather dark. Because it's so close to the ground it doesn't have what I'd call a musty smell, but maybe a moist smell after it rains. Not sure if I'd love spending a week sleeping in the main area, this space is probably better suited for older children, not necessarily a couple looking for a romantic beach vacation, or maybe a group of (non-picky) friends. I wonder if it's possible to liven up the space so it feels more cheerful. The kitchen, in a separate building, is basic (medium sized fridge, gas stovetop, sink, water for cooking & drinking, table, chairs); good for basic cooking, not necessarily gourmet meals. The bathroom as I mentioned earlier is in a separate building and appointed for only basic needs (don't bother to bring a hairdryer, curling iron or anything else for that matter).
Last, location. I personally loved the location, but it is about 2 miles or so from the main area where most of the restaurants and shops are located. Simple, Casa Banana and Le Zebra just down the road are all good, so it's not lacking dining alternatives within close proximity, but it is a little "out of the way," for lack of a better word. That said, taxis & bikes are plentiful and the walk really isn't that bad.
My comments are only meant to give an accurate description so future guests understand that #13 may be better suited for a family with older children, a group of non-picky friends, siblings, girlfriend getaway (non-high maintenance types). I would definitely go back to NVR and had a great time, but would stay in a different bungalow only because I think I've experienced the rustic beach bungalow, and while I had a great trip, I think I want just a little more in an accommodation, doesn't have to be a luxury accommodation, but maybe the bathroom a little closer to the bedroom.
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