My girlfriend and I stayed at Manta Raya in September 2013 and had a wonderful time. Ana is an excellent hostess; she helped us navigate two hurricanes to arrive at the hotel in one piece and then arranged for a 4x4 to transport us down to the beach when the roads were washed out. Even though the timing couldn't have been much worse from a weather perspective, we had a great time. The beach in front of the hotel is beautiful, if small, and if you're looking for a longer beach for walking there's one just over the hill to the west. On both beaches, you'll have plenty of privacy. This is a quiet beach community, not a built-up resort mecca like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta or even Huatulco. If you're looking to get away from it all, this is the place.
We found the hotel by scrolling along the coastline on Google Maps. It's located about halfway between Huatulco (home of the mega-resorts-- Dreams, Secrets, etc) and Puerto Angel (a quieter fishing community), and Salchi itself is a development of vacation homes owned mostly by Canadians, most of whom are in town for only part of the year. The hotel is exactly how it appears in the photos: small, boutique, and private, with a decent-sized pool out front, beds on which to relax, and lounge chairs with umbrellas on the beach. If you're independent-minded, this is a great hotel. It doesn't have the frills of a big resort, but that's also its charm. You could lounge around at the pool/beach all week and be happy, or if you're more active there are great walks through the jungle to nearby beaches, and great shelling on every speck of sand.
One concern we had going into the trip was food. Given how remote the hotel is, it's not really practical to go to town for meals. After one day at the hotel, we weren't worried about that anymore. Ana is a gourmet chef, and she prepares fabulous breakfasts, lunches, and dinners-- all at very reasonable prices. There's no reason to go anywhere else. The food is fresh and locally-sourced, and I would wager that it's better than anything you'd find at one of a big resorts, and at a fraction of the price. The dining situation really made the trip for us, as it meant that we could truly relax and not have to plan anything. We wandered up to the dining area when we were hungry, and lunch/dinner was ready 20 minutes later. Simple as that. And everything goes on a tab so you can just pay at the end of your stay-- no need to carry around your wallet all week. Another small luxury that makes a big difference.
Overall, I couldn't rate this place higher. My girlfriend and I have traveled extensively through Mexico and have stayed at countless boutique hotels. This one is, without a doubt, the best. Treat yourself to a week at the Manta Raya. You won't regret it.
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- Small boutique hotel directly on the Pacific Ocean. Great place to relax and enjoy the fabulous fresh sea food. ... more less
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