My boyfriend and I came here for 6 nights to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was our first vacation together as a newer couple, and we felt so lucky! It was a perfect place to get close, literally & figuratively.
What to say. So much.
We rented a car which may not have been that much cheaper than the hotel's service to/from PVR, but we enjoyed having it. Finding Imanta wasn't too hard, but it was an adventure. I really enjoyed going past the towns on the way, Bucerias, La Cruz, etc and then the drive from Higuera Blanca into Imanta was awesome. It was like a Disneyland ride and video game in one for the BF driver, since the roads are through the jungle. We were nervous about "fording a stream" in our small sedan, but in February it was dried up so no worries.
They do a great job communicating through the property, so we had people expecting us after the first check point, and our jaws were on the floor for the first 24hrs. The reception area. The main building. Our Jungle Casa. The Food. The beach. The people. everything is amazing. We are screwed for any other vacation, and I am so happy we get to remember this as our first together, and we look forward to coming back.
We stayed in a Jungle Casa, ours was just below the main building, and it was called Tetewan. We liked that it was close to both the beach and main building, but yet so private you felt miles away. Since there are only 12 (?) residences in total right now, you rarely ran into other guests, and when we did everyone was pleasant and never intruded our relaxation (except for one family on the last day, but that was no fault to Imanta). Our Jungle Casa did not have a private pool, but it had a private terrace with a king sized day bed, soaking tub made out of a large boulder rock and an outdoor shower. Inside we had a king sized bed, which allowed for good sleep, but it might have been my only complaint about the room. The entire property including our room was beautifully, simply and tastefully decorated. We had an awesome closet, shower, sink areas, all with little touches and lovely amenities. (I don't want to describe everything, the fun is getting your initial tour and discovering things as you stay! But I miss that nespresso machine ;)
The food is AMAZING. Oh wow. From room service to breakfast to The Catch on the beach to dinner at Tupika (the restaurant at the main building), it is so delicious. Definitely enjoy the specials because the fish is fresh and the ingenuity of the dishes really shows. The only complaint I have (and I heard this from a few others) was that it is pretty dark for dinner. We didn't have too much of a problem with this, but it mostly is a bummer because you can't see the presentation as it should be, which is half of it! We had just done a mezcal tasting at La Urbana in our hometown of San Francisco before coming and as big fans of the liquor we really enjoyed the Mezcal Margaritas they made for us by request. Both with fresh mango and more classic citrus versions. It was awesome they could tailor really anything to our preferences. Another highlight were the lobster sopas that were a special starter item, and the duck burritos at breakfast. The ceviches and camarones quesadillas at the Catch were our favorites down at the beach!
When I read reviews before I came, a few spoke about the chef coming to the table and asking what you wanted to eat. We instead had menus and to be honest I was glad that we did. The idea sounded cool, but I wouldn't know what to ask for! So it was nice to have options laid out in the menu, yet I knew I could ask for something different if I had a craving.
Our time was spent mostly being deliciously lazy on the beach, on our day bed, and at the main pool, and then we did a few activities too. These included a jungle hike with Alejandro, horseback riding through the jungle onto the beach and in-room massages. We also took advantage of having a car and drove north to Sayulita for an afternoon/evening trip and had fun checking out the cute little town. If you go, find a little restaurant on a side street just north of the main square, with a brick wall painted in red that says "love is love". Their food was so delicious and cheap!
One tip to pass on, is about scheduling activities. We Americans are used to having to book things weeks out and stick to times, etc, but we would call the concierge to confirm things we had requested ahead of time and it felt no different than if we called to schedule it right then and there. So changing times or more was very flexible. Caught us off guard, but it was a refreshing change from the usual way we have to do things!
At the beach, we never had to compete for, or reserve any chairs or cabanas. There were enough to go around. Same with tables for places to eat at the restaurants.
Another tip: check out the boutique! They have high end swimsuits, beach bags, clothes, jewelry and cute kid items and we loved the 3D topographic map of the property.
I am sure there is more to say, but to conclude, it was truly a dream vacation. I have been calling it my best vacation and my best birthday. They do a great job making you feel welcome, taken care of, but also left alone. If you have a chance to stay here, do. You won't regret it. But then again, don't, because I want to keep it to myself! ;)
A big thank you to Rodrigo, Maria, Alejandro, Oscar, Eduardo, Virginia, the 2 Juans and the 2 Daniels for making our stay SO memorable.
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