The house is outstanding. Excellent location central to all the beaches. Great snorkeling 10 mins from the house. Not a 4 bedroom house but perfect for the right combination of people. The house keepers are also very sweet and do a great job. Highly recommended.
Cactus escondido is one of, if not the most incredible homes we have ever stayed in. We booked it for a month over Christmas this past year. As the ads can be confusing, allow me to clarify the property. It is a 3 bedroom home (not 4 as advertised) with a tv room where you can sleep on the couch. All bedrooms have ensuites. Attached to the home in the back are two casitas with a separate entrance, each with a double bed and kitchenette, they share a central stove. The home and casitas are rented separately and you need to be explicitly clear as to which you are renting. In the home there are 3 dining rooms, a main kitchen and a lower bbq kitchen area in the house. There are two pools, the infinity pool and the "cool tub" down on the cliffs, plus a pool in the Casita compound. The sun goes down directly in front of the property every night.
The on site staff Nelson and Marisol are wonderful. They leave the place spotless and are excellent cooks. We had them make several meals for our family and all were delicious. Any issues we had Nelson quickly took care of them.
The location is great, you are seconds from Manzanilla beach, not far from Carrazalillo beach, 15 minutes from the Super Che (large American style grocer) and 30 min walk or faster by transport to the central market.
When we booked we were quoted for a 6 bedroom house. There were no separate ads, just two separate prices for the same home. We of course chose the cheaper and verified with the owners several times that we were booking a 6 bedroom home. Despite being assured this, and having the 6 bedrooms available to us when we arrived we were soon informed that we had only booked the 4 bedrooms (despite repeat emails from the owner stating otherwise). She became very hostile and rude. While she blamed Nelson for the mistake, I can assure you he had nothing to do with it. Her communications were nearly illiterate, numerous and made little sense. We were able to remedy the situation by paying double the trip advisor posted price for the casitas, but only after days of stress that the rest of our family would arrive and be sleeping on the couches. Had we known from the start the total price for both Casitas and the home we would have happily paid it, instead we had to go through 3 days of teeth pulling emails and stress to appease the owners.
As we later learned from friends in the expat community it is regular business practise for the owners to demand additional money from renters after they had occupied the house. They are also actually two people under multiple email addresses, hence the horrible and inconsistent communications.
Overall we had a wonderful stay and would consider going back if it was under different owners. You will love staying at Cactus, just beware you may be in for an emotional headache.
We have been traveling over 25 years ( Staying at some of the finest resorts and rentals ) and this property is at the top of our list. The pictures you see on the web site don't even begin to capture the beauty of this property. The decorating is beautiful you are just at aw looking around at all the nice things on the walls etc. We stayed the month of Feb 2016 and we never got tired of looking at the view from this property. The staff on site were incredible the way they took care of the grounds and cleaned inside and out was fantastic. Always there to answer any questions. Jackie ( the owner ) checked in by email to make sure all was well and if we asked her something she responded back almost immediately. The location of the property is perfect close to the beaches, grocery store, shopping and dining ( Cabs 25 pesos to go anywhere ). We never go to the same place twice but this is an exception. We have already booked it for next Feb. I hope this was helpful . Feel free to email me if you have any other questions about the property firstname.lastname@example.org
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