Where to begin?! Our stay at the wonderful Villa Vista Hermosa far exceeded all my expectations. Pictures of this tranquil home perched high on a cliff, with its breathtaking ocean view, really can’t do it justice. John thought of everything when designing his home, from the beautifully tiled en suite bathrooms to the multiple large gathering spaces to the outdoor fans over the hammocks for when the temperatures rose. The view over Playa Carrizalillo and the Pacific Ocean is majestic, and the walk to the beach takes a little over 5 minutes. (The city stairs down to Playa Carrizalillo are a bit steep to walk back up but sturdy and built into the hillside, and we were all happy to have a little extra exercise). The beach has a relaxed vibe and is safe for swimming, but some days we found it hard to leave our own pool. Did I mention how gorgeous the grounds and flowers were at the Villa Vista Hermosa? The gardener (I’m sorry; I can’t remember his name but he was so nice) keeps the varied blooms and foliage in beautiful condition, and the housekeeper Christina could not have been more gracious. The home, pool and gardens were all impeccably maintained and kept.
We rented both the downstairs portion of the home as well as the upstairs palapa. There were multiple friends joining my husband and I to celebrate our birthdays, and it was perfect for our group’s needs. We enjoyed and used both areas; the downstairs was great to lounge in the hammocks after we swam and to gather for the meals we ate at home in the well-appointed kitchen. The upstairs was lovely for enjoying ocean breezes and the cooling dipping pool at night.
John was very welcoming and always available to answer all our questions. He kindly gave us a tour of PE when we arrived with recommendations of places to visit, which gave us a good overview of the different neighborhoods and playas. John’s wife Lilly set up massages on-site for us as our Spanish needs a lot of work. Receiving a massage while listening to the ocean was pretty fantastic! Cabs were always easy to find a few blocks from the house, and usually under $2.00 US to anywhere in town.
John is very kind and laid back; a perfect concierge. We can’t say enough about our wonderful vacation at the Villa Vista Hermosa except that we will return! One last recommendation- if you have the chance to help the turtle rescue release baby turtles into the ocean, I highly recommend this near-magical experience.