Like to hike and eat great food and read and play online scrabble and visit the local pub for a beer and shop only a little bit and feel the local ambiance.
Wendy was an excellent and very friendly host. The space was enormous, well appointed and very comfortable. It is out in the country so the final mile or so is on rough roads, but worth it to be in such a beautiful environment.
Wendy was a fantastic host. She was able to provide some excellent hiking recommendations in the area, all of which were within a 20 min drive. The location has a great view of a mountain range, with views of the sunset and sunrise. The place itself is surprisingly large, the pictures don't do it justice. The bed was super comfy, and I felt right at home.
It was definitely cute and large. Be aware that it's in a remote area, but very quiet, nice hikes in walking distance, and 20 min drive to town.
Wendy's cottage was way bigger than I expected and was furnished quite nicely. Outside, there's a great view of the nearby mountains during the day and an amazing view of the stars by night. You would do well to follow the given directions - our GPS claimed the cottage's road would connect with the road we were on, but it ended abruptly. Due to that, we ended up spending a fair bit of time on the local dirt roads (not that we minded, it was pretty fun).
Four of us stayed at Wendy's place for two nights and it was beautiful! The space was huge with everything we needed: dishes, towels, even shampoo! The four of us were very comfortable in the space and slept very well. It was warm, cozy, and very artsy. Her location is a ways out of town, but our GPS had no issue finding the address, and it was great to not be in a city. I would highly recommend Wendy and her guest house!
We had a great time. She has a lovely home. Her housekeeper, Victoria, always made sure we had everything we needed in the house. The beach is 3 blocks away. We had slight trouble with the internet but Victoria was able to fix it. An excursion that guest should do is the Lo de Perla jungle tour in Las Lomas which is in the next town ($22 per person). It's breathtaking in the months of February through May due to the variety of orchids blooming in the jungle
Wendy was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the moonlight shining through the skylights at night and the great view of the Organ Mountains during the day. The studio is almost at the base of the mountains and there is some great hiking nearby. We loved the quiet and peaceful setting and the studio had everything we needed. It is very spacious and a reprieve from the small hotel room we stayed in before. We definitely would love to stay here again.
This was a nice place to stay for a couple of nights. It was close to the hiking spots we wanted to go to in the Organ Mountains, yet also close to Las Cruces for dinner, etc. The light in this studio space was amazing, and the views were lovely.
This was a great place to stay and Wendy was a fantastic host! We stayed for three nights and really enjoyed the mountain air, surrounding areas and beautiful apartment! We had everything we needed and tonnes of room!
We even wanted to stay an extra night, and despite leaving town, Wendy allowed us to stay in the apartment without her even being there.
A fantastic experience - thanks for everything!
Summary: Great house in a special location.
Though we never got to meet Wendy, we had plenty of clear communication in the weeks and months leading up to our visit. When we arrived, we were greeted by a host family from the village of Lo de Marcos who were extremely friendly and helpful with both the house, the village itself, and the surrounding towns and beaches to visit.
The house itself is a wonderful find with plenty of space, loads of charm, and a huge yard/grounds suitable for lounging or playing soccer with your kids/friends. It is situated a very short walk from the main/downtown road in Lo de Marcos and about a 15 minute walk from the beach. We visited with 5 adults and a 4 yo, and there was plenty of space for us to sleep, hang-out, prepare food, and eat together.
Lo de Marcos is decidedly different than the surrounding towns --- it is off the tourist map for the most part so the experience is very authentic and low-key. We visited many of the surrounding towns, and decided that the beach at Lo de Marcos was easily the best and dramatically less busy. One warning: the surf is pretty heavy, so swimming is suitable for adults, but the waves are a bit heavy for smaller children.
Grocery stores in the town are open until very late at night, so if you arrive late in the day, there is still plenty of time to visit some of the local vendors --- even on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve. There are some great little restaurants in the town geared towards the locals rather than tourists hence inexpensive and delicious. Some of the highlight restaurants in the town were Carolina's and Tacos by Oscar. Lo de Marcos does not have a lot of shopping options --- which we generally appreciated. Finding loads of shops is just a matter of taking a very short trip to Sayulita or a longer drive to Puerto Vallarta.
We felt that we found a bit of a hidden gem. We are excited to go back to Lo de Marcos in the future and would not hesitate to stay in Wendy's accommodating house again.
Thanks Wendy and a big thank-you to your host/hostess in Lo de Marco as well.
It was a pleasure to host Wendy and her husband Phillip. I hope our paths cross again in the future. I look forward to their return to the Big Island!