June 15, 2005
We were assigned room no. 80, which was on the second floor, with a great view of the pool and beach. The rooms on the first floor have plunge pools, but if you have one of those, go for number's 1 to 4 (since they overlook the beach and not the pool) - the other first-floor rooms aren't too private because the pool runs just about the entire width of the resort. The room was air-conditioned and had a ceiling fan - super important since it was in the 90s with high humidity!
The beach is nice, but the water was very rough (peligrosos). I went in once but got kinda banged around trying to get out. The hotel is isolated from the other resorts on Tangolunda Bay by a hill. It would have been nice to go for l-o-n-g walks on the beach past the other resorts, but the nice thing about the hill is that it kept a lot of the beach vendors away. I know, I know, people have to earn a living - and the ones who did make it over the hill were not pushy at all and accepted our no gracias.
The pool was spectacular! The edges of the pool featured semi-submerged concrete chaise lounges and cocktail tables - and the attentive wait staff seemed to find us regardless of our current location.
Transportation was always available in the several new air-conditioned Suburbans - we didn't go very far, and the ride was usually about $4.
There were three restaurants at the hotel, one for each meal: the Bella Grill for breakfast, the Beach Club for lunch, and Chez Binni for dinner.
The Bella Grill has a great location, overlooking the pool on one side and the beach on the other. The restaurant offers a full breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets and quesadillas with a variety of ingredients, including traditional Oaxacan delicacies, such as grasshoppers. We ate lunch at the Beach Club restaurant several times, and each visit was better than the next. The restaurant has a great view of the beach and is nicely cooled by ocean breezes and ceiling fans. Favorites include guacamole; salsa; cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped shrimp; lobster tacos; and shrimp fajitas. We didn't eat at Chez Binni.
Our best meal at the hotel was dinner at Deep Blue, which is the Beach Club restaurant transformed into a contemporary sophisticated dining experience each evening. The hotel doesn't seem to promote it at all - we just saw lights out there and decided to walk over and see what it was. It was pricey for Mexico, but the atmosphere, service, presentation, food - everything - was outstanding.
From journal Relaxing and Non-Touristy Huatulco, Mexico