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Hotelito Desconocido

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This is a magical, extraordinary and unconventional hotel. It's one of our favorite places for a really relaxing, escape-from-the-rat-race vacation, where even a few days will leave you totally refreshed. There are few places in the world where one feels closer to nature and so far from the modern world than at the Hotelito.

The unconventionality of Hotelito Desconocido means that it is certainly not suited to everyone. There are no televisions in the guest rooms, no phones, and no air-conditioning. Dozens of torches are lit each evening around the estate, and hundreds of candles used to light the rooms. The guest rooms, called palafitos, are individual little houses with thatched roofs, large balconies or verandas, private bathrooms with hot water showers, and glorious king size beds (some of which are circular) furnished with high quality linens. You'll sleep comfortably and wake to the sound of birdsong or waves crashing on the shoreline.

If you dream of being a castaway but need to keep in touch with family or be reachable by the office (just in case), the Hotelito could still be a viable option. There are now discrete electrical outlets in the rooms so that you can charge up your phone or laptop, and wireless internet access is available in reception. You can get a phone signal in many parts of the property and there's even a TV room near to the lobby

The property is located in a nature reserve on the pristine Costalegre, about 67 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. The terrain includes natural lagoons and lush forests along with miles of virgin beaches. The lagoon divides the main section of the hotel from the beach, and boat transportation is provided between these two sections. The lobby, main restaurant, most guest rooms and the spa are on the mainland side of the property, whilst the beachfront rooms, the swimming pool and a second restaurant are on the beach side.

There are jetties at both sides of the crossing, and staff are readily available to row the boats (that can seat up to around four guests) and help guests in and out of the boats. Lunch is usually served on the beach side and dinner on the mainland side, so to get the most out of the Hotelito experience, you'll be crossing the lagoon pretty much every day and it soon becomes a simple procedure.

Due to the remoteness of the location, the rate plan includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages. Dining at the Hotelito is a delight, with a delicious three course menu selection available at lunch time and in the evening, and a hearty breakfast served each morning. Lingering candlelit dinners are just one of the many memorable events to experience here.

Despite the remote location, there's plenty to see and do here. Rise early for horseback riding along the miles of unspoiled beaches, then enjoy therapeutic treatments in the spa. Take a rowing boat out on the peaceful backwaters and see the amazing variety of wildlife that populates the reserve. You can explore on your own, or request one of the expert guides to reveal the local secrets. From June to December it is usually possible to observe sea turtles nesting on the beach and participate in the release of the baby turtles to the ocean. Other activities include bird watching tours, windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, hiking and mountain biking.

Possibly the best incentive to visit, however, is that rare opportunity to completely disconnect from the world and relax without modern day distractions. So even though you can now bring your laptop and cell phone, we recommend that you don't. It's an experience that you'll remember for a long time.

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