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My wife and I stayed at Agua Azul and have not stopped raving about it since. Provided us with absolutely the most wondeful setting to relax and be in each others company.
Rick and Brooke are perhaps the epitome of perfect hosts, always ready to provide great conversation but never over-bearing. The breakfasts were amazing, fresh-fruit, granola, and as wonderful of coffee as you can find.
The area is amazing, truly worth visiting and exploring. Beautiful beaches, amazing water, and great tourist attractions.
Book your stay now and begin to live the dream... at least for a week.
Paradise in Huatulco
Agua Azul is absolutey gorgeous! We especially loved our Pelicano room with it's privacy & exquisite view of the ocean. Our hosts Rick, Brooke & Pancho were knowledgeable & helpful, going out of their way to make our stay comfortable. The breakfast each morning was a delight, delicious fruits, fresh juices, local pastries, yogart & Oaxacan coffee. The beach is an easy walk & town is a short cab ride away. Meeting the other guests who came from all over the world was an extra treat. We hope to return to Huatulco in the future & we would definitely want to stay at Agua Azul.
LAS & MRI- Sacramento, CA
Once in a Azul Moon...
do you find such a private place with such gracious hosts. The breakfast service was wonderful - Brooke could not have been more attentive to all the details of the table! Our "Tortuga" Room was secluded enough yet the whole area was easily accessible by taxi or on foot. When I nearly made us miss our plane to depart - guess that I did not really want to leave, Richard was most re-assuring that we would have plenty of time to get home...plus his recommendation meant that I got a beautiful silver necklace at Santa Cruz. Thanks!
My husband and I had never traveled far into Mexico before. I did some research on the internet and came across Agua Azul La Villa bed and breakfast. The photos of the beach and pools, the separate thatched patios terraced upon a hillside bejeweled with flowers caught my eye. This looked like paradise.
My concerns about staying in Mexico eased upon corresponding with Richard Gazer by email. He gave very useful information about the Huatulco airport, transportation, and other most helpful suggestions. The bed and breakfast is located in an upscale gated residential community. Our hosts, who had previously lived in Canada, of course spoke English and were able to offer advice on the best places to see in the short amount of time we had planned to be there--5 days.
Because of the suggestions Richard had made, we knew exactly what to do upon arrival at Huatulco. We knew how much it would cost to take the "collectivo" to our lodging in Residential Conejos. We knew there would be bottled water available for us. We already knew the hosts were going to be caring and generous.
We were greeted at the beautiful arched doorway by Richard and Brooke and their golden retriever, Pancho. It was a warm welcome. Forthwith we were made comfortable in the main sala, cold beers in hand, a tropical fragrant breeze wafting throughout the open sala. We heard the sound of the waves lapping the shore and saw the crescent of the beautiful blue bay beyond the hillside.
Shortly we were given a brief tour, then shown to our room. It had a large terrace with a view of the ocean filling the horizon. A hammock was stretched where one could read or just enjoy the magnificent view. From the screened bedroom we could lie in bed and watch the moon rise and the night sky brighten with so many stars. Hand-painted artwork, Guatemalan textiles, Mexican tiles and pottery adorned the room. We enjoyed the safe feeling of sleeping with the doors wide open, letting in the breeze.
Each morning, at whatever time we desired between 7-10 a.m. we went into the main sala where a beautiful table setting, different each day, showcased local artisans. Brooke and Richard welcomed us and poured the most delicious coffee, Oaxacan, of course. We could choose from the buffet of freshly-squeezed juices, fruits, pastries, granolas, etc. A perfect light breakfast. The conversation was as varied as the guests. One could be as vocal or as quiet as one wished. It was, however, a great way to find out what others had been exploring or planned to do, giving us ideas on what we would do for the day. Or not do--we spent one day just lounging by the serene pool and had it all to ourselves. We walked to the beach and had it all to ourselves.
There are some tours that Richard and Brooke can arrange if one is interested. We asked to take the tour to the coffee plantation. The morning of the tour we didn't have to go anywhere, they came to pick us up. The arrangements had all been made for us. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable days we have had ever. We made friends with all the friendly Mexican people on our tour. We swam in a lagoon under a waterfall, ate authentic Mexican and Oaxacan fare in a hacienda high in the mountains. Our young guide was happy and well-informed and went the extra mile for us. It was a full day and a fun day.
We found our hosts to be very friendly, tolerant, open-minded, well-travelled, intelligent and great conversationalists.
There were also times of great privacy. No one could see into our terrace or room. We could visit with others or not. We quietly enjoyed the serenity of the environment.
As animal lovers we immediately fell into a friendship with Pancho, the dog. Even he, as were his hosts, was present at just the right times and never imposing.
We highly recommend Agua Azul as your homebase while visiting Huatulco, Mexico. You will find out all the places to see and things to do, but this is definitely the place to stay.
Have dinner at Terra Cotta. Walk safely in the little town of La Crucecita and shop for handicrafts. Take a taxi to Santa Cruz and have dinner right on the beach, with the music in the air, bananas flambe being prepared at tableside. Go ahead, for this is paradise.
Agua Azul - Absolute perfection in every way
I just returned from a perfect week at Agua Azul. I was travelling alone over the holidays and was looking for a cozy, low key, "barefoot elegance" kind of atmosphere rather than a large resort type hotel. I discovered Agua Azul on this site and it sounded perfect, although I wasn't sure that it would really live up to it's reviews and photos for only $111 per night. Well, it exceeded them. Agua Azul is absolute perfection. The rooms are charming, comfortable, and immaculately maintained. Each has a beautiful ocean view framed by exquisite landscaping, and a private terrace complete with hammock. The hotel is located in a residential area that is predominately high end private homes so it is gorgeous and quiet. The natural life is abundant....beautiful birds, iguanas, and even the hosts' friendly Golden Retriever, Pancho.
Brooke and Rick are the perfect hosts. They are both well travelled Canadian ex-pats with a real love of the world, and their current home in particular. They are warm and friendly, but never intrusive. They are quite knowledgeable about Hualtuco and the surrounding areas, and are happy to arrange interesting day trips if one wants.
I notice on most of the reviews here that people have rated Agua Azul as less appropriate for single travelers. I completely disagree. If you are looking for a singles "scene", this is not the place. However, if you are looking for a place to feel comfortable, welcome and completely at home, Agua Azul is it. The other guests were friendly and interesting, and I never felt isolated. You can have as much or as little company as you choose.
Agua Azul's location is great. There are two beaches within a 3 minute walk, and everything else is a brief (and easily accessable) taxi ride away. You don't need a car. Everything is geared to one's complete and utter relaxation. Nothing is a hassle.
I just loved everything about Agua Azul and Hualtuco, and I will definitely go back.
Great B & B
We found Agua Azul la Villa on the internet, so based our decision on others who had written in about the B&B. Having never stayed in a B&B, we weren't sure what to expect, but it was great. The rooms are spotless, nicely decorated, the private decks were great, the bed comfortable and delicious fruit etc. for breakfast. Rick and Brooke are good hosts and very knowlegible about the area as well as lots of Mexico. Met some very interesting people and never felt "crowded" in the least. The two pools were perfect in the heat. Might want to bring bug repellant if bugs like you after dark, but the room is screened, so no problem inside. Huatulco itself is a lovely little town and the beaches are out of this world. We would definitely go back.
What an awesome experience!
My friend Carol and i recently spent 9 days at the Agua Azul La Villa and we were delighted with the incredible hospitality shown to us by Brooke and Rick. Not only were the breakfasts a real highlight to the day, everything about the Villa itself was superb. Huatalco is a charming and beautiful area with friendly locals people and wonderful food and sightseeing.
After having done a number of all inclusive trips to the south, we decided a few years back to try another approach: the small hotel or B&B. My hairstylist (she is not a barber) recommended Huatulco as a place that she felt that would appeal to our sensibilities (noting the we disliked in an intense way somewhere like Puerto Vallarta but loved driving around Cuba doing our own thing). As such, we looked for accomodation on the net and Agua Azul looked like the real deal and we were not disappointed.
The hosts have found themselves in a beautiful spot in the world in a B&B built to their specifications. We enjoyed a week in the Pelicano room and were very content during our stay. The room was spacious (with no TV, a great bonus), a private balcony with great views of the bay, and decorated in locally-sourced amenities. A breakfast of pan dulce and fresh fruit was served between 8:30 and 10:00 am and became a great way to meet fellow travellers and discuss activities of the past day (a great way to find out about recommended restaurants, for example Austriaco for lunch/dinner). The location is on a beatiful small bay within walking distance of 3 or 4 great beaches (Conejos was our top choice and about an hour walk along 2 other beaches to get there). The one slight (and I do mean slight) drawback is the need for a taxi ride into Crucecita or Santa Cruz for dinner and shopping, but at 35 pesos each way who really cares?
Other info: our top activity was a white water rafting trip offered by Explora. The boys (Diego, Alberto and Ariel) know their stuff, and Diego as our river guide was excellent. A great day out.
A word of warning: Huatulco is undergoing a lot of growth and quiet, isolated beaches like Conejos will most likely be hotel encrusted in the coming years. Go now!!
Beyond a Bed and Breakfast...
We spent our honeymoon at Agua Azul La Villa last week and had a wonderful time. Rick and Brooke, the owners, have created a very special hideaway in a spectacular location.
The furnishing and decor has the simple elegance we have encountered in exclusive small hotels. There is a fluid design intent throughout the property that immediately lets you know you have stepped into a special place. You realize from the moment you set foot on the stepping stones that seem suspended over the pond that extends to the front door, framed by oversized mexican pots spilling water back into the pond on one side and ginger and canna plants framing the other...you know you are entering a magical place.
The colors, textures and tastes that are different from those we experience at home, are the things that keep our travel wonderlust alive. From the spectacular fresh fruit, yogurt, breads and granola spread that Brooke prepares each morning, to the gorgeous textiles she and Rick have chosen to serve it on...all add up to the perfect enviroment for pampering yourself and slowing down your world.
My husband and I each had massages on our patio in the early evening, in the warm mexican breeze. The quiet is incredible. Huatulco offered mountain vistas, warm ocean swims, diving, forest hiking, swimming under waterfalls, biking, and wonderful food.
Though we picked this area to get away and relax, the highlight of our trip was meeting the other couples we met during our stay at the Villa. That says something about the type of traveler it attracts...good things we thought!
Better than the Website!
When we first discovered Agua Azul la Villa on the web, we were excited with the villa style arrangement, along with the beauty and sense of privacy we got from the pictures. Wow! That is exactly what we walked into, plus more! Added to this we experienced dazzling sunrises reflected off the ocean from our terrace or from a pristine vacant beach just a short walk from the villa, the warm Huatulco air spilling in through open doors(no bugs), and the superb and helpful hospitality of our hosts Brooke and Rick. Even before we arrived Brooke and Rick provided us with helpful information for our first trip to Mexico! They were a great source and were always willing to make excellent suggestions, whether it was for a casual lunch or a gourmet dinner, explain which of the 37 beaches we might enjoy and why. They willingly booked tours, meal reservations, and likely the best of all for our total holiday relaxation, private massages on our own palapa covered terrace! The website of the Agua Azul was the start to a terrific vacation and our absolutely delightful experiences completed the picture! We spent two wonderful weeks at the Agua Azul, and will definately go back. Overall, Residencial Conejos...Agua Azul la Villa was exactly what we were looking for... we enjoyed its hopitality, its tranquility, its quiet, and its beauty! Truly, an excellent choice!