Reviews

Thank you all so much for the use of your home this February.  We had an absolute blast.  It was perfect for us.  We got the opportunity to “sample” a big resort in Ixtapa for a day and we couldn’t wait to get back to Serenata del mar. We also visited Los Troncones (with it’s rockier beaches) and couldn’t wait to get back to Playa Blanca for our daily boogie boarding session.  Patrick, it was good to meet you, too. You didn’t have the restaurant “Chula Vida” in your guest book.  It’s about a 15 minute walk north on the beach.  It ended up being our favorite restaurant.  We got to know the owners a little and on our last night there we were all salsa dancing at the restaurant. Thank you again for a fun, easy, comfortable, and memorable stay at your house.  Karyn (and David and Roye and Steve) February 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 17 days and it was magnificent.  The villa is very nice, quiet, very clean and the pool was the BEST that we have ever experienced…ANYWHERE!!  The town is a very sleepy place to stay, very safe and comfortable.  The local food is ok.  We took a dozen trips into Zihuatanejo and there are some incredible places to eat, drink and have a great time.  We got married in Petatlan which is 45 minutes South of Serenata Del Mar.  We were the first couple from America to get married in Petatlan.  This place is truly Mexican and it was a joyous experience getting married there.  A challenge but well worth it.  Our memories  for this area will stay with us for the rest of our lives.  One of the nice things to mention about this Villa is the location. It is only 20 minutes from the airport and 35 from Zihuatanejo.  We loved loved loved Serenata Del Mar.  Have to rent a car since the action, food and good times are in ZIH….Jeff and Diane, Newly married couple from New Hampshire, Nov 2013

Our family will always remember our stay at Casa Seranata, la casa en la playa.  Casa Serenata exceeded all of our expectations.

1. The location is essentially a coconut grove on the beach… there are at least 40 palm trees between the house and the beach.  Looking from your perch in the open-air palapa roof living space makes you feel like you are alone in a tropical retreat.  As you walk the 50 steps to the beach, the horizon expands and you are on a 9 mile sandy beach.  Granted we stayed in October but many times we were the ONLY ones on the beach for as far as we could see.  The walk to town (La Barra de Petosi) along the beach takes 30 minutes and is a 50 peso cab ride back.

2. The house is small but thoughtfully laid out.  There were 5 adults staying in the house, 2 couples and a bachelor.  The 2 couples each had a locking master suite with bathrooms and big showers that were totally private.  Each suite had 3 entrances making it easy to use the bathroom from the pool without tracking through the house, the bachelor pad was a separate casita with a TV with US stations.  Everything you would need at a beach house is there; all appliances (even a washer/dryer), cookware, dinner ware and beach towels are supplied.  Everything is maintained and fresh.

3. The owners and support staff are accommodating.  Patrick, Gary, Zoe, Toby, Roberto and Gloria are all involved in the operation and made us feel at home.  Claudia, Toby’s wife, made us a fantastic dinner one night.  Pride of ownership is apparent in the house and grounds.  The pictures do not do this place justice…..Steven K and Family, Oct 2013

This casa lived up to our expectations and then some. The design of the pool is one of the nicest we have seen or used. The grounds are extremely well maintained, thanks to Roberto the gardener, who was there to help in any way he could. We shall return….Ron and Linda J. Oct. 2013

 

The first thing that struck us upon entering the gates of Serenata del Mar was the sheer size of the private palm grove gardens belonging to the property. All are immaculately groomed and provide many areas to relax in a shaded hammock, sunbathe, stroll, watch the sunset and even spot a whale. The house itself is a unique design that is set several feet above ground overlooking the infinity pool with the beach and ocean providing the backdrop allowing for spectacular views from all rooms and refreshing ocean breezes. The living/dining/kitchen great room is large and open under an immense thatched palapa roof with much comfortable seating and well equipped kitchen. Bedrooms are good size with plenty of storage space and pocket doors opening on to the balcony, pool and ocean view. This house is really special with it’s privacy and access to the best beach we have found in Mexico. We will return!     S. and J.  from Indiana, Jan 2013

I stayed in Serenata del Mar for a week last spring. Fabulous! Comfortable, relaxing, enjoyable. Great beach, friendly people, fun things to do in the area. I highly recommend it. ” – Dan from NJ

“As you go through the gates of Serenata Del Mar you leave all your woes behind you and breathe in the scents of the tropical bliss you are about to encounter. Truly enjoyable getaway…a place to reflect, rejuvenate one’s spirit and get creatively charged!!!! I loved the whole atmosphere of the place….and would happily go back for more!!!” – Carolyn from PA

We just wanted to thank you for sharing your amazing beach house with us! This was our first time to Mexico so we were a little nervous, but we felt very safe where we were. Everything was perfect!!! Enjoyed everything about it!! Hope to come back again some time soon!  Rick and Pam

“This was one of the most relaxing, chilled out, and simply wonderful travel experiences we have ever had. Why? Well, it was just one of those times when everything seemed to fall into place, and you just really connect with a place. Which in some respects surprised Christine, because I am not generally known to be thrilled about places with too much sand. While I like the ocean, I’ve always been more of a woods and prairie kind of a guy. But from the very moment we arrived at the beach house–we were a little late as we got lost in the Barra, which I can assure you takes a great deal of effort as there are essentially only 3 streets–we Iooked out though the coconut trees, across the gardens and pool out to the ocean, I was in love with the place… and everything that followed just reinforced that initial infatuation, for both me and Christine.

I mean how can you not love a place where you fall asleep and wake up to the roar of crashing waves (the beach house we stayed in was an open air house); where the gardener brings you freshly picked coconuts (prepared before your eyes with his machete) to eat and drink every morning if you want them; where Patrick, the owner of the beach house (he was in town at his other Casa whilst we were there, but normally lives in the USA) quickly becomes someone you love hanging out with and let’s you in on all the local secrets on where to eat, shop etc; where the next-door neighbors, Gary and Zoe, soon feel like friends you’ve known for years– inviting you for happy hour each night on their porch; where shopping for fruit and vegetables means walking to the end of the driveway on Wednesdays and Saturdays about 11am to select your produce from the back of Abel’s truck as he tries to tempt you to select a few more things; where the tortilla truck comes by daily with fresh tortillas, still warm when they’re handed to you (ask Christine they’re pretty good when warm with peanut butter and jelly); where you can walk down the beach to one of the Enramadas (beach restaurants) and feast on shrimp tacos or whole grilled snapper, washed down with a cerveza or two and pay about $30 (if you skip the whole fish and just have grilled fillets, you’ll probably only pay about $20); where dinner at Dona Emmes, under her carport with the wood fired grill close by, can include enchiladas verde plus two serves of pork tacos (the tortillas made fresh by hand that night) and two soft drinks for the princely sum of $6; where you can hitch a ride with other locals into or out of town, or to the nearby village of Los Achotes, for 5 pesos each on one of the posaharos (trucks with a canopy over the bed and a few bench seats); where you can walk 30 seconds down the path in the morning, grab a boogie board and go and get pounded in the surf for as long as you like (I had a talent for that and am still getting sand out of my ears); and where you can do absolutely nothing more strenuous than having a dip (or in Christine’s case, about 10 dips each day) in the pool or a lie in the hammock under a coconut tree, or a gentle stroll down miles (literally) of beach.

It was just what the doctored order for us both (in fact, it actually was what he suggested to us and just so happened to coincide with an opportunity to rent the beach house), and for me, I just felt a connection with the place that was different than any I’ve felt in all the places we have traveled to over the years.” – Two Happy Aussie Travelers

 

 

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