Our hosts, Cate and Carolina are very professional, caring, helpful, knowledgeable and very considerate of their guests privacy. They have been in the Hospitality Industry for a very long time...they also run the best restaurant we have seen from Puerta Vallarta's over priced Malecon district to some good ones in Barra de Navidad. Their restaurant is in Melaque and is called 'Calypso Cafe'...chef Luis is brilliant - a focus on clean/ crisp flavours of the amazing fresh product that is available in the area...just not fresh but the intensity of the intrinsic flavours overwhelmed us in this area. I do not know what is happening out on those farms but, here is just a small list of the best: avocados, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, potatoes, yams, zucchini, cauliflower, chayote & of course the fruit...
Enough, back to Cate/Carolina...they have two wonderful clothing shops for woman - beautiful quality cotton summerware with fun costume jewellery.
They run Misifus, Calypso and two woman's shops...wow! They have a sense of calm and kindness...they are co-authors of books re: self-actualization. Oh yes, they also run a very professional/energizing spa at Misifus...we have been on several Oceania cruises and this quality is better than than the Canyon Ranch Spas.
Back to Misifus...the pictures were an accurate description of this place...Very secure, double locked gates, wonderful staff always around...nice pool, beautifully landscaped, the third floor has a lovely patio which has an unobscured view of the ocean and amazing sunsets every night.
In our 2 month stay we met lovely folks from many parts of the states and Canada, oh yes, a Swedish director, very nice young man who was taking a break from a reality show being filmed in the area and was a serious hockey enthusiast stays for a bit. Every Monday around 12 of us met down at the Alambra Hotel for drinks and poker. Amazing music in this town from an awesome Elvis impersonator, an incredible jazz/blues by
Chido Rivera to Marc Pettigrew(formerly from Oakville Ontario who played th music scene back in the 70's with CrowBar and King Biscuit Boy). Now for an awesome little story about a young man from San Fran who married a local (URL HIDDEN) exceptional artist and a rare gifted cook for authentic Mexican cuisine...they married and have created a very romantic venue called 'Barra Galeris de Arte & Restaurant...this is a exceptional experience. Many gringos hang at Hectors for exquisite chili, chilled mugs and 'dos xx's. Besides the many folks who come as visitors to Barra there is a large area of town where the homes are exquisite...many are owned by folks from Canada/States and many get involved with the Barra community to help in so many generous ways to make this a safe and hospitable town...we have been privileged to meet many of these folks. We are very impressed by this town and the integrity of the people who live here.