Pepe's hideaway (TTT Property #T201) - Manzanillo, Mexico
While staying at Casa Arabia, (TTT property #T241) it's suggested that I visit another Trade To Travel member, Joe Webb, aka "Pepe"--the owner and operator of Pepe's Hideaway and a close friend of Casa Arabia's family. Its about a 10 minute drive from the villa, and is also located in the upscale gated La Punta development. But its worlds away from the villa in terms of the setting.
When we drive up, concierges Jennifer and Mr. Sweeney swing over to greet us. Jennifer is particularly pleased to see her namesake Jenny, and bares her teeth and gums in a huge grin. These two 40-something monkeys have been the pride of Pepes for many years, and happily set the scene for the pleasures inside this eco-tourism establishment.
Everyone in La Punta knows and loves Joe, who's originally from Bethesda, Maryland, and is a total character. Yet, his dream is serious: to provide a hand-crafted paradise with bungalows hanging over the sea a place where one can truly live in nature and get back to ones true self as a sentient being in the natural world.
And hes accomplished it. You keenly feel that close connection to the natural world and its flora and fauna from the minute you arrive. That he's also made it such fun is simply an added attraction. After a delicious breakfast of fruit juices, banana pancakes and thick tasty slices of smoky bacon, we take a walk around the property.
Honeymooners adore this romantic spot, where they're greeted with a personalized 4 x 6 sign bearing their names, exotic flowers and a dozen or more candles in their room, plus a large pitcher of frozen margaritas to herald their arrival. One of the casitas even sports a floating bed that's attached to the ceiling with four ropes so you can swing yourself to sleep!
The logo for Pepes Hideaway is a rendering of Cupido; a Huichol Indian symbol which means a hunter of happiness. Once youve hunted down all the happiness you can find in your bungalow at Pepes eco-friendly hideaway, you can always partake in the myriad of activities that are offered on-site and off.
Spa treatments, massages and facials are offered at reasonable prices right there at the property, with the boiling sea as your backdrop. Carlos and Susan at Underworld Scuba offer outings accomodating all levels, including first-timers. Manzanillo is also the sailfish capital of the world, and Pepe knows the local fishermen who can offer you an exciting fight! There's and on-site pool and jacuzzi with a wonderful view of the cove below.
Four first-class lighted tennis courts (plus a pro for playing or lessons) are just up the road, and area golf courses include The Golf Club at Las Hadas and the nearby Matarrya course designed by Pete and Roy Dye.
Wind surfing, wave runners, sunset cruises, volleyball, ping pong, canoeing, mountain climbing, bird watching, eco-tours, bicycling, horseback riding, sailing charters and kayaking are a request away at Pepes Hideaway, The Empyrean of Primitive Sophistication. Just ask Pepes right-hand man, Speedy, and hell hook it up for you.
Feliz Luna Miel! (Happy Honeymoon!) Pepe, Speedy, Jennifer and Mr. Sweeney hope to see you very soon at their peaceful jungle paradise.
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