Christmas vacation HEAVEN. We stayed in one of the beautiful, modern villas near the main house. The whole compound is highly energetic visually, bright and contemporary.The beachfront location was spectacular and convenient to local activities and restaurants. Immediate access to tidepools out front and a great swimming and beginner/intermediate surfing beach nearby at Playa Hermosa. Walking distance to nearby hotels and cafes, all via BEACHFRONT, made for a lot of beachcombing on incredible stretches of fantastic sandy beaches in either direction. Upon return, reading a book in a hammock under a palm tree can be one of life’s simpler pleasures. Every comfort is considered and every need is met by the welcoming staff. We enjoyed a massage on-site, arranged by the property manager/concierge, as well as the options of a multitude of local activities, from Yoga, Pilates, zip-lines, Quads to horseback riding. Decisions,decisions… Many conveniences of home, one of the best of which is the hi speed internet access. We sipped our morning coffee on our front deck while reading the paper and e-mailing photos to family and friends back home via I-phone. Full AC and satellite TV are provided, but, mostly, we elected instead to “go native” and do without. However, we did find that on at least one occasion, after a long day at the beach, making dinner at “home”, and popping a DVD into the flat screen TV while luxuriating in an air conditioned space can be an unexpected luxury. Having the option is great. Also wonderful is the local color. We met many amazing people from all over the world, both neighbors and visitors who live here, or make regular pilgrimages to this very special place on earth. Incredible beaches, environment and weather are par for the course here, but the people are really what makes it special and unique. It would be difficult to not have the vacation of a lifetime here, and impossible to not want to return to do it again.