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Published: January 23rd 2011
"Heaven" in Spanish is called "Cielo". Well we felt we found it on Saturday or if not, damn well as close to it as we could ever imagine.
At our condo we have private beach privileges at an out of town beach front hotel called Al Cielo. We had to book a van to get all 7 of us to the resort & I was half grumblin' about why I wanted to pursue this for the extra cost of the van. Johnny picked us up and it was only a half hour and then we got there...WOOHOO...we arrived at this place off the highway down a bumpy road to arrive at this beautiful spot with 3 waiters standing by, in fine attire to greet us! God I love my sound judgement!
We entered this rather rustic and open restaurant, with tables all set, napkins in wine glasses, overlooking the ocean and we all did a double take at each other like, "holy ripping, this is a beautiful amazing place, right out of a magazine look!" We were ushered out to the beach where our palapas were set up, with loungers and towels, and there was literally no one there!
FREE massage upon arrival
We had this small ocean setting to ourselves. It was some of the softest whitest sand ever, rolling white waves with a perfect beach to walk right into the ocean. (in town the beach tends to have a huge drop off to walk down to the water). We were met with lemonade & fresh mint drinks in champagne glasses & complimentary massages. They finished the massages by saying, "Welcome to Cielo"!
What a day, we drank, ate, swam, walked the shore all in the most private beautiful beach any of us have ever seen. We kept pinching ourselves to make sure we were really there! When I picture a tropical beach, this is what I've always dreamed of. They have 13 palapas with loungers and once they are filled they don't take any other guests so it makes for a soothing, quiet relaxing experience. They have small ocean front cabins for rent; I believe there are four of them, all with private decks, hammocks and inside dark wood and big canopied beds (yes I snuck a look!) A place you'd go if you want to escape tourists and have your own private paradise.
We ordered a bottle of
Rory takin' a pic of mom in my "towel" dress!
Italian Pinot Grio, and it was delivered in a beautiful wine bucket with a stand. Top notch service all the way and our wish was our command.
Their menu is typically Mediterranean with lots of seafood and fish. We started with a crispy duck salad with their fresh grown tomatoes, grapes, endive with a soya mint dressing. It was divine. For lunch we went into the open air restaurant and were seated at a nice white linen table. Pat had this amazing fresh shrimp salad, mom a chicken salad and Marth & I shared the "catch of the day" which is coated in sea salt and baked. Upon serving the fish, the waiter took a huge knife and cracked off the sea salt & inside is THE most tasty tender grouper fish I've ever tasted. Again I was pinching myself; well I actually pinched Martha cause it kind of hurts after a while...😉 Thank god we'd gone to the bank the day before, this beautiful elegant place DOES NOT take credit cards...They clearly employ the best of the best; top chefs, excellent waiters and all are geared to give you an experience that you want to repeat again and
The amazing beach for miles
It was such an amazing experience we wished we'd found this place upon our arrival years back. It's worth the cost of the van to get there. I tried to capture the experience & share it with you with my many pics...
We finished our day with an evening stroll on 5th & dining at Yaxche again to enjoy their Mayan fusion cuisine which was superb and no wonder they've won all sorts of dining awards.
Our days are winding down but we've had an experience every single day! (ps pictures are on 2 pages this time)
Sal “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…” 'Ralph Waldo Emerson
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