The final full day of my visit to Huatulco dawned as had each day – bright, sunny with just a hint of humidity!
I headed down to the beach side restaurant for breakfast – and once again was greeted by a wonderful fresh spread of fresh fruits, yogurts, cheese, fresh baked goods, sausages, & other hot selections plus the omelet station.
After enjoying some fabulous fruit I decided to have an omelet. I was assembling the items that I wanted in my omelet when I came across something I most definitely did not want – cooked grasshoppers! Yic! No thank you – I was assured that they were quite good, full of protein & they’d add some crunch however, I decided to pass on this delicacy and stick with more familiar items – mushrooms & cheese with some tomato & peppers thrown in to give me crunch!
Shaun picked me up at 9.30 at the hotel and we headed over to the Cosmos office for a cup of tea and to make use of the great internet access to get caught up on our e-mails. We were also able to pick up Shaun’s car that had been repaired and returned to him. The A/C had started to behave erratically the day before so we had taken the Cosmo car & Shaun’s car at the office. The mechanic came out the previous afternoon to Cosmo to fix it – now that is what I call service! Chatting to Shaun about the cost of repairs, etc. and he mentioned that they were a fraction of the cost of repairs in the US – not only were they less expensive – the mechanic comes to you!
After finishing up at the office we jumped in the car as Shaun wanted to show me the surrounding areas & the investment that was taking place in Huatulco by the government, private and corporate investors
Huatulco has been designated as an Integrally Planned Resort (IPR) by FONATUR and the future is looking very bright as large amount of investment dollars are planned to be spent in the area. I was struck by the cleanliness everywhere – the curbs of the roads are pristine white or yellow all along the highway – several times we passed men painting them! The roads are in excellent condition.
As we drove along the road way away from Cosmo and the town of Huatulco Shaun explained that a number of well known hotel chains had bought large tracts of lands along the various bays and over the next few years there would be additional resorts being built along the road away from town and Cosmo.
We were on a ‘mission’ and that was to visit the Secrets resort to get a feel for the kind of investment that is being made in this area.
There is only one away to describe this resort – stunning! From the gated grand entry to the impressive, yet welcoming, lobby area – everything spoke of a luxury high end resort. This particular resort is couples only, they have a ‘sister’ resort in near my hotel called Dreams – I didn’t have a chance to visit this resort however it was very impressive from what I could see driving by.
Secrets, located on Canejos Bay, was truly magnificent from the impressive lobby with check-in desks lining each side of the wide spacious lobby. We strolled to the end of the lobby area to have a look at the view – it really was very impressive. The resort is massive offering many themed a-la-carte restaurants, activities, quiet areas – everything a couple wanting to have a 5 star vacation could wish for.
The photo to the left is myself and the developer of Cosmo Residences, Shaun and to the right you have an ‘unobstructed’ view from the lobby bar. The photos below show the beach & pool area of Secrets taken from the lobby bar.
On the way back to the hotel we drove into town as Shaun wanted to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables. He prefers to buy them from the store in town rather than from the large supermarket ‘Super Che’ (the store not only sells groceries, liquor and other daily necessities – it also sells Motorcyles!!) The supermarket is great for the everyday items; Shaun however, does prefer to shop at the local butcher, fruit and vegetable stores for his meat & veg.
The price for the fruit and vegetables at the local store downtown were VERY reasonable and everything looked so fresh and well presented – the store itself was impeccable as was the service.
Shaun dropped me back to my hotel as we both had some work to catch up on. I took my computer and headed to the Beach club for some lunch and catch up time and chose to enjoy the same lunch as I had the day before as it was so delicious – an avocado stuffed with shrimp on greens with tomatoes – and as it was my birthday I decided to enjoy a Margarita with my lunch!
Shaun would be back at 2 p.m. to pick me up and take me sailing so that I could see everything from the ocean. We would be going out on a 47′ Beneteau yacht with it’s own captain. This yacht is available for the owners and residents of Cosmo to charter at an extremely reasonable price of less than US $200 for a morning or afternoon sail. I’ll tell you about this in a separate blog!
As I sit opening up my laptop to catch up on some work whilst I wait for my lunch I have a view of the beach, the ocean, the sparkling of the sun on the beach club pool, a soothing breeze blowing across my table … ahhh … I must admit I do love my job!!