"Our family, two elders (well, not really that elder, 70 and and 72), 4 kids and their spouses, and 7 of our 11 grandchildren (ages 18 months to 18 years) came together at Casa Alvarado for a week of sun and warmth and family fun. Susan was so very helpful in our planning. I must have asked her a million questions, and she patiently answered each one, so we really felt prepared when we arrived. Our family came from all over the USA plus Chile, so coordination was really helpful. All came by plane, but then we had two car rentals and the rest came via Octavio. We found we could easily have done with one car or even none. The car rates appear low, but expect to pay at least 3 times the quote by the time you buy the insurance! It makes Octavio very reasonable. We shopped on our way in, so we picked up staples at the little town of El Cardonal and never made it back to Los Barilles until we were leaving.
Griselda prepared delicious meals for us several nights which were greatly enjoyed, and we had lots of fun cooking together the other nights. We, the grandparents, really enjoyed taking each of our grandchildren to breakfast at the hotel, for a little one on one time. We are big pickle ball players, and we were able to use the tennis court to play pickle ball, as well as some good basketball games. We loved seeing the sunrises, shooting stars, whales, dolphins. One day we rented several horses for a ride on the beach and one day Carlos arranged for a fishing trip for three of our guys, who brought home the bacon for dinner that night. We loved the kayaks, paddle board, snorkeling gear, and sand toys. The routine was, first time at the beach, then time at the pool, then back to the beach.... you get the picture. Perhaps the biggest hit was the ping pong table which got lots of use. We loved the set up of the house with a separate entrance for the lower bedrooms and casita. The location is very isolated (that's a positive for us), and yet there was always plenty to keep everyone happily occupied. Carlos was a dream.... always available to help us, stop and get a few supplies, arrange for fishing and horse back riding and rides back to the airport. Thank you, Susan, again for all of your help and generosity. This was truly a wonderful family gathering."
Date of Stay: February 2015
Review Submitted: February 21, 2015