"My family and I were looking for the perfect New Years getaway and we found it at Club Marena. The property was in a great location, minutes from Rosarito in one direction and Puerto Nuevo in the other. When you were within the walls of Club Marena, you felt well protected by the friendly security staff and gardeners servicing the grounds. My children, ages 11 and 12, LOVED the heated pool and club house that featured two pool tables, ping pong and plenty of games....not to mention the stairs leading down to the beach that offered plenty of exploring during low tide. My husband and I loved the hot tub, which offered the perfect view of each night's sunset over the ocean.
The villa was also enjoyable....offering fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, which we enjoyed in the cool evenings, snuggling with our kids in front of the fire while listening to the waves crash outside. Kitchen supplies are a bit sparse, so simple meals are best if you are planning to cook. We ended up eating lunch out almost every day so we were always too full in the evenings for much....they really know how to feed you in Baja!
Some of our favorite activities:
- Horse back riding in the nearby mountains with "All The Pretty Horses" animal rescue. Krystal, the owner, spent time introducing us to all of the rescue animals on the farm including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, fowl and horses. We got to feed all of the animals and spend time getting to know the horses we would be riding. It had been raining a bunch prior to our visit so the ride was muddy and wet (which made it tons of fun!) and Krystal and her guide made our entire family feel very safe even though we had little riding experience. (BajaHorses.com)
- Eating lobster in Puerto Nuevo. It was fun having the different restaurants competing for our business as we strolled the main street, but we settled on a spot right on the water. The food (and margaritas) were delicious and there were plenty of street musicians to serenade. Be careful though....we all ended up not feeling that well after our dining adventure and we're pretty sure that the ice was NOT filtered in our drinks, even though we were told it was!
- Charly's Place. Our entire family loved Charly's Place for dining and watching football. Our kids swear they have the best burgers in all of Mexico, and the burritos and enchiladas weren't too shabby either!"
Guest: The Jolly Family
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: January 6, 2017