We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Amazing Villa! The view of the beach from our room was always a sight to behold upon waking up. In the evening, the waves from the beach will lull you to sleep. The food! Herwig has all his vegetables homegrown and tends to them himself along with his two lovely gardeners, Amos and Renato. Amos and Renato also serve as the cooks for any meals you wish cooked and sweet baby Jesus, you have to try their chicken done over the fire with some fresh vegetables and seasoned rice. None of that restaurant business where you pay for more than what you get, but more of the homily thanggg where you eat and you're full! If you can't finish your food(you will), Gourmet and Turbo will be more than happy to help you finish your meal. Gourmet and Turbo are Herwig's two wonderful labradors!
The rooms are very much cozy. Bed frames, chairs, floors, support beams made from class 1 woods- if you like a bit of trivia go ahead and ask Herwig about the types of woods, and being the phenomenal host he is, he'll give you a brief lesson on pretty much anything residing in the Amazing Villa.
Whilst waiting on your dinner I highly recommend a cheeky cocktail or two to get your appetite going. Herwig is not only a fantastic mixologist but also great company and overall amazing host.
We hope to return to the Villa again next year! :)
In a word ... Fabulous. I travelled with my wife and 3 children (25, 23, 21) and stayed for 4 nights using the 3 main rooms. We had such a great time and the combination of Herwig as host and the wonderful environment, meant we had the dream start to the holiday. We cant rate Herwig highly enough - such a great host - we all voted him as the number one attraction of the 'Amazing Villa'! Our two best meals of the entire holiday were also with them - the meal that Theresa created magically in front of us and the meal that we/they cooked on the beach after our fishing trip. We also still rate their beach as the perfect beach since it is so undeveloped and immaculate. I can honestly say that there isn't anything we would change. This might sound ridiculous when people are always looking for ways to get better, but where it isn't perfect (eg steps to the beach) it just adds to its charm and natural environment. The staff, the dogs, the goats and the chickens all played their part in making us feel at home and the jungle walks were wonderful. We would highly recommend this 'Amazing Villa' as a perfect way to escape the crowds and get close to nature in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Special thanks to Theresa and Herwig for being the joint geniuses that designed such a wonderful home.
Just spent a fabulous week at the Amazing Villa over the Christmas period. Picked up by Herwig and transported across lush virgin Forrest terrain to the Villa welcomed by Turbo the lab. This is a terrific oasis in which just to unwind from the daily routine. The ocean view from the balcony off the main bedroom was stunning and mesmerised us for many hours as we sat in two very comfortable sun loungers. Our only suggestion is that a couple of comfortable chairs are needed for when it is raining. Two real highlights: One was the beach - felt we were on our own desert island. Stunning. Well kept -we had no issues with sandflies. 100% sand with a gentle run into the sea, no jelly fish or prickly business and a moderate surf. Very safe and just great to swing in a hammock under one of the shady trees. We loved walking 4 Km along the beach seeing only some fishing communities- not a tourist in sight. The other highlight was Theresa’s fantastic cooking. We felt we were being fattened up to be served on New Year’s Eve! Passionate and talented we enjoyed everyone of Theresa’s creations many of the products coming from their own organic garden. Get Amos to show you around and be amazed at the variety of veg, lettuce and herbs produced on the edge of a rain forest. Herwig provided great company in the evening as the bar is where it all ‘happens’ including WiFi connection if you needed a fix from the outside world. In all it was a truly amazing experience.
We stayed here with the full meal plan for 9 days in the Ylang Ylang room. As other reviewers have said, the scenery, food and beach are incredible. What makes this place so much better than a luxurious hotel (other than the price!) is the atmosphere. It feels more like being spoiled by distant relatives at their family home. Herwig is mild-mannered, intelligent and sincere; his wife Teresa is warm, feisty and a local expert. Other staff such as Toto and Amos are gentle and highly skilled, and the friendly animals also help to make you feel at home. We were able to easily feel like Robinson Crusoe paddling around the bay with Turbo (the enthusiastic labrador) or walking through the jungle and village; to then go back for a delicious cocktail and a hot shower is very special indeed.
We would definitely recommend the Ylang Ylang room if you can afford it. It's lovely to sleep with all the windows open and feel the sea breeze coming in, and the huge balcony feels private. Every meal we ate was delicious and no dish was ever repeated. Our only comment would be that they were often too big and we felt a bit bad leaving so much, although we were reassured that no food is wasted. If we go back we'd probably opt for breakfast and dinner only as that would have probably been enough for us. A typical breakfast might be vegetable omelette, french toast and fresh mango; dishes for other meals were things like beef curry, ceviche, whole grilled fish, salads and huge king prawns with garlic.
You won't enjoy this place if you like to order a burger off an extensive menu, update facebook everyday or go clubbing. It's perfect if you want to truly get away from modern life and enjoy natural beauty and good company. It's somewhere to truly relax and reflect. I hope we can return sometime in the future and we are very grateful to Herwig and Teresa for making our holiday so wonderful.
We spent four nights at the villa last week with friends and the hosts. The hosts are amazing people...accommodating, gracious, friendly. Theresa's cooking is amazing, I've not had better filipino fare in the 10 years I've been there. Herwig is at your beck and call to do what he can to meet your needs and help you plan activities. BUT, if you're not realistic about the remoteness of the place, you will be disappointed. This is a great place to COMPLETELY get away from it ALL. There is NO cell service, regular traffic, shops, tourist attractions, or even regular electricity. They were very gracious to run the generator for us and provide electric fans. You cannot "run to town" as puerto is almost 2 hours away by very rough, unfinished roads. Don't read between the lines on the description. Our only disappointment was the location of the beach & it's access. It's a beautiful beach, but it's quite a hike, and the path is quite rough. There's no place to relax on the beach (only wooden & rock benches), so that was a bit disappointing also. I would highly recommend this property for adventure-seekers, and those looking to completely unplug & unwind for awhile. It would be a great place for a retreat or team-building activities.