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Previous reviews had suggested we'd found a great village for a beach holiday with good local restaurants, staying in a stunningly-converted house owned by a considerate decent man. We were thrilled to realise that the reality was exactly in line with these hopes.
The beach is huge and well-run and dotted with small bars providing some food, but you'll want to save yourselves some room or wander off the beach for a long meal before returning to sleep it off under a sombrilla. The village is small, and quiet at night, but with lots of choice of good restaurants on a range of budgets, all within a few hundred metres (or over the road, or next door...). The owner Jose provided a map suggesting a few places as well as other key amenities, including how to get into Santa Cruz a bus ride away for even more restaurant options. We didn't need to do this, ate great food at a different place in San Andres every night for a week and still didn't try everywhere. We'll get to the rest next time. There is a supermarket just a couple of hundred metres from the house, and a bakery just a few doors away.
The house was an exercise in making the most of space and light and provided everything we needed; Jose has put some serious thought into what he provides and made himself available if we needed anything, but there was no need. It's always good to stay somewhere that feels a bit special from the start, and this was certainly that. Wandering out of bed to go and look up at the morning skies from your indoor patio sounds weird to a design-ignorant Brit, but made perfect sense done by one who knows. Thanks Jose! If we had better weather here I'd have one myself...
We won't hesitate to stay here again and we heartily recommend it. Just please don't book when we want to stay :)