The whiteness of the light and the chirping of tropical birds fill the room on the first floor – the room with big windows and a big white cotton bed – and wake us up. We take a glance outside and find the small Santa Maria, a secondary aristocratic street in Miraflores, unknown to taxi drivers. Exactly where Miraflores gives way to San Isidro and to the enchanting olive-tree wood named El Olivar, and further on to the eighteenth-century hacienda of Astrid and Gaston. Taxi drivers do not know this new ‘hotelito’, and we will not show them. Every time we come here, we will ask to be dropped at Ovalo Gutierrez, and so avoid disturbing the quietness of Santa Maria and this breathtaking house. We are the queens of a small 1940s residence that makes you proud every time you cross its gates. The delicious breakfast is made of gentle portions and a veranda that opens on the garden, where they are bedding a new lemon tree. Sometimes an example of the most perfect and modern hospitality can be found in unexpected towns.
by Adam, Emily and Colette Harteau
We are Adam & Emily and we became parents to Colette Nova, aka “the ambassador of love and joy”, in January 2011. We have traveled through places like Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan and even circumnavigated North America in our VW Westfalia. Currently we are on a grand adventure in our Westy, driving through the Americas. Our Open Road will serve as a modern family portrait, as we shed our robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, we hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards.
by Rachael Antony
A former freelancer journalist for the likes of Vogue Living, COLORS and Wallpaper* Magazine, Rachael subsequently worked at Lonely Planet in publishing, TV and online video before co-founding Hotels We Love, a travel site for creative types…