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Pacific Coast property is poised to emerge from anonymity

Hotelito Desconocido, which is Spanish for “little, unknown hotel,” may not remain that way for much longer.

The property, located along Mexico’s Costalegre region on the Pacific coast south of Puerto Vallarta, reopened after a $10 million renovation and expansion project. It replaced its original 24 bungalows with 26 larger palafitos (private bungalows built over the water) and one presidential suite.

All palafitos feature an outdoor shower, stone and mosaic soaking tubs, a large terrace and handcrafted Mexican decor and furnishings.

There is no air conditioning or electricity in the palafitos, but Internet access, TV and electricity are available in the main building.

In keeping with its commitment to protecting the environment and promoting eco-friendly practices, the hotel uses solar and wind power to fuel necessary appliances and relies on candlelight in the evening.

Its two restaurants showcase Mexican cuisine using organically grown herbs and vegetables from its garden and the nearby farm community of Cruz de Loreto. Guests also can request private dinners on the beach.

The new Spa Solecito is designed along the lines of the indigenous Huichol Native American culture, incorporating elements of earth, water, wind and fire in its treatments and therapies.

Located in the middle of a nature reserve, the Hotelito Desconocido is home to a turtle-nesting sanctuary overseen by marine biologists.

Guests can participate in the turtle release program and take guided ecotours throughout the reserve.

Rates start at $425 per night, double, and include all meals, nonalcoholic beverages and use of kayaks. Commission is 10%.

For details, visit www.hotelito.com