Even Basil Fawlty might learn to relax if he ran this hillside bed-and-breakfast overlooking a pristine procession of blue bays on the south coast of Mexico.
The British sitcom character who is driven to distraction by carping guests at his Torquay B&B would find the low cost of labour means the owners of this establishment in the eco-resort of Huatulco can lie back and enjoy themselves, says the operator, Richard Gazer.
Huatulco is Mexico's newest eco-resort, set on the southern edge of Oaxaca province, where the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains meet the Pacific Ocean on a jagged coastline of bays and beaches that stretches for 30 kilometres.
The national tourism ministry has invested heavily in the infrastructure, and Huatulco is billed as having the cleanest beaches in Mexico thanks to excellent water-treatment facilities that recycle all sewage for use in parks, along lush boulevards and on the local golf course. No sewage water is pumped out to sea, which means that the water in all nine bays remains crystal clear.
The ministry has also subsidized a new cruise-ship pier and pleasure-boat marina and is financing a super highway to connect Huatulco to Oaxaca, the state capital, and shorten the driving time from seven hours to three and a half.
The bed and breakfast has nine huts, each with traditional palapa thatch roofs and canopies. They are arranged in a cascade down the hillside and are linked by landscaped terraces planted with 40 varieties of tropical flowers and foliage.
The huts feature hand-crafted hardwood doors and cabinetry, hand-made tile floors, terra cotta pots and other Mexican-tropical decor elements.
Mr. Gazer describes it as a "turnkey business" that is operating officially as a bed and breakfast and has complied with all civic, state and federal legal and licensing requirements.
The area offers bird and turtle sanctuaries, trail riding and hiking, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, white-water rafting and rappelling in the mountains.
Asking price: $1.25-million (U.S.), or about $1.47-million.