Solar power and candles at rustic hotel

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Hotelito Desconocido, located along an estuary here, offers packages for honeymooners and others looking for a romantic hideaway.

There is no electricity at the property -- no televisions or phones. The hotel uses solar power for all of its energy needs, including solar-powered ceiling fans and solar panels and hot-water holding tanks to heat water for showers and cooking.

At night, hundreds of candles light the rooms and restaurant, and luminaires light pathways throughout the property.

According to the property, Hotelito was designed to resemble an authentic Mexican fishing village, with a total of 24 guest rooms and suites, called palafitos. The palafitos are in bungalows set on stilts over the edge of the estuary.

Open-air bungalows feature wood floors, palapa roofs and bamboo showers decorated with murals and antiques.

At the hotel's restaurant, El Cantarito's, the menu changes daily, featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs from its organic garden, local fishermen's daily catches, beef and poultry.

The property offers a four-night Honeymoon Package, starting at $1,970 per couple through Sept. 30.

The plan includes horseback riding, turtle-nesting and bird-watching tours; kayaking; windsurfing; sailing; meals; round-trip airport transfers; a one-hour massage for two, and taxes.

Hotelito Desconocido also offers the four-night Independence Program, which includes accommodations, all meals at the property's restaurant, a bird-watching tour, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, biking, hiking and airport transfers.

From July 1 to 31, rates for the Independence Program start at $1,820 per room, double, for a Palafito room; $1,940 for a Palafito beachfront room, and $2,200 for a Palafito suite.

For details or reservations, call (800) 851-1143 or visit www.hotelito.com.

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