It was the craziest weekend we had experienced in a long time. Everything we had planned to do in 2 months was suddenly cramped into 4 days. That’s just what you have to deal with sometimes, so you go with flow, no matter how demanding. We had to move into our new home in Amarte and turn it into a livable place, and at the same time we were producing a promotional video with close to 20 different scenes and the same amount of extras.

The 1st obstacle we found on our path was no running water in the kitchen and an empty gas tank. How was Honza going to provide catering to all our extras? The faucet got easily repaired, but the gas tank we had to have filled, driving some 40 kilometers, way behind Playa del Carmen, to the gas company. Oh well, ni modo.

Ni modo are the 2 most important Spanish words you learn here in Mexico. It means roughly: no other way, or, that’s the way it is. You can’t change the situation, so with a smile a Mexican will say: Ni modo!

The 2nd impediment we had to face was that we had to get up at 4.30 a.m. to shoot the time-lapse sunrise. The early hour wouldn’t have been so bad, weren’t it for the fact that we had slept only 4 hours because the previous night we were busy shooting an evening scene and going over the detailed productions schedule.

Sunrise prepare 2

Preparation for time lapse sunrise

The sleep deprivation was well worth it, because we witnessed a glorious sunrise.

Sunrise Profile

Sunrise 2

Shortly after the recording we received a panicked call from our cameraman. He had fucked up, almost crashed his computer, and we had to reshoot the sunrise. Breathe, smile and say: “Ni modo!”

As if we weren’t busy enough, we also had to – in between filming, catering and chauffeuring – show our old house to prospective tenants, and receive guests from our B&B in our new hotel and make them feel welcome and at home. They had read my books and had followed my blogs, so they were very excited to be part of our new adventure.

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The last shooting day was the most challenging. Not only did we have to reshoot the sunrise time-lapse again and get up very early, we also had to coordinate many scenes with a large amount of extras, who all arrived at different times during the day, and all received a tour of hotel Amarte and our new house.

Pool Home

Thanks to the right hand of the owners, a friendly and helpful man called ‘El Gato Negro’, our beach club Lolita was perfectly set up as the place where our guests could enjoy a glass of wine, a delicious buffet prepared by Honza and some happy dance tunes, which our camera man had recorded in his own creative style.


We were very pleased with the result, and fortunately the owners as well. Our cameraman was able to capture the beauty we see in Amarte Maroma, and the atmosphere we want to offer our guest. When I first heard the music our cameraman had chosen I got goose bumps all over. Of all the arias, he had picked the one that I just started studying; Ombra Mai Fu

I’m still working on the editing job for the full version, but the teaser is finished.

Please enjoy!


  1. Paula and Honza! It looks amazing! Can’t wait to visit. All the best to you in paradise. We just had another 45 cm of snow!!! Enjoy the sunshine.

  2. Maroma Amarte , i love the sound of the name .
    What a Magnificent spot , and the most Beautifull hosts to give you a Wonderfull and Magical time in Paradise .
    Its just pefect .
    Hope to visit soon to enjoy the Magic myself.
    Much Love

  3. I was looking on the website and I clicked on Packages and it takes me to a flyer from 2011, I know you guy’s believed we would not be around in 2014 but, please let me know if you have any packages. I am inspired by your work and I really feel drawn to come down. I have been out of work for a year and I have read a lot of books and your story of strength and perseverance brought me out of bed where I wanted to die but I did not have the balls to do it, God is funny like that, I got a uterus and two amazing daughters that deserve a roll model of peace a midst the storm.

    With love and light,
    Shannon Fowler

  4. Congratulations to both of you to the opening.
    I wish you all the best and may your dreams come true.
    Best regards

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