Indeed, what happened at Amarte? Why did we return to Playa within 3 months, instead of bringing Amarte back to life over a period of many years? Why was this dream so shortly lived? Believe me, we are still trying to wrap our minds around the whirlwind of events that has changed our lives so drastically. So, what did happen? Honestly, we don’t really know, and I wonder if we’ll ever find out. But we do have a few theories and rest assured that in my next book I will elaborate extensively about all the juicy details and interesting conversations that have taken place. I did find a video on YouTube a few weeks ago about Amarte, and when the credits appeared – around 6.40 minutes – a piece of information emerged that we had not been aware of before; there’s a secret boss…

As much as we would like to say that we’ve found ourselves in a classic Shakespearean drama, it was nothing but an ugly Mexican telenovela, a soap opera we didn’t think we signed up for.

It all went so incredibly fast. Imagine we didn’t even have a decent working Internet for the 1st 3 weeks. The 1st month we focused on opening beach club Lolita until the owner told us it was sold. We didn’t see that one coming. Let me tell you that it took a flexible mind to refocus on the opening of the restaurant Amarte, something the owner insisted on, despite the fact that high season had just ended and May is considered one of the slowest months of the year. Nevertheless, we pulled it of. The grand opening of Hacienda Amarte was a smashing success with close to 100 hundred guests – all personal friends – eating ‘a la carte’ and enjoying an incredible show with Jazz, boleros, opera and pop. And that was that. End of story. They had kicked us out. We didn’t see that one coming either. We produced and delivered, more than was asked for or expected from us, but it wasn’t sufficient and never would have been.

Opening Night

Opening Night

How awkward that this is the only photo we have of that evening. As if it never happened.

Honza said: “We’ve been had. And it was without Vaseline!”

Then I said: “Fuck it!” And then I cried. It was a relief.

But still, I’m Miss Practical, so the 1st question we asked ourselves was: what did we learn from this? Well, for starters, we never thought that we were capable of successfully running such a large enterprise. Anything else that comes our way will seem like peanuts after this, and it looks like a great opportunity indeed is crossing our path, something we never imagined we would do in our lives. In that way we needed this experience. And we learned that we will never ever work for somebody else again. What was I thinking? The walls of incompetency were ridiculously frustrating. I experienced first hand what it felt like to work in a hostile macho environment, where the authority of a foreign woman is simply not tolerated and outright boycotted. I do not wish to ever have to experience that again. It was rather unpleasant.

It’s a time of change. Change is good. Although the dream was shortly lived, we still lived it.

Here’s the full version of the promotional video we produced. It’s gorgeous!

It’s so sad to see such an incredible opportunity go to waste because of sickeningly inflated egos. These people need help. Be kind to unkind people; they need it the most.

Singing in the choir of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar was the beginning of my musical career. There was a line I couldn’t get out of my head: “Empezar de nuevo…” Start all over again. So, that’s what we’ll do.  I pick myself up, dust myself of, and start all over again. Yes, I’m going to add that song to my repertoire.











  1. What? I am beyond shocked! Totally dismayed! I was so looking forward to bringing family and friends to experience your one-of-a-kind getaway. Now where will I go on the Mayan Riviera and receive such impeccable hospitality and service not only for myself but also for my canine companions???? Honza and Paula, you deserve better than this! My wish and hope is that you receive another opportunity that will suit you both even more so. Your wonderful personalities and incredible talents simply must be shared…

    1. Holly,

      We’re looking for a new place, so I’m sure we’ll see each other in the future. There are many dog lovers in Playa with small places for rent, and we all know each other, We’ll keep in touch! Love, Paula

  2. What a nasty surprise. Something better will come along, be assured. We are not responsible for what others do, only ourselves.

  3. Oh my.. That looked like two completely different resorts.. I would definately visit the Armate you managed and the video clip you made is so beautiful that you would welcome the GODS.
    The other one I would never contemplate to stay at. OMG terrible.Chris says that some people should never do their own adds and that SECRET BOSS sounds ridiculous. So sorry you were ripped off by these people. Yes we will pity them and love you. xx

  4. All’s well that ends well. An understatement I suppose. You said it yourself better;
    ” The Authority of a Foreign will not be tolerated” They were Jealous!
    ” A Mexican soap opera ” It was too much for them to wrap their head around.
    And Honza’s simple explanation, ” We’ve been had, without vaseline.”
    All common ground in the life & times of sand baggers like these folks. Too bad really that ignorance over rode their ability.

  5. By what I have heard Paula, it was stated that you had told everyone that you owned Amarte, and when the owners found out they kicked you out…as regards egos, your book has the highest marks…so you must have had some strong competition…you will always get back on your feet…….

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