“Romantic jungle retreat with a private beach and a laid-back vibe, near the surfer town of Sayulita”
The 29 colourful casitas, rooms and villas are all unique. Most have ocean views and a private deck; some have a bar area or kitchen. You might want a Jacuzzi or lounge chairs, an outdoor shower, or a hammock might swing it for you. But our advice is, choose a setting and enjoy the surprise. All the rooms we saw were great.
For a beachfront setting, choose a Luna, Sol or Templo del Mar room. All have bright interiors, heavy wood and rattan furnishings and traditional Mexican ceramics. The thatched Beach Villas are a little more understated and share a private pool, so would be ideal for a group wanting to stay together.
The jungle casitas (Ocean View or Tropical View) feel especially private yet are a short walk from the main resort area and beach. We stayed in the funky Studio, which had open-air walls, a balcony bathroom and views of the ocean and jungle.
For a real adventure, opt for the teak Bird Canyon stilted bungalows, which are perfect for bird watchers. Split-level and almost Javanese in style, they are a quarter of a mile from the main area but come with a golf cart to make getting around easy (you can take it to Sayulita, too).
Note that some beds are in a loft bedroom with a ladder leading up. See our Rates page for full details of each room.
A la carte meals are served in the shady poolside restaurant. For breakfast we went for hearty Mexican options: machaca con huevo (shredded dry beef and eggs), huevos rancheros (ranch-style eggs, with peppers, chillies and cheese) and chilaquiles (corn tortilla); all were beautifully spiced. Western options include omelettes, eggs Benedict, waffles and French toast.
For lunch, try fresh ceviche made with lime, chillies and avocado, or red-hot quesadillas and a cold beer. Pizza, sandwiches and salads are also available.
The extensive dinner menu has all sorts of options, including classic international dishes (Pacific lobster, rack of lamb), gourmet Mexican (seafood casserole with anise and coriander, coconut shrimp) and Italian veggie/vegan meals. If you can still find space, the cinnamon battered bananas with vanilla ice cream are outrageously good.
Drinks and snacks are served at the Terraza bar all day. We discovered that tortilla chips and dips and fried calamari rings are a perfect accompaniment for margaritas.
Some of the rooms have basic kitchens (gas stove, fridge, coffee maker) and seating areas with amazing views. If you're staying a few nights, they're a good way to save money and have a change of scene. There are grocery shops in town, along with cool restaurants and cafés.
This is primarily an adult hotel for R&R. Children are allowed, but there are restrictions: no children under 5 at any time; 6-12 year olds allowed over Christmas, Easter and the school summer holidays only; only 2 children per family. Various peacekeeping policies are in place, too.
Teens (over 12)
Chachalaca and Golondrina each have a sofabed for 1 extra guest (Bird Canyon); Rocosa (Ocean View) and Sol 1 can fit an extra double bed for 2 guests on request; Danzante has 2 double beds (Luna)