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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Xocotla

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Xocotla
Ranked #7 of 20 Sayulita B&B and Inns
San Francisco, California
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“Beautiful and comfortable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

We had a fantastic time at Xocotla. As others have mentioned, the property is well designed to provide privacy to all the guests. The setting is beautiful. We stayed in one of the upper units and had a gorgeous view of the ocean. It is nice to be out of the bustle of the village, but it is only a short walk to all the action. The kitchen area was well-appointed and the studio unit was spacious.

David and Michael are superb hosts. They greeted us personally when we arrived and were in contact in the days leading up to our trip. Getting to Sayulita by bus from the airport was very easy and inexpensive. David provided excellent directions for getting to the bus and also to the house. They have also thought of lots of little details (e.g., beach towels and beach mats in the room. There was even a bowl of fresh fruit waiting for us). They also provided a detailed list of stores, restaurants, and activities in Sayulita. We couldn't have asked for much more. We hope to come back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Just returned from eight nights in the Xochitlan. It's advertised as the smallest/studio of the units, but there was more than enough space for two to spread out. We travel a lot, and found Xocotla to be one of the most well-appointed accommodations we've ever had the pleasure of staying in. As other reviewers have mentioned, even with a shared garden/pool area, the space is designed for guests to have a lot of privacy. It's a steep but short walk uphill from the village, which we appreciated after our nightly visits to the donut truck in the village! The garden setting really is incredible, and quite the rarity for Sayulita.

David and Michael have gone to great lengths to make their guests feel comfortable and at home; they greet you personally, provide a booklet with great information about the village, and keep the room stocked with fresh water, big fluffy towels, and beach blankets and bags. They make themselves available for a beer and good conversation, also one of the highlights of our trip. We hope to return to Sayulita and Xocotla again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

We just got back from staying a week at Amixtli (the one bedroom apartment), while my husband's son stayed at Xochitlan (the studio apartment). The owners have thought of everything, which made it one of the best places we've ever stayed:
1. The kitchens our outdoors and well equipped, and have lounging areas so you can enjoy the outdoors. The fridge is even big enough to be stocked with both beer and lots of food (we always had enough for three for breakfast plus snacks during the day).
2. The place is so well situated - 2-3 minute walk from town - so it is close but quiet at the same time. It is right above a creek right beside some beautiful large trees that provide a canopy of shade, and iguana watching during the day (bring binoculars!).
3. The beds are comfortable - my husband never sleeps in because of bad beds when we travel and he slept until 10:00 at least each day - with plenty of pillows.
4. The hot water tanks work very well - although we didn't really need to take a lot of hot showers given it is the hot season now.
5. There are plenty of hooks all around for clothing/towels/etc and lots of space to store things.
6. There are plenty of towels provided, both for the room, but also for the beach, as well as beachmats and umbrella.
7. The pools are lovely and well maintained.
8. There is plenty of written material on the area, both published and personally written by the owners to ensure guests are oriented right away.

The place was so peaceful, my husband and I spent little time on the beach - mostly at sunset - while his son enjoyed heading down to town several times a day for a walk, and to hang out and meet people.

We did not want to leave... there were a lot of sighs when we were packing up. We will be back without a doubt.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2011

I stayed in Xocotla for a week in May, just at the beginning of "off-season." I booked a few months in advance with David who was excellent to work with, answered questions fully and thoughtfully, and encouraged contact. As our arrival to Sayulita approached, David gave us very specific directions on how to reach the house and (as he and Michael weren't going to be there that week) arranged for the house manager, Laura, to meet us on our arrival.

From the Puerto Vallarta airport we took the Compostela bus to Sayulita. Fight your way through the timeshare sellers/taxi drivers at the airport, cross over the pedestrian bridge, and look for the big white and green bus that says "Sayulita" in chalk pen on the front window. It's 25 pesos per person (about $2.50) and drops you right in Sayulita. Very easy, and a good taste of Mexico. We followed David's walking instructions and easily found the house. Laura was friendly and welcoming, gave us our keys, and let us immediately begin our vacation.

Xocotla is on a surprisingly big lot on Gringo Hill overlooking Sayulita and the ocean. The first thing I noticed (and was thankful for the rest of the week!) was that the temperature in Xocotla's beautifully leafy property is at least 10 degrees cooler than anywhere else. It feels like a breath of fresh air. Four individual suites make up the well designed and decorated building. We stayed in Xochitlan. It was perfect for a couple, with a well equipped kitchen on a private deck and plenty of windows to let in the breeze. At David and Michael's recommendation, we kept all our valuables locked up in the in-room safe, though we never once felt the least bit unsafe in Xocotla...or in Sayulita at all.

David and Michael have taken great care to make the suites feel inviting and useful. Our suite had all the amenities we hoped for - good sized bathroom, kitchen, comfortable beds - and some we were just downright thankful for: a beach umbrella, two big beach bags, beach towels, a truly amazing restaurant guide (written by David and Michael, and spot on in our experience), and a guide to the best grocery stores, fruit stands, etc. There is not a staff on-site (if David and Michael aren't there) but the groundskeeper was there everyday for maintenance on the pool, etc and Martina came frequently to clean the rooms (and she did an excellent job). David was available via email for any questions (and he responds quickly) and we also had Laura's cell phone (though we didn't need it, everything ran great during our stay).

Sayulita itself was exactly what we hoped for: a little gritty, a lot authentic Mexico, and full of adventure. We spent most of our time either eating (and the food was incredible), surfing, exploring the town, or sitting on the beach. We aren't huge on the night life, so were happy that we chose to go in off-season. As I understand from the locals "high-season" can be hectic, loud, and more a party-scene. For us we picked the perfect time - quiet, but close enough to high season that everything was still open. The beach wasn't crowded and everyone was friendly and relaxed.

Our entire trip was amazing, and we have Xocotla to thank for a large part of that. It is a little haven in an already stunning location.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2011

My husband and I had the pleasure of "exploring" David and Micheal's paradise, as my parents were (and still are) there....We were with my parents upon their arrival, and we were all treated like family immediately. (I might add that both owners were most gracious and kind as my parents had to cancel last year at the last minute for medical concerns, and they got every penny back before their unit was re-rented!)
The surroundings are relaxing, and they have thought of eveything. It felt (and was) completely safe, and I cannot think of a single negative. I know my parents are having a blast, and I feel privledged to have met David and Michael. Next visit, we will be staying THERE! Thank you both for your attention to detail, and your compassion-we need more of that in the world.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2011

Beautiful place, heated pool (pretty important in January), excellent location and great hosts. It would be hard to do better than this.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2010

We found Xocotla on SayulitaLife.com, and right from the beginning it felt right. When we contacted the owners David and Michael, they answered all of our questions and were very courteous. We were going during low season and as we were the only guests that were going to be there they gave us a very good rate. 10 days before our trip Sayulita experienced heavy flooding and some bridges were washed out and the beach was radically altered. They called us right away to ensure that we knew the conditions in Sayulita and to ensure that we still wanted to go despite the flooding. We went anyways and it was well worth it! We got in to town a bit late because of detours, yet their property manager was still there to meet us. She was very understanding of our delay and was very welcoming. The whole house is set on an amazing, secluded, jungle property in the middle of town, with a little stream winding it's way through the serene gardens. The building is done in classic Mexican style with vibrant colours. There was room for our rental Jeep to park behind a locked gate, but anything larger probably wouldn't fit. There is a beautiful 2 level pool with a waterfall between them that we loved to spend time in. As we were alone it felt like our own little corner of paradise. Our room had a small kitchen with all the amenities on the balcony outside. There was an ocean view from the kitchen, and the bedroom. The apartment itself was a comfortable studio that is a perfect size for a couple or a small family. There is a safe in the room that we used all the time and lots of closet space. The washroom had a large tile shower with a tile seat and a pebble floor. The whole interior design was very warm and inviting and we loved to spend time with all the windows open, relaxing on the bed and reading. We liked the fact that we were so close to the plaza in the village, just a 5 minute walk down the hill and a 10 minute walk from the beach. I would definitely recommend Xocotla for anyone wishing to have a relaxing, soul satisfying holiday in Sayulita. We will be back for sure! I do recommend bringing ear plugs as the roosters tend to wake up a lot earlier than we did.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Xocotla
Address: Sayulita, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Sayulita
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Ranked #7 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Sayulita
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Number of rooms: 4

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