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“Romance found”
Review of Playa Escondida

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Playa Escondida
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Sayulita
Certificate of Excellence
santa cruz, ca
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Romance found”
Reviewed 16 May 2008

We stayed in the Casa Luna Uno from May 1 to May 11 and had the time of our lives. Luna Uno is the most fabulous house. We loved the full kitchen. It was so nice not to have to leave the house to go eat. However, when we did eat in the restuarant, the food was great and prepared with care. The setting of Playa Escondida was astoundingly beautiful. The beach was gorgeous and so private. The pool was wonderful. It was located within the bare restuarant area which so convenient for snacks and drinks. The staff took impeccable care of us and kept the grounds sparkling clean. We also loved the laid back vibe. We felt comfortable in our bathing suits where ever we were, even if we were eating dinner. We really felt right at home because the staff was so freindly and kind. We loved the dogs and cat that live there. That made it feel like you were in your own home. We really hope Playa Escondida stays just the same because it is perfect right now. It is so romantic and private, but not to private. Just right for a wonderful relaxing romantic vacation.

  • Liked — the full kitchen
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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basalt, co
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Reviewed 14 May 2008

My wife and just returned from a 4 night stay at Playa Escondida... it was fabulous! We would definitely go back. I don't know that we would stay more than 4 or 5 nights - we really thought everything about the resort (pool, beach, bar, restaurant, spa, lodging) were all fantastic. We stayed in Bungalo 1 - it's a "jungle" view and was fine. If we booked more in advance we would have reserved an ocean view room. It's still a fine Bungalo to stay in, but don't get one of the other 2 Bungalos - there's not nearly as much privacy as the 2nd story Bungalo Uno. Bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper - the birds can be loud, escpecially in the morning.

The staff was wonderful. Alejandro was our waiter many mornings and evenings - wonderful service! We took surf lessons from Sergio - he was a great teacher and we were riding waves within 10 minutes of getting in the water.

Our meals at PE were all great! $27.50 (USD) 4-course dinners couldn't have been better. Breakfasts and lunches were equally great, and we thought well proced.

The beach in front of PE is secluded and private - wonderful if you want to relax and read. If you're looking for a more active beach, walk to town (read their directions first) or take the taxi for 70 pesos. The town of Sayulita is small and nice. We spent our days in town on the beach and surfing. Surf boards rentals are 50 pesos/hr.

Last bit of advice - take the bus to and from Pueto vallarta. Its only 20 pesos/person and takes about an hour. Ask the bus driver (in Spanish if you can) to "call you when you're in front of the airport" (llama me cuando enfrente del aeropuerto). It's a breeze!

  • Liked — private, quiet beach - romantic restaurant - great food
  • Disliked — being careful not to use the tap water - but they provide drinking water daily
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Portland, OR
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2008

What a great place! We stayed in the very cozy Love Nest for five nights, and it was the perfect size for us, with an incredible view was staggering. It is open to the outdoors, so we had butterflies floating through, geckos traveling across the walls and ceilings, a cat hanging out on our bed. (No reports of any boa constrictors, as a previous reviewer mentioned.) The Love Nest was also very private and up high on the hill, so we played our music (iPod) as loudly as we wanted and no one said anything. And the walk up to the Love Nest was easy -- 76 steps (or thereabouts) is not a big deal, especially when the steps are gradual and made of sand and stone -- didn't wear shoes for five days straight. The service in the pool and restaurant was exemplary, and the food was fresh, organic and plentiful. We thought the value was excellent, even on the drinks. We assumed we'd spend quite a bit more than we did, so that was a nice surprise when we got the final bill. We also took daytrips to Sayulita, San Pancho and Playa Chacala, all of which we recommend. A cautionary note: Driving in Mexico is not for the faint of heart. The cost of a taxi is more than worth the money.

  • Liked — Location, privacy, value, pool, service
  • Disliked — Provide food/drink service at the beach, add cushions to chairs in restaurant
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Vail, Colorado
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2008

We just returned from 9 nights at Playa Escondida and wished we never had to leave. Stayed at studio rocosa,bungalow 1,sol 1
all unique and all lovely.
I was worried about mosqitos but that wasn't a problem and the weather was perfecr.
Nova, Sergio,Alehandro, Benson were all great
I loved all the friendly dogs running around, the best was that
it was romantic, layed back and great food.
we will be going back again.
I would say it is a perfect getaway for couples who doesn't
need 4 seasons kind of a place.

  • Liked — quiet and romantic
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2008

My husband and I honeymooned at Playa-Escondida. We were SO excited to be in seclusion. That was what drew us to Playa Escondida. You will be secluded (it's in the middle of nowhere, it's inevitable), but after a few days, that gets incredibly boring. Playa-Escondida shuts down around 10ish. We aren't big party animals, but we would have liked to do something at night other than lay in bed (ok, that wasn't too bad!).


The dinner was amazing, yumm yumm. However, it's kind of expensive for two newlyweds every night. We didn't spend less than $70 for dinner each night, including drinks. The drinks are great and they use purified water!! Huge PLUS!! I love my Pina Coladas! Oh and you don't really get a choice at dinner, you can't order appetizers or anything like that, you get the same app that everyone else gets, but you can pick your entree from a list of about 3-4 items. The dessert was no bueno.

We live in Orange County, CA, so we may be jaded, but the beaches in PV and Sayulita are not great. Our beach at home is so much nicer, soft sand, long, wide, etc. The beach at Playa-Escondida was seriously disappointing. My hubby thought the water would be clear and swimmable - it is neither. There are too many rocks and it is rough and not clear at all... I guess we should have realized that it's the Pacific Ocean, not the Carribbean. D'oh.

Sayulita is a really cute town, we wish we would have stayed there. It's charming.

PE is about 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. The cab is expensive....

Bugs in the room. Lizards in the room. Raccoon in the room. Spiders on the walls... and we got home and both had little sting marks and even a stinger (or what looked like it) stuck in my chest. I don't know what bit us. We were a little freaked out. In fact, my hubby and I closed the bed as tight as we could and huddled under the blankets after seeing a gigantic spider. That was night 3 (of 5) and it was a funny and bonding moment, because we both realized that we were city folk. We wanted a tv, some windows, no bugs, nightlife, entertainment and airconditioning! We checked out early and went to a resort in Puerto Vallarta. I loved Playa-Escondida, but would have preffered to stay there 2 nights and somewhere more exciting for the other 4 days. My husband agrees, though we must admit that the restaurant, pool, massage facilities and staff at PE were phenomenal. I mean WAYYYY better than at some big Marriott. It was almost like those facilities were a facade for the dingy "bungalows" which we consider glorified camping.

We recommend horseback riding on the beach and walking into Sayulita. However, the most fun we had was at the "Malecon" in Puerto Vallarta. It was our last night in Mexico and it was amazing!!

  • Liked — Seclusion
  • Disliked — bugs, beach, ocean, bungalows (guest house)
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank thekippers
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Ajijic, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2008

We stayed 4 nights in the Casita. We saw a lot of other rooms, or rather bunglows. It is rather funky in that the rooms are pretty open to the surroundings so there is a bit of a privacy issue. That said, the accomodations are plush and the food is outstanding. Dinners are all 4 course and offer a soup, couple choices on the salad and several or more choices on the entree and then desert. Fixed price of 275p. The chef is from Peru and the food is very upscale. All the other meals are just as good. Really no need to venture out unless just for the contrast.
The beach is very private, no vendors but some rocks offshore would make swimming very far out a bit dicey. Sayulita is a surfing haven so the surf runs big.

  • Liked — food
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2008

Stayed in Racosa Casa. Absolutely perfect. Like living in a tree house or something out of Fraggle Rock. An open casita up on the hill overlooking the pacific. Lie in a hammock on the porch in front of the open living room with removable wall (that we never put into place). A true tropical fantasy experience. Go down to the spa water pool (no chemicals) or hot tub, with infinity edges blending with the pacific ocean, framed perfectly by lush palm trees. Have one of the friendly, accomadating staff bring you a drink or a snack. Maybe hit the spa for a massage. Or down to the beach with the possibly 4 other people in site. Play with one of the ever present, friendly dogs that wander the property (and I don't even usually like dogs). Take a horse back ride along the beach on the most well trained and responsive horses I've ever encountered, apparently the man who takes care of them trains them to dance. At night have a fantastic meal from the several choices the most excellent chef has made available for you and the dozen or so other diners that evening along with a fair selection of wine (or tequila) and watch the most perfect sunset you've ever seen.

Hike to town is a half hour, and up hill on a dry and dusty path for part of the way after climbing over some boulders. I enjoyed the exercise, if you wouldn't, have the staff call a cab for you and get to town in about the same time for $10. A car is not necessary. We went to town 3 of the 7 days we were there, just for some shopping and to get lunch at the most excellent Sayulita Fish Taco restaurant on the plaza.

Surf in front of the hotel is rough, and not good for extended swimming or going far from shore. But fine for a quick dip. On the hike to town you can stop at Playa de los Muertos, a protected cove with glass calm water if you want to swim more extensively. You might share it with a family or two, or some fishing boats coming in with their catches.

You may have animals in your room at night, because you are staying in a place perfectly integrated with the surrounding tropical landscape. If that would scare you, or the site of a bug or lizard while you shower outdoors beneath a tree staring at the ocean is a problem, may I suggest finding a Holiday Inn somewhere else.

If you want to experience a semi-secluded jungle paradise, look no further.

  • Liked — The integration with the tropical landscape
  • Disliked — Lack of good ocean swimming nearby
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Playa Escondida
Address: Ave Playa Escondida # 1 | Sayulita Nayarit, Sayulita 63734, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Sayulita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Sayulita
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sayulita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate experience with nature in eco-chic comfort on a private jungle-beach. Playa Escondida is a secluded private resort, nested in a beachfront setting surrounded by hills covered with jungle. We feature 30 unique rooms, perfectly integrated with the natural surroundings. Playa Escondida is located one mile from the quaint fishing village and colorful surfer enclave, Sayulita, on the Riviera Nayarit...and a world away from anywhere else. ... more   less 
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