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“A slice of heaven”
Review of Playa Escondida

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Playa Escondida
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Sayulita
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Playa Escondida is the perfect destination for those who value natural beauty, excellent service and a down-to-earth approach to leisure. This small venue set in an incredibly isolated but stunning piece of shoreline affords guests privacy, tranquility and luxury while doing without the junkie stuff that more commercial establishments offer. The restaurant is superb. The entire staff is top notch and make an effort to learn guests' names within 12 hours of arrival. Each room is unique. We stayed in Deseo this time with the surf crashing a mere 75' fro our palapa. That made it difficult to hear knocks at the door, but drifting off to the rhythm of the surf was heavenly. There are also rooms removed from the shore with spectacular sea views, and everything in between.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Playa Escondida is amazing. When we first arrived, I was actually a little freaked out. It is away from town, and well into the jungle....where it meets the most perfect beach. The only thing that I would say to beware of, is that the website will tell you that it is an "easy, short walk" into Sayulita. No way. The road taking visitors in and out of the hotel is mountainous, curving and long. There is a way to venture across the beach and up the mountain over into town, which we did once. It is treacherous. Over lots of big rocks on the beach and then up hill. We hike a decent amount, so it wasn't too terrible, but it was challenging.
It doesn't matter really because a taxi is just 10 minutes from your every need and is the way to go for sure. The town of Sayulita is everything we hoped, rapt with great shops, restaurants and surfing culture. It is the best of the best in Mexico, that we have seen thus far.
But its the resort that matters right now, as I need to say that it is over the top romantic!! So adorable, it is built into a mountain, with little stone paths that lead to bars, the infinity pool, spa area, and the incredible palm tree lined beach. There are plenty of very helpful staff members at your beck and call. They can't do enough to make your stay enjoyable. Service on all occasions, was outstanding. The restaurants, there are two, serve a great selection of items. A truly large menu for such a small place. Food was almost always perfect, with very few exceptions. Bartenders are accommodating and fun. Drinks are a good pour too! And of course, poolside and beach service, thank you very much!
But the best thing was our room. We went for the Luna Penthouse, after staying the first half of our visit in the Luna Allegre, just below it. Allegre was lovely, albeit a bit hot the first night. There is no A/C in these units, just great breezes and fans. Well it didn't matter about all that in the Penthouse. There were windows almost all the way around, so the breeze was amazing. The amenities in this room were fabulous. See pictures. Just simply the best place we ever stayed. Not in a Ritz Carlton kind of way, mind you. But imagine being a jungle Disney Princess! Get the picture?
Location is great for the escape factor. Its quiet, relaxing and child free. Go and see for yourself why this hidden treasure is so hidden, it is in fact a gem in the jungle, with your own private beach paradise.

Room Tip: Beachfront. Absolutely!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We have been coming to Playa Escondida for 5 years. The last couple of years twice a year and can't imagine going any where else. Both my husband and I own our own businesses and are getaways are working vacations... The wifi works and if it is acting up Tony gets IT help. Plus Chef David makes us extra vegetables and salads to go along with his fresh seafood delights. The staff is amazing and Diego, the owner, is always making this hidden gem better each year but I don't know how it can get any better than paradise. Kathy and Ralph

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We didn't stay here, but went to dinner at their restaurant. The dining area was just to the left of the pool, which is quite small considering the number of guest rooms; and the bar/kitchen is directly behind the pool. The grounds are beautiful and well landscaped. The drinks were good, the staff was friendly and efficient, the scenery is spectacular, and I love the little sand paths to the restrooms that so charming and clean.

And here's the BUT, we ordered the seafood platter with lobster, coconut shrimp, and mahi mahi. Every bit of it was overcooked, what a disappointment! The lobster was rubbery, the coconut shrimp were over breaded and hard as rocks, and the mahi mahi steamed in a banana leaf was cooked dry.

So sad to have our lovely evening end that way.

Room Tip: Google Earth the resort map and pick the room that fits your needs.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

+ stunning location; where the jungle meets the ocean
+ gracious and friendly staff; from Miguel in guest services to Jose in the lounge
+ a wonderful place to rest and relax; I will definitely put this place on the ‘return’ list
+ eco-friendly

Room Tip: before I booked my stay I read about other reviewers comments about how loud the ocean was and thoug...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Beautiful location with stunning sunsets and great accommodations. The staff was fabulous, very attentive, served great drinks and delicious food! Infinity pools and hot tubs that overlooking the ocean and a full spa offer the ultimate relaxation. The perfect location for a romantic getaway!

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Playa Escondida is a gorgeous, secluded paradise. It is romantic, intimate and a place of nature and serenity. I have never felt more relaxed, peaceful and joyful. The food and service were incredible. The staff are wonderful, kind and genuine. Miguel went above and beyond for us as did all the staff at Playa Escondida. I cannot thank them enough for providing us such a great experience. We will be back again and again to this beautiful, magical place.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 On the Beach Hotel in Sayulita
#1 Spa Hotel in Sayulita
Price Range: £75 - £358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
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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Playa Escondida Hotel Sayulita

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