My husband and I spent 5 days at Playa Escondida for our Honeymoon. What an amazingly rustic, yet elegant tropical paradise.
Getting there: We arrived by plane into PV, then crossed the pedestrian bridge and hopped the public bus to Sayulita. Total cost: $3 USD. Once in Sayulita, we grabbed a taxi to the resort (about $7USD). Very easy and affordable. On the way back, we opted for the van from the resort. Quite expensive but the better option for making a flight.
Resort: The resort itself is breathtaking...quaint, romantic, and elegant. Winding stone and dirt paths weave through the tropical jungle and thatched huts, reaching down to the secluded beach and cove. Colorful and aromatic flowers line the trails. At night, lit candles iluminate the passages between the huts and the restaurant. So utterly romantic.
Room: We stayed in Sol 2...very small, but VERY romantic. The bed was tucked into the wall, shrouded by canopied linens. No windows to obstruct the views to the ocean. The outdoor shower and private patio were perfect for a couple who wanted to steal away. Ample shelves and hooks provided plenty of storage. Fresh water was delivered daily. With a small fridge and an ipod player, we barely needed to leave the room.
Pools/Beach: The main pool is small yet inviting. Lined by sand, a few rustic tables, and a small waterfall, it empties into the sky above the beach. We spent hours just floating and talking while the attentive hosts freshened our drinks and brought us the yummiest guac we'd ever tasted. The southern pool was intimate and perfect for when we wanted to sneak away. The beach was lovely, but home to the thousands of crabs migrating from jungle, so we enjoyed it from afar (more on the crabs later).
Food: Authentic and fresh. We enjoyed traditional dishes each morning, then snacked on shrimp tacos and guac for lunch. Dinner was always a treat. Lots of fresh seafood and steaks. I highly recommend the filet and lobster. And don't miss the happy hour on the beach...2 for 1 drinks. In general, the drinks were a bit disappointing. We don't drink hard liquor and were bored with Pacifico and "cheap" red wine by day 3, especially for the price ($$$). Sayulita did not offer any better selections. Oh, the trauma:)
Service: Outstanding. The staff is tops in my book.
Activities: None, the way we like it. When we ached to get out a bit, we hiked into Sayulita. Don't be fooled, it is a hike but a pleasant one over a rocky beach, then through the jungle. You can also catch a taxi for $7 USD.
Crab migration: Crab migration started the night we arrived and lasted until we left. It was straight out of National Geographic...tens of thousands of land crabs moving through the resort, from the jungle to the beach. Every inch of path and beach was covered with clickety-clackety crabs. I enjoyed the chance to observe nature in action but also found it a bit unnerving to hear them moving through the room in the middle of the night. More than once I opted to forego a nighly bathroom visit...hahahaha.
Pros: Rustic, secluded, romantic, relaxing, beautiful. A perfect honeymoon.
$$$: A bit pricey. The food, , spa, and drinks are expensive, not for someone looking for a value.
Tolilet: Didn't flush in our room, not even a small sliver of TP would go down. We had to plan accordingly:)
No electricity: We didn't have electricity more than we had it. Not a big deal for us because we don't drink coffee and haven't owned a hairdryer in 20 years, but I can see how no lights, no fans, no morning coffee, etc. could annoy someone. Navigating ones way to a hut amidst thousands of crabs with only a candle was a bit of an adventure, too.
Swine flu: Didn't expect to see it and didn't HOWEVER, all the hoopla delivered a blow to the local economy. Many restaurants and shops were closed due to lack of tourists. Very sad for PV and Sayulita.
Overall, this was an excellent honeymoon. I would defintiely return.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Playa Escondida Sayulita
- Playa Escondida Hotel Sayulita