So, my wife and I went to Playa Escondida to try something new - a vacation without plans, family, schedules, camping, or tasks (unless you count walking into town to go surfing). In short, without effort. This was hard at first, and I struggled to believe I really didn't have to remember anything, or call anyone, or attend any type of meeting. I got the hang of it after about two days. That's what this place excels at though - convincing you that it's OK to totally relax.
Here's a pretty good description of what we did for 9 days: wake up, eat, do yoga (complimentary), lay in the sun, swim in the ocean, lay in the sun and read a book, swim in the pool, get a snack, swim in the ocean, eat lunch, read more, order drinks, take a nap, wake up in time to swim before dinner, eat, walk on the beach and look at constellations, go to bed. Repeat. Once in a while we walked into town and ate fish tacos and/or went surfing. When we were motivated.
The staff are really friendly. Everybody speaks English, so if you don't speak Spanish you don't have to worry. The bungalows are perfect, with balconies and open air showers and big beds and fans, lounging areas, etc. The swimming pool is great, and the beach has nice soft, fine sand, and waves without being too crazy. The whole place just feels very nicely integrated right into the natural jungle-scape. There are parrots and little trails that wind around to get from bungalow to restaurant to beach to where ever. The yoga was awesome. The super nice staff let us use the internet on their lap-top in the restaurant. Another great feature of this place is the fact that you get to put 20% of your daily room fee toward other services such as dinner or massage.
Here are my only criticisms:
1. I wouldn't mind more Mexican food. The restaurant chef is quite accomplished, but he cooks mostly other types of cuisine. I like Mexican food a lot, and I was hoping I would get to eat more of it without having to go into town. That said, it's easy to get into town by walking or inexpensive taxi.
2. I felt like the place wasn't all that "eco" or could have been more "eco." Like, they replaced our toilet paper roll often and brought us new bars of packaged soap every day. At one point we got some ants in our room and were given a can of Raid to address the issue. Maybe "eco" is different in Mexico than in California. This could be construed as whining or snobbery, so I'll let it go.
3. Also, I guess I wouldn't have minded speaking more Spanish, and the assumption seemed to be that we would prefer English.
All in all, a big thank you to the gracious hosts and friendly staff at Playa Escondida!
- 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