What an amazing get-away. My wife and I were looking for a place to get away, unplug and tap into the beauty of Mexico and we could not have found a more magnificent place. We flew into Puerto Vallarta and took a easy cab ride to a interestingly not existent pier (made it so much more fun and adventurous) where we got to roll up our pants and jump into the water Taxi. It was a 30-45 minute water taxi ride to make it to Yalapa. We were dropped off at the main pier and it was only a short walk to Casa Isabel. We were greeted by the lovely Beverly. Beverly is such a sweet woman who has been instrumental in the creative beauty that you will experience. We felt as though we were "family" as we learned so much about her and we wonderful story. It was such a treat to get to know her and we look forward to coming back if only to get to spend time with Bev.
We had the privilege of staying in Yolocalli for the first 5 nights of our stay. I would say that it is the best place on the property (although all of them are amazing). All of the lodging is very eccentric and creative masterpieces. There are no real walls in this unit and you have a breath taking view of the bay. We saw dolphins and on one occasion, my wife spotted a whale! This unit is nestled beside a wonderful small creek and waterfall. You hear the water and still get an amazing view of the Bay. It has a large bed with a mosquito net and a place to lock up all your valuables. We felt extremely safe here and truly enjoyed all of the space in this unit. I spent most of my day exploring around the property, taking some amazing photos, relaxing in the hammock, journaling, hiking to the falls, and honestly simply enjoying the beauty of Mexico and Casa Isabel.
We chose to move closer to the beach and stay in the Beach House. It is a smaller and more quaint living space with more walls but this one has a wonderful fire pit. The water is so close to you and it is majestic being able to fall asleep to the waves crashing on the rocks just several feet away from where you are sleeping. Both of the units we stayed in (as with all of the units) have composting toilets and most have flushing pee toilets that refresh the amazing vegetation around each unit. Speaking of vegetation, it is STUNNING to be surrounded by so many beautiful plants that provide plenty of privacy for you as well as great snacks (limes, oranges, bananas, etc).
Don't come to Casa Isabel if you are high maintenance and want all the "luxuries" of a hotel or resort. This is not the place for you if you are looking for that. If you are looking for immense beauty, wonderful hospitality, a TRUE "eco" facility and you are looking to have a unique mexican adventure, Casa Isabel is for you! You will not be disappointed at all, in fact, I would bet you too will come home ready to book another trip to this amazing place.
Thank you Beverly and Chris for continuing Isabel's vision and for an amazing time! Thank you Bill for helping us arrange our time there! It was truly an honor to get to know you all! Looking forward to coming again!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A peaceful retreat for the enjoyment of nature and the rejuvenation of the human spirit." Casa Isabel is Yelapa's longest operating, most divinely located guesthouse. Located on "The Point" away from town, bordered by the ocean, a creek with two waterfalls, and unpopulated jungle. Casa Isabel offers a variety of accommodations, all with stunning ocean views, and privacy ensured by lush plantings with flowers and shrubs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Isabel Mexico/Yelapa