My husband and I visited Casa Isabel last May/June and had a lovely time. The property is gorgeous - lushly landscaped with beautiful tropical plants. The palapas are open-air and have ocean views. We stayed at Annie's, which has a full kitchen area, sitting area, and bedroom area, as well as a smaller bedroom area where kids could stay. One of my favorite things was the shower - a beautiful little nook with an ocean view. The solar hot water worked great, but there was also gas-heated hot water available as a backup. We really appreciated all the attention to detail and ecological awareness in the construction and landscaping of the place. The toilets are composting, which we thought was great - not stinky at all - but if you aren't willing to rough it just a little bit, it's probably not for you. We made friends with other visiting couples at the Casa Central, which is filled with beautiful indigenous Huichol artwork. One of the highlights of our trip was going tandem paragliding with one of the managers, Chris - an AMAZING experience that we highly recommend! We also had bodywork from Beverly. She cured a migraine that had been bugging me for a week! When we were there, power was intermittent (on for several hours every afternoon/evening, but often out during the day) as there was work underway on the village's whole power supply (we hear this happens more often in the off-season, when we were there). When the power is on, there is wireless internet available. I recommend bringing a couple of good flashlights for when the power is off. Personally, I really appreciate that they don't run a loud, stinky generator when the power is out - it's just out when it's out, and on when it's on. Nothing worse than a generator ruining a quiet vacation in a beautiful place, in my opinion! But again, if you're a person who needs constant, available electricity, this place may not be for you. We slept great in the hanging bed, which had a large mosquito net that you could tuck under the mattress after getting in. The little beach at the foot of the property, Playa Isabel, is sweet and has much nicer sand than the big beach in town. You can snorkel and kayak right from the beach. During the week, it was pretty quiet with just a few guests from Casa Isabel and other guesthouses there. On the weekend, local Yelapan families came to enjoy the beach, too, which was also fun - sweet to see whole families, from grandma to little kids, enjoying the water together.
We loved Casa Isabel and Yelapa so much that we're coming back to live here for 6 months this winter! Bev and Chris are wonderful, helpful hosts full of local knowledge, and Casa Isabel is truly a magical, beautiful spot.
- 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