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“Casa Estrella is a family treehouse!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Jardin Yelapa

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El Jardin Yelapa
Gabriola Island, Canada
2 reviews
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“Casa Estrella is a family treehouse!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Our family had a very comfortable experience in Casa Estrella and we appreciated the self contained kitchen; bed options (swinging, regular, hammock!) and rustic-chic bath/shower! The common area is lovely and great way to meet fellow travelers. Yelapa village is a short and fun walk down the donkey trail. Great snorkeling on the point; wonderful birding opportunities (saw the Military Macaw!) and helpful, friendly staff. Our ONLY wish that wasn't granted was for the sun to shine on this side of the bay to help dry out our perpetually damp clothing and towels (that is what you get in humid November!). The other side of the bay gets more direct sunlight this time of year. But the view from El Jardin is spectacular and affords views of the dolphins and manta rays jumping early in the morning! Looking forward to coming back and volunteering with the vet to help fundraise for more spay and neuters!

Room Tip: Casa Estrella has a great little kitchen to help offset the costs of eating out every meal for budge...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Perfect tree-house retreat in paradise. Overlooks ocean. Private shower and flush commode. Super friendly and courteous staff. Common area was perfect for group meals, yoga and dancing or just lazing back in hammock with book. Wake up to tropical bird songs and ocean waves...missing my little piece of heaven. I will be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

El Jardin provided such a slow-paced and easy-going place to unwind, slow the the mind and drink in the natural beauty. I loved the tree-house-esque palapa I stayed in up at the top of the property that had a wonderful shower and a great view of the entire bay. The sunrises were amazing up there, swinging on the hanging bed and watching the entire sky light up like a watercolor painting every morning. It was earthy and beautiful. The common area was a wonderful place to hang out with friends and the open kitchen provided some fun time cooking together. The gardens around the property are lovely.

It is especially nice that the location of El Jardin is very close to the small Isalbel's Beach. It was a calm and quiet entry point into the water and a great escape from the more frantic main beach in town.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Stayed here in May, 2013, with a group. Some of us were in Casa Banana, I was in the top floor (my choice) and went up a ladder to a room with a gorgeous view. Overall, it is a "rustic" experience, in that the bathroom is a walk from the room, there is no glass or screens in any of the windows, an open air living experience. But the breeze was lovely, the people fun, the views gorgeous, steps to snorkeling right in front of the resort, a great hammock to lay in and read the day away. You can always here the water. The grounds have a great variety of plants, lots were flowering while we were there. Even the bathroom has a view. There are books and games, swimming, ping pong, snorkeling, kayaking, it is a short walk into town, where there are more beaches, restaurants, massages available. There are side excursions available to islands and waterfalls. Since you have to take a boat and climb out of it at Playa Isabel, and walk up a path to get there, it helps to be a bit adventurous. The host made us a campfire several evenings. He was charming and unobtrusive, available when needed.
You are on the edge of village life, with burros going by at any moment. (no cars anywhere)

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

My husband and I have led Women's Circle Retreats in Yelapa for the past 8 years.

For 3 years in a row, while staying at a different retreat center near by which did not have a flat floor space large enough to accommodate our needs for dance and yoga, we rented the main house at El Jardin for a couple hours each morning because El Jardin did have the floor space we needed. This worked great for our needs.

However, this year, due to the fact that we added an evening yoga experience, we needed to rent El Jardin's main space both in the mornings and evenings so we decided it would be easier to hold the whole retreat at El Jardin. It turned out to be just perfect for us. El Jardin offered us everything we needed to house, feed, convene circle, and have the spacious fllor space we needed.

The way El Jardin Eco Center is set up is perfect for retreats like ours. The lodging (4 casitas/palapas) plus the spacious main room downstairs works perfectly to allow us all to be close together as a group. The main room houses the kitchen, dining room, living room all in one. By simply pushing the couches, chairs and tables out of the way, after breakfast and before dinner, we have an enormous space to spread out to do 5 Rhythms, and yoga.

El Jardin's location in front of the Bay, was truly a healing balm. Imagine having butterflies fly around you as you are dancing or doing yoga, seeing blue sky and blue water in front of you separated only by many potted plants and flowering bushes, and the narrow path leading to the village. We felt like we were literally on the water when were in the main space. It's impossible to fully describe. The cool breezes that come off the water, the scents of blooming flowers, the sounds of the waves, birds, and nature, it all comes together to create a senual ambiance that for our work is perfect. So perfect, that we have reserved El Jardin for our 2014 Women's Circle Retreat.

The only room I think could be upgraded would be the space called Hibiscus. But, I believe the owners are working on it. Still it served us perfectly. The bathroom near Hibiscus was my favorite!

I have to add that Chrissi, the owner and Danny, our caretaker, did everything they could to make our stay wonderful and easy. Danny was a gentleman with all of us, offering to carry luggage, build nightly fires, fetch more towels, and do whatever we needed. He went beyond the call of duty and beyond all his normal duties to make sure we felt taken care of. Plus he was a great guide.

As a group of 8 women from all across the US and Canada, I feel I can speak for each of us when I say that we had a great time at El Jardin. Our beds were great, the spaces were clean and comfortable. The only complaint was that a couple mosquito nets were not big enough and a couple women were getting bitten by mosquitos -- but the minute we shared this they were switched out for larger ones. There was never a lack of clean towels and sheets, and the whole of El Jardin was kept swept and clean. Granted, this is a kind of hostel and not a spa, which we were very glad for. So, if you are expecting a spa type experience, El Jardin is not for you. It is a place where people can feel like they are one with nature, right at the spot in Yelapa where it is most attractive to be.

One woman in our group, who had done a number of other retreats with us, signed up immediately for 2014 for both herself and her daughter, as well as a friend. Thank you Chrissi and Danny for everything you did to make our retreat so successful.

Oh, I should add that we loved being at El Jardin so much, my husband and I extended our stay twice, changing our plane tickets twice, so that we could simply stay at El Jardin after the retreat. It was a wonderful vacation for us and we are looking forward to next year.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Monterey, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

El Jardin in Yelapa is the most relaxing spot in Mexico. It is private, quite, and a great get a way. It is perfect for a family vacation, couple, or a group of friends. There are lots of activities if you want them, or just to relax in a hammock and read a book. There are great little markets to buy food and a communal kitchen makes for great evenings.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Yelapa, Mexico
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

I was horrified when I arrived at Casa Luna, which is run by the caretaker of El Jardin "Eco retreat". It wasn't "Eco" in anyway except that they compost and recycle a little. The caretaker was lewd and inappropriate with myself and my guest. He even made lewd comments about my 4 year old daughter. He has since been kicked out of this wonderful pueblo but I didn't feel like the owner cared one bit that we were terrified and never returned my money even though we had to move out early as the caretaker was harrassing us daily.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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chrissib, Owner at El Jardin Yelapa, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
I would like to reply to this review and this reviewer, although I have not had much l luck with communication to her. I have responded multiple times to this guest. We have acknowledged that her time spent with us was not satisfactory and in fact offered her half of her money back as a guest courtesy. The summer caretaker whom she is referring to has had nothing but glowing reviews from other guests, however I understand and have acknowledged that sometimes people just don’t connect well. There have been many unfounded accusations, but in my communication with others have found no rational basis in these. Since I was not there I can only ascertain that negative reactions were experienced from both parties and hence her stay with us was not good. Her comment about this man being "kicked out" of the pueblo is not true, he left for the States because he was not prepared for the summer heat.
As to her comments on El Jardin’s Eco resort status, it seems that she may have not allowed herself to find out more about what we do. We are rated as a 4 star Eco retreat from three international agencies. We have a full environmental policy. We recycle as much as possible in the confines of our location. There is a composting policy along with energy use and water use policies. All soap containers are reused and refilled from a central economy sized container. All soap used is low phosphate. However, we are not perfect. There are times when a trip into the city to buy supplies is not possible and supplies are purchased from one of the small stores in the pueblo that might not carry the products we would most recommend. We are trying in as many ways as possible to lower our carbon footprint and make this place as environmentally sustainable as we can.
We encourage this guest to give us constructive feedback on how to make these homes better equipped for our guests. Some of the best ideas have come from the folks who stay here.
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Additional Information about El Jardin Yelapa

Property: El Jardin Yelapa
Address: Huachinango 63, Yelapa 48440, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Yelapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Jardin is an eco-friendly garden retreat with the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. Beautiful gardens surround the open air sleeping palapas. The communal area is open anytime, where guests can mingle, relax, read, dine, lay in a hammock or play one of the many games provided. There are recycling guidelines on-site and the manager will introduce you to the communal spaces at the start of your visit. The common areas are great way to meet people and relax. We have a great local cook who is available for meals and often dinners will be arranged for guests. Our casas are a "labor of love". We have worked hard to get the casas to the state they are in and continue to work to make improvements to make them better and more comfortable for you. ... more   less 
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