I had no idea what to expect before we arrived at Los Naranjos. I knew only what we had seen from the few pictures on their website - that it was a collection of open-air "palapas" (palm-thatch-roofed huts) surrounded by beautiful jungle scenery and gardens, about a fifteen minute hike uphill from the beach of Yelapa. We wound up spending four nights there, and it was an amazing experience, one that I would recommend to anyone who wants to go off the beaten path (even for Yelapa!) and meet some wonderful, interesting people.
First, the settings: Very serene and peaceful. The beds and rooms are cleaned everyday, and there were fresh flowers and good, clean water put by the bedside daily. I can't describe the beauty of this place - it is upriver from the town and there is a waterfall on the property, so it is very lush. There are beautiful flowers and plants everywhere, but it is by no means overgrown - it is evident the amount of work and upkeep that is put into this place by the people who run it. Also, there are so many jungle birds, as well as a few domestic dogs and cats (all super cuddly!) that live there, so it is a good place for animal lovers.
Next, the people, which for me is what really made this place great, and why I will likely return. If you want to have solitude and enjoy the serenity of nature, this is a wonderful place, and they will leave you to yourself. However, if you want to hang out in the communal area and get to know the people who live there and are passing through, I thoroughly recommend it. It is a hidden gem, and perhaps for that reason it attracts interesting people. The caretaker (Jarrett), his wife Nathalia, Rafa, Michel, and others who stay there for extended or short periods of time are all very kind and open to meeting new people. You will feel like part of the family. They cook large meals and play music and are just generally very accepting, peaceful people who have an evident love of life which is infectious and makes the visitor feel comfortable.
Overall, if you're looking for a hotel with internet and room service and beach-side private suites, then this is not for you, but then again the entire town of Yelapa would not be for you. If, however, you want to get away and stay in an enchanting, lovely spot where time slows down, and perhaps meet some wonderful people, then this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Los Naranjos, where you will find a wonderful place to experience the Divine through nature. Los Naranjos is a place for individuals or small groups to retreat from the everyday world. It is a place to take time to connect with the Source of all being. The center offers a quiet environment to reflect on what is truly of value and to let go of what clutters the mind and the heart. With several traditional Mexican palapas on four lush acres of natural gardens, Los Naranjos offers the ideal setting for workshops, family and individual getaways, and events of all kinds. Our gardens are bursting with tropical flowers and fruits, fish ponds, and a spectacular waterfall falling into a beautiful, natural swimming pool. Los Naranjos is a brief boat ride from Puerto Vallarta and only a ten-minute walk from the beach and small fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico. Lifestyle here is simple -no cars, honking horns or billboards. So let your cares drift away and experience Los Naranjos Jungle Retreat! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Los Naranjos Retreat Mexico/Yelapa