We struggled over whether to stay at Majahua or a cheaper, more traditional hotel in Sayulita or Chacala. The reviews we read seemed mixed (jungle utopia or lackluster wannabe?) In the end we went with it and were pleasantly surprised. The room we stayed in, Suite A, was spacious and gracefully set in the mountains with a killer hammock out on the terrace. The whole place has a kind of hippy glow and warmth to it, from the jazz music they play at the main lodge to the candles they set out at the tables overlooking the ocean. The owner Jose built this place so he could scale back to five rooms and cook for his guests—ie it’s kind of a bed-and-breakfast in an exotic setting.
If you like your privacy though, this place is hard to navigate. You have to walk through the outdoor restaurant every time you want to go to the beach or to town. We were there during the holidays when the five rooms were fully booked, and meals took a long time to be served. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you should be prepared to be accommodating to the slow-paced nature of the place. Also the pool, while an architectural feat, never seemed realistic—it’s the size of a hot tub and the water was cold (at least in December). You can pay to heat it up somehow, but it seemed not worthwhile.
That aside, we had a great time here. Beach and town are really accessible, and you are getting a version of Chacala that no one else is through the canopy of the jungle (bring bug spray!). Also Mar de Jade is literally next door, so you can drop by their bar, yoga classes and restaurant, which came in handy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Majahua is located by the sea at the south end of Chacala bay built into the flank of the hill. It has magnificent views of the ocean being within a few steps from the sandy beach. In its construction, a mindful effort was made to disturb the natural environment as little as possible.Colored in tones of ochre so that they blend into the terrain;the rooms are constructed so as to follow and fit into the natural inclines of the terrain.Majahua is situated on about 2.5 acres,an exclusive setting for its six guest quarters, their terraces, our restaurant,the Gallery of the Jungle, and an intimate, splendid spa.The jungle-like forest surrounding the buildings has been preserved.The guest quarters provide guests with an ideal place for resting, reading, writing, or meditating without interruptions.Their design is playful and arty, reflecting the whimsy of their creators. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Majahua Hotel Chacala