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“Soothing for the soul”

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Majahua Hotel Selva
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Chacala
Oakland, California
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15 reviews
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“Soothing for the soul”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Majahua is a spectaculart! Set above Chacala Bay in its own private jungle it is a world away from Puerto Vallarta. Jose and Carmen have built a place of simple luxuries in tune with nature.
The views from the restaurant terraces are breath taking, especially at sunset. The food is expertly prepared and presented. And, they now have a tapas bar on the beach where you can enjoy toes in the sand! We live in a near-by town and come here when we need a get-away or a special treat. One of our favorite places in all of Riviera Nayarit!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

I heard about Majahua from a friend. She said it made her cry, it was so beautiful! This boutique hotel is one of the most charming places I've seen in my travels. Everywhere I looked my eyes caught an unexpected delight of beauty. The organic curves of the architecture blend in with the jungle. Unlike some other reviews mentioned I had a 100% positive experience in every way. The owners and the staff were most friendly. The room was clean and beautiful, the food delicious, there is art, soft music, ocean waves.. Would go back again.

Room Tip: We stayed in Arbol and it was great!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Augsburg , Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

The Majahua is a perfect hideaway! Beautifully integrated into the surrounding nature. Lovely hosts. Fantastic Massage!!!!!! A real find if you want to "retreat". My stay was ideal. Thank you Jose, Carmen, and staff.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Chapala, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

The plus's....this hotel is in a sweet little beach town of 300 people. Because the town is so small there aren't many choices for hotels. This place is priced mid-range between the in town on the beach economy hotel and the fancy spa hotel next door to it. The setting is lovely, especially the dining area. The restaurant service and meals were excellent. Breakfast is included in the price and it is delicious. Staff is friendly. There is a pool but it is not much bigger than a hot tub.

The minuses. The beds were harder than even most Mexican beds. If you have even a slight mobility or balance problem it would be dangerous to stay here. You have to climb over rocks on the beach to get to the path to the hotel. The path is very steep and rocky. The rooms were pretty, but architecturally poorly designed with several trip hazards in the room. We had the "tower" unit which is two bedrooms and a mirador. The spiral staircase to the master bedroom is treacherous. (However, once you get up there the room is very pretty). The access to the mirador is by a ladder that is bolted to the outside wall. There is no handrail or way to hoist yourself up to the mirador.

The place is on a cliff. They will provide you with a beach umbrella and chairs but you have to carry them yourselves down the rocky patch and across some boulders to get to the beach.

I probably wouldn't stay here again because of the mobility issues.

Room Tip: Don't bother with the tower room unit if you need two bedrooms. It is more expensive than just...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2011

Majahua is almost too special to adequately describe. Unique, artistic, unlike anyplace you've seen are all good words for a start but to really know what anyone who has stayed there is talking about, you really must stay there for yourself. Jose Enrique, the owner with a vision, is a man with a passion for architecture who took his degree in engineering. The merging of the arts and sciences, coupled with Jose's unique sense of working with the natural lay of the land to create a beautiful work of art and present it as a "Hotel, Restaurant and Spa," is on full display at this truly wondrous gem, nestled into a gentle but rocky hillside above a pristine, white beach cove. It's almost other-worldly.

To read that it is "dirty" made me laugh out loud. It's created from the earth, using as little man-made, foreign to the environment products as possible. The attention you get as a guest is first class, as are the accommodations. But the 5 Seasons, it isn't. For that, you must go south, to Punta Mita, where that particularly sterile resort was built on a piece of land overlooking the ocean, while incidentally, displacing an entire village of families in a vicious land-grab. No, sterility isn't on the menu at Majahua. The integrity of the dirt, land, rocks and ocean in all their majesty is exactly what makes this place magical.

Check out the restaurant's public restroom, a cave built into the side of the hill. It's a piece of art. Walk the natural paths and steps, loving carved into the hillside and you will find yourself stopping every few feet to take another photograph of the magnificent beach, cove and ocean. Turn your camera up toward the village and you you will capture the little, truly Mexican town of Chacala. Have lunch or dinner along the beautiful, white beach, under a palapa, at one of the seven restaurants that line the beach. Walk the streets of the town, visit the school, ask if you can help with anything there. They will ask if you can come later to sing for the children, play basketball with them or show them how to work a math problem. Ask where Trini lives and sign up for a Spanish lesson. You will not only learn more than you ever knew you could but along with the other Canadians and Americans, You will laugh at Trini's natural comedic talents.

At Majahua, it is all about being one with the natural elements. There are many who find ourselves returning to Chacala every year. Even if we can't afford to stay at Majahua, we are drawn to go there in the morning for coffee, to sit in the afternoon and sip a lemonade, to have a glass of wine at dusk because there is a pull to be in that setting of feeling the aliveness of the earth and to just be real for awhile among the lost art of taking notice of birds singing, ocean waves splashing and gentle warm breezes against your body. Go between Nov and May or it's too hot, humid and wet to enjoy.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2010

This is a beautiful, artistic and adventurous place located on a mountainside inside the jungle and near the beach. It is not your typical resort without soul, but rather a place which is truly alive with it's gorgeous surroundings and very much a part of the community in which it resides. When we arrived, the owner had been out planting trees in the nearby village and is clearly a well-respected, integral member of his community. The food was outstanding and we enjoyed our stay immensely.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Majahua Hotel Selva
Address: | South end of Chacala Bay, Chacala 63715, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Chacala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Chacala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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Majahua Hotel Chacala

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