Lin and Jim are hosts extraordinaire. The place is well kept and well-loved by all involved. Other reviews extoll the virtues of the colours and architecture of Casa Contenta and do a much better job than I could. Suffice it to say that even after reading those reviews we were still blown away. Lin's attention to detail is amazing and Jim is the consummate host.
Mexico has many faces one of which if you are lucky enough to experience involves being taken in and made welcome by someone that lives there. Casa Contenta made us feel welcomed and part of the community. A way different experience than one would have hanging by the pool at large resort. Genuine people. Genuine experience.
In closing part of the experience were the other guests. The type of folks that are attracted to Casa Contenta were diverse yet had common traits of our hosts: respectful of privacy and at the same time, inclusive, welcoming and caring. Case in point we arrived late, close to day's end. Long story ending with us arriving without cold beer. Our upstairs neighbour, overheard us mention this to Lin as we checked in. Jim offers us his last beer. I open it, feeling my love for Mexico. I turn around there is our neghbour holding out a cold 6 pack of cold Corona from his fridge.
I loved this place from the moment we arrived. Its rejuvenating nature will be its legacy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful beachfront suites on 1 km. long of a safe, sandy beach perfect for swimming. All suites have hand carved furniture, original works of art and talavera tile along with full kitchens, bathrooms and a private terrace area. Kayaks, bicycles, tennis racquets and beach furniture on site. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Complementary laptop and cell phone available for guest use. Smoking permitted on outside patios. Complementary tours of the neighbouring towns, the local market (Tianguis). Parking available. Bird watching, hiking, in-suite massage and yoga classes, available. Los Ayala is a charming Mexican town, located in Riviera, Nayarit with close proximity to Rincon de Guayabitos and La Penita de Jaltemba and only 60 km. north of Puerto Vallarta. There are many amenities including grocery stores, restaurants and transportation nearby. Animal lovers welcome! Well behaved, quiet pets who sleep in their own kennels may be accepted with prior consent.Casa Contenta is a proud sponsor of Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) ... more less