If you're traveling to the area north of Puerto Vallarta, your best bet is Playa Escondida. Amazingly, all the past travelers' reviews were right on the mark as far as the location, beauty, service, food, etc. It was truly paradise!
I was particularly impressed with the level of service and the tasty food. From the guest relations person to the bartender, wait staff and the maids, everyone there was friendly, knowledgeable and responsive to every need. As for the food, Fernando the chef did a great job preparing each meal. He was always talking to the guests, getting their feedback, giving his recommendations. I liked the personal touch. We had mostly fresh, local fish, prepared with a Latin flair (Fernando is Peruvian). The breakfasts were especially delicious.
At first I was a little wary of the whole inside-outside nature of the accommodations, but really, it was perfect. Somehow it still felt private, although our place was open on all sides. Our bed was SOOOOO comfortable, I never wanted to get out. The mosquitoe net, although we didn't see any of the critters, definitely kept the bed cozy. We stayed in Sol 1, which I believe, is the best value for the money. It was spacious, with a panoramic view of the ocean from the huge porch. It was a short walk down to the sand and beach and close to the pool and restaurant. We would definitely stay in Sol 1 again.
This trip was just my husband and I, but next time we are bringing our two small children. It's a perfect place for a couple, a group of friends or a family. It's a quiet, laid back atmosphere - not a party zone, however - so take your fraternity parties elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate experience with nature in eco-chic comfort on a private jungle-beach. Playa Escondida is a secluded private resort, nested in a beachfront setting surrounded by hills covered with jungle. We feature 25 unique rooms, perfectly integrated with the natural surroundings. Playa Escondida is located one mile from the quaint fishing village and colorful surfer enclave, Sayulita, on the Riviera Nayarit...and a world away from anywhere else. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Playa Escondida Sayulita
- Playa Escondida Hotel Sayulita