My partner and I just returned from a seven night stay at Casa Yolocalli, one of several authentic thatched roof palapas on the gorgeous property of Casa de Isabel. We were sad not to be able to meet Isabel who has developed the property for 37 years. She passed away recently and is missed by all in Yelapa. However we were adopted for our stay by her dog Nanu who loved to hang out on our deck high up in the trees overlooking swaying bamboo, palms and flowers below. The water taxi from Los Muertos will drop you on Isabel's little beach. Prepare to get wet feet. And a quick steep climb through lush foliage takes you to the main house where Anna and Judy show you to your palapa and explain the quirks of living in a jungle. Casa Yolocalli is built on a cement slab next to a ravine, only one wall with a second story complete with a slightly scary ladder to a cozy bedroom with hanging double bed, and hammock chair on the edge of a rickety balcony attached to the trunk of a huge tree. The kitchen below is utilitarian but functional with a small fridge, 2 burner stove and a leaky blender. Flush toilet and good hot water shower are located open hair just out back. It was very private, but be aware that voices carry and are heard. My biggest surprise was turning around after washing dishes and seeing a large iguana perched on a rock about 6 feet away from me! We were warned about scorpions but didn't encounter any. Drawbacks to the place were the feeling of instability on the second floor, and poor lighting for reading at night. It was very clean for our arrival, everything worked. Indeed the whole property is an amazing mixture of paths, water and electrical conduit, recycling bins, flowers, huge trees and views. The beach is good entry for snorkeling around the rocks. Many restaurants in town, we liked Pollo Bollo for dinner and The Vortex for lunch . The best margaritas were out of our own blender on the deck overlooking the jungle listening to the waves with Nanu stretched out on the rug.
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Yelapa
Number of rooms: 11
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A peaceful retreat for the enjoyment of nature and the rejuvenation of the human spirit." Casa Isabel is Yelapa's longest operating, most divinely located guesthouse. Located on "The Point" away from town, bordered by the ocean, a creek with two waterfalls, and unpopulated jungle. Casa Isabel offers a variety of accommodations, all with stunning ocean views, and privacy ensured by lush plantings with flowers and shrubs. ... more less