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“Loved it!” 5 of 5 stars
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63 Huichango, Yelapa, Mexico   |  
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

My family (mom and kids 20 and 22) traveled to Yelapa in Januany 2012. We really loved El Jardin. We stayed in Casa Banana. Beds were comfy and living space clean. We had a beautiful view of the bay. We loved the rustic feel and great snorkeling right in front of the compound. Our hosts were warm, kind and very helpful. We spent our days at the beach, hiking to the water falls, horseback riding and just hangin' out. It is a wonderful place and we will return at the end of this year.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

This was our first time staying in Yelapa, although we had taken a day trip before. If you come from PV on water taxi and ask to be let off at Playa Isabel (a tip- fare seems to be cheaper if you buy it right when you want to board the taxi than at a beach travel stand; also one thing we found confusing was locating where to board the boat as the Los Muertos pier is not so much a pier right now as it is a collection of posts sticking out of the water on Playa Los Muertos right near Blue Shrimp restaurant, La Palapa, etc). The owners of El Jardin were extremely friendly and welcoming and gave us lots of great recommendations on what to do, where to eat, arranging spa services, etc. Served wonderful fish and dinner food. Breakfast is very basic but eating it on a porch that basically meets the ocean makes up for it. We liked that there was a fridge and containers to store food you could bring yourself. Rooms have great views of ocean and for a couple I would recommend casa bamboo or eagles nest. Town of Yelapa is a short walk away on a rocky beach path ( would be difficult for those with mobility issues).
El Jardin was quite rustic and I think the priorities of the owners are to create a friendly, natural place to stay rather than one of cleanliness or comfort. I really detested the composting toilet which stunk prohibitively and was not addressed during our stay. There was no housekeeping, which is fine, but if you are paying $100 night and the room you are staying is exposed to the elements and to walk up to your room requires navigating sand, dirt, water, and (on the path) donkey dung, it would-be nice to have some basic cleaning service available, even just sweeping. At the end of 3 days our floor was covered in leaves and sand, our outdoor shower had mud and leaves in it, and our whole room stunk horribly from the toilet. Of course when we got out of the shower our wet feet would pick up sand which was then transferred into our bed despite our best efforts.
I think with some minor improvements in maintenance and amenities this would be a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

We stayed in yelap in November 2011. We met a local who recommended coming to El Jardin for their ceviche on Tuesday night. We showed up and met Rocky and Anne and had a great time sharing stories, drinking the deadliest margaritas and having a wonderful fresh ceviche. A warm welcome and honest people. We will see them again. A bit of a rough path and definately don't go anywhere without a flashlight!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

We stayed in Casa Luna next door to main El Jardin b&b. Location and views are awesome! People are friendly and we feel like we made some friends for life. Had our wedding ceremony in the yard and it was beautiful and perfect. Call or email Carolyn Songin of Yelapa Connexion for amazing concierge service, yelapaconnexion@gmail.com . This is slightly rustic but very comfortable place. Paradise in our eyes. Thanks Chrissi, Ann from El Jardin/casa santa cruz.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

What I loved about El Jardine was how open to the air everything was. Staying in the rooms was like staying in a tree house, falling asleep looking out on the ocean every night with a breeze on your face is hard to top. We were there during the dry season, so it was never muggy or damp. Just clear and sunny and beautiful the whole stay. I never felt like I was inside, which is what I wanted while I was staying in such a warm scenic place.
Everything is very do it yourself here. There is a community kitchen to cook in. For the most part house keeping made the beds and emptied the trash, but other than that I felt like we had a run of the whole place. There was a management woman there that answered any questions we had, and helped us figure things out in the area.
Yelapa is an unforgettable place, but the memories I have of where we stayed at El Jardine are also pretty unforgettable. I was really sad to leave. I hope I can come back next year. What an incredible trip.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

I was recently married at El jardin Garden Retreat. This place was amazing! It was so nice to not have the same old hotel rooms. My guests were blown away by the experience of their tropical palapa houses- open air, on the sea, palm paradise! The large community kitchen was perfect for yoga, dancing, and celebrating. If you are a wedding couple that love adventure and culture and need an original location I STRONGLY suggest this place! email ashleynfleming@gmail.com if you would like to see my wedding photos at El Jardin.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Jardin Eco Retreat

Address: 63 Huichango, Yelapa, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Yelapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Jardin is an eco-friendly garden retreat with the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. Beautiful gardens surround the open air sleeping palapas. The communal area is open anytime, where guests can mingle, relax, read, dine, lay in a hammock or play one of the many games provided. There are recycling guidelines on-site and the manager will introduce you to the communal spaces at the start of your visit. The common areas are great way to meet people and relax. We have a great local cook who is available for meals and often dinners will be arranged for guests. Our casas are a "labor of love". We have worked hard to get the casas to the state they are in and continue to work to make improvements to make them better and more comfortable for you. ... more   less 

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