After spending 10 days at a different resort near Sayulita, we booked here for 4 nights after discovering it as we walked up the beach from the small town of Chicala...
It looked great, and the prospects of having 3 meals a day from their farm was promising, as were the yoga and meditation classes.
It turns out that the centre was filled with people on a retreat. That is itself is not a problem, but we felt like outcasts and the staff seemed to cater to the large group more than us as individual guests.
Mealtime is announced by the ringing of a large bell, which left us feeling like we were part of a large Pavlovian experiment. The buffet is all you can eat, but the food was bland and there were very few options for someone who does not eat seafood, or is tired of the Mexican fare, or just looking for an alternative.
In the afternoon, the bar was not open, which is a bit of a downer while on holidays. In fact, my wife asked for a Coke, but because the bar tender took the keys home with him, she was out of luck and never got her soft drink.
The pool was nice, although the water was cloudy, but the best part is the beach and the ocean, which were spectacular for swimming and sunsets.
Finally, despite being told that they triple wash everything and drinking their bottled water, both my wife and I got a nasty visit from "La Tourista" and had to stay close to the bathroom after day 1.
We ended up checking out 1 day early and going to the Westin in Puerto Vallarta, for about one half the cost of the room at Mar de Jade.
- Also Known As:
- Mar De Jade Retreats Wellness Vacation Hotel Chacala
- Mar De Jade Retreats Wellness Vacation Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mar de Jade (Sea of Jade) is a Retreat, Wellness and Vacation Center hidden away between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, Mexico. This is an open home that offers wellness vacations, transformative retreats, healing Spa treatments, romantic weddings and getaways, and volunteering and learning programs with the local community. "A place to awaken, nurture & share the best within us..." ... more less