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“A trully unique experience off the beaten path”
Review of Majahuitas Resort

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Majahuitas Resort
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Reviewed July 31, 2006

Majahuitas was the most unique resort we have ever stayed in. My fiancee and I spent 4 nights at the Chula Vista Casita and loved every minute of it. Our casita was very pleasant although it was hard to sleep at times because of the heat. We went in the middle of July so we were prepared for the humidity. The outdoor shower was unique and a fun experience. We swam and snorkled every day and the water was very clear and calm for the most part and there were plenty of interesting fish to see right off the beach. There were a lot of different crabs in the area that kept you company and provided some entertainment. The tour groups and chartered boats came everyday in the afternoon but were not a bother to us or the other guests.

The food at Majahuitas was an experience in itself. We read other reviews of the resort that raved about the food but we never expected it to be this good. We savored every meal and there was not one thing they offered we did not want to eat. We booked the romantic package and for our last night they set up a beautiful table on the beach decorated with flowers. The drinks were reasonable. We spent about $120 USD during our trip and we did not cheat ourselves. But the best thing about the place was the service. Javier, Ricardo, Francisco and Chuey were very attentive and it felt like they were part of our family. Normally we never go back to the same resort for a vacation but we will definetally make an exception with Majahuitas.

Stayed: July 2006
12  Thank DSilman
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Reviewed July 23, 2006

We stayed at Majahuitas Resort from July 2 through July 7 in the Sunset House. The staff at Majahuitas is incredible, especially Ricardo, Chuey and Francisco. They treated us like family and made our stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
If you go in the summer months, I recommend that you bring bug spray, a battery operated fan (the fan in the bedroom is very small) and lots of clothing to change into since you will be sweating a lot. The bugs are not too bad but you will need the spray if you opt to go on the hike they offer.
Every single meal at the resort was more delicious than the one before it. I can be sort of a picky eater and I ate everything that they served without problem. The alcohol is reasonable, beer was $2 and mixed drinks were $5 or $6. After one week of drinking to our heart's content, my husband and I spent $250.00 total on alcohol.
I recommend Majahuitas without reservation and I would love to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank jocelita
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Reviewed May 22, 2006

Majahuitas is an amazing resort. If you're looking for sleeping, relaxing, swimming, sunning and eating this is absolutely the place to go. If you're looking for the Puerto Vallarta party scene look elsewhere. The day trippers aren't really a big deal at all... I can't imagine anyone complaining about them so much. The staff members are all very friendly and helpful but not so much as to become bothersome. They know you're there to relax and pretty much leave you alone unless you need something. Breakfast and lunch are at private tables overlooking the beach, dinner is family style with the other guests. They happily accomodated my vegetarian diet. If you're vegetarian I'd suggest asking for Mexican food instead of the fancy resort-food. But everything they made me was great. The whole resort is lit by candlelight at night (they only have solar power) and that was totally magical. All the casitas are adorable. Highly reccomended.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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5  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed April 22, 2006

this resort is lovely for twenty one hours a day ( more on that later ), rustic, charming , secluded and with a special ,hard to find kind of beauty . the rooms (only 8 or 9 ) are lovely and open to the outside ( including the bathroom ) but we had no problems with bugs. there's no electricity and at night the whole place is lit by candles, which is incredibly romantic and seems to amplify the sounds of the waves and jungle. the food is great ( just as well , because you can't go anywhere else to eat ) , very plentiful and served al fresco .
the beach is pretty and the ocean is good for swimming.
now for the downside , everyday between 11 and 2 the beach is invaded by daytrippers from puerto vallarta. they come on pirate ships (a free trip for people who've looked at time shares), launches from cruise ships and on boats chartered for the day. the poor staff of majahuitas spends the afternoon kicking them off of the resorts beach chairs and trying, in vain to make them stay at the other end of the beach. the isolated little beach that is so perfect in the early morning and late afternoon is ruined by obeese , sunburned americans carrying beers and life jackets , while the boats they arrive on blare rap music. its getting harder and harder to find quiet little tropical beaches that don't get over run by these groups.
aside from these 3 or 4 hours a day this resort is delightful, the food is good and the staff attentive.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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14  Thank divenuts
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Reviewed April 16, 2006

Simple but elegant. I have been recommending the resort to my friends. My 16 year old daughter asked if we were returning next spring when she was reading this report!

We loved the open casitas. From our bed, we looked down at the beach through our open front . . . there was no front wall. On the evening of our arrival, I took a swim and then had a hot shower in our “bathroom,” an open walled enclosure next to our casita, and watched the red glow from the sunset. We found that the website descriptions of the casitas and the resort were quite accurate.

The resort sits alone with its own beach on a small cove. Day trippers on the pirate ship came daily (up to 200) and were restricted to a portion of the beach and were there for just a few hours. Expecting to do something else while the day trippers are visiting is a good strategy, or just relax, have a drink and watch them. The day trippers have the same routine each day, and it seemed like watching the movie Groundhog Day, watching the same thing being done over and over each day . . . .

The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is great; fresh fish, fresh fruit, prepared in the local style. The drinks and wine are reasonably priced. We enjoyed our open air meals and the communal dinners. We spent at least two hours each night at dinner, chatting with the other guests.

We had no complaints about the furnishings and found everything very comfortable although the resort is not new and shows some wear and tear.

A couple of negative points: There are no running trails to speak of and the exercise room is a small and worn weight machine with a stair stepper. I found the weight machine near useless. (My brother-in-law, however, did use the stair stepping machine for about 30 minutes each day.) There is a single trail out of the back of the resort. That trail becomes quite rugged within 200 meters and then hooks into a maze of other rugged trails. Expect to run only if you are into very rugged trail running or are willing to sprint across the beach.

On the other hand, the trail does offer some nice hiking opportunities. One evening before dinner my wife and I wondered up the hill for about an hour. The resort manager led a large group of us the next day on a two hour hike to the neighboring town and a view their waterfall. I also took a side trip to Yelepa, just to see a larger out-of-the-way town. Interesting place. I should have planned for more time there. There is a bar there with a high speed internet connection, which I think charged me 5 pesos for 30 minutes of use.

All in all, it seemed to be quite a bargain.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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8  Thank Infrequentraveller
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Reviewed March 17, 2006

To say Majahuitas is off the beaten path would be a bit of a mistake. Because there isn't really a path to there - you arrive/depart by boat, which is just part of the fun. Most of the photos you'll see do it justice - the secluded cove with turquoise and blue water, rocky cliffs, and jungle/forest make it feel like a deserted island.

I'll give some summaries of our experiences below. If you're thinking of going maybe it's enough to convince you Majahuitas is the right place for you. If you've already made the decision to go, there's some good info in here to get you ready.

ROOMS
We were lucky enough to get the Cliff House for our stay. It has 3 bed so it could easily sleep 6, so for the two of us it felt palatial. Very comfortable and furnished with traditional Mexican craftwork - lots of wood, stone, tile, and colorful. A comfy hammock for an afternoon siesta or reading and plenty of tables/chairs too. The outdoor shower is great (plenty of heat, but not much water pressure, but you're not in a hurry so it doesn't really matter how quickly it comes out). There was an "indoor" shower also which we never used. While there isn't electricity per se, the resort does have solar power and there appeared to be some car batteries utilized for power as well. If you need some light at night (like in the bathroom), there are some small lights that kick off as much as you'd need. Otherwise, the candles provide all the light you'll need. Majahuitas at night is something to behold - the combination of all the candles and the moonlight ... you'll just have to go to experience it for yourself. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's an 11 on the romance meter.

FOOD
Eating at Majahuitas is a totally different experience from any vacation we've ever taken. We've done all-inclusives before where whatever you want to eat is available whenever you want it. Yes the food is included in the price here, but there are 3 fixed meal times. 9:30am for breakfast, 2:30pm for lunch, and 7:30pm for dinner. No need to wear a watch - you'll know it's time to eat when you hear the gong. And you will definitely hear the gong.

The food is, in fact, amazing. Not your typical Tex-Mex, but very fresh Mexican and everything (inc. the breads and tortillas) is homemade. Seafood, steaks, chicken, pork ... it's all delicious and the presentation superb. Breakfast always starts out with fresh fruit, coffee, and juice, and is followed by something along the lines of huevos rancheros or a breakfast burrito-esqe offering. Lunch was always enormous and kept you full until dinner. And dessert was always phenomenal.

The kitchen opens for meals so there aren't really any "snacks" to be had. We took a day trip into PV and picked up some crackers, sweets, etc. in the event we wanted to have something. Word of caution - if you do have any food in your room, keep it locked up. We left some out and had a visitor some in one night (... all of the casitas are open-air so if a critter wants to come in for a night-time snack, they can).

If you want, coffee is delivered to your casita each morning between 8:00-8:30.


SERVICE/STAFF
You could not ask to be surrounded with kinder people. Francisco, Javier, Alex, Marciano, Rosa, Cristina just to name a few. Truly wonderul people that we enjoyed spending our time with. We can only hope that if we get the chance to go back that they will all still be there. They made the difference between it being a relaxing vacation and an unforgettable experience. And the dogs, Coco and Sandy ... the loveable lugs that "protected" the inhabitants of the resort.

MISC STUFF
It's easy to arrive - look for somebody at the airport with the Majahuitas sign when you clear customs/baggage. They will escort you to a taxi that takes you to Boca de Tomatlan. Taxi costs about $40 US and takes about 45 mins. Then you take a boat from Boca to Majahuitas - don't worry about looking for anybody, they'll find you. And it's a 15-20 min ride to the resort.

Drinks are not included in the price. We each had a few drinks during the day and then during dinner and after dinner and our total drink bill for 6 days didn't even come to $200. So don't worry about paying "resort" prices. Figure $3 for beers and $5 for mixed drinks and you'll come out ahead.

Going into PV is easy. There's a water taxi that comes by around 8:45am and takes you right into town. Probably 30 min ride. A return taxi leaves PV at 4:00pm.

The beach is not the softest sand around. Not a bad beach at all, but just be prepared for something a little tougher than granulated sugar. The waves can be strong ... it's the Pacific, not the Caribbean. Look for dolphins, whales, and especially the giant manta rays leaping out of the water too ... very cool. Snorkeling along the rocks on the left (south) side of the beach is great.

Yes, there are day trippers that "invade" the beach from about 11-1. Not everyday though. They come in, they set up, they make some noise, they leave. They stay along the far left side though so if you aren't near there, they're really not a bother. Have a drink, wave, and laugh when they leave. Oh, they come on a pirate ship too which you have to see to believe.

Plumbing - they do have some restrictions. I don't want to spoil the surprise so I wont say any more. How to handle it would make for a good "Curb Your Enthusiasm" or "Seinfeld" episode.

Enjoy the communal dinners, but take advantage of a dinner on the beach one night.

Spring for the massage. $55 for an hour and it's soooooo worth it. Make sure you have cash for it - can't put it on your tab.

We've traveled quite a bit and have stayed at some of the top-rated hotels in the world. This place isn't the Ritz, it's rustic luxury. One of those places that we hope remains "undiscovered" because we want to be able to return. It's a special, special place and a trip you'll never forget.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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25  Thank swimmerdave4
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Reviewed January 25, 2006

Yes, wow. A perfect escape to a simple and elegant lifesytle. Everything about this place makes you want to stay longer. Great snorkeling, hiking and watching wildlife including the tourist that come to visit for a few hours. The food is outstanding and the accomodations make you feel like you are part of the environment, open, great views and very comfortable. The staff is very attentive and find satisfying your needs a pleasure.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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22  Thank lowjumpingfrog
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Additional Information about Majahuitas Resort

Address: Villas Vallarta Local F-20A | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Majahuitas 48300, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Majahuitas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Majahuitas
Price Range: $250 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Majahuitas is an eco-friendly resort consisting of only eight little casitas, all built strategically around the cove to enjoy a beautiful ocean view. The resort is located on one of the most exclusive beaches in Puerto Vallarta's Bay of Banderas, and is only accessible by boat. Although not an island, you will get the feeling of being on a deserted getaway. All energy is solar powered. ... more   less 
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