We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Pictures can't do it justice”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Playa Escondida

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Sayulita
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Playa Escondida
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Sayulita
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pictures can't do it justice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2007

I stayed here for four days of my honeymoon after staying at Costa Azul just north of here in San Francisco. I was happy we did it in that order, because although Costa Azul was comfortable and pretty fun, this place is amazing. I booked based on the reviews here, and they were very accurate. Besides the stunning location, the owners have great taste and every little detail is well thought out. The landscaping is impeccably maintained, there are friendly dogs and pet birds, and the music in the restaurant area is great and eclectic (no Matchbox 20 and Santana on constant repeat, thank god), We stayed in the love nest, which is private and has a great view, but we'd probably stay down closer to the beach next time we come, mostly because the love nest tends to attract more large beetles and spiders than the others (i didn't have too much of a problem but my wife gets a little creeped out....the bug netting around the beds works well though).

The restaurant is decent. Breakfast is absolutely fantastic and it's cheap, and lunches are simple and good. Dinner is a $25 price fix affair and in my opinion you can get better food in town for far, far less.

If this is the type of place you are looking for, stop looking. Very affordable, and your expectations will be exceeded.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank SeanInSeattle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

592 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    478
    75
    18
    11
    10
See reviews for
67
408
19
4
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (145)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Annandale, Virginia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2007

My husband and I stayed at Playa Escondida from August 21-28. We booked at the last minute -- we were originally going to Jamaica but then the hurricane hit -- but we felt we ended up with a better vacation than the one we'd originally planned! Playa Escondida is not for everyone -- there is a definite rustic element to staying there that some people wouldn't like -- but we found it the most relaxing vacation we've ever taken. Usually we like to take a lot of day trips and explore the region we're in. This time, while we considered a few excursions, we ended up leaving the property only once to explore town and get some provisions. We didn't want to leave!

As an earlier review mentioned, there is a lot of variation among accommodations at Playa Escondida. I recommend either all beach or a jungle/beach combo like we did. We spent the first 3 nights in the Rocasa Studio, which is in the jungle on the side of the mountain. It is really unique -- the entire bathroom is out in the open on a small balcony, although it is still fairly private. In fact, one of the fiercest thunder storms I've ever experienced hit one night while we were there and I'll never forget waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and watching the jungle and ocean (in the distance) light up like Times Square!

Rocasa Studio is very charming -- it looks like a hobbitt house -- but it is small. Also, there is no glass or screens in the windows, so it is open to whatever happens by. This included the resort cat, which was fun, and some of these strange-looking white-clawed crab things, which were sort of scary -- especially the one that took up residence in my hat! Remember to keep all your clothes in your suitcase and to keep the suitcase zipped. One of my best memories of the Studio was playing cards on the balcony one night during another fierce electrical storm, while drinking mango smoothies with rum that we made up with provisions we bought in town and the blender that was included in the small kitchen. No tv, no clocks, no phones -- this is the kind of place that makes you remember how fun it is to do something like play rummy all night long.

Downsides: Hot water in the shower was not a regular thing. We lost power one night for several hours (which was actually kind of fun). The mosquito netting over the bed was exotic and fun, but it was also necessary -- there are some bugs. The pillows were hard and the bed linens smelled kind of musty (although this might be because we were there in the hottest and most humid part of the year). Also, the Studio is above the Rocasa House. The first 2 nights we were there, the house was empty, but on the last night, several young women moved in downstairs and we could hear every word they said. We dealt with it for one night (mostly by playing music), but it would be kind of annoying for an entire vacation.

We spent the last four nights in Beach Villa 2. It was directly above the shore line and it was wonderful! We could literally open the doors and lay on our king-sized bed and watch the sun set right outside. Also, all these rather charming dogs came to visit every night around sunset (including one who came into our room and tried to pee on the bed post, but that's another story!) The Villa is cooler and less buggy than the Studio because it gets a steady breeze being so close to the water. The room is large and round -- it feels newer and more airy than the Studio. The bathroom is inside, which was sort of sad but probably more practical. Again, the windows have no glass or screens. And no cd player in the room, which we missed after having one in the Studio.

The kitchen area is communal among the 4 Beach Villas. I think some of the other Villas were occupied at least some of the time we were in Villa 2, but we rarely saw anyone else over there and never heard anyone, even though the Villas are also on top of each other (2 on the ground and 2 a short flight of steps up). Actually, it would be a lot of fun to go with 4 couples so that each one could have one of the Villas. But even going alone, we felt we had privacy. No blender in the communal kitchen though, and when we asked about getting one, we were basically told "no."

The beach at Playa Escondida is very pretty, much more so than in Sayulita. I'm a good and fairly confident swimmer, but the rip tide was fierce and made me a little nervous. The shelling isn't great, but improves as you walk up the beach a ways to the left.

The restaurant on site is good. Breakfast includes a couple of Mexican dishes, which are great. We didn't really do lunch, although I highly recommend the "snack" of guac and chips. Dinner is 4 courses for $25. There were always four choices of entree, which changed every night. It was always good, sometimes very good, but there wasn't really anything Mexican on the menu, which was disappointing. We only ate dinner in town one time, but should probably have gone at least another time, as the 4 course thing got monotonous after a while. The problem is that you get where you don't want to leave the resort -- relax on beach all day, back to room to shower, eat long, leisurely dinner, back to room to collapse, repeat!

This review is becoming a novel, but I wanted to include stuff I wish I'd known before I went. August is the lowest of the low season, so it's cheaper, but it's hot and muggy. Don't fight the need to sweat and you'll be fine. On-site massages were great. We also did a reasonably priced pre-sunset horseback ride on the beach. Dress code at the restaurant is ultra-casual. Shorts, flip flops, sundresses are ok, even for dinner. I didn't feel the need to put on make-up or blow dry my hair once all week.

Playa Escondida is beautiful, but also quirky. Parrots give you a wolf whistle when you walk by. A rooster sometimes strolls around the restaurant area. A few times, I saw a ferret walking around (by himself!) wearing a rhinestone collar. As I already mentioned, assorted dogs come by to visit at sunset. If that sounds like fun to you (which it was to me), you're going to love this place!

  • Liked — unique and quirky
  • Disliked — slightly musty bed linens
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
11 Thank Deborah G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
kalamazoo, Michigan
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2007

We recently stayed 3 days based on other reviews here and we absolutely loved the place. It is not a 4 star, full service hotel. If you require those amenities head for Punta de Mita and the Four Seasons. What you get is a cluster of unique bungalows that are open to the sea breeze. The jungle dominates the property that spills down the side of a mountain and onto a spectaular beach. It is a fun 1 mile walk down the beach and up a bluff to town.

The infinity pool, waterfall, bar and restaurant are beautifully laid out. We had grand plans to explore Sayulita and San Pancho but ended returning to Playa Escondida after two hours because it was so comfortable and relaxing. Nova, the resident manager from Canada is very accessable and the entire staff is professional and friendly. The restaurant is consistant with a small menu that features daily specials. One afternoon the chef paraded around the pool area with a whole fish he had just purchased, his way to advertise the special of the night.

We stayed in the Love Nest, which is perched on a cliff 60 feet directly above the beach. It is very cozy, almost too small, but we spent all our time by the pool or on the beach anyway. You can see the waves and sunset from the bead or on one of the two shaded hammocks on the small porch. There are mosquito nets that are romantic but not needed as we had no problems with any bugs or scorpions. The open air, two peson shower was also fun. Watching small lizards scamper up the hillside while showering is unique. We enjoyed a fierce thunderstorm one night that washed out the dirt roads in the area. When we woke up the next morning the staff was already quietly repairing the trails and walkways and cleaning up fallen branches. By mid day you could not tell there had even been a storm the night before.

I travel extensively for business and pleasure and always seek unique, out of the way places and Playa Escondida is one of if not the best experiences I have ever had. While it is great for a romantic getaway, a family with two small children seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly. This place rocks!

  • Liked — beautiful layout
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank scottm1313
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Sayulita
0.7 mi away
Amor Boutique Hotel
Amor Boutique Hotel
#4 of 9 in Sayulita
4.5 of 5 bubbles 173 reviews
0.6 mi away
Siete Lunas
Siete Lunas
#6 of 9 in Sayulita
4.5 of 5 bubbles 77 reviews
1.4 mi away
Casablanca
Casablanca
#3 of 9 in Sayulita
4.5 of 5 bubbles 191 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.4 mi away
Hotel Villas Sayulita
Hotel Villas Sayulita
#7 of 9 in Sayulita
4.5 of 5 bubbles 156 reviews
5.7 mi away
Iberostar Playa Mita
Iberostar Playa Mita
#3 of 11 in Punta de Mita
4.5 of 5 bubbles 2,710 reviews
1.0 mi away
Hotel Kupuri
Hotel Kupuri
#3 of 20 in Sayulita
4.5 of 5 bubbles 113 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Playa Escondida? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Playa Escondida

Property: Playa Escondida
Address: Ave Playa Escondida # 1 | Sayulita Nayarit, Sayulita 63734, Mexico
Phone Number:
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Sayulita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Sayulita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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 30 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

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing