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“Romantic, secluded, personal touches...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Playa Escondida

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Playa Escondida
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Sayulita
Certificate of Excellence
portland, OR
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Romantic, secluded, personal touches...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2008

First, a more appropriate rating is 9/10 because it's better than 4 out of 5. My wife and I loved everything about our stay, except one small thing that was enough to make it not perfect. I'll get to that later. We went the first week of the off season (June 1st), which I highly recommend to save some money. We stayed in Sol 2 ($100) for the first 3 nights, and Bungalow 1 ($125) the last 4 nights.

Sol 2 is *very* small - BUT, it's has the most amazing view overlooking the ocean and has it's own 2-level terrace. The view right outside your door cannot be better. The same from the terrace. We loved having our own lounge chairs just outside our room over looking the ocean. It allowed you easy access to your room while still getting all the sun you could want. The bad was the room as I said is very small, and with the door closed, there wasn't a lot of airflow. There is an oscillating fan above the bed, but it is loud and the oscillation can't be adjusted, so every 5 seconds your hot, then getting pounded by the fan. That said, we still loved the room, we just didn't sleep that well.

Bungalow 1 was great. Nicely sized and very open. The downside is it's about 100 yards up a hill from the beach. No biggy, you're just not getting an ocean view. It's also more of a jungle setting, so as another person mentioned, I recommend ear plugs as there's lots of wild-life noises with the birds and land-crabs rustling through the foliage. Bungalow 1 is also very private, which was very nice.

If you plan on staying in Sol 2, I recommend splitting the time between sol 2 and another room for a rounded experience. We were happy we did.

The restaurant was good enough. Not spectacular, but good. Since you have $100/person restaurant credit you pay up front, it was fine to eat there a couple of nights. That said, for what you can get for $60 dollars (2 * $30) in Sayulita, you can eat like a king, and that includes the taxi. In town there are some fantastic places to eat. I recommend MangaFucio (italian), Medusa (seafood), Burrito Revolution, and any of the shack tacquarias.

The staff. The staff were all fantastic save one. The manager, Nova, was either PMS'ing, burnt out after a long season, or just spread-to-thin, because when ever you needed something or had a question, instead of saying "how can I help you", her response was "what do you want" through a window screen you couldn't even see her through. That was a bummer. You shouldn't need to feel awkward or like you're troubling her, especially when everything else about the place is so great. This attitude happened more than once, and was collaborated by several other (great) couples we met there (hi guys!), who had worse stories about her than we did. For us this was just a minor annoyance, but it still kept it from being a "perfect" vacation. That said, it could just have been she was burnt out after a busy season.

All in all it was awesome and we highly recommend it!

PS> the pool is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!

  • Liked — The pool and the hand-crafted feel of everything was wonderful.
  • Disliked — no dedicated concierge
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2008

Wasn't quite sure what to expect, even though the pictures on the website looked wonderful. When I arrived I was so pleasantly surprised that it was even better in real life. The pool, restaurant, beach, and grounds create a wonderful atmosphere for relaxation. The people that work there and stayed there were all very friendly and I must say that I think I've found a place I can return to many many times. I won't say which room I stayed in since I want to make sure its available the next time I book :) Sorry but true! Go down and see for your self, truly a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Playa Escondida in April for 10-days. It was absolutely fantastic, we loved every minute and can't wait to go back. We just booked our second trip for November. We stayed in the Guest House for the majority of our stay and the Cabana for the last two nights. The Guest House is high on the hill, but we liked that it was off the beaten path. The Cabana was fun, but a little too close to the other rooms, but still very comfortable. The drinking water in the rooms was great, housekeeping awesome, and the staff at the bar and all throughout the resort were very accomodating. We rented a car and went on adventures to Punta de Mita, San Pancho and Sayulita during the daytime. We never walked into town, but heard from other guests that it wasn't that much fun. The food was fantastic, but the chef that was there in April is leaving this year to open his own restaurant in Puerto Vaharatta, which is disappointing b/c we loved his food. We ate many meals at the restaurant and never had one bad experience. Town is so funky and fun and Sayulita Fish Taco can't be missed. We also enjoyed Don Pedro's for a high-end dinner right on the beach. Ok, are you sick of my review yet? I can't say enough about Playa Escondida, book your trip if you like adventure! You won't be disappointed! If you're looking for the four seasons, this isn't it.

  • Liked — The unique rooms and laid back atmosphere. Everything has been well thought out!
  • Disliked — that we had to leave.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank coreenie
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chicago,illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2008

This is a belated review...We stayed in March in Bungalow 1. It was like sleeping in a treehouse w/ no walls. Rustic, yet somehow chic. That kind of describes the whole place. Funky charm, but not luxurious. Food was very good, not great. Pool was fine. Sunsets beautiful. Beach gorgeous..but: waves too rough to really swim when we were there. But what really made the place for us, the service. Personal, yet not intrusive. The day after we arrived, we had a family emergency, causing us to have to return to the States within 48 hours. The owner's wife got our information, made ALL the return flight and taxi plans for us, and told us to just go sit and relax on the beach. THAT is SERVICE! Though it was a very stressful time, she made it better, something which we'll never forget, and can never thank enough. Playa Escondida is not for everyone. It is special!

Stayed March 2008
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2008

We just got back from a week-long vacation, and we loved this place. We stayed in Villa 2, which was fantastic. But we got peeks inside the other villas, which were also very nice. Next time, I'd probably go for one with a King bed, but that's the only thing I'd do differently. All the rooms/cabanas are unique and very well-designed. Just fantastic. The pool is amazing, and the beach was swimmable, too.

We also enjoyed the restaurant. We had about half of our meals there, and went into town for the other half.

We both had a great massage, too.

It was very romantic, even though we had our 9-week old daughter with us.

Best of all, the service. The staff was very excellent. So friendly! We'd definitely stay here again, and I hope to soon.

  • Liked — The place is gorgeous, the service awesome
  • Disliked — The coffee could be better
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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santa cruz, ca
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2008

We stayed in the Casa Luna Uno from May 1 to May 11 and had the time of our lives. Luna Uno is the most fabulous house. We loved the full kitchen. It was so nice not to have to leave the house to go eat. However, when we did eat in the restuarant, the food was great and prepared with care. The setting of Playa Escondida was astoundingly beautiful. The beach was gorgeous and so private. The pool was wonderful. It was located within the bare restuarant area which so convenient for snacks and drinks. The staff took impeccable care of us and kept the grounds sparkling clean. We also loved the laid back vibe. We felt comfortable in our bathing suits where ever we were, even if we were eating dinner. We really felt right at home because the staff was so freindly and kind. We loved the dogs and cat that live there. That made it feel like you were in your own home. We really hope Playa Escondida stays just the same because it is perfect right now. It is so romantic and private, but not to private. Just right for a wonderful relaxing romantic vacation.

  • Liked — the full kitchen
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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basalt, co
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2008

My wife and just returned from a 4 night stay at Playa Escondida... it was fabulous! We would definitely go back. I don't know that we would stay more than 4 or 5 nights - we really thought everything about the resort (pool, beach, bar, restaurant, spa, lodging) were all fantastic. We stayed in Bungalo 1 - it's a "jungle" view and was fine. If we booked more in advance we would have reserved an ocean view room. It's still a fine Bungalo to stay in, but don't get one of the other 2 Bungalos - there's not nearly as much privacy as the 2nd story Bungalo Uno. Bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper - the birds can be loud, escpecially in the morning.

The staff was wonderful. Alejandro was our waiter many mornings and evenings - wonderful service! We took surf lessons from Sergio - he was a great teacher and we were riding waves within 10 minutes of getting in the water.

Our meals at PE were all great! $27.50 (USD) 4-course dinners couldn't have been better. Breakfasts and lunches were equally great, and we thought well proced.

The beach in front of PE is secluded and private - wonderful if you want to relax and read. If you're looking for a more active beach, walk to town (read their directions first) or take the taxi for 70 pesos. The town of Sayulita is small and nice. We spent our days in town on the beach and surfing. Surf boards rentals are 50 pesos/hr.

Last bit of advice - take the bus to and from Pueto vallarta. Its only 20 pesos/person and takes about an hour. Ask the bus driver (in Spanish if you can) to "call you when you're in front of the airport" (llama me cuando enfrente del aeropuerto). It's a breeze!

  • Liked — private, quiet beach - romantic restaurant - great food
  • Disliked — being careful not to use the tap water - but they provide drinking water daily
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Playa Escondida
Address: Ave Playa Escondida # 1 | Sayulita Nayarit, Sayulita 63734, Mexico
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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 
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Playa Escondida Sayulita
Playa Escondida Hotel Sayulita

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