We just returned from 8 days at Playa Escondida. It met or exceeded all of our expectations.
We stayed in Sol 2, which is probably the smallest room at the hotel. But, it had enough room for us, and oh so much character. The private sand terrace and private entrance to the beach were big pluses. The large, comfortable bed is carved into the rock wall -- it's like sleeping in a cocoon. When we return, we will try to stay in Sol 2 again.
The beach is beautiful, but the water is a bit treacherous given the undertow and rocks. We used the ocean to cool off in, but not to swim in. Still, the beach is lovely and Ernan and Jorge kept us well supplied with drinks and snacks.
The staff at the hotel is very friendly and very helpful. Our favorites, Jorge and Ernan, took exceptionally good care of us. But, all the staff was warm and engaging.
The restaurant is surprisingly good. We ate breakfast at the hotel everyday. Lots of fresh fruit, delicious yogurt and good egg dishes when we were in the mood. We ate lunch in Sayulita every day, so we can't report on the lunches at PE. The four dinners we had at the hotel ranged from good to excellent. The best dishes were fish in simple preparations. After the first night, we ate the subsequent three dinners in the hotel bar overlooking the ocean. We did that because that is where Jorge and Ernan are the bartenders/servers.
We walked to Sayulita every day before lunch. The walk is lovely -- about a half mile on the beach (and over some rocks) and about a mile through the jungle Along one stretch, we always saw fabulous butterflies of various types. You walk past a fabulous cemetery just before getting onto the far end of the beach at Sayulita. It's then a short walk into town. Sometimes we took a cab home (about $5), sometimes we walked. The walk takes about 30 minutes and is moderately strenuous. We're in our mid-50's and enjoyed getting the exercise.
Sayulita is a small but wonderfully funky town. It's mostly surf shops, bars, restaurants and clothes/jewelry/craft shops. The people -- both locals and ex-pats -- were very friendly. For our money, the best places to eat are: Sayulita Cafe (fabulous chile rellanos); Sayulita Fish Taco and Don Pedro (better for lunch than for dinner in our experience). None of the restaurants are terribly expensive and the food quality overall is quite high -- especially the fish. We also ate lunch one day in San Pancho (a few miles from Sayulita) and had righteous fish tacos at Baja.
Overall, we had a great time at Playa Escondido and we plan to return. It's a beautiful but simple property carved right into the jungle. It's rustic, yet incredibly comfortable. The staff is helpful but not intrusive. A winner!
- 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