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“Fantastic Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Playa Escondida

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Playa Escondida
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Sayulita
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Fantastic Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

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!

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2010

We stayed several nights in the "Love Nest" bungalow. Beautiful views of the ocean and sunsets, secluded, and a pleasant design and layout. Linens and paint were a little worn and faded, but I think it comes from the quick wear caused by being so close to the sea and sun. It's a hike up a fairly steep hill from the beach and the hotel facilities, so it's a drag when you forget something in your bungalow. But hey, you can't have a great view and complete privacy without paying the price of a trek. The grounds were pleasing jungle and gardens...beautiful location. Lovely designed pool and jacuzzi. There's a small beach in front of the hotel good for a casual snorkel, and larger beaches nearby. Food was usually good, but they seem to sell out on the interesting specials early on. Hotel staff was friendly, ok cleaning staff. The town of Sayulita has charm, and we walked there from the hotel a couple of times, taking a taxi back. We liked the town and area much more than Puerto Vallarta.

Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Southern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2010

If you're looking for an adventure with a touch of lushness, sun, ocean, peace and quiet then this is the place for you. I spent 6 days (three in Villa 2, and three in Sol 1) at this amazing resort loving the everpresent sound of the ocean, the isolated beaches, the great food and service and the beauty of nature in the location. The staff will accomadate any request you may have be it arranging trips, taxi's or special occasion meals. We asked for a room upgrade just to try a different space and they gladly accomadated us. Happy hour with Jorge was always fun as he will make any drink you want (mint margaritas, my favorite) or invent one for you (try the strawberry daiquri, pina coloda mix, a virtual slushy).
The website pictures and descriptions of the rooms are accurate. If you need air conditioning (ocean breezes were enough), TV, or phone service then this ISN"T the place for you.
I will be back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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LosAngeles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

Nice pool. Nice beach. Spartan accomodations. Food had heavy sauce all over it to disguise either what was under it our how old it was. Our room had an electrical fire the 2nd night and we were given the option of moving. We ended up in a jungle room with no fan. Do not stay at this hotel if you are uncomfortable in the dark or feel unsafe with doors and windows that don't lock. Don't forget your flashlight at night.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2010

Coming back now from a great 5-day stay at Playa Escondida Hotel in Sayulita, Mexico. If you are looking for being in contact with nature, enjoy a wonderful time with your wife and sleep hearing the sound of waves from the sea, Playa Escondida is the perfect spot. Service is perfect, food from restaurant is great with fair prices and hotel staff is really friendly (they deserve the 15% mandatory service fee, especially Jorge the barman). Just be aware that the rooms do not have air conditioning system and some of them do not have even windows, which means you probably will have some visits of bugs during the night, nothing to bother once the beds have nets to protect your sleep.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2010

This is a neat secluded place. We stayed in "Calandria" one of the jungle casitas. It's not as "jungle" as their pictures make you beleive and the views are not as good as their pictures show. Bed was comfortable. Soap, shampoo & towels provided. Maid service too. No glass or screens on the windows. The staff was pretty friendly. We really liked Jorge the bartended (Joel and the others are nice too). We hung out with Jorge 'til midnight most nights. He's a really nice guy. They strongly discourage you from renting a car, but I'd highly recommend it as there is not that much to do at the resort and I like to explore. They claim there is no parking and it is impossible to find. Both not true. It was easy to find (during daylight) and there was parking. We walked to town once and drove the other times. We also drove up the coast and back hitting all of the little towns along the way. We also drove to the Mega grocery store and got some meals to cook in our casa. We only saw one tiny lizard in our place the whole week and he left quick. There is parking right at your casa...just walk to the restaurant and beach everyday (its a tough walk, but just do it). Bring your own high-powered pocket flashlight for the walk back. The stars are amazing. We drove into Puerto Vallarta our last night and stayed at Hotel Posada de Roger what a quaint place that was...very fun way to experience Mexico. The shower upstairs leaked and would flood trough to the downstairs so we ended up just using the downstairs shower. Calandria is right next to the staff housing (a little noisy and dumpy where they stay) and also right next to a house (perhaps the owner's residence). Nevertheless this was a fun & romantic getaway. They have a pool but it is in the middle of their restaurant (awkward). The hot tub is small but more private. They have a concierge to ask to set you up with horseback riding, fishing, etc. I highly recommend going on a hike to town and back. It was a fun an memorable part ofthe trip. They have WI-FI for free, but it is only accessible in the beach/restaurant area (not from the jungle casitas). They also let you use their laptop to access the internet & check emails etc. for free. Their tipping system and pre-pay $200. for meals system is weird. They have you tip at the end. Kind of awkward. The food was good, but I don't want to eat every meal there I want to explore. Overall I liked exploring the town and would recommend this as a unique place to visit. I felt very safe in town and at the resort. Everyone is very chill & relaxed in Sayulita. Feel free to contact me for specific questions, pics, or recommendations. We also checked out some other places in town.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Montezuma, ks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2010

Bottom line: any review about playa escondida that complains about service or accommodations or language barrier etc is a disgusting ingrate.
We went to Playa Escondida for our honeymoon/anniversary/vacation. We were very concerned about the recent rains and flooding in the area and damage from bridges collapsing and roads washing out.
Playa Escondida recommended they arrange our transportation due to the recent storms and we are glad they did. The roads in were beyond sketchy. We thought we were being kidnapped and taken into the jungle, but ended up at our destination. When we arrived, the staff was hard at work repairing the property from the flooding. Some of the beach had washed out and we were nervous about the stay. WE WERE DEAD WRONG! Within 24 hours, the property was immaculate, the beaches clean and the drinks flowing.
I cannot, CANNOT overstate how incredible the food and service was at Playa Escondida! Everyone there treats you like its a special occasion. They are happy to talk, immediately know your name and your likes and dislikes.
The toughest decision every day was whether to lounge at the pool or the beach. The infinity pool is unreal, and you could spend the rest of your life soaking in the view from the pool and beach. We were given complimentary massages with our stay and what we received were hands down the best massages of our lives. Jorge is a magician with a blender (have to try the dirty monkey, the banana daiquiri, and the rum punch).
My only advice is to check the time of year you want to visit and choose your room accordingly. We stayed in mid september at the guesthouse. The room/villa was amazing and lived up to its billing as unique and private. . . but it was hotter than hell! We sweated to death at night because we didn't get the ocean breeze. Don't be scared off during the off season, just get the rooms close to the beach to get the breeze you need!
Also, let Brenda or Nova set up any trips or activities you want to experience. We had them set up a fishing trip for us with another couple from colorado (shout out to Joe and Jess) and had the best time! My wife spent the majority of the trip chumming the water, but we caught big fish and had great weather for a day on the ocean.
don't be afraid of the walk to sayulita. Its not bad at all, and lets you work off the incredible meals. The chef is an absolute genius. Try the fish tacos for lunch. Visit Playa Escondida. Just do it.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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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
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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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