We fell in love with Casas de los Suenos when we first stayed there
in 2008. It's centrally located, but private. Casas range from
cute and cozy to downright gorgeous, they are all well maintained,
and several of them have a lovely view of bougainvillea or the
Yelapa hillside and cove. Hosts Shannon and David Yates are on top
of every detail and seem to delight in offering the best hospitality
anyone could hope for.
But really, all you need to know about this place is that they have
***PILLOWTOP BEDS***, not the (unfortunately common in Yelapa) bendy
hanging beds that have you and your companion clinging to your
respective edge lest you both roll into the middle on top of each
other. It's much easier to enjoy your travels when you wake up
well rested after a comfy night of sleep on a pillowtop mattress.
During our first stay at Suenos, we were making the initial
arrangements for our wedding, and because we enjoyed it there so
much, we knew we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner BBQ in the
courtyard at Suenos. We reserved the whole place for the wedding
weekend, and of all the places we could have stayed in Yelapa during
our wedding, we chose to stay at Suenos, in Corona del Sol, the cozy
little nest for two with an amazing view.
In the ensuing 16 months leading up to our wedding, we got a taste
of what it's like to have a group stay at Suenos, and grew even more
fond of the place and its hosts in the process. Shannon and David
took care of everything--putting the right number of beds in the
right rooms; keeping track of which guests were arriving on which
water taxi and making sure someone was there to meet them, even when
rough surf kept throwing the boats off-schedule--and although we had
plenty to worry about planning a wedding in a place like Yelapa, we
never once had to spend a minute worrying about anything at
Suenos. The place looked absolutely gorgeous for our rehearsal
dinner, and our guests were completely comfortable and well taken
In addition to tending to the nuts and bolts of hospitality, the
hosts went above and beyond to assist us with our wedding weekend
preparations (let me just repeat: not that easy in Yelapa!).
Although there were many uncertainties, one thing we knew for sure
is that the weather would be fine and dry in February. Nobody had
ever heard of rain in February. Until this year: 2009-2010 ended
up being an El Nin~o year, with unheard-of freak rainstorms
throughout the season. With all of our wedding festivities
scheduled to be outside and storms continuing up through just over a
week before our wedding, we were wracking our brains as to how to
shelter our guests, and Shannon and David heroically made a research
trip to Puerto Vallarta for us and helped us track down rentable
tents. Anyone who's ever tried to do business with vendors in
Yelapa or even Puerto Vallarta will know that for most of them,
email is not an option--legwork and one or more face-to-face
inquiries are a must, and Shannon and David were willing to do that
legwork for us, saving us from a giant headache, and picked up a box
of decorations for us on the same trip.
With everything we had to do to plan a ceremony and two meals for
fifty friends and relatives in a town with no cars and limited
telecommunications, their assistance made a huge difference and we
will always remember with gratitude how they went above and beyond
in making our wedding weekend a success.
We'd call Suenos the best of both worlds--rock-solid reliability and
efficiency delivered in a warm, friendly, laid-back Yelapa style.
We can't wait to go back.
Emily and Bonnie
San Francisco, California, USA
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coming around the bend on the water taxi into the bay of Yelapa, whether it be for the first or for the hundredth time, is one of the most magical moments you'll ever feel. Yelapa is a place to come for total relaxation and adventure combined. Paths instead of roads, boats instead of buses, a symphony of ocean waves, tropical birds, roosters, donkeys and more, all combine to make Yelapa feel like a place out of time, a true tropical paradise. Casa de los Sueños is conveniently located just off the main path up river from the pueblo of Yelapa. Nestled in manicured jungle gardens, perched above the lagoon, it is an easy three minute river crossing to the beach. Los Sueños boasts a rich history full of wild characters and world class travelers. Built up in the 70s by the Shapiro family, the property has been a meeting place for actors, musicians, and artists since its beginning. After 40 years in the community, it was a natural extension for the Roberts family to takeover the property in 2011 and continue the Los Sueños tradition. ... more less