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Casas de los Suenos
Ranked #4 of 6 Yelapa B&B and Inns
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san francisco
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“The best of both worlds!”
Reviewed July 10, 2010

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
care of.
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

Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

We stayed 4 nights at Casas de los Suenos and cannot wait to return. David and Shannon were lovely hosts who always had a great restaurant to recommend or activity to suggest. The rooms were clean and well appointed. I was lucky enough to be able to take yoga classes next door and could slip out of Corona and right up the path to the wonderful yoga studio next door. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Lynchburg, Va
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

We spent four days of our honeymoon at the Casa del Sol, and it could not have been more romantic. We danced every night in our magnificent palapa. We lounged in the mornings on our very private veranda with coffee and goodies that we bought the day before at the bakery in the pueblo. We listened to the sounds of Yelapa which are roosters crowing, dogs barking, waves breaking, breezes blowing, birds calling (watch out for the Chacalackas), and Mexican waltzes. We gazed at the beautiful vista of water and mountains with frigate birds, buzzards ,and pelicans floating on the wind. We were surrounded by the lush jumgle. After 10 days of palapa living we could not adjust to the vacuum of walled sound. David and Shannon, our hosts, are a delight and very interesting people. In the late afternoons we were able to meet some neat other people that were guests there as well. There was an informal get together every afternoon if you chose to attend. Their rescue dachshund, Winston, greeted you as you moved through the central palapa. The food in the restaurants around the pueblo was excellent. Always a treat.
One caveat. Yelapa is not for everyone. If you are not in good shape for walking/climbing steps, you're probably going to question why you chose Yelapa for a vacation. We liked walking and hiking. Some folks don't. This is not a place where you are going to be waited on hand and foot. Stay at the all-inclusives in Puerto Vallarta if that is your idea of a vacation. Yelapa is for taking your time....savoring whatever is on the wind at the moment....no tomorrow, no yesterday; just right now.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Davis, CA
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

If you want to get off the beaten track to experience laid back, friendly, low-key Mexico just a short water taxi ride across Banderas Bay you must go to Yelapa!I Once you're there you must stay at Casas de los Suenos, which is nestled in the jungle just a short (5-10 min) walk from the local piers!

We've stayed there twice & plan to return again this fall for a longer visit!

We stayed at los Suenos the first time for only 2 nights, on a whim, in the spring of 2009. I chose romantic Casa Rustic, which features a queen size pillow-top swinging bed surrounded with gauzy mosquito netting & separate blue banos. It's secluded, quiet, serene atmosphere had us hooked!

Each of the 6 separate uniquely designed casas centered around Casa Principale has an amazing view, private bath & kitchenette complete with fridge, hot plate, bottled water plus coffee/tea service (plus secure bodega for valuables). All the casas have been recently remodeled in a modern yet rustic palaya style. The linens are new, fresh & clean!

We returned in the fall for a full week. This time stayed in Casa Buena Vista, the name says it all! Casa Buena Vista has a kingsize bed, indoor banos plus a fabulous al fresco banos & shower with a views of both bay & jungle. We sat outside our casa on our own private, quiet patio under a canopied tree entwined with bougainvillea, which was filled with multitudes of different butterflies by day & sparkled with fireflies at night.

Our fabulous friendly hosts, Shannon & David Yates, made us feel right at home and helped us familiarlize ourselves with the area & all it has to offer. We hiked to both both waterfalls, went swimming, snorkeling, spent lazy days on the beach, saw whales, went sailing, explored the pueblo & dined on both the delicious local & "American" cuisine (we recommend the Oasis & Passion Flower).

I can't say enough about Casas de los Suenos & Yelapa. It's an marvelous experience not to be missed!!

BTW - Don't forget to bring earplugs! You'll go to sleep & wake up with the calls of the jungle birds!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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duvall, washington
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

This is the most comfortable place I've stayed in Mexico. David and Shannon (the owners) are friendly and generous. They are well connected in town and were excellent at helping us find our way around. They made us feel like family. In the evenings, we sat around the fire pit... with music, laughter, good conversation, and beauty surrounding us . The palapas are clean and beautiful. I couldn't have imagined anything better for our vacation.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

I've had many friends go to Mexico for all-inclusive hotel binging and it honestly never made for good stories or sounded terribly original. This place was different. Yelapa is small, relaxed, and beautiful and I think Casas De Los Suenos is one of the more desireable places to check out. Its a perfect place for an outdoor adventure retreat - I didn't see a car, a computer, or cell phone the whole time. It's all partially outdoors. You wake up to tropical birds in the palms overhead, the grounds have amazing foliage, the people who own it are really friendly and seem to have good connections to things happening in the local community. In the time I was there I went fishing, whale watching, hiked waterfalls, hit a beautiful yoga studio up the hill next door, tried sailing, and still had lots of time lounging on the beach nearby. Our room had a mini kitchenette so we were able to buy local and cook ourselves which is nice on a few nights. The room had lots of space. Liked best : being outdoors and still having a luxury king bed, kitchen, fridge, and bathroom with complete privacy. Liked least : can't flush toilet paper down the local plumbing.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casas de los Suenos
Address: Marlyn 70, Yelapa 48440, Mexico (Formerly La Casa de los Suenos)
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Yelapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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 

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