The Best Boutique Hotels in Sayulita, Mexico

The Avela Boutique Hotel is a great choice if you’re looking for an adults-only getaway in Sayulita
The Avela Boutique Hotel is a great choice if you’re looking for an adults-only getaway in Sayulita | Courtesy of Avela Boutique Hotel / Expedia
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13 April 2021

On the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico, the tiny town of Sayulita is no longer the secret surfing spot it was in the 1960s. It’s now an international favorite for a beachside vacation, meaning your accommodation options improve every day. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

Hotel Boutique Oz Sayulita

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4.3/5 (375 Reviews)
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From $117 Per night per room

Hotel Boutique Oz Sayulita is a surfer’s paradise, with natural wood interiors, bright pops of color and beach scenes adorning the walls. Before you head out for a wave-packed day, fuel up with some fresh fruit or a platter of buffet-style Mexican classics, such as huevos rancheros, from the patio restaurant. Once the surf’s up, head back to your cozy retreat for a well-earned soak in the hotel’s rooftop pool. Grab your camera come sunset to capture some great views over vibrant Sayulita and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

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Anjali Casa Divina

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Sitting on a hillside and enveloped by lush jungle, Anjali Casa Divina opened its doors in 2017 as a sanctuary for yoga retreats, but it’s much more than that. Even if you aren’t on retreat, you’ll want to book a yoga class or two just for the view from the elevated studio. Like in many rooms in this modern hotel, the panorama takes center stage in the studio, a beautiful open space with no walls. If you don’t feel like bending and stretching, there are lots of other activities on offer, with surf lessons and whale-watching tours being popular picks.

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Hotel Vogue

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Get into the tropical swing of things at Hotel Vogue, with palm-thatched roofs, citric bursts of color and leafy gardens. Handcrafted textiles and Mexican artefacts in the suites and villas create a homey vibe. Each abode has a balcony with dreamy views of Playa Sayulita, which is just a block away, along with a host of quaint shops and restaurants. If you prefer rustling up meals in the comfort of your holiday home, all rooms are kitted out with kitchenettes.

Avela Boutique Hotel

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If you’re looking for an ultra-chic retreat, then park yourself at this adults-only spot. This secluded hotel, just minutes from the vibrant beach area, has a clutch of 15 suites decked out with clean, contemporary interiors. Spy the sea from your terrace, or soak up the postcard-worthy views from the saltwater pool and jacuzzi. If you fancy exploring further afield, the hotel can help arrange your itinerary with surfing, yachting and snorkeling packages on offer.

Don Bonito

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Just off the quiet Avenida del Palmar, you’ll find Don Bonito, a boutique hotel lovingly crafted by Sayulita native Rodrigo Peña. The nine-suite spot is a few steps away from the North End beach, but you’ll still want to check out the hotel’s saltwater pool and second-floor terrace for sunset margaritas. Before you get going in the mornings, grab a smoothie or an açai bowl from the cafe, and try the delicious oven-fired pizzas from La Rustica – the hotel’s off-site restaurant – come dinner time.

Selina Sayulita

Boutique Hotel
4/5 (21 Reviews)
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From $61 Per night per room

Oozing character and local charm, this spot from Selina – a hostel chain famed for its “stay, work and surf” concept aimed at digital nomads – is a paradisiacal sanctuary with generous communal spaces. The whitewashed thatched building has private suites for couples, and there are community rooms that can accommodate up to eight people. Selina regularly organizes off-site events such as afternoon hikes and beachside horseback rides, so take a look at the calendar when checking in.

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El Pueblito Sayulita

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (231 Reviews)
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From $112 Per night per room

Get a taste of living life the Mexican way at this warm and welcoming hotel just minutes away from the golden shores of Sayulita. The place is decked out with vibrant colors, locally crafted furnishings and beautifully embroidered wall hangings. The master suite can sleep up to six people, and there’s a fully equipped kitchen, making it perfect for long-term stays. If you’re not into cooking, the poolside restaurant serves up Mexican dishes with a modern twist.

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Distrito 88

Boutique Hotel
4.9/5 (54 Reviews)
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From $155 Per night per room

With plenty of ocean and jungle views, Distrito 88 is an exclusive adults-only boutique hotel just a few blocks from downtown Sayulita and the beach. There are only six suites at the property, and they have a distinctly homey feel with cute details such as Spanish-tile walls, Mexican wall art, Acapulco chairs and hand-embroidered pillows. All of the rooms boast wonderful vistas of the hotel’s expansive private garden and the ocean beyond. Perks include free parking, fully equipped kitchens and complimentary breakfast.

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Casablanca Sayulita Hotel

Independent Hotel
3.9/5 (105 Reviews)
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From $47 Per night per room

Slap bang on the beach and surrounded by jungle, the Casablanca Sayulita Hotel features an expansive main house and 14 traditionally furnished private villas. A curvaceous swimming pool snakes through the center of the property, and the rooftop terrace has a jacuzzi and barbecue area for guests to have a cookout or just relax with a margarita. For nature enthusiasts, the hotel is close to a turtle release camp on the beach – a memorable activity to partake in – and if you fancy a spot of retail therapy, it’s just a 10-minute walk to downtown Sayulita.

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Petit Hafa Hotel

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4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
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A couple of surf enthusiasts from France run this hotel – one of the chicest places to lay your head in Sayulita. The decor is colorful and warm, and there are several common spaces for enjoying the sun and the company of other hotel guests. Best described as bohemian chic, the hotel has a jewelry boutique with items created by one of its owners and an on-site bar with great signature cocktails. Also, it’s just a few blocks from Sayulita’s main beach.

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  • Amor Boutique Hotel

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    Amor Boutique Hotel is home to a collection of stunning hillside villas with perfect beachfront views. Each suite, sleeping from two to nine people, is filled with touches picked up by the owners from around the world – a door from Marrakech here, a light fixture from Istanbul there and hand-laid mosaic tile all over. If you can run to the grandiose villa on top of the hill, go for it – it’s a world unto itself. Along with the decor and top-notch service, you’re sure to be wooed by the amenities on offer, whether you decide to take an afternoon yoga class, indulge in a sea-salt scrub at the spa or head out on the open waters with the deep-sea fishing crew.

    Hotel Villas Sayulita

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    4/5 (56 Reviews)
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    Simple and elegant, the Hotel Villas Sayulita offers two-bed, king-size and open-sided penthouse villas 10 minutes from town and mere steps away from the beach. Kick back, relax and take time to slow down with a wander through the fruit orchard, a yoga class or a petting session with one of the property’s friendly pooches. Homegrown produce is used at the smoothie bar, where healthy treats are served for breakfast and brunch. Continue your journey to the holistic center and spa, with wellbeing classes and treatments to nourish the mind, body and soul.

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    Playa Escondida

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    Let the lapping waves set your pace at this laid-back hotel. While many visitors come to Sayulita to enjoy the town, Playa Escondida is for those who want to enjoy the beach and relax in peace and tranquility. The hotel sits on a small private beach on the southern side of Sayulita’s small peninsula. Along with water activities, it has yoga and spa treatments to further your state of relaxation. The rooms showcase some unique interiors, with one inspired by a “jungle fairytale dream.”

    Sayulita Central Hotel

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    Take a step back in time with a trip to one of the first hotels built in Sayulita. The Sayulita Central Hotel puts you in the middle of the action, priding itself on having one of the best addresses in town. It’s one block from the beach and one block from the town square, so you can take your pick. This reasonably priced hotel is funky, fun and great for a group of friends traveling together who really want to get into the vibe of the city.

    Aurinko Bungalows

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    The Aurinko Bungalows is one of Sayulita’s premier boutique hotels, offering one-bedroom, two-bedroom and penthouse bungalows with sunny interiors. Each of the suites, masterminded by a Mexican man and his Finnish wife, feature fully equipped kitchens, ample living spaces, hammocks and wifi throughout. The secluded hotel sits in downtown Sayulita, meaning you’re just a short walk from the main beach and many shops and restaurants.

    This is an updated version of an article originally written by Lydia Carey.

    These recommendations were updated on April 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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