Once a sleepy fishing village known only to devoted surfers, Sayulita is now a vibrant town with a vibe all of its own and a wide range of interesting accommodation options, from modest B&Bs in town to luxury hilltop getaways sporting yoga facilities. These are our picks for the five best hotels in Sayulita right now. Why do these make the cut? They all offer breathtaking ocean views, or sit right on the beach.
This laid-back white house at the northern end of Sayulita feels like a private beach house and has direct access to a quiet, relaxing beach. Its 14 spacious villas all have a main sleeping quarter, a separate sitting room with bright accents, a kitchen and one or two balconies overlooking the warm outdoor pool. A private three-bedroom residence sprawls in front of the beach and has its own pool and entertainment area with a BBQ grill. Some of the highlights that all guests can enjoy are a cozy living room palapa next to the pool and a rooftop Jacuzzi.
Villa Amor is a collection of 23 hilltop villas set on the edge of Sayulita’s main beach, a 10-minute walk to the main town square. The villas’ features and decor vary greatly from one another, as they are run by private owners: some have outdoor dining areas, as well as saltwater pools. They range from studios to three-bedroom villas and they all offer stunning views of the ocean and jungle canopy. There is a restaurant onsite, or rather, just across the road, on a small inlet overlooking the ocean. An open-air yoga studio, main pool and spa are also found on the premises.
Perched on a hill overlooking the ocean, the seven thatched-roof villas that comprise Siete Lunas peek through their nest in the jungle. Each of the seven lunas (“moons”) offers breathtaking views that make up for the steep climb to get to them. While there is no restaurant onsite, there is a common area with a kitchen and dining table where breakfast is served. A private chef can be called in to prepare dinner, and a massage therapist is also available on demand. A small outdoor pool is surrounded by a variety of lounging chairs and has a tiny adjacent bar.
This rustic luxury getaway consists of 16 independent open-air casitasand an eight-bed dormitory set on the hillside. Each casita is strategically located in order to not have any immediate neighbors, and offers ocean and jungle views to connect guests to nature. Most of them have a hammock for napping, an open-air shower, and a thatched roof. Oil lamps make up for the lack of electricity. There is a restaurant on site offering vegetarian-based meals with some seafood, a pool, a spa, and a private beach. Add-ons can include yoga classes at one of the two large purpose-built halls, and cooking classes.
Canopied beds, private hot tubs on balconies and terraces, and unobstructed views of the ocean are some of the elements that make Playa Escondida a luxurious jungle getaway. The spa is set in open-air thatched-roof huts that allow guests to see and hear the crashing waves for a truly relaxing experience, and yoga can be practiced on a natural stone platform terrace. Gourmet meals are served at the onsite restaurant, which caters to foodies, vegans, and vegetarians alike.