We discovered Tailwind Jungle Lodge via coincidence during our research for an extensive road trip through Mexico and though we actually first wanted to travel solely through the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas & Tabasco, we could not resist but deciding to take the detour via domestic flight to Puerto Vallarta in order to be able to stay a few days at this paradise right in the jungle, but also with access to the beach. It is overall in a remote location, but San Pancho - a lovely little town - is only about 10 minutes away, if you want to have it a bit livelier in the evening for a change or don’t fancy cooking but eating out you won’t have a problem, provided you have your own car which I would highly recommend.
The family in charge is really making an effort to give you a good picture on what to expect. Before arriving we already received detailed information on how to find the Lodge, which was very helpful as we experienced that navigation systems often don't work in certain areas in Mexico, information about the Lodge itself, rules to follow to protect its environment and the surrounding areas. Upon arrival we were provided on further information on beaches and walking trails, though some of the beaches proofed difficult to find if you don't know the area and are unable to ask the locals for directions.
We were renting the Casa Pumita which was pricey but so unique, I doubt you will find this a second time in the world! This Casa was a lovely little two floor house with a breathtaking view over the jungle and the ocean! We had a little patio on the roof though that did not really seem to be in use anymore, and a big furnished patio connected with living room and fully equipped kitchen! The accommodation itself was overall tastefully furnished and cosy! If you want to do your own romantic dinner, watching the sunset and later admiring the stars, having drinks and enjoying the peaceful of the jungle yet being at least a little bit separated from it, that's your place! We generally found it a good place to unwind and relax, as there are hardly disturbing influences such as noise or crowding as you experience in most places to stay, I make the slight limitation as we were slightly impacted by construction works which were going on in close proximity during our stay.
We also loved the little dipping pool to cool down in-between as the sea was very wild with strong currents and not ideal for swimming and on some days we had the impression the water smells a bit strong, but the beach connected to the property is private and hence hardly visited and beautiful :).
The only and minor cons were the mosquitoes which have been bitten us badly despite mosquito net over the bed and repellent (I think it happened especially during sitting on the patio in the evenings) and that there was no cleaning service included in our four nights stay, which we were not aware of first. I has not really bothered us as we are quite clean people, but we however would have preferred if someone would have swept through every other day as our accommodation was not a closed property the creepy crawlies found their way in and started to crawl about or lie dead here and there soon. Of course, we understand things like this are not to avoid being in the jungle though I think as someone who is not used to this environment might be likely to forget to consider it while being carried away by the stunningly designed casita and the amazing views hence I point it out.
We overall enjoyed our stay very much and I think we would most likely return, if it would not be such a far way for us as it is a unique experience and it is opposing the typical mass tourism we anyway don’t like. The whole place is well maintained, the hosts are friendly and it is great to relax!
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