This was our first time staying in Yelapa, although we had taken a day trip before. If you come from PV on water taxi and ask to be let off at Playa Isabel (a tip- fare seems to be cheaper if you buy it right when you want to board the taxi than at a beach travel stand; also one thing we found confusing was locating where to board the boat as the Los Muertos pier is not so much a pier right now as it is a collection of posts sticking out of the water on Playa Los Muertos right near Blue Shrimp restaurant, La Palapa, etc). The owners of El Jardin were extremely friendly and welcoming and gave us lots of great recommendations on what to do, where to eat, arranging spa services, etc. Served wonderful fish and dinner food. Breakfast is very basic but eating it on a porch that basically meets the ocean makes up for it. We liked that there was a fridge and containers to store food you could bring yourself. Rooms have great views of ocean and for a couple I would recommend casa bamboo or eagles nest. Town of Yelapa is a short walk away on a rocky beach path ( would be difficult for those with mobility issues).
El Jardin was quite rustic and I think the priorities of the owners are to create a friendly, natural place to stay rather than one of cleanliness or comfort. I really detested the composting toilet which stunk prohibitively and was not addressed during our stay. There was no housekeeping, which is fine, but if you are paying $100 night and the room you are staying is exposed to the elements and to walk up to your room requires navigating sand, dirt, water, and (on the path) donkey dung, it would-be nice to have some basic cleaning service available, even just sweeping. At the end of 3 days our floor was covered in leaves and sand, our outdoor shower had mud and leaves in it, and our whole room stunk horribly from the toilet. Of course when we got out of the shower our wet feet would pick up sand which was then transferred into our bed despite our best efforts.
I think with some minor improvements in maintenance and amenities this would be a wonderful place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Jardin is an eco-friendly garden retreat with the ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. Beautiful gardens surround the open air sleeping palapas. The communal area is open anytime, where guests can mingle, relax, read, dine, lay in a hammock or play one of the many games provided. There are recycling guidelines on-site and the manager will introduce you to the communal spaces at the start of your visit. The common areas are great way to meet people and relax. We have a great local cook who is available for meals and often dinners will be arranged for guests. Our casas are a "labor of love". We have worked hard to get the casas to the state they are in and continue to work to make improvements to make them better and more comfortable for you. ... more less