This casa with it's pool is on a hill and still has a wilderness to it. You are living amongst the birds, iguanas and butterflies.
It is peaceful and private you hear the waves crash onto the shores and the various birds call out to each other.
casa quetzal is a beautiful house up on the Nanzal Hill, built facing North towards the ocean, catching every ocean breeze making this house cool and fresh. From every room there are amazing views. The windows are doors that totally open up towards the ocean. You can see it everywhere, in every room and hear the waves rolling into the sandy beaches.
Very comfortable and breezy.
Sayulita can get noisy especially around the Holidays and Spring Break and casa quetzal is a welcome refuge from all the bustle, yet only minutes away from the pueble and the beaches.
The roof is one huge space with hamacas, a BBQue and a table large enough to seat 8 people. Up here you can see eye to eye with the seagulls and every once in a while if you are lucky with the eagles.
The whole top floor is one open space.
Fully functional kitchen with granite counters and bar chairs ideal for breakfasts and snacks. Traditional style Mexican dishes, Italian stove-top espresso maker, blender, pots & pans, etc...
The dining room has a table to seat six people overlooking the pueblo and the living room with it's comfortable traditional 'equipaque' furnitures. There is a small bathroom, a toilet and a sink.
Downstairs are the three bed rooms. All open up fully towards the sea. The master bed-room with a king-sized bed has it's own bathroom, shower and little balcony overlooking the garden.
The middle room (with two twin-sized beds, ideally for children, but can be pushed together to make a king bed for a couple) and the third bed room (with king-bed) share a bathroom, each room has it's own sink and closet area, but the shower and toilet are shared.
Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Hanging there, ready to be used.
Around the salt-water pool there are three, pool chaises with pillows.
In the garden we have many different patios some with hamacas and walk-ways where you can be private or find the different fruit-bearing trees and taste their fruit.
casa quetzal is a truly quiet, serene and private place, ideal for family gatherings, friends or just the two of you!
It is best to rent a car in Puerto Vallarta, this way you don't have to walk up and down the hill, which might be a challenge for some, especially in the heat.
To others the walk up and down is a welcome exercise.
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Serenity and nature.
Birds, iguanas, butterflies, fire-bugs at night.
A car is recommendable, although the walk up and down the hill is possible and an excellent way to get into shape. There are taxis who will take you back up on those day you don't feel like walking. ATV's is another possibility.
Magical house! Everything about this place is perfect and we had a wonderful stay. Patrice was great to deal with and we didn't have any problems. Breathtaking views and the most relaxing place I have ever stayed - fall asleep to the sound of waves and the jungle and wake up to the beautiful sunrise. I even saw a whale from the dining room table!
We were advised to keep our valuables out of sight and the doors locked so make sure you do that if you stay (even when you are upstairs or on the roof just in case).
And like other people have said, the hill is real!
Patrice deserves five stars. She was very available whenever we contacted her. I was impressed by how promptly Patrice responded to messages and during one phone conversation, Patrice was extremely polite and made every effort to be as helpful as possible.
The house itself, Casa Quetzal, was also great and deserves more than three stars. We found it to be very much as advertised, both in terms of the amenities, as well as the neighborhood. The view from the house was amazing. The pool was refreshing, and the kitchen provided us with anything that we could've expected during a weeks stay. Yes the hill is real, but we walked up and down it all week long, and never rented a car or a golf cart. My parents, in their late sixties, occasionally took a taxi back to the house, yet they walked down every time without any problems. It took us an average of 15-20 minutes to walk across the river into the main part of town. Probably about 10 minutes to walk to the closest cafe.
Unfortunately, a fabulous week at Casa Quetzal was marred on our second to last night. We returned to the house, having walked to town for dinner, and found that someone had illegally entered all three rooms. In the first room they rifled through luggage, from which they stole cash ($200 USD). In the second room, they broke into two locked suitcases. In the master bedroom, they attempted to break into the safe, and almost succeeded. In the end, we were very lucky, the thief only seemed to be looking for cash, and left behind many other potentially valuable items. Still, this was a particularly scary incident, which greatly affected the end of our holiday. The biggest issue here, is that we had locked all of the doors, and there did not appear to be any forced entry. This means that the thief either had the keys or was easily able to pick the locks. Either would not bode well. During the aftermath, Patrice was again very kind and helpful. She had all of the locks on the house redone. Federico, the building manager, on the other hand wasn't super helpful. He was friendly when we first met him to get the keys. Yet, when we called him about the robbery he said he would arrive in 5 minutes, and then didn't show up until the next day...? That was kind of awkward, he didn't seem to know what to say to us or how to help.
In the end, we made the best of it. Again we were lucky that the robbery wasn't a lot worse. Yet, Patrice's response made us feel a lot better. She picked up the phone immediately when I called, and she got the locks redone quickly. With a little advisement, I would still recommend Casa Quetzal to a friend.
Casa Quetzal was one of the highlights of our trip to Sayulita. We loved coming "home" everyday. The view was breathtaking in every direction. Our kids (aged 6 & 9) loved the house, roof deck, and of course the pool. As Patrice mentions, I would not recommend staying here with kids younger than 6yrs (only due to the stairs). Plan on getting a golf cart (~$60/usd/day) if you come with children as the trip into town is definitely walkable but formibable. They loved it!
We didnt meet Patrice, however Federico and Chole were very warm and welcoming. The views were incredible, and the place was rather amazing. It is a large walk up the hill, however it is not too bad, and the taxt is only 50 pesos if needed. We also hired a Golf Buggy which easily got up and down the hill with three people.
Overall, great experience, Sayulita is wonderful, and casa quetzal is a brilliant place to spend your time.
Casa Quetzal is an amazing place, just like we read in the reviews and saw in the photos. We spent a week here for our honeymoon and it was very quiet and private, despite the bustle in the town of Sayulita below. Very relaxing to wake up in the morning with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean from the pool. We had no issues at all and absolutely loved the place. I was a little nervous that it would be hot there, as we were there in June, and there's no air conditioning, but despite the heat, the hillside setting (nice breeze) and powerful ceiling fans in every room made it perfectly comfortable. I can't wait to go back and visit again.
Hermosa vista por cualquier ángulo!!, muy bonita casa con estilo mexicano, espacios amplios, cómoda. Recomendable por la tranquilidad que hay en el lugar, el sonido de las olas realmente relaja.
Muy buena atención.
Mi esposo, mis hijos y yo pasamos unas excelentes vacaciones ahí.
it is hard to find the appropriate words to describe our stay at Casa Quetzal. If I had to pick one word...I would say it was delicious! Everything about it... the view, the food of Sayulita, Chole and Federico's warmth and hospitality, the breathtaking sunsets and moonlit midnights, oh...did I say the VIEW! All the amenities provided were as expected and perfectly comfortable. The noseeums were abundant...but at night, sleeping with the net warded them off. The property is very private so it was a true getaway from it all. You must visit ChocoBanana...and there are many taco stands worth the stop.
Though it wasn't a negative for us...the hill to get to the casa is quite steep. It's a great workout, though. If you do not want to, or cannot climb it...there are many taxis in town that can bring you up.
I am hoping to visit again soon...and hopefully stay for two weeks! There were many things to do in Sayulita that we simply didn't have the time for.
Next time I plan to sea kayak and visit other nearby beaches... but I know I will definitely be staying at Casa Quetzal everytime I come!
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Originally I am from Switzerland and have visited and lived in many different places in the world. Now I mostly share my time between Berkeley, California and Nayarit, Mexico.
I love to open my space to travelers, make them comfortable and show them what it is I find so special about the two places that I chose to live in.
I like the good things in life: an interesting conversation with friends, a good laugh and a glass of wine, or tequila to go with it. All kinds of Art, expressions of creativity, music, especially Latin & African rhythms, but also Opera.
But mostly I enjoy the quiet, natural surroundings, the gardens and the views both of my places offer. It brings me peace and happiness.