About this listing
Close in but worlds apart, this arts-centered two-floor suite offers great nature views, valley breezes, star gazing, tranquility and a healthy dose of what Sayulita is all about! Large outdoor kitchen/patio, 15 minute flat walk to town, sleeps 6-8.
Our close-in, yet world's apart Bi-Level Art/Nature Retreat can accommodate a single person, a couple, or a large party. It offers you a relaxing vacation that is the BEST of BOTH WORLDS. Transported from Sayulita’s bustling Plaza and beach scene (and famous surf break!), to the green, clean and much cooler (five degrees cooler) south side of town, the peace and tranquility of the area is like a huge sigh of relief!
Located south of the village, it's a 15-minute walk going south. After going up the slight incline at the end of cobblestone Av. Revolucion, where it meets the paved Punta de Mita "high road," a little further and you're almost there.
OR, located directly across from secluded Playa Patzcuarito, many guests prefer to amble along the inter-connecting jungle paths leading to three other secluded beaches - Playas Carracitos, Escondido, Los Muertos - and through Villa Amor resort to walk to town the back way along the Sayulita bay.
Artistically furnished and decorated, private and secure, the Art/Nature Retreat offers great better than Hostel rates year round with two large and secure private bedrooms, a huge roofed terrace with full kitchen, a very large 3rd floor open-air dormitory/fun room and great views. Large rooms and various secluded areas provide generous amounts of privacy for even large parties.
The Art/Nature Retreat is a unique bi-level private suite - comprised of BOTH the second and third floors - which can easily accommodate a large group. Going up a private staircase with gated entryway, the second-floor features two private 13 ft, x 13 ft. enclosed one-bedroom apartments, we call casitas, with a shared en-suite bathroom in between. Locks on both sides of both bathroom doors provide privacy and security for both apartments. The bedrooms are large enough to accommodate a table and set of chairs in each, wardrobes, end tables and a full-sized bed in each with plenty of extra room to spread out.
Both apartments - named Casita Teatro to the right and Casita Danza to the left - open out onto the charming roofed 13 ft. x 30 ft. second-floor terrace - combined living room and dining room - with amazing tree-level jungle views from which you can watch all the bird and butterfly activity. The fully-equipped outdoor kitchen features a 6-burner stove with oven and has everything you need for making and enjoying your eat-in meals.
A true art/nature-area retreat and truly a little gem! This second-floor open-air terrace is a favorite spot for so many of our guests! When you are not at the beach or enjoying plaza-area diversions, the terrace is where you will want to spend your time relaxing, reading, talking or just enjoying the amazing natural ambiance. It's a fact! The deep valley cross breezes - wafting across the terrace and through the bedroom apartment - keep it 5-10 degrees COOLER, than areas closer to the plaza! High speed ceiling fans help, also.
The entire suite is nicely decorated and furnished with charming traditionally-Mexican and many "custom" features. Many built-in architectural nooks amplify the space, creating natural "conversation areas" throughout. Each area has its own specific view and visual aspect to enjoy. Discover your favorite area!
Each Casita offer many custom and artistic features throughout including an interior sloped tile roof, as an architectural accent, and a shell and ocean-rock decorative shower in the private 2 meter by 2 meter (6 and 1/2 by 6 and 1/2 ft.) bathroom. There is abundant hot water for long, relaxing showers.
Each features a double or "matrimonial"-size bed and is large enough to add a single/individual-size bed inside, if there is a need. The patio features a futon couch which can also be used as a bed.
Furniture includes the double bed with decorative carved headboard, a large wooden wardrobe/dresser, a table with four chairs, for inside-the-bedroom dining (or internet use), and a nightstand. Ornate security windows and doors bring in much light and help catch the cooling valley breezes. Frosted, leaf-patterned glass adds privacy and adds to the charm!
Traveling up a charming spiral staircase, is the entire roofed third floor area with stunning, above-the-tree-level panoramic views. This is an ample 20 ft. x 26 ft multi-purpose mostly open-air apartment, but which also is divided into partially-walled areas, with beds situated strategically to accommodate many. With several additional beds available, the entire bi-level suite can easily sleep 6-8 people.
The property is protected and secure with the entire perimeter walled and gated for added security and privacy. The large wooden front gate includes a door for your separate keyed entrance. Additionally, exclusively for Suite guests is a second gate (with lock and key) at the top of the private stairs/entrance to the 2-floor Suite which ensures added privacy/security for guests.
Hosts pride themselves on offering the BEST VALUE, the BEST, KINDEST and CARING SERVICE, the BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE for your vacation. It's OUR GOAL!!!
PLEASE NOTE: Hosts reasonable rates are lower due to the slight distance from town (a 10-15 minute walk) than many closer-to-town rentals, but the walk is easy and straight and has NO HILLS as do many "higher rate" North-Side rentals.
RATES VARY ACCORDING TO SEASON:
HOLIDAY SEASON apply from December-January.
HIGH SEASON RATES apply in November and from February- May.
LOW SEASON RATES apply from June through October.
MONTHLY LOW SEASON RATES are NEGOTIABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE!!!!
HOSTS PROVIDE - towels, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, (if needed), stand fans (additional to attached ceiling fans), reading lamps, PURIFIED WATER (for drinking, use in cooking, and recommended for brushing teeth), plenty of hot water for long, relaxing showers, a fully stocked kitchen (ask for additional items, if needed), and hosts help with first aid or assistance, help with ordering taxis anytime and with free concierge service.
There is RELIABLE, 24/7 WIFI - HIGH SPEED INTERNET!!!!
*Please note, although water and electricity services have improved over the years and outages rarely happen, hosts are NOT responsible for these public service outages. Thank you.
There is abundant free and secure parking for those who drive here or rent vehicles! ARRIVAL: Knowledgeable local Taxi Drivers know the way here and can bring you and your luggage right to the door, for a nominal 50 pesos fare after your fun bus ride through the lush jungle. Taxis are located near to the Compostela bus stop in Sayulita and in the central Plaza.
The Suite's (and two charming casitas also on site) best "HIDDEN SECRET" is its direct access to three of the area's most stunning SECLUDED BEACHES - Patzcuarito (which is DIRECTLY across the road) Carricitos and Playa de los Muertos.
The path leading to all three beaches is a mere "stone's throw" from the end of the driveway. Guests often prefer going to the Plaza/Main beach the "back way" vis a vis this beautiful nature walk which winds through the cemetery and along the bay through Villa Amor. If walking on the paved roads into town doesn't appeal, this great option certainly will!
Also, PLEASE NOTE, for those who prefer to walk on the paved roads to and from the Plaza/Main beaches, for added safety there is a below-grade foot path which runs alongside the brief stretch of the Punta de Mita that many guests prefer to use.
Sayulita is a breezy 30-40 minute bus ride from the airport. Getting here from the airport could not be easier! Just use the pedestrian stairs/bridge to the left of the airport exit doors.
The bus stop for the Sayulita Compostela bus is right at the bottom of the stairs on the other side of the highway. The fare is about $40 pesos each. It runs about every 20 min. so the wait is never that long. Or, there are many rental car options available right at the airport.
After your fun bus ride through the lush jungle, any local Taxi can deliver you straight to the door.
Hosts have many recommendations for transportation needs including easily-arranged Golf Cart rentals. Several rental car agencies are now located in Sayulita and provide a variety of options and pricing for your stay. After the bus arrives, it's a short walk to Sayulita's main plaza, past north-side shops and over the bridge, towards the town hub and activity.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts live on-site in the bungalow directly below and are available to help answer all guests questions and help accommodate their requests AND, of course, for conversation! Just ring the handy bell outside the door!
Knowledgeable, local hosts offer helpful (free) concierge services. Hosts know everyone in town, it's true, and can help connect guests to any service or activity a guest would want with knowledge that you will be in good hands and well cared for!
Restaurants? We know them all. Services? Just ask. Bargains? We will hook you up and help get you what you need at a good and fair price. We will call a Taxi for you, shuttle you back and forth to town if we are going that way, take you the the farmacia or Centro de Salud (health center) if you need, find that specialty item for you, hook you up to the best cruise deals, tell you which is the best fruteria, carneceria, farmacia, smoothie bars, markets, hikes, horseback rides.
We appreciate our guests and deeply respect that it's their vacation. As some guests prefer privacy and others company, hosts are happy to accommodate guests' preferences to interact frequently or not - to whatever comfort level or preference each guest prefers.
The Great Beach-Town Nature Retreat is situated, as the crow flies, directly across from one of the area's most beautiful secluded beaches - Playa Patzcuarito. This is also a prime location for surfing all areas along the coast near Punta de Mita. Or...walking the intricate network of jungle trails leading to the area's other wonderful secluded beaches closer-in to town - Playa Carricitos and Playa de Los Muertos. Playa Patzcuarito is a beautiful ten-to-fifteen minute walk away.
This is a tranquil, private and protected nature area with many fruit and flowering trees. Crowing roosters either add to the charm or occasionally annoy, but are part of the natural ambiance.
Birds, native to the area, flock to nearby trees throughout the day and into the early evening, also creating ambient sound. This is a natural birdwatcher's paradise. In season, a constant array of multicolored butterflies completes the daily "nature show." The comical Chachalacas (related to the wild Turkey) and in-coming flocks of the sweet but noisy Pericos (green wild parakeets) will keep you charmed and entertained.
Enjoy Sayulita's fine restaurants, unique jewelry made by local artisans, colorful boutiques, lively nightlife with live music, horseback, snorkeling, fishing, boating and hiking tours and activities. It’s a mere 30-45 -minute (depending on traffic) drive south to Puerto Vallarta and/or equidistant to areas of interest to the north along the Riviera Nayarit coast.
Knowledgeable local Taxi Drivers know the way here and can bring you and your luggage right to the door, for a nominal 50 pesos fare after your fun bus ride through the lush jungle. Taxis are located near to the Compostela bus stop in Sayulita.
The Sayulita Compostela bus runs every 20 minutes departing to all points south Bucerias, Puerto Vallarta and the airport. Also, there is now service to neighboring San Francisco (San Pancho). Help with all transportation needs - from calling for taxis, renting cars, golf carts or bicycles and arranging fishing trips or day-long all-inclusive tours of the bay, is what guests can expect. Ample parking is provided for those who choose to rent vehicles for their stay.
Other Things to Note
Both hosts are poets who regularly read newly-written poems at the Open Mic in the neighboring village of San Pancho. Guests who are poets or musicians often join hosts in getting up at the Mic and becoming part of the emerging and exciting local arts scene.
Once you arrive in Sayulita, we have an arrangement with Plaza Taxi drivers to bring you straight here for the fare of 50 pesos.
Guests' vacations are important to us! PLEASE communicate freely any question, concern, or issue with hosts! Stories, jokes and laughter also appreciated!
-Please rinse beach sand off of feet at outside shower before going inside.
-when not there to enjoy the ceiling fans or lights, please turn them off to conserve energy, except outside lights for nighttime visibility.
-Everywhere in Mexico, please put toilet paper in provided covered containers and please NEVER flush toilet paper to prevent plumbing problems.
-Please do not cut vegetables/fruit on the custom-made (fragile) counter top, but use the cutting boards, provided.
PLEASE ASK HOSTS for any needs for changes of sheets and/or towels or more towels than originally provided. We are happy to provide these!!!! OR, another fan, another lamp, another blanket, additional netting (although it's rarely needed), a beach umbrella, a cooler, a ride to the Plaza or back from it, a ride to the bus stop when departing.
Hosts provide - AMPLE AND SECURE PARKING FOR THOSE WHO DRIVE HERE OR RENT CARS, TOWELS, SHEETS, BLANKETS, PURIFIED WATER (for drinking, use in cooking, and brushing teeth) and complimentary kitchen soap, bathroom soap and toilet paper for shorter-term visits. The following items are provided ON REQUEST - more detailed CONCIERGE SERVICE, NATURAL BUG REPELLENT (or anti-mosquito spirals), FIRST AID or ASSISTANCE with health care, A SOFTER MATTRESS (if firm isn't your style) and MAID SERVICE. Beach towels and flashlights (recommended) are not provided.
PLEASE NOTE: no longer a frequent occurrence or concern, but this being Mexico, there is always the possibility of unexpected electricity/town water/phone/internet services outages, which are beyond the scope and responsibility of hosts control and for which hosts are not responsible.
From Dec 01, 2015 - Feb 28, 2016 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Una estancia muy agradable, con todos los servicios necesarios para pasar unas excelentes vacaciones desconectados del ruido y la ciudad.
Se necesita gozar de la vegetación y del caminar para aprovechar aun más la estancia, ya que la casa esta un poco alejada del pueblo de Sayulita y lo mejor es ir andando a las playas y al centro y no usar el auto ya que las vialidades son muy pequeñas y saturadas.
Su anfitriona estará al pendiente de todo lo que necesiten para mejorar la experiencia.
We had a wonderful stay in Sayulita hosted by L.A. and Martin. A big thank you to L.A. for making all the arrangements and an even bigger THANK YOU to Martin who made us feel at home.
We were welcomed to our vacation home with a home-cooked meal by Martin that was delicious! He also supplied us with a number of his renowned salsa's.
The apartment was exactly as noted on the site. It was lovely having an outdoor living space with a great afternoon breeze and then having the privacy in the rooms. The 3 of us each had our own area (making use of the open 3rd floor terrace). The walk to town is not that bad, we loved seeing the neighbours dog everyday on the way to and from the beach.
We would definitely stay here again.
The only thing that took some getting used to was the noise level in the evenings (dogs, chickens, traffic).
And last note.. Martin was super helpful in getting as a cab back to the airport!!
Amazing house with beautiful outdoor kitchen. The hosts couldn't be more helpful and friendly. The house was a very walkable distance from the town.
We had a great time with LA and Martin. The directions were spot on.
The place is clean with everything you need available there..
The place is 15 min walk from the village and it can be a blessing..what we noticed is that the village can get really loud at night..people start playing
music anywhere/anytime and being a little far away from all that can make a big difference in your sleep..The place is also close to a beach that not many people
visit..when we went there there was absolutley nobody around..the walk to the village is not bad either..you pass a farm with chickens,horses and friendly dogs..
Lovely, generous hosts are LA and Martin! The description of their artful home is accurate and clear. If you like a taste of how it is to live in Sayulita, this is the place for you. You are not pampered and isolated from the outside world as in a hotel, but LA and Martin are there to provide you with any information you need and responded to all our requests and questions immediately. We felt very welcomed and happy to be in their space. At the time of our stay, there was construction next door and this was a bit noisy, but we were gone most of the day, so it was not a problem. It is also a rural environment (though very close to town) so be aware that there is a rooster, a jungle, dogs and neighbors - all living their lives, so if you want absolute retreat silence, you might want to choose another place. If you are a bustling, active family like ours, you will fit right in. We so appreciated having an authentic Sayulita experience! Thank you!
We had an equally good time hosting this family. We feel bad that these guests were using the same towels. We always have plenty extras and I do believe we did ask Mike. For all guests, we ask often, almost daily, if there is anything they need. Don't be shy!
Lesley and Martin are so hospitable and awesome!! Immediate connection and if there was a rating for best host chemistry I would give them a 105/10. The house is way bigger then it looks in the photos and the top floor balcony is beautiful. The location is the great. Going to sleep soundly without loud music and the hustle of bustle of the main sayulita strip was the best! The beds were very comfortable and the outdoor kitchen is lovely for some cocktails or a nice quiet dinner. It was also really secure and we felt totally safe the whole time. It was also a cherry on top that our hosts took their time and developed the house themselves and their awesome handy work is visible throughout the house. Very minimal mosquitoes I feel like I maybe got one mosquito bite the whole time. Loved staying here! I will be visiting with Martin and Lesley as friends every time I come to sayulita that is only IF the blue casa is not available.
The house was exactly as described, a nice option within a few minutes walk from the main action center in Sayulita. We liked the way it allowed us to visit a great beach that was beautiful and secluded, which Leslie nicely showed us right upon our arrival. We also especially enjoyed having breakfast in the outdoor kitchen.
Leslie and Martin were welcoming and easily available for requests when we needed something. When we got there, Leslie showed us around town so we would know the essentials: best ATM, good breakfast spot, grocery stores... This was great and very useful!
It was nice to be away from the main action to enjoy calm time when we wanted to, but the distance from the center required that we planned more thougtfully trips to and from town, it is a good 15 minutes walk. And you absolutely need a headlamp to walk back at night.
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About the Host, L.A. And Martin
We are a bi-cultural couple who live on the premises. We are both easy-going and personable people, with a passion for interesting and kind people who treat others kindly, for the lively and friendly exchange of ideas and for engaging discussions on all topics (or, alternately, silence is also good). Our motto: All travelers are welcome!. Other passions are travel (spontaneous road trips!), the beach, nature in general, philosophy, good food (luscious tropical fruit and seafood), GOOD FRIENDS and the arts – visual art, music, dancing and poetry. Our strong beliefs are that similarities and the connections between people are much greater than any differences. Travel is the universal teacher and the universal equalizer. Favorite television shows are International House Hunters, intelligent crime dramas, boxing, wrestling and irreverent comedy. High quality films (with or without subtitles) - always good! Music – all music with Latin-based rhythms (Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue), Reggae, European-based Classical music (especially from the Baroque era), music from the Mexican Romantic Ballad tradition, Contemporary and Experimental (Phillip Glass, Electronic), Intense or Ballad-based Rock 'n Roll (Queens of the Stone Age, Leonard Cohen) - in short, ANY music, if it's good. We are here to facilitate the best possible vacation any guest could have!