Once upon a time, there was a sleepy Mexican fishing village on crescent beach where the sun was shining, the surf was breaking and an army of pelicans made their daily rounds fishing and patrolling the bright blue sky. Situated at the tip of the crescent was a lovely hotel call Villa Amor.
We flew out of Tijuana to take advantage of an incredible fare sale on Volaris. It was a piece of cake and I highly recommend it. You can park in a secure lot by the airport for $7 a day, walk across the border, jump in a taxi and voila, 15 minutes later you are at the airport. It is safe, easy and efficient. Alternate option: book a spot on the Volaris shuttle which leaves from the Amtrac train station in downtown San Diego – $20 will take you across the border and straight to the airport. On the way back, it goes straight through the Sentri line so you’ll be back in the US in no time.
This was our second year in a row going to Sayulita for New Years and our second time at Villa Amor. We had two beautiful rooms during our one week stay. The first was Delfin, on the first floor. Pictures don’t do it just, but I’ll try…it has a huge ceilings and big, open double doors looking out to the sea and town. It is right on the road so people are walking by and there is a bit of road traffic during the day, but it’s quiet at night.
Halfway through the trip, the friendly and accommodating manager, Francisco, asked if we could move to another room because someone was arriving who needed a first floor room. We were mellow, flexible and happy to experience another room so on to Cascada we moved. And once again, we were rewarded with beautiful views, a big comfy bed and a large sweeping balcony complete with plunge pool – hooray! There is a second bedroom with twin beds so this room would be perfect for a family. Also included, a full outdoor kitchen. Needless to say, we were happy little travelers.♥
Cascada was wonderful and spacious. One thing to note, in January our balcony was pretty shady so we went down to the little beach out front if we wanted sun. This was fine b/c it kept our room a great temperature at night.
The service at Villa Amor was wonderful. Everyone is so nice and they’ll make sure you have what you need. There is a little bar/restaurant where they make a mean margarita. And they’ll bring you lunch out to your deck chair if you wish. We love the location because it sits about a 5 minute walk outside of the town. The beach can get crowded so it’s nice to be away from the fray a bit.
The rates are really reasonable if you plan ahead. Each room is unique with stunning views. It’s a great place to have a wedding or a group vacation too. New Year’s is still considered “holiday” rates, but we booked in the summer and they gave us a great price. If you want to see more pictures of Sayulita, check them out here. In summary, I can’t recommend this beautiful retreat enough.
Sayulita is low-key and life is simple in a wonderful way. It’s not for everyone. If you are a stickler for luxury, cable tv, consistent wireless and room service then I would stick to the Four Seasons in Punta Mita. Then you can daytrip to Sayulita and still enjoy the town.
Villa Amor and Sayulita have become a wonderful home away from home for us. I hope you enjoy it too! ♥♥♥