Playa Escondida “Find” “3 stars”
(Frommer’s ratings are 0=recommended to 3=exceptional; Finds= “special finds”- those places only insiders know about) Just above an idyllic beach cove, a handful of uniquely designed bungalows dot the lush tropical grounds of Playa Escondida. A waterfall rains warm water into the oceanfront infinity pool, set next to the palapa restaurant and an open-air spa which offers outstanding massages for a great value. The casual, friendly staff gets to know many of the guests at this gorgeous yet unpretentious resort.
It’s not the Four Seasons—activities are limited, there are no air conditioners, and Mother Nature sometimes visits the open-air Bungalows (which have fans and mosquito nets). But for those who want a peaceful vacation off the beaten track and don’t mind sacrificing a bit of commercial convenience for enchanted natural beauty, this place is truly unforgettable and magical. Choose from among individually designed beachfront casitas, bungalows in the jungle, or imported teak houses from Thailand constructed in a spectacular bird canyon. Sayulita is a winding 5-minute drive from this splendid resort.
posted by: Shane Christensen, Author of Frommer’s Mexico 2011