My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at Hacienda de la Costa in February, 2019 for two whole weeks. It felt like paradise. From the start of our inquiry (through sayulitalife.com), Terri’s communication was prompt, detailed and easy to follow. Let me tell you more.
Hacienda de la Costa is like staying in a friends beautiful mansion in the jungle hills of Sayulita. Perfectly situated on a hill with an incredible view of the ocean, just a short walk to the beach which is, typically, secluded. Beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beach towels and (important) ice….all provided. We stayed in La Palma and we could hear the surf all night as we slept. The entire property is beautifully, tastefully decorated (elegant Mexican, would be my take) and spotless clean. The gardens are gorgeous and tended every day by two gardeners. The additional staff member keeps the rooms, pool area, bar and breakfast terrace spotless (and I mean, spotless). Terri and Steve are very particular about the upkeep - no broken tiles or peeling paint allowed! Truly, it is lovely.
Our room, La Palma, was roomy, airy with amazing views of the ocean. We shared a kitchen with another room La Hoya and it was very well equipped (granite counters) much like an open air kitchen. There is also a washer and dryer for use - we have never had the need for using this on vacation before but did have a need with a two week stay. The terrace was a beautiful place to sit and have a drink before heading out to dinner. The bed, pillows and linens were beyond comfortable. We woke every morning rested and relaxed. A safe in the room was handy, as well - fresh towels, bottled water every day. It was pin drop quiet to sleep.
The breakfasts prepared by Terri and served by Steve were incredible (other reviews attest to this) and we were never disappointed. The best part of heading down to breakfast was the amazing greeting from the animals who are very well behaved and ready for a belly rub at any moment. It made us feel even more at home with their company around the pool. The pool area is, as the rest, spotless clean and relaxing, well appointed with fluffy beach towels, comfortable lounges (and never, in the whole place, did we smell the “musty” smell that often occurs in warmer climates). There is an honour bar that is well stocked and you are welcome to bring your own, as well.
We met many people who came and went during our two weeks. Some had rented a car, some not (Terri and Steve make better arrangements for this than you can on your own - trust them - they know what they are doing). We rented an SUV for the two weeks and you will need at least an SUV to venture into the roadways that take you to the Hacienda. It is well worth it if you are comfortable driving as it gives you some ability to get to the smaller areas and local restaurants that Steve recommends (do not hesitate to go to each one of his recommendations - they are fabulous). While a car is great, it is not necessary as Sayulita is a 40 minute easy walk into town and a quick, inexpensive cab ride home. We did this on several days and it was quite enjoyable, heavily canopied, safe walk.
Finally, Steve and Terri. They are remarkable people. They have perfected hosting in a way that you feel attended to but not overwhelmed. You can see the expertise with which they have honed their craft of hospitality - every direction, every recommendation was perfect. And, Steve tells a damn good story or two. We were so glad to have met them on this life path. And, we were the envy of everyone who came and went during our two week stay - very jealous we got to have such a long, luxurious time at Hacienda de la Costa. Every guest commented on how blown away they were at this little piece of paradise. We will return, without a doubt.