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Xocotla Vacation Rental in Sayulita Mexico


2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
1 Bathroom
Heated pool with waterfall, surrounded by lush tropical gardens
In-unit safes
Walking distance to everything
High speed wireless Internet
Separate and private apartments
Maid/maintenance staff

On a small hill in the delightful fishing/surfing village of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico, sits Xocotla (Sho-cot-la), the indigenous Nahuatl word meaning "where the fruit trees are plentiful". A canopy of ancient white fig trees provided the name for our home, which is tucked into the corner of a huge jungle garden. Constructed in 2003/2004, Xocotla was designed by acclaimed architect Jose Enrique del Valle in conjunction with the owners, in an elegant and eco-friendly manner.  Combining the very best of modern and traditional Mexican styles, cooling ocean breezes and ceiling fans provide the only air-conditioning you might need. Enjoy the sound of the surf as it lulls you to sleep. The house is centrally located part-way up a small hill above the village in a quiet residential neighbourhood. An easy 3-minute walk takes you to the village and another 2 minutes finds you at the beach. A car is not necessary to enjoy all that Sayulita has to offer, but there is parking for two small cars. Due to the design of the house, children 10 and under are not allowed.

There are three private apartments, each tastefully furnished and decorated with traditional handicrafts from Mexico's famous markets. The beds (either kingsize or two twins, depending on your needs), as well as the bed linens and bath towels, are of the highest quality.  There are safes in all units for your peace of mind.  

The apartments:

AMIXTLI ("ocean breeze") is a beautiful one-bedroom apartment. A wall of windows with french doors opens to a large covered terrace complete with dining and sitting areas and full kitchen. The terrace overlooks the two pools and the garden and has filtered ocean views through the palms and bamboo. The dining table seats four comfortably. The bathroom is very large with a huge walk-in shower complete with tiled bench and pebbled floor.  One can sit on the terrace or lie in bed for hours and watch an endless variety of tropical birds and iguanas in the giant white fig tree.

XOCHITLAN ("the garden") is a lovely, intimate studio apartment, perfect for a single traveller or couple.Two private terraces overlook the garden. The front door opens directly from the path beside the pool terrace. Double doors open from the bedroom to the upper terrace, which consists of a fully-stocked kitchenette, complete with small gas stove and oven, refrigerator, toaster, blender and coffee maker. The eating area is perfect for breakfasts, lunches and light suppers. The 3-piece bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower.  The lower terrace is ideal for relaxing with a book or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. An attractive indoor sitting area is perfect for cooler evenings, while still affording the same views. 

IXPAN ("the view") is above Xochitlan, one level up a pretty flight of stairs.  It is ideal for a couple or two friends.  A beautiful studio, it boasts all the amenities of Xochitlan but with a larger bathroom and a very large walk-in closet. The ocean view is very pretty. 

In the garden, shared by all guests, you will find the heated pool and a large terrace. A shallow dipping pool overflows from a waterfall to a larger pool below, which has a sunken bench set into a stone grotto. The terrace also has a large stone grill which can be shared by all. At night, a pleasing ambiance is created by soft lights in old fishing baskets suspended from a branch of the giant fig tree.  A delightful bridge crosses the arroyo to another terrace in the far garden and a hammock, providing yet more sitting areas.  

Xocotla is ideal as a place for family or friends to vacation together with the luxury of separate apartments, allowing everyone to have their privacy while providing several areas in which to congregate. Or come to stay in one apartment and perhaps forge new and lasting friendships.

Please use the contact form to get in touch, with any questions and to book your stay. We look forward to welcoming you to Xocotla in Sayulita.

"It is truly an exceptional place" Barbara, Montreal

"Xocotla did not spare the amenities to make a luxurious vacation" Van & Margaret, Denver

"Xocotla is Heaven" Andrew, Ottawa

"What a wonderful, lovely, gorgeous place" Toni & Ari, San Francisco

"Every detail is a joy in itself" Patti, Toronto

"This is a beautiful, calm and comforting home" Mary, Ottawa

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Hidden Jewel!
Loved everything about this place but the climb to get to it! Without the climb though, there wouldn't be the magnificent view! It's clean and comfortable and truly felt like home for the short time we were there!
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Stayed: March, 2019
Days of the Iguanas
we enjoyed our 3-week stay in Amixtli, fascinated by the iguanas in the fig tree and the peculiar song of the chachalatas. our suite was spacious with an open-air kitchen overlooking the pool and garden with a view of the ocean in the distance. our hosts were gracious and accommodating, flowers in the room and fruit for our first morning. the location of Xocotla is a good balance of quiet nights and convenience to the busy town centre, just steps away. a beach umbrella and towels rounded out simple needs, where the main attraction is going to the beach and watching the surfers ride the waves.
the only drawback was the lack of privacy in the kitchen where the seating was located and where we spent most of our indoor time. from the deck chairs on the patio, we were clearly visible to other guests seated there. but a few blankets thrown over the wooden rail that spans the large ached opening did the trick of giving us some extra privacy. all in all, a lovely stay. thank you David and Michael.
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Stayed: December, 2018
What a charming place!
We will definitely come back to Xocotla! There were many things we liked about it. David and Michael were just wonderful hosts! We really enjoyed getting to know them a bit. It was nice that they were there.
Our room was just perfect for our needs and the gardens and pool area are fantastic! Some of the super nice touches that I enjoyed: We had fresh flowers in our room and a small bowl of fruit on our kitchen table. There were books and magazines to read (which I did.)
The location is awesome. So close to the central square.
It was all around just delightful!
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Stayed: December, 2018
Response from Owner/Manager on 12-27-2018
Thanks so much, Loni, for this very thoughtful review. It was really nice for us having you and your daughter here to stay for a week and we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Xocotla and Sayulita so much. We hope you'll be able to return for a longer visit. Thanks again!
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Charming Oasis - close to town and beach
We loved Xocotla and both the owners were so hospitable and attentive to any requests we had! The studio was super clean and cozy w a Mexican decor that made it feel like a home away from home! The open kitchen and dining/seating area was spaciousness (more so in our unit) Great rock floor shower! Refreshing pools and unbelievable gardens filled with birds and Iguana
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Stayed: December, 2018
Response from Owner/Manager on 12-02-2018
Alana, thanks so much for this lovely review! It was a true pleasure having you both to stay and we're delighted that you enjoyed your time at Xocotla so much. It was fun getting to know you, hearing your music and your laughter. We hope you'll be able to return soon.
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Xocotla was Heaven!
I stayed in the Amixtli room for two weeks in January 2018 and came to believe that I was in the best possible place in Sayulita! It far exceeded my expectations. David and Michael were excellent hosts and greeted me warmly with tons of information about the house and the town. Part way into my visit, after I asked about some of the birds I had seen, they purchased and lent me a guide to Pacific Coast birds (I identified 24 while there). That gesture was just so kind and added to my enjoyment as I spent many hours looking down on their beautiful pool area and garden and up into the enormous tree that was home to three huge iguanas and many birds coming and going.

Xocotla is beautifully designed and very comfortable in every way. I so enjoyed having a large balcony that included a full outdoor kitchen which I used frequently so that I could take my time getting started in the mornings and enjoy the peace and quiet of my home base before heading out to the much busier action of Sayulita. It was equally great to come back home and have a drink on the balcony while watching the sun set over the distant ocean and the wildlife settling down for the night. I slept with the huge double doors to the balcony open almost every night (with locked and barred screen doors in place). Only twice was the noise (music) from town so loud that I had to close the doors to block the sound. I can tell you that there are probably many expensive hotels in town that are not so secluded from the noise of the very active nightlife that Sayulita offers.

I thought Xocotla was in a perfect location...only a 5 minute walk down the hill into town, but far enough away that it felt quite secluded (thanks also to the lush and beautiful garden that surrounded the house—not all places on the hill had this same effect).

The space was immaculately clean when I arrived and was kept up by weekday cleaning visits that also included frequent towel and linen changes.

I loved Sayulita’s busy and fun vibe exactly because I had the peaceful, serene and beautiful Xocotla to come home to!
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Stayed: January, 2018
Just what we needed!
Michael and David (and Harry the dog) are incredible hosts, and Xocotla was exactly what we were looking for. Very short walk to town, the best restaurants and all of our Sayulita haunts but still removed enough for some peace and quiet. We stayed for nearly a month and had everything we needed. The kitchen was supplied with all of the utensils to cook a meal at home, there was daily maid service, both apartments we used (Amixtli & Xochotal) were private and cozy, and the grounds were well maintained. It was a treat and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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Stayed: December, 2016
Great stay in central location
Just tucked up and away on a quiet street 5 minutes up from the plaza, our accomodations were very serene with helpful hosts. Beautiful gardens, lovely pool to escape the midday heat. Private deck with outdoor kitchen. Lots of windows and fans, we were cool without having ac. Was a bit worried about creepy crawlers but only had a cute gecko come hang out on the ceiling. Saw amazing iguanas by the pool. It is a little piece of paradise. Would come back.
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Stayed: April, 2016
Response from Owner/Manager on 04-26-2016
How thoughtful of you to write such a nice review. It was a real pleasure having the two of you to stay and we hope you'll be able to return in the future.
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Great place to stay. Great views, perfect hosts.
Xocolta is a very nice place, run by 2 nice guys. It is quiet, great views and not far from anywhere in Sayulita.
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Stayed: February, 2016
For our first visit to Sayulita our stay here has been wonderful. Up on Gringo Hill, a short walk from town, it is the perfect oasis.
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Stayed: January, 2016
Amazing jungle getaway!
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at Xocotla earlier this month (April). We stayed in the room right off the pool, which was perfect. The outdoor kitchen is really cute and great for breakfast or quick meals. We love to cook on vacation, and this kitchen isn't ideal for making a big meal because of the little counter space and 2 burners (plus it's outdoor so theres the bug factor), but who really cares about cooking on vacation!! Town has so many great restaurants, it's silly to stay home. The hosts were really great!! They greeted us upon arrival with 2 sets of keys, they had fresh flowers and fruit awaiting us, and a welcome packet with info on the property and town which I really enjoyed reading. The property is close to town, just a small hill and flight of stairs away which is perfect. The jungle setting is so serene and I could sit and watch the birds and butterflies all day......but we still missed that ocean view. Luckily the beach is near, so when you've had your fill of the jungle, you can just head down to the beach. Our only complaint was the pool temperature. We were able to hang out and swim one day, but the other times we tried to get in it was a bit too cold. All in all, we had a great stay at Xocotla and hope to be back again!
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Stayed: April, 2015
Payment Formats Accepted
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A 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking. The balance is due in cash upon arrival.

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Pricing Details

Low season (summer) 15 May - 14 November
Amixtli $95/night, $540/week
Xochitlan $60/night, $360/week
Ixpan $75/night, $450/week
High season (winter) 15 November - 14 May
Amixtli $125/night, $750/week
Xochitlan $85/night, $510/week
Ixpan $100/night, $600/week
Holiday Rates: 20 December - 4 January
Amixtli $145/night, $870/week
Xochitlan $100/night, $600/week
Ixpan $125/night, $750/week

Add'l Res Info: A minimum of 3 nights is required for individual rentals. Option to rent one, two, or three apartments.

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Owner/Manager Name
David and Michael
We're a Canadian couple who first came to Sayulita in 2001, when we bought land. A couple of years later we opened Xocotla and now live here for six months and in Nova Scotia for six months, where we own a B&B.
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