Xocotla Penthouse

2-4 guests 2-4 guests
1 bedroom 1 BR
2 beds 2 beds
1 bathroom 1 BA
  • Heated pool with waterfall, surrounded by lush tropical gardens
  • In-unit safe
  • Walking distance to everything
  • High speed wireless Internet
  • Separate and private apartments
  • Maid/maintenance staff

Xocotla (Sho-cot-la) in Sayulita, Mexico sits on a small hill overlooking the delightful fishing/surfing village. Xocotla is an 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 neighborhood. 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 2 and under are not allowed.

Xocotla Penthouse is tastefully furnished and decorated with traditional handicrafts from Mexico's famous markets. The beds (either king size or two twins, and a futon depending on your needs), as well as the bed linens and bath towels, are of the highest quality. Safes are provided for your peace of mind.

Xocotla Penthouse used to be the owner's suite, and it offers a unique and spacious one-bedroom apartment experience located on the top level of the building. This special unit comes with its own private rooftop, offering stunning ocean views—a perfect spot to savor your morning coffee or enjoy afternoon happy hour drinks. The Penthouse is thoughtfully designed to accommodate a couple with two children comfortably. Inside the fully stocked kitchen, you'll find all the necessary appliances to prepare your favorite meals and create wonderful memories with your family and friends. Whether it's cooking together or simply enjoying quality time, the kitchen is equipped to meet your needs. Furthermore, every morning, you'll wake up to an incredible vista of the ocean and the lush garden surroundings. The sight of the ocean from the Penthouse is nothing short of breathtaking, making your stay truly unforgettable.

In the garden, shared with the other two units on the property, 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 note that there is a 3-night minimum booking.

If you are interested in renting the other apartments on the property please see below:

XOCHITLAN - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom alongside the pool

IXPAN - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom upstairs with beautiful views

AMIXTLI - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with views of pool and garden

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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Pricing Details

All our room rates are quoted in US dollars.

Low season (summer) 15 May - 14 November
Penthouse $159/night, $954/week
High season (winter) 15 November - 14 May
Penthouse $199/night
Holiday Rates: Penthouse $219/night

Thanksgiving 2023 18/Nov/2023 - 26/Nov/2023

Chrismas & New Years 2023: 15/Dec /2023 - 01/Jan/2024

US presidents Week 2024: 17/Feb/2024 - 25/Feb/2024

Semana Santa 2024:23/Mar/2024 - 07/Apr/2024

Thanksgiving 2024:23/Nov/2024 - 30/Nov/2024

Chrismas & New Years 2024: 20/Dec/2024 - 06/Jan/2024 


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

If you cancel with more than 30 days' notice, a full refund is given, minus 5% service charge. If you cancel with fewer than 30 days' notice, we will do our best to rebook the apartment and refund the deposit. If we do not rebook, the refund is forfeited.

Payment Formats Accepted
Wire Transfer USA

For low season when booking for 7 nights only pay for 6 nights. This is not reflected in the SayulitaLife when doing a search but prices are listed correctly below under "Pricing details". All our room rates are quoted in US dollars. A 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking. The balance is due in cash upon arrival.

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Our Recent Stay
We stayed in the penthouse for five days. There are some very nice aspects to this property. For example, the penthouse has a charming and unique layout. The views from the top deck are very nice, looking across the town out to the ocean and there is another nice private deck off the kitchen. The property has lots of greenery and is very lush. The pool was kept cool and was very welcome after climbing up the hill. The climb is relatively short and should be no problem for those reasonably fit. It is a short distance to the main part of town.

On the challenging side, the bed we slept in was probably the most uncomfortable we have slept in for years. We did bring this to the owners attention, and to her credit she set about getting a mattress topper. This however, did not arrive during the four days after we notified her. I did see it at the bottom of the stairs on our way out, so hopefully this will do the job. The patio furniture on the upper deck was also in very poor repair and the whole hotel felt like it needed exterior cleaning, and painting. The interior was nice and clean though.

While not a huge issue, the apartment is also quite close to town and can be noisy in the evening depending on what is going on in the central Plaza. We managed to solve this by shutting the windows and sleeping with earplugs.

It would also be nice if the property supplied beach chairs and an umbrella as most do in our experience after many stays in Sayulita.

We both felt that the property has very good potential and some great features, and would be greatly enhanced by a little TLC and attention to detail.
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Stayed: March, 2024
Response from Owner/Manager on 03/26/2024

Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback about your recent stay in the penthouse. We truly appreciate your insights and are glad to hear that you enjoyed several aspects of the property, including its unique layout, stunning views, lush surroundings, and refreshing pool.

However, we're truly sorry to hear that you encountered some challenges during your stay, particularly with the comfort of the bed. Your feedback regarding these issues is invaluable, and we're taking immediate steps to address them.

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future and provide you with an even better experience.

Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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Xocotla paradise
We really enjoyed our stay. The well established corner lot jungle enclave is so close to town yet feels secluded and exotic. It's a very special place. We briefly met the other apt.s nice renters one afternoon but it barely felt like they were there the unit is so private (yet mostly patio living). The design is very clever. The pool was delightful. We found the battery in the safe not working and through a quick whatsapp message, the property manager had come to replace it within minutes. We felt well taken care of if we needed anything. I highly recommend a stay here.
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Stayed: August, 2021
Amazing retreat with amazing hosts!
We stayed over the Christmas vacation and had an incredible time. Our appartment was comfortable, very clean and had all the amenities needed to dine in every day/night if we wished. The patio and pool area is so relaxing and inviting. Our hosts (David & Michael) were attentive and informative. They arranged for the most amazing whale watching tour with Nico. Due to new Canadian regulations, they even made our COVID tests appointments and followed up with the clinic for us. We were in excellent hands which made our three week stay safe, worry free and too short! The location is minutes from town and the beach but far enough to ensure a level of seclusion. We love Xocotla and will be returning!
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Stayed: December, 2020
Everything was perfect
Xocotla is AMAZING. It was the perfect rental for us in Sayulita. The location couldn't be better - quick, easy walk to/from the town and beach, but a good enough distance that you don't hear all of the noise. The pool was great to refresh and relax in the afternoons. The space was super comfortable and it was really nice to have a kitchen (with some very thoughtful supplies from Michael and David). We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend it.
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Stayed: March, 2020
Better than advertised!
My boyfriend and I had an incredible, relaxing experience at Michael and David’s vacation rental. It was perfect for getting that much-needed R&R. A beautiful piece of land that makes you feel like you’re in the jungle, but only a short walk from the center of town. Pictures never do justice, and it is simply that much better in person! Would highly recommend it.
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Stayed: March, 2020
Highly Recommend!
Cozy home and amazing hosts!
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Stayed: March, 2020
Incredible Hosts!
Our flight from Canada was very delayed and we were concerned that the key handover would not go as planned. However, David was patiently awaiting our arrival. He helped us get settled in, had cold beers awaiting us, and recommended a few nearby restaurants for a late meal. We can't say enough about Michael and David. They encouraged us to contact them if we had questions or needed something, which we did quite often. They even scouted out luggage availability in Bucerias (complete with photos) for us as ours was beyond use thanks to the airline. Our morning coffee and breakfast at our outdoor kitchen, watching the geckos and iguanas was a great way to start the mornings . Having a heated pool within a few steps of our room was also such a treat. This is definitely our go to place when we are next in Sayulita.
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Stayed: February, 2020
Amazing hosts and home
Xocotla is stunning! Exactly as pictured, and even better in person. The kitchen has everything one would need, fully equipped. Upon arrival they even set me up with some coffee, milk, sugar, tea, milk, and some very appreciated beers :). There was a carnival in town so it was quite noisy until late into the night, but I opened my door and they had left me a box of earplugs which solved the problem and was such a thoughtful thing to do. I really appreciated it. The location is great, a few steps up from the plaza. Walking distance to everything. They were quick to respond to messages and were there to greet me upon arrival. I would definitely stay again! Thank you!
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Stayed: February, 2020
Great stay, wonderful location
Beautiful home in the perfect location. And the rooms come with daily cleaning service (on weekdays) which is an added super bonus. Mornings on the balcony for breakfast were amazing!
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Stayed: February, 2020
Dreamy location!
We just returned home from a lovely stay here. Everything was amazing with the Casita. The location was perfect for us, close enough to stroll down to town, but far enough away for some peace. It was amazing listening to the crashing waves of the ocean every night to put us to sleep. The pool was a lovely treat to swim in and the grounds make you feel like you are living in the jungle. We would highly recommend staying here!!
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Stayed: January, 2020
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