Aaah, sitting on the rooftop veranda – smoking a cigar, having coffee, and gazing down at the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Does it get any better than this?
I checked out the breathtaking pictures of Casa Paloma online prior to making the trip, so I was expecting a lot. And I got a lot more than I expected!
We were eight of us in our party, and we could have fit quite a few more. Casa Paloma is big, open and absolutely gorgeous! The architecture is superb – open spaces, archways, many beautifully furnished patios, and a wonderful pool. The owners, Dennis and Joan, have filled the estate with amazing Mexican folk art, sourced from all over Mexico. Spend a few minutes with one of the yarn paintings – the craftsmanship is world class and it will blow your mind knowing that anybody could even do that.
At the same time, the villa is relaxing and inviting, and not the least bit stuffy. It’s a perfect place to just sit with friends around a table (inside or out – you’ve got plenty of choices) drinking tequila and solving the world’s problems in style and comfort.
We were fortunate to be there when Dennis and Joan were in town. They were delightful guides, and their staff (Dora, Ernesto, and Santos) took such wonderful care of us that it felt like home (I could only be so lucky!)
A short walk to the beach and downtown Sayulita, and you are in the midst of a vibrant, hip, Mexican surfing village. The food is fantastic (and cheap!) and of course, the ocean is warm and wonderful. My wife also loved all the interesting and artistic shops that fill the town.
All of the above notwithstanding – I had one major gripe with Casa Paloma. That is that I had to leave and go home, and couldn’t stay there for the rest of my life! What’s up with that, anyway? They need to do something about that!
As I reflect on the time I've spent at Casa Paloma, in Sayulita, Mexico, only about 2 weeks ago, it brings great joy to my heart! The owners of this fabulous estate have brought consideration to every nook and cranny with their architectural insights, inteior design skills, and artistic creativity. Every room was a delightful exploration of light, color, artistry, imagination, and culture. Each room had an exquisite balance of indoor simplicity and beauty opening up to a heavenly assortment of outdoor gardens, lounges, skies, stars, and spectacular ocean views, etc. etc. etc.
Even if it wasn't a short and lovely walk to the town where the markets, shops, restaurants, and village square are a bundle of joy and excitement; even if it wasn't a short and lovely walk to the beach where you could be a beach bum, get a tan (or burn if you chose), and watch the surfers endlessly, or go surfing yourself, or snorkeling; even if it wasn't a joy to see the Mexican culture at it's finest - enjoying life as they know it, and genuinely happy to serve us all; Casa Paloma would stand well on its own. I went with about 8 of my dearest friends and the spaciousness allowed us to gather as often as we chose, but also have the option of privacy in the most beautiful surroundings when wanted. We had an absolutely fantastic time!
The owners have truly taken everything into account including your safety with exceptional security, your stay with a manager that can help with any and all aspects of your stay, and a housekeeping service that goes above and beyond. I've been in the remodeling business for about 3 years now, and have converted about 20 houses in this time from various levels of rags to riches, and I have to say I'm quite envious of the owners of Casa Paloma for the expertise they have brought to everything! If I was younger I would ask them for an understudy position!
We needed a home for 2 families with 8 people. I found this home and we booked it for a pre-christmas vaca. The house was huge! 6 bedrooms and tons of communal space. It worked really well for the four older teens as they could have their space while the parents had theirs! My favorite part was that I'd get up early in the morning to watch the sun rise and we'd have drinks to watch the sun set. The beach is down a path with steps which might be difficult for a few but no problems for us. We would get up, walk the beach, play at the beach, come back early to lay at the pool, get dressed and walk to dinner. Then repeat. Two nights we had Dora the lovely house keeper make us dinner. YEP! That was awesome! She and her husband Santo's were very sweet. Dennis and his entire crew were very helpful and always somewhere close by if we needed them. I would easily recommend a stay here. I look forward to returning.
We have rented many houses for family vacations, in Mexico, Costa Rica and St Thomas. This was our least satisfying rental for many reasons. There were cockroaches. The bedding was not very nice and the sheets were not changed over the course of a week. The towels were minimally replaced with clean ones. Often there was no hot water, little water pressure and occasionally no water from the taps at all. No shampoo or conditioner was provided, only soap. There were no beach toys, umbrellas, chairs or coolers. No TV signal and all the DVDs we could find were in Spanish. We only could get one of the safes to work although there were safes in each bedroom. We only saw the property manager Ernesto once when we arrived and when we left.
On the plus side, Dora the housekeeper and part time cook was very nice and a good cook. She is kind and hard working. The views are very nice of the ocean and beach, and there is a paved path to go directly to town or to the beach. We had no problem with the noise from town although we had expected we might. It was nice to have boogie boards, and the beach was great for the kids and our two surfers.
Some of the water problems are not specific to this rental but seem to be a problem for Sayulita, which hasn't kept up with the growth of tourism and is having problems with water and sewage.
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This house is nothing short of gorgeous. On a hill just above town with a panoramic view of the bay and the whole valley. There are five air-conditioned bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The house has three kitchens, though they are not all that well equipped. The lovely pool was spotless, set in beautiful landscaping. A huge tree on the property is home to iguanas.
The couple that provided the daily service were friendly and attentive. At our request, they cooked dinner for the ten of us one evening (for an additional charge).
The center of town and the beach are only a five minute walk down the hill.
While the town itself may be a bit scruffy, this house is top shelf.