When spending time in Yelapa, you take the good with the bad. First the very very good: Jay and Annie’s pelapa was fantastic! The views were breathtaking, the beds were perhaps the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on in Mexico, and the plunge pool was a HUGE added bonus! Filipe and Jannette helped us feel welcome and right at home and checked in with us daily to ensure we had what we needed to feel comfortable and the Yelapan people throughout the town were just as friendly as I remember!
Now for the bad, which is no fault of anyone’s: we killed two scorpions while we were there. Again, this is nobody’s fault and is not that big of a surprise given that the pelapa is situated among a gorgeous wooded hillside. But it did give me an uneasy feeling and perhaps some concern about returning to this particular property. We have stayed elsewhere in Yelapa and have not encountered scorpions (though always knew it would be a possibility). And it’s also possible that the dryness of the season encouraged their movement. If we would return, we would do so with pause...and perhaps during a different season.
First, the good:
This house has it all!!! Great pool, great kitchen and eating areas, beds are comfortable and bathrooms are nice. The views are incredible as you have a great view overlooking the cove/bay, beach and river. The house is just a few steps down the "road" from the staircase to the beach and a 5-10 minute walk to the village where you can find restaurants/stores.
The master BR is detached from the main part of the house, which is nice for those that want any privacy. Comfortable bed and has A/C if it gets too hot. Great view out the sliding doors!! The bathroom is fully open-air...you can literally see the beach while showering...don't fret though, no one can see you without binoculars!!! The only downfall is the mid-night trip to the bathroom, as it will require you to go outside, and up an unlit flight of rock stairs. There appears to be wired lighting on each of the steps, but they weren't working during our trip. Not the worst thing in the world unless you forget your flashlight and flip flops...
The other BR is very nice...the bathroom splits the room into 2 sections with the queen on one side and the 2 double beds on the other. There is no door separating the 2 sides, so if you're looking for privacy, you might have to fight for the master!! While I didn't use the shower, others said the water pressure was very good!!! The double beds looked a little small to me, so if you're planning on getting 2 people in each, they'd have to be kids. But, I'm also 6'5" 250lbs, so my perspective may be a little off.
We had one person stay in the loft bed, and they said it was the best sleep they'd had in a long time. Completely open air with only the mosquito net and the thatch roof between you and nature. He said it stayed pretty cool at night and was very comfortable.
The kitchen is fully stocked and ready for your culinary needs. We chose to eat out every meal, which is easy to do as all of the restaurants were excellent.
The house surprisingly has great Wi-Fi, which is great, if you need it, but you really shouldn't on vacation.
The pool is great. We found it best to be used from 10am to 2pm, as those were the hours when you have direct sunlight due to the shade from the mountains and the roof.
Now, the bad (or challenges):
If you are not mobile, this house, and potentially, Yelapa is not for you. This town is built into the hills, so you are either walking up/down a hill or stairs. The house sits atop a good flight of stone stairs, so just be aware. But with the elevation, comes the great view, so pick your poison.
We went in April...this is the jungle...so be ready to see some 'critters' in or around the house. We saw multiple spiders, lizards, ants and even a scorpion. In my opinion, not a huge deal, as you can run into those critters at your home (minus the scorpions)...so just be prepared.
All in all, a great place to spend your vacation. Be sure to visit Fanny's, Cafe Bahia, Yelapa Yacht Club, Chico's for great food. And don't miss Michelada Vicky. Trini will put on a show for you!!!
Amazing house, perfect location, beautiful views, works well with a group, loved the pool. . .what else can I say? The owners, Jay/Annie could not have been more helpful. We just loved our time at Casa Flourish. This is a special spot and the perfect place to stay in Yelapa!!!
Three generations of our family celebrated two milestone birthdays at Casa Flourish for a week in March, and we're still harvesting the rewards in happy memories. Our 10-year-old son just said yesterday that it was the best experience of his whole life. (And he's had some pretty great ones!) The house and its location are spectacular. And from the process of booking and planning to our departure, the Casa Flourish team treated us with kindness, professionalism, and obvious pride in their lovely home.
Jay helped me with activities and logistics, especially initiating communication with Felipe, the house's concierge/manager. With the help of a little Google Translate "cheating," we were able to converse well enough to set up a trip down the coast to Chimo for a fantastic seafood dinner. We also arranged for Felipe to meet us in Puerto Vallarta for our initial pickup. Felipe's wife, Yanet, kept the house in shipshape, and one night we hired her to cook an amazing supper for us.
The house is open to the breezes and sounds of Yelapa, and in March, the weather was perfect and mild, with little or no insect activity to make the mosquito nets necessary. My husband and I loved the master suite, which is set a few steps away from the casa's central living space. My parents and older son occupied the other two bedrooms, which share a bathroom, on the casa's other side. Our youngest son, the 10-year-old, slept in the loft, where the suspended bed made every night an adventure. The kitchen and living area are lovely and comfortable, totally up to the task of meeting a large family's needs. The views are amazing, day and night, and the pool kept us cool when the sun's rays warmed us up.
Though I have no complaints about the casa or its representation, I thought it might be helpful to contribute few words about the house in particular and Yelapa in general. My kids and I would come back in a flash. But for my parents, who are in their 70s, the casa and Yelapa were a bit challenging. We had planned to put my parents in the master suite. However, its bathrooom, while absolutely gorgeous (open-air shower, yes!), was up two flights of irregular stone stairs. For older folks who get up a few times a night, this can be a problem. (To be clear, they were perfectly happy with the other bedroom, which was attractive and spacious and had its own balcony.) The casa itself is reached via a set of stairs that was tough for my dad, who has back trouble and a detached retina, which affected his depth perception, in the past couple of years. Yelapa's streets are often steep and the surface is also irregular. All of these things are fine, even appealing, if you're fit and looking for an alternative to hyper-groomed resort vacations. But they made things a little tricky for the older members of our family. That said, we still absolutely loved our time there.
So while Yelapa and Casa Flourish were wonderful for us, they might not be for everyone. If not being able to flush your toilet paper because the plumbing is way off the grid bothers you, go somewhere else. If you wouldn't want to have a random dog wander into your living room after supper, you might rule it out. And bear in mind that Yelapa is pretty completely a cash economy. There are no ATMs, no exchanges, and almost no one takes credit cards. A few folks might take PayPal, including Yanet and Felipe, but it's best to overbudget a bit so as to avoid a trip back to Puerto Vallarta for more pesos. After all, the place is so special, so beautiful, so friendly, why leave it before you have to?