I’d rate this a 4.5 stars if I could. The Casa Celestial is a beautiful little cabin set into a jungle hillside. Very private. Very quiet. Nicely configured for two couples, each having their own bath. The beds were very comfortable. Well appointed kitchen. Lots of colorful artwork. The place felt very secure and we didn’t worry about property crime.
The star of the show is the large outdoor palapa for lounging in. It has a dipping pool to cool off in when it’s hot. Lots of birds in the surrounding jungle. You’re in a jungle so expect to see a little wildlife up close occasionally. The grounds around the compound are beautifully maintained.
The owners, Bill and Melissa are very gracious and helpful. They obviously enjoy having guests. Their stunning house with a rental apartment below is just up the hill above the casa. There’s a swimming pool there that’s available to the casa guests. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The casa has good WiFi access, which of course is good and bad.
A few things to note:
- there are a fairly long series of stairs to access the casa. I would not recommend the casa if you’re mobility impaired. The apartment in the upper house would be a better choice though that entails some stairs as well
- there’s no views from the casa. Just jungle. The upper house has stunning views.
- it’s pretty far from town. It’s a long walk, but not something you’re likely to do on hot days. Getting a cab isn’t really all that practical there. You’ll want a car.
- the roads are pretty crappy around town, and a bit confusing. Finding the casa can be a real challenge at first. They provide good directions. Don’t drive at night if you can help it.
- streets are narrow, usually single lane, with two way traffic. But everyone seems to be courteous and accommodating so driving isn’t as intimidating as it first seems.
- get an all wheel drive with ground clearance!
- the town is a real gem. Nice mix of Americans and Mexicans vacationing there. Laid back scene, not a wild party place, but you can get a good margarita.
- prices were good, especially with the strong dollar exchange.
- I was impressed by how clean the town was
- lots of live sidewalk music.
- most establishments have some staff that speak English , but not all, so if you know some Spanish it’ll serve you well.
- we had good meals in every restaurant we visited. Seafood is the dominant theme.
- no one got sick from food or water in our party
- you’ll want to bring some food with you. There’s not a substantial grocery store in town so it’s worthwhile to make a provisioning stop in PV.
- we never felt unsafe walking around. Friendly people.
- the beach is for surfing. Waves are pretty big for swimming. I’d be very careful with kids there.
- we’re here in mid-November. It’s hot and humid. Mid to high 80’s. I’m told that’s fairly abnormal this late into the winter season. The bedrooms have air conditioning and you’ll be glad for that.
All in all this was a very pleasant place to visit. I’d do it again.
We stayed in the smallest of 3 residences, which is perfect for 2 couples. It’s charming, with the kitchen (with a small seating area) and 2 bedrooms/bathrooms comprising the indoors area. The living area is under the palapa, which butts to the kitchen through double sliding doors. The cool pool is the center of the palapa. Artwork is integrated into the design of everything, literally!
The residence is surrounded by lush jungle. There’s no view of the ocean, but it can be heard, booming in the not-too-far distance, about 10 min. on foot.
Bill & Melissa are wonderful hosts, intent on our comfort and happiness. Their staff are similarly disposed.
Realities: 1. There are three flights of steps up to the entrance area, at the level of the main residence. There is an equal number, or more, going down for access to the beach. 2. The compound is not in town; it’s a short distance (~25 min. walking along the beach or 10 min. in a car). The roads are cobbled and dirt, requiring care and a slow driving speed. There are other houses scattered around, but this place is semi-secluded. 3. The beach can be intimidating, with breaking waves making getting in and out difficult and potentially dangerous, depending on conditions. I’m a water dog (and no youngen anymore), but it took a fairly calm day to lure me in...and it took a bunch of concerted energy to get out. There were a very few people in the water when I didn’t think it’d work for me, so my opinion is relative.
None of the above lessened our pleasure, except the beach issue, which is the same throughout the area. We spent time in the water, just not along this stretch of beach.
Basically, we loved this place during our 8 day stay.
What an incredible home in the jungle. It feels like you are perched in the tops of the trees. The beautiful palapa with dipping pool is a tranquil oasis. Owners are friendly and helpful as are the caretaker. It is about a 6-7 minute drive into town, or a 10 minute walk down the beautiful jungle stairs to the beach. If you want privacy this would be a great choice. The home is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated with traditional mexican tiles, crafts and artwork. Beds are comfortable. Kitchen is fully equipped and lovely. This casita is located down the hill from the main casa, which can also be rented. There are a lot of stairs, but if you are ok with that, you will LOVE this property.
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