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Romantic & Private Mexican Hideaway with Salt Water Pool

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom , 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2)

Our romantic, colorful home, Casa Soleada ("Sunny House") with its salt water pool, surrounded by bougainvillea and hanging vines, is the perfect escape for a couple searching for a fun filled vacation.

Casa Soleada is nestled into a hillside above the Pacific Ocean and offers you a modern Mexican design, great comfort, stunning ocean views, and a lush tropical garden with two decks and a dip pool (2.5 meters x 3 meters). Our home is a splendid place to watch migrating humpback whales, vivid jungle birds, and dazzling sunsets.

We built Casa Soleada in 2001, with the help of an imaginative local architect who has now added the pool and decks among the palm trees and bougainvillea. Placed at the north end of Sayulita Bay, among other beautifully designed homes, and facing west, we're about a 15 minute walk to the village of Sayulita. From our home you'll benefit from the serenity, superb views, and easy access (three minute walk) to the north end (quiet end) of the beach.

The same talented architect has recently completed a casita in the garden. The casita is NOT rented, you do not have to share your privacy or the pool with anyone else. And, you may use the deck of the casita to view birds and other gifts of nature. Built up over the jungle it's almost a tree house -- we call it El Nido, The Nest.

Casa Soleada offers outdoor living with security. The living area and palapa (coned shaped palm roof) dining area are open to the ocean breeze, but safely placed high above the garden. Since we began renting Casa Soleada in 2003, no guest has ever lost anything from this house. Not once!

Our large air conditioned bedroom, with a firm queen-size bed and beautiful wooden closets, has screened and barred windows, and unbreakable glass doors and windows.

Other features you will love about Casa Soleada include our mosaic outdoor shower off the main bath, and our bougainvillea surrounded balcony, perfect for margaritas or moon gazing.

The pretty blue tiled kitchen has an island, good cookware, and all major appliances. And Casa Soleada's colorful art and furnishings are of Mexican and South American design, enhanced by photographs of Mexico.

Sayulita is still a charming fishing village, but becoming discovered by tourists; that means we have all the services you'll be searching for. Very good shops, dozens of restaurants, cafes, excellent artists, and a wide variety of activities from Spanish lessons at the bookstore, to surfing lessons on the beach, to zip lines, horse back riding, and eco-tourism in the jungle.

If you reserve Casa Soleada for more than one week (8 nights or longer) we will send a driver to Puerto Vallarta airport to meet your flight. He'll put you and your bags in the van, take you grocery shopping, and delivery you to Casa Soleada, FREE.

Keywords: House, Casa, Casita, private home

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Cynthia Gillespie-Smith
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2017

About Cynthia Gillespie-Smith

We are a retired English/American couple who "found" Sayulita in the late 90s when Cynthia ran a photography workshop in Mexico. In the year 2000, we came to Sayulita to spend the winter ~ before we left we'd bought property, contacted a wonderful local architect, and drew up plans for Casa Soleada. We spend much of each winter here ~ otherwise we travel or live in Bandol, France, where this photo was made. We also rent our house near Aix-en-Provence.

Cynthia Gillespie-Smith purchased this house in 2001

Why Cynthia Gillespie-Smith chose Sayulita

In 2000, Sayulita was a quiet and almost unknown fishing village north of the resort town, Puerto Vallarta. While we've seen a lot of changes in Sayulita, most of them are positive, and in our neighborhood, the far north end of town, life remains peaceful. We have the choice of joining in the activity of Sayulita or remaining in the calm, tropical atmosphere of our home.

What makes this house unique

We love walking in the jungle and along the beach, especially the quiet north end. From our balcony we watch humpback whales, exotic birds, and admire the extraordinary sunsets Mother Nature gives us. Then we can walk or drive into town for dinner. Evenings are busy in Sayulita ~ many shops are open and there's a special positive energy not found many places.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. The art, gardens and views are all quite special. Lots of wildlife.
Jan 2010
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Sayulita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have a safe for your valuables, including your laptops and cameras.


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Romantic & Private Mexican Hideaway with Salt Water Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Perfect Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This bungalow was the perfect choice for our short stay in Sayulita. Cynthia worked with us to accommodate our tight schedule. The property manager Ernesto provided superior service - even arranged for a golf cart to be delivered to the house for us. Walkable to the beach and town but so much more fun to ride around in the cart! Sunsets are magical from the deck and the pool is wonderful to cool down after a hot day. Thanks again Cynthia and Ernesto!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central Coast, California

Looking forward to a return

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was pretty perfect. Ernesto set us up with a pick up at the airport, a golf cart delivered to the house (steep hill to walk so if your out of shape I recommend), plenty of bottled water, and bed was very comfortable. I was relieved to find out air conditioning wasn't needed at night with the ocean breeze. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing private getaway

  • 5 of 5

What can I say, Casa Soleada was just perfect! The view, accommodations, pool are all better than you think they might be. My only suggestion is that you may want to consider renting a golf cart, since the walk up the hill is quite a hike, and even more so with groceries. We rented one for 24 hours and it also allowed us to see more of the town which was also nice. I cant recommend this enough. You wont regret it!!!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonoma, CA

The perfect house and perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

At the end of the cobblestone road we walked thru an arched wooden door in a wall expecting to see a house......but surprise, we are standing on a floor and there is a roof but there are is no other wall between us and the tree tops with the ocean beyond. Only the bedroom and bathroom is fully enclosed. What a delight! It was just what we were looking for, a chance to feel the warm breezes and hear the waves uninterrupted by such unnecessary things as walls, windows and doors. It was the quintessential rustic Mexican experience with all the conveniences you need. The best part of the beach, away from the busy downtown, is a short walk down the hill, yet the walk into town is entirely pleasant, either on the beach or along the road. There are excellent restaurants along the way if you don't want to go all the way to town, but the best part about leaving the house is coming back and walking thru that door. We look forward to returning soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always thrilled to receive a review as nice as this one! It really makes me feel that guests had a memorable time and appreciate the aspects of our house that we do. Yes, the first time you walk into our house the surprise is lovely -- we never tire of it. Safety, comfort and "wow"!
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What a wonderful, beautiful house in a wonderful, beautiful town

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is "perfection"! We spent 10 days here and loved every hour of every day. When you first walk into the house, the view is overwhelmingly gorgeous! Everyday when we'd come back from the beach or town and open the door, it was like going " is good"! Taking a shower outside with a spectacular view, was heavenly. The sound of the waves was so relaxing and the sunsets were beautiful. The food in town was great (I gained 3 pounds, but so well worth it). We walked everywhere. At the bottom of the first hill, just turn to the right and enter the jungle! We will, without a doubt, go back again. Thank you so much Cynthia!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Una hermosa casa

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 5 nights at Casa Soleada & loved it. Cynthia was delightful to correspond with & meet, as were Ian & Ernesto. The casa is completely beautiful and the view outstanding. We were comfortable there & felt totally safe. The location away from the centre of Sayulita made for a very relaxing stay.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Puerto Vallarta International
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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