Villa Bali #5 1-3 bedrooms in quiet Pazcuarto area
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||1500 square feet|
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|Theme||Adventure, Romantic, Wilderness, Away from it all, Ocean, Tropical|
Description from the owner
Leave your stress behind and immerse yourself in unparalleled relaxation at Villa Bali #5
Relax and enjoy the comfort and charm of these unique homes, with their interesting design & architectural elements. Bird watching is unparalled, and a short walk from Villa Bali takes you to a semi private sandy beach, where often you are the only ones there. Wake up and experience the sights and sounds of this jungle adventure
Villa Bali #5 is the private home of the importers, designers and developers of the Villa Bali project, T.R. Lawrence and Linda O'Leary, who are also the owners of Nomads of Santa Fe. This property is located 2 kilo...Read more
Villa Bali #5 1-3 bedrooms in quiet Pazcuarto area
Sayulita, Mexican Riviera-Pacific Coast, Mexico
Additional Location Information
Located 1.2 miles south from the center of town, Sayulita. Easy to get there taking the bypass road, which surrounds the town of Sayulita ,You turn on the 1st right road continuing straight past the turn off for the Hara Mara Yoga studio, you continue straight, past the trail to the private beach and then you take the 1st left and the road dead ends into Villa Bali. There is a map at the enrance showing the locations of all 6 homes.
We arrange that our property manager meets our guests at the town plaza and directs you to Villa Bali on your arrival.
Sayulita Vacation Rentals
Location Type Away from it all, Ocean, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$65 - $185||$145||$455 - $1,015||$0||3 nights|
|Dec. 19 2012 - Jan. 3 2013||$80||-||-||-||3 nights|
|Dec. 20 2012 - Jan. 6 2013||$185||-||-||-||3 nights|
|Feb. 4 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|Feb. 4 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|All Other Dates||$145||$145||$1,015||-||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 09, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cutest Casita in the mexican jungle
I had a great time in the little casita. I travelled to Mexico in Feb as a solo woman traveller and loved every second. I was a little concerned for my safety before i left but the owners reassured me it was a safe place to be. They were right. I had no troubles at all and felt completely safe.
The casita itself was beautiful and exotic. Teak wood carvings and open aired shower. A beautiful deck to have my morning tea on. The kitchen had everything i needed. I made lots of dinners there and i spent most my days eating in town. The bed was comfortable and everything was kept super clean. There was a safe to put all my important stuff in. The owners had beach equipment and bikes to use. Which was great to get to town fast. Although I also enjoyed walking to and from town. It didn't take very long and was an exciting walk right through the jungle. There were lots of joggers and people walking their dogs. I felt completely safe everywhere I went.
The private beach was close and quiet. and the town was loud and full of excitement. I am happy I stayed out of town a bit because it was nice to get away from all the excitement and relax in the evenings. There are lots of cool little towns around with really nice little markets. Tons of culture, delicious food and friendly people everywhere. I had a great time staying there and will do it again. So do yourself a favour and stay here!!! You will not regret it.
Peaceful and Unique
My husband and I had been to Sayulita before, and although we loved Sayulita during the day - all of the noise during the nights were a problem for us. We were happy to discover Villa Bali, and especially #5. We were able to drive right up to the house and with heavy luggage, that was a plus. We did rent a car, but for a few days left it parked and just walked the jungle canopy road. Once we were even picked up by a local, and rode on the back of his pick up truck right into town! We love the beach and the one right near Villa Bali is beautiful. We would head down with the beach umbrellas and a good book and spend the afternoon. The house was very comfortable, rustic and charming - we loved the outdoor area, and used the BBQ for some fish we bought in town one night. Sitting on the patio was like being in an tropical paradise, with the wild parrots and exotic palms...and yet 1 mile to outstanding restaurants and entertainment... All in all a beautiful place, and one that we would return too.
San Miguell de Allende, Mexico
Great, Unique Rental
My wife and I spent 3 weeks in the Villa #5 Casita. The Casita is very comfortable, in a beautiful setting. Its a 5 minute walk to a beautiful private beach, and a easy 25 minute walk into Sayulita. We didn't have a car during our stay, but were in Sayulita most days for either lunch or dinner. Villa Bali is a truley unique expirence, beautiful setting, and out of the noise and hustle-bussle of town. We would really recommend this Casita, the main house is equally beautifyl.
Villa Bali #5 is great!
We just rented #5 for a week and had a great time! The house itself is stunning with it's mixture of architecture from Bali as well as elements from Morocco and, of course, Mexico. It was more than we had expected. If you are looking for a high end, posh resort-like experience, this place is not for you. However, if you are interested in a mildly rustic, visually stunning jungle experience where you can hear the ocean's waves braking on the nearby beach, then this is the place for you. It was perfectly quiet being away from the noises of town.
While it is outside of town, we chose not to rent a car and just took the twenty-ish minute walk into town. My wife was 5 months pregnant while we were there and the walk wasn't too much for her. Plus the walk is on a road through the beautiful jungle and is very quiet. Only an occasional vehicle slowly came by as the road is bumpy. So there was no danger of being hurt. Also, the walking pace allowed us to more intimately experience not only the jungle, but the town and the local people who were very kind.
Overall, Villa Bali #5 and Sayulita were great! We would highly recommend it to anyone who is not high maintenance and is able to take a relaxed approach to life.
Additional information about January stay
I stayed at the Bali (main unit) along with Eastonlow, whose review is below, and had a somewhat more positive reaction. I'll give it a generous "4", although 3.5 stars would be more accurate.
The second bedroom/bathroom situation is a problem but not a shack. It would be a fairly nice little bedroom if it (and the bathroom) were a part of the main unit. Both of these rooms are under the same roof as the main part of the Bali, but you have to exit the main unit (that is, go outside) to get to either, and you have to exit the separate bedroom to get to the separate bathroom. I agree with Eastonlow that this should have been clearly described in the listing.
Although I found both the separate rooms to be clean and pleasant, they were a clear step down from the main part of the Bali unit, which is as nice as described in the listing and as others have commented here. The only complaint in this regard was the water pressure in the separate bathroom, which was quite low. (The indoor one was fine.)
Also on the plus side is the 10-minute walk to the secluded beach, which is very nice and a wonderful contrast from the crowded Sayulita beaches. The house itself is close to the beach but still in the jungle (see the panorama photo I'm attempting to post along with this review).
I do want to stress that I found Linda, the owner, to be very responsive to my questions before the trip and to the missing-key issue that arose during the trip. Her concern was genuine, and she swung into action, remedying the problem from afar. We had only a short vacation, so the few hours it took to get the key was an annoyance, but Linda did what she could.
Regarding the 'hand-drawn map' -- I do think that'd be a good idea, particularly since the maps on this website show something within Sayulita proper. Given Linda's concern and responsiveness, I expect that she'll do her best to address the problems we experienced, so that future visitors can take full advantage of this nice place.
Response from Linda OLeary - 01/25/2013
Thank you for this response. I have just edited the website to mention that the second bedroom and bathroom have a seperate entrance, from the front porch. Also, I have attempted to move the map pin to a better position in relationship to the town of Sayulita. When I figure out how to do it, I will scan a hand-drawn map to the site as well...Linda
A number of reasons to avoid this place
Villa Bali is in a pretty location a couple miles from Sayulita. The listing, however, was not as clear as it could have been about the fact that you will absolutely need a car. I did walk back from town one time and it took me about half an hour (I'm in very good shape, and was walking at normal to fast pace).
We had a number of problems in our stay. First, the directions were poor. A simple hand-drawn map would have solved that problem. Second, the unit was not really a two bedroom as advertised. It was a very nice one bedroom, with a separate bedroom in a sort of shed next door, and a semi-outdoor second bathroom in between. Ok, if you have a couple with kids, it might be nice to kick the kids out into the shack, but even then there is no sound privacy, don't start thinking about that!
Second, there is a different key for the second bedroom. And, the woman who gave us the keys only gave us the key to the main house, so we were locked out for a while.
Finally, the best thing about this place is the peace and quiet. Unless, of course, they rent you the unit while they are trimming the trees, which is exactly what they did to us. So, instead of the quiet of being out of town, we were trying to talk over the chain saws all day.
Overall, the absentee owner of this place does not seem to care much about her visitors. I would not consider coming back.
Response from Linda OLeary - 01/25/2013
We have had this property in the rental market since 2008, and this is the first negative review I have ever received…
I obviously must travel in a different style then the reviewer, but to call a room a “shack” that has an antique marble topped table from Indonesia, 100 year old Moroccan wood window with hand forged steel grates, three carved Chinese story plaques above the windows, air conditioning, marble stone floor, queen bed with comforter, designer pillows, painted Arabic door from Fes, French style glass windows overlooking the patio. If this is a shack, what is a castle?
As for the directions and maps – the reason the client never received any, is because we request our property manager to meet all guests in the main plaza, to go with them out to the property, making sure to open up all doors and explain anything that they may need. In this instance, the clients insisted that they did NOT want her to come and so she did not. It was the first time that a guest refused that kind of assistance. When I heard from them concerning the missing key, I have a record of 4 phone calls and emails taking place between the property manager and myself, and the room was unlocked within an hour. This is not what I would consider the response of an absentee owner who does not care about her visitors.
I feel sorry for this reviewer and visitor to Villa Bali, who was not able to enjoy this special place. I fear his coffee is never hot enough, the sun is never warm enough, and the glass is never full enough.
Santa Fe, NM
My husband and I love the charming Balinese beauty..carved wood beams, tile roofs, cozy and very workable kitchen, comfortable beds and exotic spa like shower. We love to gather around the fire pit with friends on the nights we're not out enjoying the Sayulita night life, with its great restuarants and music. The large covered front porch is a perfect spot to relax , watch birds, just hang out. And the beach is just around the corner.
We love returning to this sweet spot...with friends, or just as a romantic getaway for 2.
John & Jean-- Red Cross & military retirees
El Paso TX
Tropical homes above Sayulita's beaches.
Of the rentals in Mexico, we found this to be one of the best. The five homes in Bali Ville were shipped from Java and assembled by hand on the slopes above the surfing beaches of Sayulita. Bali homes are filled with teak hardwood. They are well run by long-time local management.
The tavern music in the evening in Sayulita's town square is a big plus. In the day-time, shopping is within walking distance through jungle trails. Taking advantage of little local markets is a good way to buy local fresh fruits and vegetables for making breakfasts and lunch because Bali kitchens are well-equipped. There are almost no insects so you can eat on the lanai.
The surfing beaches are the kinds that attract professionals (we saw about 50 competitors in an informal tournament). The little beach restaurants aren't part of the usual tourist world (the beach at San Pedros is a good example).
Puerto Vallarta is within driving distance and the sand sculptures are worth seeing but the noise, the hustlers and, sorry to say, the tourists, made my wife, Jean, and me very happy to get back to Bali Ville.
Here is a hint: One of the young women who works as a maid (I can't remember her name) but if you find out who she is, she is a wonderful cook and she came over and prepared lunch for us one day and didn't even want to charge us for doing it.
Another hint: If you are a bird-watcher, you can find birds in any direction because Sayulita is on the Pacific flyway. Buen provecho.
A wonderful experience!
We had heard about Sayulita from a magazine article & are so happy that we discovered Linda's property. It was exactly what we'd hoped for with peace & privacy galore. The stunning homes & landscaping created a unique jungle experience. The walk to the private beach was easy, and well worth it. We rode horseback; dined in some great restaurants in town; and my husband discovered that even a Minnesota baby boomer can surf! I took a Yoga class that I loved. This is a delightful place, and it's obvious the owners have taken great care with it.
santa fe, nm
Rest in the Jungle
Had the most delightful visit. The casa (casita) was lovely and well appointed. The location is just a bit removed from town, but resting and sleeping amongst the trees was heavenly. The closest beach is very near and not as full as beaches in town. Feels like you have a piece of nature all to your own. A brief walk (or even briefer drive) gets you into restaurants, shops and loads of social life. Our party adored the get away and would go back in a minute!
Had a wonderful experience, accomodations where excellent!! The
Would highly recommend this rental. The owners where wonderful to work with. The house had all the ammentities of home. The beach is fabulous. A lot of things to do. Horses, surfing, resturants, all were excellent. Friendly town English speaking. A wonderful get away! Go and have a blast. Just don't get sunburned!! Have fun!