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Reviewed 22 January 2015

Jaime has created a true Garden of Eden by the sea - huge trees, jungle, a stream, all form part of El Encanto. The beachview rooms are set in a garden full of flowering plants and trees and face the cape of Santa Cruz. It is a wondrous place away from the hustle and bustle of the world. A place...

1Thank kaunteyaLondon
Reviewed 4 January 2015

We spent about 5 days at El Encanto. Its an easy trip (about 3 hours) by car, bus or taxi from Puerto Vallarta. The grounds are lush and the hotel looks out over the ocean. If you are looking for a quiet, read in a hammock, walk to the beach, hang out with friends, enjoy fresh, delicious seafood vacation, you...

1Thank Abby R
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Staying at El Encanto is like visiting the owner, James Vitale, who is a very hospitable and interesting host. If you want to spend time in a small town away from tourist traps, this is the place. Personally I like to be alone on a vacation, but I found myself spending time with the other guests in this place because...

1Thank Dean B
Wiarton, Canada
Reviewed 2 May 2012

We visited El Encanto for a month last winter and enjoyed the laid-back vibe of the place. In fact, we were the only visitors in the entire apartment hotel! It was almost too quiet. Night falls early in Mexico, and there was absolutely nothing to do after sunset, other than sit out on the patio and battle the no-see-ums. (There...

1Thank JofromCanada
Reviewed 21 April 2012

I first went to El Encanto for a 7-day yoga retreat four years ago. We did yoga on the flat rooftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and huge trees full of Magnificent Frigatebirds. On the last night, owner Jim Vitale invited the group to a costume ball in his open-air living room set in the rainforest. We got to choose costumes...

3Thank madzufi
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Unabashedly fervent fans of El Encanto and its host, Jim Vitale, for three successive years and counting, this couple recommends it for those seeking something quiet and different. Located on a rural "working beach", sandwiched between the charming village of Santa Cruz and a private resort, El Encanto is like a garden bed and breakfast. Equipped with an outdoor kitchen...

1Thank Paul M
Reviewed 25 March 2012

This hotel is where I have been going for the last five years and each year I can't wait to return. Jim Vitale, the owner, is a wholly unique person who is a wonderful and gracious host and a brilliant artist. You see his works all through the grounds and in the rooms and in the enchanted ambience that he...

1Thank Oscar G
Reviewed 19 March 2012

I stayed at El encanto for four nights in Febuary and enjoyed the peace, quiet, birdwatching, lots of butterflies and clean air of Santa Cruz de Miramar. I also slept on the best bed in a week. I came by bus from Vallarta after knowing about this place for a few years. Jim was great a host. He took to...

4Thank oceangardenVancouver

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Additional Information about El Encanto

Address: Domicilio Conocido | Calle de access al privado de Miramar, San Blas, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > San Blas
Price Range: RM310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Some of the rooms have little patios that over look the ocean - a delight.”
 of 5 bubbles abbyr2015, 4 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Choose a room with a patio facing the ocean.”
 of 5 bubbles JofromCanada, 1 May 2012 | Read review
“I always took Number 3, a lovely room with interesting furniture and a good kitchen. Great views over the garden and sea.”
 of 5 bubbles madzufi, 20 Apr 2012 | Read review
“Call Jim and ask!”
 of 5 bubbles PaulM523, 26 Mar 2012 | Read review
“I had a room on the second floor,so had a rooftop balcony where I could watch the sunset and fishermen bring in their boats”
  • entrance to back gardens
  • sunset from my patio
 of 5 bubbles oceangardenVancouver, 19 Mar 2012 | Read review
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