Fodor's Expert Review El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort

Carretera Melaque–Puerto Vallarta (Carretera 200), Km 7.5, Cihuatlán, Jalisco, 48970, Mexico Fodor's Choice

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

More than 2,000 acres of ecological reserve and jungle surround this magical resort along 16 km (10 mi) of private coast. The architecture fuses Mediterranean-style elements with local building materials; world-renowned Ricardo Legorreta was one of the architects. Many villas have an outdoor living room. All have dark-wood floors; king-size beds; wet bars; ample bathrooms; and patios with plunge pools, hammocks, and chaise longues. Sofas are upholstered in rich textured fabrics. At night the staff lights hundreds of candles around the villas to create a truly enchanting setting. The golf course is excellent.

PROS

  • concierge service
  • individual plunge pools
  • CD and DVD players in each room
  • yoga and Pilates classes (in high season)

CONS

  • 10% service fee on top of 18% sales and hotel taxes
  • prohibitively expensive for most people
  • no Wi-Fi in rooms
  • only one shared computer for checking e-mails

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Intimate
On the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 315-351–5031 | 01800-823–3037-toll-free in Mexico | 866-717–4316-from U.S. or Canada

HOTEL DETAILS

29 villas, 3 4-bedroom houses
Rate Includes: No meals

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