Fodor's Expert Review Hotelito Desconocido Sanctuary Reserve & Spa

Playón de Mismaloya s/n, Tenacatita, Jalisco, 48460, Mexico

A two-year renovation, during which time the resort was closed, has resulted in a more sedate, less whimsical decor that, like the original Hotelito, includes elements of hardwood, bamboo, and palm-thatch designed by a group of young tapatios (artisans from Guadalajara). It's far from rustic, however: witness 600-thread-count sheets, Jacuzzi tubs, expansive furnished terraces, and private docks with personal canoes; the smallest palafito (house on wooden stilts) is more than 1,000 square feet. There are private butlers, too. The property is lit by torches, lanterns, candles, and low-wattage lamps. On a long stretch of beach, this isolated hotel is an idyllic escape for its discerning, high-end clientele. An integral part of the concept is health and self-improvement. Programs range from the five-day "mom-to-be" to the 21-day "love the way you look" program; organic fruits and veggies make their way from the property's garden to guests' table, along with fish and seafood.


  • isolated, unique, and charming
  • holistic spa with aromatherapy, yoga, and many other services
  • concierge service


  • rustic-chic it is, affordable it isn't
  • isolated


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 800-851–1143


27 suites, 3 villas
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, No meals; All meals

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