Press Reviews

Villa Amor in the news and resort reviews

We never had a PR agency. We didn’t advertise in the glossy magazines. We weren’t even looking to get famous. But people — real people — found us. And they shared their stories. And soon, so did Travel+Leisure, Outside, Bridal Guide, The New York Times, Budget Travel, Sunset Magazine… and the list goes on.

We’re glad they’ve enjoyed their time in Sayulita and at Villa Amor. We hope you do, too.


“You won’t find a Hilton or Holiday Inn here; all of Sayulita’s hotels are independently run. The mediterranean themed Petit Hotel d’Hafa is a good central option. The flower-covered Villa Amor is an easy walk from downtown.”


“Each room is uniquely positioned on the hillside, and one of the villas actually has a tree growing right through the middle.”
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Sunset Magazine

“The 35 villas at this resort, some set into a terraced hillside with decks that have little or no railing, are a great place to feel a frisson. From this aerie you can take in all the sights and sounds of the beach without venturing anywhere. Mini kitchens (in some villas only) make it even easier to stay in. Make it interesting: Skinny-dip in your private cliffside plunge pool (request a villa that has one).”
Top 20 romantic getaways: No.1?Villa Amor

Outside magazine

“What makes this place stand out is the democratic surf: There’s a right longboard break just off the beach and plenty of advanced options accessible by boat. … Shoot for an ample, affordable room at Villa Amor, on the southern end of the bay. The resort will hook you up with the best local surf instructors.”
Magnetic South: Surf in Sayulita


“Uncluttered white beaches, the tidy surf break, the amiable fishermen gutting their catch by the sea, the tranquil town square with its rustic taco stands and tortillerías.”
Havens: Sayulita, Mexico


“This special place abounds with perfect locations for your special day. … Details, like thatched roofs, gossamer mosquito nets, wrought-iron lamps and mosaic tiles the color of the sea, add charm.”
Plan a Wedding in Riviera Nayarit

Outside Magazine

“Built into the side of a steep hillside overlooking Sayulita Bay, Villa Amor seems to flow upward, each of the open-air villas etched into its own private terrace. Except for the fact that all have wide verandas and staggering Pacific views and are reached by climbing dozens of stone steps, no two are alike.”
The Sporty 40: Your Own Private Pacific at Villa Amor


“The resort is full of personal touches, like the broad-leaf majahua tree left growing through one casita and the deliberately worn accents that give the resort a lived-in feel. Huge rusting colonial-era iron doors mark the entrance to one villa; in others, wooden window frames have been purposely stripped of paint.”
The Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico, Latin America, and Central America


“Some villas have private terraces, plunge pools, and full kitchens. There’s an Italian restaurant for those who view cooking as a chore.”
50 Affordable Beach Resorts

Journey Puget Sound

“I am in Villa Bonita at Villa Amor for my first three nights. And I know why it’s called Bonita. The sumptuous yet rustic oceanfront villa shimmers with the white marble floors, an illuminated kitchen counter and a colossal balcony that’s really more of an outdoor living and dinning room-complete with a stellar view of Sayulita Bay. So much exotic glamour surrounds, I half expect Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman to waltz in at any moment. The constant ocean breeze flowing through the villa and sound of waves below is invigorating. I drift off with the ocean each night and sleep better than I have all year.”

Mexico Dreamin’ in Secret Sayulita. November – December 2011


Jewelry designer and British socialite Ann Dexter-Jones jolted an old injury in her back while sailing on the Riviera Nayarit in Sayulita, Mexico. Ann spent a few nights in a Mexican hospital during her vacation at the Villa Amor hotel, where she spent the holidays with her daughter, designer Charlotte Ronson, her artist and producer son Mark Ronson, and his new bride model Josephine de la Baume. The family had breakfast each morning at Villa Amor, then set out for boat outings, walks into town, sunning on the beaches and visits with de la Baume’s parents, Baron and Baronne de la Baume, who also rented a house in Sayulita. Ann, who is now back in New York recovering after a difficult return flight, told us, “We had a fabulous family time, but, yes, I jolted an old back injury while sailing and ended up in hospital for a few nights. I am back home, and fragile, but on the mend. Mark and Charlotte have been bringing me roses and chicken soup from 2nd Ave Deli.”
Jewelry designer and British socialite Ann Dexter-Jones spent a few nights in a Mexican hospital during her vacation at the Villa Amor hotel


From the arched entrance of Villa Amor, a luxury boutique resort, Eric, drives me straight up to the mountaintop where my Gran Villa Amor waits for me. The 42 open-air villas cascade down the mountain and although each one is an open-air design, each has a different layout with carefully selected Mexican artifacts.

My three-bedroom villa welcomes me with 4,164 square feet of living space; way larger than my house. White linen drapes billow in the breeze as I walk to the massive wrap-around terrace. I dip my toe into the cool water of my petite infinity pool then stretch out on one of the four lounge chairs next to a plunge pool and a hot tub. My Gran Amor villa also has a large, full kitchen, dining area, living room and three bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms are modestly, but cheerfully decorated, but it’s the master bedroom that steals the show. Extra large with a king-size bed romantically draped in mosquito netting, sheer white curtains, and a decorative shower and bath area. I feel a bit guilty enjoying this huge house alone, but I’m sure I’ll adapt. It’s a perfect stage for a wedding.
Read more here: Sayulita Lodging at Villa Amor

Sayulita, Mexico Destination Wedding at Villa Amor – Gloria and Kevin

Having visited the lovely Sayulita, Mexico myself a few years back, seeing amazing wedding photos like these from photographer Jillian Mitchell immediately take me back to the magic of this sleepy Pacific surfing town! Couple Gloria and Kevin did their Mexico destination wedding right, and after this blog post, they’ve got me dying for some quality time on the beach!
Read more here: Sayulita, Mexico Destination Wedding at Villa Amor – Gloria and Kevin

Destination Same-Sex Weddings in Sayulita, Mexico


Sayulita, Mexico – If you dream of wedding in an exotic location, but are afraid it’s out of your budget… or that guests won’t want to come… or that you can’t have the décor, cake, food, flowers and service you want…. Fear not!!

Every year, tens of thousands of same-sex couples get married in Mexico… With good reason! Mexico is gorgeous, with glorious scenery, luxurious accommodations and resorts and authentic towns with something for everyone!

Mexican weddings are far less expensive than those of the same quality in the US and with the quality of wedding and event planners on staff, are fun and relaxing experiences for the you and your guests. A destination wedding in Mexico is a chance to be surrounded by a unique cultural experience, in a beautiful and safe location without traveling too far or spending too much money.

Read more here: Destination Same-Sex Weddings in Sayulita, Mexico

5280 Traveler – Our 35 Best Getaways and Escapes in Colorado and Beyond

Sayulita is hard to beat, particulary if you’re looking for something easily accessible from Denver. The picturesque fishing village 45 minutes north of the high-gloss Puerto Vallarta became an international place.

Read more here: 5280 Traveler – Our 35 Best Getaways and Escapes in Colorado and Beyond

SABRINA’S MUST: Retirement In Sayulita, Mexico: Villa Amor in Sayulita

“The location is spectacular, on the outskirts of town, down a dirt road, less than a quarter mile from the town center, just far enough away from the hustle and bustle. It’s “Old Mexico”, only 25 miles from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.”

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