*currently not accepting guests (update April 2021)*
We got a welcoming, laid-back vibe as soon as we arrived at Casa de Sueños, with its driftwood sign and colorful buildings. Here, every guest has access to the beachfront fire pit, BBQ, water sports gear, and rooftop patio. Casa de Sueños is a place where you can get a taste of what it’s like to really live on a beach.
Essential Highlights of Casa de Sueños
- Adults only
- Owners have two friendly French Bulldogs
- Pet-friendly – email to confirm
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Highest rooftop patio on the beach road
- Rooftop yoga
- Bargaining – it’s possible to negotiate your room rate
How’s the location of Casa de Sueños?
Casa de Sueños is clearly signed, 8.4 km / 5.2 mi from town on the north beach road (drive time about 30 minutes). The main building is beachside with 20 m / 65 ft of beach front, while the cheaper Laguna Apartment is farther from the beach, across the road.
Though there are other accommodations nearby you won’t see them from Casa de Sueños (except from the rooftop patio). This makes it feel like you’re staying in the middle of the jungle with a beach all to yourself.
You’re not that isolated though – traffic does pass by occasionally, and a grocery truck stops at Casa de Sueños nearly every day of the week so you can load up on fresh vegetables and supplies.
What are the rooms like at Casa de Sueños?
If you want lots of space, consider renting the upstairs beachfront apartment – a two-bedroom suite with two bathrooms, full kitchen, sitting room, and private balcony. Two couples could split this apartment and still have privacy, it’s that big.
The lower beachfront suite is one bedroom, one bathroom, with a shared kitchen (that is fully equipped with double everything, so you never have to wait for kitchen tools). From your bedroom you can look over the grassy yard and palapa covered loungers, straight out to the beach.
Save your pesos and stay at the Laguna Apartment, a small studio across the beach road. The apartment has a basic kitchen, bathroom, and a partial beach view.
Room decor at Casa de Sueños is a beachy white, decorated with seashell and driftwood art.
Room photos courtesy of Casa de Suenos
What’s special about Casa de Sueños?
One of our favorite things about Casa de Sueños was the rooftop patio. There’s a sweeping view over the surrounding jungle, and in the morning you can watch a killer sunrise followed by rooftop yoga.
Casa de Sueños has done a soft, grassy yard between the main building and the beach. On the grass are several loungers and tables, shaded by palapa roofs.
After swimming in the sea you’ll be happy to know there’s an outdoor freshwater shower and a convenient beachside bathroom.
Another favorite at Casa de Sueños is the seaside fire pit. It’s a great spot for having a drink and socializing with the other guests. Just don’t forget to head up to the rooftop to watch the sun set, and later for stargazing with near-zero light pollution.
What’s included when staying at Casa de Sueños?
Guests at Casa de Sueños have access to kayaks, snorkeling gear, and outdoor games like horseshoes and bocce. Take advantage of the many shelves of English books and board games if you get tired of the beach (yeah right).
The kitchens are fully equipped, and include coffee makers, blenders, freezers, and all the utensils you need to make a delicious meal. Even in the shared kitchen you’ll only have to share the oven – there’s separate sets of cookware for each suite.
- All rooms at Casa de Sueños have fast Wi-Fi access
- Purified drinking water is included in your stay
- A weekly cleaning service ensures you have fresh linens and clean floors
What’s the story behind Casa de Sueños?
The story of Casa de Sueños (“house of dreams” in Spanish) is the story of a dream come true. Formerly called Villa la Guacamaya, the property was purchased in 2007 by an American smitten with Xcalak beach life. After having vivid dreams while staying on the property the new owner renamed it Casa de Sueños and fixed it up with the help of her son.
Today, Casa de Sueños is run by Domenic and his wife Sarah, residents of Massachusetts who stay approximately half the year with their two French bulldogs Mahi Mahi and Wahu.
You can probably tell by the names of the dogs, fishing is a big deal for the owners – Dom runs a fishing charter in the U.S. If you’re interested in fishing and you’re staying at Casa de Sueños, Dom can answer your questions about fishing in the area.
What’s the best way to reserve Casa de Sueños?
There are a few ways to reserve a room at Casa de Sueños. Reservations are preferred, but if it’s a last minute thing don’t despair – just contact the owners and they’ll fit you in if they can.