Majahuitas: Digital Detox at a Mexican Beach Paradise

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I felt relaxed as soon as I stepped into the little Majahuitas speedboat. We whizzed through the deep blue water past jungle covered mountains and craggy rocks tumbling into the sea. With the sun on my back and the wind in my hair a sense of calm washed over me, pure contentment to be here in the moment.

We turned into a small bay, gliding through the clear green sea onto the golden sand of our private beach, empty except for a few guests relaxing on sun loungers. We caught a glimpse of the casitas we’d be staying in hidden in the jungle vegetation. Owner Margot, a few staff members, and four labradors greeted us.

Arriving at Majahuitas

Arriving at Majahuitas

As we waited to check in in the breezy reception area Simon checked for cellphone service. Nothing. Perfect I thought, although Simon probably disagreed. Majahuitas eco-resort doesn’t have WiFi either and for once these digital nomads were glad of it. We spend a huge amount of time on our laptops, we need the internet for our work, but I have come strongly to believe that everyone needs to take a digital detox from time to time, to clear their heads and focus on enjoying the present.

Majahuitas sounded like the perfect place to take a break from the internet. The secluded, solar-powered bay can only be reached by boat and there are no roads, TV, internet, or cellphone service. Despite the seeming isolation it’s only an hour from the tourist hub of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Gumbo-limbo tree, hibiscus and bougainvillea at Majahuitas

Gumbo-limbo tree, hibiscus and bougainvillea at Majahuitas

Simon suffered from internet withdrawal at first, itchy to know what was happening online, feeling the pull of work, but by the second day we had eased into the slow pace of Majahuitas life. Our days were full of lazy lie-ins with sea views, leisurely meals, water sports, hammock swinging, reading, guitar playing, sketching, long conversations, and simply soaking up the beauty of the place: the sea, the jungle, the flowers, the sunsets, the stars. We haven’t felt so at peace in a long time.

Many guests are return visitors, and one couple told us they didn’t realise how stressed they were until they got here and experienced true relaxation—they’ve now been back three years in a row. That’s the effect Majahuitas has—it’s an escape from the real world, or perhaps this is the real world, where away from the incessant noise of a digital world, we can let worries go and really appreciate the world around us.

Casitas

Casita Los Mangos, Majahuitas

Casita Los Mangos

There are eight casitas at Majahuitas spaced out in the jungle along the beach all with sea views and unique designs. Decor is simple and rustic but comfortable with red tiled floors, exposed beams and Mexican artwork.

We stayed in Casita Los Mangos, a three bedroom house just 20 feet from the beach. As the name suggests a huge mango tree hangs over the house and from the upper floor you can reach up and pick the fruit right off its branches—shame it wasn’t ripe when we were there.

Casita Los Mangos, Majahuitas

Casita Los Mangos: Palm trees provide privacy, second bedroom upstairs, and the kitchen

Upstairs is the bedroom most visitors, including us, prefer. Like most of the houses at Majahuitas it’s open-sided so you feel immersed in the lush green vegetation that surrounds the house—palm and fruit trees and blossoming bougainvillea. It feels secluded from the other houses so you don’t have to worry about privacy although it takes a bit of getting used to.

Casita Los Mangos bedroom, Majahuitas

Our open air bedroom

View from our bed, Casita Los Mangos, Majahuitas

View from our bed

There are no power points but solar panels provide power for the lights. Not that you need them: after dinner each night we followed a trail of candles back to our casita to find it lit up with candles.

We loved hearing the waves from our comfortable bed, falling asleep to a chorus of crickets, and waking up to chirping birds and a view of the big mango tree and the sea beyond.

Cliff House, Majahuitas

Cliff House has the best view from high up on a hill above the beach.

View of Erin on the beach from the Cliff House. Photo by Dana Styber.

View of Erin on the beach from the Cliff House. Photo by Dana Styber.

Food

A Chinese gong rings out through the resort three times a day calling us to eat so there’s no need for a watch at Majahuitas. All meals are included in the price and this is part of what makes the resort so relaxing—you don’t have to make any decisions about where or what to eat, just turn up and enjoy.

Majahuitas meal gong, lunch & breakfast on the beach

Majahuitas meal gong, lunch & breakfast on the beach

For breakfast and lunch individual tables are set up on the beach terrace while dinner is served communally so you have a chance to get to know the other guests. You can request a romantic dinner on the beach though and this is definitely worth doing at least once. The staff go all out decorating the tables with hibiscus flowers and candles and it’s magical to eat here at sunset as the sky turns pink, watching pelicans dive into the sea for fish.

Dinner on the beach at Majahuitas

Dinner on the beach at Majahuitas

Simon's watercolour of a Majahuitas beach dinner

Simon’s watercolour painting of a Majahuitas beach dinner

There’s a set menu for each meal and it’s plentiful and delicious. They were happy to cater for us vegetarians and we ate very well without ever repeating a dish. Breakfast was fresh fruit followed by something like french toast, burritos or Spanish tortilla. Lunch was an array of tapas such as guacamole served in a tortilla basket, bean and cheese huaraches, potato flautas, cheese and pepper empanadas, salads and vegetable dishes.

Dinner is more formal with three gourmet courses with wine. We loved it all— tortilla soup, grilled chayote, chile relleno, zucchini fried in a coconut batter, mango mousse.

Majahuitas meals

Clockwise from top left: Spanish tortilla, potato flautas, coconut fried zucchini, cactus salad

The bar is open all day and all you have to do is put up a flag next to your sun lounger to get served on the beach. I didn’t think I was a piña colada fan until I tried one of the huge fruity cocktails at Majahuitas—drinking one of these on the beach may be the definition of heaven.

Coffee at Majahuitas

Coffee magically appears on your window sill early in the morning.

Activities

Majahuitas beach, MexicoAt first it seems that there isn’t much to do in this isolated bay but our three days weren’t enough.

The beach is where you spend most of your time and it’s a lovely one—small enough to feel cosy but with plenty of space from other guests. Relaxing in the sun loungers here is the main activity but if you need a change of scenery there are hammocks in every house and dotted around the resort. My favourite post-lunch activity was floating on a lilo, being rocked by the waves into a siesta.

Things to do at Majahuitas

Things to do at Majahuitas: play guitar, kayak, take a nap, swing

Majahuitas provides water sports equipment for free so that kept us busy. The snorkelling isn’t amazing (we’re spoilt though) but we liked kayaking along the craggy coast through the olive green sea past little caves, crab covered rocks, and pelicans hovering over the water.

We also tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time and loved it. It’s much easier than surfing and we surprised ourselves by being able to stand up most of the time, although it helps the bay is calm. It was so peaceful paddling out in the sea, almost like walking on water.

Erin & Simon Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Majahuitas

Us stand up paddle boarding. Photo by Dana Styber.

The labradors love water sports too and owner Kevin often takes them out with him kayaking. Simon was rather surprised when one joined him on his paddle board!

Simon paddleboarding with dog at Majahuitas

Simon paddleboarding with one of the Majahuitas labradors

Getting a massage is another option and around the little resort there’s a gym, volley ball, table tennis, board games, a library full of books, and a guitar—which made Simon happy.

Day trips are available too—a jungle hike to a waterfall, fishing, diving, and ziplining. We took a boat ride 20 minutes along the coast to Yelapa, a cute fishing village without roads that can only be reached by boat. We wandered through the maze of steep streets decorated with red and white flags, flowers and laundry until we came to the beach. It feels busy compared to Majahuitas but is worth the visit for one of the Pie Lady’s coconut pies.

Highs

  • Isolated setting away from it all
  • Beautiful beach and lush jungle
  • Welcoming owners Margot and Kevin and the excellent staff
  • Delicious gourmet meals
  • Romantic candlelit dinner on the beach at sunset
  • Open air casitas with sea views
  • Coming home to a candle lit house each night
  • Free water sports equipment
  • Small size with only eight casitas so you get to know the other guests
  • Easy to get to from Puerto Vallarta
  • No WiFi!
Candle workshop at Majahuitas

Making the candles that light up the resort each night

Lows

  • Beaches in Mexico aren’t truly private and a pirate ship tour boat comes around midday for a few hours. The tour group stays at the other end of the beach though and doesn’t use the hotel’s facilities. If they bother you you can escape to El Mirador, a viewpoint on the hill with hammocks and loungers, or take one of the day trips.
  • One 1.5 litre bottle of water is provided each day and although you can request more we felt uncomfortable with the amount of plastic we were using (we drink a lot of water). We’d love to see a garrafon (refillable 20 litre bottle of water common in Mexico) provided in each house.
Erin at the Majahuitas mirador

Erin at the Majahuitas mirador

Recommended For

Nature-loving couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Location

Majahuitas is a 20 minute boat ride from Boca de Tomatlan which can be reached from Puerto Vallarta by bus or taxi in about 30 minutes or up to an hour from the airport.

Cost

Majahuitas costs from US $250-375 a night per couple including all meals. A number of guests had got a deal on Groupon so it’s worth checking that out.

See the Majahuitas website and Facebook page for more information about the resort.

Majahuitas is the perfect escape from the digital world. It’s an accessible paradise where you can immerse yourself in nature while still enjoying a comfortable bed, cocktails on the beach, water sports, and gourmet meals. It’s intimate, welcoming, and the staff go above and beyond to make your stay truly special.

The hardest part is leaving. We had to tear ourselves away and discovered that Majahuitas withdrawal is much worse than internet withdrawal.

A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Majahuitas who hosted us for a complimentary stay.

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23 Comments (4 pingbacks)

  1. We have two kids 14 and 16. We feel a digital detox would be valuable to all of us. The kids are in and excited about the concept. I’m a little concerned though. Do you think it would be a good trip for a family with teens? Did you feel safe there? Did the travels there feel safe? …and what about bugs in all that open air?

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    • It felt very safe so I wouldn’t worry about that. There weren’t any kids at the resort when we were there but for teenagers it might be OK. The main concern would be them getting bored but if they are excited by the idea and are happy to spend their time reading, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding etc then it should be fine. There are also quite a few day trips you can do if they get bored.

      We didn’t have any problems with bugs surprisingly (in May) but I think it can get worse during the rainy season/ summer months.

      It’s a wonderful place so if you do decide to go enjoy!

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  2. Sadly, I have to agree with Christel’s posts. I too, was enchanted with your tale of this idyllic location …till I came to the last line slipped in, which mentioned that you stayed here au gratis. That robbed me of all the warm fuzzies and replaced it with a feeling of having been “had”. Of course, having been gifted this stay, your review would naturally be influenced by it and would be less than objective. I am not cynical….just wary of partial reviews. You should have mentioned in the very beginning that your stay was at no cost to you….I don’t begrudge you the benefits of complimentary vacations, but I want to trust that your review wasn’t influenced by it. I doubt I will visit this place….Sayulita or Punta Mita seem more “real”.

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    • That’s a shame you feel that way Tanya. We gave an honest account of our experience including the few lows. It is an amazing place and many people there were return visitors (and it has a 5 star average on TripAdvisor) so it’s not just us who feel that way. If we go back to Mexico this year we’re seriously considering returning and will pay our own way.

      Majahuitas isn’t the “real” Mexico. It’s not a town but a beach resort; an escape from life and about pure relaxation.

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  3. Nice but extremely pricey. 3 years ago we rented for 3 weeks in february (high season )the same kind of house on the beach, with all amenities and tastily decorated, in nearby Yelapa for an astounding 1000 $! and instead of going to the restaurant everyday, we enjoyed cooking the delicious local fish, fruit and vegetables ourselves

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    • Sounds lovely! At Majahuitas you are paying more for the secluded private bay, amazing service, delicious meals etc than just the house. It’s worth it for a treat, but I doubt anyone would stay for three weeks.

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