Just south of Puerto Vallarta along the Costalegre coast in Jalisco is the paradise of Hotelito Desconocido Sanctuary Reserve & Spa. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Occidental Moutains, Hotelito Desconocido is built in a the natural protected zone of El Ermitaño Lagoon and is completely ecologically friendly. The name, which translates in English to “Little Unknown Hotel” is actually not a traditional hotel nor little; it is made up of 27 individual ‘palafitos‘ (palapa-style stilt houses) that stand alone in the lagoon and spans 37 miles (60km) of sandy beaches. The property is unique and spread out in the winding clear waters, lush green gardens and tropical palm and fruit trees which more than 150 different kinds of birds call home! Each palafito has its own personality and name, chosen from the colorful cards of the Mexican Lottery. Words can’t quite do this place justice so it’s best to just take a look around yourself. Check out the virtual tour here:
In May, I will be visiting the Hotelito Desconocido for a site inspection and overnight stay. After a look around virtually, I am most excited to see the room “El Gallo” for its deep, dramatic colors offset by bright natural light entering from all around.