EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA (The Nest of the Turtle) is a precious little casita nestled into the hillside and cozied up under the protection of the Mother House (LA CASA QUE CANTA -- The House the Sings). When you enter the courtyard of the property you need to go down two flights of stairs to get to EL NIDO.
It is located four steps away from the Family Pool, which was designed to be both safe and a constant delight to children of all ages. It has a complete kitchen, a small but comfortable sitting area inside, and a sunny one outside. It has two bedrooms -- the master bedroom has a king-sized bed; the other room is a bunk room with a set of bunk beds. Its bathroom has dual showers.
You might wonder what makes EL NIDO special. The initial inspiration came from the fact that San Pancho is a turtle sanctuary and we wanted to honor the great work of Groupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde. Keeping with the sense of a sanctuary, we wanted our NEST to be small, safe, distinctive, and like any self-respecting turtle's nest, grounded.
In keeping with that initial inspiration, our architect/interior designer (Melissa Roberts) created a tropical forest motif for the bathroom with its two showers and timbers providing the supply of water and lighting. The bathroom sink is onyx. The marble gives evidence of the antediluvian past with all kinds of crustacean fossils. A couple of stone turtles will share this most intimate part of the NEST, the double shower.
Likewise the bunk room feels like a tree house.
The sitting area and the kitchen are filled with Mexican artifacts -- tiles, masks, wall hangings, carefully and expertly carved pine furniture.
EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA is one of three houses in this complex. LA CASA QUE CANTA is above the NIDO. A second home, the CASITA CELESTIAL is further down the hill. If you look at the photo of the back of the property, you can see the entrance to EL NIDO on the lower left side, on the same deck as the pool. It is very private. You will not hear the sounds of any other guests, but you will hear the beating of the surf and the rustling of the palm fronds. You will also hear the singing of the birds and the cackling of the Chachalacas.
SAN PANCHO is a haven. It is 45 minutes north of the airport in Puerto Vallarta. It has about 2000 to 2500 Mexican Nationals and a still moderate presence of Gringoes. There is a high level of respect for the Mexican culture among those who have chosen to live in San Pancho. The restaurants are excellent. The beach is beautiful and not overloaded with people. There are all kinds of activities from attending polo matches to going on birding walks (we are a bird sanctuary), to being present when the infant turtles are released into the perils of the ocean. And, of course, the weather is beautiful, especially in the winter months.