Casa Isabel offers a variety of unique ocean-view accommodations, their privacy insured by lush shrubs and flowering vines planted a long time ago. Huge trees form a jungle canopy over an enchanting garden hillside just a five minute walk west of Yelapa, a rare little town with no cars and a healthy Mexican culture. Casa Isabel has been fully, sustainably, and artfully and reconstructed since beloved Isabel passed away in 2009.
All units have:
- Ocean views
- Lush landscaping
- Sustainable, artful construction
- Well-equipped kitchens
- Hot showers
- Flush pee-toilets
- Composting poopers (except Nook & Cool Corner)
- Fans and mosquito nets
- Lock boxes
- Lounge chairs
- Towels & soap (bring beach towels & shampoo)
At the heart of the property is Casa Central, a gathering zone for more than four decades and very recently rebuilt into fabulous new form. The PENTHOUSE is a self-contained unit on the top floor. COOL CORNER, PASSION PALACE and NOOK are individual rooms with their own plumbing that share the kitchen, large living room, and many patios of Casa Central.
The PAVILION is a domed dodecadon (12 sided polygon) gathering momentum with GROUP EVENTS such as yoga, dance and weddings. At other times all guests are welcome to gather quietly to soothe body and spirit.
Casas Yolocalli and Jade perch on the ridge above the creek and enjoy canyon and waterfall views. Annie’s has amazing sunrises and a wide view of the bay. Elemental, BeachHouse and Canopy Camp are self-contained studios perched right above Playa Isabel, the cleanest beach in town.
One remote house, Las Palmas, has a solar hot tub and enjoys a unique private location on the hill above Yelapa.
Living in a tropical jungle away from modern civilization means you have to deal with the unrelenting entropy of Mother Nature. All new construction at Casa Isabel is moving to sustainable building materials (stone, concrete brick, etc) and away from high maintenance palm frond palapas. We maintain our own water system, drawing from year-round sources. All of our accommodations have either government-approved water filtration systems, or five gallon water bottles thereof. Hot showers come primarily from our large, third generation solar hot water system (hot enough to burn!), with backup electric or on-demand propane heaters. Like the jungle, we’re growing green, green, green…
Our biggest step towards reducing our footprint is a bold abandonment of several septic tanks to install composting toilets, and we have been delighted with guest approval. Most of the houses with human waste compost systems have separate flushing pee toilets and composting poopers. Urine is sterile and odorless when well diluted, so the gardens love the flush pee. Composting poopers have regular toilet seats, and you simply cover poop with sawdust. When covered, there is no smell, and our workers take it away for composting. Septic tanks on rocky hills do not percolate well, and jungle roots make mockery of drainage pipes. If you wonder why this is important for more people to do this, skeptics are invited to take a walk through town after the Xmas rush. When you flush, there really is no “away”.