by Rachel

Agua De Luna Boutique Hotel

A tropical, adults-only sanctuary to rest and revitalise.

Absolute Highlight

Rounding out the afternoon with a glass of complimentary chardonnay on our private balcony, before moving up to the rooftop jacuzzi for a chilled evening in.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
15 artisanal suites.
The design aesthetic is...
contemporary and tasteful beach luxe in harmony with nature.
The typical guest is...
after a more refined, chilled beach vacation than the Sayulita crowd, mostly couples in their 30s - 40s from North America.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
refillable water stations, refillable glass bottled amenities and no single use plastics, as well as plenty of native plants in the rooms and communal spaces.
The location is...
on a quiet cobblestone street, a stroll away from the beach, live music, bars and restaurants of San Pancho.
Interaction is encouraged by....
the rooftop jacuzzis and open air lounge area, and the heated pool on the ground level where it’s easy to strike up a conversation with other guests.
You should stay here because
you’ll experience pure serenity at this intimate adults-only hideaway, complemented by the tropical plant life, water features, rooftop jacuzzi and earthy, boho beach vibes.
What took you there?

After soaking up the energy of Sayulita, we wanted to spend our last night in the quieter, quaint neighbouring beach village of San Pancho. I discovered the new Agua De Luna Boutique Hotel while searching online for a serene and understated, affordable luxury place to stay. Agua De Luna exceeded our expectations.

What was your room like?

Off to a good start from the moment we checked in, Marcus informed me that he had upgraded us from a Premier to a Luxury Suite. Each room is named after an element of nature, and just around the corner from the lush hanging green wall was our room, the Manglar (Mangrove) Suite. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the minibar, including a beautiful bottle of local chardonnay was complimentary!

Each suite is uniquely decorated, but all exude coastal minimal bohemian style. Our room was open plan, accentuated by indoor plants, macrame wall hangings and earthy tones throughout… My favourite feature was the wicker hanging egg chair on our balcony, looking out over the pool.

What about the venue

Conceived by a young family from Guadalajara who wanted to create a home away from home in San Pancho, this home evolved into the Agua De Luna, the adults-only design hotel which opened its doors in August 2020. 

Agua de Luna is the place to zen out, and perfectly infuses minimal beach luxury style with being one with nature. The ground floor offers a relaxing, shaded pool to relax in, surrounded by water features and tropical plants (if you’re lucky you may even spot an Iguana!). 

The next two levels offer 15 artisanal suites, each named after the natural elements of San Pancho (Earth, Sand, Rain, Pelicans, Breeze, Coral, Beach, Mangrove, Tropic, Water, Coconuts, Lighthouse, Palm Trees, Coast and Moon). The rooftop offers two jacuzzis where you can watch the sun set over San Pancho. 

You can also pop down to the onsite Cafe Amaryya for a quick breakfast bite, coffee or smoothie.

Tell us about the destination

San Pancho (also known as San Francisco) has a laid back vibe and attracts a slightly older, more refined crowd than its sister town Sayulita. Celebrated for its killer sunsets and surf breaks, it’s a great option for those wanting to take in the natural beauty of Nayarit. 

During the day there are plenty of stylish boutiques to peruse… and be sure to head to the beach for sunset followed by an alfresco dinner where you can enjoy the live music in the streets, topped off with a good night’s rest (the town goes to bed by midnight). 

Who did you meet there?

We chatted with a Canadian couple in the jacuzzi, who we later spotted napping on the rooftop sofas with their suitcases while waiting for their room to be ready.  The following morning when we checked out, we met another couple from the UK who we shared the taxi ride to the airport with – both couples raved about their stay at Agua De Luna.

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Surrounding Activities

Watch the sunset from Playa San Pancho

Head to the beach for sunset, the most celebrated moment of the day in San Pancho.

Grab a cocktail at La Tarraya

A great little rustic beach bar, often with live music at sunset… you can also bring your cocktail to the beach - just ask for a takeaway cup!

La Tarraya

Peruse the local San Pancho Tuesday Market

Peruse the local farmers and cultural market in the main plaza, offering food, hand made clothing, art and souvenirs every Tuesday from 10am to 1:30pm.

Mercado San Pancho