Hotelito Desconocido – Puerto Vallarta

Hotelito Desconocido

The only overwater bungalow resort in Mexico, the Hotelito Desconocido is nothing like the resorts in the South Pacific, but is still worth a look for its unique blend of features. This is an eco-resort, which relies solely on solar power, with romantic candles lighting the facilities in the evenings.

There are bungalows over the estuary and others on the beachfront, each with its own name (rather than number) and design. Packages include all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, plus a daily massage and other activities, so it's an “all-inclusive” resort by some respects, but it's unlike any other hotel in the world in other ways. They also have wedding and honeymoon planning, with facilities for over 100 guests.



The Hotelito Desconocido is located about 60 miles south of Puerto Vallarta along the Pacific Ocean in Mexico.


Overwater bungalows: 27 (not all are overwater)
Beds: 1 kingsize
Entertainment system: None
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Beds with handcrafted frames
  • Mosquito netting
  • Open-air showers
  • Solar-powered ceiling fans


Starting at US$628 per night for two people

Restaurants and bars

  • Two oceanview restaurants

Resort features

  • Wedding facilities and planning
  • Yoga meditation
  • Fishing
  • Turtle release
  • Wildlife watching
  • Cooking lessons
  • Internet room
  • TV room


Primitive-luxury spa offers: Steam bath, Natural Jacuzzi with cold water, showers, Area for massages. Specialized and qualified treatments, Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Shiatsu Massage, Reflexology Massage, Mud Bath Treatment, Mermaid Bath, Stone Therapy.

Nearby activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaks
  • Billiards
  • Birdwatching tours
  • Beach volleyball

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Hotelito Desconocido are generally positive, though some guests seemed to be unprepared for the fact that the resort is solar powered and there is no air conditioning or heating. The grounds are described as gorgeous and the service gets high marks as well.

Some point out that there is no nightlife at all, and nothing close by either, so this is a place for a quiet and restful holiday of a different kind.

Getting there

To reach the Hotelito Desconocido you'll need to fly to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. From there hotel staff will meet you at the airport and take you to the resort, which is about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive, in private transportation.

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