Perhaps the most luxurious Yelapa lodging in this tiny fishing village on the coast south of Puerto Vallarta will be found in the eight exclusive casitas, or houses, of the Verana. Each is uniquely designed and provides, as Architectural Digest describes it, an "ongoing play between inside and out." They provide unparalleled Yelapa luxury accommodations perched scenically over the beautiful beaches of Banderas Bay below, and with the Sierra Madre Mountains and lush jungle as the backdrop. Living areas and bedrooms are open to the mountain and ocean breezes, as are the freestanding showers on secluded private terraces.
While designed for ultimate privacy, each casita is within easy reach of the restaurants, the Verana pool, and the Verana Spa. These Yelapa luxury accommodations were constructed of local materials and decorated with antiques and handcrafted furniture along different themes—it helps that the owners are both film set decorators. The serene Tea House is the largest casita and the most popular for honeymoons, and it has its own plunge pool. On the ocean side of the property is the Studio, with floor-to-ceiling windows and unobstructed views of the ocean. The king-size bed in the split-level Verana Palapa bungalow is draped in mosquito netting, as are all the others, and sits on a raised stone platform alongside a huge open window overlooking a rocky point on the bay. Under its high, cathedral-type traditional thatched roof, the breezy Verana Palapa bungalow provides the most native Mexican decor. Other guest units are the Mayan House, Jungle Suite, Casa Amor, Stone House, and appropriately, the Bungalow. No Yelapa lodging is equipped with televisions, telephones, or other electronic distractions.