Casa Aqua Bella

About This Center

Casa Aqua Bella healing arts retreat center and guest house was inspired by a chance walk on the stunning beach of San Pancho. Amy, one of the owners, has a holistic and artistic background, and always dreamed of having a place where she could combine her passions and share space with others looking for a place to practice their arts. Rick, the casa's other owner (and Amy's husband!), was considering selling his business in the states, but needed to see what was going to come next before taking the leap. It was on San Pancho's beach that Rick could see a future in San Pancho and specifically having a guest house/retreat center. After living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area we desired a calm space grounded in nature and beauty and found it here in San Pancho. (A side note, San Pancho's name is also actually San Francisco, but Pancho is a nickname for Francisco and everyone knows the town by. San Pancho. So we've come full circle from San Francisco to San Francisco!) 

The casa was purchased in 2017 and renovated in 2018. We have several ideal locations for yoga, dance and movement, meditation, arts, culinary arts, and just about anything in the realm of healing arts your heart can envision. 

This is a place where our dreams are coming true, and we hope we can share that magic with others and help facilitate their dreams, their arts, and their healing quests. We can accommodate most dietary requests, assist with transportation and any excursions, and A/V needs. Please come experience the magic of Casa Aqua Bella on the gorgeous Riveria Nayarit in San Pancho, and let us know how we can serve you!

Venue Highlights

This beautiful villa is inspired by the elements and is located on the edge of the jungle and seconds to the beach.

Casa Aqua Bella has San Pancho's largest residential saltwater pool! Relax in the sunshine or shade and swim up to the pool bar for a refreshing afternoon smoothie or juice.

We have a 2500 square foot rooftop perfect for yoga, dancing, painting or whatever your imagination can envision!

The large open air hall between the apartments can be set up for indoor dining or for yoga/dance/movement classes

Casa Aqua Bella can sleep up to 16 people.

A 15 second walk gets you to the beach. You'll fall asleep to the sounds of waves.

A 15 minute walk down the beach gets you to the heart of town where you'll find shops, restaurants, occasional street performers, and the lovely people of San Pancho who are the heart of the town.


2 elegantly appointed apartments for 2-4 people each with king sized beds, large en suite bathrooms, outdoor living rooms, and fully equipped kitchens. Ability to add 1-2 rollaway beds, air conditioning and fans

2 suites for 2 people, with king sized beds, large en suite bathrooms, outdoor sitting terrace above pool, hammocks, air conditioning and fan

2 suites for 3 people, with king sized beds, built in day bed, large en suite bathrooms, outdoor sitting terrace above pool, air conditioning and fan

Towels, beach towels, sheets, soap and toilet paper are provided in all rooms


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


We have a variety of catering menus available from traditional Mexican cuisine to vegan, gluten free and pescatarian offerings.


Fly into Puerto Vallarta and take a taxi or shuttle 45 minutes North to San Pancho (aka San Francisco). We can assist with transportation needs.

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Your head must bow to your heart. Yogi Bhajan

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To reconnect with my inner self, found ground through the movement of my body and breath. Awake. Jane

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.