Simply Baku is American owned and operated by Marianne Jacobs and Mike Loesch. They’ve been offering private guesthouses – self catering style – to vacationers since December 2003. “Self catering” meaning you have your morning coffee when you want it, dressed how you want to be and as lazy or as jazzed as you want to be first thing in the morning.
Meet the Owners
You’re probably wondering “How did they get there?” “What inspired them to pick up and leave life in the US and move to Mexico?” Did they always plan to develop an inn and a resort business?
As with many “gringos” here, our initial encounter with Puerto Vallarta was via a vacation. Every time we’d go on vacation, we’d ask ourselves “Could we live here?” Clearly, we knew we wanted to live on the beach. We wanted to be able to walk out the door and put our feet in the sand. We found ourselves returning to Puerto Vallarta every year for vacation and extending our stay a bit longer each year. By the third year, we were exploring the bay area beyond Puerto Vallarta and inquiring how to buy real estate in a foreign country. Before we knew it we had fallen in love with the people, the culture, the customs and more.
We bought property in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in 1998 with dreams of building our private residence and simply enjoying our slice of paradise on the beach. When we bought the property, the land was used as a garbage dump by the village – not a formal dump, but you could find all sorts of construction ruble… tiles, brick, concrete, rebar, broken glass, dishes, silverware etc. The initial thoughts about what to do were overwhelming as we were learning new laws, new construction practices, new customs etc. We started with a garage and a small house (casita) above it on the second floor. As time went on, Marianne had the idea to turn the garage into another casita to accommodate family and friends when they visited. From there, the vision grew and took on a “life of it’s own.” Today, Simply Baku offers 4 private beachfront guesthouses and 2 private beach view guesthouses.
The journey and process has been fun, challenging, stressful, frustrating, clearly filled with trials and tribulations – especially when you add into the mix being in a foreign country with a different language, different laws, different culture and different customs. Never a dull moment for sure! Along the way, we also became Mexican citizens so now we hold dual citizenship in the US and in Mexico.
And, the journey has been incredibly rewarding. We have met some awesome people, generous, kind and spirited souls who are now part of our family. The experiences with our guests have enriched our lives.
Since we live on site, we are glad to offer assistance with the language, currency, customs and offer recommendations earned from our years of living in La Cruz.
We invite you to join us at Baku and discover your own slice of paradise.