Villas and suites on a tree overlook the cliffs of this hotel surrounded by jungle on the Pacific coast of Mexico, allowing guests to bathe in views from private pools.
The The one and only mandarin The hotel is located above a series of sandy coves on the Nayarit Riviera, about an hour and a half drive north of Puerto Vallarte.
Designed by Tucson Rick Joy Architects and executed by a team of local designers and craftsmen, the complex consists of a collection of communal buildings surrounded by 105 detached apartments.
In the heart of the hotel is an outdoor living area arranged around a black pool.
“Reminiscent of the open porches of traditional Mexican haciendas, the outdoor living area features comfortable woven sets and rocking chairs from Mexican tropical forests, such as Parota and Teak,” the hotel operators said.
Accommodation options are divided between villas and tree houses, and both can be booked perched on cliffs or nestled in a dense rainforest.
The log cabins are raised 12 feet off the ground, swallowed by tropical foliage that encroaches on their private outdoor decks and submerged pools.
Some have ocean views, and a select few at the highest elevation enjoy panoramic views of the coast.
The walls, floors and ceilings in the tree houses were formed from local Cumaru wood in an attempt to connect the interiors and their surroundings.
Floor-to-ceiling glazing of bedrooms can be completely pulled back to create indoor and outdoor spaces. The outdoor bathtubs are partially enclosed by wooden slats, while the showers inside are lined with dark stone.
“Open structures capture natural light, filtered through tall trees,” they said from the hotel.
while traditional Mexican design elements have been re-imagined, including sloping roofs with large overhangs, nodding their heads to local palaps of modern, luxurious design, ”
The larger villas have earthen walls relating to historic buildings once built on the site by the indigenous peoples of Cora.
Funnel-shaped roofs are lined with tropical wood and narrow to glass skylights, adding natural light coming from the glazed retractable walls.
Transparent curtains help control glare and privacy, fitting into furniture and accessories in neutral tones.
Outdoor showers, also covered with earth plaster, increase the experience of staying in the rainforest.
Two and three bedroom villas are available for larger parties, families or those who want more space. Some have private dining areas, cinemas, hot tubs and fireplaces.
Villa One, the most exclusive property offer, also has its own wine cellar, spa and gym.
One & Only Mandarina, which opened on November 1, 2020, also offers several dining options for guests spread out in its spacious location.
In addition to the shared pool, Alma Restaurant offers a varied selection of dishes from the garden to plates, while Mexican cuisine designed by renowned chef Enrique Olvera can be sampled on Carao Cliff.
The Treetop Bar offers cocktails and light meals to enjoy at sunset, while next to the sand is the Jetty Beach Club, named after the semicircular structure that descends from the cliff into the water.
This casual restaurant serves seafood to tables and beach cabins overlooking the ocean.
From Baja California to Oaxaca, the Pacific coast of Mexico has no end of resorts and boutique hotels for visitors.
Among the recently completed options for design lovers are the El Perdido Hotel in Pescadero, Casona Sforza in Puerto Escondido and Hotel Paradero in Todos Santos.