Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
What it is
A brand new wellness retreat slung between undeveloped jungle and frothy sea, with a holistic spa.
What it isn't
Run-of-the-mill Mexico. Expect jaw-dropping architecture and design, from the yoga palapa to the kids private tree house.
What we think
Any expectations you have of traditional Mexican beach resorts go right out the floor to ceiling window at the newly opened One & Only Mandarina, where you can book design-forward “treehouse” rooms lofted some 39 feet off the ground. This is anything but Swiss Family Robinson; each hideaway is a whopping 854-square-feet, fitted with a private plunge pool, terrace and—yes—doting butler service. Want to spread out even more? Book the 2,256-square-foot Villa Banderas, fitted with sweeping terraces and rain showers both indoors and out. Adventurers will love that this property has a fleet of Instagrammy activities at-the-ready, including everything from a polo club to rainforest zip lines.
You're here because
You eat local as much as you can—so why shouldn’t you “spa” local? One & Only utilizes produce culled sustainably from regional farms and forests in their treatments, many of which were inspired by the indigenous people.
Reclined on a lounge along a cliff top infinity pool, wind in your hair, the ocean splayed out before you, you’d feel a bit like the Riviera Maya’s luckiest Frigatebird—if not for the cocktail in your hand. #Heaven.
An hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta, on the same much-lauded Pacific Ocean coastline as charming beach town Sayulita (home to pristine coves).
Restaraunts & Bars
One&Only Majahua Beach Club - Deliciously casual beachside dining, savoured right by the water’s edge
The Plateau - Seasonal delicacies, pan-American and Mediterranean specialities, and garden-to-plate menus designed with nutritional value
The Point - Cliff-side restaurant with creative Mexican dishes pioneered by a global celebrity chef