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Cuixmala, Courtesy Michael Gilbreath

While Mexico is home to many resort towns, some of the country’s most breathtaking properties are located off-the-beaten path, and are worth every minute of travel time.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in a one of the most beautiful haciendas in Central America
  • Experience…a true eco-retreat at Hotelito Desconocido
  • Splurge…on renting La Loma, the beachfront palace built by Sir James Goldsmith
  • Savor…waking up in one of the wonderfully whimsical villas at Costa Careyes
  • Visit…zebras and other wild animals in the Cuixmala reserve
  • See…dolphins and whales cavorting in the Pacific
  • Know…how to plan a great Mexican itinerary with the help of our Bookings Team who know the properties well and can create a customized itinerary.

Lay of the Land

Cuixmala, Careyes and Hotelito Desconocido are on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of Puerto Vallarta and north of Manzanillo. Each one of these coastal properties offers different personal visions of grand living in a glorious climate. Further inland, in the highlands of Colima, sits Hacienda San Antonio, one of the grandest haciendas in the region. All these properties exhibit a strong sense of place in their own distinct style, and their location in the province of Jalisco—birthplace of mariachi, tequila, and ranchera music—adds to their authenticity.

Getting There

To access the properties on the coast, either fly into Puerto Vallarta airport or Manzanillo, both of which have regular flights from many U.S. cities, including Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles (but no direct flights from NYC). The drive is shorter from Manzanillo airport, about 90 minutes to Cuixmala and Careyes, but the flights are less frequent. Hotelito Desconocido is easier to access from Puerto Vallarta airport, a two-hour drive away. Rather than drive yourself through narrow and winding roads, you should arrange for a car to pick you up at the airport. Once you arrive at your hotel or villa, you will have no need for a car.

Hacienda San Antonio is farther afield. The closest international airport is Guadalajara, a three-and-a-half hour drive away, partly through winding mountain roads. Most visitors fly into Manzanillo and make the two-hour drive, though private charters into Colima, forty-five minutes from the property, are also possible.

Indagare Tip: If only one parent is entering Mexico with a child, he/she needs a notarized letter, written and signed by the other parent, giving him/her permission to travel alone with the child.

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