paradise found

Jun 7, 2019 Modern Luxury

Imagine this: You’re sipping a fresh lime margarita in an infinity pool jutting from a cliff over a gin-clear sea. Below, a private skiff awaits alongside an arcing jetty ready to whisk you off on an epic surf break for an afternoon of angling. A waterfront beach club calls for toes-in-the-sand dining, Hobie Cat sailing, cabana lazing or stand-up paddleboarding. Horses graze next to emerald polo fields. Trail rides, snaking mountain biking courses and a canopy-high zip line invite you to immerse yourself in this untouched Jurassic wilderness. Your ultraswank treehouse bungalow disappears into the thick green canopy yet affords arresting views of the sea and sunset over the pristine Riveria Nayarit. This is Mandarina.

 

“There’s nothing like it in the world,” says Mandarina partner Ricardo Santa Cruz, who, together with developer RHL Properties, dreamed up this low-density, sustainable luxury retreat with every amenity imaginable. Partnered with two of the world’s finest resorts, One&Only and Rosewood, Mandarina (discovermandarina.com) is positioned to be the ultimate tropical escape, especially for San Diegans who can jet to Puerto Vallarta on a direct 2 ½-hour flight and access this jungle-meets-sea paradise with ease. Across Mandarina’s 650 aces, you’ll find multiple ecosystems, from fertile flatlands and estuaries for kayaking and birdwatching to jungle canopy perches and swimmable waters trimmed with ribbons of golden sand.

 

In addition to One&Only Mandarina opening in 2020 with 108 glorious stand-alone bungalows, several infinity pools, a beach club and alfresco farm-to-table dining, 55 One&Only private homes are being built, designed by renowned architect Rick Joy of Amangiri Resort fame and ranging from $4.8 million to $10.5 million. “We wanted to find an architect who understood the philosophy of bringing nature into the home and leaving the smallest and most discreet footprint as possible,” says Santa Cruz.

 

A crusader of organic architecture, Joy has designed four-, five- and eight-bedroom homes (5,000- to nearly 11,000-square-feet) that celebrate seamless indoor-outdoor living and Mandarina’s magical topography. Think glass walls, earth tones, stone accents, infinity pools, dining terraces, outdoor showers, exotic gardens and more. The buildings successfully blend into the landscape, allowing nature to be the protagonist, explains Santa Cruz. Exquisite in every sense, the homes even have Delos’ DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence (based on Delos and Mayo Clinic’s Living Well Lab research) for optimal water and air purification, and circadian lighting. RHL’s commitment to sustainability and preserving the fragile ecosystems of the jungle and mangroves means one residence for every 2.4 acres, myriad protected green spaces, and golf carts and bikes as green transportation around the property. No condos, no cluster units, no Cabo.

 

But the luxury and adventure doesn’t end there. Mandarina’s Jungle Course at The Outpost has ropes courses and repelling; its Kids Club has a butterfly sanctuary and farm; One&Only’s Mandarina open-air spa delivers blissful wellness under the canopy; and the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club sports two tournament-size polo fields, along with jumping and dressage arenas and stables for boarding. Mandarina even has its own official polo team, which captured the Triple Crown last summer at the Aspen Valley Polo Club. Homeowners also receive first-class medical care with a five-year membership to Mayo Clinic Preferred Response for remote access to medical experts and global evacuation services at no cost. And once you join the One&Only Private Home family, expect lifelong One&Only Private Home concierge services and future opportunities to swap One&Only homes in sexy locations like Mauritius and Montenegro.

 

*Originally posted on Modern Luxury.

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Rosewood MandarinaRosewood Mandarina will have a residential-style hotel and set of unique private residences beginning in 2021.

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The JettyResidents and guests will depart The Jetty for their water adventures and gather each afternoon to enjoy the sunset.

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One&Only Private HomesThe villas are located in an exquisite private location in close proximity to the One&Only Mandarina.

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Rosewood Residences Starting in 2021, Rosewood Residences will take their residents deep into nature, offering them award-winning Rosewood hospitality.

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Canalan Beach ClubThe Canalan Beach Club is located on 1.6 kilometers of pristine and golden beaches for swimming, where you can enjoy kayaking and snorkeling.

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The Point An adult-only spot nestled on the rugged mountains, Carao captures the most spectacular views of the Mandarina sunsets.

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The PlateauA different poolside relaxation and dining experience, The Plateau overlooks The Jetty and the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

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One&Only Majahua Beach ClubLocated on the calm waters of the Pacific, the One&Only Majahua Beach Club offers a relaxing and casual elegance experience.

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One&Only SpaThe One&Only Spa offers a truly unique holistic wellness experience and outdoor treatment rooms under the trees.

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Kids' ClubThe KidsOnly Club brings Mandarina's wonders to life, with tree houses, an insect cabin, game room, nursery, sandpit, and outdoor amphitheater.

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One&Only Private HomesThe villas are located in an exquisite private location in close proximity to the One&Only Mandarina.

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The FarmLocated in the Flatlands, The Farm offers locally grown produce and a country-at-your-table restaurant.

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The OutpostThe adventures begin at The Outpost, the place to enjoy the day exploring the trails and the Mandarina jungle.

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Mandarina Polo & Equestrian ClubThe Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club beautifies the Flatlands, offering an exceptional venue for lovers of an equine lifestyle.

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EstuaryThe Mandarina estuary houses a rich biodiversity and an exceptional bird observatory.

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