sneak peek: mandarina in riviera nayarit

Jun 23, 2019 TravelAge West

It’s about to change again, with the imminent debut of the ultra-luxe Mandarina development, which will cover 640 acres and have its own 1-mile beach. The land and seascape — located about 25 minutes north of Sayulita — is reminiscent of Hawaii, particularly Kauai.

 

A new toll road, slated to open in 2021, will link Mandarina to Puerto Vallarta International Airport, cutting travel time from one hour to about 30 minutes.)

 

“Mandarina will be the lowest density ultra-luxury property in Mexico,” said Kappner Clark, chief marketing officer for RLH Properties, a developer of Mandarina.

 

In addition to branded private residence villas, which will all feature ocean views, Mandarina will also have two resorts: One&Only Mandarina and Rosewood Mandarina.

 

“One&Only Mandarina will be located on the hillside, while Rosewood Mandarina will give guests a beach option,” said J.P. Mahony, director of sales for One&Only Mandarina.

 

The 108-room One&Only Mandarina will debut at the beginning of 2020 and feature a beach club with infinity-edge pools, beachside terraces and private massage cabanas. A jetty — which will provide mooring for yachts — will create gentle surf conditions, allowing for a beach area ideal for families with small children. On-site dining venues will include The Plateau, which will offer dining for the whole family, and adults-only The Point. Both venues will feature sea and jungle views.

 

Rosewood Mandarina will open in 2021 with some 130 rooms, as well as 65 residences. The resort will have a beach club; Sense, A Rosewood Spa and several restaurants.

 

Ricardo Santa Cruz, Mandarina Chief Business Development Officer, relayed how Sol Kerzner — founder and CEO of Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based Kerzner International, a company that operates One&Only Resorts — reacted when he first visited the site for Mandarina.

 

“He stood up after an hour and said he had seen enough,” Santa Cruz said. “I thought that meant he wasn’t interested; instead, it was the opposite. Kerzner said, ‘I have clients who travel 24 hours to experience something like this. It reminds me of Southeast Asia.’”

 

Clark notes that family amenities are important to Mandarina’s market, especially considering the rise of multigenerational travel. To satisfy family clients, Mandarina will offer a kids’ club with its own butterfly sanctuary, resident storyteller and tree houses. On-site The Outpost will feature a zipline; a rappel course; a climbing wall; sports fields and courts; hiking, cycling and horseback-riding trails; an arcade; and a movie theater.

 

“What makes the difference will be the experiences at Mandarina,” Santa Cruz said.

 

And there’s no lack of activities. Additional features will include a farm and farm-to-table restaurant, a beach club and an estuary. Polo players and fans will appreciate Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, which will have two tournament-size polo fields, jumping and dressage arenas, a clubhouse and lounge, a pro shop and more.

 

“Polo instead of golf may have seemed like an odd choice, but it has been embraced by buyers,” Santa Cruz said.

 

Great care is being taken with Mandarina’s natural environment, as well. During my tour of the property, we drove around extant trees in the middle of the road, which was widened to accommodate them. This holistic vision is also evident in how the villas blend into their surroundings; exterior and interior paint colors of the villas are carefully matched to the soil. This attention to detail throughout the development contributes to an overall eco-conscious ambiance.

 

*Originally posted on TravelAgeWest

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Map of Mandarina, Mexico
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Rosewood MandarinaRosewood Mandarina will feature a distinct, residential-style hotel and a collection of private residences, debuting in 2021.

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The JettyResidents and guests will set off from The Jetty on their seafaring adventures and gather nightly to watch the sunset.

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One&Only Private HomesThe villas are nestled within an exquisitely private location neighboring One&Only Mandarina.

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Rosewood ResidencesDebuting in 2021, Rosewood Residences will immerse residents in nature, treating them to the Rosewood brand of award-winning hospitality.

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Canalan Beach ClubCanalan Beach Club is situated along a one-mile stretch of pristine beach ideal for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.

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The PointAn adult-only destination perched along the mountainside, The Point captures the most spectacular sunset views in Mandarina.

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The PlateauA distinct, poolside lounging and dining experience, The Plateau overlooks The Jetty and the ocean beyond.

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One&Only Majahua Beach ClubNested along the calm waters of the Pacific, One&Only Majahua Beach Club offers a setting of relaxed, casual elegance.

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One&Only SpaOne&Only Spa provides an authentically holistic wellness experience and open-air treatment rooms nestled beneath the trees.

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Kids' ClubKidsOnly brings the wonders of Mandarina alive, featuring treehouses, butterfly sanctuary, water activities and nature trail.

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One&Only Private HomesThe villas are nestled within an exquisitely private location neighboring One&Only Mandarina.

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The FarmSituated within the Flatlands, The Farm features home-grown produce and a farm-to-table restaurant.

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The OutpostAdventure begins at The Outpost, the place to set off for a day exploring the trails or the jungle at Mandarina.

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Mandarina Polo & Equestrian ClubMandarina Polo & Equestrian Club graces the Flatlands, providing a remarkable destination for the equine-focused lifestyle.

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EstuaryThe estuary at Mandarina features a rich biodiversity and outstanding bird watching.

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