travel intel: why mexico’s coastline is having a moment

Oct 14, 2019 DOTW News

The Caribbean-facing Riviera Maya has traditionally won the lion’s share of attention among well-heeled travelers bound for Mexico. But the start of a new decade promises a new era in the country’s luxury travel scene, as a wave of first-class resorts prepare to open along the country’s Pacific coast. At the sun-kissed tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos is already home to an Oscar-worthy collection of high-end escapes, but new arrivals along the Sea of Cortez will raise the bar in the next two years.

 

Next month sees the opening of Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the fourth member of Ritz-Carlton’s ultra-luxury collection that also includes resorts in Thailand, Bali and Puerto Rico. Scattered among the dunes on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, 115 suites and villas will all feature plunge pools and outdoor terraces and the services of a private attendant. Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas will also open in November, 80 kilometers to the north in the glamorous Costa Palmas development. The 1,000-acre residential and hospitality development will eventually be home to a marina and yacht club and Robert Trent Jones II golf course, and Aman will make its Mexico debut there with Amanvari and Amanvari Residences in 2020, promising indoor-outdoor villas infused with the brand’s signature pared-back style.

 

Two hours north in the town of La Paz, Chablé Sea of Cortez – the cult boutique brand’s third luxury retreat – will provide a jumping-off point for diving excursions and whale shark-watching cruises in the Sea of Cortez, positioning La Paz as a boutique counterpoint to the big-name resorts at the southern tip of Baja California Sur. Speaking of which, Park Hyatt Los Cabos will be part of the 26-acre Cabo del Sol golf resort, stretching along two miles of beachfront near Cabo San Lucas, when it opens in 2021

 

On the Mexican mainland, the upcoming Mandarina development is pegged to become the most exclusive destination on the Riviera Nayarit, the 150-kilometer stretch of coast running north from Puerto Vallarta. The resort community will be home to One&Only Mandarina and Rosewood Mandarina – both with private residences – plus polo and equestrian club, organic farm and beach club when it rolls out the red carpet next year. Marriott will manage four hotels at NIA, an integrated lifestyle destination spread along 220 acres of Riviera Nayarit coastline, including the first-ever all-inclusive properties in Marriott’s luxury portfolio. Zannier Hotels will open its first Mexican outpost, La Nopalera, two hours south of Puerto Vallarta in 2021; and the Auberge Resorts Collection will welcome 59-suite Susurros Del Corazón in Punta Mita around the same time.

 

* Originally posted on Destinations of the World News

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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, Carao captures the most spectacular sunset views in Mandarina.

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

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One&Only Majahua Beach ClubNested along the calm waters of the Pacific, The Jetty 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 Club brings the wonders of Mandarina alive, featuring treehouses, an insect hut, game room, nursery, sandbox and outdoor amphitheatre.

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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 with the Mandarina Experiences team, which offers endless outdoor exploration and rainforest excursions.

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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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