Bordered by the Pacific on one side and forested mountains on the other is Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. The nearly 200-mile stretch of coastline north of Puerto Vallarta is dotted with resorts and sandy beaches.
The wedding and travel destination encompasses lush rainforest, nature sanctuaries and eight golf courses.
Among the towns along the shore is Lo de Marcos, a fishing village with wide streets and colorful buildings. A remodeled gazebo, small businesses and restaurants make up the downtown.
Lo de Marcos is also home to One&Only Mandarina, a luxury resort that straddles three microclimates with more than 50 species of ancient trees and an abundance of wildlife. Set within that environment are modern villas built of wood, clay and stone.
Designed with privacy in mind, the homes allow occupants to connect with nature while soaking in the vistas of the surrounding jungle, the mountains and the water.
One&Only Mandarina Villa 16 is a 9,687-square-foot retreat with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
A disappearing glass wall in the great room slides away to connect the indoor living space with a pool terrace and al fresco dining area. An infinity-edge lap pool that spans the width of the deck takes in ocean views.
A vaulted wood-lined ceiling over the open-plan great room follows the line of the structure’s hipped roof and brings a warm and tropical vibe to the interiors.
A center island with a six-burner cooktop separates the kitchen from the dining portion of the great room.
Walls of glass also slide recede in the primary bedroom, which has a balcony running its entire length.
There’s access to dining, nightlife, the Jetty Beach Club and the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, among other amenities. The resort is about an hour and a half drive from Puerto Vallarta.
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