Sir James Goldsmith still looms large in the Costalegre region of Mexico, between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. His legacy touches all the high-end resorts in the area and some are connected to his different offspring, including Las Alamandas and Hacienda San Antonio in Colima.
Cuixmala was a great Goldsmith mansion in a nature reserve that was once only available as a private rental. Now it is an intimate retreat open to individual guests—but still requires some deep pockets for the air of exclusivity.
Cuixmala’s magic lies in its pristine natural setting. On an early morning lagoon tour in an electric boat you can spot Roseate spoonbills, blue herons and dozens of other birds and butterflies. Coatimundi, wild boars and endangered jaguars are said to roam the land far from Goldsmith’s luxurious tile-domed palace. The beach is somewhat secondary, given the attractions on land. Caleta Blanca, Cuixmala’s secluded beach club with palm-shaded hammocks, cushioned lounges, and clear, calm water is a 15-minute drive north, and there’s a smaller beach on the property. But the most enjoyable activity (other than hours of blissful relaxation) is a horseback ride or Jeep tour through the property.
Lodging choices range from casitas with a view to the main house with private pool and butlers, at the tune of 10 grand a night. Naturally, you can fly in with your own plane and land on a private airstrip.
See our full detailed review of Cuixmala in Mexico.