BY Lisa Lindblad
July 3, 2011
I have just returned from a short stay at one of my favorite places in Mexico, Cuixmala. Set in 25,000 acres of unspoiled land, lagoons and beaches on the Pacific Coast, Cuixmala is a remarkable property that offers three completely different accommodation choices and a lengthy list of activity options.
The priciest of these options is Casa La Loma, a ‘1001 Nights’ fantasy house with 4 bedrooms and 6 bungalows that is tailor-made for a celebration or a wedding.
And then there are the casitas that are perfect for a couple or a family. Nine total, these charming 1 to 3 bedroom houses have private terraces, satellite TV and DVD players and share a divine pool and the “club house”, Casa Gomez, the most chic club house you have ever seen. My casita, Clavel, was blue and white, had gorgeous views of the ocean and complete privacy. Prices start at a reasonable $400 per day inclusive of breakfast.
There are some real WOW facts about Cuixmala. Here goes: zebras, gazelles and crocs populate part of the important Chamela-Cuixmala Bisophere Reserve so you have, in essence, a mini-African plain at your fingertips; surfing, golf, lagoon boat rides, wildlife and polo are all within spitting distance; yoga practice, massage therapies and organically grown products can be tailored to your desires; a short private charter will bring you to my favorite “hotel” in this hemisphere, the very powerful, very beautiful Hacienda de San Antonio located in the mountains. Owned by the same proprietor and offering the same warmth, service and enchantment, this is the perfect add-on to a stay at Cuixmala.
As you know, I believe that much of life’s pleasures resides in the personal relationships one forges. One of the most charming and most professional women I have had the opportunity to work with is Maria Campos. Maria – always beautiful and gracious – runs Cuixmala with a seemingly effortless touch. I love the zebras and crocs, the gorgeous beach, comfy bed and really delicious food; but I really enjoy Maria. It lifts my heart to see her, although it is all too seldom.