Forest bathing meets sunbathing at this new Mexican hideaway.
One&Only Resorts has a knack for finding the next hot destination (Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park, the Maldives’ Reethi Rah). It keeps the streak alive with the forthcoming One&Only Mandarina on Mexico’s untrammeled Riviera Nayarit, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. The resort opens in June on an undeveloped stretch of the Pacific, flanked by jungled hillsides that preserve ancient archaeological sites of the indigenous Cora people.
Canopied by rain forest, One&Only Mandarina has 104 villas that come with private pools, outdoor living areas, and butlers. Inner walls made of cumaru wood blend with the outdoors, and furniture carved from parota and other tropical woods match the species found on the site. Tranquil views from floor-to-ceiling windows are just the beginning of the compound’s natural immersion. Guests can zip-line or hike through the forest, kayak through the bird-rich estuary, or paddleboard on the ocean. Starting in November 2020, an equestrian club provides horses for trail riding, stage polo matches, and host demonstrations by charros (Mexican horse riders). A tree house, butterfly sanctuary, cinema, and game room fill the 85,000-square-foot children’s club. Adults have a cliff-top infinity-edge pool and restaurant to themselves. In the One&Only Spa, glass walls and open-air pavilions allow for forest bathing during yoga classes, meditation sessions, and massages inspired by indigenous Mexican rituals. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.