Costalegre, Pacific Coast, Mexico
At a Glance
Remember to take your binoculars as the estate is home a wide range of habitats so you might spot one of the 270 migratory birds, roaming zebras, jaguars or even an iguana.
Set within a 25,000 acre nature reserve - hiring a car is a must as the area is vast and to visit the beaches
Ecology is an integral part of the Cuixmala experience- the vegetables used in the restaurant are all grown on the estate’s biodynamic farm so very much a focus on farm-to-fork dining.
Plenty of activities to choose from whilst staying at Cuixmala including horseback riding (remember to bring some sturdy shoes), ocean kayaking, fishing and snorkelling.
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The rainy summer season lasts from June to October, when it can be very hot and humid. The best month to visit is November, when the surrounding countryside is verdant after the summer rains. January and February is whale-watching season. Come between November and March to see nesting and hatching turtles, from December to March if you want to watch dolphins and whales, or in April to spot giant manta rays.
To start planning your holiday to Cuixmala
Built among a landscape of sprawling green acres, coconut groves, jagged coastline and fragrant fruit plantations, Cuixmala is a unique collection of luxurious private villas and casitas by Sir James Goldsmith.
The fabulous Cuixmala private estate, nestled amid 25,000 acres of lush vegetation, lagoons and beaches, has four magnificent houses which are all fully staffed and sumptuously decorated in Mexican, European and Moorish design. For couples and smaller groups, there are nine casitas with a shared pool, clubhouse and restaurant serving mouth-watering dishes using ingredients from the estate's own organic farm and highland ranch.
Ecology is an integral part of the Cuixmala experience and the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve offers guests a unique opportunity of up-close encounters with exotic flora and fauna. White tail deer roam freely on the vast acreage, and sea turtles nest on the property’s shores (Jul to Oct). The coconut plantation and the organic farm is where most of the food consumed on the property comes from. With its unparalleled freshness, the food served at Cuixmala is simply delicious.
During your stay at Cuixmala take part in the complimentary activities: go snorkelling or kayaking, play tennis, spot birds and the sea turtles that nest at Casa Rio, take out a mountain bike or learn to surf. Additional activities such as horseback riding, lagoon tours, sailing, fishing, boat tours, golf, polo and scuba diving outside Cuixmala can easily be arranged.
The beautiful Cuixmala villas were designed to blend light, space and striking colours with panoramas of the lagoons, river and ocean. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens in a cocoon of unspoiled nature, these villas are an oasis of tranquility. Each villa has its own personality they all share the distinct Cuixmala style. The villas are only steps from hiking and biking trails and a short walk from the lighted tennis court.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Cuixmala. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel. Babysitting can easily be arranged at an additional cost.
Cuixmala has a restaurant serving organic food, bar, lounge, library and outdoor swimming pool. There is also a 47' crewed yacht available to hire and go exploring hidden coves along the coast.
La Loma provides a wonderful dining experience on the large ocean view terrace or in the elegant dining room. Or you could opt for the more informal Casa Gomez. Whichever venue you choose you will get to experience the delicious flavours of the home grown ingredients which have been combined to create fresh dishes. Cuixmala also offers lunchtime picnics and freshly grilled seafood served under the stately trees.
During your stay at Cuixmala you can take part in the complimentary activities of snorkelling, kayaking, tennis, birdwatching, sea turtle nesting at Casa Rio, kayaking, mountain biking, basketball and surfing.
Additional activities such as horseback riding, lagoon tours, sailing, fishing, boat tours; golf, polo and scuba diving outside Cuixmala can easily be arranged.
Cuixmala was once the family retreat of Sir James Goldsmith, a British financier who helped to develop the Costalegre in the 1980s. It has since grown into a 25,000-acre nature reserve teeming with wildlife, from burros to horses to zebras, not to mention celebs like Mick Jagger and Madonna. Accommodations are spread across tropical forests and the waterfront. The most luxurious is the Casa la Loma, the original Moorish-style family compound, which comprises four bedrooms and six casitas decorated with lush drapings of white silk and hand-painted Talavera tiles; a seawater pool; and a dedicated full-time staff of housekeepers, gardeners, and a chef. The compound is rented as one unit, accommodating up to 20 people for between $10,000 and $16,000 a night. If you're not traveling with your entourage, you can rent one of three multiroom villas with private housekeeper and cook, or one of the nine smaller casitas, whose porches are stocked with daybeds, binoculars, and books. There's a clubhouse dining room for villa guests, or anyone who tires of their private chef; regardless of where you eat, the fare includes organic produce from the property's gardens, coffee grown at a sister property in the mountains, and fish straight from the sea. You can explore the surrounding nature reserve on electric boats that glide silently in lagoons filled with blue and white herons, egrets, and pink spoonbills, or you can hike past the farms of coconuts, mangos, and broomcorn that feed the horses, Brahma cattle, and those amazing zebras. The beach at the property faces the wild ocean and isn't great for swimming. It's better to take the ten-minute shuttle to the hotel's private beach club, which has padded lounge chairs, hammocks, and a restaurant serving light meals. There's no spa, but massages and body treatments are available on request.
Islas Marietas Eco Discovery
Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, the wildlife rich seas and volcanic landscapes of the Marietas Islands provide an exhilarating playground for explorers; enjoy fantastic snorkelling, kayak through rocky caverns and look out for whales, dolphins and rays.
Las Caletas sunset dinner & dance performance
As the sun begins to set over Mexico's Pacific Coast, board your cruise and sail around to the isolated cove at Las Caletas for a cultural experience with traditional dance, drinks and delicious food.
Private catamaran sail & snorkelling in Punta Mita
Experience up close encounters with colourful marine life both above and below the water as you snorkel, kayak and sail by private catamaran around the wildlife rich eco systems of the Pacific Ocean in Mexico's Banderas Bay.
Private Yacht sail to Ocean Grill Restaurant
For a truly special dining experience, board your privately chartered yacht and sail to the off-the-beaten-path Ocean Grill Vallarta, a highly acclaimed restaurant with an enviable location overlooking the Bay of Banderas, the perfect romantic setting.
Private Yoga Experience in Punta Mita
Unwind with a private yoga experience as the dramatic waves crash onto the shore ahead of you, the perfect way to relax after days of exploring the waters of Mexico's Pacific coastline.
Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class & Street Food Tour
Satiate your palate on this immersive foodie tour of Puerto Vallarta, sampling some of the Pacific Coast's traditional dishes and learning tricks to help you recreate them at home before experiencing the best of the town's tacos on a street food tour.
Puerto Vallarta Private Tour
Explore the colonial seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta with a private guide and admire the cobblestone streets and traditional adobe houses of this popular holiday spot with its miles of sandy coastline and laidback atmosphere.
Sierra Madre adventure circuit
This exhilarating adventure takes you into the heart of the Sierra Madre mountains, surrounded by lush jungle for a day of adrenaline-fuelled activities - speed along ziplines, trek mountain passes, rappel down waterfalls and zoom along by speed boat.
Sierra Madre Expedition
Get off the beaten path on this expedition to the Sierra Madre mountains which form a spectacular backdrop to Mexico's Pacific coastal towns. Swathed in rugged jungle and home to a diverse ecosystem and local villages they provide fantastic exploration.
Surfing the Pacific Coast
Mexico's Pacific Coast is an incredible surf destination, and there are many places along the coast where we can arrange surf lessons or board hire. Among the best is the stretch of coast near Zihuatanejo, where all levels can be catered to.
Whale Watching Photo Safari
Capture the magical moment you encounter wild whales and dolphins through the lens of your camera as you cruise the waters off Mexico's Pacific Coast in the Bay of Banderas. Observe as these impressive creatures breach and play about in the waves.
Location & directions
Costalegre, Pacific Coast, Mexico
Cuixmala is located on Mexico's Virgin Coast between the cities of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, in the western state of Jalisco.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight to Mexico City International Airport. Cuixmala is a 1-hour drive to Manzanillo International Airport or 2-hour 30-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
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