Nestled in a sprawling nature preserve, an ultraluxe compound in Mexico is repurposed into a lavish hotel getaway
A lavish compound of villas and casitas set in a 25,000-acre nature preserve on Mexico’s Costalegre, the late financier Sir James Goldsmith’s Cuixmala is the stuff of legend. Until recently, the estate was only accessible as an ultraluxe vacation rental. Now a portion of the property, including Goldsmith’s own Robert Couturier–designed mansion, has been converted into the Casa Cuixmala hotel by his daughter Alix Goldsmith Marcaccini.
In addition to the four suites within the main house, there are seven secluded bungalows, and five more freestanding accommodations are slated for completion by year’s end. Rooms offer stunning views of the Pacific, the two-mile private beach, and the property’s lush grounds, home to a ranch and an organic farm that provide most of the ingredients for chef Gonzalo Mendoza’s fare. From snorkeling to horseback riding to rescuing turtle hatchlings, the outdoor activities are as compelling as the indoor comforts. From $800/night; cuixmala.com