Only&Only will begin welcoming guests to its all-new, all-suite Mexico Riviera Nayarit property from 1 November 2020. Offering 105 villas, One&Only Mandarina is an ultra-luxury beachfront sanctuary stretched across a 33-hectare landscape of unspoiled nature, less than an hour’s drive north from Puerto Vallarta.
Arriving guests are welcomed by the ring of a suspended cast bronze gong, subtly echoing across the pavilion to notify the resort team of new arrivals. One&Only Mandarina commissioned a Mexico-based Grez family group of artisans, who have been manufacturing bells and religious articles for cathedrals throughout the Mexican Republic for more than 60 years, to custom-make the piece.
Hidden between the verdant rainforest and untouched coastline, One&Only Mandarina is comprised of standalone Treehouses and ocean-facing Villas perched cliffside among the trees, all designed for indoor and outdoor living with spectacular views of the Pacific Coast. Accommodations boast private plunge pools and terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, glass walls and expansive bathrooms.
Constructed with clay, wood, precious metal and stone, all indigenous to the region, the villa accommodations are private sanctuaries, grounded in the earthen spirit of the local Cora and Huichol cultures. The floors, walls, and ceilings in the Treehouses are all consistent in the local Cumaru wood to heighten the impression of living lightly in the canopy, disconnected and one with nature. In contrast, the Cliff Villas, built on the volcanic land set upon the mountain top, feature concrete floors and high, sky-lit ceilings above the heavy stone walls and wooden built-ins in Cumaru with a raw finish. Terraces and courtyards are made from volcanic rocks directly sourced from the location while the tropical rainforest provides woods including Cumaru, Rosa Morada, and Tornillo.
A special touchpoint in the villa design is evident throughout the bathrooms, which include either an outdoor shower in an immersive jungle setting, some with ocean views (Cliff Villas), or an outdoor soaking tub with jungle or ocean views (Treehouses). In the Cliff Villas, bathrooms open to their own rainforest courts with lush vegetation and ample sunlight piercing through the tree canopies. In the Treehouses, bathrooms are fully glazed and immersed in their surroundings, allowing for natural light to enter the room from different angles, directly through a skylight, in the morning filtered by the vegetation, and open to the setting sun in the evenings.
One&Only is renowned for its collection of expansive villas offering the ultimate in space and privacy within each resort. One&Only Mandarina will be home to Villa One, the pinnacle of resort living, stretching over 1,747 square metres and boasting three bedrooms, an infinity pool, private spa and gym, full-screen cinema, wine cellar and generous outdoor dining terrace.
Ideal for family gatherings and celebrations, Villa Pacifico sleeps up to eight guests and features two bedrooms with a King suite and a Double Queen suite, two private swimming pools, plenty of entertaining and living space, office space, walk-in closets, outdoor rain showers, and outdoor covered dining terrace with barbecue grill.
One&Only Mandarina embraces the cultural traditions and signature warmth of Mexican cuisine and hospitality, from casual beachside selections to globally acclaimed cuisine. Taking centre stage is Carao, One&Only Mandarina’s signature contemporary Mexican restaurant by renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. Located adjacent to the infinity-edged pool and deck, Carao will feature an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a cosy bar and lounge.
Positioned as the heart of the resort, Alma is designed to both capture the morning sun above the rainforest and the cascading sunset on the horizon. The strong presence of two large, wood-fired hornos creates an open kitchen concept in the centre of the restaurant, where guests can indulge throughout the day. Alma was carefully designed to preserve three iconic trees, and the plateaued area steps down to a series of sun terraces and lounges beside two long pools, both extending over a cliff – one shaded under lush greenery, the other toward the glistening ocean. Alma’s accompanying open-air bar, The Treetop, is perched atop the hillside, showcasing refined twists on classic cocktails served with edible flowers, indigenous herbs, and tropical fruits.
Nestled along a secluded cove with plush daybeds, chaise lounges and terraces, the ultra-stylish Jetty Beach Club is the resort’s trendy destination for casual beachside dining overlooking two cascading infinity-edged pools adjacent to the deep blue waters of the Pacific Coast. Resort guests will head here for a lively ambience, far-reaching vistas and an open charcoal grill.
Beyond the beach club is The Jetty, extending out over the sea over 180 metres, where guests can moor their yacht or watercraft, experience sea excursions, and swim and paddleboard in the blue water cove, unique to the region. Resort guests are met by a gentle buzz in the atmosphere, with an overwater sunset lounge area set around a large fireplace at the centre of a long-extinct volcano site, which can be seen from almost all villas at the resort, creating an iconic hearth for all to gather around.
One&Only Mandarina is also home to the One&Only Spa. Situated in a natural volcanic rock garden, the spa features a collection of six isolated treatment rooms all cocooned beneath the jungle canopy observed through skylights. The spa design accommodates uniquely local treatments and cultural experiences, including mud baths and a Temazcal. Inspired by ancient healing practices from the indigenous Mayan tribe of Sonora, the Temazcal combines traditional medicinal herbs, heat, steam, indigenous music and copal incense to stimulate detoxification, heal the body and purify the mind.