Destination: One & Only Mandarina

The One&Only Mandarina is like no other place I’ve ever been—a dreamy escape from the rest of the world. Organic, contemporary architecture embossed into the Mexican jungle, tree houses for hotel rooms, a tropical paradise, and an atmosphere of pure serenity. A place to add to your travel bucket list!


Travel Time:
Fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), this well-connected airport offers direct flights from a variety of cities from all over the world. Once in Mexican soil, the trip to the resort takes approximately one hour from the airport. 

What To Expect:
The sun shines almost every day of the year in Riviera Nayarit, with average temperatures in the low 80s. May, when we visited, happens to be one of the most beautiful months of the year—no rain, no humidity, and sharp sun rays. Pack your sunscreen & shea body butter! 

Chic designer treehouses floating 12 meters above ground level with breathtaking ocean and jungle views. If you’re planning on bringing your kids and other family members, they offer beautiful two and three bedroom villas that are spacious enough to accommodate the whole family. 

The resort hosts three incredible restaurants—Carao, Alma, and The Jetty Beach Club. Carao offers a fine-dining experience with an artistic twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. Alma is more casual offering delicious fusion combinations—open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My favorite, The Jetty Beach Club, offers fresh caught seafood while peaking into the Pacific Ocean—a truly breathtaking dining experience. 

Stay Active:
The beach is known to have some of the best surf off the coast of Mexico, so if you’re a surfer, make sure to catch some waves. Take a hike to mediate at the footsteps of “La Abuela”, the ancient grandmother tree with almost 500-year-old leaves that resides on property. An expert guide will guide you to exploring miles of nature trails, learn about species of plants and birds, and wind through forest and onto the beach. 

Get ready to be transported both physically and mentally with spa treatments and alternative therapies inspired by the natural world. This resort offers a heavy wellness program looking to help you unwind and connect with the nature around you. My go-to? Always traditional Mexican healing practices, such as the Temazcal ceremony aka ‘house of heat’, a therapeutic ceremony using hot stones, herbs and indigenous chanting to stimulate detoxification, heal the body and purify the mind. 

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