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Casa Majani – Punta Mita – Mexico

Pool at Night


6 Bedrooms and 8 Bathrooms (Sleeps 12-14)

From world-renowned architects Manolo Mestre and Juan Collignon comes Casa Majani. Their holistic approach to architecture pays homage to the natural while incorporating the contemporary. Native simplicity and warm colors complement modern conveniences resulting in an alluring and meditative experience. Every room is designed with intention. A network of pathways through expansive reflection pools connects each unique structure, creating the illusion this remarkable casa is suspended over the powerful Pacific. Situated on the northern most tip of the Punta Mita peninsula, Casa Majani is inside the gates of the Four Seasons Resort and guests have use of its facilities.

Two connecting pools blend with sea and sky, enhancing undisturbed views of the blue horizon with over 150 ft. of infinity edge. The smaller of the pools encircles the Keili Suite, offering a dynamic and diverse swimming experience. Nearby, the whimsical bar extending unsupported from the wall is a restored vintage surf board. A ground level fire pit for intimate gatherings and fantastic sunsets is situated on the sand beach terrace.

Palapa Living and Dining Areas
At the center of this impressive casa stands the grand palapa. Nested beneath a palm-thatched roof, sits an almost ethereal living and dining terrace. Steadfast ocean breezes and sun-bathed terraces bless this marriage of nature and nurture. Striking ocean vistas surrounds all points in Casa Majani’s central gathering area. A tropical wood dining table for 12, created by local craftsmen, provides an unmatched vantage point for the surf and sunsets.

Indoor Dining and Kitchen
The tropical wood indoor dining table, seating 12, is set under a vaulted ceiling. Surrounded by colorful native art and bordered by a contemplative pool, this comfortable space is a haven from the elements. The graceful kitchen fits both form and function. Amidst ocean-facing windows, everything from delicious simple Mexican fare to lavish haute cuisine is happily prepared. Charming yet modern, the kitchen opens onto an outdoor patio, bordered by a pond, with an intimate breakfast nook seating 12.

Media and Games Room
This air-conditioned room features a Bowers and Wilkins home theater and stereo system with a 63” HDTV, US and Mexican channels, Blu-ray DVD and Apple TV and an array of board games including: dominoes, chess, backgammon as well as cards.

Tucari (Good Energy)
This yoga and fitness room, which has a relaxing Zen feel, has native wood flooring. Floor to ceiling windows offer a view of vast reflection pools and lush native gardens. Light and airy, Tucari can be opened on two sides to take advantage of good weather and closed to provide a sanctuary from the heat.

Bedrooms
Casa Majani’s 6 bedrooms use natural hues and textures to minimize the boundaries between interiors and the landscape. Each is air-conditioned and has motorized blackout and sheer shades, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD, Control 4 System Remote Control and an iPod dock.

Aramara (Ocean) Master Suite
King-size bed, ocean view terrace, inside sitting/lounge area, steps to the sand and luxurious bathroom with an ocean view, inside and outside shower and a large, stand alone hand-crafted stone tub


Keili (Tree) Master Suite

  • King-size bed, ocean view, terrace, direct pool access from terrace, inside lounge and bathroom with an ocean view, indoor shower with glass doors opening to an outdoor wooden terrace and a hand-crafted stone tub


Guest Suites

  • Tao (Sun)– King-size bed, garden and partial ocean view, terrace, lounge area and bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower
  • Turi (Children) Two queen-size beds, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Wiki (Bird) – King-size bed, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Xotu (Flower) – Bedroom and bathroom en suite with a shower. As this room is separate from the main villa and towards the back of the house, it hasn’t a water view.

Amenities
Air-conditioned bedrooms and media room, wireless Internet throughout, Toll-free US calls, fax and scanner, 63-inch Flat screen TV with Bowers and Wilkins home theater system in media room, US, Canadian and Mexican satellite TV. Guests also have access to the facilities at both the St. Regis and Four Seasons Resorts, including golf, tennis and fitness centers. Also included are chauffeured airport transfers.

Staff
English speaking cook and waiter, cook’s assistant, manager, concierge, housekeepers, laundress and onsite night watchman

Location
Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita is a private gated resort offering high-end infrastructure, security, and world-class amenities such as Golf, Tennis, and a private Resident’s Beach Club. The lush natural beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean border this nine-mile stretch of paradise, making it a unique and privileged location. The Puerto Vallarta airport is 40 minutes south of Punta Mita.

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Altiplano – Costa Carreyes – Mexico

5 Bedrooms and 6 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)
Altiplano is a unique and very private villa located in ultra chic Careyes, a magnificent stretch of coastline between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Sitting amidst 3,735 sq. meters of tropical gardens with a large variety of local flora and fruit trees, this very stylish villa has breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Designed to take advantage of the scenery, Atliplano looks out to seas across a broad terrace to the infinity pool, which has a small waterfall at one end and a heated Jacuzzi and pergola at the other. Like all the villas of Careyes, this wonderful house has large rooms and fantastic views of the ultramarine blue Pacific. Also like most villas here, Altiplano has a huge 21’ high palapa, supported by towering tree trunks, housing the main living and dining areas. Throughout the villa are original contemporary works of art, mixed with great looking Central American textiles and various Mexican treasures.

A cobblestone walkway and stairs lead down to the beautiful Playa Rosa beach (three minutes on foot and one by car), where there is a restaurant under a large palapa. There is also El Careyes Hotel, which has a restaurant, pool, small beach, tennis courts, an excellent spa and shops (which will ship to the US). For those wanting golf, there is a spectacular course, which is carved into the jungle along the beach in Tamarindo, about 45 minutes south.

Main House

  • Palapa under which is an open-air living area with a bar and dining area seating 12. There is a Bose sound system with a CD, telephone and high speed Internet connection. It overlooks the pool and has spectacular views.
  • Professional kitchen
  • Powder room

Casita 1
Ground Floor

  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a carved in tub and shower, hand made towels and bathrobes. It also has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a telephone and doors opening to a terrace with pool and garden views.

Second Floor

  • Master Bedroom with a king-size bed, bathroom en suite with a tub and shower, large dressing room and a balcony. It also has air-conditioning, bathrobes, fans, a telephone, satellite TV, DVD, VCR and a beautiful ocean view.

Casita 2
Ground Floor

  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a carved in tub and shower, hand made towels and bathrobes. It also has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a telephone and doors opening to a terrace with pool and garden views.

Second Floor

  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a carved in tub and shower, hand made towels and bathrobes. It also has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a telephone and doors opening to a balcony with pool, garden and ocean views.

Casita 3 (on the ground level just behind Casita 2)

  • Smaller bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite with a carved in tub and shower, hand made towels and bathrobes. It also has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a telephone and doors opening to a terrace with garden views

Amenities
Air-conditioned bedrooms, high speed Internet connection, satellite TV, telephone, fax, safes in bedrooms, Bose audio and sound system with a CD, daily New York Times fax and ceiling fans. Bathrooms are fully stocked with amenities such as shampoo, creams, gels, razors, hair dryers and candles. For children there are cots, cribs and highchairs and the staff will prepare an early supper for them from a special children’s menu.

Staff
Cook, maids, houseboy and pool man. The very efficient property manager can help arrange all meals, activities, massage, yoga and services at the villa. She is extremely nice and takes the best care of clients.

Services Available at an Additional Cost

  • Massage, yoga and beauty treatments at the villa
  • Special programs at the villa include a Spa, Yoga and Honeymoon/Anniversary packages
  • Transfers to and from the airport.
  • Fitness Center at the “El Careyes Beach Hotel”
  • Nanny/babysitting service
  • Mariachi band to perform at the villa

Notes

  • Altiplano may also be rented as a one or two bedroom villa

Distances
A private dirt 1200 meter (4000 feet) landing strip is located 10 minutes south of Careyes. Manzanillo is 1 hour north and Puerto Vallarta is 2½ hours south. While the Manzanillo airport is closer, most major airlines fly into Puerto Vallarta.

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Bajacu – Providenciales – Turks & Caicos

2-5 Bedrooms and 4-7 Bathrooms (Sleeps 4-10)
Bajacu is a fantastic villa on Provo’s south shore with a breathtaking 270-degree view of the Caribbean. This fabulous gated compound sits on a hill and was designed by the world famous Mexican architect Marco Aldaco, whose work is frequently published in Architectural Digest as well as other magazines and art books. Reminiscent of the spectacular villas he created in Careyes, Bajacu is built around a wonderful 33’ high thatched roof palapa, under which is a large open living room. Also reminiscent of this chic Mexican enclave is Aldaco’s use of vibrant color, which becomes even more spectacular as the day progresses.

Bajacu is surrounded by 11 private acres and it has a lush tropical garden full of coconut and royal palms, fruit trees and a myriad of bushes and flowers including bougainvillea, jasmine, and frangipani. Also set in this exotic garden are two dramatic infinity pools that cascade into one another. The small pool is 24’ x 15’ (4’ deep) and the larger, which curves around the spacious sun deck, is 170’ x 24’ (4’ to 8.5’ deep). It culminates at the foot of a very chic pergola linking the palapa to three separate areas: the living room, the formal dining room and the outdoor dining area. Below the pool level a natural stone path leads down to the sea.

The five air-conditioned bedrooms, named after flowers found on the property, are carefully designed to ensure the utmost comfort and privacy and the master bedroom is set apart for even more seclusion. Throughout the villa antiques from China, Indonesia and Africa and unique artwork create a beautifully designed though relaxed atmosphere. Among the pleasures of this great house are the many special areas where one can relax in total privacy. Bajacu, which means “rising sun” in the language of Caribbean natives, offers guests uncompromising luxury, beauty and serenity. With its excellent staff and amenities, this superb retreat is like a private 5-star hotel.

Palapa

  • Large open living room with a soaring 33’ high thatched ceiling

Casita 1
Ground Floor

  • Indoor living room surrounded on two sides by the pool. It has its own bathroom.

Second Floor

  • Sunset terrace with a pergola and seating for 8

Casita 2

  • Indoor dining room seating 16 under a 32’ high thatched roof
  • Shaded and tranquil outdoor dining area seating 10
  • Gourmet kitchen

Casita 3

  • Orchid Suite – master bedroom with a king-size bed, a 15’ high ceiling, bathroom with a  separate bath and shower, hairdryer, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, DVD, telephone, safe, high speed Internet connection, ceiling fan and panoramic sea views. Its very private terrace has steps leading down into the pool.

Casita 4
Ground Floor

  • Bougainvillea Suite with two double beds, bathroom with a separate tub and shower, hairdryer, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, DVD, safe, telephone, high speed Internet connection and a private terrace with panoramic sea views

Second Floor

  • Magnolia Suite with two double beds, bathroom with a separate tub and shower, hairdryer, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, DVD, safe, telephone, high speed Internet connection and a private terrace with panoramic sea views

Casita 5
Ground Floor

  • Allamanda Suite with a king-size bed, bathroom with a separate tub and shower, hairdryer, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, DVD, safe, telephone, high speed Internet connection and a private terrace with panoramic sea views

Second Floor

  • Jasmine Suite with a king-size bed, bathroom with a separate tub and shower, hairdryer, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, DVD, safe, telephone, high speed Internet connection and a private terrace with panoramic sea views

Other Amenities
Fresh water making plant, alarm system, CD music player, WIFI with high speed Internet, ceiling fans in all rooms, answering machine and laundry room. Available to guests is Bajacu’s private 25’ motorboat with a captain and dive master. There is also an office, which is located in the lower level of the staff quarters, with a computer with Internet access, fax, printer, scanner and a bathroom.

Included

  • 4 Tropical Delights spa treatments at the house (by Spa Tropique)
  • Guests can enjoy the fresh fruits and herbs grown on the estate

Staff
Chef, gardener, handyman and up to 3 maids (depending on occupancy) in charge of cleaning and laundry. The property manager lives on site in a separate staff house.

Services Available at an Additional Cost
A baby-sitter can be arranged in advance. Additional half-day boat trip will be charged at $500. Boat trips with a dive master can also be arranged.

Notes

  • For those unable to deal with the stairs up to the house, there is a golf cart that uses a path
  • Please note that Bajacu is non–smoking
  • Both pools can be heated
  • May be rented as a 2,3,4 or 5 bedroom house

Distances
Beaches, golf and restaurants are a few minutes away. The airport is 15 minutes and a marina is down the hill.

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