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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.

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.

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.

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

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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Frenchman’s Lookout -Tortola – BVI

5 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)

Frenchman’s Lookout, one of Tortola’s best properties, is on a small cay connected to West End by a charming bridge. Electronic security gates lead to this completely private estate, which is surrounded by mature and lush tropical foliage. Originally an infamous pirates’ lookout, Frenchman’s Lookout offers sweeping 300-degree views over Sir Francis Drake Channel of turquoise water and some 12 islands and cays. Because of its location, sultry and silky tradewinds are constant and the sight of passing sail and motor boats adds to the sublime visuals. Two of the islands prettiest beaches, Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach are about 10 minutes away by car. There are also shops and restaurants nearby.

This Caribbean plantation-style house has been completely renovated and the results are an absolutely wonderful combination of grace and great style. All the large rooms on both floors, including the bathrooms, have high ceilings and mahogany French doors, which open onto a wide wraparound verandah with hammocks, seating areas and water views. Throughout the house are Mexican saltillo tiles, seagrass mats, antiques and fine art. Furnishings are sumptuous and comfy and all five of the romantic bedrooms have air-conditioning. Set in a lovely garden, and also overlooking the water, is an L-shaped 25′ x 50′ pool with a shallow area for small children. Adjoining it is a very fun gazebo with a large gas barbecue, fridge and a wet bar with seating. Also within the garden is a 6 person hot tub overlooking the harbor and a children’s play area. Down a stone path is a separate cottage with a state-of-the-art gym and game room.

Rental of Frenchman’s Lookout includes breakfast 6 days a week and one full day on the house’s power boat. When bringing this marvelous property back to life, no expense was spared. And to make arrival and departure totally painless, guests can charter the owner’s Lear Jet!

Main Floor

  • Large and gracious entry hall
  • Great Room
  • Dining room with a banquet table
  • Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and a table and chairs
  • Bedroom with a queen-size four-poster bed and bathroom en suite with a shower

Upper Floor

  • Master bedroom with a wrought iron king-size bed, sitting area, TV and large bathroom en suite with an old-fashioned tub with claw feet and a shower
  • Guest master bedroom with a four-poster king-size bed, TV and bathroom en suite with a shower
  • Bedroom with two four-poster double beds and TV
  • Bedroom with twin beds (can combine for a king)
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Office with a computer with DSL service, fax and answering machines and a printer/scanner/copier

Gym/Games Cottage
Exercise bike, full weight machine, treadmill and free weights – all on a rubber floor. Games include a  billiards  table, foosball and table tennis. It also has a  ceiling fan, cable TV, stereo and a small porch with a table, chairs and great  view.

Rental includes freshly-prepared breakfast with table service 6 days a week, one full day on the house’s 35-foot power boat with its seasoned captain, security gates and alarm system, A/C in all bedrooms, cable TV, DVD/CD player, VCR, radio, movie and music collections, books, games, gas grill, hair dryers, safes for valuables, mini-fridge on the upper deck; 4 hammocks, children’s toys and outdoor play area, baby crib; dishwasher, snorkel gear, a separate staff workspace and transfers to and from the airport or ferry dock. The house also has Skype so guests can call around the world at no charge.

Maid service six days per week

Services Available at an Additional Cost

  • Professional chef
  • Extra maid service
  • Use of the owner’s 6 person Lear 35 jet round trip and nonstop to Tortola from any U.S. East Coast airport for an unbeatable fixed price (gas and pilot costs are extra)
  • Spa treatments (massage/facials/body wraps/reiki/yoga etc.) at the house
  • Advance grocery shopping


  • No smoking inside, please
  • Frenchman’s Lookout is on the same property as 3 bedroom Frenchman’s Paradise but it has the same seclusion and privacy as its sister property. Together they’re perfect for a larger group.
  • During the Christmas/New Year’s period, a 10-night minimum rental is required.Pamela H. Murdock – More Photos & contact

White Lodge – Harbour Island – Bahamas

5 Bedrooms and 4 Bathrooms (Sleeps 8 max.)

Located on Harbour Island’s beautiful bay, White Lodge is a traditional Bahamian house, part of which is historic, sitting on four acres. Not only does this gated compound have magnificent water views, but it has one of only three private tennis courts on the island. Lovingly restored by its owner, White Lodge comprises a main house, master bedroom cottage and a guest cottage. On the very pretty grounds are also a small dockhouse and a dock from which there is excellent swimming and boating.

White Lodge is attractively and comfortably furnished and the bedroom layout assures privacy for guests. On one side of this charming house are two separate sleeping cottages and on the other, a large terrace with sitting and dining areas. On the harbor side of the house is a large porch with a fretwork balustrade and several seating areas. From here steps lead down to a lower terrace and to a path down a sloping lawn to the water. White Lodge is a perfect house for a family or group of friends. And taking great care of guests is Luanne, the wonderful housekeeper, who is a terrific cook.

Main House
Ground Floor

  • Sun room with lots of windows and double doors opening to a covered porch
  • Small sitting room with a door to the porch
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed, sitting area and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower

Second Floor (outside access with a spiral staircase)

  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed
  • Bedroom with twin beds and a door opening to a deck with a water view
  • Bathroom with a shower

Master Bedroom Cottage

  • Queen-size bed, windows on three sides, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower
  • Sitting/dressing room

Guest Cottage

  • Queen-size bed, sitting area and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower

Cable TV, ceiling fans, laundry room, dishwasher, stereo, charcoal grill and all-weather tennis court

The  cook and the maid work 6 days weekly.   The cook will set out breakfast trays, will make and leave in the fridge a salad, sandwiches or a picnic for lunch. The maid cleans the house and is in charge of laundry.  They return in the evening to prepare and serve dinner.


  • Boat and golf cart are not included
  • There is another bathroom off the kitchen, which is used by staff

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Blue Ruin – Harbour Island – Bahamas

4 Bedrooms and 4 Bathrooms in the Main House (Sleeps up to 10)
Blue Ruin is a lovely property situated right in town. Nestled into lush vegetation at the edge of the bay and hidden behind a blue wall, the house is entered through a wooden door that opens into a plant-filled courtyard. Straight ahead is the large and very nicely decorated living room with a seating area and dining alcove. Off it are a bar room and the master bedroom.  Three other bedrooms are down a hallway accessed via the courtyard. French doors in the living room open to a very pretty covered porch with comfy sitting and dining areas. It’s really more like an outdoor living room. From there steps lead down to a terrace and the saltwater pool. Below are a long dock and a bunkhouse, which has a separate entrance off the street.

The view across the bay to Eleuthera is beautiful, especially at sunset, and to the right is the charming waterfront and town dock. It’s always fun to bob in the pool and watch boats coming and going. Blue Ruin’s location makes it perfect for walking along Bay Street and to two of the island’s best restaurants at The Rock House and The Landing. Another great feature is that guests have a temporary membership at Coral Sands Hotel, which is right on the island’s famous pale, coral pink sand beach. Membership includes signing for meals and drinks and use of the beach facilities, tennis court and the large, fresh water heated lagoon pool. All of this makes Blue Ruin an ideal house for a family.

Main House

  • Living room with sitting and dining areas, a large window overlooking the harbor, a fireplace and French doors opening to the covered porch. Another door opens to the courtyard.
  • Bar room with a TV and water view
  • Kitchen with a door onto the front courtyard
  • Master bedroom with a king-size four-poster bed and bathroom with a tub/shower. A door in the bathroom opens into the below bedroom.
  • Bedroom with twin beds, bathroom en suite with a shower and a door into the below bedroom’s bathroom
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed, bathroom with a tub/shower and a door into the below bedroom’s bathroom.
  • Bedroom with four-poster twin beds, bathroom with a tub/shower and two fold out beds. This bedroom can only be accessed through the above bedroom or from the terrace.

Membership at Coral Sands, air-conditioning and ceiling fan in each bedroom, cable and satellite TV, stereo, CD/DVD Players and an extensive collection of DVDs

The very nice housekeeper, Eartha, works six days weekly as does the gardener, who waters plants and takes care of the swimming pool

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Eartha to cook occasional meals

There is a two week minimum during Christmas/New Year’s and spring vacation.

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