Cuixmala, whose name translates to “the soul’s resting place,” is perched in a 30,000-acre Eden on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, just south of Puerto Vallarta. The former home of the late Sir James Goldsmith, the Anglo-French financier and M.E.P., the property has hosted Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. Now, under the stewardship of Goldsmith’s daughter, Alix Marcaccini, it has been transformed into a sprawling resort surrounded by rivers and lagoons, miles of empty beaches, and an Amazon-like jungle. Architect Robert Couturier also handled the sumptuous, colorful interiors, and intriguing options abound (although the resort can only accommodate about 80 guests at one time, thank heavens). Casa Cuixmala, Goldsmith’s former home, the architecture of which nods to Florence’s Duomo, now offers three suites. Ten freestanding casitas have views of coconut plantations and, in the distance, the ocean; but for maximum privacy, go for one of the villas (Casa Torre, Casa Alborada, or Casa La Playa); all include a private pool, chef, and host.
On the activity front? Yoga, snorkeling, hiking, and visiting the property’s biodynamic farm, which provides most of Cuixmala’s food. You might also press a button devoted expressly to margaritas, which will summon a pitcher of your favorite variety. Pro tip: the property is sufficiently expansive that the private beach requires a short drive. But the scenic jungle road does not exactly constitute suffering.