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Like a Virgin

Often referred to as Sir James Goldsmith’s folly the rambling eco-estate of Cuixmala lies on the west coast of Mexico some 300km south of Puerto Vallarta.

Sir James, or Sir Jimmy as he was fondly known, would take his celebrity friends to his 2000 acre estate with its somewhat unusual yet appealing dwellings, and since his death in the late 1990s, his daughter, Alix Goldsmith Marcaccini, has continued the tradition, inviting the likes of Madonna, Mick Jagger, Simon Le Bon, Bill Gates, Tom Cruise, George Lucas and Heidi Klum and ex-husband Seal to some elaborate parties.

Architecture is the work of Robert Couturier and has been described as a dreamscape with the whimsical use of colour on the outside and the stark yet clean monochromatic white of the interiors cooling the environment off. It’s also believed that Sir Jimmy had a fear of the apocalyptic scenarios of global warming and nuclear catastrophe so some of the engineering in the buildings is said to be able to withstand absolute extremes in weather and tectonics, common on Mexico’s Virgin Coast.

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The Cuixmala suite is one of the great suites of the world. A huge space with 20 ft. soaring ceilings and large windows opening to breathtaking sea views. The suite offers multiple seating areas including one around an impressive fireplace. The bathroom has huge windows and offers both an ocean view shower and oversized tub. Outside is a private terrace with seating area and splash pool sized jacuzzi, the perfect spot for viewing the area’s sunsets off the west coast.
Cuixmala continues to be maintained as a grand private estate but with Casa Cuixmala transformed into an ultra-luxury boutique hotel. The exotic setting and unparalleled level of privacy and personalised service make Casa Cuixmala a rarefied experience even for the most travelled guest.

Within the main house of La Loma are three additional suites which are exquisitely decorated with art and antiques. These spacious suites have soaring ceilings and light filled rooms and exemplify the architecture and style of La Loma.

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The bungalows Casa Cuixmala are individual bungalows, spread out through lush tropical gardens with an amazing level of privacy. Each bungalow has an elaborate bathroom with an outdoor shower in a tropical garden, a spacious living area and a king bed. A large outside terrace with stunning ocean views has a day bed for lounging and daydreaming. Casa Cuixmala is perched on a hill overlooking over two miles of private beach, an ideal spot for horseback riding, beach combing and home to the turtle protection program. At the bottom of a grand staircase is the oversised salt water pool which is located on a white sand beach. The beautiful tiled pool adjoins a beach palapa which is ideal for lounging and dining.

Cuixmala offers a myriad nature experiences which can be appreciated on foot, by mountain bike but perhaps best of all on horseback. The exotic setting of Cuixmala is further enhanced by herds of antelope and zebra which can be observed up close by our guests.

The ideal beach experience takes place at Caleta Blanca, the calm private beach which offers kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding among other activities or just lounging on a picture perfect beach. Cuixmala also offers fishing, sailing, tennis, yoga, spa treatments and a wide range of eco adventures.

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Sir Jimmy established the Cuixmala Ecological Foundation which in turn was instrumental in establishing the vast Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve. The work of protecting the environment has been carried on by his daughter Alix and her husband Goffredo. The Turtle Protection program has returned hundreds of thousands of baby turtles to the sea and has stabilized the once endangered sea turtle in the area. The protection of the mangroves provides a home for thousands of birds. More recently they have created bird sanctuaries on the islands in Chamela Bay in order to protect the sea bird’s nesting grounds. Cuixmala is also one of the few remaining habitats in North America for the Jaguar.

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