Casa Cuixmala, the legendary estate of the late Sir James Goldsmith, was built as his exotic jungle retreat. The oceanfront palace sits on a 25,000-acre private estate on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Designed by Robert Couturier in an exuberant style that mixes the feel of Morocco, India and Mexico, this villa hosted Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world, in the period when Sir James was alive. Under his daughter’s ownership the guests became more celebrity oriented with people like Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tom Cruise among the many VIP guests.
Still owned by Alix and her family, Casa Cuixmala has now been transformed into an ultra luxury 11 suite hotel. The suites are either in private bungalows nestled in tropical gardens or within the main house with its soaring ceilings and stunning architecture. There is a world class restaurant under the direction of award winning chef Gonzalo Mendoza which serves organic cuisine entirely sourced from their own organic farms and ranch.
Casa Cuixmala sits on over two miles of private beach, so is perfect for water sports, from ocean kayaking to snorkelling and its white sandy bay is good for a picnic, or take a sailing boat to explore and fish along the dramatic coastline. Experience the freedom of a horseback ride along the endless nature trails and unspoilt Cuixmala beach. Guests can also play Professional Polo nearby. Mountain biking trails will suit all levels, from a slow jaunt to an adventurous cycle across the rugged hills. With an illuminated court, play tennis any time, day or night and there is a volleyball net on the beach. Enjoy use of the large outdoor pool terrace or take a drink in Casa Gomez’s Club Room, and in this tranquil environment, end the day with a relaxing massage and a yoga session in the privacy of your villa.
The villa is surrounded by thousands of acres of nature reserve which besides the local flora and fauna boasts herds of zebra and antelopes. Casa Cuixmala is located on the west coast of Mexico about 2 1/2 hours south of Puerto Vallarta and 1 hour north of Manzanillo by car but it also has its own grass landing strip so that people can charter a prop plane and fly directly to the property.