One&Only Mandarina hotel elevates guests in treetop suites

The One&Only Mandarina hotel is situated above a string of sandy coves on the Nayarit Riviera, about an hour and a half’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta.

Designed by Tucson-based Rick Joy Architects and executed by a team of local designers and craftspeople, the complex comprises a collection of communal facilities surrounded by 105 standalone suites.


Villas and treehouse suites peek out from the jungle-enveloped cliffs of this hotel on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, allowing guests to soak in the views from private plunge pools.

At the heart of the hotel is an open-air outdoor living space arranged around a black swimming pool.

“Reminiscent of the open porches of traditional Mexican haciendas, the outdoor living area features cosy woven settees and cradling rocking chairs made of Mexican tropical woods, such as Parota and Teak,” said the hotel operators.

Accommodation options are split between Villas and Treehouses, both of which can be booked either perched on the cliffs or nestled into the dense rainforest.

The highest Treehouse suites have panoramic ocean views enjoy panoramic vistas of the coastline. With some of the treehouses elevated 12 metres off the ground, engulfed by tropical foliage that encroaches their private outdoor decks and plunge pools.

Walls, floors and ceilings in the Treehouses are formed from local Cumaru wood in an attempt to connect the interiors and their surroundings.

The floor-to-ceiling glazing of the bedrooms can be fully retracted to create indoor-outdoor spaces. Open-air bathtubs are partially enclosed by wooden slats, while showers inside are tiled with dark stone.

“Open structures capture natural light, filtered through the towering trees,” the hotel said. “While traditional Mexican design elements are reimagined, including pitched roofs with large overhangs, a nod to local palapas featuring modern, luxury design.”

The larger villas feature earthen walls that reference historic buildings once constructed on the site by the indigenous Cora people.

Funnel-shaped tiled roofs are lined in tropical wood and narrow to glass skylights, adding to the natural light that pours in from glazed retractable walls.

Sheer curtains help to control glare and privacy, matching the neutral-toned furniture and accessories.

Outdoor showers, also coated with earth plaster, heighten the experience of staying in the rainforest.

Two- and three-bedroom Villas are available for larger parties, families, or those desiring more space. Some of these have private dining rooms, cinemas, hot tubs and fire pits.

Villa One, the property’s most exclusive offering, also has its own wine cellar, spa and gym.

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