Countries with ancient civilizations appeal to me. Perhaps it’s the energy of a people that somehow knew so much more than we do today. Having lived chunks of time in Mexico on and off for work for over 10 years, it’s a country I’ll visit on any whim. While I’m perfectly happy sleeping in a beachside hammock in Oaxaca, one year I managed to coral a bunch of friends together on a last-minute trip for my birthday. So we needed more than just a hammock.
Owned by Oregon native and longtime surfer Greg Warnick, the 5,500 square foot, beachfront Villa Lunada is located “within the gates” of tony Punta Mita on the country’s Pacific Coast. Even with its posh locale, the property still manages to maintain a laid-back surf vibe as it sits atop of El Faro, a stellar right point break reminiscent of Malibu.
The sprawling space sleeps up to nine with a tranquil Asian décor punctuated by Mexican art. The compound is cradled by an infinity pool overlooking the Bay of Banderas, and provides epic sunrises, a sand volleyball court, an organic garden, daily housekeeping, and a cook for breakfast and lunch. Take a day trip to Sayulita and head into the puebla, Punta de Mita, and eat at Tacos y Papas, where BYOT (bring your own tequila) is the norm. www.villalunada.com