Rock stars and movie stars rent Casa La Loma for their getaways. Secluded and sinfully palatial, the impressive beach home has room for the whole posse in its four grand suites and accompanying bungalows. A staff of butlers, maids, chefs and waiters are ready to serve while the security detail ensures safety and privacy. The jet-setting crowd can fly in and out using the private runway.
Casa La Loma is the main house at Cuixmala, a lush estate built to entertain family and friends. Dad stayed in Casa La Loma and built Casa Alborado and Casa Torre, villas high on a ridge at the other end of the property, for his children. When he died in 1997, most of the kids lost interest in flying to Mexico. A daughter and her husband, who live full time on the property, looked at the big beautiful homes, decided to rent them out and use the money to offset expenses of the ecological programs they sponsor.
Everything about Cuixmala is big. It took big money and big vision to build the place. The three residences are huge and the architecture has great depth.
The views are expansive. They had the big idea to rent out the family homes to fund the wildlife preserve. From Casa Alborada, one of the villas sitting on the ridge, you can look out across the nature preserve and the coconut plantation and see Casa La Loma, two to three miles away, and the ocean beyond. To fully enjoy the property, you need a car; a trip to one of the four completely private beaches can be a 25-minute drive.
The grounds are pristine with lush, manicured foliage around the homes. Low tile walls line the winding roadways. Land in the nature center is as nature created it. The low areas are wetlands with mangrove-lined lagoons, colorful birds and shy crocodiles. Deer and javelina are plentiful in the dryer areas, safe from man, but not the jaguars and cougars that prowl the property. The beaches are incredible.
Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are popular activities. Sailing the electric boat through the lagoons is a great way to get close to the crocodiles and iguanas. Beach experiences can be had where the big Pacific waves hit the sand or in protected coves in calm waters, great for snorkeling and kayaking. The homes are so luxurious and views so grand, the most popular activities include sitting in the outdoor living areas and drinking margaritas.
Nature and ecology go hand in hand with Cuixmala. The Cuixmala Ecological Foundation sponsors programs to protect the birds, plants and animals living within the property; the turtle protection program has returned hundreds of thousands of turtles to the sea. Guests are not left out. Food is pure and organic, most raised on the owner’s land, and cooked lite and fresh. The unspoiled wilderness is ripe for exploring.
On their high-end, pricing varies with the season. You can experience Cuixmala in a one-bedroom casita for as low as $400 per night in the off-season. Casa Alborada runs $2200 – $3300 fully staffed, but you get three bedrooms and more than 8,000 square feet of living area, a pool and the grand views from the ridge. If you want to go all out, get the giant house on the hill right next to the ocean. Casa La Loma can be rented fully staffed for $10,000 per night in the offseason; $16,500 during Christmas/New Year. Add $140 per day per person for meals.
Story & Photos: Tom Flynn