Before you read any further, make yourself a boho beach cocktail.
Pour one Corona (or Modelo) over ice, add Clamato, then a shot of Worchestershire, tabasco, spices, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Serve over ice and trim the edge of the glasses with Tajin. Then sip (it’s called a Michelada, by the way). Take a deep breath. OK, now you’re ready…
For those of you who don’t have the fabulous friend with a private villa along one of the most coveted coasts of Mexico, we’re here to share a secret. There is such a hideaway—as unapologetically decadent and ridiculously luxurious as if it were owned by said (imaginary) A-list celebrity BFF—that’s available for rental in the secluded resort enclave of Punta Mita.
Designed by the dream team of acclaimed architects Juan Collignon and Manolo Mestre working with interior designer Karen Collignon, this sandy, shoes-optional property known as Casa Koko was originally built as a private residence. With nine suites, the oceanfront villa can accommodate up to 22 guests (18 adults and four children) with posh amenities (Kiehl toiletries abound) and bespoke touches that make you want to pinch yourself to know it’s all real.
Sure, you’ve stayed in luxury resorts along all the coasts but this is different. This is a family holiday getaway, or a girls’ bachelorette trip, or a corporate retreat for the memory books.
Located in one of Punta Mita’s most exclusive residential communities, Casa Koko truly is a private oasis—one that comes with a house butler, a professional chef, an elegant dining terrace beneath a palm-thatched roof, in-house bohemian chic spa sanctuary with steam room and outdoor stone bathtub, and an infinity pool that fades into the Pacific Ocean.
Our visit earlier this year (which came a week after rapper Ludicris stayed there) included a sojourn in the Luna Suite, a thoughtfully appointed series of rooms (including a walk-in dressing room and a private outdoor shower) that led to a balcony overlooking the beach. An in-room hammock and stone bathtub set it apart from the others, along with a sitting room large enough to entertain fellow guests.
One of the marketing slogans for Casa Koko is that it’s “more than a stay; it’s a lifestyle.” And if one had to define that lifestyle, it would be that of doing almost nothing in the most luxurious way. Wander down to the social areas of the villa, perch on a sofa, and take in the lush tropical flora and views of the Marietas Islands, all while ordering a margarita and a tray of delectable small plates that tempt the palate and make you long for the dinner hour.
The whole concept of having a personal staff (there are 12 full-time people employed on the service, catering to your every whim) is elevated at Casa Koko throughout the experience. Want a massage? It will be arranged either in-suite or in the spa. Fancy a voyage to a nearby beach club? Someone will bring around a golf cart post haste, just for you.
Breakfast is served buffet style though the term “buffet” doesn’t do it justice. Imagine a feast of fresh fruits, juices, and delicacies of the season. Other meals are arranged through the private chef and his team, and can be customized for every guest (whether it’s a request for Kosher or gluten-free) at the dinner table.
Stay a few days and you may never want to leave…
But perhaps you don’t need to, forever. While Casa Koko is among the most luxurious of private luxury villas, there are plenty of still fab condos for purchase in the Punta Mita resort. And your “staff” would be happy to arrange a visit, if so desired.
Time to finish that Michelada. Adventure awaits.
Once your personal concierge unpacks your bags (hanging everything and organizing it meticulously, making you wonder how you’ve lived without such a service all your life) and you’re comfortably barefoot, it may be hard to venture beyond the Pacific horizon.
With an attentive (and always charming) staff, cocktails at the ready, and several terraced patios leading down to the ocean’s edge—including one with a fire pit—it’s conceivable that you could stay a week and never put on the shoes that are (yes, behold) so carefully lined up in your walk-in closet. However, let us advise you that it’s worth it to make the effort.
Not only is the resort community of Punta Mita filled with dazzling waterfront restaurants and cocktail bars (we loved dining at both the Kapuri Beach Club and the Pacifico Beach Club) but it’s also home to two Jack Nicklaus signature 18-hole golf courses. The Pacifico and Bahia are both available for Casa Koko’s guests, making it a privileged destination for those passionate about golf. And even if that passion is tepid at best, it’s worth checking out the 17th hole of Bahía’s world-class course (the views alone are worth missing the shot).
Even more impressive is the location. As part of the exclusive Punta Mita resort community, guests have access to the amenities at St. Regis and surrounding properties. And because Casa Koko is now part of The Adventures Group, there is no limit to the type of custom tours that can be arranged to amplify your stay.
Here are three recommended day trips worth putting on those shoes and exploring:
Casa Koko is located about 10 miles away from the hippie chic, boho bazaar that is Sayulita. A 20-minute car ride will take you to this happening coastal town, filled with restaurants, bars, art galleries, organic cacao shops, and street markets. Soak in the vibe, which is even more fun when paired with an off-road adventure.
SAIL INTO THE SUN
The attentive staff at Casa Koko can arrange boating adventures of any type. Perhaps you want to go paddle boarding or snorkeling to explore what’s below the ocean blue. Our preference was a luxury cruise around the bay, complete with chef-prepared apps and cocktails, of course. (Whale watching and swimming with dolphins are also popular options.)
TAKE AN ALL TERRAIN ADVENTURE
The important thing to remember if you choose this activity is you have a lush shower with lush bath products waiting to wash off all the dirt you’ll have on you when you blaze a trail on a Polaris RZR UTV. Talk about an adrenaline rush. Get ready to traverse muddy roads, rivers, and trails with views out over the hills.
For more information about booking your own Casa Koko experience, visit casakoko.com.