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Greetings, wellness seekers and luxury travel enthusiasts! Today, I’m thrilled to take you on a journey to one of the most breathtaking destinations: One&Only Mandarina in Punta Mita, Mexico. Nestled between the lush tropical rainforest and the pristine white-sand beaches of Riviera Nayarit, this resort is a sanctuary for the soul, a place where wellness and luxury intertwine seamlessly.


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Arrival at One&Only Mandarina

From the moment we arrived at One&Only Mandarina, it was clear that this was no ordinary resort. The resort is designed to harmonize with its natural surroundings, creating a sense of immersion in the untouched beauty of the area. As we drove through the winding pathways flanked by towering trees and vibrant foliage, the air was filled with the heady scent of tropical blooms and the distant sound of crashing waves.

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Our home for the stay was a stunning treehouse villa, perched high in the canopy with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. These villas are a marvel of eco-conscious design, blending seamlessly into the landscape while offering every modern comfort. The indoor-outdoor living experience here is unparalleled, with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to expansive terraces, private plunge pools, and serene lounging areas. It’s the perfect setting for both relaxation and inspiration.

Immersive Wellness Experiences

One&Only Mandarina is a haven for wellness enthusiasts, offering a range of transformative experiences designed to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. As someone who integrates wellness practices into every aspect of my life, I was excited to explore what the resort had to offer.


The One&Only Spa

The spa at One&Only Mandarina is a sanctuary within a sanctuary. Nestled in a volcanic rock garden, the spa draws on ancient healing traditions and the unique energy of the surrounding environment. I started my wellness journey with a traditional Temazcal “sweat lodge” ceremony, a therapeutic ritual that uses heat, herbs, and chanting to purify the body and mind. Guided by a skilled curandera, the ceremony was both intense and deeply cleansing, leaving me with a profound sense of renewal.


Next, I indulged in one of the spa’s signature treatments, a massage that incorporated native ingredients and techniques to soothe and invigorate. The spa uses all-natural, chemical-free products, ensuring that every treatment is as nourishing for the skin as it is for the soul. It was a truly holistic experience, one that left me feeling balanced and revitalized.


Tailored Wellness Itineraries

One&Only Mandarina offers bespoke wellness itineraries tailored to individual needs. Whether you’re seeking mindfulness, physical rejuvenation, or spiritual growth, the expert practitioners at the resort craft personalized journeys that encompass various wellness modalities. During my stay, I followed a four-day itinerary that included yoga, meditation, and breathwork sessions designed to enhance mental clarity and emotional well-being.


Each morning began with a yoga session overlooking the ocean, the gentle sound of the waves providing a soothing backdrop to our practice. The afternoons were reserved for guided meditation and breathwork, helping to cultivate a sense of inner peace and focus. These sessions were complemented by nutritious, locally-sourced meals that nourished the body and delighted the senses.


Adventures in Nature

Beyond its wellness offerings, One&Only Mandarina is a playground for adventure enthusiasts. The resort’s unique location provides access to a variety of outdoor activities that allow guests to connect with the natural world in meaningful ways.

Horseback Riding and Polo

For horse lovers (like me), the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club is a dream come true. The club offers exhilarating coastal trails, riding lessons, and even polo training. During our stay, we had the opportunity to watch a thrilling polo match, enjoying al fresco drinks and dining as we cheered on the players. It was a glamorous and exhilarating experience that highlighted the resort’s dedication to providing unique and memorable activities.


Exploring the Rainforest

One of the most magical aspects of One&Only Mandarina is its proximity to the lush tropical rainforest. Guided nature walks and jungle treks are available for those who wish to explore this vibrant ecosystem. We set off on a hike to La Abuela, the revered 500-year-old Grandmother tree, a majestic symbol of the area’s rich natural heritage. Along the way, our knowledgeable guide shared insights into the local flora and fauna, deepening our appreciation for this incredible environment.


Ocean Adventures

Of course, no trip to One&Only Mandarina would be complete without experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. The resort offers a variety of water-based activities, from surfing and snorkeling to sailing and fishing. We spent a blissful afternoon kayaking along the coastline, marveling at the clarity of the water and the abundance of marine life. It was a perfect way to reconnect with nature and enjoy the invigorating energy of the ocean.

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Culinary Delights

One&Only Mandarina is a paradise for food lovers, with a culinary program that celebrates the rich flavors and traditions of Mexico. The resort’s restaurants are helmed by world-renowned chefs who are passionate about using locally-sourced ingredients to create innovative and delicious dishes.

Dining at Carao

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Carao, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers a dining experience that is both sophisticated and authentic. We were excited to experience the Mexican celebrity chef Enrique Olvera, Carao features a menu that showcases the best of Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist. From the moment we sat down, we were treated to a feast for the senses. The dishes were beautifully presented and bursting with flavor, each one a testament to the chef’s creativity and skill.


One of the highlights was the tasting menu, which took us on a culinary journey through Mexico’s diverse regions. Each course was paired with carefully selected wines, enhancing the flavors and creating a truly memorable dining experience. It was a perfect blend of tradition and innovation, a celebration of Mexico’s rich culinary heritage.

Farm-to-Table Freshness

In addition to Carao, the resort offers several other dining options, each with its own unique ambiance and menu. A standout was the farm-to-table restaurant, where we enjoyed meals crafted from ingredients grown in the resort’s own organic garden. The emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced produce was evident in every bite, from the vibrant salads to the succulent grilled fish. Dining here was not just about nourishment; it was about connecting with the land and the people who cultivate it.

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Cultural Immersion

One&Only Mandarina is deeply rooted in the local culture, offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditions and heritage of the region. From art and music to spiritual practices, the resort provides a rich cultural tapestry that enhances the overall experience.


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Meet the Curandera

One of the most unique and enriching experiences was meeting Linda Mariscal, one of the resort’s curanderas, or traditional healers. Linda shared her knowledge of indigenous plants, herbs, and healing practices, guiding us through immersive rituals and spiritual ceremonies. Her wisdom and gentle presence were deeply inspiring, offering a glimpse into the rich spiritual traditions of Mexico.


Art and Craftsmanship

The resort also showcases the work of local artisans and craftsmen, with beautifully crafted pieces displayed throughout the property. From handwoven textiles to intricately carved wooden sculptures, these artworks reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region. We had the opportunity to meet some of the artisans and learn about their craft, gaining a deeper appreciation for the skill and creativity that goes into each piece.


Family-Friendly Activities

While One&Only Mandarina is a haven for adults seeking relaxation and adventure, it’s also an ideal destination for families. The resort offers a range of activities designed to engage and entertain children of all ages, making it a perfect choice for a family vacation.


KidsOnly Program

The Kids Only program provides a variety of fun and educational activities for young guests. From nature walks and wildlife encounters to arts and crafts, the program is designed to inspire curiosity and creativity. Children can explore the butterfly farm, where they learned about the life cycle of butterflies and even had the chance to release newly-emerged butterflies into the wild.


Family Adventures

For families seeking adventure, the resort offers a range of activities that can be enjoyed together. We spent a memorable day hiking to La Abuela and surfing the waves at nearby Sayulita. In the evenings, we gathered around a campfire under the stars, sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. It was a perfect blend of adventure and bonding, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Conclusion: A Transformative Experience

Our stay at One&Only Mandarina was nothing short of transformative. The resort’s dedication to wellness, luxury, and cultural immersion provided a deeply enriching experience that touched every aspect of our lives. From the stunning natural surroundings to the thoughtfully curated wellness programs and the exquisite culinary offerings, every detail was designed to nurture and inspire.

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As I reflect on our time at One&Only Mandarina, I am reminded of the importance of connecting with nature, embracing new experiences, and prioritizing our well-being. This journey was not just a vacation; it was a rejuvenation of the mind, body, and spirit. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with you and hope that it inspires you to experience your own journey of wellness and discovery.


Whether you are seeking relaxation, adventure, or a deeper connection to the world around you, One&Only Mandarina offers a sanctuary where you can find it all. I invite you to explore this incredible destination and discover the magic for yourself. Until next time, stay well and travel inspired!


With warmth and wellness,




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