Need to know
There are four suites in Casa Cuixmala itself, 10 freestanding casitas, six bungalows and three private villas.
There are no set times for check-in or check-out; each is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Double rooms from $550.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Rates don't include meals. If you want to go full board, it's $230 (plus taxes) a person a day, which includes service, tax and non-alcoholic drinks. À la carte options are also available.
You can hop on board Cuixmala’s 47ft sailing boat available for trips to the nearby Chamera Islands nature reserve, and there’s a smaller Boston Whaler available for fishing jaunts.
At the hotel
25,000 acres of grounds with three beaches; free WiFi in the casas; tennis courts; yoga studio; boutique; biodynamic farm; turtle foundation; airstrip and DVD library. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, bar, open fireplace. The private villas each come with a full complement of staff.
Our favourite rooms
Casa Cuixmala was Sir Jimmy’s private house, so it’s only natural that it would be the most the most gasp-inducingly opulent part of the hotel. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Florence’s Duomo, it has four suites (the Master Suite has an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the beach), a TV room and lounges and dining rooms galore. Guests staying in the charming casitas overlook the coconut plantations and distant ocean, and share a pool, clubhouse and restaurant at Casa Gomez. For the utmost privacy, book one of the villas (Casa Torre, Casa Alborada or Casa La Playa), each of which have a private pool, chef and host.
The villas all have their own private pool area, and the casitas share a pool overlooking the coconut groves. The pool at Casa Cuixmala is generally reserved for guests in the main house's suites and bungalows, but can be used by guests staying in casitas on request. There's poolside service at Casa Cuixmala, where you can order exotic fruit skewers, sorbets and icy drinks to your lounger.
Bring your sporty gear for yoga classes and hikes. If you're planning on going horse riding, you'll need a pair of trousers and some sturdy shoes.
The estate's enormous, so you'll need a car to get around.
Dogs weighing less than 9lbs are welcome, but you’ll be expected to feed them and ensure they’re leashed in communal areas. See more pet-friendly hotels in Jalisco.
Under-fives stay for free (cots are available), babysitting can be arranged with two days’ notice ($15 an hour); meals are free for under-twos, 25 per cent the adult rate for tots two-to-five and half the adult rate for children aged six to eleven.
Sir James Goldsmith became something of conservationist during his last years, and it shows: Cuixmala includes a wildlife sanctuary, and the fruit and vegetables used in the restaurant are grown on the estate's biodynamic farm. Many of the other products – including the meat, cheese, milk and coffee – come from Cuixmala’s sister property Hacienda de San Antonio.