On Location: Las Alamandas, Mexico

Marie Claire's fashion team discovers a colourful Pacific coast hideaway

Marie Claire’s fashion team discovers a colourful Pacific coast hideaway

We stayed at…

Las Alamandas (alamandas.com), a private beach resort on a 1,500 acre nature reserve with 16 suites set in seven villas decorated in a vivid Mexican style. Double rooms in December cost from £295.

Pretty in pink: the gardens and beach at Las Alamandas

Our top things to do…

Ride, hike, surf, snorkel, see whales, dolphins and turtles. This is a one-stop luxury eco-retreat with yoga, spa treatments, mountain bikes, a 60ft pool and organic cuisine. Oh, and there’s also a choice of 120 high quality tequilas…

Mexican waves: the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

Let’s go…

Thomson (thomson.co.uk) flies direct from Gatwick and Manchester to Puerto Vallarta, from £699 return in December. Las Alamandas is a two hour drive south. Mexico (18.99; Lonely Planet) covers the country, useful websites are visitpuertovallarta.com and visitmexico.com/en/costalegre. The weather is driest from November to April.


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