Paradise Now

Experience the ultimate home away from home at Punta Mita’s Casa Aramara.

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    Darren Elms

In the age of Airbnb and HomeAway, it’s not uncommon for even the most discerning traveler to skip the convenience of a five-star hotel for the comfort and spaciousness of a private home or estate. A week at a farmhouse in Tuscany, a villa on Kauai or a chateau in Provence … there’s no shortage of fantastic properties in the world’s most desired locations.

But how many of your rentals also boast a prior guest list that included people like Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Kanye West, Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow and Manhattan Beach’s own Vince Vaughn? Few. Unless you’ve been lucky enough to set foot in Casa Aramara.

Punta Mita is no stranger to luxury. This private, gated enclave about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico hosts both a St. Regis and a Four Seasons, not to mention two Jack Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole golf courses and numerous other private, oceanfront estates.

The Casa Aramara holds the distinction of being the only private residence in the community with five-star status. Only recently, the home opened its doors for a new chapter as a premier destination rental in paradise.

An all-inclusive experience, there are no supplemental charges, no tipping, no fuss. You book and the home is yours, including the 15-person staff, accommodations, amenities, dining, activities … all of it, all at your whim. There’s even an “Anything” button on nearby phones, for pretty much anything … when and where you want it.

Immersed in lush, tropical gardens, the property features two distinct buildings, the main house and a smaller—but equally impressive—guesthouse, rumored to soon become exclusively a spa venue. Both styled by renowned designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the spaces evokes casual elegance on the grandest scale.

You only need to walk in the main home’s great room to understand the scope. Sheltered by a giant, vaulted, thatched roof, the expansive living area abounds with deep, cushioned seating that faces disappearing windows to an infinity pool and ocean beyond.

To the left, an incredible dining table with enough seating for a small banquet sits under illuminated mesh globes suspended above. Blue tones, beachy whites and a tasteful blend of exotic patterns meld into a soothing ambience that’s inherently island.

Equally beautiful bedrooms feature all the amenities you’d expect of a first-class resort: plush lines, walk-in showers, elegant robes, Turkish towels, satellite TV, a stocked mini-bar and much more. Each night a lantern is lit on your private patio to welcome you home, with a sweet treat placed bedside for a late-night snack.

Speaking of food, dining is not just a convenience at Casa Aramara; it’s an experience unto its own. Two professionally trained chefs create multi-course, locally-sourced meals guaranteed to elicit satisfying sounds from your guests. The menu can also be tailored to preference, diet or location upon request. Throw in some acoustic Spanish guitar and fireworks off the beach and try not to float back to your room.

With the ocean only steps from the home, the Pacific provides the ultimate backdrop for a roster of daily activities. Jet Skis, parasailing, fishing, tennis, golf, horseback riding and surfing are only a few adventures on the list. If you prefer to take it easy, lounge by the pool, take beachside yoga or melt away under the hands of a skilled masseuse.

Then there’s Litibu. Imagine walking out onto the sun deck and seeing a giant sea lion happily perched on the side of the pool. Meet Litibu, a local marine center’s mustached mammal and sometimes houseguest. Accompanied by his skilled trainer, Litibu will dive, smile, kiss and even let you piggyback for a generous helping of fish—all in the convenience of the house’s main pool.

But according to the trainer, his visits must be limited to about 30 minutes, or Litibu will adjust to his surroundings and never want to leave. We can relate.

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