Kerzner International Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement with BK Partners, a private equity fund focused on tourism and land development, to develop and operate two new One&Only resorts on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
These new resorts will complement the experience offered at the award-winning One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico.
One&Only Mandarina, located in Riviera Nayarit, approximately 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta's airport, will offer approximately 145 luxurious villas as well as private residential estates, world-class farm-to-table dining and original retail options. The beachfront resort will maximize the dramatic rain forest location, with each secluded villa individually placed to celebrate where the sky meets the sea and the lush flora and fauna. A wide variety of spectacular accommodation will include Ocean Cliff Villas, Tree House Villas and Mountain Villas, all placing an emphasis on privacy and beautiful vistas. Adults will discover the very chic pool, soaring high above the Pacific, with private cabanas and a sophisticated poolside café and lounge, perfect for a decadent escape or an intimate gathering.
A beach club, just steps from the water's edge, will provide fun and energy, as well as relaxation. A family pool nearby will offer guests of all ages the ultimate enjoyment of both sun and surf. Built into the bluffs and benefiting from varying elevations, a wide variety of experiences can be enjoyed within this tribute to the natural elements, including cabanas perfect for families. Both internationally influenced and locally inspired restaurants will allow guests to explore a range of dining experiences. The latest in fashion will be available at stylish boutiques. The resort will also offer an indulgent One&Only Spa and Fitness Center, honoring the inspired surrounds with treatments using traditional Mexican elements, as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the resort will have a private Conference Center, offering the perfect destination for corporate meetings and retreats.
One&Only Santa Maria de Xala will be part of a new 2,965-acre development located approximately 60 miles south of Puerto Vallarta's international airport. The authentic hacienda resort will command five miles of impressive beachfront, a connection to traditions past yet offering the latest in ultra-luxury. The resort will offer approximately 75 luxury villas and suites with private pools, providing the perfect accommodation for both couples and families. The development will also include a prestigious One&Only residential component.
The region's heritage will be woven throughout the resort, utilizing natural elements, to inform the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. True to the brand's heritage, One&Only Santa Maria de Xala will offer a variety of world-class cuisines, showcasing regional specialties in restaurants overseen by internationally acclaimed chefs. All culinary experiences will showcase the incredible local and seasonal offerings. The resort will also house an indulgent One&Only Spa, honoring the region's heritage by utilizing ancient Mexican traditions and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, as well as a Fitness Center offering the latest technology and innovation. In addition, event and meeting spaces will be available for bespoke gatherings, whether for business or personal pleasure.
"I am thrilled we are able to partner with BK Partners to further develop Mexico as a world-class destination, building on the success of One&Only Palmilla. I am looking forward to introducing both of these resorts to our loyal One&Only guests and new guests alike," says Alan Leibman, CEO, Kerzner International. "The locations truly showcase the best Mexico has to offer, each with a distinctive experience, and I am very confident that One&Only will continue to define ultra-luxury in the region."
"We are proud and excited to work together with Kerzner International towards the development of these two world-class One&Only resorts that will showcase a unique and different experience not seen before in this part of the world," says Juan Bremer, Partner, BK Partners.
"The development of these two One&Only resorts follows BK Partners' investment strategy focused on the acquisition and development of high end flagship hotels and resorts located in Mexico and the Caribbean," added Francis Muûls, Managing Director, BK Partners.
Like all properties within the One&Only collection, both One&Only Resorts will evoke a sense of place, showcasing the country's rich history and reflecting the local culture with a design appeal to attract the contemporary traveler seeking ultimate luxury. The stylish resorts will also be home to a variety of boutiques from the world's leading brands, offering the very latest in retail indulgence. As with all One&Only properties, both resorts will offer innovative programming for families with children while carefully preserving space for adults as well. Guests will also have access to a host of unique sporting and entertainment facilities on-site at both resorts.
Set in some of the most beautiful locations in the world, each award-wining resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unparalleled. These nine properties include the iconic One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; and One&Only Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. One&Only has also announced plans to develop a resort in Sanya, China, as well as One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, the first property for the collection in Europe and One&Only Bahrain.
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