Suite talk Verana, Mexico
Published 06/11/2011 | 06:00
The journey to Mexico's most remote boutique hotel is not exactly orthodox. You take a boat, then a jungle hike, followed by a ride on a mule, who doubles as your porter.
Before long, Verana appears, an oasis of romance and adventure surrounded by unadulterated nature.
The brainchild of two movie designers, there are just eight guesthouses on the property, with sweeping ocean views, quirky Mexicana design and glass walls.
For those who really want to commune with nature, some have no walls at all.
Electricity is scarce, so guests carry oil lamps to dinner. The day begins with a tray of freshly baked goodies and a flask of tea or coffee delivered to your door.
You can spend the rest of your time exploring nearby deserted islands or basking at the infinity pool or the local beach.
After dark, the in-house spa specialises in candlelit open-air baths and soothing aromatherapy remedies.
Verana lies on Mexico's southwest coast, 30 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.
Open from November to June, rates have been cut by 40pc for this season on visits before December 22. A minimum three-night stay starts at €141pn for two people, including transport. See verana.com.