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We came to know Careyes in two very dif­fer­ent ways, first on the out­skirts of the hill­side vil­lage at the ecore­sort of Cuix­mala built by

Sir James Goldsmith and his daugh­ter Alix now in charge of the oth­er­worldly 36,000-acre com­pound fre­quented by Bill Gates, Madonna, Mick Jag­ger and Ge­orge Lu­cas. Then there’s the proper Careyes ex­pe­ri­ence, in one of the 100-or-so homes that dot the hill­side in­clud­ing the top two com­pounds all owned by Gian Franco Brignone - the 90-some­thing year old founder of Careyes and the fam­ily cur­rently over­see­ing its strate­gic ex­pan­sion.

For any­one hop­ing to rent a house or book a room in Careyes, good-luck. Nav­i­gat­ing its in­ven­tory of homes is a pre­car­i­ous task and best left to the pro­fes­sion­als at Costa Careyes that over­sees its Ocean Cas­tles, Pri­vate Vil­las, Ca­sitas and Bun­ga­lows that dot its Playa Rosa. This year, look for the open­ing of the new El Careyes Club & Res­i­dences (pic­tured) fea­tur­ing 36 pri­vate homes and club­house with se­ries of ar­chi­tec­tural pools and de­signer in­te­ri­ors in­side the town’s one­time for­mer-ho­tel. Days in Careyes are spent loung­ing late into the day, prefer­ably pool­side, be­fore tak­ing lunch at Playa Rosa Beach Club with its wide open lawn and im­pec­ca­ble mar­gar­i­tas of­ten en­joyed in the com­pany of the re­sort’s pa­tri­arch. Later in the sea­son, polo takes cen­ter stage as the sea­son picks-up in early De­cem­ber through April and in­cludes lessons for the vis­it­ing novice.

By night, evenings al­ter­nate be­tween lively pri­vate din­ners at res­i­dences that of­ten come with an af­ter party ex­tended by the town’s gre­gar­i­ous so­cial am­bas­sadors or late nights at Coco­drilo Azul that opens daily from late-De­cem­ber. Other nights, the town’s Plaza de los Ca­balleros del Sol is home to a col­lec­tion of more fam­ily-minded eater­ies like La Coscol­ina its Moroc­can fla­vors or Punto Como with its wood-fire spe­cial­ties and pizza scene some­times ac­com­pa­nied by out­door movies. Most nights, how­ever, in­evitably end up back at home en­joy­ing the in­cred­i­ble moon­light views over the sea or rogue bon­fire that makes Careyes the most mag­i­cal set­ting in all of Mex­ico.

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