MEXICO’S PACIFIC COAST
If Tulum is where A-listers go for a fix of glam Zen, the Pacific coast is more the preserve of the Gypset. Sayulita, 20 miles from major resort Puerto Vallarta, may be a sleepy beach town, but doesn’t want for style. It’s an easy, sand-and-salt-in-your-hair scene, where wandering bohemians wash up in search of surf, then stay to open vintage board shops or hammock-strung guesthouses. Among bargain beach-shack Margaritas and cheap taco stands, designers from New York and Paris run brightly painted boutiques.
Further south, the fabled Mexican Pipeline makes Puerto Escondido a premier surf spot – now, it’s also a hive of design. The new Casa Wabi, a vision of Mexican-born, Brooklyn-based artist Bosco Sodi, and drawn up by self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando (see Naoshima island’s concrete museums), it’s part artists’ residences, part gallery space, and sure to draw an interesting crowd. Neighbouring Hotel Escondido matches palapa-thatched bungalows with plunge pools; Casa Insparacion, beachfront villas and boot camps. Close by, Mazunte is less drowsy, a popular refuge for tattooed yogis.