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Detailed Review: Come Inside The Newly Opened One&Only Mandarina - Part II


Article and photos by Dylan Clements


Welcome to the second part (part I can be found here) of my trip report on the newly opened One&Only Mandarina in Punta Mita, Mexico. This part will cover the dining and leisure areas that are available to guests.

There are currently three dining areas throughout the property. Each area has a swimming pool area attached with loungers, cabanas, and beautiful forest and sea views. Unlike many other hotels, the One&Only Mandarina do not charge for cabana use.

ALMA RESTAURANT:

Alma offers all-day dining starting with a comprehensive breakfast menu in the mornings. The pastries are addictive and coffee is made to perfection.

Lunch and dinner can also be had here. The food was of a consistently high standard which represented good value for money.

Two wood-fire ovens make the most delicious flatbreads which are served with a variety of fresh dips.


I noticed they were in the process of building a bar, which looked to be nearly finished. This would be a good space to mingle and socialize with other guests.

Outside of the restaurant were two infinity pools each with a different view. One of the Pacific Ocean the other being of the forest. Both at a consistent depth of 1.20 meters deep which I found to be a bit too shallow for my liking.


As expected, food and drink could be ordered poolside - which came beautifully presented in wooden picnic baskets.

CARAO:

The signature restaurant of the One&Only Mandarina which offers Mexican cuisine. Led by celebrity chef Enrique Olvera from the famous Pujol restaurant in Mexico City (12th best restaurant in the world).


As it was opening night Chef Enrique was actually onsite. Not only did we get to meet him ( but he was actually in the kitchen and cooked for us. A true once in a lifetime experience.

The open plan kitchen means that those diners sitting inside the restaurant can see everything going on. This made the dining experience all that more interesting.

It has to be said that the dining experience was one of our favorite memories from our stay. Everything was just perfect. I think Carao will be getting a Michelin Star or two in no time!

A pool area is also attached to the restaurant - this is the acts adults-only pool area of the One&Only Mandarina. Poolside dining is also available here.


Future guests take note, this is the best place on the property to witness those famous Pacific Coast sunsets. Which we did with a glass of champagne and a camera in hand.

THE JETTY BEACH CLUB AND BEACH AREA:

The Jetty Beach Club provides afternoon dining. As you have probably guessed by the name it is located in the beach area of the One&Only Mandarina.


The main restaurant area is a covered terrace with views of the beach. It serves a variety of dishes ranging from fresh ceviche and shellfish to a selection of grilled fish and meats.

Below the restaurant is a pool and sun lounger area. The low temperature of the pool made it a refreshing way to cool off from the heat of the sun.

The final part of this area is of course the beach.

Unlike many areas of the Pacific Coast, this beach is perfectly swimmable. The waves are not too high which means the whole family can enjoy it safely. It is good to see that all the pool areas, including the beach, have a lifeguard on duty.

The water is warm and completely clear (see photo). The sand is golden in color and quite fine.


I did notice several non-motorized water sport options on offer, such as sea kayaking and paddleboarding.


Every evening, there is a ceremony where hotel staff light the flame at the actual jetty area. This is worth going down to the beach to witness, it does look quite spectacular.

Let's enjoy a few more pics of that sunset...

ONE&ONLY MANDARINA SPA AND FITNESS AREA:

As we were there during the opening weekend the spa wasn't quite open yet. However, the hotel staff kindly gave us a tour of the facility. The area is impressive in terms of detail and size.

Each locker room (male and female) has an ice fountain, cold plunge pool, sauna, and steam room.

A boutique is on-site selling a range of Tata Harper beauty and wellness products. This is the same brand of product as they use in the spa.


Most of the spa is outdoor in a tranquil setting that is perfectly landscaped. There is a pool with loungers and also a fire pit, They even a temazcal hut!


Note - the photos look a bit bare as the hotel is brand new, the plants are yet to establish fully.

The gym is comprehensive, with all the equipment that one would need to stay fit during their stay. There are daily classes and personal trainers available.

ONE& ONLY MANDARINA 'KIDSONLY' CLUB (IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD):

The kids club wasn't quite open when we were there in the opening week. As with the spa, we did get to have a sneak preview of this area too. This could be one of the best and biggest hotels or resort kids club in the world.


Highlight from our tour was seeing the:

  • Butterfly house, that when finished will be full of color (what kid doesn't love butterflies)

  • Insect house

  • Giant sandbox

  • Outdoor amphitheater

  • Gaming consoles

  • Giant multilevel treehouse/fort with lookouts, multiple rooms, swing bridges, and more

An artists impression of the amazing treehouse:

HOW TO BOOK THE ONE AND ONLY MANDARINA:

Booking your stay through a Virtuoso agent such as myself will afford you the following added benefits, at no extra cost:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Complimentary a la carte breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom

  • USD 100 equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay. (Not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

There is also a promotion with most of their room categories - book four nights and only pay for three. A guaranteed upgrade is also on offer at the moment.


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