Above: Villa Pacifico pool, One&Only Mandarina, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

After the last two years of turmoil, who wouldn’t benefit from some time removed from the cares of the world? Right now, one of the best places to escape is Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, the 200-mile-long stretch of Pacific coast that extends north of Puerto Vallarta. Here, the Sierra Madre Mountains meet the sea in a series of hills and bluffs topped with tropical dry forest and fringed with golden sandy beaches. Such is the beauty of the coast that on my recent trip I sometimes failed even to pick up a book from my lap, meditating instead on the waves and the scenery.

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