After a brief sabbatical, the Hit List – a series that shines a spotlight on the best bars, restaurants and hotels in the world – is back. Travelling half way around the globe to showcase the Verana Hotel, Mexico.
The Verana is not only a change in tact from the bustling hotspots previously featured on the Hit List, which you can check out here, but it is a change in tact from anything you are likely to have seen before. The hotel was not built, foreseen, planned or constructed to fill a purpose. It was born naturally. Conceived from images, ideas and dreams –the hotel slowly grew from its original hotel lobby to feature a chasm of chalet’s, tea houses, jungle suites and secluded palapa’s.
Verana’s allure is heightened beyond its inventive and eccentric nature, as finding it is an adventure in itself. You take a taxi from Puerta Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlan before catching a boat to Yelapa that takes you gently down through the Bay of Banderas where the hotel overlooks. And that is the very moment where you realise isolation doesn’t get any better than at Mexico’s Verana.
You would be forgiven to think the hotel is subservient to the spectacular backdrop. But you’d be wrong. Verana stands out amongst its vivacious-surroundings and that’s largely down to its charming, independent style. Originally proposed to be one house in the hills, the handmade hotel has expanded into a collection of ten casas and huts – each with its own unique style and quirks. For instance, incredible infinity pools are a permanent fixture around the resort, while each individual room is tastefully decorated with vintage furniture and an incredible jungle view. Simply, the Verana combines the exuberance of adventure with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that amounts to much more than the average price of an overnight stay.
Yet, Verana is not all adventure. The individual studio suites, including the Blue and V House, provide a touch of contemporary luxury within the jungle. But if that is still too much, Verana also provide individual boat trips to drop you off at a deserted island for the day.
Mexico isn’t short of a luxury casa resort but Verana is a one off. The hotel exists to be the perfect representation of simple luxuries; set against a truly spectacular backdrop.
Images courtesy of Verana.