Mexico: Life in Technicolor

This has been an incredible year of travel – for work, for family time – and the latest destination , the St. Regis Punta Mita. I truly believe that great design can emerge from the simplest settings, but it’s frankly hard to top Mexico for the intensity of color and  infusion of pattern wherever the eye lands.

The resort was enchanting – I alternated between ocean views and marveling at the stone inset details throughout the property paths and gardens and the rhythm of the wood trellised covered walkways.

Of course, I also had to explore, and we took in some local flavor in Sayulita, a small surf town on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.  The vibe is muy bohemian cool, with unique little shops and galleries, including: Pacha Mama – Art gallery meets clothing store meets, Swiss family Robinson tree house!   Wonderful modern art from Mexican artists.

Gypsy Galaria – This wonderful shop is filled with Mexican artisan wares including handmade tiles, clothing and crafts.

We also had a thrilling day of ATV riding through the jungle and beaches of Punta Mita, stopping briefly at the most colorful working ranch I’ve ever encountered:

As a parting shot, I offer the infectious joy of this outdoor shower at a Sayulita hotel.  I love how it offers up all the unique charms of the Mexican coast  – color, texture and ornament. Viva Mexico!


Photos by Susan Bednar Long 

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