El Tamarindo

This is another of the string of private, gated estates that are the Happy Coast’s only concession (so far) to tourist development. A long track winds down from the main road through tracts of virgin forest, finally forking into a labyrinth of trails leading to the various dependencies of El Tamarindo – the paradisiacal beaches, the golf course, La Higuera restaurant and guest villas. Golf buggies, the principal form of transport on the estate, potter gently about the forest lanes.

Alongside some of the hipper hotels of Costalegre, El Tamarindo – named after an ancient tamarind tree still growing just above the shoreline – represents a more conventional kind of beachside luxury. But it works very beautifully. Twenty-nine cabanas or villas, combining the typical Mexican palapa with

El Tamarindo

The 29 cabanas of this peaceful beachside resort are built using local woods and palm leaves, and each has a private chill-out area and plunge pool. Right, the massage palapa on the beach. Opposite, the main swimming pool

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