There are only a few places that successfully combine art and money. The balance has to be just right. Too much art, and you get the Burning Man type of crazies. Too much money, and you get Bermuda.
Which leads me to a place on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Careyes. The main complex looks like this
Here is the story
Italian banker Gian Franco Brignone discovered Careyes in 1968 while flying over the sublime coastline in a Cessna. It was seeing from above the lush green Mexican jungle with mangroves and white sand beaches separating it from the deep blue ocean that caught Brignone’s eye. Before returning to Europe he purchased thousands of acres. While colorful casitas, bungalows, private villas, and ocean castles inspired by architect Luis Barragan now dot the stunning coastline, the Brignone family has been very deliberate not to overdevelop and ensure the exclusivity of this hideaway with a Mediterranean spirit. Filippo Brignone, Gian Franco’s son and President of the Careyes Foundation said, “If a place doesn’t grow, it dies. If a place grows too fast, it dies.”
And now, Careyes caters to the well healed creative set who want to get away form it all, but not stray too far form the pool. You want details?
The luxury property has over 90 pools and most of them are infinity style. There are 64 villas each with its own pool, 5 casitas with pools, 10 casitas with plunge pools, and El Careyes Club & Residences has 5 large infinity pools in addition to 5 apartments with private plunge pools. Plus 4 constellation villas, each containing their own plunge pool. The widest and biggest infinity pools are at ocean castles Sol de Oriente and Sol de Occidente that sit at the top of two hills which bookend a bay, both with 1,000 square meter infinity pools that wrap around the property. The longest pool is 70 meters in a rectangular shape at ocean castle Quinto Sol and the second longest is 55 meters in a more organic shape at villa Triton.
So what about art?
One of the most iconic art installations is the large scale structure that is Copa del Sol. Dramatically perched atop a cliff overlooking Playa Teopa. Copa del Sol is 88 feet in diameter and 35 feet tall. At the right angle when the sun is setting, it looks as if the sun falls directly into the Copa. During this year’s annual Arte Careyes festival, photography artist JR unveiled his contribution to the Careyes landscape—a diver landing into the center of Copa del Sol.
a bit odd, I would say. And this, taken from behind the diver?
I suppose one could stay by the pool.