Kick off your sandals at a secluded, solar-powered resort on Mexico's Pacific coast.
Point your compass: Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Resort (pronounced "Ma-ha-WEET-as") is tucked into a sandy, jungle-lined cove on the Bay of Banderas, just south of Puerto Vallarta.
Magic by the sea: For a marooned-on-a-beach-with-most-of-the-amenities experience, you can't beat Majahuitas. Guests stay in one of eight charming, rustic, open-air casitas (small, private houses) adorned with whimsical local art. Though there are no phones or electrical outlets, the casitas are solar- and candlelit-so read in bed as late as you please.
Beachside dining: A gong summons guests to freshly prepared gourmet meals, served beachside under broad umbrellas. The resort grows its own fruit.
Sandy and sustainable: The wind- and solar-powered resort is situated on land owned by the indigenous Chacala community, which prefers low-impact development. A special septic system helps preserve the fragile beach environment; recycling and composting help control waste.
Diversions: Swim, snorkel, sea kayak, hike or arrange a massage. The only thing that mars Majahuitas' serenity is a short, daily tourist-ship invasion of daytrippers from Puerto Vallarta, but the rest is pure "aaaahh."
Dream on: www.MexicanBeachResort.com