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On the Pacific coast of Mexico overlooking Banderas Bay is a pristine beach surrounded by sun-kissed bluffs and lush equatorial flora. Here, an extraordinary boutique resort is taking shape: Susurros del Corazón, a new destination from Auberge Resorts Collection with an anticipated opening in late 2019, will reintroduce romance to the Punta Mita Peninsula and captivate guests with unscripted luxury, authentic connection and reverence for nature.
“Susurros del Corazon means Whispers of the Heart, and our guiding ethos is to create a retreat with intimacy and a sense of individuality that resonates with guests on a quiet and personal level,” said Dan Friedkin, Owner and Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “It will be a resort unlike any other in the area – exquisitely crafted and purposely relaxed in the style of an enchanting private beach house. We are excited to bring Auberge’s signature soft-spoken luxury to this jewel of a setting in partnership with land owners Tim Koogle and Gregg Engles.”
Situated on the sparkling Riviera Nayarit, the resort will sit on a bluff fringed by tropical jungle that tumbles down to an intimate white sand beach, where warm breezes ruffle hammocks, surfers ride waves on the horizon, and perfect sunsets end each extraordinary day. Inspired by the rustic simplicity of sand, sea and jungle, the hotel’s guest houses and residences will be designed in harmony with nature, treading lightly on the land and honoring the spirit of nomadic luxury that has drawn surfers and beachgoers to the region for decades.
In a nod to the boho-chic culture of the under-the-radar beachside towns dotting Mexico’s coastline, Susurros del Corazon’s “bungalow by the beach” experience will begin with a collection of indoor-outdoor spaces that bow to the inherent beauty of the land. The resort will initially encompass 62 ocean-view hotel guest houses and 30 ultra-luxury ocean-front residences (3, 4, and 5 bedroom units). Three scallop-shaped pools will terrace down to the beach, where clear blue waters invite surfing, snorkeling and fishing against a backdrop of panoramic views of the volcanic Marietas Islands, a protected wildlife refuge. Tucked among lush gardens will be a spa that takes its inspiration from the region’s rich heritage of healing properties.
Susurros del Corazon will join Auberge’s impressive group of award-winning beach escapes, including Esperanza and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences in Los Cabos, Mexico, Malliouhana in Anguilla, Nanuku in Fiji, and Mukul Resort in Nicaragua, each an expression of indigenous inspiration and utter escape.
Susurros del Corazon is being developed by SV Capital of Denver, led by Mark Cooley. SV has successfully worked on national and international developments, from beach to ski destinations, to create world-class resorts focused on combining the finest amenities, a high level of service, and a keen eye for detail.
The ownership group consists of The Friedkin Group, led by Dan Friedkin, in partnership with Serendipity Land Holdings, owned and led by Tim Koogle, and Engles Development Corp., led by Gregg Engles. Tim Koogle has spent more than 30 years starting, growing, and running significant businesses, and is best known as the founding CEO of Yahoo. Engles, an entrepreneur and businessman, is currently the CEO and Founder of Capitol Peak Partners, a private equity investment firm. He previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of The WhiteWave Foods Company, a high-growth food and beverage company, and prior to that, was the Chairman and CEO of Dean Foods
If you've ever explored a map of Banderas Bay, chances are you've identified Punta de Mita as the uppermost tip of the bay. This dramatically pretty peninsula with absolutely exquisite beaches and sweeping views of both the bay and open water has always been a popular weekend escape from Puerto Vallarta. But since the Four Seasons and St. Regis resorts opened a few years ago in the adjacent master-planned resort and residential community called Punta Mita, it is also attracting the attention of jet setters and those seeking the good life –many of whom arrive in their own planes. Next to Punta Mita, three contiguous villages, Emiliano Zapata, Corral del Risco and El Anclote serve as contrast, with their traditional Mexican feel.