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Stylist Nausheen Shah’s Glamorous Trip to Cuixmala

Jet-setting taken up a notch.

By: Monica Mendal

The first time I met Nausheen Shah, stylist, jewelry designer, and all-around glamour girl, we were both staying at Silvia’s Tcherassi’s Mansión Tcherassi in Cartagena. I remember descending downstairs for dinner one evening wearing white pants, a pair of espadrilles, and a silk top by Silvia—an outfit I felt quite proud of. Minutes later, Nausheen emerged in a purple floor-length silk gown, which she “picked up” from Tcherassi’s boutique earlier that day. “I had another dress in mind, but I put this one on, and it just felt more me.” Because of course. I quickly realized that my version of “jet-set” didn’t stand a chance next to Nausheen’s, who is the living embodiment of Slim Aarons glamour.

Her recent trip to Cuixmala in Mexico’s Costalegre was no less glamorous. “Five years ago, I started seeing images of an azure checkered pool with no defined location in the most picturesque setting. Soon followed more pictures of a terracotta mosque-looking structure with extravagant, palatial rooms and roaming zebras. I needed to know where this place was immediately.” Cuixmala, she quickly learned, was formerly a private estate within a private nature reserve once owned by British-French billionaire Sir James Goldsmith and is now a luxury hotel notably frequented by celebrities like Madonna, Mick Jagger, and Emily Ratajkowski. Nausheen decided it would be the perfect place to celebrate her golden birthday with family—and clad in Jacquemus full looks, suffice it to say, she fit right in.

Aside from how aesthetically beautiful the property is, Shah was most impressed with Cuixmala’s respect for nature and its preservation of the biosphere. “Ninety percent of the ingredients used at their restaurants come [from] their biodynamic gardens and farms between Cuixmala and their sister property, Hacienda de San Antonio.” Among all her extravagant travels, Cuixmala exceeded her expectations at every turn. “If I were to escape the world and live in one place forever, it would be Cuixmala.”

Below, Nausheen shares pictures from her glamorous visit to Cuixmala.


“Cuixmala is set in 30,000 acres of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and there are several magical corners to visit on the property.”

“Cuixmala is all about connecting to nature. As you drive around, zebra, wild boar, and elands roam freely. It’s one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen.”

“La Loma at Casa Cuixmala is the grand centerpiece of the property, which was inspired by Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia.”

“The gorgeous clean ivory setting of La Loma Restaurant located in Casa Cuixmala provides the fine dining on the property.”

“The Dragon and Lion Suite is one of four individually (and quite opulent) designed suites in the main house of Casa Cuixmala.”

“The main house is filled with several eclectic, luxurious living spaces. This is simply the screening room in Casa Cuixmala.”

“Several furniture pieces are crafted from beautifully vibrant, gold-threaded, Indian silk fabrics in the main house. I am wearing my birthday dress, which was kindly custom-made as a present from Silvia Tcherassi.”

“On each level of this winding staircase lies a tiled alcove fountain. The details on this property are incredibly thoughtful.”

“The view as you descend from La Loma to the beach, featuring the iconic main pool checkered with hand-painted tiles.”

“We took a lagoon tour to search for crocodiles, iguanas, and some of the 270 different species of birds, which at sunset would swarm the sky. Lagoon Shades by Loewe.”

“About two years ago, Cuixmala completed a full yoga studio. My family and I spent each day doing tailored yoga and sound meditation treatments. It perfectly tied the experience together.”

“Throughout the property are additional villas and adorable casitas where originally Goldsmith would house his pilots and doctors. They are just as charming as the main house. I’m wearing a dress by Jacquemus.”

“Inside the casitas, I fell in love with these pillows. They were designed by Geraldine de Caraman, a decorator who works often with Alix (the current owner of Cuixmala and one of the daughters of James Goldsmith). Geraldine owns a store in the neighboring town of Careyes called Indigo, where similar pillows may be found.”

“Casa Gomez is the restaurant located by the casitas. It is more casual, but just as endearing with its tequila bar, playful bold colors, and incredibly delicious cuisine. Also, the staff at every location is A++.”

“While there is a beach on the main property, swimming is not allowed. But there is an additional private beach, Playa Caleta Blanca, about a 30-minute drive away, with tranquil turquoise waters in a postcard setting.”

“We were so lucky to have the entire beach to ourselves in the midst of these towering palm trees. Every night before we went to bed, we received a little gift on our beds. This hat was a present from the night before. My swimsuit is by Missoni.”

“Again, the food was just off the charts. Every meal was fresh with clean flavors and a kick of spice. We were obsessed with the center green salsa, so they served it at every meal for us.”