Mexico’s utopic Careyes is quite literally the stuff of dreams
Careyes, the sprawling private luxury resort town on the Pacific coast of Jalisco, Mexico, is—quite literally—the stuff of dreams. In 2006, inspired by a mid-slumber vision of a man and woman united by the universe under a setting sun, Italian-born founder Gian Franco Brignone commissioned two on-site art installations: La Copa del Sol, a huge cliff-side concrete basin (the “woman”) and, a mile inland, the Piramidion, a stone pyramid (the “man”). At sunset, rays from the basin’s perforated windows illuminate the pyramid, uniting the two structures in a harmony of light.
In August, Gian Franco’s dream played out anew when his son, Filippo, joined hands with fiancee Luisa González for a wedding ceremony inside La Copa del Sol at sunset. “It had never been done before,” says Filippo of the use of the dramatic venue, which is accessible by a treehouse ladder and features pristine acoustics.
Filippo, who serves as president of community nonprofit Careyes Foundation, met Luisa, a Mexico City interior designer, when she was a guest at Careyes. “We have a deep love and gratitude toward this place,” he says. The couple invited 350 of their nearest and dearest for a three-day celebration spread across the resort, including Friday night cocktails at Sol De Oriente Villa, a magnificent
marigold-colored estate which features Careyes’ signature blend of Mediterranean and Mexican design influences, not to mention a 360-degree infinity pool overlooking the Pacific.
In attendance throughout the weekend was Gian Franco, who, at 93 years old, still holds court over his sun-drenched paradise. “My father was there for every event,” says Filippo. careyes.com.
Written by EVELYN CROWLEY.
Photography by VALERIA BROSS PHOTOGRAPHY.