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The Best of the Best 2003: Resorts - El Tamarindo Golf Resort

Maryann Hammers

Visit El Tamarindo Golf Resort, and you will feel as though you have been stranded on a desert island, one from which you will not want to be rescued. With only 29 indoor/outdoor villas scattered among 2,400 rain forest acres on pristine shoreline on Mexico’s Pacific coast, El Tamarindo is a place where the world does not slow—it stops. Televisions are conspicuously absent, and Internet access is spotty. But who needs (or wants) electronics when instead you can be serenaded by the soothing rhythm of the surf while lying in a hammock?

This is not to suggest that the island is devoid of activities. As the resort’s name indicates, its centerpiece is a spectacular ocean-view championship 18-hole course. Yoga, tai chi, and chi gong classes are offered on the beach. You can kayak or snorkel, or participate in a cleansing and healing ceremony conducted by Francisco, the resident medicine man, in an authentic temezcal, the Aztec version of a sauna.
 
El Tamarindo Golf Resort, +52.315.351.5032, 800.325.3589, www.starwood.com

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