In her summer photo diary for Emirates Woman, Mara Hoffman takes us to Mexico – a remarkable destination that resonates with her design codes centered on beauty, spiritualism, environmentalism and humanity.

Her carefree and energetic approach to exploration permeates through her collections with a sense of utility, fun and ease. Through this, it has led to an exciting partnership with One&Only Resorts, where she has spent an intimate summer holiday with family and friends at the stunning One&Only Mandarina.

Here, the sustainable fashion designer and wanderlust shares unforgettable behind-the-scenes moments during her summer getaway as well as her favourite local finds and hidden gems.

Scroll through the diary above to soak up the sights and energetic vibe of One&Only Mandarina in Mexico.

Beachside Bliss

“My personal recommendation is always the laid-back and friendly atmosphere of San Francisco or as it is lovingly called by the locals “San Pancho.” It has this wonderful mix of boho-chic surfer town and a place you could see yourself retire.”


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Keep It Local

“San Pancho has a beautiful beach, plenty of local eateries to please every palate, and some boutiques selling very tasteful and authentic Mexican handicrafts. I absolutely love the shop Huapango.”


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“Sayulita is also great, my favourite shop there is Manyana and a close second would be Anncla, a beautiful boutique. Restaurants to check out in Sayulita would be Sur38 and Zingaro – absolutely exquisite cuisine.”


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