Casa Grande at Villa MilagroVilla Milagro, a villa in Troncones, a resort town just north of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, recently opened for vacation rentals.

It lies on a beachfront cove on the Mexican Riviera and consists of three separate thatched-roof, open-sided casas.

Architect Karina Cabana and her building contractor husband, Gustavo Jasso, designed Villa Milagro with few exterior walls or windows, so that the buildings, furnishings and natural surroundings flow as one.

Only sustainable building materials were used. Native artisans built the villa's furniture and various appointments from teak, bamboo and other renewable tropical woods either farmed for this purpose or collected from naturally downed trees in nearby jungles. Woven palapa roofs were also created by local craftsmen using dried palm leaves and branches.

Casa Grande houses the palapa-sheltered master suite, which is perched above the communal greatroom, including kitchen, dining room, living room, office and powder room. The Sunrise-Sunset Casa is made up of side-by-side, palapa-covered suites poolside. The Garden Casa features the upper palapa-shaded, Zen-inspired bedroom and the downstairs Garden bedroom.

A second dining area is located outdoors along with lounge chairs and cocktail tables encircling an infinity pool and spa.

Villa Milagro is being marketed as a place for a romantic hideaway for two, a family vacation, a destination wedding or a group retreat.

"Depending on availability, guests can book just one suite or bedroom with the understanding that, if others are also interested in staying at Villa Milagro during the same period of time, the three-casa property will be shared by all guests," said a Villa Milagro spokeswoman.

The villa ideally sleeps eight but can accommodate more guests.

Rentals are typically booked by the week, Saturdays to Saturdays, although reservations for a minimum stay of three nights are also accepted. Rates start at $150 per room in low season. For more, see www.mexicovillamilagro.com.

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