— Please tell us a bit a little about how Tei Tiare started.
We bought the land about 14 years ago and started landscaping and repairing it. It was just wild rainforest before we built Casa Ninamu, the guesthouse. We then lived in Casa Ninamu while we built the main residence, Casa O’te Miti.
We opened with four vacation rentals in April of 2010. Most customers are Americans and Canadians who are returning guests, or word of mouth references from the people who have been here, but we have a smaller percentage of Mexicans and other international guests, as well.”
— Casa Ninamu
— You were previously in the fashion industry. What was your motivation for this change in lifestyle?
My wife and I always had this vision of stepping back and moving to the beach. Running a luxury guesthouse is something very different to the fashion industry in one sense, yet it’s also a lot about customer service just like fashion is. It’s just a different approach to it.”
— Casa O'te Miti bedroom
— The property is very colorful. How would you describe the style of Tei Tiare?
For the interiors, my wife and I took little pieces from all over the world — Morocco, Italy, Tahiti, Samoa, and so on — and combined them into creating something that’s just a little bit different. We basically combined traditional Mexican with Polynesian style.”
— The pool at Casa Ninamu
— Please tell us a bit about the two casitas.
O’te Miti is situated on a rocky point with a 200 degree view of the Pacific ocean. It features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and an infinity pool and comes complete with chef and butler service.
Surrounding the properties are the private beach and a beautiful lawn with palm trees.”
— Casa O'te Miti dining area
— What would you describe to be the philosophy of Tei Tiare?