Our Latest Work: Hotelito Desconocido Renovation To Watch – Costalegre, Mexico

We’ve put a new story, originally published on itravelishop.com up on our site:
Renovation to Watch: Hotelito Desconocido – Costalegre, Mexico [link].

You can also check out our previous post about the Hotelito Desconocido [link].

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Jungle Luxe – Costalegre, Mexico

Anyplace that bills itself as a “handmade boutique hotel” gets our attention, so we hop on a small boat in the village of  Boca de Tomatlan, 15 miles south of Puerta Vallarta, for the 30 minute ride to Yelapa where our luggage  gets strapped onto mules and we hike up a trail to the hillside retreat that is Verana . It is an oasis with an infiity edge pool and nine private architecturally unique casitas carved into and around the trees and desert on a hillside overlooking Banderas Bay. It really does have a handmade feel–handmade by experts at melding luxury and style with nature and privacy. [geo_mashup_map]


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Which Came First, the Turtle or the Egg(s)? – Costalegre, Mexico

Early one morning, during our stay at Hotelito Desconocido (www.hotelito.com), we were alerted that there was a female turtle on the beach laying her eggs. Though the area around Hotelito Desconcido is famous for its turtle visits (in season, this beach is so prolific the resident biologist informed us he has seen over 200 nests laid on a single night), they are very uncommon after February and they generally lay their eggs at night not at seven am. […] Continue reading


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Romance Made Solid – Costalegre, Mexico

The fantastic Las Alamandas resort, part of the Mexico Boutique Hotels group, does romantic well. Here is a photo of our villa, Casa del Sol (aka the presidential suite). We’re sure some presidents have stayed here and we know a number of Hollywood celebs have. Our oceanfront villa had 2,500 sq feet  and two bedrooms— almost four times the size of our old NYC apartment. The Las Alamamdas resort is on 1,500 acres and has four private beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.  There are only six villas and a max of 30 guests, and the service is fantastic. Worth it if you can afford it. [geo_mashup_map]


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Beach Chic – Costalegre, Mexico

After El Tamarindo our next stop was El Careyes Beach Resort, another member of the Mexico Boutique Hotels group.  A bit more conventional and much more affordable than the extremely exclusive El Tamarindo. All of the guests in the hotel, except for us, were there as part of a wedding party celebrating the marriage of  a girl from Guadalajara and a boy from Switzerland. Worried that we would be troubled by the music they planned to play around the pool until 4am, they simply  (and graciously) invited us to the wedding – our first Mexican wedding! The funniest part was the first few songs after the 1st dance – Beatles, Stones… then Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” with everyone singing along with the lyrics perfectly. Are we still in Mexico? [geo_mashup_map]


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