The Pacific Coast of Mexico is well-known for its beaches and tourist destinations like Acapulco (currently in the midst of a re-birth) and the emerging Costalegre. The Gulf Coast of Mexico, however, remains a mystery to most except for the Mexican tourists who flock there. A brief but stunning section of the Gulf coast has been dubbed the Costa Esmeralda (Emerald Coast). Unlike the Pacific Coast, the Gulf side is punctuated by mid-size farms (vanilla is a major crop) and cattle ranches, the country’s only nuclear power plant and even some wind-whipped forests and sand dunes which make parts of the Costa Esmeralda drive feel a little like Highway 1 in northern California. It has a much more lived-in feel than the Pacific side. We were headed for Hotel Azucar, a sweet (get it?) little beachfront boutique hotel that’s part of Grupo Habita which operates about a dozen of the … Continue reading
It’s true. Durango doesn’t have the museums or restaurants of Mexico City. Or the charro culture of Lagos de Moreno. Or the tequila of Tequila or the beach resorts of the Costalegre. And it’s certainly not on most visitors’ itineraries. Then again, we’re not most visitors. Durango it is! Our first stop in Durango was Cremeria Wallender where our minds were boggled by its luscious similarities–from the freshly roasted coffee to the freshly baked bread and pastries to the gourmet cuts of meat to the decadent prepared foods to the hard-to-find ingredients–to Dean & Deluca, the gourmet mecca in New York City’s swanky Soho district. It’s not the biggest food bargain in Durango (more on food bargains later), but it’s a lovely shop and cafe especially with the owner passing out free glasses of sangria, apparently inaugurating a beautiful new outdoor patio complete with a jazz duo. … Continue reading
The travel section of the Dallas Morning News published a feature we did about the surprising charms of Zacatecas, Mexico. Thousands of masks, the most unusual sandwich we’ve ever eaten and a subterranean disco are just part of the story. Read it here first! And don’t miss our latest round of hotel reviews and news from Mexico and the US including Posada Tacubaya a new family-friendly bed and breakfast in Alamos created by the same gifted family behind Hacienda de los Santos, the Aman group’s newest US hotel, Amangiri, and Las Alamandas, a bright spot (literally) on the Costalegre, Mexico.
It’s taken lots of time, sweat and late nights as well as plenty of frustrations but it’s finally here: Welcome to our New Blog! We made several attempts in the past to incorporate a WordPress blog seemlessly into our site, but we were always stymied by the complex code needed to conform a WordPress theme to the look and feel of our site. But it had to be done since the Tumblr blog we had settled for turned out to be terrible and our travel Journals & Photo Galleries are not getting updated frequently enough due to a lack of time once we keep our Journey on the road and finish our web, magazine and newspaper assignments. More than two weeks of work and lots of guidance from @rivergirlcancun finally ended in success. As you see we’re starting off with a bunch of posts from our old blog covering everything … Continue reading
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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We capped off our incredible run of amazing resorts up the Costalegre with a few blissful days at Hacienda San Angel in Puerta Vallarta. The hacienda was originally the home Richard Burton (with one of his non-Elizabeth Taylor wives) and has been lovingly, meticulously and amazingly restored and renovated into an art and antiques filled haven where every detail has been attended to with style and elegance.
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.
Hotelito Desconcido is a true eco-resort with plenty of perks. Our room Pajaro (bird) was a master suite with a view across the lagoon to the beach. [...] Continue reading
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
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.