Daily Archives: July 12, 2009

Green & Chic ~ Las Alamandas, Costalegre, Mexico

Las Alamandas_MX_3459940635_98ed86756fThe background story seems surreal – straight out a Roger Moore-era James Bond movie. Don Antenor Patino, the Bolivian tin magnate, plans a beachfront mega-resort, but does not live to complete it — so his granddaughter Isabel Goldsmith (English financier father, long story) takes over. In the interest of preserving the land (and the dolphins) so dear to her, she revises her grandfather’s plan and erects a tiny, exclusive resort, where a maximum of 28 guests have, at their disposal, 1500 acres of pristine beachfront land and close to 100 staff members.

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Sleek & Chic ~ La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico

La Purificadora_Puebla_MX_www.designhotels.com_purity_hotel_200When discussing style and Mexico in one sentence, one name immediately comes to mind, and it’s not even from the rag trade. Grupo Habita, purveyor of stylish hotels that have put Mexico on the design map – one destination at a time. The latest addition to Habita’s brood of chic hotels comes La Purificadora, in the little colonial city of Puebla (on the road from Mexico City to Oaxaca) that is now firmly on the fashionistas travel radar.

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Eco Rustic ~ Danzante Resort, Baja California, Mexico

Danzante_CD_MX_episode09-03Danzante Resort, is an exquisite small eco resort that is unlike anything in Baja. Firstly, the location sits atop a volcanic outcrop overlooking a nature reserve and private bay, with spectacular views of the 5 craggy islands of Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Monserrat and Isla Catalina that make up the Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto marine park. And it’s an all-inclusive hotel where the rate includes meals, to minimize stress.

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Eco Rustic ~ El Sanctuario Retreat Center, Loreto, Baja California, Mexico

El Sanctuario Eco Retreat_BC_MX_2261598869_aa679aba7cFew places in the world can boast such beauty and diversity as Baja California in Northwestern Mexico. From organ pipe cacti to gray whales, ancient rock paintings to small fishing villages, and desert mountains to the diverse sea of Cortez, Baja provides an unforgettable international travel experience. Exploring by kayak is one of the best ways to appreciate the natural beauty and get personal with this stunning landscape. And then there is the equally rugged accommodation, El Santuario Retreat Center that offers a unique experience of rest, healing, and exploration on a serene sandy cove where the Baja desert meets the Sea of Cortez.

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