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Green & Chic | Boca de Iguanas, Costa Alegre, Manzanillo, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | August 31, 2010

Boca de Iguanas (Mouth of the Iguanas) boutique hotel is a small property that dazzles with a cool concept of rustic and eco-chic to create the perfect hideaway adventure.

The stylish 12-room retreat lies on an unspoiled beach along Mexico’s Costalegre, North of Manzanillo facing the Pacific ocean, offering the perfect modern and rustic blend inspired by the magical natural surroundings of this ecologically sound development. Rooms feature bedspreads and pillows with bold, geometric prints, plush bathrobes and extra large bath sheets, air conditioning and overhead fans. But reminders of Mother Nature are everywhere: handcarved tree trunk tables, baskets woven from coconut palm husks, all natural soaps and shampoos, and indoor/outdoor living spaces that surprise and amaze.

Room names reflect nature, as well as their unique differences: “Selva Suite” (meaning jungle) features an outdoor soaking Jacuzzi tub hidden along the edge of the mangrove estuary, and “Palmas” overlooks a stand of coconut palms. Guests in “Agua” luxuriate in an oversized Jacuzzi tub, while “Noche” invites guests to climb a spiral wooden staircase to a terrace and bed under an awning of celestial stars by night, or an incredible blue sky during the day.

Found on secluded bay along Mexico’s Costalegre just 40 minutes north of Manzanillo International Airport (ZLO), Boca de Iguanas Beach Hotel offers rustic but luxurious and stylish accommodations that deliver an ultra-chic vacation in a pristine ecological setting – with equal portions of stimulation and relaxation.

An adventure activity menu includes an onsite 50-foot high natural rappeling wall, ocean kayaking, birdwatching and jungle hiking. The beach club restaurant offers a healthy and tasty menu featuring the freshest local ingredients.

Boca de Iguanas takes its eco-responsibility seriously, and separates them into the following three related areas:

Sustainability
To maximize on the “greenness” of the community, Boca de Iguanas uses its own solar power array for supplemental electricity as well as solar hot water, and plumbing connects to community gray water recycling system, and sewage treatment plant.

Conservation
Biologists oversee the mangrove conservation efforts and patrol the beach for the seasonal turtle camp. Habitat is created for the local iguana and tropical bird populations and a community wide recycling program are ways we integrate the development into nature.

Preservation
Natural surroundings are kept in a largely untouched state, juxtaposing the striking ocean and tranquil beach with a mangrove ecosystem that will also provide a backdrop to many of the development’s eco-focused lifestyle. Cars will not be allowed: a covered parking area is located at the entrance of the development. Walking & jogging paths encourage a healthy lifestyle, and electric carts will deliver owners right to their front doors.

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Green & Chic | The Universe House, Roca Blanca, Mexico

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Architectural photographer Iwan Baan recently shot the Universe House, designed by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and built by architect Tatiana Bilbao in Roca Blanca, Mexico.

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Chic & Sleek | Mosquito Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010

Mosquito Blue, a quintessential boutique hotel in what is arguably Mexico’s best-kept secret, Playa del Carmen. This bohemian beach town is a perfect home for Mosquito Blue, a unique blend of traditional Yucatan look with Balinese and Mediterranean touches, resulting in an eclectic fusion of styles.

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Exquisite Villas | Maison Couturier, Veracruz, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010

Mexico’s Grupo Habita put Mexico on the global design map, courtesy of Design Hotels. And today there is a steady stream of delicious hotels and resorts that fit the bill. Heavy in the personality department, with a unique identity that sets it apart from the competition.

Maison Couturier is a a delightful eclectic take on a colonial estate, made up of 8 bungalows in a restored French estate in Veracruz, Mexico. Plasma

With slick design and complete with plasma screens, wireless internet and deluxe swimming pool it’s a truly special tropical paradise.
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Sleek & Chic ~ Habita Hotel, Monterrey, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | December 20, 2009

Ever since the arrival of Habita Hotel Mexico City, the term boutique hotel has firmly entered Mexico’s hospitality industry vocabulary. That first move by Grupo Habita has now expanded into a slew of boutique hotels across the country. And now it’s Mexico’s second city of business and trade, Monterrey to get a taste of chic hotel experience. Bienvenido, Habita Monterrey!

Habita Monterrey is sleek and spare but comfortable. All rooms are furnished with riffs on Midcentury Modern pieces by avant-garde designer Rick Owens. Continue reading

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Sleek & Chic ~ Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Resort & Spa, Mexico (1 of 2)

By Dian Hasan | December 4, 2009

Mexico has been developing its modern tourism for a good few decades, securely placing itself as among the world’s most formidable travel destinations. The lessons Mexico has learned from the inception of building cookie-cutter highrise hotels with little character in Cancun and Acapulco, in the 1960s and 1970s, has now evolved into a new approach.

Hotels, and notably the resorts, that are more eco-oriented, place-specific, with a more distinctive cultural and design statement. The end result are hotels that are generally low-rise, have fewer rooms, and blend in with their immediate environment.

Riviera Maya, a resort development south of Cancun, along Mexico’s Caribbean coast is one case in point. And the chic Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya exemplifies this new breed of hotels impeccably.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Resort & Spa, Mexico (2 of 2)

By Dian Hasan | December 4, 2009

Mexico has been developing its modern tourism for a good few decades, securely placing itself as among the world’s most formidable travel destinations. The lessons Mexico has learned from the inception of building cookie-cutter highrise hotels with little character in Cancun and Acapulco, in the 1960s and 1970s, has now evolved into a new approach.

Hotels, and notably the resorts, that are more eco-oriented, place-specific, with a more distinctive cultural and design statement. The end result are hotels that are generally low-rise, have fewer rooms, and blend in with their immediate environment.

Riviera Maya, a resort development south of Cancun, along Mexico’s Caribbean coast is one case in point. And the chic Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya exemplifies this new breed of hotels impeccably.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Condesa DF, Mexico City, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | November 28, 2009

Architect Javier Sánchez and interior designer India Mahdavi, gave a contemporary conversion to a neo-classical building in Mexico City, transforming it into the cool Condesa DF boutique hotel.

Tucked between historic façades on a tree-lined road, the Condesa df hotel fuses the name and spirit of its bohemian surroundings with architect Javier Sánchez and interior design guru India Mahdavi’s inventive, playful simplicity. Continue reading

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And Cobá makes a cocktail of Coqui Coqui trio

By Dian Hasan | October 8, 2009

Coqui Coqui-Coba-Yucatan-MX 5As Coqui Coqui becomes a household name of personalized spa and hotel experience among travel cognoscenti in Mexico’s southeastern states of Yucatán and Quintana Roo, the owners, Argentinian Model & Hotelier Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato add another Coqui Coqui to make a trio. This time in Cobá, still within the sacred land of the mighty Mayans, promising yet a different experience that share a common bond with the other Coqui Coqui sister Spa Hotel properties in Valladolid and Tulum.

These two beau monde members have definitely succeeded in creating the perfect sanctuary, instilling an aura of bohemian grandeur to the premises and an air of tranquility through their sublime Spas.

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Habita ~ Mexico City’s temple of cool

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It’s not difficult to imagine how fast the über cool Habita hotel entered the mindset (quickly followed by vocabulary) of Mexico City’s trendy urban set. Small hotel with attitude, furniture pieces like Eames chairs, and others from B&B Italia, TEN Arquitectos, Hermes toiletries, flat-screen TVs, rooftop chill bar, in-house urban Spa. Befitting the neighborhood of Polanco, Habita plays the trendsetting role like hand in glove.

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