Glamorous Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta the glamorus life. Puerto Vallarta has the sense of still being a village, the small town feeling is strong, in the historic downtown, One moment you are walking past a simple home built from adobe bricks with basic amenities, next door a boutique hotel with a step into the glamorous life. The new hotel Casa Kimberly with restaurant The Iguana is Glamor with a capital G, luxury and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton would feel at home and happy with the interpretation of their once homes on a winding cobblestone street. When they first came to Puerto Vallarta in approx 1963 it was a very tiny simple village, they were in love and they fell in love with Puerto Vallarta and bought homes, to be followed by the Hollywood jet set. Although Taylor sold her home named Casa Kimberly in about 1990, their colorful history still echos in this place where they lived such a special part of their lives.
December 22 2015, with no PR no splashy parties, not even a notice in the local paper, the intimate 9 suite boutique hotel opened. There are no signs, nothing to show that within the simple iron gate is a restaurant that is fast becoming the buzz for foodies & those socially in the know. This is what Glamor is elegantly simple, check out the sister hotel /restaurant Hacienda San Angel around the corner. For more details see the below great article about Puerto Vallartas Glamor side from the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard/Pretareporter
January 8, 2016 Jimmy Im
Love wasn’t easy for actor Richard Burton and film icon Elizabeth Taylor. The two adulterers made headlines with their infamous fling in 1963, but their affection for each other became scandalous when Taylor followed Burton to Puerto Vallarta — then an off-the-radar fishing village in Mexico’s Pacific coast — where he would star in The Night of the Iguana. Taylor pursued their affair and fell so hard for Puerto Vallarta (and Burton), he bought her a hill-perched home where they set to live normal, paparazzi-free lives. Though Taylor sold the home in 1990, history continues to resonate within the walls of their hideaway, which opened as a luxury hotel on December 22.
Tucked away on an unassuming, cobblestone street, Casa Kimberly, Taylor’s former home, is now an intimate, nine-suite boutique owned by Janice Chatterton, hotelier of nearby celebrity-magnet Hacienda San Angel just two blocks away. Modeled similar to Hacienda, Casa Kimberly is as glamorous as it is palatial and designed to feel timeless with blue-and-white tiled staircases, stone columns, arched doorways, wrap-around terraces and al fresco courtyards with bubbling fountains. All suites and public spaces are adorned with 19th-century antiques, from Italian paintings and horse carriages to a marble statue carved by French sculptor Gustave Deloye. The suites are individually designed, furnished with chandeliers and four-post beds while bathrooms feature high, brick-domed ceilings and claw-foot tubs; two suites — Cleopatra and Velvet — stand out with expansive terraces equipped with jacuzzis that harbor panoramic views of Banderas Bay. The classic, Mexican colonial design details are reimagined from the past home’s interior, though Elizabeth Taylor’s former bedroom — the Elizabeth Taylor suite —is closest to original. The pink marble heart-shaped bathtub Taylor personally commissioned from local artisans is the hotel’s most prized treasure.
Brunson Green, producer of The Help and upcoming A United Kingdom starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, is among the first guests to check in with partner Jason Collins. “Casa Kimberly is a touch of old Hollywood glamour tucked away in the Old Town of Puerto Vallarta with breathtaking views of the hillside,” Green tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a great retreat.”
Casa Kimberly is split between two adjacent casitas connected by a bridge Taylor and Burton modeled after The Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The smaller casita features an outdoor pool where Taylor and Burton swam and entertained famous friends, while the main casita is home to The Iguana, the signature fine-dining restaurant serving contemporary Mexican cuisine. The al fresco tequila bar with antique mirror barback offers more than 100 tequilas with a resident tequila expert. Suites start at $435; Elizabeth Taylor suite from $825. For reservations and more information, visit: www.casakimberly.com
Beyond Burton and Taylor, however, the balmy beach town of Puerto Vallarta has cast a spell on A-listers. It’s now chock-full of luxury resorts and private villas to pander to their whim. Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez vacation at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort (suites from $385, www.garzablancaresort.com), a secluded all-inclusive resort that straddles jungle and beach. The rising number of new boutiques (like Casa Kimberly) have also been drawing attention. Stars like Angelica Huston have shacked up at Rivera del Rio (suites from $359, www.riveradelrio.com), a whimsical, eight-room property in Old Town and decades deep with Hollywood ties. Since the 1970s, the former private home hosted Hollywood actors and crew for films (including Predator, Revenge, Gunmen) before established as a hotel in 2012. Owner Alexander James Andriadis Killen says: “I remember when they were filming Gunmen in our house and watching Mario Van Peebles blow up our kitchen. I also remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger first walked into our home during the filming of Predator. I was scared that the Terminator was in our house that I ran away crying.” Having lived “on set” for 32 years and grandfathered into Hollywood, Alex has become a valuable source in town for the A-list who continue to flock over. “Hollywood still lives on in Puerto Vallarta.”
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