John Huston, the Oscar-winning director behind classics like The Maltese Falcon and The Night of the Iguana (filmed here in PV in 1962 and starring Richard Burton), is, in a sense, the godfather of Casa Kimberly. He lived in a casita formerly known as La Kimberly (now our lovely hotel) before Burton bought and gave the home to his new bride, Liz Taylor, for her 32nd birthday. After filming Iguana, the setting for Burton and Taylor’s scandalous affair—both were married to others at the time, much to the delight of the paparazzi—Huston leased beachfront property in Las Caletas, 12 miles south of PV, from the Chacala Indians. He created a beloved retreat there, a secluded getaway he enjoyed until his death in 1987. Now the gorgeous beaches of Las Caletas and its nature preserve of close to 2500-acres can be accessed through Vallarta Adventures. A luxe catamaran ferries passengers through Banderas Bay and offers a smorgasbord of activities upon landing. Hang out in a seaside hammock (there are several beaches—the one for adults tends to be the quietest), snorkel, scuba, kayak or paddleboard in the turquoise waters, check out the birds and local wildlife on a hike, you can even book a massage. There’s little chance of going hungry—along with an open bar, some excursions include a buffet lunch and paella-making class. Afterwards, come back to Casa Kimberly and tell us all about it!
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Well, we hate to toot our own horn (too much), but we can’t keep something like this to ourselves: Casa Kimberly, former home to Dame Liz Taylor, has just been awarded a Four-Diamond rating from AAA, a ranking given to less than 6% of the 28,000 hotels recognized by the organization worldwide.
No doubt you see the beauty of this. Given La Liz’s love of glittery rocks—her 33-carat Krupp looked coquettish next to the 68-carat situation she and Richard Burton subsequently bought—and Casa Kimberly’s multi-faceted (indulge us…) approach to providing the best possible guest experience, the AAA award, a quartet of diamonds, has a symbolic resonance that both tickles and makes us proud. When Taylor and Burton were paparazzi-engulfed paramours and newcomers to PV, this was a quaint and relatively unknown village. They couldn’t foresee the transformation they’d fuel, simply by choosing to spend time here away from the glitz. The intervening years have seen exponentially more visitors and the development of all manner of new enterprises geared toward their entertainment. But Puerto Vallarta remains true to its simple, seaside essence: open arms and a warm and gracious welcome. As we focus on finding even better ways to improve our guests’ enjoyment at Casa Kimberly and in PV, that time-honored approach will be at the heart of our mission. Some things need no updating. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Ready. Set. Party. Or March. Or Watch. Or do it all! The Vallarta Pride festival is an annual PV highlight, and this year there’s even more to celebrate—in January same-sex marriage became legal in our state of Jalisco. Vallarta Pride 2016, one of the largest celebrations of the LGBT community in Latin America, starts on May 16 and features 14 days of nonstop partying, educating, imbibing, showing off (let’s be honest), and remembering that we’re all One Family—this year’s theme. March against homophobia (May 17), hit the film festivals (May 19 and 22), boogey your way through the music-fueled street party (May 20), line up for the local fashion show and art walk (May 25), and whatever you do, don’t miss the drag queen derby (May 26). This seaside omni-love fest may inspire you to tie the knot or renew your vows, in which case the sunset marriage ceremony (May 24) is just the ticket—as long as you’re not intent on being the only couple saying I do.
Last year Vallarta Pride brought 15,000 visitors; this year, plus you, who knows?! The Casa Kimberly concierge will help guests maneuver their way through the marvel of madness, and the Iguana will, as always, provide a serene and breezy respite along with all manner of celebratory bites and libations.
Tomorrow we’ll be raising a frosty margarita—or maybe a smoky mezcal—in the Iguana Tequila Bar to toast the anniversary of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’s first marriage. The passionate lovebirds, who met on the set of Cleopatra (she was married to her fourth husband, he to his first wife, but enough math), kicked things off with a relatively quiet civil ceremony on March 16, 1964, saving the fireworks for later. There may have been serious ups and downs, not to mention a divorce and re-marriage along the way, but there’s no getting around the fact that Burton was a giver. And not just that enormous rock of a ring that came to be known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (and sold for upwards of $8 million not too long ago). For her 32nd birthday, dear Dick presented his bride with Casa Kimberly, the very casita we’ve transformed into our jewel of a hotel (if you don’t mind our saying…). He already owned another casita (now home to our Richard Burton Suite) just next door, connected by the Puente de Amor. The superstar couple, who travelled globally and in luxury, chose this very site in Puerto Vallarta as the spot for His and Her homes. Join us to toast their fine taste and storied romance on what would be their 52nd anniversary!
Come to think of it, why not make it a weekend of indulgence. The Cleopatra Suite, perhaps?