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Hot Nights, Cool Savings

unspecified Granted, not everyone thinks Puerto Vallarta when it comes to a summer getaway. Which is exactly why summer in Puerto Vallarta has a distinct charm. It’s hot, no question, but there’s no end to the water sports (boats, skis, snorkeling and scuba excursions) or the pools and beachesck pool at your disposal for zero-action lazing. Because it’s a quiet season, you’re apt to feel more like a local—and believe us, it’s a fine line—a good chunk of our residents are ex-pats who came down for the proverbial weekend and couldn’t bring themselves to leave. It’s a longstanding tradition. If Liz Taylor and Richard Burton hadn’t fallen in love with the place during the Night of the Iguana shoot, chances are slim they’d have bought homes here and made the place famous. Speaking of those two—June 12 marks the 53rd anniversary of their first film together, Cleopatra. It was on that set that Burton, playing Mark Antony and Taylor, as Egypt’s way-ahead-of-her-time queen, fell in love and launched a scandalous affair, two marriages (each with a matching divorce), and decades of headlines. Through it all, they came to PV to recharge. But we digress.

To encourage you to experience the unique idyll that is summertime PV, Casa Kimberly’s offering a super-sweet deal. Come for two nights and get the third night free. Even the paid nights are discounted! It looks like this:

The Elizabeth Taylor Suite, $550 a night, our creme de la crème with a private pool, patio, and the rose marble tub Dick gave Liz as a surprise gift.; the Diamond Suites, $445 a night, each appointed with a crystal chandelier, king bed, and terrace with Jacuzzi; the Sapphire Suites, $395 a night, with more of the Casa’s luxurious touches, including beautiful antiques, king beds and elegant baths; Opal Suites, $290 a night, gorgeous rooms with hand-selected antiques, Oriental carpets and showers with clerestory windows that bring in the stunning views. (Tax will, of course, be applied to the room rates.)

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To entice you even further, summer guests will receive a complimentary daily cocktail, along with hors d’oeuvres, delivered to their room, patio or the pool. And each morning they’ll receive our sumptuous complimentary breakfast. A free night, the town at its most authentic, cocktails and breakfast on the house —when will we see you? Give us a call or reserve online. Hasta pronto!
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Hidden Archaeological Gem

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If you’re one of those types who takes a while to relax on vacation, who has to step down with a few intermediary activities before feeling good about sipping a cool bit of courage on a beach towel and thinking of nothing important, we’d like to point out a hidden gem on . unspecifiedYes, PV has its own island, a tiny affair formed in the fork of the Cuale River that separates the Zona Romantica and downtown. There are a few footbridges connecting to the Isla (the most colorful is on Cuauhtemoc Street not far from the hotel), where rows of shops sell everything from silver jewelry and handblown glass pieces to a wide variety of ceramics and Talavera pottery, that richly colored and eminently collectible majolica whose dishes, vases, mugs and the like are as cheerful and artistic as they are practical—all crafted with the 16th-century techniques used by the Spanish potters who made the style famous. Nestled in amongst all this buy-able goodness is the Museo del Cuale—this is a cultural excursion after all! Tiny and free, the museum displays Pre-Columbian artifacts, including hunting and gathering tools, and some fascinating info about indigenous groups like the formidable Purépechas who gave the Aztecs a run for their money back in the day. After all that history you may be have worked up an appetite. Time for a bite at the Isla’s River Café, Le Bistro Jazz Cafe or Oscar’s, perhaps. Or maybe you’ll feel you’ve earned that cool sip of courage and a blissful blank stare on a beach blanket, after all. In that case, the Casa’s pool is at your disposal.casakimberly048

 

Island Hop

fullJohn 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. las-caletasA 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!

Ace of Diamonds

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!unspecified

Pride Vallarta on the March 

 

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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. DSC_0460-700x522March 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.IMG-5134-ABR24mayt1-700x522
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Cheers to the Burton-Taylors!

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 Marg-for-webBurton’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?