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Don’t Miss the Food Festival!

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October’s an idyllic month in PV, and although we hardly think anyone needs an extra excuse to come to visit paradise, if you’re a Day of the Dead fancier, the celebrations this year are going to be off the charts. We wrote all about it on the latest Hacienda San Angel post (that’s our sister hotel, but you knew that), so no need to elaborate here. But now’s the time to plan for another great event: the 22nd annual International Festival Gourmet, which will be held in MalibuPier-1626and around PV from November 11 – 20. A dozen restaurants and 15 hotels, including Casa K, will participate with everything from theme to progressive dinners and tastings. We’ve invited Chef Jason Fullilove
(contender for the world’s best name or what?) from Los Angeles. Some of you may know him from his creative soul food pop-up, Barbara Jean, or recognize him from his days in the kitchens of Campanile and Patina), but at Casa K he’ll be overseeing the kitchen with a special menu of his globally inspired soul food accented with local ingredients: fresh uni toast, pan-roasted snapper, fish-crowded bouillabaisse and divine desserts.

Election Detox

Is it all getting to be too much? The blustering, the back-and-forthing, the competitive tallies of military brass in their respective corners? If it seems you’re feeling the wear and tear of the presidential race as acutely as the candidates themselves, you’re not alone. And we’re here to help. 7Y3A9404Casa Kimberly’s Election Overload 2016 package is all about restoring your serenity in a barking mad world. The therapy begins with free round-trip transportation from the airport, five nights in one of our elegant Diamond or Sapphire suites, and complimentary poolside cocktails each day along with snacks—taquitos, ceviche, or maybe guacamole and corn chips—sent out by our chef.  And, just to ensure that your relaxation regimen is complete, we’ll throw in an hour-long couple’s aromatherapy massage and a private meditation or yoga class. The trip back to the airport is on us, too, so by the time you float back home, you’ll be cool, calm and collected, and able to cast your vote without losing your mind.

 

The Casa Kimberly Escape Election 2016 package includes:

  • Five nights in a luxury Diamond or Sapphire suite3
  • Daily round of cocktails and chef’s-choice poolside afternoon snacks (such as house-made ceviche, taquitos or guacamole and totopos
  • 60-minute calming couple’s aromatherapy massage in the CK Spa
  • Private meditation or yoga session for two with local Vallarta yogis
  • Round trip airport transfers

 

Love Immortalized

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A bronze sculpture of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton captures the romance of this star-crossed couple.

As anyone who’s visited can attest, Casa Kimberly is filled with striking furniture, from ornate mirrors and antique crystal chandeliers to exquisite carved wood beds in the elaborate Mexican Colonial tradition. Velvet casakimberly021Each piece is hand-picked by owner Janice Chatterton, each room unique in its appointments. Our collection of photos, paintings and sculptures is pretty remarkable, too (can’t help but boast a little), many inspired by or depicting the famous couple whose love is the cornerstone of the property. The life-size bronze statue of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton together on a bench, placed at the entrance of Casa Kimberly so passersby can also enjoy it, has become something of a local landmark. Commissioned by Chatterton, the statue was created by artist Jim Demetro, who’s known locally for three xiutla-folkloricdancers-puertoVallarta-statue Picture85bbother bronze works in town: “Vallarta Dancers,” one of the most photographed statues on the Malecon; “Andale, Bernardo,” a beloved bronze sculpture of a burro (which tourists can mount for a photo) being egged on by two boys and a dog, and “The Washer Woman,” depicting a woman at an age-old 7Y3A8688task. While conceiving the idea for Casa Kimberly’s commission, “Mr. Demetro studied many images of Richard and Elizabeth,” says Chatterton, “and was inspired to do this particular pose, which captures their passion for each other. The body movement is what captivates me in all of his work.” In fact, the couple appear so animated, you may be tempted to squeeze in and join their conversation. We won’t stop you.

Day Trip: Sayulita

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We can go on for days about the beauty and charm of PV and the myriad things to do here, from shopping to dining to lazing. But we hate to hog all the spotlight all the time. To that end, we magnanimously suggest a day trip. Sayulita, just about an hour’s drive north, is a surf-centric, boho-vibed town with all the fixings for a day of fun in the sun. Our concierge will be happy to help you arrange transportation. Whether you’re a confident surfer or have yet to see a board up close, Sayulita’s Lunazul Surfing School is a great place to head—they have the best/broadest selection of surf and paddleboards in12826226_1699294270318056_2014901290_n town. Book a lesson and you’ll get a board, rash guards and other wave-riding accoutrement along with top-notch instruction—and a free extra hour of surf time on Lunazul’s equipment after the teaching’s over. If stand-up paddling is more your thing, they offer SUP tours as well, as long as the water’s calm.
Book a private lesson or arrange instruction for the whole family, little kids to intrepid grandparents. When it’s time to put the boards aside and reacquaint yourself with maneuvers on land, cruise around the shops on Sayulita’s cobblestone streets and keep an eye out for the elaborately beaded Huichol
handicrafts. Then it may be time to return to the beach and people-watch, staying cool with a fruity frozen paleta (popsicle), or maybe a sip of something with a higher proof. Then head back to PV. We miss you already!

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Lo Mejor Margarita or The Casa Margarita Revealed

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It’s heating up in PV, and on days like these there’s really only one answer: The Margarita. More to the point: Our Margarita, because it is, quite simply, perfect. A classic at heart, with a brash dash of OJ that boosts the citrus notes of the triple sec, this spirited elixir is stirred, not shaken—it’s not a martini and you’re not Bond, so please don’t argue. Unless of course, you want it shaken, then, by all means….make our marg yours. You can even whir it around in a blender, or try all three versions in succession. Responsibly, of course.

Here’s all you’ll need:

1 ½ oz Sauza Hornitos Tequila (or another pure-agave tequila of your choice)

1 oz triple sec2

1 oz fresh lime juice

⅓ oz fresh orange juice

Pour the ingredients into a 10-oz glass with ice and stir.

 

How simple, and transporting, is that?

And, because it’s well established that we’re a teeny bit obsessed with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, we’ll be remembering the devoted-when-not-duelling couple on June 26, the 42nd anniversary of their first divorce. The good news, of course, is that they married again less than a year-and-a-half later. Just one more reason to raise a marg.

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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