Mexico Boutique Hotels Welcomed As Associate Partner By World Heritage Alliance
Hotel Group Celebrates Mexico’s Wealth of Cultural and Natural Patrimonies
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (January 2, 2008) – A cursory glance at brochures for a Mexican vacation usually presents teeny bikinis, margaritas and beaches. And while there’s no doubting the profusion of white sand and frosty drinks, Mexico offers a vast and culturally diverse landscape that begs to be thoroughly enjoyed.
Enter Mexico Boutique Hotels group and its members, an elite cadre of properties that have dedicated themselves to bringing their guests the true essence of Mexico and its bountiful destinations—from wide, sandy beaches (of course!) to gorgeously restored colonial cities nestled in its very heart. Extending beyond excellent accommodations, MBH properties have traditionally been ambassadors of their destinations, allowing guests to get an insider’s glimpse into life in Mexico through its cuisine, folkloric traditions, socially conscious viewpoints and more.
In response to this commitment, the renowned World Heritage Alliance has invited MBH to join its ranks as an Associate Partner. “We are quite excited at having been asked to become a part of such a prestigious group,” said Sylvie Laitre, Director of MBH. “We’ve always strived to promote the many cultural aspects of this magical country and we’re happy to see our efforts recognized. Not only that, but three of our members were inducted as well! We want to extend our congratulations to the Hotel La Quinta Luna in Cholula and the Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía and Mesón Sacristía de Capuchinas, both in Puebla. ¡Felicidades!”
What’s more, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized 26 sites in Mexico–and there are MBH members close to over 20 of them! For example, Villa Ganz, a lovingly restored turn-of-the-century mansion in Guadalajara, is known for its cultural tours to the neighboring town of Tequila, one of the most recent recipients of the UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Nestled between the foothills of the Tequila Volcano and the deep valley of the Rio Grande River, this landscape is home to the blue agave, a plant used for at least 2,000 years to make fermented drinks and cloth. Today, tequila is one of the world’s few geographically defined liquors, like sherry or champagne.
To celebrate the occasion, a group of member properties located in some of the country’s loveliest destinations is offering guests the opportunity to take home a bit of Mexico’s culture with them during the Treasures of Mexico Promotion. Stay for three nights or more in participating hotels and you will receive a gift basket filled with a collection of mementos ranging from hand-tooled pewter picture frames, mouth-watering traditional recipes, a hand-woven rebozo (shawl) to ward off the evening chill, plus a tour to the nearest World Heritage Site–or another local cultural or natural attraction that very well could become the next UNESCO pick! Selections will vary with each location, as every hotel chooses for their gifts from among the local artisans.
“I’d like to point out that some of the participating hotels, while not close to ‘official’ WH sites, have culled the best of their particular destination and have put together some truly amazing tours,” said Laitre. “Verana, for example, is in a privileged location in the jungle above Puerto Vallarta and a prime spot for exotic birdwatching… Mexico is filled with so many treasures and our members know just where to find them!”
Participating hotels include Casa Cid de Leon (Oaxaca), Casa de Sierra Nevada (San Miguel de Allende),Casa Natalia (San Jose del Cabo), Doña Urraca (Queretaro), Hacienda de los Santos (Alamos), Hacienda los Laureles (Oaxaca), Hacienda San Angel (Puerto Vallarta), La Casona (Mexico, DF), La Quinta Luna(Cholula), La Casa de la Marquesa (Queretaro), Mesón Sacristia de Capuchinas y Meson Sacristia de la Compañia (Puebla), Posada de las Minas (Mineral de Pozos), Santa Rita (Zacatecas), El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort (Costalegre), Verana (Yelapa), Villa Ganz (Guadalajara), Xaloc Resort (Isla Holbox), Villa Montaña (Morelia) and Azucar (Monte Gordo).
About the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism
The World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (WHA) works to support World Heritage conservation, sustainable tourism, and local economic development for communities in and around World Heritage sites. The WHA for sustainable tourism was founded by the UN Foundation and Expedia in the fall of 2005 to support UNESCO’s goal of promoting and protecting World Heritage sites. For more information, visit: http://www.worldheritagealliance.org.
About Mexico Boutique Hotels
Established in 1999 by John Youden’s Producciones Viva, Mexico Boutique Hotels is a collection of 47 upscale, independent member properties handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored architectural gems, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern—but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country and all offer guests a unique travel experience. Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico.
Book any of Mexico Boutique Hotels’ stylish properties by calling 1-800-728-9098 (U.S. and Canada) or visiting www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.