HOT DEAL: Casa Yalmakaan – Acapulco

August 13, 2009

 

Casa Yalmakaan, Acapulco

Enjoy a special rate of  $195 USD +taxes during weekdays (Monday through Thursday). Normal rate is $270 USD. 

For weekend stays, special rate is $240 USD + taxes (normal rate $290 USD). There is a two-night minimum but stay 3 nights and you’ll enjoy the 4th night free!

Valid for stays during August, September and up to October 15, 2009.

For more information on the hotel please click HERE.

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HOT DEAL: El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort

August 5, 2009

El Tamarindo Beach and Golf Resort, Costalegre

EXCLUSIVE MEXICO BOUTIQUE HOTELS OFFER:

Enjoy 50% off published rates when booking 3+ nights at the private El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort. Valid for stays between August 15 and November 15, 2009.

* European plan. Does not apply for previously confirmed bookings or groups. Subject to availability.

Call us at:

1.800.728.9098 (US and Canada) | 01.800.508.7923 (Mexico)

Email: info@mexicoboutiquehotels.com


Mexico Boutique Hotel Experience: Mineral de Pozos

August 1, 2009

Posada Las Minas

History swirls around each corner of Mineral de Pozos—”Pozos” to those in the know—a remarkable town tucked in the mountains some 7,500 feet above sea level, just 25 miles from San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato. Once an opulent mining city, Pozos has survived booms and busts, and is now a Historical National Monument, with all the accompanying
haciendas, historical ruins, colonial buildings and underground mine tunnels. Beloved of artists and ex-pats, it is experiencing a reawakening that can be fully experienced with a stay at the lovely Posada de las Minas.

Posada de las Minas 2

Writer Lee Daley had the pleasure of a visit, and wrote about this unique experience for Epicurean-Traveler.com – enjoy!

Artists Breathe New Life Into Mining Town


Sultry Summer Specials at Mexico Boutique Hotels

July 2, 2009

 

 

That’s HOT!

 

Couples Invited To Spice Up Their Romance With Sultry Summer Specials From Mexico Boutique Hotels  

 

Looking for fireworks after the 4th of July? Whether it’s a colonial getaway for some turn-of-the-century wooing or an adventurous beach vacation complete with a whale shark close-up, Mexico Boutique Hotels has the right destination at the right price for you to make those sparks fly.  

 

All rates are per package per couple and are in US dollars. For more details on these fantastic packages, call 1-800-728-9098 (US and Canada) or visit http://www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com, click on the HOTELS tab and scroll down for the property you wish to experience.  

 

CASA DE SIERRA NEVADA (SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE) – Love Serenade – 4 days, 3 nights

Daily breakfast Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival. One 5-course dinner for two prepared by the Executive chef and accompanied by a bottle of house wine. Excursion to a neighboring Thermal Springs Spa with roundtrip transportation. Two-hour guided walking tour. Flowers and candles in your room. Rates start at $1,195 for a deluxe room. Valid through October 1, 2009 

 

Romance in San Miguel de Allende

Sultry nights in San Miguel de Allende

 

 

HACIENDA LOS LAURELES (OAXACA) – Oaxacan Romance – 4 days, 3 nights

Junior Suite with Jacuzzi. Welcome cocktail. Fruit basket. Floral arrangement. Bottle of champagne upon arrival. Daily a la carte breakfast. One dinner for two personally designed and prepared by the executive chef. Keepsake handcraft. One temazcal treatment per couple. 10% discount on local tours and spa services. Roundtrip airport transfers. Rates start at $1,602 (18% tax and gratuities not included) Additional night: $295 USD + 18% tax. Valid through August 31, 2009 (black-out dates may apply during National and International holidays)

 

Peaceful privacy, Oaxaca Style.

Peaceful privacy, Oaxaca style.

 

LA QUINTA LUNA (CHOLULA) – Romantic Weekend – 3 days, 2 nights

Upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability). Daily a la carte breakfast. Welcome cocktail. One 3-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine. One-hour relaxing massage per person. Room decoration with candles and floral arrangement. Rates start at $395 for a Standard Room Rates are subject to change without prior notice; includes 17% taxes. Valid through August 31, 2009

 

 

 

Romantic hideaway at the foot of one the world's largest pyramides

Romantic hideaway at the foot of one the world's largest pyramides

 

 

 

LAS ALAMANDAS (COSTALEGRE) – Romance on the Beach – 4 days, 3 nights 

Ocean View or Ocean Front Luxury room. Ground transportation to and from either Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo Airport. Welcome cocktails upon arrival. Tropical fruit platter & beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers placed in your suite. Romantic details and a bottle of wine in your suite upon arrival. A candlelit dinner for two on the beach. Early check in and late check out. Daily continental breakfast in the Oasis or Palapa Beach Club restaurants, or in the privacy and comfort of your own Suite. Rates start at $2,440 (does not include 17% tax and 15% service charge; certain blackout dates apply). Package must be reserved before October 31; valid through Nov. 30, 2009 

 

 

Secluded, seductive setting within a tropical paradise

Secluded, seductive setting within a tropical paradise

 

XALOC RESORT (ISLA HOLBOX) – Rustic Romance and Adventure – 6 days, 5 nights 

Special welcome cocktail. Daily a la carte breakfast.  One romantic dinner with a bottle of national wine. A set of handmade bath soap. One full size hammock. Round trip transfers from Cancun airport. Add on $190 for a whale shark tour for two. Rates start at $1,180 for a pool view room (rates include taxes) Valid through August 28, 2009

 

Casual caribbean getaway with an adventurous twist

Casual caribbean getaway with an adventurous twist


Mexico Boutique Hotels Featured in the Tripadvisor Spring & Summer Guide for Puerto Vallarta

July 2, 2009

Tripadvisor—the travel industry’s opinion giant—has published its Spring & Summer Guide 2009 for Puerto Vallarta: The Best Place to Eat, Sleep and Play. We’re thrilled to report that some of our Mexico Boutique Hotels have made the cut as some of the most favored venues by Tripadvisors‘ millions of readers.

The colorful, romantic and secluded Las Alamandas Resort is a favorite in the Romance category, while Casa de Mita—the ultimate pampering all-inclusive getaway—and Hacienda San Angel—hospitality translated into a work of art—were both mentioned among the top luxury accommodations for this part of the country. Hotelito Desconocido (currently closed for a major remodeling project) was also named as one of the areas Hidden Gems.

If you’d like to check it out, click on the link (another blog page will appear first and you’ll have to click on the link again. Sorry for the inconvenience, we’re working this out). Oh! and very important as well: Tripadvisor places Hotelito Desconocido in Mismaloya and this is INCORRECT. Hotelito is located in La Cruz de Loreto which is part of the stunning Costalegre region.

Tripadvisor’s Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide


Mexico On Sale – But At What Cost?

June 29, 2009

Mexico For Sale

Mexico seems to be having a fire sale right now. Everywhere you turn, prices are being slashed.

The NY Times’ Michelle Higgins published her list.

National Geographic Traveler posted their review of this phenomenon.

Maribeth Mellin, award-winning Mexico travel journalist, said her piece here.

Certainly, the “epidemic of fear” paraded by the media in its headlines has had a dramatic impact on Mexico’s travel and tourism industry. All related business have had to drastically reduce their rates while attempting to maintain same service levels. To say this is a challenge is a gross understatement. If you add to that the fact that the global economic situation had already forced a worldwide travel “sale epidemic” of its own, Mexico tourism—with its extra cloud of doom over its head—has been reduced to cutting rates on already substantial discounts dictated by International competition.

Initially, and superficially I think, lower rates can entice some travelers to come back, but it’s a fine line (and a dangerous one) when tourism products (hotels, restaurants, tours, etc.) are forced to operate with little or no profit margins and STILL live up to expected standards. Travelers may come, but what will their experience be like and what will the impact be when they return home?

There are great travel deals right now. Amazing really, in some cases. But the industry won’t be able to keep this up without letting something go eventually. In Mexico, as in the rest of the world, staff must be paid, training must be given, maintenance must be on-going, and a certain level of quality is to be expected. Let’s hope that those that did visit us during the last few months are able to get the word out on the real situation and we can get back to what we do best; authentic, warm, unparalleled hospitality at a fair price for both traveler and supplier.

Because we’re all in the same boat, we also have some great deals going on at some of our finest Mexico Boutique Hotel properties. And while the prices may be unexpectedly low, we can say without a doubt that these hotels continue to offer their guests everything that is to be expected from an MBH member.


La Purificadora – reviewed by Zain Deane

June 23, 2009

La Purificadora

 

This review is an excerpt from author Zain Deane‘s upcoming book, Great Destinations: Mexico City, Puebla & Cuernavaca, published by Countryman Press

La Purificadora is my favorite hotel in Puebla, and among my favorites in Mexico, for a few reasons. For one, it is architecturally unique, a blend of minimalism, dramatic effect, rustic antiquity and modern chic. From the crumbling, exposed walls left over from colonial times, the M.C. Escher-like broad stairway and the bare coal fire-pits in the open-air lobby to the modern, creatively designed rooms, the hotel presents a delightful contrast. Even the colors show the dichotomy: earth tones and pure white mixed with plush purple couches. At night, candles and fires fill the hotel, throwing you further into the dual world of old and new.

The rooms maximize the given space and include flat-screen TVs, iPod stereos, sink-into-sleep beds, and contemporary décor. One of the coolest spots in Puebla is the upstairs bar and pool area. The pool, an open-air zero-level affair with a glass wall, offers you, the swimmer, spectacular views of the nearby Iglesia de San Francisco and offers those lounging around views of you, the swimmer. And the restaurant is one of the most innovative in the city, a must-visit if you like creative Mexican cuisine. 

La Purificadora is a gem, and a hidden one at that. You’ll find no prominent signs above the door, and the hotel is tucked in a corner of town that is removed from the tourist bustle but still within the historic city center limits.