Meet the Owner: Marc Lindskog – Casa de Mita (Punta de Mita)

July 30, 2009

 Marc Lindskog - Casa de Mita

 

Name: Marc Lindskog (can I say named after Chagall?)
Profession (previous to hotelier)  ARCHITECT, GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMER
A Favorite quote:  ”So much have my eyes gazed on beauty that my vision is alive with it …”
Origins:  Originally from the southern part of the US (South Carolina and Georgia) but most of my professional life was spent in the Pacific Northwest (Portland and Seattle) as well as Colorado
Please choose and answer five questions from the following…
How would you define a boutique hotel?  
A boutique hotel should be the interpretation of ”hospitality” as seen through the eyes of the individual(s) that created it.
What is the concept behind your hotel? Basically, I wanted to create a villa style location where someone could enjoy all of the luxury that a villa vacation would have without having to put together a group of friends to afford it. 
What life lessons did you learn opening/running your hotel?  Stay true to your vision, be open to suggestions and empower the people that work with you to do their very best to honor that vision while still allowing them to put their own individual ”touch” to it.
Describe the experience of your hotel in three words.  OVER THE TOP!
Why did you choose Mexico and/or why this specific destination?  I chose Mexico because of the Mexican people … and this particular location chose me.
What is your definition of service? Welcome home.
How are you involved with your local community?  I do all that I can to make sure that we are a good neighbor within our local communities … when at all possible, we buy local and we hire local.
What is the one local experience you would recommend to your guests.  Whale watching … hire a local licensed boat and captain and spend a couple of hours out on the ocean observing these magnificent creatures …
What is the best souvenir a guest can take home from a stay at your hotel/a visit to your destination. Memories.
Advice for anyone wanting to open/run a boutique hotel.  It’s a lifestyle, not a profession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profession (previous or additional to hotelier):  Architect, General Contractor and Professional Dreamer

A Favorite quote:  ”So much have my eyes gazed on beauty that my vision is alive with it …”

Origins:  Originally from the southern part of the US (South Carolina and Georgia) but most of my professional life was spent in the Pacific Northwest (Portland and Seattle) as well as Colorado.

How would you define a boutique hotel?  

A boutique hotel should be the interpretation of ”hospitality” as seen through the eyes of the individual(s) that created it.

What is the concept behind your hotel?

Basically, I wanted to create a villa style location where someone could enjoy all of the luxury that a villa vacation would have without having to put together a group of friends to afford it. 

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Mexico Boutique Hotels’ SHOPShot: La Boutique @ Las Alamandas

July 22, 2009
Glass and tin stands showcase beaded Huichol jewelry.

Glass and tin stands showcase beaded Huichol jewelry.

When owner Isabel Goldsmith-Patiño conceived of Las Alamandas, she wanted Mexico to permeate every corner of her exclusive retreat—its aromas, its colors, its ancestral and organic foods, its architecture and, of course, its magnificent landscapes. Visitors to this upscale Costalegre hotel will confirm that got her desire, even down to the objects in the hotel boutique.

Here, guests looking to shop the best of Mexico will find on exhibit a selection of handicrafts, paper products, artwork and jewelry culled from states such as Michoacán, Jalisco, Yucatán and Oaxaca. Think hand-carved wooden figures, exquisitely beaded in the Huichol tradition; papier maché creatures; and colorful embroidered pictures, hand sewn with over a million stitches…

This is Mexico shopping at its best—seasoned with a healthy dash of international souvenirs. Mixed in amongst the Mexican treasures, browsers will also find a variety of articles from such far flung places as Morocco, Brazil, France, India and more.

Boutique at Las Alamandas

Brightly colored displays echo the shades of Mexico.


Santa Clara del Cobre – The Ultimate Copper Experience

July 21, 2009

Mexico City resident Joy Victory recently visited the artisan town of Santa Clara del Cobre (in the State of Michoacan) and wrote about it in a post called ‘Just call me a Copper Snob’.

Read here.


Welcome to the MBH blog and media room!

July 21, 2009

We’ve moved!!

Just so you don’t lose track or think I haven’t posted in over 2 weeks please follow me to our new MEXICO BOUTIQUE HOTELS BLOG address. Same blog, better zip code 😉


Tequila Tales, by Peggy Sijswerda

July 8, 2009

 

Image provided by Mundo Cuervo

Image provided by Mundo Cuervo

 

 

TEQUILA stars (Guadalajara and Villa Ganz as best supporting actors) in in this month’s edition of Ventana Monthly Magazine

Forget about shot glasses and margarita mix, fine tequila is a sipping spirit. Here, we travel to the source: the birthplace of Mexico’s national drink. By Peggy Sijswerda.

To read the full article, please click on the link below (I am experiencing a glitch and this will open another window that displays the same link. Please click there as well to open the PDF file)

Ventana Monthly Magazine – Tequila


Mexico Boutique Hotels’ SHOPShot: La Galería @ Hacienda de los Santos

July 6, 2009
La Galería @ Hacienda de los Santos

La Galería @ Hacienda de los Santos

Wonderful things happen to those who stray from the beaten path. Case in point: Hacienda de los Santos, an exquisitely restored hacienda tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains in the town of Alamos. Should you be so lucky as to find yourself walking down one of its gorgeous hallways, you might find yourself on the way to coffee at the Agave Restaurant. Apart from the beautiful murals of, yes, agaves, on the walls, you’ll also find an entire wall dedicated to built-in cases filled with sterling silver jewelry. This is La Galería, The Gallery, a display of some of the finest silver in all the land—with a sprinkling of oil paintings thrown in for good measure.

A large section is devoted to the “Vintage Collection”, in which we sell Mexican jewelry from the 30’s and 40’s. The cabinets also hold a

Julio Pagliani Cross

Julio Pagliani Cross

treasure-trove of hand-picked pieces from hand-picked artists such as Julio Pagliani, Lacey Waddell and the divine Emilia Castillo, the most famous Mexican silversmith living today. A blend of the traditional and the very avant garde, it is said that if you own a piece of her jewelry, you own a treasure of Mexico.

Emilia Castillo Alabaster & Silver Bowl

Emilia Castillo Alabaster & Silver Bowl

La Galería, though, isn’t limited to the Agave. Throughout the hacienda you’ll find strategically placed cabinets showcasing Emilia and her contemporaries, more in a small room off of the reception area and along the walls of the tunnel joining two of the mansions. Like everything else about Hacienda de los Santos, it’s all a reflection of its sense of place: Alamos has been a silver village since the 1680’s.  In fact, the Pan American Silver Mines have reopened here and are a boost to the economy.

Information about the silversmiths, as well as prices, are presented along with the pieces, so you can see the pedigree of your favorite new necklace before you buy it. All you have to do is check in with the concierge or the reception desk, and they will open the cabinet of your choice.

Lacey Frida Pendant

Lacey Frida Pendant

Emilia Castillo Bird Bath

Emilia Castillo Bird Bath

Lacey Colossal Muertos Cross

Lacey Colossal Muertos Cross


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