costa careyes Just over an hour north of Manzanillo’s international airport, Costa Careyes’ villas, castles, casitas, and bungalows have expertly married European sophistication with all-out Mexican hospitality in an untainted Pacific Coast location. Let him know that he can surprise his new bride with a romantic picnic at Esmeralda Beach, arriving by boat, or arrange for a private dinner on the beach. Guests can surf on nearby beaches of Arroyo Seco and Tecuan, kayak around the Careyes bay or explore various trails on mountain bikes provided by the resort. There’s also the Costa Careyes Polo Club, open from November through April, which holds several weekly matches and has 40 ponies available for rent—even beginners can sign up for lessons and play. The Polo Club also offers horseback rides on beaches or through jungle-like forests. Nature plays a main role here, with hundreds of species of birds and other critters available for impromptu spotting. Guests visiting from July to November can watch three species of sea turtles lay their eggs and release hatchlings once they’re ready to make their way into the world. Couples can choose from one of the Playa Rosa Bungalows, just steps away from the beach, or a Honeymoon Casita that comes with its own small pool. Grander options include the cliffside, 6-bedroom Sol de Oriente “castle,” which comes with its own electric gondola, media room and heliport. Starting at $320 per night for a Playa Rosa Bungalow through Oct. 31 and $7,000 per night for Sol de Oriente.
In the 1940s, Diego Rivera was commissioned to paint a portrait of a young lady in a full gown, but saw something quite different in her; he chose to depict Matilda Stream as an archer instead. Matilda’s son, Harold Stream, has placed a reproduction of this work of art by the entrance of the soon-to-open Hotel Matilda and named this property after her. This new San Miguel del Allende property is adding a splash of modernity to its colonial hometown with clean lines, contemporary furnishings—custom-made in Mexico—and marble from the states of Hidalgo and Puebla. It’s also green in nature, with photo-voltaic and solar panels for electric and heating needs. Hotel Matilda comes with 32 rooms and suites, all impeccably decorated and most offering views of one of Mexico’s most iconic skylines—that of the city of San Miguel. Its landscaped areas are being embellished with an array of indigenous plant life that will aromatize surroundings with varying scents throughout the year. Another novel concept about the property is its spa’s signature apothecary, featuring artisanal products that have been hand-blended from local ingredients. The spa will also have its own Relaxation Lounge and will offer various “Spa en Vivo” experiences for guests, including visits to hot springs nearby. Paying tribute to both its inspiring hometown and raison d’etre, Hotel Matilda is set to be a “living art gallery” with ongoing exhibitions and cutting-edge displays of Mexican artists. The collection, says Stream, will “celebrate the current Mexican art scene.”