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Liz and Richard would have loved Mexico's Matlali Hotel

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton put Puerta Vallarta on the lover’s circle many years ago. The city has kept the tradition with romantically charming hotels, restaurants and an amorous ambiance. And now seemingly tailor made for couples comes the Matlali, a lover’s sanctuary of 40 private villas perched in the hills of Banderas Bay, just north of the city in the fishing village of La Cruz de Huanaxactle.

OLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's stars at a ceremony honoring Richard Burton with the 2,491st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Each villa-style accommodations comes with fully-equipped kitchens, spectacular ocean and mountain views, and separate living and dining areas – perfect for a family or discerning couple to enjoy the comforts of home in their own private paradise. Designed by famed beach architect Jaime Barba, the villas range from the 470 sq. ft. Rolling Hill Junior Suites to the 3,260 sq. ft. Presidential Villa, and features a contemporary beach design with brightly colored and geometrically designed furnishings, elegant beds, luxurious linens, and marble floors. The deep teal and light cream wall colors combine with stained wood and matted rope rugs to reflect the heritage of coastal Mexico.

“The design of the hotel was inspired by the rich Mexican culture you find in La Cruz. When you are shopping at the Mercado for the freshest fish you can find, or strolling through the Sunday Farmer’s Market with the local artisans and merchants putting their arts and crafts on display, you realize,” said Raul Nuñez, general manager of the property, “this is how coastal Mexico is meant to be experienced.”

Dining goes outside the bar with the chic, palapa-style Raixes Restaurant that showcases a fusion of Mexican recipes prepared with fresh seafood and organic produce. The Matlali Club House provides a more casual atmosphere for snacks and cocktails that are served by two infinity pools and Jacuzzis.

For pamper seekers there’s the Makawé Spa with a steam room, plunge pool, and six treatment rooms, that specializes in Hikuri Therapy and Iyari treatments along restorative skincare. For those who don’t want to simply sit under a shady palm or in a chaise all day, there’s all sorts of activities such as catamaran sailing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, surfing, fishing and more. Plus there’s exclusive access to the Eva Mandarina Beach Club; a toes in the sand establishment that offers a wide variety of Mexican delicacies from seafood ceviches and shrimp aguachiles to traditional tacos with the local fresh catch of the day. Located ten minutes from the property and designed by renowned Guadalajara-based artist Abel Galvan, the Beach Club showcases bright and colorful design features; from yellow rubber ducks to vivid white bicycles adorning the walls.

“The Eva Mandarina Beach Club is a lively social setting that allows for guests to mix and mingle with the locals. The street-art designed props, including our signature VW beetle in front of the Beach Club, melds effortlessly with the sun-orange walls and ivory furnishings to create the exact feeling our guests should experience when they walk through our doors,” explained Nuñez, “that of an authentic twist on modern Mexico,”

For more information on Matlali Hotel please contact +52 322 115 7700 or visit Rates start at US$220 per night, based on double occupancy.

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