Have you ever wondered how the other half lives? Or maybe you’re used to getting star treatment? Either way,the new Casa Kimberly boutique hotel just outside of downtown Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast is sure to please.
As the former private residence of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1960’s,this property had retained a wealth of original details and lies perched on a hill overlooking Puerto Vallarta proper.
“Casa Kimberly was purchased for Taylor as a birthday present by her frequent co-star and future two-time ex-husband,Richard Burton,” wrote Travel + Leisure. “Burton,who also owned the villa across the street,even built a little pink bridge,the “Puente del Amor,” to connect the two.”
The affair that raged between the two stars made Puerto Vallarta one of the world’s hottest destinations in the 60’s and 70’s,but Taylor sold Casa Kimberley in the 1990’s and the property fell into disrepair. Then,new owner,designer and hotelier Janice Chatterton came along,giving Casa Kimberly a much-needed facelift and extensive renovations wherever necessary.
“Guest rooms and common areas have all the luxury trappings you’d expect: Crystal chandeliers,Oriental rugs,oil paintings and gilded antique furnishings,” wrote Travel + Leisure.
Boasting nine suites – each named for one of Taylor and Burton’s iconic films – the property encompasses both Burton and Taylor’s original villas and even affords guests the opportunity to sleep where Liz and Dick once did… To the tune of about $650 per night! The hotel’s prime suite comes equipped with luxurious Italian linens and built-in 180-degree views of downtown Puerto Vallarta,which is a breathtaking blend of pretty pastels and deep ocean blue,through a series of French doors along one wall. It also boasts a private terrace and plunge pool,as well as the original heart-shaped tub.
The other suites run in the neighborhood of $435 per night and the property also boasts a pool,boutique spa and The Iguana Restaurant,which is named for Burton’s 1964 film,The Night of the Iguana,which was filmed in Puerto Vallarta. The Cleopatra suite is also quite memorable and was named for the film that brought Burton and Taylor together,featuring a private patio with a sunken tub and sweeping views of Banderas Bay.
“I designed the property with luxurious suites and expansive terraces so that everywhere you look there is a beautiful view,” Chatterton told Wales Online. “Add the history of Taylor and Burton’s passionate but tumultuous love story and it is a recipe for romance.”
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