With an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and a newish book out on the subject, the biggest star in Hollywood history — Elizabeth Taylor — is top of mind again. Of course, it might easily be said that the timeless beauty is always top of mind and never out of style.
That means any time is an excellent one to indulge nostalgia for the quintessential A-list beauty. But we suggest doing it right now by way of an unforgettable south-of-the-border vacation... because the former Puerto Vallarta love nest of Taylor and thrice-husband Richard Burton has reopened as a hotel.
Now Casa Kimberly Hotel, the property was the home to the famous couple during the early days of their romance. And they continued to visit the house throughout their marriages and divorces, and even later... to relax in the sunshine and escape prying eyes. Yes, these days Puerto Vallarta a popular tourist spot — and in striking distance of the super-opulent Four Seasons and St. Regis hotels in Punta Mita — but back then it was an unknown fishing village. And this was pre-TMZ to boot.
The home the pair created — two adjacent casitas on the cobblestone hillside overlooking the ocean — has been impeccably renovated and reimagined, and is available for booking as of this past December. The property has nine suites, a pool, boutique spa, restaurant, and bar all done with a colonial Mexican flair — and a dose of Hollywood glamour, of course.
Fully renovated and expanded, certain parts of Casa Kimberly’s original history remain unchanged. Puente Del Amor — a bridge that was designed as a replica of the Bridge of Sighs — still connects the two villas. And Taylor’s bedroom — with its commissioned pink marble, heart-shaped bathtub — is still there, now a suite with killer views.
The suite also has a terrace and a private pool and Jacuzzi. The pool, with its blue tiles, is just as it was when Taylor and Burton entertained famous friends.
There’s also the pool-adjacent Richard Burton Suite, in the star’s personal quarters across the bridge. Each of the additional seven suites is individually designed and decorated with a mix of antiques and modern touches — and each is totally unique, with elements like tile ceilings, brick domes, murals, claw foot tubs, and patio fountains.
Bring your most elegant caftan for supping at the fine-dining restaurant Iguana, open on three sides with epic views — and a dozen crystal chandeliers chiming in the breeze. A small bar with antique mirror bar back offers a selection of rare tequilas and mescals. Of course, there’s a resident tequila expert on hand, should you fancy a private class or tasting.
Now who’s ready for a trip to Mexico? Olé!
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