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Casa Majani – Punta Mita – Mexico

Pool at Night


6 Bedrooms and 8 Bathrooms (Sleeps 12-14)

From world-renowned architects Manolo Mestre and Juan Collignon comes Casa Majani. Their holistic approach to architecture pays homage to the natural while incorporating the contemporary. Native simplicity and warm colors complement modern conveniences resulting in an alluring and meditative experience. Every room is designed with intention. A network of pathways through expansive reflection pools connects each unique structure, creating the illusion this remarkable casa is suspended over the powerful Pacific. Situated on the northern most tip of the Punta Mita peninsula, Casa Majani is inside the gates of the Four Seasons Resort and guests have use of its facilities.

Two connecting pools blend with sea and sky, enhancing undisturbed views of the blue horizon with over 150 ft. of infinity edge. The smaller of the pools encircles the Keili Suite, offering a dynamic and diverse swimming experience. Nearby, the whimsical bar extending unsupported from the wall is a restored vintage surf board. A ground level fire pit for intimate gatherings and fantastic sunsets is situated on the sand beach terrace.

Palapa Living and Dining Areas
At the center of this impressive casa stands the grand palapa. Nested beneath a palm-thatched roof, sits an almost ethereal living and dining terrace. Steadfast ocean breezes and sun-bathed terraces bless this marriage of nature and nurture. Striking ocean vistas surrounds all points in Casa Majani’s central gathering area. A tropical wood dining table for 12, created by local craftsmen, provides an unmatched vantage point for the surf and sunsets.

Indoor Dining and Kitchen
The tropical wood indoor dining table, seating 12, is set under a vaulted ceiling. Surrounded by colorful native art and bordered by a contemplative pool, this comfortable space is a haven from the elements. The graceful kitchen fits both form and function. Amidst ocean-facing windows, everything from delicious simple Mexican fare to lavish haute cuisine is happily prepared. Charming yet modern, the kitchen opens onto an outdoor patio, bordered by a pond, with an intimate breakfast nook seating 12.

Media and Games Room
This air-conditioned room features a Bowers and Wilkins home theater and stereo system with a 63” HDTV, US and Mexican channels, Blu-ray DVD and Apple TV and an array of board games including: dominoes, chess, backgammon as well as cards.

Tucari (Good Energy)
This yoga and fitness room, which has a relaxing Zen feel, has native wood flooring. Floor to ceiling windows offer a view of vast reflection pools and lush native gardens. Light and airy, Tucari can be opened on two sides to take advantage of good weather and closed to provide a sanctuary from the heat.

Bedrooms
Casa Majani’s 6 bedrooms use natural hues and textures to minimize the boundaries between interiors and the landscape. Each is air-conditioned and has motorized blackout and sheer shades, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD, Control 4 System Remote Control and an iPod dock.

Aramara (Ocean) Master Suite
King-size bed, ocean view terrace, inside sitting/lounge area, steps to the sand and luxurious bathroom with an ocean view, inside and outside shower and a large, stand alone hand-crafted stone tub


Keili (Tree) Master Suite

  • King-size bed, ocean view, terrace, direct pool access from terrace, inside lounge and bathroom with an ocean view, indoor shower with glass doors opening to an outdoor wooden terrace and a hand-crafted stone tub


Guest Suites

  • Tao (Sun)– King-size bed, garden and partial ocean view, terrace, lounge area and bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower
  • Turi (Children) Two queen-size beds, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Wiki (Bird) – King-size bed, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Xotu (Flower) – Bedroom and bathroom en suite with a shower. As this room is separate from the main villa and towards the back of the house, it hasn’t a water view.

Amenities
Air-conditioned bedrooms and media room, wireless Internet throughout, Toll-free US calls, fax and scanner, 63-inch Flat screen TV with Bowers and Wilkins home theater system in media room, US, Canadian and Mexican satellite TV. Guests also have access to the facilities at both the St. Regis and Four Seasons Resorts, including golf, tennis and fitness centers. Also included are chauffeured airport transfers.

Staff
English speaking cook and waiter, cook’s assistant, manager, concierge, housekeepers, laundress and onsite night watchman

Location
Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita is a private gated resort offering high-end infrastructure, security, and world-class amenities such as Golf, Tennis, and a private Resident’s Beach Club. The lush natural beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean border this nine-mile stretch of paradise, making it a unique and privileged location. The Puerto Vallarta airport is 40 minutes south of Punta Mita.

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Casa Cariño – San Miguel de Allende – Mexico

7 Bedrooms with Bathrooms En Suite and 4 Powder Rooms (Sleeps 14)
Carved into solid rock atop a hillside, Casa Cariño is timeless in its architecture yet it was only completed in 2002. This beautifully designed house, which was built by local artisans, offers guests utter luxury, comfort and first class service. From each of the numerous balconies and windows is a fantastic and sweeping view of this historic city’s bell towers, gothic church spires, colorful structures and ultimately the distant mountains that change color as day fades into night.

Step through front doors into an extraordinary rotunda with galleries on two upper floors and a beveled glass dome. Casa Cariño’s interiors are furnished to compliment the colonial architecture and feature hand carved doors, local tile and fifteen carved stone fireplaces. Adding to the gorgeous décor is an extensive collection of local art that rivals those in the galleries and museums of San Miguel. Each of the seven spacious bedrooms has a bathroom en suite, cable TV, high speed wireless Internet and a fireplace. Outside are flower-filled gardens and terraces and on the lowest level, a large pool and a fountain/hot tub. From Casa Cariño’s lofty perch, one can walk to Jardín, the main plaza, in 10 minutes and in 3 minutes to Benito Juárez Park.

Casa Cariño was designed to blend old world charm with every modern convenience. It was also created as an ideal house for entertaining with numerous terraces and outdoor living spaces. Whether for a large family, group of friends or corporate retreat, Casa Cariño (House of Affection) is a fabulous property. It’s also perfect for a destination wedding whether it be an intimate ceremony in front of the fireplace in the rotunda accompanied by a string quartet or an elaborate party with thousands of fresh roses, seated dinner for up to 150, dance floor and a band or traditional mariachis.
First Floor (Lowest Level)

  • Cantina with a powder room
  • Cuarto Rosado with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower
  • Cuarto Anita with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower
  • Cuarto Juanito with a king-size bed (can be made into twins) and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower

Entrance Level (2nd Floor)

  • Rotunda with seating areas, huge wood burning fireplace and large bar
  • Powder room
  • Terraces with seating areas
  • Cuarto Abuela with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower combination. Doors open to a small terrace with a sitting area and fireplace.
  • Cuarto Verdesito with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower

Third Floor

  • Living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. French doors open to a terrace with an outdoor living room with a wood burning fireplace and a dining area.
  • Dining room with a fireplace. Off it is a small sitting area with a fireplace.
  • Kitchen
  • Powder room

Fourth Floor

  • Master Cuarto, La Minita, with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a large Jacuzzi tub and separate large shower
  • Cuarto Los Cuates with a king-size bed (can be made into twins) and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower combination
  • Small balcony with 2 chairs that overlooks the pool

Fifth Floor

  • Rooftop garden with cocktail area, fireplace and powder room


Amenities

Elevator, state of the art telephones (Vonage), fax, high-speed wireless Internet access, 15 fireplaces (gas and wood burning, cable TVs, modern appliances, filtered water, DVD and CD players and stereo system. As part of my service, I am happy to arrange roundtrip airport transfers, tours, day and shopping trips, advance grocery shopping, the first couple of meals at home and massages and fiestas (mariachis, piñatas etc.) at the house.

Staff
The large staff includes 24-hour on-site and English speaking house manager/butler, wait personnel, maids and wonderful cooks (ready to serve anything from light snacks to elaborate multi-course dinners), gardener/pool man, night watchman and a day guard, who sleeps in the gatehouse. The staff works 6½ days weekly (off Sunday afternoon/evening) and serves 3 meals daily. The house manager will also make restaurant reservations and will drive up to 8 guests in the house’s SUV to and from restaurants.Services Available at an Additional Cost
Spa services and entertainment at the house like massage, manicures and pedicures, a fiesta with a mariachi band etc., which will be arranged by the house manager.


Notes

  • No children under the age of 10 years unless agreed to by the owner and no pets.
  • As food and liquor are not included in the price, guests give money to the house manager, who purchases everything.


Distances
Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and Guanajuato are 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours.

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Casa Quinta Ocho – San Miguel de Allende – Mexico

5 (+ 1) Bedrooms, 6 ½ Bathrooms (Sleeps up to 12)
Casa Quinta Ocho is a treasure tucked away in Mexico’s most beautiful colonial town. Wonderfully located 2 blocks from lovely Benito Juárez Park and a 10 – 15 minute walk from the Jardín, the house was designed to look as though it’s stood for centuries. Throughout this marvelous casa, which is full of antiques collected on travels around the world, the extraordinary attention paid to detail is everywhere. From the 18th century style sala with 16′ high beamed ceilings to the 21st century electronics to the first class service, the owners have thought of everything. There are also six dining areas, which offer a unique perspective and make the excellent meals even more fun and special. Adding to the sumptuous surroundings is the exotic Blue Bar – a perfect respite for a quiet moment….or otherwise!

Just as fabulous are the large exterior spaces with four distinct gardens. A large set of French doors on Calle la Quinta open from the street into a totally walled and luxurious paradise with fountains and orange tree allée leading through the courtyard to the main house. From its foyer, doors open to a loggia with seating and dining areas and to a green marble tiled pool, which can be heated. At the other end of the pool a wall fountain, with spouting rams heads, is flanked by stone staircases that lead up to another lush garden with a seating and dining area under a bougainvillea laden pergola. Casa Quinta Ocho was designed to reflect an era of gracious colonial charm while providing every modern convenience like a flawless elevator, 11 gas-log fireplaces and several flat-screen TVs. Romantic interiors and exteriors, 21st century technology and an excellent staff – This beautiful, one-of-a-kind house has it all.

Main House
Ground Floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Sala with an antique cantera stone fireplace and a life-size 17th c. Peruvian portrait of St. Augustine
  • Indoor formal dining room
  • Blue Bar
  • Library/Office with a queen-size sofa bed, 62” flat screen HDTV and bathroom with a shower “Morning Room” for dining and relaxing with a 32” flat screen HDTV
  • Powder room
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Loggia with dining and sitting areas
  • Loggia with a large poolside sitting area and French doors opening to the sala

Second Floor

  • Master bedroom with a king-size bed, 52” flat screen HDTV, huge closet and bathroom en suite with two sinks and separate shower. Most fun is the fireplace at one end of the tub, which is lit by remote control.
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with two sinks and a tub/shower
  • Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite with a shower

Third Floor Rooftop

  • Parroquia dining room
  • Alfresco Trellis Room dining with a view of the Parroquia
  • Lush potted garden with sitting and dining areas

Casita

  • Living area with a 32” flat screen TV and dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub/shower ·
  • Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom across the hall with a tub/shower

Second Floor Rooftop

  • Colorful potted garden

Amenities
Wi-Fi high-speed Internet, elevator, state-of-the-art water purification system, barbeque, ceiling fans, DVDs, CDs, Satellite music, 15 unit phone system and intercom including 2 local lines, 1 VOIP line with Houston area code and street door intercom with latch release. Every room in the main house has a remote controlled gas-log fireplace and all bedrooms have a flat-screen TV with dish satellite programming. As part of my service, I am happy to arrange roundtrip airport transfers, tours, day and shopping trips, advance grocery shopping, the first couple of meals at home and massages and fiestas (mariachis, piñatas etc.) at the house.

Staff
Full-time staff six days weekly: chef for breakfast and la comida (lunch), maid, mozo (houseman) and a gardener

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Heating for the pool, chef for a third meal and staff on Sundays (all food and drink is extra). Airport transfers, daytrips/sightseeing, a mariachi band for a special evening and massage at the house.

Notes
The house may be rented with fewer bedrooms.

Distances
Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and Guanajuato are 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours

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Casa Seis Fuentes – San Miguel de Allende – Mexico

5 Bedrooms and 6.5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)

Casa Seis Fuentes is an absolutely beautifully renovated 300-year old casa with original three-foot thick adobe walls. Its location, only three blocks from the Jardín, the main square, is perfect as it offers guests an easy walk to many shops and restaurants. Casa Seis Fuentes is spacious and bright and throughout this wonderfully decorated house are many antique furnishings. Everything has been done to ensure guests’ comfort and all the very nicely appointed bedrooms have a bathroom en suite, TV, separate volume control for the house stereo system, mini kitchen, fireplace and a private terrace. Other terrific features include a home theatre with a huge screen, fully equipped exercise room, a wine cellar and a lovely rooftop terrace with spectacular 360-degree views of the city and comfy chairs around a table under a pergola. This fully staffed house has been featured in Architectural Digest.

Like so many great Mexican casas, Seis Fuentes has a series of enchanting terraces with flowing fountains and a large loggia with a fireplace as well as dining and sitting areas. It looks out to the beautifully landscaped courtyard, which has a heated pool with a wall fountain. The charm and style of the colonial period combined with every modern convenience makes Casa Seis Fuentes one of the most sought after houses in San Miguel.

First Floor

  • Living room with a fireplace, electronic piano and French doors opening onto the terrace
  • Dining room with a bovéda ceiling, gas fireplace and French doors opening to the terrace
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Breakfast room with a beamed ceiling and French doors opening to the terrace
  • Loggia with a wood burning fireplace and sitting and dining areas
  • Powder room
  • Blue bedroom with a king-size bed, gas fireplace and bathroom en suite a shower. Doors open to a walled private terrace with a fountain.
  • Yellow bedroom with a king-size bed, gas fireplace and bathroom en suite with a tub and shower. Doors open to a walled private terrace with a fountain.

Mezzanine (up a few stairs)

  • Bedroom with twin beds, gas fireplace and bathroom en suite with a
    tub and shower. Doors open to a private terrace.

Second Floor

  • Master bedroom with a king-size bed, gas fireplace and a huge, grand bathroom en suite with a circular tub in the middle of the room, a
    fireplace and shower. Off it is a dressing room and a large office
    with a computer, fax machine, day bed, bathroom with a shower and a
    private terrace.
  • Bedroom (guest master) with a king-size bed, gas fireplace and
    large bathroom en suite with a tub and shower

Lowest Floor

  • Home theatre with a huge screen, DVD player and comfy chairs
  • Gym
  • Wine cellar

Top Floor

  • Roof terrace with a large round table, armchairs, potted plants and a
    pergola

Amenities
High speed Internet access, heated pool, fax,
Vonage telephone system (free calls to
USA and Canada), water purification system, TVs
with VCRs, DVD, garage, wine cellar, 10 fireplaces, exercise room,
electronic grand piano, music system throughout the house, cable to
plug iPod into the sound system and ceiling
fans. All bedrooms have a TV, separate volume control for the stereo
system, mini kitchen, fireplace and
private terrace. To welcome guests to the house, the staff provides
margaritas, soft drinks, beer and guacamole with salsa and chips. As
part of my service, I am happy to arrange roundtrip airport
transfers, tours, day and shopping trips, advance grocery shopping,
the first couple of meals at home and massages and fiestas
(mariachis, piñatas etc.) at the house.

Staff

House managers (English speaking), Carlos, the wonderful English
speaking houseman, cook, two
maids, gardener and two night watchmen. They work six days weekly
and are off Sundays. The staff will prepare and serve breakfast and
guests have a choice of either lunch or dinner.

Services Available at an Additional Cost

Cook and maid service on Sunday

Notes

  • Heating for the pool is included.
  • Smoking is not permitted indoors.
  • The price of food and beverages is not included in the rental price. The weekly
    cost is about $150 to $175 per person. It’s best to
    advance Carlos enough money for 2-3 days shopping at time. He will give you the bill, which will include any taxi charges for
    shopping.
  • For Sunday arrivals, as the staff is off, there is no dinner service
    but welcome hors d’oeuvres and drinks are provided.
  • There are two small residents at the house: Alice, a very
    private rabbit, and Claudio, a very social and friendly miniature
    rooster.

Distances

Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and
Guanajuato are 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours.

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Casa Bella Vista – San Miguel de Allende – Mexico

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and 2 Powder Rooms (Sleeps 8)
Built in 2002, Casa Bella Vista was designed to capture its magnificent view of San Miguel de Allende, one of the most beautiful and charming colonial cities in Mexico. Perched on the top of a hill in an area known as Ojo de Agua and facing northwest, this very attractive and comfortable house is almost 4,700 square feet and is a 15 minute walk down the Jardín, the main plaza. From every one of its large rooms and the roof terrace are spectacular views and at night, the twinkling lights below are magical.

Surrounding the house is a lush garden full of flowering plants, trees and shrubs and all of the bedrooms have views it. Adding to the charm is a stream, which spills into a small pond. There is also a smaller garden enclosed by trees and shrubs with two hammocks and a fire pit. Both offer a lovely, tranquil setting. Casa Bella Vista is a great house for a family and for those wanting to be in this historic city yet away from the hustle and bustle.

Ground Floor

  • Master bedroom with queen-sized bed, bathroom en suite, fireplace and a large TV
  • Bedroom with double bed, bathroom en suite, fireplace, small TV, stereo and exercise equipment. This room opens into the garden.
  • Bedroom with double bed and a fireplace
  • Bedroom with bunk beds (can be separated and placed together or apart) and a fireplace
  • Bathroom shared by the above two bedrooms
  • Laundry room with a powder room
  • Loggia with sitting area
  • Large terrace with dining and sitting areas

Second Floor

  • Living room with a fireplace and a stereo. Doors open onto the terrace
  • Dining room with a fireplace and doors opening to the terrace
  • Large, modern, fully-equipped kitchen with a fireplace and all appliances, including coffee makers, Cuisinart, microwave and mixers
  • Family sitting room with a piano, large screen TV and a powder room
  • Large covered terrace with dining and sitting areas
  • Roof garden with dining and sitting areas

Amenities
TVs, VCRs, a DVD player, 2 stereos, satellite television, computer with Internet service (a dedicated phone line), exercise equipment, dishwasher, icemaker, gas barbeque and a library of videos, CDs and books. As part of my service, I am happy to arrange roundtrip airport transfers, tours, day and shopping trips, advance grocery shopping, the first couple of meals at home and massages and fiestas (mariachis, piñatas etc.) at the house.

Staff
Maid five days and gardener twice a week.

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Cook, airport pick-up and drop-off and babysitting

Notes
Guests may use the house phone for local calls and Internet access. International calls will be deducted from the security deposit or billed to renter if the amount exceeds the security deposit. Guests may also borrow a cell phone and then buy phone cards.

Distances
Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and Guanajuato are 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours.

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The Threehouse – San Miguel de Allende – Mexico

3+ Bedrooms and 4.5 Bathrooms (Sleeps up to 7)
Like most houses in this beautiful and small 16th century city, The Treehouse is hidden behind a high stone wall but unlike most, it’s recently been built. Designed by Norman Lacayo, this very stylish casa is one of five houses tucked away in a tiny gated enclave. Mr. Lacayo, a renowned architect, integrated the property’s existing ancient trees into the design and then surrounded each house on three sides with lush gardens and lovely landscaping. The location is ideal too – about 100 yards from both the Hotel Sierra Nevada and the charming and still used Lavandería, one block from El Parqué de Benito Juárez and four blocks from El Jardín, the main plaza. The Treehouse, which has been included on several house and garden tours, also has fantastic views of the city and countryside.

From the first floor entrance, stairs lead past a large tree, incorporated into the design, to the second floor where the three bedrooms all open onto a patio and water garden. The very chic master bedroom overlooks the front entrance while the guest rooms are across the terrace and up a couple of steps. The third floor, which really exemplifies the house’s name, features a dramatic and large living room built on two levels and a wonderful ramada, an indoor/outdoor entertainment area. This large treetop terrace is an idyllic setting with breathtaking views of San Miguel and sensational sunsets.

Numerous wrought iron doors and windows bring the outdoors in and the very comfortable furnishings are a flawless mix of contemporary and local antiques. Complete attention to detail has been paid and the interiors are in perfect harmony with the overall design of the house and surrounding foliage. This unique property, which even has an elevator, offers complete privacy in a serene haven.
First Floor

  • Entrance and Elevator
  • Guest bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom with a shower
  • Laundry room

Second Floor

  • Master bedroom with a king-size bed, wood beam ceilings, a large rounded fireplace and cable TV hidden in a large Antique Chinese Armoire. Its spacious bathroom has a 20′ bóveda ceiling, shower and bathtub.
  • Guest bedroom with a wonderful carved wooden king-size bed, a bathroom with a shower and plenty of closet space.
  • Office with high speed Internet connection, Vonage phone and fax. It doubles as a 4th bedroom as it has a twin trundle bed and bathroom with a shower.

Third Floor

  • Spacious living area on two levels, with beautiful wood beams, upholstered chairs, and built-in sofas. It also has a fireplace, cable TV and an adjoining wet bar.
  • Dining room, which is up three steps from the living area, seats eight and looks out over the side garden
  • Kitchen
  • Patio just off the dining room with a banana tree and a dining table with a tree trunk base
  • Powder room
  • Fabulous terrace and a covered informal dining area with a star-shaped tin lamp and pillow-covered built-in banquettes

Amenities
Cable TV/VCR, stereo/CD player, telephone, Vonage (VoIP) phone calls to USA and Canada, washer/dryer, elevator, secure parking for one car, fax and high speed Internet access. As part of my service, I am happy to arrange roundtrip airport transfers, tours, day and shopping trips, advance grocery shopping, the first couple of meals at home and massages and fiestas (mariachis, piñatas etc.) at the house.

Staff
Maid/Cook service for 5 1/2 days per week and bilingual property manager

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Extra staff services

Notes
This is a non-smoking house

Distances
Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and Guanajuato are 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours.

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