Puerto Vallarta: Still time to book Liz Taylor’s former love nest for Valentine’s Day (or anytime)
Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta was Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s onetime love nest in the 1960s. Today it’s a luxury boutique hotel with nine casita suites. This is the bed in the Cleopatra Suite.(Casa Kimberly)
The view overlooking the courtyard at Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta. It opened Dec. 1 after a complete redo.(Casa Kimberly)
One of the pools at Casa Kimberly. Richard Burton gave the home to Elizabeth Taylor as a birthday present in 1964 when she was 32.(Casa Kimberly)
Another view of the pool at Casa Kimberly.(Casa Kimberly)
The bathroom and tub inside the Cleopatra Suite at Casa Kimberly.(Casa Kimberly)
The outdoor entry to the Elizabeth Taylor Suite, the film star’s onetime bedroom.(Casa Kimberly)
The Elizabeth Taylor Suite features indoor-outdoor amenities.(Casa Kimberly)
The outdoor pool area that’s part of the Elizabeth Taylor Suite at Casa Kimberly.(Casa Kimberly)
The Elizabeth Taylor Suite, one of nine suites at Casa Kimberly.(Casa Kimberly)
Puente del Amor at Casa Kimberly, where views take in the mountains and the ocean.(Casa Kimberly)
The Iguana Restaurant at Casa Kimberly.(Casa Kimberly)
The Richard Burton Suite at Casa Kimberly.(Casa Kimberly)
Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta comes with an old-school Hollywood pedigree.
Richard Burton bought the home for then love interest Elizabeth Taylor while he was filming “Night of the Iguana” in 1964 in the Mexican coastal town. At the time, Puerto Vallarta was a little fishing village, not a mega-resort destination.
Anyway, Burton bought his own home across the way so the two could be close, as the story goes.
Taylor sold it in the ‘90s and changed hands and fell into disrepair until hotelier Janice Chatterton — who owns Burton’s nearby property and opened it as the Hacienda San Angel — bought it and refashioned it into a gorgeous luxe boutique hotel.
It opened Dec. 1. (Check out the photo gallery above.)
It has just nine suites, including Taylor’s bedroom suite (for those who want bragging rights).
Suites are situated to capitalize on the luxury of Taylor’s original home, the romance of the coast and spectacular views of the mountains.
This month, you can splurge on the Legendary Romance Package, which includes:
— a two-night stay in a suite
— transportation to and from the airport
— a margarita and tequila tasting session for two
— couple’s massage
— a sauna and rose-petal private spa
— a four-course dinner for two on a private terrace or at the hotel’s Iguana Restaurant.
Prices start at $1,274, excluding taxes.
Info: Casa Kimberly, (877) 218-3248
If you’re gaga for Taylor, here’s an L.A. stop worth making: Photographer Catherine Opie produced huge photos of the film star’s Bel-Air home. Shot over six months, it’s an intimate look at the life Taylor led outside of the public eye.
“700 Nimes Road” is on display at the MOCA Pacific Design Center through May 8.
Info: “700 Nimes Road”
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