A.M., Paradise Valley, AZ
Where I went: Hacienda San Antonio, Colima, Mexico.
Why I went: For a friends birthday.
Who was on the trip: My husband and myself and another couple.
When: May 2008.
Who organized it: I did.
Where we stayed: Hacienda San Antonio.
Who it’s right for: It’s just so right, for anyone and everyone. Intensely romantic and atmospheric for couples; children would love the hacienda and all it has to offer. It is almost like a castle in Mexico where their imagination can run wild. The volcano is amazing and becomes a “true north” while visiting.
What I’d go back for: Lunch in a grove over-looking a lagoon after a horseback ride. There was a beautiful picnic set up and a waiter waiting with cold towels and wine when we arrived. Waking every morning and getting up to see what is going on with “el volcan.”
What I wish I knew in advance: That it is possible to have too much Rosé at lunch! That we should have stayed a week.
What to skip: Absolutely nothing.
What not to miss: The horseback ride and lunch following.
What we loved: The whole trip plays back in my mind like some sort highlight reel. We loved having dinner in a different location every night. The food was amazing. We loved the graciousness of the people who staffed the hotel. We loved feeling like pampered guests of Sir James Goldsmith—totally an experience from another area. Best of all is Viviana Dean, who manages the property with such grace and attention to detail that you will never want to leave.
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