A single guy tries to avoid the honeymooners at two posh Mexican getaways. Sure…it sounds simple.
A typical Mexican resort in 10 words or less: colossal palacio jam-packed with couples attempting to resurrect some romance. But, El Careyes and El Tamarindo, two plush escapes near the Pacific port city of Manzanillo, shirk the cliché completely. Think Jet Set getaway for the New Age guest. The Costa Careyes area, first developed in the late 1960s by Italian financier Giancarlo Brignone, is reminiscent of Acapulco in its 1950s heyday: a slice of secluded, yet, captivating sand, surf and glamour – read: a following that flies in from L.A.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. took over El Careyes for their wedding festivities, while Quentin Tarantino filmed part of Kill Bill II there. Celebrities who have taken a $10,000-per-week villa include Giorgio Armani, Stevie Wonder and Francis Ford Coppola. But even if you choose a more modest casita within these two Starwood Luxury Collection properties, you’ll detect German, Italian and Portuguese inflections in overhead conversations. You might run into the Mexican Ambassador to France while having a beachside dinner of the area’s finest seafood specialties. Or meet aBuenos Aires tycoon armed with his flawless soap-opera star girlfriend. That’s after a day of sunning at the palm tree-lined infinity pools, playing tennis with the resident pro, snorkeling and horseback riding on the beach at sunset. Paradise? Uh-huh.