Billion-dollar bet by One & Only Resorts

Billion-dollar bet by One & Only Resorts

A beach at Mandarina in Nayarit.

A beach at Mandarina in Nayarit.

Mandarina is residential project, hotel in Riviera Nayarit


An international ultra-luxury resort operator is making a billion-dollar bet on a new oceanfront residential development in Nayarit, just north of the Pacific coast city of Puerto Vallarta.

One & Only Resorts, owned by the Dubai-based company Kerzner International Holdings Ltd., is selling private homes in the US $1 billion Mandarina project, located around 50 kilometers or less than an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit.

It is the first time that One & Only Resorts has put its brand on a residential project. Kerzner partners RLH Properties and RSC Development pre-sold the first branded residences late last year.

A total of 55 residences make up the first phase of the project, which was designed by Arizona-based architect Rick Joy to incorporate the natural environment including jungle vegetation and cliffs which drop down to the Pacific Ocean.

Each residence is priced between US $4 million and US $12 million. There is also a 108-room One & Only hotel.

A later stage of development will add another section of residences and a second hotel as well as a beachfront polo field and an equestrian center.

“The community that these people are buying into, they realize that this is the last large tract of land,” said Ricardo Santa Cruz, CEO of RSC Development.

“It’s very difficult to replicate, if you’re interested in this part of the country.”

Santa Cruz began acquiring land for the Mandarina project in 2008. With backing from a private-equity firm in which Goldman Sachs was an investor, he eventually purchased properties owned by 58 families.

The land was placed in a new company, RLH Properties SAPIB, and in 2015 shares in the company were sold to the public.

The new development comes amid a construction boom that, since 2011, has increased the number of luxury hotel rooms in Mexico by 33%, according to lodging industry provider STR Inc.

Last month, hotel chain Hilton announced that it was planning five new properties in Mexico, including a luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel in Cancún, Quintana Roo.

One & Only has one property already in operation in Mexico, the luxury Palmilla resort in San José de los Cabos, Baja California Sur. It is also developing another property about 100 kilometers south of Puerto Vallarta called Santa María de Xala.

Source: Bloomberg (en)

Thirsty Burlington presents ‘Cher’, in an evening of great music and hilarious comedy

Thirsty Burlington presents ‘Cher’, in an evening of great music and hilarious comedy

Thirsty Burlington’s ‘Cher’ is a hit, Zoë Lewis plays piano, spoons and more, Jackie Bristow, Dwight Blake, Media Luna add new shows!

January 25, 2018

Thirsty Burlington (aka: Scott Townsend) presents ‘Cher’, in an evening of great music and hilarious comedy, now playing through Jan. 27. An entertainment veteran of over 25 years, Thirsty is an internationally known entertainer, performing as Cher with spot-on live vocals. “You do me better than I do me” – Cher.

All shows 9:30pm.

The UK’s, Zoë Lewis, now appearing though Jan. 28, is literally ‘A band in a body’! She plays jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk, and funk originals on everything from the piano to the spoons! Vaudevillian, storyteller, and singer-songwriter, she has toured with Judy Collins, Pat Benatar and The Indigo Girls. Her original music is upbeat, amusing and perfect for all ages.

New Zealander, singer-songwriter, Jackie Bristow plays original folk and country and has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Foreigner, and The Steve Miller Band. Having made quite an impression last spring at Incanto, she returns accompanied again by veteran guitarist Mark Punch. Jan. 18 – Feb. 1.

When Queen tribute artist Johnny Zatylny dons his flashy stage clothing, bounces across the stage and makes love to a microphone, he almost seems like Freddie Mercury reincarnated. Zatylny’s voice has Freddie Mercury’s almost four-octave range. First time in Mexico. Selling fast. One night only Jan. 24 at 9:30.

Bohemia Viva presents their all-new show ‘The Sound Garden’ on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. A fresh sound with all-new music, arrangements and an exciting new presentation, with the exquisite harmonies you love. Special guests will join.

Luna Rumba’s DUENDE opened to rave reviews with an all-new show. An eclectic blend of multiple genres including Flamenco, Celtic, Rumba and more, DUENDE features creativity, art, and dance melded with new music and their signature high-energy performances. DUENDE plays most Fridays at 7pm.

Geo Uhrich of Luna Rumba and DUENDE partners with Lobo (formerly of Willie & Lobo) for a series of concerts featuring their blend of musical magic in ‘Arte Puro’. “I had fun jamming with Geo and I look forward to what we can do together”. The concept for Arte Puro is to find the magic that two small wooden boxes can create”. – Lobo. Early reservations are recommended. Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16 at 7pm.

Entertainer Dwight Blake returns for one night only with ‘Motown is Back!’ on Friday, Jan. 19 at 9:30pm. A true showman, Dwight connects quickly to his audiences with his affable personality, high-energy, and versatility as a consummate performer. Come ready to dance to your favorite Motown hits and more!

Popular acoustic group Media Luna will present several shows in the main theater featuring their full band with Special Guest musicians. They play Flamenco, Rumba, Rock and Huapango (Mexican folk dancing music) in an exciting and very entertaining presentation, allowing audiences to ‘see’, as well as hear the music. First show Monday, Jan. 29 at 9:30pm.

Incanto’s all-new Gospelicious Gospel Brunch is light on religion and BIG on entertainment, featuring The Holy Host Singers Hannah Brady, Hulda Hix, and Luis Villanueva. Producer and Musical Director/David Troy Francis accompanies at the piano with the Resurrection Band. Hosted by Tracy Parks. Jan. 28 at 12pm. Advanced paid reservations requested.

Well-Strung, the NYC based singing string quartet, blends pop/classical music. Tickets are selling fast. Jan. 30 – Feb. 28. Reserve today at Incanto’s website.

Classic stage comedy ‘Greater Tuna’, stars Ron Spencer and Tracy Parks and is now playing through March. With over twenty characters played by just two actors, with forty-two costume changes, it’s a wild, fun ride to smalltown Tuna, TX, chock-full of eccentric characters with small minds and big hearts. Directed by Karen Baker.

Jean-Guy Comeau plays piano on Mon. and Thurs. at 5pm. Joby Hernandez plays classic rock/pop on Mon. 7:30pm and Wed. at 5pm. Stolie plays ‘Acoustic Tuesdays’ during Happy Hour at 5pm, and will play with Tongo on Jan. 23. Latcho and Andrea: The Blond Gypsies play gypsy and flamenco select Tues. at 7pm. Tongo plays Latin/Cuban rhythms with his handmade instruments on Tues. at 7:30pm. The Red Suitcases play Wed. and Sun. at 7:30pm. Open Mic is Thurs. at 7:30pm.

The Joanie Show’ starring Joan Houston with Bob Bruneau plays Fri. at 5pm. Hannah Brady sings jazz/blues Fri. at 7pm accompanied by Adel on piano. Loteria with Pearl and Bev will be held on Sat. Jan. 20 at 4pm. Media Luna plays Sat. at 7:30pm in the piano bar. Pianist Dennis Crow plays standards and showtunes Sun. at 5 & 10pm, Wed. at 10pm, Fri. at 9pm, Sat. at 10pm with vocalist Luis Villanueva. Pearl’s Gurlz Drag Revue plays on select Sat. at 9:30pm. Salsa dancing/lessons with instructor Francisco Ledezma is held Sun. at 8pm on the upper terrace.

Tickets are available at with no online fees. Box Office hours are 9am to 11:30pm daily. Casual dining is always available. Happy Hour 2-6pm daily. Contact General Manager Gilberto Figueroa for group and special event bookings at Incanto is located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale). Call 322 223 9756 for reservations.

Single Story For Sale in Terminal Maritima

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•  75 sqm , 1 bath , 1 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD210,000 .

Bay View Grand is a full ownership condominium settled on a 20 acre site on the shores of Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Marina Vallarta and within 5 minutes of the newly-expanded international airport, Bay View Grand also borders a nature reserve, replete with crocodiles and tropical birds, and a challenging golf course with ocean views. Along with 4 spectacular pools, two tennis courts, a fitness center and a large sandy beach, Bay View Grand comprises 14 towers, containing 479 one, two and three bedroom units, all looking to the sea. In addition, four presidential penthouses are perched on the top floor.
The condominium is governed by an Owners’ Association. A General Manager and a staff of approximately 90 provide service and 24 hour security.

Bay View Grand es un condominio de propiedad total establecido en un sitio de 20 acres a orillas de la Bahía de Banderas en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Ubicado en el exclusivo barrio de Marina Vallarta ya 5 minutos del recientemente ampliado aeropuerto internacional, Bay View Grand también limita con una reserva natural, repleta de cocodrilos y aves tropicales, y un desafiante campo de golf con vistas al océano. Además de 4 espectaculares piscinas, dos canchas de tenis, un gimnasio y una gran playa de arena, Bay View Grand comprende 14 torres, que contienen 479 unidades de una, dos y tres habitaciones, todas con vista al mar. Además, cuatro penthouses presidenciales se encuentran en el último piso.
El condominio está gobernado por una Asociación de Propietarios. Un gerente general y un personal de aproximadamente 90 brindan servicio y seguridad las 24 horas.

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2 Storey For Sale in Bucerias, Bucerias

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•  135 sqm , 1 bath , 1 half bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  USD85,000 .
MLS® 12673

Si busca privacidad, ¡esta casa es para usted! Bonito vecindario rústico con ex-pats espolvoreado. Esta casa, ubicada en Bucerias ‘Fracc. Tule Dorado, quiere tus toques finales. Súper dulce y bien construida, esta casa tiene 3 dormitorios, 1.5 baños, piscina, jardín con árboles de sombra, estacionamiento seguro y está completamente vallada y privada.
Desde 200 hacia el norte, sobre Encino, a la izquierda en Del Canal, sobre Rio Lerma. El hogar está a 4 cuadras arriba a la derecha.

If you are looking for privacy, this home is for you! Nice rustic neighborhood with ex-pats sprinkled around. This home, located in Bucerias’ Fracc. Tule Dorado, is wanting your finishing touches. Super sweet and well built, this house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, pool, garden with mature shade tree, secure parking and is completely fenced and private.
From 200 going north, rt on Encino, left on Del Canal, rt on Rio Lerma. Home is 4 blocks up on the right.

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Fifth edition of the Ceviche and Aguacahile Festival in Puerto Vallarta

Fifth edition of the Ceviche and Aguacahile Festival in Puerto Vallarta

January 17, 2018

Puerto Vallarta is getting ready to hold the fifth edition of the Ceviche and Aguacahile Festival, where in just seven hours the event is expected to exceed the 350 kilos of seafood sold last year.

This year, five additional restaurants are added for this event that will take place next Sunday, January 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at park Lázaro Cárdenas, a few meters from Playa Los Muertos.

The most basic ingredients of land and sea are combined, fishermen learned that after cleaning the fish they had several options to cook it; however, at some point they tried to put it in lemon juice with the surprise of finding the cooked and marinated meat.

Thus came the encounter between fish and lemon, which over time would give rise to two of the best known dishes of the cuisine of the Pacific Ocean: ceviche and a Mexican variant with chili and onion: aguachile.

The organizer of the event, Edgar Cisneros, explained that ceviche is a dish consisting of fish or seafood marinated in citrus dressings, mainly lemon, lime or sour orange, is one of the delights most sought by tourists who visit the beach.

He stated that it is usual in Mexico that the preparation includes chiles, onion, cilantro, tomato and avocado, although there is a version of Vallarta that substitutes these last two ingredients for carrots and cucumbers.

He stressed that the aguachile followed a similar procedure but in this, as the name implies, generous portions of chopped chile are added, mainly serrano and abundant onion slices, as well as grain salt and some pepper, which produce an explosion of flavor.

He commented that ceviche and aguachile are very traditional dishes in the region, prepared homemade by families from all walks of life and by chefs in restaurants of all kinds, in a sample of the versatility of these products.

In this fifth edition will be the participation of 10 local restaurants, two craft breweries (Molusko of Puerto Vallarta and Magical Town Nebula of San Sebastian del Oeste), and artisanal ice cream with Bargelatto.

To liven up the day the presentation of the folkloric ballet “Tradiciones” directed by Alexis Jimón is presented, a Polynesian dance with the girls of the school “Lani Ale Kau Iluna”.

Edgar Cisneros said that each year it seeks to persuade more restaurants but above all to be an inclusive event and this year it will be a festival with cause since it will take all the children of the Santa Esperanza Children’s Shelter.

“Thanks to the donation of meat by each of the participating establishments, children can enjoy these traditional dishes, as well as music and activities that are prepared for the general public,” he said.

This is how Puerto Vallarta, the most Mexican port, continues to consolidate itself as Mexico’s gastronomic destination and offers visitors activities and festivals throughout the year.

Gather your masks and friends and get ready for Carnaval Puerto Vallarta

Gather your masks and friends and get ready for Carnaval Puerto Vallarta

January 17, 2018

On Tuesday, February 13th, the annual three-kilometer parade celebrating Mardi Gras will begin at 8pm in the hotel zone and proceed on the world-famous malecon to Los Muertos Pier.

Incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers are all part of the festivities in Puerto Vallarta, and of course get your hands ready to catch some beads.

Businesses, organizations, schools and individuals who wish to take part in this year’s family-friendly parade can register online at Check out last year’s video on the website and, while you’re there, follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

Last year’s event brought over 30,000 cheering residents and tourists from all walks of life together on the city street curbs to be wowed by floats and parade participants celebrating the diversity of our city. This year’s city-sponsored event is sure to bring even more people and wowing to Puerto Vallarta.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is best known in New Orleans but celebrated in many cities around the world. Fat Tuesday refers to the day when many people eat fattening foods and stock up before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

CarnavalPV brings together gay, straight, light, dark, male, female, old, and young, all for a collective purpose, to get as many beaded necklaces as possible. Don’t miss the fun.

5-Level Split For Sale in Amapas, Puerto Vallarta

•  216.74 sqm , 3 bath , 1 half bath , 3 bdrm 5-level split FOR SALE  USD399,000 .
MLS® 12662

Villa Blanca PH, a newly remodeled, open-air penthouse located at the South end of Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica. With a two minute walk to the beach (1 block) and a few more minutes to some of the city’s best restaurants, clubs and entertainment, this is the best location money can buy. This luxurious penthouse is fully turn-key and boasts 3 en-suite bedrooms, plus powder bath, sleeps 6-7 people comfortably (2 Kings, 3 Twins — 7 is the maximum number allowed) and offers sweeping views of the bay and town. Although a car is not a necessity for this fantastic location, there is a 2-car deeded garage. Villa Blanca is gated and secure, has a common pool area and rooftop terrace with wonderful space for entertaining. Investors: This unit consistently brings in a 7% ROI!
From Zona Romántica: Take Rodolfo Gomez (La Piazetta Restaurant), it turns into Amapas at the end of the street. Pass Tropicana Hotel, it will be on the left. Villa Blanca looks like a tiered Piano.

Villa Blanca PH, un ático al aire libre recientemente remodelado ubicado en el extremo sur de la Zona Romántica de Puerto Vallarta. Con una caminata de dos minutos a la playa (1 cuadra) y algunos minutos más a algunos de los mejores restaurantes, clubes y lugares de entretenimiento de la ciudad, esta es la mejor ubicación que el dinero puede comprar. Este lujoso ático es completamente llave en mano y cuenta con 3 habitaciones con baño, además de baño de polvo, para 6 personas cómodamente (2 Reyes, 3 gemelos – 7 es el número máximo permitido) y ofrece vistas panorámicas de la bahía y la ciudad . Aunque un auto no es una necesidad para esta fantástica ubicación, hay un garaje escriturado para 2 autos. Villa Blanca es cerrada y segura, tiene una zona de piscina común y una terraza en la azotea con un espacio maravilloso para el entretenimiento. Inversores: ¡Esta unidad genera consistentemente un ROI del 7%!
Desde Zona Romantica: Tome Rodolfo Gomez (Restaurante La Piazetta), se convierte en Amapas al final de la calle. Pase Tropicana Hotel, estará a la izquierda. Villa Blanca parece un Piano escalonado.

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Road Trip North and South Puerto Vallarta: History, Flavors and Landscapes

Road Trip North and South Puerto Vallarta: History, Flavors and Landscapes


Responsible Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

Responsible Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

As every December, the Humpback Whales arrive in Puerto Vallarta with a unique show that has the beaches as its main stage.

It is December and it is the time of sighting of the humpback whales. It will be until next March 23, when tourists and inhabitants enjoy the presence of these mammals of more than 30 tons each year arriving in the warm waters of the port of Jalisco.

Throughout the year the arrival of more than two thousand whales in Bahia de Banderas has been registered, and it is possible to make two tours: Whale Watching and Whale Photography, these can be done through Wildlife Connection, a responsible company that has federal permission from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

The outings for both are very early and it is recommended to hire them in January and February as there will be more chances to be able to meet the whales that will give a fantastic show with jumps and flutters that can be seen just a few meters away from the boat, tours last approximately four and a half hours.

The encounter is impressive and emotional because although it is considered one of the largest mammals, it is an extremely intelligent, sensitive and highly mobile cetacean, since one of its characteristics is to perform great acrobatic jumps.

So you know, one option for this year-end vacation is without a doubt, Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta.

Single Story For Sale in Ixtapa

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•  70 sqm , 1 bath , 1 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD62,000 .
MLS® 12572

One-story house with home to build second floor. Large patio with a deep water well. Garage for 1 car. Built in brick and concrete material.
Directions: Enter the main street to the town of Ixtapa, Calle Independencia and you will find the street that crosses called Calle Mexico, to the left until you find number 586.

Casa de una planta con inicio para construir segunda planta. Patio amplio con un pozo de agua profunda. Cochera para 1 auto. Construida en material de ladrillo y concreto.
Directions: Entrar por calle principal al poblado de Ixtapa, Calle independencia y encontrara la calle que cruza llamada Calle Mexico, hacia la izquierda hasta encontrar numero 586.

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