LOCATION: Mexico

A Playa Del Carmen Boutique Beach Hotel Perfect for Intimate Gatherings
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 9324
VENUE:
Hotel La Semilla
LOCATION:
Culiacán Rosales, Sinaloa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Mexican Heritage Rough Luxe
Magnificent Mayan
REPORTER: Katie David Bush
A Playa Del Carmen Boutique Beach Hotel Perfect for Intimate Gatherings
A Playa Del Carmen Boutique Beach Hotel Perfect for Intimate Gatherings
A Playa Del Carmen Boutique Beach Hotel Perfect for Intimate Gatherings

The Report

It is said “fate loves the fearless” and if that is so than it is never more true than for the owners of Hotel La Semilla in Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Alexis Schärer and Angie Rodriguez. Adventurous of spirit and authentic of heart, they met by chance if one believes in coincidence. In theory it sounds like good old-fashioned romantic cinema —a wayfaring, globetrotting couple who start working at The Plaza Athenee Hotel on the same day, become fast friends and discover they both want to open their own hotel.

One might say both Angie and Alexis were headed for hospitality if one believes in such things being destined or fated. In Alexis Schärer’s case, he grew up in the hotels his father ran and later the same career choice took him to London, Mallorca, and St. Moritz, amongst others. Mexican-born Angie Rodriguez studied hotel management too but also tried her hand at photography, jewelry design, and painting. With their combined sensibilities and experience a passion project unpetaled and bloomed into Hotel La Semilla, very fittingly, Spanish for “seed.”

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Hotel La Semilla is just over a mile from Playa del Carmen’s ADO International Bus Station, and about an hour’s drive from Cancún International Airport (CUN).

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Style for Your Venue Setting Challenge : Colorful Fiesta
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 6184
VENUE:
Style for Your Setting: Fiesta
LOCATION:
California & Mexico
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Private Dining / Restaurant
Colorful Fiesta!
Cantina to Hacienda
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

We love a good challenge here at The Venue Report, and the team at Be Inspired PR certainly delivered! They asked us to take their favorite fiesta fête pics and find a venue that would be the perfect match for the decor in the photo. We paired each image with the venue that we thought would be an ideal setting.

 

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Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 5665
VENUE:
Hacienda Sac Chich, cas de maquanis
LOCATION:
Tekoh, Yucatán
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Modern Maraca & Mariachis
Historic Yucatan
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal
Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal
Hacienda Sac Chich + Casa Sisal

The Report

When we were contacted by Howard about his lovely property in the Yucatán we were thrilled, not only by his stunning venue but also because of his excited nature and gracious demeanor throughout our correspondence. We quickly learned about his glittering getaway and venue space, Hacienda Sac Chich. Maracas and Mariachi bands here we come!

Tucked away on the lush grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich lies Casa de Maquinas, comprised of 3 limestone buildings, a water tower and a stately, 85ft chimney. Surrounded on all sides by the exotic greenery of local Mayan Palms belies the antiquity of the building's history dating back to 1850. Sprinkled throughout the Hacienda there is evidence of the property's utilitarian past. Within Casa Nueva lie iron wheels and massive, exposed beams juxtaposed with the sunken modernity of the master suite's settee and refreshing plunge pool. Moving through more of the venue brings one to the open-air living room and dining room called the Loggia, surrounded by reflective lily ponds. With closed eyes one can imagine the spectacular revelry good wine and music would bring and overtake the senses, one at a time. Climb the dramatic spiral staircase to the rooftop lounge and star-gazing platform. As the sun slips past the horizon and the night becomes tender in it's soft embrace nothing in the world could possibly seem as important as drinking in that view.

Continuing our exploration through a seashell mosaic tunnel (worth the visit just to say you walked through a seashell mosaic tunnel) one arrives at the 40-foot pool, a shimmering refuge from the glorious Yucatan heat. A steel and bamboo pergola and playita of shallow water lie beneath a sweetly suspended hammock begging for an afternoon siesta. Beyond the pool lies a bocce court for impromptu competitions and much-needed leg stretching in the cool of the evening sky.

Casa Sisal is the third building in the Hacienda Sac Chich, Casa de Maquinas trifecta. Want a little more privacy from the rest of your guests? It's surrounded by more lily ponds as well as 2 acres of henequen drying fields and enclosed by 10-foot walls creating its own private, delicious world. Walk out of the living area and you'll find a 3-sided Infinity pool (yes, another one!), palapa and patio. High entryways and ceilings add to the grand feeling of open space and heighten the drama. As special and relaxing as the property is at night, 175 outdoor architectural lights coupled with the star-gazing platform make this property truly sing at night.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Sac Chich is usually reached in two ways: 1. Direct to Merida from Houston, Atlanta, Miami or Mexico City  2. To Cancun direct from many cities, then car rental to Merida (approximately 3 hours driving time)

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Grupo La Villa del Valle : Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 4814
VENUE:
Grupo La Villa del Valle
LOCATION:
Ensenada, Mexico
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Tuscan-Bohemian Baja
Vineyard, Lavender, Garden
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Grupo La Villa del Valle : Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Grupo La Villa del Valle : Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Grupo La Villa del Valle : Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

The Report

This venue is VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondent Harmony Loves has personally visited this venue. To continue our week of Mexico venues we now take you to Baja California, Mexico. According to us reporters, there can never be enough Frida Kahlo, Otomi prints, piñatas or Papel Picado. We are giant fans of Mexican art and handicrafts around here.

Venue correspondent Harmony Loves shares a similar affection for the Mexican culture and also resides in Mexico part time. She recently trekked down to the middle of the Guadalupe Valley to visit award winning Boutique Country Inn, La Villa del Valle. The scenic drive through the Mexican wine country is brimming with plump ripe grapes. The property consists of the Inn that was voted one of the most romantic, an award winning restaurant, and a winery. Perched on a hilltop in the heart of Mexican wine country, this is a secluded sanctuary with commanding panoramic views of vineyards, olive groves, rows of fragrant lavender and mountains.

Location. Wine lovers rejoice because this is Mexico's version of Napa Valley and one of the top hotspots for wine tasting. Along Route 3 in the Guadalupe Valley, Baja now has its own wine route. The quality of wine is delicious and is steadily building a BIG buzz within the wine community (pun intended). No longer just the stomping grounds of Tequilas and Tecates, the ideal climate for wine production is causing a stir and wine connoisseurs from around the world are coming to come sip, savor and socialize here.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE: Only 1 1/2 hours away from San Diego, CA. You can easily get here from both the Tijuana and Tecate border crossings. You will have a scenic drive including views of the Pacific coastline. Bring money as there are a few paid tolls along the way.

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Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros : Ensenada, Mexico
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 4701
VENUE:
Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros
LOCATION:
Ensenada, Mexico
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Camping / Glamping
Eco Glamping
Vineyards, Ocean, Desert
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros : Ensenada, Mexico
Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros : Ensenada, Mexico
Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros : Ensenada, Mexico

The Report

This venue is VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondent Harmony Loves has personally visited this venue.

As we drove up the winding dirt road spotted with exotic desert vegetation, we were in awe of the vast variety of scenic beauty leading up to this spectacular hotel that perfectly fuzes luxury with landscape. If you are planning a getaway or event but cannot decide between a vineyard, ocean, orchard or desert setting, fear not. You can have it all here. Whether you are in search of a lazy, breezy vibe or something more adventurous, you will love Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros. The cabanas are both comfy and luxe for relaxation, but you can also partake in wine tasting, skydiving, off-roading, scuba-diving, fishing, golfing, shopping and more.

Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros is a settlement of 12 luxury tents  nestled within vineyards and mountains overlooking the sea. This spectacular location has majestic scenery including desert landscape, sprawling ocean, olive orchards, flora, fauna and wildlife. Although the atmosphere is rural, it is chock full of cosmopolitan features; a spa, swimming pool, restaurant, air conditioning, mini bar, fireplaces, and luxury beds.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: The closest airport its at Tijuana B.C; from here you can get a bus to Ensenada, or the hotel can pick you up at the airport. Cuatrocuatros is located in the city of Ensenada, Baja California, in front of the el Tigre area, just 13 km away from Ensenada port in the Pacific Ocean. About 2 hours drive from San Diego, and less than that from Tijuana and only 30km from Valle de Guadalupe.

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