Beach + Island

Escaping Winter

by Cathay Che

PUERTO VALLARTA VICE
Your lost weekend begins on the stunning private beach of Hotelito Desconocido, owned Marcelo Murzilli, a Formula 1 driver turned fashion designer turned hotelier. With gauzy canopied beds, open-air showers, and private rowboats, the romance is almost palpable—especially after sunset, when the solar-powered resort is illuminated mostly by candlelight and stars. Return to civilization by calling a cab (he'll be your personal driver for about $30 an hour) and stealing away to downtown PV. You'll find unique hybrid restaurants, such as "French-xican" Café Des Artistes (for dessert, don't miss the Moctezuma chocolate fondant with gold leaf and nutmeg ice cream) and Pan-Latin Boca Bento (try the lemongrass lobster with jicama and cilantro). Both places have extensive selections of fine, aged tequilas. That'll get you primed for the late-night festivities. First stop: Citrus, the mod lounge inside the Hotel del Sol, favored by hip expats. Last stop: A rooftop bed at the newly renovated de Santos restaurant, open until 4:00 a.m. and frequented by locals and tourists alike. Since it will already be morning, you'll be right on time for your private deep-sea fishing excursion into "tuna alley." Charter Dreams provides ice and tackle on Anticipation, a 38-foot Bertram Sport fisher, but you'll need some stamina to reel in that eight-foot sailfish. Otra tequila, por favor!

Hotelito Desconocido
Tel: 800 851 1143
Tel: 52 322 281 4010
Fax: 52 322 281 4130
hotelito@hotelito.com

Café Des Artistes
Tel: 52 322 222 3228

Boca Bento
Tel: 52 322 222 9108

Citrus
Tel: 52 322 293 6381

de Santos
Tel: 52 322 223 3052

Charter Dreams
Tel and Fax: 52 322 221 2522
Tel: 210 587 7952

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