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majestic mexico Playa Viva.
servation International’s Verde Ventures fund, Playa Viva is adding three new eco casitas. These casi- tas will retain the current style of open-air cabanas— powered by off-grid solar and utilizing a waste-water- management system. The new casitas will
Viva La Playa!
Playa Viva brings sustainable luxury living to the western coast of Mexico. By Melissa Gillespie
Combining simple elegance with natural beauty and a commitment to improving the environment, Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel located on the western coast of Mexico. Nestled between the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains near the village of Juluchuca, Playa Viva is situated on a mile of private beach. Guests will soon be able to enjoy the
rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico from the comfort of Playa Viva’s new eco casitas. As part of a funding partnership with Con-
have 350 square feet of indoor living space, plus an extra 150 square feet in ter- race space. Each eco casita has one bedroom and a pri- vate bathroom with floor- to-ceiling sliding doors that open up to unobstructed ocean views. The accom- modations will be built with sustainably harvested local “bocote” and palm timber, and finished with
granite sinks from Cuernavaca, handmade brass fittings from San Miguel de Allende, copper light fixtures from Santa Clara del Cobre, and other locally sourced fixtures and design elements. Playa Viva’s nearly 200 acres includes an
estuary, an Aztec archeological site, a turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem, which supports an array of stun- ning wildlife. The new casitas are scheduled for completion in October 2011. Existing all-inclusive accommodations range from $195-795 per night. playaviva.com.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton World- wide’s global luxury brand, will raise its flag on the island of North Bimini, Bahamas, in 2013. Heralded for its flats fishing and often referred to as the “Gate- way to the Bahamas,” the island of Bimini of- fers travelers and boat- ers a luxury vacation
Conrad Bimini Resort & Casino.
The Niantic Boardwalk at Seaside Village.
Seaside Village is a growing community of beautifully crafted townhomes and condominium flats in Niantic, Connecticut. Construction has begun on first-floor master townhome residences, which are available for pre-sale now. The three- bedroom residences include vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. The vibrant community of Niantic is lined with cozy shops, high-quality restaurants, and a community boardwalk, all within walking distance of Seaside Village. Residents enjoy a charming, small-town way of life with every convenience within reach. The development anticipates a fall 2011 opening with prices ranging from $184,900 to $415,000. seasideniantic.com.
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experience just 48 miles off the coast of South Florida. The Conrad Bimini Resort & Casino will be part of the exist- ing seaside village, Bimini Bay Resort. The planned hotel will offer 250 luxurious guest rooms, 160 residences, several fine restaurants, an elegant marina, a spa, and a casino. biminiresort.com.
Playa Viva rendering, Lewis Architects