Acapulco November 2011

While the rest of the world might be fearing Mexico and especially Acapulco, I set out for Acapulco without trepidation because # 1 – I was not in the least worried about all the media hype about crime there and # 2 – I had to see what I thought would be an amazing new property on the scene – Banyan Tree Cabo Marques! I caught a glimpse of it in print when I was at their sister property in the Riviera Maya (just south of Cancun – Banyan Tree Mayakoba which is INCREDIBLY COOL so of course I would want to see what else Banyan Tree had up their sleeves and so close to LA) and # 3 – I had to go so you will know!

First of all let’s step back in time a little bit to the days of Hollywood and realize Acapulco was THE place to be and be seen! Movie Stars and Starlets jetted down to Acapulco and ran around in convertibles, having martinis and margaritas all day long and partied above the bay and among the shining lights of the city all night long! This sort of Jet Setting “play” went on from the 40’s/50’s/60’s/70’s and so on till recently when the underworld of Mexico decided to sabotage this play ground with bad behavior. And that was a shame because they have hurt Acapulco and so has the media to drive the nail into the coffin.

So here I am at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques and I think I’ve somehow been transported in lighting speed to Thailand. I’m greeted at the airport by a most amazingly warm staff and whisked away in a sleek new 4 x 4 and taken to my secret hideaway.

I’m then golf carted high atop the mountain on property to my little slice of heaven – Villa # 607. Infinity edge pool which seems to virtually fall into the blue pacific. Every room amenity is tastefully planned out. The furnishing and décor are modern yet comfortable and all positioned with spectacular panoramic views of the ocean.

Night one, I am invited to participate in a mojito making class at Banyan Tree and once again I’m reminded “I love my job”!

Dinner on property fantastic at my favorite spot – Saffron! THE most delicious Thai food I’ve been lucky enough to have!

Day tripping off property leads me to the private yacht club nearby which has an agreement to accommodate Banyan Tree guests where I’m ushered onto a lovely vessel and taken to see the cliff divers by sea access! Amazing!

Stay tuned as Planet Kelli takes you to more exciting places for an up close and personal view!


  1. They are still doing it … but quietly.

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