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Last month we attended the grand opening of the new Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. The 452-room all-inclusive resort is the Spanish brand's first property on Mexico's Pacific coast and features 120 oceanfront junior suites, 18 adult-only Spa Rooms, two Presidential Suites, two pools and a spa. Guests also have preferred access to the nearby Greg Norman-designed course at the Litibu Golf Club
What really caught our eye, though, was the pieces of Huichol art displayed throughout the hotel, in rooms and public space. Huichol art is a traditional folk art form by the native Huichol people who live in Nayarit and Jalisco made with intricate designs, vibrant colors and sacred symbols to express deeply held spiritual beliefs.
Like this jaguar head in the lobby (pictured above), which has three million beads in it and it was made by one family -- grandparents, parents and children -- and took about three months to make. For Huichol Shamans, the jaguar is a power animal, considered messengers of the god of fire, Tatewari.
Finally, there's someone who can put the sexual innuendo back into "stimulus package". The Iberostar hotel group has put together an Iberostar Stimulus Package for three of its properties around the Caribbean, and there's not a hint of economic salvation in it--it's all about the love.
Valid at three resorts--the Grand Hotel Paraiso in Mexico (above), and the new Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and the Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Jamaica--this stimulus package features chocolate-covered strawberries, flowers, champagne, a romantic dinner and breakfast in bed, all of which sound a whole lot more appealing than, well, the other kind of stimulus.
These hotels are all part of Iberostar's "Grand Collection" of adults-only hotels with spas and personal concierge services so treating your other half to something a bit luxurious and romantic should be easy--and a little less expensive than normal. The Stimulus Package includes $150 resort credit for all the incidentals of the luxury life, while packages for multi-day stays can get as low as $100 a night.