Just about everyone has heard of Elizabeth Taylor, the late and great actress, and if you have, you may not have known that she actually fell in love while in Puerto Vallarta, and she also lived here for several years. Elizabeth Taylor was in Puerto Vallarta in the 1960’s filming a movie, which was called The Night of the Iguana. During the time that she was filming the movie, the local people won her heart. The natural beauty that Puerto Vallarta is known for prompted her to decide to live in a home in the neighborhood of Gringo Gulch of Puerto Vallarta. This home that she inhabited has been restored into an unique boutique hotel and a 5-star restaurant. You can see how Elizabeth lived if you stay or dine at the former home when you are in Puerto Vallarta. Would you like to know more about the beautiful Casa Kimberly? Would you like to visit Elizabeth Taylor’s Casa Kimberly in PV? If you would, then continue to read below to learn how.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Casa Kimberly History
During 1962, a romantic love story developed at the Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta between Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton. They arrived to Puerto Vallarta to start filming the iconic John Huston’s movie The Night of the Iguana. The two actually met just a couple years before when they worked together filming the movie Cleopatra. Even though Taylor and Burton were already married to other people, they started an amazing romance and passionate affair. Burton lived directly across the street from where Taylor was staying (Casa Kimberly house). They decided to have a second story bridge that was built above the street, so the two houses would be connected to one another. This was an excellent way that the two could have their privacy and stay away from the paparazzi’s prying eyes. Not long after, Burton bought the Casa Kimberly and he gave it to Taylor for her thirty-second birthday, which was in 1964. Burton and Taylor married, then they got a divorce, and this happened twice between the two. Their passionate love story is how Puerto Vallarta began to become so popular for vacationers.
Casa Kimberly House is Now a Boutique Hotel
Elizabeth Taylor’s former house now functions as an amazing and beautiful boutique hotel and a restaurant that is open air. Burton and Taylor’s homes were combined, and there are nine luxury suites, a refreshing pool, and a spa on site. The bridge that was built between the two homes is called the Puente Del Amor, or the Bridge of Love for obvious reasons, and today visitors can walk across the charming bridge just as Taylor and Burton did several decades ago. One of the suites at the boutique hotel has a tub that is pink marble and it is shaped in a heart, which Taylor personally had commissioned. All of the suites at the hotel have been designed individually, and they each have beautiful antiques in them along with stunning crystal chandeliers, hand painted tiles, and each of the bathrooms are elegant. Each of the suites also comes with a private patio and their own personal Jacuzzi. A wonderful pool is located on the property so the guests can go for a dip in the pool while they enjoy the ocean and city views of Puerto Vallarta. Guests can be pampered just like Taylor did with an on-site Spa that provides personalized treatments.
Casa Kimberly’s Iguana Restaurant
The Iguana Restaurant is an upscale restaurant that you won’t want to miss when you are in Puerto Vallarta. The Iguana Restaurant has a variety of seating options, and the patio area is open air so visitors can enjoy their meal and the great Puerto Vallarta weather at the same time. Make sure to try some local tequila at the tequila bar that is also on-site. Six nights a week during the peak season, visitors can enjoy mariachi bands that sound great. They create a lively and energetic ambiance while visitors enjoy their meals. Executive Chef Eduardo Michaga Lucero provides traditional Mexican dishes, but with an added twist as the menu is a bit unique, and everything is delicious. The chef makes it a point to only use fresh and local ingredients and the tequila bar provides local tequilas from the Jalisco area. The Puerto Vallarta’s skyline, the Banderas Bay, and the Sierra Madre Mountains make for the best views while you enjoy your time at the Iguana Restaurant.
If you will be visiting Puerto Vallarta in the future, you should make sure that you visit Elizabeth Taylor’s Casa Kimberly in PV. You will see how Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton lived. You can step back in time and be treated like royalty at Casa Kimberly in Puerto Vallarta.