Page 1

Bello

The Walking Dead’s

#144

CHRISTIAN SERRATOS


Bello PUBLISHER IMAGE NATION STUDIO L.L.C. California, USA editorial@bellomag.com ADVERTISING advertising@bellomag.com Aleksandar Tomovic (editor in chief) alek@bellomag.com Stephane Marquet (creative director) steph@bellomag.com Leslie Alejandro (executive director) leslie@bellomag.com Dio Anthony (entertainment editor) dio@bellomag.com Warren Alfie Baker (fashion director) warren@bellomag.com Nicole Walmsley (beauty editor) nicole@bellomag.com Dee Trillo (senior lifestyle and travel editor) dee@bellomag.com Michelle Ganney (associate entertainment editor) michelle@bellomag.com Fabio Fernandez (fashion news director) fabio@bellomag.com Kimmy Erin Kertes (fashion editor-at-large) kimmy@bellomag.com Hiko Mitsuzuka (entertainment editor-at-large) hiko@bellomag.com Steven Carver (international editor) steven@bellomag.com Brent Lambert (design and technology editor) brent@bellomag.com Jon Norris (european editor) jon@bellomag.com Mark Norris (european editor) mark@bellomag.com

LAYOUT NEBOJSA DOLOVACKI CONTRIBUTING WRITERS DEE TRILLO (Travel) STEVEN CARVER (Travel) CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS COVER STORY: SOSA + ART JAMIE MANN

02.14.l7

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

2


CO NTEN TS

04

Editor’s Note

05

TB Moment of the Week

6-11

A Renaissance of the American Riviera

12-19 The Restorative Resort

20-31

Cover Story: Christian Serratos

32-43

Fashion: Catch Me If You Can

44-49

Venture To Cabo San Lucas

50-57 Escape To BadenWurttemberg

58-62

February 3

2017

Travel Guide: Guadalajara

62

Back Cover

March 2017 - BELLO


EDITOR’S

note,

FEBRUARY, 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! We love this day because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. However, we must remember any day is a great day to tell the people around us that we care about them. This week we have compiled a wonderful Travel Issue to highlight some of our Top Destinations To Visit in 2017. We hope that you enjoy reading through these pages and let them transport you to these amazing places. At BELLO Mag we believe traveling allows us to experience and learn about other cultures, and that is why we consider it one of the best gifts to share with loved ones. Send us your travel images with #BELLOMag and @ BELLOMag Love Always,

Dee Trillo

Senior Travel and Lifestyle Editor @HauteFrugalista and Dee@BELLOMag.com

ISSUE#144

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

4


tbMOMENT

of THE WEEK

BTS of The Cover Shoot of Beau Mirchoff for the May 2016 Issue Photos by Maarten de Boer for BELLO Mag

5

March 2017 - BELLO


“A renaissance of the American Riviera” BY: STEVEN CARVER

Metropolises must change with the times. The needs of its residents outweigh the wants of the council.  With a city like Miami, it’s an evolution: from the revival of the art deco architecture of the 1980’s, to the youth-centric club-hopping hub of the 2000’s.  And the South Beach neighborhood has been reinventing itself as a destination for travelers.  The American Riviera is undergoing a renaissance and so are its hotels.

Situated in Miami’s South Beach, 1 Hotel & Homes encourages travelers to live well, do better, and connect with the world around them. With interiors by New York design firm Meyer Davis Studio, 1HH features high-end design with low-impact materials.  The architecture, décor and landscaping create #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

spaces that bring the effortless beauty of nature indoors. When first approaching the hotel, visitors are welcomed with 3,000 feet of a living wall. The verdant foliage adds a bright punch of color on an otherwise pristine white building.  After driving

through the portico, guests are gently ushered into the soaring lobby and everything slows down a beat. To the immediate right is a graphic, breathing living wall from Plant the Future of a “moss man” that reaches towards the ceiling.  A green initiative, 6


this design element is a part of over 20,000 plants and forms of greenery that placed throughout the property to enhance air quality – naturally – while beautifying the environment. The lounge is situated to the left, featuring ceilings made of reclaimed wood from water towers in Alaska, white slip-covered seating, accent pieces crafted of fallen trees from South American rainforests, and rugs woven of tree

resin or sheep’s wool (that’s brushed regularly, with remnants reused elsewhere). Open and airy, the aesthetic is pure South Beach. Taking a few steps towards the checkin area, the suede-like flooring appears to be concrete but is actually made of clay and water (if there’s a scratch or a crack, a craftsman comes in, buffs the spot and it’s just like new).  Solicitous staff awaits guests behind desks (with

driftwood details) and pass on circular key cards made of recycled wood chips after a quick registration. The digitized elevators make it a quick ride to the respective floors. With 426 rooms, averaging average 700 square feet (the largest in South Beach), the aesthetic is fresh, yet rustic.  Awash in tones of white, cream and taupe, beds are built on reclaimed white oak platforms with headboards made of Colorado beetle kill wood (the developers bought the rainforest of dying trees and replanted it).  Custom hemp-blend mattresses by Keetsa (wrapped in 100 per cent organic and hypoallergenic linens) ensure a good night sleep, while wrap-around daybed couches backed by cushioned oversized pillows can fit 10 people in comfort. Complimenting the natural aspects of each room are electronic creature comforts.  From flat screen TVs to complimentary WiFi and plugs for digital devices, there’s also industry-leading technology that encourages real-time communication with a slick “Field

7

March 2017 - BELLO


Miami’s skyline create a desire to head outside. The four pools – three off the third floor, one on the rooftop – aren’t just for bikini-clad bodies. Pick and choose between the two primary pools, the largest solar powered pool in the world a few steps below, or the largest rooftop pool in South Beach; all heated to a perfect 82 degrees.  The open-air environment is an expanse of white terrycloth and whitewashed woods (the Ipe wood from the property’s original boardwalk is used to cover the redesigned pool deck), rows of loungers and umbrellas, swaying palms and private cabanas.  Not a fan of pools?  1HH has the Guide” app that eliminates the need for in-room phones, remote controls, or excess paper. The spa-like bathrooms are lush and luxurious: natural stone floors; spacious showers; custom-created 1HH bath and body products; water filters in all taps, sinks, and showers (not to mention complimentary reusable recycled water glasses to use with the Triple Clear Water in-room water tap). With interiors being a refuge for relaxation, unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay or downtown

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

8


only private beach in the district as well as access to 600 linear feet of pristine sand and surf. With activations occurring throughout the day, 1HH’s aim is to give guests more meaningful experiences during their stay. A series of curated “Daylife” programs (“Seedlings” for kids, holistic ones for the kid at heart) and a collection of rituals is designed to cultivate positive connections with nature, the community, and the local environment.  Downtime activities – “Dark Sky” dims the lights in public spaces for a candlelit evening, visiting social-media friendly DJs play throughout the year, and a variety of in-room spa services – will keep everyone entertained. When food is the first priority, 1HH has several unique dining venues.  Organic signature hotel restaurant (Beachcraft), lobby lounge bar (Tom on Collins), and poolside restaurant (The Sandbox) from James Beard Award-winning chef, Tom Colicchio focus on fresh ingredients (all herbs are grown on site), seasonality and responsible sourcing 9

March 2017 - BELLO


from local purveyors. Desire a view?  There’s Watr on the rooftop.  Craving a carnivore’s delight?  Try STK by the One Group.  No desire to leave bed?  The in-room dining options are available 24 hours a day. And while many visit 1HH for a short sojourn, there are those who are looking to stay a little longer.  The residences seamlessly translate the sensory experience of South Beach into spaces that exude grace and harmony.  A private entrance lobby takes residents to the penthouse floors, adding to their exclusivity.  Available in two-to-four bedroom layouts, they feature interiors designed by Debora Aguiar Arquitetos that are inspired by the coastal setting.  Large windows and private balconies with views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Miami skyline blur the lines between inside and out.  High ceilings add to the airiness, while immaculate finishes – limestone, teak, travertine and white #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

10


quartz – line the spaces. Custom kitchens from Italkraft (with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances) and spa-like bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain/waterfall showerheads from Dornbracht will be used frequently. Access to many of the facilities of 1HH – a 24-hour concierge, valet parking, use of the Tesla house car service (with a pre-set radius), in-residence massage, spa and fitness services (including personal training), amongst others – is included, and full turnkey operation (the residences are equipped with everything a new homeowner needs, from dishes to linens) makes moving in a breeze. With all of this on offer, why ever leave?  This is the reason why it’s the only 1 Hotel in South Beach.

11

March 2017 - BELLO


“The restorative resort”

BY: STEVEN CARVER

In today’s society, personal information inevitably becomes public; on purpose or by accident. But, privacy is a form of protection – mind, body and soul.  In all actualities, many want to go away, find some peace, and get some much needed R&R; it’s not just overexposed celebrities.  How to leave it all behind without sacrificing one’s spirit?  It’s not a secret, but it can be a resort. Hidden in a small village of Playa Xcalacoco (pronounced esh-CAHL-ah-CO-co, which in the Mayan tongue means “twin coconut palms”), the Viceroy Riviera Maya is a serene seaside refuge extending deep into the primitive Maya tropical forest. The secluded, six-acre resort located on the Caribbean

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula combines luxury comforts with a dramatic backdrop and provides unforgettable experiences to everyone who visits. After driving down winding back roads, guests are welcomed to the hotel. There is no front

door to walk through, no threshold to cross – it’s completely open to the outdoors. Under the high ceilings of a thatched roof, native wood finishes, tropical foliage and bubbling fountain, awaiting staff greets each visitor. After a speedy sign-in, bags are whisked away and the tour of the resort commences.

12


To start, a traditional Mayan blessing is performed by the shaman-in-residence for all arriving guests. He dispels negative forces and introduces positive energy in a simple ceremony, while burning purifying copal (an aromatic tree resin) incense and reciting the Mayan phrase, “Ah yum hunab ku evam maya ema ho” (translated as “The peace and nature of the cosmos will be in all of us”). The only full-time shaman on staff at a resort in Mexico, he interacts directly and indirectly with guests (using his deep knowledge of the region’s plant life), infusing Mayan elements into the resort’s daily activities. Walking around the curves of the main pathway, passing by the occasional waterfall and intimate seating space, guests stroll by 41 private villas scattered throughout the property. The hidden entrances soon give way to spacious outdoor sitting areas with chaise lounges and a daybed (covered with a variety of pillows), handmade crochet hammock and a plunge pool – all amongst the beauty of nature. Whether reserving a villa with a secluded, beach front or ocean view, the palapa-roofed dwellings are decorated in neutral tones –

13

March 2017 - BELLO


and an occasional splash of aqua – with Mayan motifs. A large canopy bed takes center stage, soft-seated furnishings are placed around the perimeter, vaulted ceilings add to an air of lightness, and the natural materials (louvered-mahogany doors and windows, stone floors, hand-stitched 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens) add to the holistic properties of the resort.

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

14


The fully-equipped spa bathroom contains modern conveniences, fluffy towels, linen robes, natural light, an outdoor shower that is meant to be experienced at any time of the day, and a soap concierge delivers fragrant bars that are handmade using ancient Mayan traditions. Standard amenities include: an entertainment center with a flat-panel HD-TV and satellite television, a DVD/CD player (with new releases), a selection of books (which also includes the Viceroy’s daily paper), complimentary Wi-Fi, and an evening turndown that leaves the bed opened, air condi-

tioning turned on and shutters closed for the

A stroll towards the beach leads to the La-

night. If there’s anything else that’s needed,

goon Pool and sundeck – situated to re-

the majordomo service can arrange it.

ceive sunshine all day, while the moonlight reflects back at itself in its waters at night

15

While leaving the comfort of the private vil-

– with food and beverage service. And set

la, don’t be surprised to find the occasion-

along seven miles of beautiful white-sand is

al spider monkey dangling from the trees.

a beach that beckons those who preferred

Friendly and fun, they appreciate the occa-

to remain in their rooms. Spend hours relax-

sional piece of fruit and photograph. Smile

ing on lounge chairs, lay back in elevated,

for the camera!

four-poster day beds, or swim and snorkel

March 2017 - BELLO


in the turquoise waters of the ocean – enjoyment in its most natural state. Need extra pampering? The Spa at Viceroy Riviera Maya is nestled amongst the lush tropics at the center of the resort, and designed in a circular configuration (housing a domed steam room, marble whirlpool, showers, and his-and-her quiet areas for reflection) echoing the holistic philosophy of the Mayans. When booking an appointment, the unique and holistic treatments (the Hunan Kab massage is performed in a jungle rain cabana with herbal bouquets, nurturing compresses and wild honey water drops; the Kuxtal is

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

16


a Mayan Bath created for royalty that combines a steam room with intense exfoliation using ancient indigenous techniques and milk, honey from the on-site Melipona bees) are ingeniously efficacious – the spa utilizes traditional techniques combined with the latest technical innovations. An ideal option is to have the Wayak Ritual (an ancient Mayan massage) in the outdoors, late in the afternoon. The body-re-

17

aligning treatment uses a “manteada” blanket stretch while cleansing one’s physical energy with special herbs and oils, melting away the tension. As it leads into the evening, candles softly illuminate the space and all signs of stress are left behind. Looking for relaxation outside of the ocean? There’s a fitness center with yoga and Pilates classes, but the real treat is the Temazcal Ritual. Based on the Aztec term “calli”

March 2017 - BELLO


vacuum cooking), dishes like Black Paella are a twist on the Spanish classic and an Italian risotto prepared with a Yucatan cheese, sweet potatoes and corn are an epicurean’s delight. And the themed nights of Antojeria and Beach Parrillada feasts bring an authentic touch of Mexico to the table. Whether enjoying a meal at the La Marea restaurant which overlooks the grounds in a rooftop perch (the laid-back Library Lounge rests beneath it), the casual Coral Grill by the beach, a romantic dinner on the pier, or snacking en suite, the fresh and fabulous food doesn’t disappoint.

(meaning house) and “temas” (meaning vapor or steam), an experienced temazcalero orchestrates the 90-minute ceremony in a sweat lodge that includes chanting, meditation and the use of fresh medicinal herbs to help cleanse the mind, body and soul. At the end, participants depart with a sense of calmness, renewal, and energy restoration. Say ahhh. After the rest and relaxation, it’s time to grab a bite to eat. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jorge Ildefonso, traditional foods from his childhood in Mexico are re-imagined with local ingredients sourced from nearby suppliers. By applying novel techniques learned over the years (from pre-Hispanic concepts to novel ideas like #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

18


Not sure what to during those free moments? The concierge can coordinate an entertaining day. Have them arrange quick trips to nearby Tulum or Chichen-Itza, or plan an exciting time skydiving and parasailing. Even weddings have been organized with their special events team: with the sunset as a backdrop on the beach, candlelit by the swaying palms of the Lagoon Pool, nestled in a palapa in the jungle, or amongst the nature of the Xcalacoco Gardens – all are undeniably unforgettable. Before leaving, visit the La Tienda boutique to take a little something back home. Selling fashion accessories and one-of-a-kind silver jewelry inspired by Mexico’s culture (as well as museum-quality archaeological reproductions certified by the National Institute of Anthropology), each purchase is a memento of the time spent at the resort. They’ll act as a subtle reminder to return to the Viceroy Riviera Maya: the restorative resort.

19

March 2017 - BELLO


ELISABETTA FRANCHI DRESS WITH ANIMALIER EMBROIDERY AND PENCIL SKIRT WITH BELT WWW.ELISABETTAFRANCHI.COM JULIA CLANCEY CRYSTAL CUBE BELT WWW.JULIACLANCEY.COM ALEXIS BITTAR MAGNETIC DROP EARRING AT ALEXIS BITTAR WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

20


Christian Serratos Christian Serratos has been part of two of pop cultures biggest franchises, Twilight and The Walking Dead. The talented Californiaborn beauty sat down with BELLO to talk about her epic role on one of TV’s most addictive dramas and what she likes most about her badass character in the apocalyptic zombie world.

So the Walking Dead is back after a harrowing last season! What can you tease about this upcoming season? In the first half of season 7 we saw the aftermath of two huge loses. We saw the character we love become submissive for the first time. I’m really looking forward to the second half where hopefully we see them rise up with success. What would you say your three favorite qualities about Rosita Espinosa are? Persistence, bravery and mystery. How has Rosita evolved this season? Are there any changes to her personality that you noticeably recognize from reading the scripts? All these characters went through a life changing experience at the top of this season. It’s the lowest we have ever seen them. Losing two of her family members absolutely propelled her in a different direction. What’s interesting this season is seeing if that direction is going to get her killed or if it’s going to avenge her loved ones. 21

Hopefully it won’t come to this soon! But if your character were to be killed off, how would you want to go? Death on this show is inevitable. Kirkman gave Rosita an epic death in the comic book, he did that for every character. No wasted moments. So whatever twist or turn happens for her I’ll take it with bells on. You regularly post on Instagram and Twitter about your love for animals. You specifically posted recently about Project Chimps and your support for them. Can you tell me a little more about this? Project chimps is a brand new chimpanzee sanctuary in northern Georgia, which will eventually be home to 300 former laboratory chimps. I’ve been a supporter of the humane society of the United States for years and when I heard they had funded this beautiful project, I had to go see for myself! People can learn more, donate, and read about the chimps stories at www.projectchimps.org Have you always been passionate about animals? I’ve always loved ani-

mals and thought they should be treated with respect. Like a lot of people I was scared of information. I didn’t want to know what terrible things were happening right under my nose. To properly do my part and help in the way I wanted and needed to meant educating myself. Which is usually the hardest part.

BELLO BUZZ ROUND The Oscars or The Golden Globes? One of each please Twitter or Instagram? Instagram Comedy or Action? Comedy Summer or Fall? Fall TV shows or Movies? TV is always on in my house Romance or Thriller? Thriller Beach or Skiing? Beach

March 2017 - BELLO


BLUE BLOUSE HARPERS PRIVATE COLLECTION ALICE + OLIVIAÂ PLEATED PRINTED SATIN WIDE-LEG PANTS THANKS: HARPERS PR LOS ANGELES ALEXIS BITTAR AB X JEREMY SCOTT LARGE HOOP POST EARRING AND FACETED COCKTAIL RING AT ALEXIS BITTAR WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

22


SPIRITHOODS PURPLE FAUX FUR COAT AT WWW.SPIRITHOODS.COM BLUE BLOUSE HARPERS PRIVATE COLLECTION AT HARPERS PR LOS ANGELES RESHMA B CHAINS EMOJI SMILING FACE CHAIN AT WWW.RESHMABCHAINS.COM

23

March 2017 - BELLO


RAG & BONEÂ SILK JUMPSUIT RAG & BONE BOUTIQUES JULIA CLANCEY BELT AT WWW.JULIACLANCEY.COM ALEXIS BITTAR AB X JEREMY SCOTT ANGLED HOOP CLIP EARRING AT WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

24


ANTHONY FRANCO MAROON SUIT AT WWW.ANTHONYFRANCODESIGNS.COM SERGIO HUDSON BLACK AND GOLD PIN STRIPE SILK CHIFFON BLOUSE AT WWW.SERGIOHUDSON.COM CHARLES ALBERT GOLD ALCHEMIA CURB CHAIN NECKLACE AT WWW.CHARLESALBERT.COM JF LONDON GOLD OXFORD SHOES AT WWW.JFLONDON.NET

25

March 2017 - BELLO


ELIZABETTA FRANCHI MAXI JACKET WITH EMBROIDERY AT WWW.ELISABETTAFRANCHI.COM SERGIO HUDSON WHITE AND GOLD PIN STRIPE SILK CHIFFON BLOUSE AT WWW.SERGIOHUDSON.COM ART DEPT. CORSICA PANT AT WWW.ARTDEPTCLOTHING.COM CHARLES ALBERT GOLD ALCHEMIA CURB CHAIN NECKLACE AND GOLD TEXTURED RING AT WWW.CHARLESALBERT.COM ALEXIS BITTAR FRINGE EARRINGS, CRYSTAL ENCRUSTED DRAPING RING AND GOLD-LAYERED RING ALL AT ALEXIS BITTAR WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

26


ELISABETTA FRANCHI DRESS WITH ANIMALIER EMBROIDERY AND PENCIL SKIRT WITH BELT WWW.ELISABETTAFRANCHI.COM JULIA CLANCEY CRYSTAL CUBE BELT WWW.JULIACLANCEY.COM ALEXIS BITTAR MAGNETIC DROP EARRING AT ALEXIS BITTAR WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

27

March 2017 - BELLO


BLUE BLOUSE HARPERS PRIVATE COLLECTION ALICE + OLIVIAÂ PLEATED PRINTED SATIN WIDE-LEG PANTS THANKS: HARPERS PR LOS ANGELES ALEXIS BITTAR AB X JEREMY SCOTT LARGE HOOP POST EARRING AND FACETED COCKTAIL RING AT ALEXIS BITTAR WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

28


SPIRITHOODS PURPLE FAUX FUR COAT AT WWW.SPIRITHOODS.COM BLUE BLOUSE HARPERS PRIVATE COLLECTION AT HARPERS PR LOS ANGELES RESHMA B CHAINS EMOJI SMILING FACE CHAIN AT WWW.RESHMABCHAINS.COM DIOR SPIT GLASSES @ DAN DEUTSCH 3RD STREET WEST HOLLYWOOD

29

March 2017 - BELLO


ANTHONY FRANCO MAROON SUIT AT WWW.ANTHONYFRANCODESIGNS.COM SERGIO HUDSON BLACK AND GOLD PIN STRIPE SILK CHIFFON BLOUSE AT WWW.SERGIOHUDSON.COM CHARLES ALBERT GOLD ALCHEMIA CURB CHAIN NECKLACE AT WWW.CHARLESALBERT.COM JF LONDON GOLD OXFORD SHOES AT WWW.JFLONDON.NET DIOR SPIT GLASSES @ DAN DEUTSCH 3RD STREET WEST HOLLYWOOD

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

30


RAG & BONE SILK JUMPSUIT RAG & BONE BOUTIQUES JULIA CLANCEY BELT AT WWW.JULIACLANCEY.COM ALEXIS BITTAR AB X JEREMY SCOTT ANGLED HOOP CLIP EARRING AT WEST 3RD LOS ANGELES

Photography SOSA + ART Fashion Stylists LISA CERA AND TYLER J MCDANIEL, THE REX AGENCY Makeup NICOLE WALMSLEY • Hair SIENREE using LEONOR GREYL Photo Assistaint RENATO GONTIJO • Fashion Intern MONICA RAY 31

March 2017 - BELLO


Catch

Me If You Can PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMIE MANN (@jamie_mann) www.jamiemann.ca

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

32


JACKET GUCCI TURTLE NECK CLUB MONACO PANTS ZARA

33

March 2017 - BELLO


SHIRT & GLASSES DIOR COAT DIESEL

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

34


FAUX FUR JACKET NO NAME JEANS ZARA

35

March 2017 - BELLO


JACKET DSQUARED SWIM TRUNKS MARCUSE

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

36


37

March 2017 - BELLO


SWIM TRUNKS MARCUSE

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

38


DRESS SHIRT THE KOOPLES TIE CLUB MONACO

39

March 2017 - BELLO


#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

40


41

March 2017 - BELLO


JACKET DIESEL SHIRT DIOR SWIM TRUNKS MARCUSE

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

42


JACKET TOPSHOP

MODEL: TRISTAN REHWALD (@trityreh) MODEL AGENCY: MAVRICK AGENCY (@mavrickagency) STYLING: JAMIE MANN  43

March 2017 - BELLO


Venture To Cabo San Lucas, Mexico BY DEE TRILLO Senior Travel and Lifestyle Editor| @HauteFrugalista| Dee@BELLOMag.com

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

44


Cabo San Lucas is located on the southern tip of the peninsula of Baja California in Mexico. Surrounded by white sand beaches, colonial style architecture, and natural beauty, it is the perfect place to vacation and honeymoon on the west coast. These are few of the reasons why we have chosen it as a Top Destination To Visit in 2017. To experience it all there is no better place to begin your trip than Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar.

45

March 2017 - BELLO


Romance and Relaxing From the moment you walk in, the classic old Mexico style of the resort will make you feel welcomed and ready for an adventure. The open corridor leads you to the courtyard where stunning views of Sea of Cortez and Tortuga Beach will transport you to a different state of mind. It is one of the most serene places you can stay at. The privacy of the beach gives you ample room for long walks with your feet touching the cool sand, or a morning yoga session with the orange tones of the sun reflecting over the water. The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar hotel is laid out in a way that everyone can enjoy everything that it has to offer. From Deluxe Rooms to Suites, each accommodation features a view overlooking the water or gardens, and an in-room jacuzzi. This is one of the best treats as it gives you the chance to soak in and relax, or set it up to have a romantic time. One of the best things of the suites is that it has private bathroom areas and double sinks, making it easier for families to get ready in the morning, and be out and about in a heartbeat.

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

Then you can start working on your tan and lounge on a cabana listening to the movement of the palm trees, while sipping on a refreshing Michelada. The property features five magnificent pools with a distinct style and purpose. From a kids’ pool with waterslides and jets, to the gorgeous infinity pool strategically located on top of the beach. After a day of water sports or laying on the sun, I recommend a treatment at the Cactus Spa. The Chocolate Massage is my favorite because it merges relaxation techniques with the intoxicating aroma of cacao. A chocolate butter, specially made for the hotel, will leave your skin moisturized and smelling delicious. It is the perfect treat for couples looking to spend some pampering time together, or moms needed to distress from the everyday routine.

Dining and Drinking Begin your day with a delightful house made breakfast at Tomatoes Restaurant. Mediterranean inspired local cuisine features chilaquiles, assorted fresh fruits and pastries, all sort of cold cuts, and a made to order food bar for your cravings! At night head to Bar La

46


Suerte for a tequila sampling of some of the finest spirits from the region or to savor a cucumber jalapeùo margarita. Do not miss having a scrumptious dinner at 5 Star Diamond Award Winning De Cortez Grill and Restaurant. The dreamy ambience is ideal for a dinner for two on the patio with the pink colored skies over the water as the perfect backdrop. Fresh seafood is the star of this place. The Clam Bisque, Sea Bass Tiradito, Mushroom Risotto, and the Pacific Salmon are some of our top recommendations. At this hotel a night in can be just as fun as a night on the town, and their Market Night is a great example. Local food stations, a Mexican dessert bar, shops featuring hand rolled tobaccos, and live music take center stage at the hotel’s courtyard. The area is decorat47

March 2017 - BELLO


ed with twinkle lights, flowers, and displays of fresh vegetables to resemble a traditional Mexican market. $$$ www. SheratonHaciendaDelMar.com

Adventures and Architecture The famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas can easily be one of the natural wonders of the world. These rock formations in shape of an arch are also known as Land’s End because they used to be considered as the last point of connection between water and land. They are also the meeting spot between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. These majestic and mysterious caverns are home to coral reefs, sea lions, and unique sea creatures that can thrive in this preserved environment. The shape of the rocks has allowed for the creation of unique areas that have become small islands including Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach. Accessible only by boat, they have these names because of their distinct characteristics that resemble those of the relationships. The first one is calm and great for swimming and snorkeling, while the latter has a strong current that makes it more difficult to partake on water activities. #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

48


After a day snorkeling is time to soak on the sun and have a delicious meal at SUR Beach House By Bar Esquina. Located on Medano beach, this place is nothing short of spectacular. The stunning deck overlooking the Arch and ocean makes you feel as if you were on the Amalfi Coast, while the contemporary décor, highlighted by Asian inspired details, makes this waterfront property look extremely sophisticated.

Mi Mexico Magico, Bahia’s Jiromar and Maria Sabina were some of the shops were we found jewelry, clothes, and decorations in great quality at local prices.

different levels from full bodied to dium which is buttery and sweet. restaurant features a wine cellar private meeting room with vintage and décor.

meThe and LPs

Have a bite at Casa Don Rodrigo where aged cheeses are the specialty of this 100-year-old family business. The dishes are served with fresh nuts and prunes, and you can pick between

To Begin Your Trip to Cabo San Lucas and Booking Your Stay at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar, please visit www.SheratonHaciendaDelMar.com

The cuisine is an interesting fusion of Mexican, Peruvian and Asian dishes made only with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The Tuna Tiradito, Spicy tuna Roll, Tamarind Ice Cream, Ceviche, and Fish Tacos, were some of our favorite dishes. After lunch, have some drinks on the private cabanas while watching the sun set over the water and the light reflect in between the rocks. Truly unforgettable! $$ www.BahiaCabo.com Take a day trip to San Jose del Cabo and visit Plaza Mijares. Here you will find traditional Mexican architecture in the town square which includes the Church, City Hall, and many locally owned shops with some of the most traditional Mexican souvenirs and crafts. 49

March 2017 - BELLO


Escape to Sunny Baden-Württemberg, Germany BY DEE TRILLO Senior Travel and Lifestyle Editor| @HauteFrugalista| Dee@BELLOMag.com

Germany has some of the greatest landscapes and traditional landmarks in Western Europe. Oktoberfest, The Neuschwanstein Castle, and WWII related historic sites are few of the most wellknown tourist spots in the country. However, it does not mean they are the only ones.

N

estled in SouthWest Germany, the region of Baden-Württemberg has an impressive list of charming cities filled with architectural beauty, enchanting castles, and a fascinating his#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

tory that are sure to make you change any preconceptions about this country. These are some of the reasons that made us fall in love with Baden-Württemberg and choose it as a Top Destination To Visit in 2017!

Clocks and Cake in The Black Forest Known as The Sunny Side of Germany, Baden-Württemberg is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Home to The Black 50


Forest, designated as Germany’s largest nature park, surrounding lush green trees and long rivers make the scenery feel mysterious. The Hofgut Sternen, now associated with the Best Western chain, is the ideal place to stay in the area. This beautiful hotel has been the preferred venue for an extensive list of selected guests that include Austrian Princess Marie Antoinette on her way to Paris to marry King Louis XVI, French Emperor Napoleon III, and poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. The rustic exterior complements the nature around it and bring an aura of romanticism to the resort. Each suite has been upgraded to meet modern standards, however, the hotel has managed to maintain the integrity of its historic background.

Almost three pounds of freshly-made whipped cream go into the three layers of chocolate cake that make this indulging concoction. Mixed with homemade Kirsch- the specialty cherry liqueur from the region- and maraschino cherries, the final result is an exquisite and delicate piece of edible art. The Black Forest is also the birth place of The Waaguhr or Cuckoo Clock, and the hotel has some of the most detailed collections in the area. The process begins with wood from the area cut into pieces and left to dry before chiseling.

Once the clock is finished and painted, music or mechanic movements are added in order to make the piece tell a unique story. This tradition started in 1640 with a simple clock and a wooden-carved maiden that announced the start of the day by hitting a bell; then, in 1860, wine leaves and lines were added to keep track of the passing of trains making it more functional and visually interesting. Exploring the nearby areas will take you into a journey of culture, natural

A beautiful courtyard with native flowers and a fountain, welcome guests into the adjacent leisure and shopping areas. Here you will be able to learn more about handmade traditional crafts including glass blown art and cuckoo clocks, and how to make The Black Forest Gateau. Watching this cake been put together is like dipping into a room of fluffy clouds. 51

March 2017 - BELLO


#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

52


The Rothaus Brewery is another place that should be added into your itinerary. Established in 1791, the building has kept its old fashioned copper tanks and gardens. Here you will learn about how German beer is made and why their Pils Tannenzäpfle is considered one of the best in the world. Three interesting things that make it unique are: The Purity Law allows only water from the natural spring to be used in the making, the malt and yeast are locally sourced, and homegrown hopfen is what gives it the bitter and aromatic taste.

Chocolate and Cars in Stuttgart I have to admit that chocolate and sport cars are two of my favorite things, and the city of Stuttgart could easily be considered as a paradise for an aficionado of either of those. Described as a hybrid between modern technology and ancient architecture, this is a place

where you are able to fulfill every childhood’s dream and reminisce about history in a very entertaining way. The Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport & Messe effortlessly translates the eclectic vibe of the city. It is elegantly decorated, has an on-site fitness and spa center, and a chic bar/restaurant. In addition, it is conveniently located a few minutes from the airport; however, soundproof glass windows prevent the noise from being transferred into the suites, and instead allows you to fully enjoy their BOSE music system. The suites are spacious and extremely comfortable. They include a king sized bed, sofa bed, and a separate tub and shower. This is always a perk for frequent travelers and people with back problems, like myself, who might need to soak-in for a few minutes in order to relax their muscles. Besides, who does not love a nighttime bubble bath? Begin the day with a tour of The Schlossplatz Square, as it is the

beauty, and entertainment. Take a boat ride through Lake Titisee. Formed during the last glacier age, the reflection of the mountains over the water is truly breathtaking view. It is also part of a quaint village perfect for tasting local food and purchasing organic Schnapps and Kirsch. Then head into the town of St. Märgen and visit their Monastery Museum. Situated between Mount Feldberg and Mount Kandel, this beautiful convent and church was built over nine hundred years ago. Famous for keeping a notable assortment of antique Cherrywood cuckoo clocks, the historians have managed to preserve a detailed visual storyline of how this tradition started, and why it became so popular. 53

March 2017 - BELLO


heart of the city. Home to The Neues Schloss Palace, this gorgeous 18th Century baroque royal residence has a magnificent layout surrounded by beautiful lush grounds. The property is considered a public zone and enjoyed by thousands of people every day, who go for a quiet stroll or a picnic overlooking the property. The Cube, located on the rooftop of the Kunstmuseum, is an upscale restaurant. This all-glass building has an incredible 360-degree view of the courtyards and palace, and yummy culinary choices to match the wonderful background. Order their white asparagus and coconut soup, as it is one of the best you will ever taste. Another amazing top view of Stuttgart can be experienced from the upper floor of their Fernsehturm Television Tower. Established in 1956, and considered the world’s first television tower, it became a model for nations that wanted to imitate the technology and create their own versions of this convenient innovation. #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

54


dustry. For this extremely entertaining portion start at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Here you will be taken on a journey through 130 years of history and design from the inception of the first automobile in 1886, to the latest fully autonomous vehicles. Brass engines, antique styles, and vintage memorabilia sheds light on the cultural revolution that began with this creation. Then, head to The Porsche Museum for a shot of vibrant styles and modern auto designs. This 60,000 square foot exhibition vault is a dream playground for every inner child. Over 80 colorful, unique, and strikingly beautiful models will bring you back to the time where your imagination ran wild and the possibilities were endless. Doors that open upwards, self-driving vehicles, famous racing cars, electric and hybrid technologies, and film favorites like the Porsche 911 Carrera and Cayenne Turbo used on James Bond’s movie Die Another Day and video game, are some of the highlights of the tour. The building is a design landmark, and their new Leonhardts Restaurant is a pleasing dining option. Classic Swabian food is served in a sophisticated ambience. Delight in traditional Fladdlesuppe, Stuttgart Fillet, and Apfelstrudel. Accompany your food with a

55

refreshing Hugo drink, which is made of elderflower syrup, prosecco, muddled mint leaves, and lime juice. After sightseeing, it is time to enjoy high-velocity vehicles and learn about the renowned German automotive in-

However, no visit to Germany is complete without spending an afternoon at The Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory. This place is what dreams are made of. The sweet scent of cocoa is spread across the factory and souvenir store

March 2017 - BELLO


where colorful bars can be purchased individually or in a pack. Completely made in Germany, this over 100-yearold brand is known for only using the finest ingredients and a strict manufacturing process. Even if the chocolate is made with the same recipe it will never have the same taste because the cocoa absorbs aroma and flavor from the air, which is unique to each location and environment. They have over 15 staple flavors, each packaged in their recognizable color; but, they also produce limited seasonal concoctions that sell-out quickly, and do not return again unless there is a massive consumer request. Hazelnut, cookies and cream, coconut, and marzipan are some of their most popular flavors. Â

Castles and Cellars In Baden Germany is home to some of the most beautiful castles, train stations, and royal residences in the world. Among #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

them all, Heidelberg could be selected as the most idealistic one. A city with an interesting history and an incredible architecture, each street evokes a sense of romance and an air of mysteriousness that capture the traveler’s heart. The stunning landscape is composed of orange tones reflected from the buildings with a deep green that comes from the forest and mountains. The striking ruins of Heidelberg Castle is the perfect background for a majestic view. This lavish Palatinate Royal Residence delicately blends Gothic and Renaissance architecture, making it a fascinating piece of visual history. Inside, sculptures, paintings and furniture from the 17th and 19th centuries tell the story of a magnificent edifice that despite enduring many war attacks, managed to preserve its beauty and stance in the world. All across the city the sweet air of love and hope can be felt. A walk through the Old Bridge overlooking the Neckar River is a reminder that sometimes we must stop and breathe. This inspiring

view is complemented by the beautiful Church of the Holy Ghost in the Marktzplatz Square where modern restaurants and bars bring an urban and entertaining lifestyle to an ancient town. Esslingen am Neckar is another unforgettable city in Baden-WĂźrttemberg, which is protected by the Esslingen Burg Castle. Cobblestone streets are the foundation to half-timbered edifices and antique churches that capture all the beauty that this region has to offer. The Old Town Hall in the center of the Marktplatz Square, and the surrounding colorful houses and buildings, are truly perfect spots for Instagram worthy pictures! The Parish of St. Dionysus is a gorgeous church with an impressive tower bridge that connects both sides of the structure. Built during the transitional time between Romanesque and Gothic art, it has one of them most stunning and well-preserved collection of Medieval stained-glass windows. The Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul is a testament to the magnificent Baroque art 56


and architecture that the city is known for. Opulent gold fixtures, extravagant decorations, detailed frescos, and an impressive altar are some of the components that make it a gorgeous church. Considered the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Germany, KESSLER, has cellars that date back to the Middles Ages- around 800 years ago. Their winery is a wonderful place to tour and learn about history while drinking exquisite Sekts. This family brand, started by Georg Kessler who learned directly from Madame Veuve Clicquot in France, quickly established itself as the Maison of choice of royals and high society individuals who delighted in the fine taste of their rare reserves.

industry, is a clear example of the ambience that they are trying to evoke for guests. A sophisticated and entertaining lobby/ sushi bar area is decorated with charming music memorabilia, including a fancy disco ball, making it a cool place for drinks and bites after a long trip. The suites at the hotel are spacious, functional, and fairly new since the hotel was opened last year. Staytion is conveniently located at walking distance from the Mannheim Hauptbahnhof. This gorgeous Renaissance-style building is the second largest traffic hub in Baden, not to mention an allaround shopping center for connecting tourists.

Mannheim, on the other hand, is a city full of fascinating contrasts. Modernization and innovation are the fundamentals of this predominantly historic town. The Wassertum, or water tower, is one of their most iconic sights. At this spot, colorful flowers and Baroque architecture can be found all around, while large green areas give visitors a place to relax.

The train station is close to the Paradeplatz. A picturesque market square with stores, restaurants, and bars where locals and travelers can enjoy a charming afternoon or date night. My favorite ice cream shop, EIS Fontanella, is located here. This family business is known for using the best ingredients, including Pistachios from Sicily and Hazelnuts from Piedmont.

The Staytion Hotel encompasses the diversity and edginess that the city is known for. Their motto: music meets

Founded in Italy in 1906, this famous gelateria made its way into the hearts of Germans with their creative recipes.

57

Among them are their Beer Ice Cream, made with wheat beer, and the Spaghetti Ice Cream. The latter is a delicious concoction of vanilla ice cream served through a pasta machine, strawberry sauce, and white chocolate. The Technoseum, previously known as the State Museum of Technology and Work, is another great attraction in Mannheim. Home to modern exhibits that highlight the process of industrialization and innovation, this museum offers visitors of all ages a space where to learn about the way modern inventions influenced our current lifestyle. It gives an interesting perspective into how the world changed due to developments in transportation systems, technological discoveries, and manufacturing methods. Â For More Information on Baden-WĂźrttemberg, Please Visit: www.Tourism-BW.com To Book A Stay in The Black Forest, Please Visit: www.hofgut-sternen.de To Book A Stay in Stuttgart, Please Visit: www.movenpick.com To Book A Stay in Mannheim, Please Visit: www.staytion.de

March 2017 - BELLO


BELLO Travel Guide:

Guadalajara, Mexico BY DEE TRILLO Senior Travel and Lifestyle Editor| @HauteFrugalista| Dee@BELLOMag.com

Guadalajara, located in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, is a vibrant and modern city filled with a fascinating history, exquisite gastronomy, and interesting architecture. Those are some of the many reasons why we have chosen it as a Top Destination To Visit in 2017. Home to The Mariachis and Tequila, this is a place perfect for those looking for adventure and culture. So, here are our best recommendations for an unforgettable trip!

WHERE TO STAY: The AC Hotel, Guadalajara, Mexico is our top luxury on a budget choice. Clean lines, multi-purpose furniture, and a neutral color scheme make this European inspired hotel a relaxing and classy alternative. The architectural design of the hotel makes it one of the most beautiful properties in the city, and it does not hurt that is centrally located

in the heart of the city near the financial district and Plaza Andares. All the suites have floor to ceiling windows and Neroli scented toiletries. The

Sky Deck on the rooftop has a sideto-side infinity pool overlooking the city perfect for swimming or to host a nighttime party, while the AC Kitchen has some of the best Parisian croissants and chicken chilaquiles in town. Average Nightly Rate: $100. More Info: www.Marriott.com/GDLAC

WHERE TO EAT: La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill is a great place to have lunch or a midday snack. A rustic and casual décor makes it welcoming to relax and enjoy a cold Michelada. We recommend their Colombian Pork Rinds, Peruvian Ceviche, Grilled Oysters, and Shrimp Aguachile. $$ Elena, Leña y Mar has a gorgeous rainforest inspired design. A jungle with hanging trees enclosed in a glass ceiling offer a chic atmosphere without the #144 issue - BELLOmag.com

58


da, Foie Gras Terrine, Beef carpaccio, Escargots Bourguignon, Prime Rib Empanadas, and the Marzipan cake with Mascarpone Cheese ice cream. If you truly want a perfect evening, then request Gerardo to be your waiter. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Mexican culture and history, and will give you insightful details about every dish. $$$$ www.OfeliaBistro.com

WHERE TO GO: San Pedro Tlaquepaque is a nearby city which has been able to preserve colonial-era churches and buildings. The beautiful buildings decorated with paintings and sculptures celebratory of the Mexican heritage. The bright colors of the edifices match the native flowers and trees, making the town a rainbow risks of bad weather. Is a perfect spot to have early drinks and appetizers. We recommend Beef Kipe, Raw Tuna and Shrimp Tiradito, and Tostada Elena. Ask Juanki, their mixologist, for a Pulparindo. A delicious and dangerous drink made with Tamarind, Tequila and Chile, or have a refreshing Coconut Lemonade. $$$ Ofelia Bistro it is truly a culinary gem. Every dish at this French-Mexican restaurant is flawless. Impeccable presentation, exquisite taste, and a very informative learning dinging experience. The décor is romantic and very elegant. They have an underground cava with an array of fine wines and champagne from Mexico and all over the world. It is difficult to choose, but if we must, then we urge you to try their Chile en Nogaof yellows, reds, and blues. Visit The Church of Saint Peter, The Regional Ceramics Museum, and The Pantaleon Panduro Museum. The Plaza Jardin Hidalgo is home to local artisans that sell handmade crafts, traditional ceramics, and glass blown creations. Buy shot glasses in the shape of pointed-toe boots and request them to be engraved on the leather cover for free. It would be a unique and per-

59

March 2017 - BELLO


sonalized souvenir. Nuestros Dulces store has an array of delicious local candies and the best homemade Macadamia Nut Rompope – a milk based liquor- that you will ever taste! Make sure to take home at least two bottles.  Book a Tour Through the Tequila Trail and visit the Agave Landscape. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage, the Tequila Volcano and Blue agave fields are part of a mesmerizing scenery worth contemplating and enjoying. Go for a full tasting at The Tres Mujeres distillery. Considered one of the best tequilas in the world because their products are made of 100% agave, their distilling process is as handmade as it could be. The plants take between six to eight years before they are ready

#144 issue - BELLOmag.com

60


to be harvested, then they are cut, shaved and fermented twice for four to nine days. Once the liquid is ready, it is stored in French oak barrels for three to five years depending on the level of aging desired for the final product. Jose Cuervo Distillery is one of the most well-known tourist spots in Guadalajara. The journey can begin on The Jose Cuervo Express, a luxurious train ride where you will enjoy drinks and food, while observing the landscape of the Blue Agave fields. Once you make it to “La Rojeña”, the oldest distillery in Latin America, beautiful courtyards and a colorful mural depicting the birth of the tequila will immerse you into the world of this traditional spirit. Then head to the rest of Tequila Town and visit The Church of Tequila, the artisan shops where you can buy authentic beauty products made of agave, and have some delicious local Tapatia food like Tortas Ahogadas and Enchiladas. www.MundoCuervo.com

61

March 2017 - BELLO


Bello

The Walking Dead’s

#144

CHRISTIAN SERRATOS

BELLO mag #144  

starring Christian Serratos

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you