Karisma has transparent plans for Mexico


CANCUN, Mexico -- Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which operates eight properties in Mexico and the Caribbean, is planning to expand in Mexico, where it manages three resorts in the Riviera Maya.

The company has an inventory of approximately 1,200 rooms in Aruba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Its Riviera Maya resorts are the El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Resort and Hidden Beach Resort. The latter is Mexico's first nudist resort.

Lubo Krstajic, Karisma's executive vice president, said he would like to expand Hidden Beach's nudist concept to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, two destinations that draw a lot of business from California, Hidden Beach's major market.

The 40-room resort created a stir last summer when it was inaugurated with a "Naked Air" flight, during which guests flew in the nude on a chartered airplane-- arranged by Houston-based Castaways Travel -- to Cancun.

A similar flight is planned for May 1, from Miami.

To re-create the Hidden Beach concept in another Mexican destination, the company first must find a small hotel -- preferably with fewer than 60 rooms -- with a private, secluded beach.

"We are looking for a small hotel so we can maintain the proper atmosphere," Krstajic said. "If we can't find one, we'll have to raise money to build one."

Meanwhile, Karisma is busy expanding and renovating its two other Riviera Maya properties: the El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Resort. For information or reservations, call (866) KARISMA or visit www.karismahotels.com.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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