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
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
"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
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