Many thanks! To Harpers Bazaar (UK) for mentioning JH-Quinta Maconda in their Harpers Travel Guide 2009 feature “The Experts” for Guatemala. Although we are limiting our Guatemala activities in the field of travel, we will still take on those who really insist on an encore!
Antigua, Guatemala, August,1st, 2008 – Quinta Maconda & Maya Mountain produced a memorable event at Casa Oriente to welcome guests visiting from Europe, the United States and some from as far as Australia. The hosts who reside in Milan and St. Moritz regaled their forty friends with a magical three day affair in lavish style. The Casa Oriente bash was followed the next day by a candlelit dinner in the 18th century baroque church of San José el Viejo. All had been decorated with traditional Maya ornaments and set up by members of the brotherhood of Sto. Domingo Xenacoj. Guests danced to the tunes of cuban band, Buena Vista de Corazon.
The third day guests were shuttled by motor coaches on a Magical Mystery Tour to the pagan shrine of San Simon followed by the Maya community of Sto. Domingo Xenacoj. All enjoyed the insiders view of the celebration of the mayan community’s patron saint, Santo Domingo – A Picnic and chilled Mojitos were served along the way.
In between and after the festivities, guests were flown to remote villages and coffee farms by helicopter and bush planes to enjoy the charms of an authentic and unknown Guatemala. Vive la difference!
Production, Hospitality & Travel Design: Quinta Maconda & Maya Mountain.
“Antigua is where his exclusive-use 16th-century townhouse is located. The house sleeps eight in four doubles, and includes a magical, overgrown garden at the back. The interiors are stuffed with a striking collection of antiques and artefacts collected during Heaton’s peripatetic life. Most clients couple a stay here with one of Heaton’s brilliantly crafted journeys … ” (click above link for more)
Past clients have included Francis Ford Coppola and Ashley Judd.
Soon to be published in Harpers Bazaar (Dubai)