Friday, 22 November 2019


Autumn Blog…October 2019

I begin with a fabulous lunch and I mean truly fabulous at The Santo Remedio Cocina Mexicana,

152 Tooley St, SE1 2TU, T: +44(0) 20 7403 3021 E: W:

I was invited by Lupita Ayala, the ex Mexican Tourist Office sub director. Lupita is now the Regional Sales Manager for Europe for the Gran Velas hotel chain. This super beyond luxury brand is in my opinion one of the best all inclusive products in all of Mexico –

People ask me all the time “where is the best Mexican restaurant in London” there are many now but the delightful, cosy, intimate very Mexican Santo Remedio ticks all the boxes for me.

Royal Automobile Club 
We arranged a super surprise birthday party for Dale Viberg (previously lived in Mexico City). The event turned out to be “out of this World” handled brilliantly by Hardie Bates (Events Manager) and chef Matthew Marshall. 
89 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HT. Tel:2020 7930 2345.

We took off the four of us for two glorious days in Paris. I simply adore Eurostar. I would actually like a big badge that says, “I love this train”. Our hotel of choice was 
Best Western Anjou Lafayette Opera 
4 rue Riboutte, 9th Arr., Paris 75009 T: +33 1 42 46 83 44 W:
A fabulous 3 star hotel, I would go back again and again!      

Charles de Gaulle We flew from here to Mallorca, what a joy, security simple and no passports!



Recently voted one of the World’s top 10 cities by Conde Naste. This year the travel fair “TIANGUIS” will take place in March 2020 (22nd – 25th). For those of you in the travel industry reading this blog please come and join us…

I would like to make mention of Saul Ancona who has been incredibly helpful to me.

Tianguis for years has been held in Acapulco, I am enormous fan of this true traditional resort.

Ritz Hotel, Acapulco
My dear friend Reyna Luna has been in touch.  

Have had contact with my good friend Juan Fenton who owns the exquisite Hacienda San Gabriel de Las Palmas
This hotel is situated very close to the main highway to Acapulco (3 hours).   

This was a wonderful recent TV program on the beautiful gardening areas of Mexico and made mention of the Monarch Butterflies.

Another favourite place of mine situated just a 3-4 hour drive from Mexico City. I recently placed clients in the beautiful Hotel Meson Sacristia

This review I received back from a Client... It does not get much better than this..
“We stayed at Riu Palace Pacifico (family of 2 adults + 2 kids). The hotel is out of this world! It’s located on a beautiful stretch of sand. All the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay perfect. Especially the staff in restaurants and bartenders are amazing – special shout out to the pasta chef that made my gluten free pasta for me on a few occasions, unfortunately I don’t know his name, but that was the best pasta I ever had. You have a choice of a buffet and 4 a la carte restaurants every night - especially the Guacamole serving authentic Mexican dishes is worth a visit. At the pool, you not only have a swim up bar but also waiters going round the pool bringing you drinks. We met people from all round the world that come back to this hotel every year and no wonder why, it’s an absolute gem!”
Riu Palace Pacifico

The new flight to Los Cabos is about to take off!!! I can’t wait for it to happen, it’s going to be such a great success!

A precious true boutique hotel nestled amongst the giant all-inclusive hotels of the Los Cabos beaches. Destined to be a great favourite with me! Part of the Gran Velas chain.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 18, San José del Cabo, Corredor Turístico, Municipio de Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, C.P. 23405, Baja California Sur.T: MEX: 800 831 2990 W: E:

I have decided to include Cuba in my new portfolio “My Private Mexico”. I have linked up again with the fabulous Toby Brocklehurst. His company In Cloud 9 is in my opinion the best window to Cuba you could possibly find. Toby works in the same way that I did for 35 years in caring so exclusively for the individual client. I will be sending out a separate introduction to his company and services directly after World Travel Market. Meanwhile here are their details: E: T: Tanja Havana +5353255239 and whatsapp
Office +5378330510

As always my visits to “My” Island are filled with friends, restaurants, dentists and beauty treatments…..

I must give extra special words to Jaime & Mati at ES PORTENO Puerto Andratx, T: 628 26 90 17… great food, great value and great friends.

Millor Restaurant in Palma. Calle Espartero 24, 07014, Palma de Mallorca T: 971 456 961 The chef here who is Spanish speaks English better than me!

Antic Celler Son Toreo. Placa Fossar No 3 – 07510 Sineu M: 692 734 199 – 659 477 355

My thanks to…

Pilar – Beautician situated in Sa Pabla -

Juan – Dentist at Bupa in Palma

My Two great OPTOMETRISTS…MATEO PONS and JUAN SANCHEZ These two marvelous doctors, each a genius.

Both these eminent surgeons are based at IBO Instituto Balaer de Oftalmologia.

Jumbo Tours Group Many thanks for the sales call


KATE DICKS (Director of Global Leisure Sales).  Kate and this organization do such a good job here in keeping us all up to date with Belmond properties.  Link

NIEVES RODRIGUEZ (Country Manager UK & Ireland)Nieves is GREAT! At keeping us in the loop with new flights/fares etc..

LUPITA AYALA (Regional Sales Manager) Constant, offers/News etc on all Velas products

Lots of good journeys up and down to Devon with the wonderful  Dining Car

Travelled on the last service Palma/Exeter my favourite route to Mallorca. So sad it is not operating anymore.

105 Victoria Street, St Albans, AL1 3TJ
T: 01721 833 557 E:
Attended wonderful art evening here at Gallery 105 on Elvis Presley... Dinner afterwards at the perfect little Italian Restaurant La Cosa Nostra in St. Albans.
62 Lattimore Road, St Albans, AL1 3XR T: 01727 932 658 E:

Monthly luncheon. This time at a Vegan restaurant called The Gate…superb food! 

This great old pub in Mill Street (Off Conduit Street) only serves Pies and Puddings…Its just sensational! Ask for the lovely Lisa.!!  
6-8 Mill Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2AZ T: 0207 491 8050  
137 Marsh Lane, Mill Hill, London NW7 4EY
T: 020 8959 1357
My local pub has begun their Christmas party menu…do pop in! 

My thanks to… 
Mr NARESH JOSHI (Consultant) 2 Pennant Mews, London, W8 5JN

Dr Harpreet Wasan
This eminent man is treating my husband and doing an excellent job. 

Mr Sam Gidwani (Hand Surgeon)
Thank you for all your wonderful help.

World Travel Market begins next week at Excel London, I hope to see you all there!

Remember I am now Cathy Matos of MY PRIVATE MEXICO. A new journey for me!

Cathy Matos