The place captivated him and he decided (or perhaps without even making a decision) to stay in the port. He soon found a late 19th Century property with an unrivaled location along the Rio Cuale, which he would later convert into Villa Leonarda.
In the sixties, Elizabeth Taylor arrived to Puerto Vallarta accompanying her future husband, Richard Burton, during the filming of The Night of the Iguana, changing the history of the port forever. She did not take long to heed Rock Hudson’s recommendation to meet Xavier de la Torre, with whom she formed a great friendship from the very first day and which lasted a lifetime.
The Burtons became Xavier’s compadres when they agreed to be godparents to his adopted son, Sergio Toledano, who then lived with them in Europe for some periods of time. Meanwhile, Xavier began to present his most recent designs in fashion shows in New York, where he shared credits with the great designers such as Valentino, Pierre Cardin, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.
Experience the magic of the Villa!
The staff at Villa Leonarda, led by Delia, will receive you with a welcome refreshment of guacamole, salsa and chips, with a round of lime margaritas.