Globetrotter | Francesca Bonato

Francesca Bonato, is one half of the design team behind Hacienda Montaecristo. She is also the muse and partner of Nicolas Malleville, the visionary hotelier behind Coqui Coqui. Recently Francesca and her partners have turned their attention to a new spot in Mexico, Valladolid. This colonial town is one of the epicenters of artisanal culture and we are sure it will soon became the epicenter of chic thanks to Francesca!

Francesca Bonato, is one half of the design team behind Hacienda Montaecristo. She is also the muse and partner of Nicolas Malleville, the visionary hotelier behind Coqui Coqui. Recently Francesca and her partners have turned their attention to a new spot in Mexico, Valladolid. This colonial town is one of the epicenters of artisanal culture and we are sure it will soon became the epicenter of chic thanks to Francesca!

 

1.    What made you decide to live in Mexico?

It was love at a first sight! The people, the sea, the sun, the culture of Valladolid, the possibility of having an exotic life but just 3 hour away flying to NYC! We could never go back!

 

 
What makes Valladolid interesting?
The simplicity of its culture, the antique traditions, the mixture of the catholic culture brought by the Spanish colonials and of course the original Mayan traditions. Valladolid is suspended in another age, the time seems to have  stopped in the 40?s. The rythmn of the time is different from any other place where we have ever visit or lived...
 
 
 
 
3.    Valladolid, Tulum and Coba are the setting of the beautiful story, you and your partner created for yourselves. Which other places in the world is most unique to you and why? 
Argentina and Italy, our roots, our culture, our affections...
 
 
Photo The Selby
 
4.    If you would have to put together a photo collage of your travels, what would be the most memorable moment? 
My trip to South America that lasted eight months!
 
 
5.    Which 3 travel essentials we can always find in your suitcase?
Iphone, Moleskine Notebook, Jewelry to barter!
 
 
6.    What is the best shopping find you've ever made while traveling and where did you find it?
An antique silk and linen shawl handmade in Bolivia I bought it from a clairvoyant in the La Paz old market.
 
 
 
 
7.    What is one destination you've never been to that you're dying to visit?
Laos.
 
 
8.    Which items from L-atitude would you pick for a beautiful day in Valladolid and why?
Mexican BazaarBlue & White Floral Mexican Blouse and Blue Tote! Holst + Lee, Endless Summer Bracelet. Colourful as Valladolid is!