Meet your Hosts
Tomas & Eric If you like to cook, you may recognize these two winners from the 2017 Cutthroat Kitchen Valentine Massacre episode on the Food Network. They both love adventure so they moved from West Hollywood, CA to take over the family business. Tomas was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and is the son/stepson of Maria & James Jaramillo, respectively. Eric was born in Holland, MI and was raised in the OK/AR area. They both met in Santa Fe, NM before making their way out west. Eric had his eyes set on acting and Tomas was looking for yet more adventures and quickly settled into furniture and interior design. Together, in Los Angeles, they opened a custom furniture store which they had for 14 years. They still love designing furniture and you can find them at davincila.com. In 2008, on their 10 year anniversary, they were one of the first 18,000 same-sex couples to be married in the state of CA. While they will miss their amazing friends all over the U.S.A., they are thrilled to be carving yet another path and learning a new language. Jardin del Mar is special to them for so many reasons but mostly because it was built by Maria and Jim. Over the past 20 years, Tomas and Eric have shared so many memories with family and friends here. It has always been special to them. So, they are excited to be the caretakers of this beautiful family property and add a little of their own charm to it too! Make your reservations now because you will LOVE Jardin del Mar as much as they do!
THE CREATORS Jim & Maria Jaramillo wanted to go on a vacation. So, they rounded up some friends and decided that Puerto Vallarta was the destination. Immediately, Maria and Jim fell in love with the area. Maria was drawn to it. Maybe they should look at land? They looked at several plots of land. This plot wasn’t Jim’s or their friend’s first choice. It was a jungle and needed a lot of work. However, Maria was compelled by it. Before heading back to the US and at Maria’s urging, the two of them came back to this plot at sunset for a family meeting. It was here, as the waves lapped against the shore and the breeze moved through the jungle, that Maria convinced Jim to purchase this piece of paradise. This would be where they would build their home for retirement. Jim, a wise and accomplished man in his own right, knew to trust Maria’s intuition. After all, they had been successful with their other property ventures in New Mexico where Maria’s eye for design never failed them. So, this beautiful and tranquil plot of land that lies north of Puerto Vallarta, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, right on the bay of Banderas, at the water’s edge, became theirs. They cleared jungle and built a home. Maria, an adept design enthusiast, sat with the builder of the property and worked out every tiny detail of the build. Maria had a blank canvas and was inspired. Together, She and Jimbo, Maria’s affectionate hypocorism for her husband, traveled Mexico and bought treasures to furnish their home. She was even known to “borrow” plants and flowers from some of those places for her own garden. Over the years, she would add to the property. She created a beautiful garden. Then, turned the garden into an ocean front bungalow with a full kitchen. She decorated every room from floor to ceiling and continued to add more bungalows. Jimbo was there every step of the way to support her vision. What’s more, Jim added his own artistic skills throughout the property. Every tile mosaic was thoughtfully and beautifully created by his hand and weaved into their paradise. With aplomb, Maria and Jim created an intimate oasis, Jardin del Mar, to share with family and friends.
Luna may have a few years on her, but don't be fooled... Jardin is the only home she has ever known, so she takes her job as Head of Security very seriously. From scaring off sun-bathing iguanas and letting the water delivery guy know who's boss, she's always on duty to make sure you're as safe as can be.
When there are no pressing security matters to attend to, she's usually looking for a cool spot to take a siesta or for a guest to mooch some ear scratches off of.
Blanca is an old girl learning the ropes from Luna. However, she doesn't really care. She's obsessed with getting her exercise by doing laps around the property and climbing the stairs relentlessly until her next meal. After all, she comes from the land of fit and trim West Hollywood hounds.