For many beachside residents and visitors, absorbing the energy of a large city can provide a refreshing and rejuvenating elixir. Temporarily leaving sun and sand in search of fascinating museums and perfect shopping opportunities energizes, while allowing a newfound appreciation of our quiet paradise upon return.

Imagine strolling sophisticated avenues with gorgeous colonial architecture in Mexico's "City of Roses" and then coming home to a prime example of it. Villa Ganz, an exclusive member of Mexico Boutique Hotels, located in the heart of Guadalajara's business and financial district two blocks from Avenida Chapultepec's outdoor cafes, galleries and book shops, easy distance to the three most visited shopping centers and a mere 10 minutes from the historic heart, offers just that.

After a full day of discovering the city's treasures, put your feet up in front of a roaring fire, grab a magazine and help yourself to complimentary chilled chardonnay and snacks. Providing all the comforts you're used to, and then some, is what this informally elegant haven is all about.

Lovingly converting this 20th-century mansion into an intimate inn combining the best traditional features with life-simplifying amenities, the hospitable owner made each of the 10 spacious and beautifully detailed guest accommodations as unique and interesting as the people who stay here.

Check out the locally collected antiques and fine craftsmanship throughout and you'll know why this part of Mexico is an interior decorator's mecca. With world-class art and handicrafts, gourmet dining just around the corner and cultural events at your doorstep, the villa's earthy tones, comfy common areas and fragrant, statue-studded garden will be rejuvenating counterpoints.

A set-you-up-for-the-day breakfast is included, served in your room or the courtyard. And well-stocked bars on both floors ensure you'll never get thirsty. Although restaurants of note are nearby, if you're too relaxed to bother venturing out, the host will happily arrange for them to deliver or for the kitchen to whip up whatever you're in the mood for.