A house for women to heal and to holiday.

By Sheila Madsen, April 2019

There’s a house in Centro I would call a wellness centre. There’s a calm almost sacred feeling surrounding it. The house has been completely renovated and is designed for women, by a woman and her name is Sylvia Benitez. Sylvia is a registered nurse who practiced nursing in Hermosillo, Sonora for seven years and then in Tucson for 20 years. Her RN degree is both valid in the US and in Mexico. Sylvia’s expertise is in post- op recovery with a specialty in plastic surgery recovery. Always under the doctor’s orders of course, working with various hospitals in Mazatlan.

She’d been to Mazatlan several times and like many people fell in love with it. After her divorce “I had a mid-life crises and decided to put all my money into this house and create a safe recovery place for women. I am trained in all post-op procedures, and wanted women to feel private and safe.” The house in Spanish is called Circulo de Mujeres, Cuidando Cuerpo, Mente and Alma – careful tending to the mind, body and soul. Circulo just opened in October 2018 and no one knows about it!

Let me give you a tour. There’s a large social area with tables and chairs; there’s a common sunshine yellow fully-equipped kitchen; there’s a lovely outdoor courtyard; there’s a large plunge pool [at least 5 feet deep], there’s an upstairs common room with a huge flat screen where you can cry your eyes out watching Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga; small gym in the common room – elliptical, stationery bike, wifi throughout; there’s a proper laundry room, a transportation van and three meals a day are supplied. And yes, it’s dog friendly, dogs are welcomed. Yoga and mediation classes, and other various activities do cost a little extra.

Privacy is probably what most women crave and that has been delivered with such great care. Each of the four rooms have an ensuite bathroom, a/c, fans, flat screen tv, mini fridge, micro wave, coffee maker, large storage closets for your clothes and luggage, a safe and there’s even a desk for your electronic devices. All the rooms are beautifully decorated and Sylvia has thought of every detail – from grab bars to walk in showers. It’s all high-end, nothing is done on the cheap. Depending on the room size a month’s stay can cost between $30,000 – $38,000. Remember, these are pesos – the nursing care [that would by Sylvia who has an apartment in the house and is there 24/7], all your food, housekeeping, laundry, is all included. Average $35,000 for a month, that’s about $1,860 US/$2,500 Canadian.

Again, no one knows about it! That’s why Sylvia is opening it up for women who desire a holiday stay in a safe but social environment. The location is perfect; you are in Centro and can be in Plazuela Machado in five minutes or on the Malecon in five minutes. You can choose to dine in or dine out. You can choose to have a cocktail by the pool. You can choose to be completely private and write that novel you’ve been thinking about. You can choose to mingle or nap when you desire. Let’s be clear – it’s not an Airbnb – it’s for long stays, preferably 30 days, but Sylvia may consider two or three weeks. You can stay for two months if you wish!

If you are an expat and have been considering a hip replacement, a knee replace, any kind of operation that requires a post-op recovery place – you may just want to ask your family doctor to investigate and tour Circulo de Mujeres. Or you could be perfectly healthy and want an alternative to a hotel room, an apartment and a place to meet other women. No need to organize internet, telephone, CFE, filtered water, leave all those nagging problems behind you.Circulo de Mujeres is an ideal solution for a social healthy holiday get-away in Mazatlan.

[Circulo de Mujeres, in Centro on Belisario Dominguez #2001 at Canizales, phone 669 910 4778. Ramp to main house, two rooms on the main floor, two rooms upstairs that do require steps. It’s on Belisario but the house is set so far back from the street you don’t hear the buses or cars.The staff is fully bilingual.]