Royalty and statesmen

The couple spent last weekend at the El Tamarindo Beach and Golf Resort prior to the French president's one-day state visit to Mexico on Monday (pictured)
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Set amidst tropical rainforest, the luxurious resort features plunge pools and butler service
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The restaurant offers a culinary tour of Mexico - as well as stunning vistas out over the Pacific
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Sarkozys' secret Mexico destination was stunning rainforest resort

10 MARCH 2009
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife had kept mum about their plans for the weekend, but after Carla let the cat out of the bag at a charity event on Thursday, saying they were flying to Mexico, there had been speculation as to where the first couple would be staying.

It transpires the answer was a luxurious beach-front villa in a picturesque nature reserve on Mexico's south-eastern Pacific Coast.

The one-bedroom accommodation at the El Tamarindo Beach and Golf Resort certainly features extras fit for a king – or a head of state – including a private pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Owned by a multi-millionaire friend of Mexico's President Calderon, the villa also comes with its own butler, cook and maid, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The overall cost of the weekend - which came ahead of Mr Sarkozy's one-day state visit to Mexico on Monday – is believed to be £45,000, sparking controversy in France.

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