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Playing the Nicklaus Course at Vista Vallarta, Jalisco

I had breakfast looking out at the ocean, played a round of golf at Vista Vallarta, then lounged on the beach that afternoon before an excellent dinner at La Leche. A pretty perfect day, right? In Puerto Vallarta, it’s easy to mix championship golf with terrific hotels and a wide choice of great restaurants. Imagine […]

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A Suite Then a Yacht in Placencia, Belize

“The truly rich don’t go on cruises,” the editor of a magazine for high-net-worth readers said to me as we sipped our cocktails. “If they’re going on the water, it’s going to be on their own yacht, with their own staff.” You can get a taste of that experience yourself with Chabil Mar Villas in […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Trip Less Fragile

Unless you have the money to always travel by private jet and have a personal concierge on the other end each time, it’s hard to feel special these days when you travel. Everyone is a number on a spreadsheet while in transit. When things go wrong, those with Platinum Elite status at every airline and […]

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1800 Anejo Tequila: a Premium Bargain

There are always a lot of great values in the tequila aisle of the liquor store, even if you’re not in Mexico. One of the best values is a bottle that normally sells for $35 to $45 but out-tastes some that sell for twice as much. The 1800 Añejo (aged) tequila is a fine sipping […]

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Four Perfect (Healthy) Days: Inland Belize

There are some resorts where you need to entertain yourself and plan lots of outside activities on your own to fill in all that vacation time and add structure to your trip. Some of the best luxury hotels in Belize have some great multi-day itineraries set up for you though. If you want to indulge […]

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Alta Gracia Hotel in Costa Rica is at a Whole New Level

Last summer when we ran down some new and notable luxury hotels that were opening soon, at the top of the list was an ambitious project in southern Costa Rica that aimed to leapfrog over everything else in the country. Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda hotel looked impressive on paper and there was a serious amount […]

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