Extravagance Archive

The Wine Factory’s Back Online: Valle de Guadalupe’s Newest Wine-making Project

Like soviet-era cement bunkers, the storage chambers of one of Valle de Guadalupe’s first wine factories, built in the 1940s, sit empty along the walls. Well, almost empty. Reynaldo Rodriguez, part wine maker, part mad scientist, has filled one of these square cement holding cells with glow-in-the-dark stickers of the solar system and one has […]

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Donald Trump’s Panama Tower Helped by the Fame

The media’s love affair with Donald Trump’s run for the U.S. presidency (and his reliable weekly gaffes) sure haven’t hurt apartment sales in his Panama City Trump Ocean Club. Despite the derogatory comments about Latino immigrants, nationals from throughout the Americas have been snapping up the remaining condos at a quickening pace. A report from […]

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The Spellbinding South of Costa Rica

Costa Rica vacations take a rather predictable path for first-time visitors. Those who return tend to dig deeper, to explore wider, to get more off the standard circuit. Our latest tour story leaves the capital, heads to the coast, and then meanders down through the Dominical region almost to the Panamanian border, to the Gulfo […]

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Costa Careyes: the Fantastic Manifestation of a Dream in Pacific Mexico

The Carayes log—just a question mark and an exclamation point—seems fitting, but I want to know what inspired it. I ask family partner Filippo Brignone how it came to be. “This whole place seems unbelievable, kind of crazy. The reaction is “What? Wow!” That perfectly captures the way I feel when walking around this unbelievable […]

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Lovely Las Alamandas in Pacific Mexico

An alamanda is a beautiful yellow flower that grows in the Costalegre Pacific Coast region of Jalisco. Las Alamandas the luxury resort follows its namesake, filling your eyes with beauty no matter which direction you look in from the lawns and wide beach around the villas holding 16 suites. While Puerto Vallarta has the crowds […]

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Panama City Leading the Globalization Parade in the Americas

Depending on who you ask, the spread of global brands into every city we visit is either a blessing or a curse. It’s clear though that while many grumble about the proliferation of recognized logos creating a homogenized city look around the globe, they’ll still stay at the Marriott and duck into the Starbucks more […]

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