Extravagance Archive

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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Flying Straight to the Wonders of Antarctica From Chile

Many nature lovers who have a longing to see the stark beauty and wildlife of Antarctica are put off by the idea of taking so long to get there on a ship. Especially since that ship is crossing notoriously rough waters in the Drake Passage. There are a few companies that offer a way to […]

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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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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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A Rock Star Hotel Suite at Machu Picchu

I had to do a little digging to extract some info from the discreet staff at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Peru, but it turns out the lead singers of two of the biggest rock bands in history slept here. This would be suite #40 of Villa Inkaterra, a secluded house on a hillside […]

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Renting a Luxury Villa in Los Suenos, Costa Rica

If you’re a fisherman or have friends who like to reel in sailfish and blue marlin, you’ve probably heard of Los Sueños in Costa Rica. Or if you’re an international golfer, you may have had suenos of your own about teeing off here next to the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps you just want a base for […]

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