Extravagance Archive

Sleek and Seductive: Kura Design Villas in Costa Rica

What gets your heart racing when you look out your bedroom window? If it’s a terrific panoramic view of the ocean, framed by lush green vegetation, then Kura Design Villas might be your paradise. Perched high on a hillside above Uvita, Costa Rica, near the famed “Whale’s Tail” protruding from the shore, this resort has [...]

A Wine Tour by Bike, Horse, and Helicopter

We ran a travel feature before on a tour of Chile’s wine districts near Santiago, but our contributor Gabriel O’Rorke stepped it up a notch by going on a very exclusive winery tour with Santiago Adventures. Her tour visited several small, but top-notch wineries that get high international ratings and have something unique and different [...]

Taste Test: Ron Zacapa Centenario XO Rum

I am fully aware that Guatemala would not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the origin of a bottle of rum costing $100. Earlier this month I got to try a healthy pour of fine Ron Zacapa Centenario XO though and I’m ready to go on record saying this [...]

The New Orient Express Hotel in Peru: Palacio Nazarenas

The Orient-Express company has a major presence in Peru and they’ve added another jewel this year with Palacio Nazarenas, a former convent turned hotel next to their famous Hotel Monasterio. Yes, there’s a male/female thing going here: a former convent and a former monastery. But now the sexes can mingle freely and use the facilities [...]

Gold and Flesh in Bogota

I made my first visit to Bogota earlier this week on a tour through Colombia. Some aspects of the city are definitely holding it back (it may have the trashiest Plaza Principal in South America), but it is home to two great museums worth visiting. Bogota Gold Museum The Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) is [...]