Extravagance Archive

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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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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