Extravagance Archive

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 […]

Stay in a Starwood Luxury Hotel, Roll in a Bentley

You don’t see a whole lot of Bentley cars cruising the streets of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, or Chile. If you stay at a St. Regis or Starwood Luxury Collection hotel in one of those countries though, you could be seeing one—from the inside. St. Regis and Luxury Collection hotels around the world have been transitioning […]

Best and Worst Luxury Hotel Travel Trends

When Conde Nast Traveler published their 16th “Hot List” issue in April, they included a feature I loved on what hotel trends have emerged in that time that were loved or hated. I found myself nodding along a lot and some of the “Terrible 10″ echoed features we’ve complained about plenty in our luxury hotel […]

The Best Spa Resorts in Mexico (and a Smattering in Costa Rica)

The June issue of Conde Nast Traveler had their readers poll results on top spa hotels and resorts arount the world. South America was missing in action and the “Mexico and Central America” section had 19 results for Mexico spas, one for Central America. So first of all, congrats to Four Seasons Costa Rica for […]

Why I Splurge for the Amex Platinum Card

As others have noted before, there’s a big difference between “cheap” and “value.” In the latter I would put the American Express Platinum card, which I’ve been splurging on for several years now. At $450 a year, there’s certainly nothing cheap about it. But when I add up all the benefits I get (and one […]

Maroma’s “Renewal 2012 Maya Experience” Sounds Better Than the End of the World

This whole Maya 2012 thing could be the greatest marketing coup ever built around a predicted end of the world. Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala are getting a great swell of publicity and visitors. We know deep down that there’s a 99.9 percent chance we’ll all scoot into 2013 just fine, but there’s that nagging little […]