Extravagance Archive

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 [...]

Can it Last? The Hot Real Estate Market of Punta del Este

Punta del Este has long been the see and be seen hotspot in South America. In no other beach area do so many of the rich and famous from multiple countries gather to take a break from their roles as captains of industry,  fashion, and entertainment. We just posted a detailed round-up of real estate [...]

Luxury Travel Trends for 2012

I just spent a couple days at the Luxury Travel Expo in Las Vegas. This is an annual meet-up between high-performing travel agents and many of the companies catering to the upscale travel market. In general, luxury travelers like you are still out and about as much as ever. After a dip in 2010, many [...]

Amazon Cruising Gets Even Swankier

It wasn’t all that long ago that we posted a story about cruising the Amazon of Peru with Aqua Expeditions. They were taking passengers into the jungle in a ship far fancier than anything else on the water. Now they’ve upped their own ante and launched the M.V. Aria, pictured above. One of our writers [...]

Getting Around on the Ground in Style

During the last Passports with Purpose charity drive run by a group of bloggers I won a voucher from Groundlink. This was right after I had just seen a presentation from them at an annual travel tech conference. I got to use it this summer in Mexico City. More on that in a minute. What [...]