Hype and Spin Archive

An Update on Real Estate in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro has long been the Caribbean’s Badlands, a string of islands for rugged castaways and those escaping something—or someone. This string of islands off the coast of Panama has long been touted, along with Honduras’ Bay Islands, as one of the last real values in the Caribbean. For a while, the trajectory seemed [...]

What’s Wrong With User-generated Hotel Reviews?

There’s no doubt that TripAdvisor has been a boon for travelers and a great motivator for poor hotels to get their act together. Unfortunately, any service with this much power is just begging to be gamed. Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal ran a great piece last week called The Big Flaws in Hotel [...]

Best Golf Resorts in Latin America

The April 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveler has another reader’s poll, this time highlighting golf resorts. Six of the 20 in the International category are in Latin America. They’re all familiar names to Luxury Latin America readers and you can follow the links to see our detailed, professional reviews. One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico [...]

There’s Expensive, then There’s CRAZY Expensive

For many of our readers, the words “luxury” and “good value” are not mutually exclusive. When you get a special experience in a fantastic place, the upgrade is often worth it. Some people obviously have more money than they know what to do with though, so they have to buy the most expensive option available, [...]

Trump Panama Hotel – Now Open for Business

It’s been in the news ever since we launched Luxury Latin America several years ago, and for good reason: the Trump tower in Panama City, Panama was either going to succeed in a stupendous fashion or fall apart in a stupendous fashion. Anything in the middle would not be worthy of the Trump name. Fortunately [...]