Spas Archive

The New Pacaya Lodge on Apoyo Lagoon, Nicaragua

Most of the luxury hotels in Nicaragua are concentrated in a triangle of three locations. We’re happy to see another change to that pattern with the opening of Pacaya Lodge and Spa on the edge of Apoyo Lagoon. Situated between Managua and Granada, this resort offers terrific views of the water from a high vantage […]

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Every Guest Deserves a Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

At some beach resorts the room choices are limited to studio units and suites. At Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya the question is, “How big will your villa be?” The only room category that doesn’t have “villa” in its title at this luxury Mexico resort is the Three-bedroom Family Residence. As you’d expect, […]

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Scoping Out the Mayakoba Complex in Caribbean Mexico

At one spot in the Riviera Maya of Mexico, near Playa del Carmen, there’s a luxury hotel and golf complex that has three top resorts, a PGA championship golf course, and a gorgeous beach. This would be Mayakoba, where there is also a common “El Pueblito” area that has a wedding chapel. a cooking school, […]

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Where to Find Luxury in Nicaragua

Nicaragua and “luxury travel” haven’t been in the same sentence much until the last decade or so and only after the opening of Mukul Beach & Spa Resort did the country really get on the upscale travel agents’ radar. On the plus side, it means your decision-making is not all that difficult when deciding where […]

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Their List, Our Reviews: World Travel Awards

The annual World Travel Awards for Latin America took place recently in Lima and a lot of properties we’ve highlighted were among the winners. Like any contest where people go online to vote—and the nominees beg and plead for weeks to sway the outcome—there’s a lot of ballot stuffing determining the winners. Whoever has the […]

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Pikaia Lodge: a Reason to Stay on Land in the Galapagos

For a lot of good reasons, most visitors who come to the Galapagos Islands spend five to ten nights on a ship. Pikaia Lodge, opened in late 2014, is the first property luxurious enough to give visitors a reason to have a land base instead. It’s a good option for those who have problems sleeping […]

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