Spas Archive

What Ever Happened to That Mandarin Oriental in Mexico?

Yes, for about four years there was a Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Their second foray into Mexico went out with a whimper a year ago after struggling to get traction amidst a recession and stiff competition. So for now the brand is gone from Latin America. Fortunately a new [...]

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge in Chile

The Atacama Desert region of northern Chile has gone from a barely known tourism region to one of the hotspots in South America, especially for upscale adventure travelers. It’s a common stop for people coming overland from Bolivia or Argentina and it’s a stop on many tours that explore the whole skinny country of Chile [...]

A Secluded Resort near Loreto – Villa del Palmar

The scene above is what you’ll see if you walk down to the beach from Villa del Palmar in Baja California, Mexico. Sitting on a secluded bay and with dramatic mountains behind it, this resort—opened in 2011—has brought a new level of glamour to sleepy Loreto. This area is best known for its abundant wildlife [...]

Stunning Views From Tierra Patagonia in Chile

As I mentioned a while back on a round-up of new hotels in Latin America, Chile has really been coming on strong with new luxury hotels and resorts. It’s a testament to their strong economy and rising tourism numbers. One of the most impressive developments has been the opening of Tierra Patagonia, sister hotel to [...]

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 [...]