Spas Archive

More Luxury Rooms at Arenal: Nayara Hotel Costa Rica

First there was Tabacon, then The Springs, and now there is another luxury hotel to choose from in the Arenal Volcano area of Costa Rica: Nayara Hotel, Spa, and Gardens. It took us a while to get someone into this resort I’m afraid. Nayara has already gotten write-ups in the major travel magazines and even [...]

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 [...]