Spas Archive

Banyan Tree’s Second Mexico Resort

It was 2010 when Banyan Tree opened its second opulent resort in Mexico, following up its fantastic debut resort in the Mayakoba development of the Riviera Maya. We’ve been in no hurry to get a review up though because of where they decided to put it: in Acapulco. That probably seemed like a good idea [...]

Booming Tourism in Peru: The View From Aranwa Hotels’ Gabriel Alvarez

Gabriel Alvarez is Deputy General Manager of Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas, a growing hotel developer that is ridingthe wave of expanding tourism in Peru and the rapidly developing economies of Latin America. I’ve talked before about the booming tourism business in Peru and wanted to get his insiders’ take on what’s happening in this [...]

New Review of Casas Brancas in Buzios, Brazil

We’re continuing to beef up our coverage of luxury hotels in Brazil. After all, the country has the World Cup and the Olympics in their future and a booming economy that has been saying, “What world recession?” Our latest new review is Casa Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa in Búzios. Just two hours north of [...]

New Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Although it’s hard to believe now, less than a decade ago you couldn’t really find a luxury hotel in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The only people hanging around long enough to stay there were adventure tour groups and backpackers who weren’t content with a one-day bus tour. My oh my how things have changed. [...]

New Aranwa Boutique Hotel in Cusco, Peru

When I first visited Cusco six years ago, there was the Monasterio, the Libertador Palacio del Inka, and there was…everyone else. If you wanted a luxury experience, you stayed at one of those two hotels and that was that. As Peru has gotten more popular, the luxury hotel scene has expanded to match, to the [...]

A Luxury Wellness Resort in Nuevo Vallarta

In a resort area where there are seemingly hundreds of similar hotels and timeshares crammed into every available beachfront space, how do you stand out with a new hotel? In the case of Taheima in the Puerto Vallarta region of Mexico, the answer is to ignore the hedonism and focus on wellness instead. Taheima is [...]