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Feel the Colonial Past at Santa Lucia Hotel in Cuenca

For most of our time since kicking things off nearly a decade ago, we’ve only had one hotel featured for Cuenca, Ecuador. For most of that time the city was a magnet for expatriates on a budget, but wasn’t drawing enough high-end tourists to support several luxury hotels. As the number of visitors keeps picking up […]

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Why Belize is a Top Honeymoon Destination

As the decades have gone on and American travelers have gotten less timid, the number of honeymoon destinations couples head off to has expanded exponentially. In the mid-1900s you drove somewhere as soon as the reception ended. Niagara Falls perhaps, the Poconos, a lake resort, or maybe Hot Springs, Arkansas. Then the circle expanded a […]

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Barber & Blade Experience at One&Only Palmilla

Any male interested in spa services at a resort could usually be forgiven for asking, “Hey what about us?” I’ve seen spa menus that went on for 20 pages, then had three lines of offerings for men at the end. Granted, most of the customers booking hours of treatments at the typical spa are women, […]

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A Modern Hotel in Cuenca: Zahir 360

Among a sea of colonial inns and routine business hotels, Zahir 360 brings a splash of modern style to Cuenca in Ecuador. Cuenca has been a real estate hotspot for retirees for more than a decade now, but the number of tourists passing through has been smaller. Those numbers keep inching up, however, enough to […]

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Bahia Vik Completes the Artistic Resort Trio in Uruguay

Quick – which upscale hotel brand has the most properties in Uruguay? Surprisingly, it’s one that only has four properties overall: Vik Hotels. Bahia Vik is the third one in a small country dominated by independent properties and one-off locations from the international chains. Like the other two from Norwegian–Uruguayan entrepreneur Alexander Vik, it is […]

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Simon Bolivar Slept Here (Maybe): Portal de la Marquesa

We can’t promise you that Simon Bolivar slept in the grand home in Mompos that is now Hotel Portal de la Marquesa, but there’s a good chance. He spent a lot of time in this part of Colombia in his latter years. The area may feel a little deja-vu familiar if you’ve read the Gabriel […]

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