Villa rentals Archive

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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Spreading Out in a Vacation Rental in Playa del Carmen

Many beach spots in Mexico have a good variety of vacation rental properties to choose from for short-term stays. Thanks to its rapid growth in the past decade and a half, Playa del Carmen is one of the top choices, with a terrific selection of condos, townhouses, and large homes to choose from. Since much […]

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Chabil Mar Villas Beach Resort Turns 12

In the hotel industry there’s a lot of turmoil and turnover all the time, but Chabil Mar Villas in Belize is getting ready to mark its 12th year in Placencia, Belize. We’re getting ready to change one resort’s name for the third time in three years in our review and it’s hard to keep up […]

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Family Travel to Belize for the Holidays

If family togetherness in a fresh location is a dream for the upcoming holidays, look into planning a family travel trip to Belize. It’s a short hop from much of the U.S. (less than an hour longer than flying to Cancun) and is an English speaking country on the Caribbean Sea. I just spent most […]

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Eight New Luxury Villas at Rosewood Mayakoba

Each of the last few years when I’ve attended the International Luxury Travel Mart Americas in the Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakoba has always had something new going on to show off. New open air restaurant one year, a revamped pool bar and restaurant another. The El Pueblito section of Mayakoba that they share with the […]

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Trust in the Sharing Economy Keeps Going Up

What was fringe is now mainstream in vacation lodging and transportation. When it comes to “the sharing economy” represented by the likes of AirBnB and Uber, awareness, trust, and usage are all rising dramatically. That’s the conclusion of the second annual Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index from Allianz Global Assistance USA. “More than double […]

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