Villa rentals Archive

Upscale Condo Hotels in Belize

Most of the luxury hotels we feature are full-service affairs since, as we’ve said many times, it’s the staff attention that really separates a great hotel from an average one. There are times, however, when you want something that falls somewhere between a villa rental and a straight hotel. You want a kitchen and plenty […]

Interview with Michael Brown of Mead Brown Vacation Rentals – Costa Rica

Michael Brown is half of the partnership of Mead Brown, a boutique vacation rental firm serving Costa Rica. The company offers private villas and homes plus premium condominiums for those who expect excellent value, personal service and supremely comfortable accommodations. Co-founders Mark Mead and Michael Brown once enjoyed successful careers in the U.S. working with […]

Luxury Travel Trends, Late 2009

As I mentioned in an earlier post specific to Latin America, I attended the Luxury Travel Expo last week and got to hear what people in the industry had to say about the state of upscale travel in late 2009. They were more upbeat than I expected, especially since travel to Europe has fallen off […]

Our Review of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

We were honored to be among the first batch of guests at Banyan Tree’s first hotel in the Americas. The president of Mexico had just been a guest at the opening ceremony two weeks before we arrived, kicking off what is (for now) the most impressive resort in a region full of impressive resorts. Where […]

Rental Homes on the Lake Near Bariloche, Argentina

Jamie Schectman spent his whole adult life in Lake Tahoe, California but now enjoys living full time in the Lakes District of Argentina, just outside of Bariloche. He and his wife Shanie manage a wide range of private and fully-equipped properties and they offer personalized service to all guests. Check out our their Living In […]

New Villa at the Palmilla

You can combine the space One & Only Palmillaof a villa with access to resort facilities at this new 4-bedroom villa at the One & Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo. I’m in the Los Cabos area right now, checking out what’s new on the luxury hotel scene here, at a time when it’s […]