The Revamped Hotel Esencia in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

The problem with publishing since 2007 like Luxury Latin America has is that hotels don’t stay stuck in time and we need to continually update old reviews. Sometimes the changes are minor, but beautiful Hotel Esencia between Playa del Carmen and Tulum is looking fresh and new after recent changes. Esencia has long been a […]

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A W Hotel Comes to Bogota

In the early days of Starwood’s W Hotels expansion, when a new W came to town it was a major event. From Bali to Barcelona, Istanbul to Santiago, it was almost taken by the locals as a sign that the city had made it. When the one opened in Mexico City, residents flocked to the […]

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Donald Trump’s Panama Tower Helped by the Fame

The media’s love affair with Donald Trump’s run for the U.S. presidency (and his reliable weekly gaffes) sure haven’t hurt apartment sales in his Panama City Trump Ocean Club. Despite the derogatory comments about Latino immigrants, nationals from throughout the Americas have been snapping up the remaining condos at a quickening pace. A report from […]

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The Spellbinding South of Costa Rica

Costa Rica vacations take a rather predictable path for first-time visitors. Those who return tend to dig deeper, to explore wider, to get more off the standard circuit. Our latest tour story leaves the capital, heads to the coast, and then meanders down through the Dominical region almost to the Panamanian border, to the Gulfo […]

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New Luxury Hotels Coming to Latin America

Autumn is travel trade conference season and we recently attended TravelMart Latin America and International Luxury Travel Mart Americas in the Mayakoba complex of the RIviera Maya. I got to check out the new Hyatt Playa del Carmen property, which is a shade shy of being luxury but has an incredible location on the water […]

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Approaching Ancient Mayan Ruins on Horseback

Want to feel like a conquistador and have a brag-worthy excursion that nobody you know has experienced? We’ve got one for you that’s not very far away, but very exotic in feel: entering the impressive Xunantunich site on horseback. Nobody ever approached it that way in its heyday, which was off and on from 670 […]

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