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Imanta Jungle and Beach Hideaway in Punta de Mita

Less than an hour from the Puerto Vallarta airport is a new and unbelievable luxury resort that is sure to become a preferred new hideout for celebrities trying to escape the gossip rags – Imanta. The more years I work as a travel writer and editor, the harder it is for me to be truly […]

Our Most Popular Luxury Hotel Reviews

Which luxury hotels in Latin America are readers clicking on the most? There’s nothing slightly scientific about this since popularity can be driven by many things: a write-up in a magazine, a hotel being on TV, or a link from another popular website. Still, it’s interesting to take a look at which hotels are getting […]

La Amada Plants the Luxury Flag in Playa Mujeres

Mexico’s Fonotur government agency is legendary in the tourism industry. When it decides to turn an isolated stretch of beach into a row of tourism factories, look out! Their record includes Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Ixtapa, and Nuevo Vallarta—for a start. On deck right now is Playa Mujeres, the area north of Cancun and confusingly […]

Being a Finicky Hotel Guest (for a Good Reason)

I’ve long enjoyed The Finicky Traveler weekend column at the Wall Street Journal. It’s one of the few print columns that isn’t afraid to say when a luxury hotel falls short of expectations—or downright blows it. “In more than 10 years of writing this newspaper’s Finicky Traveler column, I’ve had my share of unpleasant experiences: […]

The World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suites

Where are the world’s most expensive hotel suites? On this luxury travel blog I’m usually discussing the scene in Latin America, but since that whole region is a great value, the prices there don’t make the cut. The Wall Street Journal recently did a big feature story on the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four […]

Pelican Eyes in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

We’ve had our eye on Pelican Eyes in Nicaragua for a while, but felt like some improvements needed to come into play to make this a true upscale travel lodging option. Also known as Piedras y Olas (Rocks and Waves), this is a San Juan del Sur institution that started out modestly and grew along […]

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