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Casa de Uco in Argentina Wine Country

You can stay in Mendoza, Argentina and visit wineries during the day, but it can mean a lot of driving to get out and back to where the vineyards are. Fortunately there are several luxury wine lodges in the prime Malbec region of South America, including the latest one we have reviewed: Casa de Uco. [&hellip

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Fine Dining at the Velas Resorts Around Puerto Vallarta

  I still run into people in my travels that look down at the idea of luxury all-inclusive hotels. Their main perceptions seem to be that they’ll be huge and overcrowded and that “the food won’t be very good.” While both may be true of some of the low-end all-inclusive vacation factories serving the masses, [&hellip

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A Luxury All-Inclusive for a New Generation: Unico 20 87

Our latest review from the Caribbean coast of Mexico—the Riviera Maya—is a unique luxury all-inclusive resort, Unico 20 87. Unlike most of them we have covered, this is the place to go if you’re not of the age where your children are in college or in the working world. The big disconnect in the luxury [&hellip

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The Renovated Santiago Ritz-Carlton in Chile

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago has long been a lonely oddity. Since its opening in 2003, it’s been the sole outpost bearing that brand’s name in all of Latin America. Thankfully that is changing now with the opening of a Reserve version in Mexico, but this will remain the only one in South America for the foreseeable [&hellip

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Watch for Teetering Travel Companies in Trouble

Imagine you have flown halfway around the world, after laying out thousands of dollars for your vacation, then being kicked out of your hotel with your flight home canceled. That was the fate this month with more than 150,000 customers of Thomas Cook of London, a once-proud institution that has been around for 178 years, [&hellip

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Take a Tour of W Punta de Mita Beach Resort in Mexico

If you want to stay in an upscale resort on the beach near Puerto Vallarta, but not too near, the W Punta de Mita Resort and Spa about a half hour north of the airport is a fun, aesthetically pleasing choice. Sometimes we manage to make it to a worthy luxury beach resort as soon [&hellip

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