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Touring the Best Luxury Resorts in Cabo

Here at Luxury Latin America, we've been covering the best of the best hotels and resorts in Cabo since our inception in 2007. Back when we started it wasn't hard to keep track of the top Los Cabos luxury hotels because there weren't all that many of them. The Los Cabos Tourism Board, until very recently, made their luxury advertising decisions based on how the general managers at just four resorts decided how to distribute funds. Cabo is a different place now, and it's going to continue evolv...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Mexico, Golf, Resorts, Beaches, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Travel Life, New Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Le Blanc, Luxury Beach Resorts


Conrad Cartagena – Colombia’s Biggest Golf and Beach Resort

Colombia has never been a country with a history of golf courses and while the country has plenty of coastline, there haven't been many full-fledged beach resorts. Its most popular city for tourists got a boost on both counts this year with the opening of Conrad Cartagena Resort. This Hilton brand property is well out of the city, so don't cash in your loyalty points there if you're planning to spend a lot of time strolling the historic center inside the stone walls. Going way out past the air...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Golf, Hilton, South America, Jack Nicklaus, Meetings, Beaches, New Hotels, Colombia Travel, Luxury Hotels Colombia, Cartagena, Luxury Beach Resorts, Beach Resort, Golf Courses, Golf Resorts


Touring the New Solaz Los Cabos Luxury Collection Resort

It's been a busy year for new luxury resort openings in Los Cabos and we've just posted a detailed review of the newest one--for now--Solaz Luxury Collection Resort. Luxury Collection is one of the Starwood Brands, which means it's now one of the 30-odd Marriott logos. It's hard to keep up with all these hotel brands, with new ones still being announced each year. It's also kind of confusing since the other Luxury Collection hotels in Mexico are haciendas in the Yucatan Peninsula, a far cry fr...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico City, Marriott, Mexico Hotels, Yucatan Peninsula, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Resorts, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Solaz, best Mexico hotels, Los Cabos Resorts


Grand Solmar Land’s End at the Tip of the Baja Peninsula

The luxury resort scene in Los Cabos keeps getting more heated all the time. This has clearly become the go-to spot for high-end hotel chains to make their mark in Mexico. The home-grown Mexican companies are no slackers, however, and Grand Solmar Land's End is worth considering for its fine facilities, large rooms, and near-perfect location. That location is at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes and creates some dramatic ocean waves. You can watch t...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Baja, Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos Hotels, Awesome View, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Cabo San Lucas, Murphy, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Cortes, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts


The Suite Life on the Riviera Maya Coast of Mexico

There's a good reason Mexico gets so many luxury travelers drawn to its coasts: the country has more luxury beach resorts than any other country in North America---including the USA. You can quickly get to the Riviera Maya region of the Yucatan Peninsula from the east coast or Midwest of the USA. Leave your home in the morning and be sipping a cocktail with your loved one on the beach in the afternoon at a romantic spot like Belmond Maroma Resort. When I live in the USA it's in Florida, so I k...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, Mexico, North America, Caribbean, Mexico Hotels, Yucatan Peninsula, Travel Life, Midwest, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Don, JW Marriott, Riviera Maya, Hotel promotions


Summer Resort Deals in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

High season is in full swing in the Riviera Maya beach region of Mexico right now, in March as I write this. The weather is nasty in much of the USA and Canada and many vacationers are rushing to trade in snow shovels for flip-flops. This generally continues through Spring Break season, then as sure as April showers bring May flowers, visitor numbers drop off from May onward. Sure, the summer stays busy at family beach resorts, but summer and fall are when you can find some of the best deals a...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Prices, Caribbean, Beach, Beaches, Mexico Hotels, Forbes, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Spring Break, Riviera Maya


The Last of 4 Mayakoba Resorts – Andaz Riviera Maya

The Mayakoba complex north of Playa del Carmen is one of those ambitious master plans that required a lot of guts and long-term vision. Spanish investors started buying the land in the 1980s, applied for permits in the 1990s, and finally opened the first hotel there (Fairmont Mayakoba) in 2006. Now the project has finally reached its conclusion with the last of four hotels in place: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya. Andaz is one of the dizzying number of brands that the international chains...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Environment, Pga, Golf, Costa Rica, Latin America, Caribbean, Beaches, Mexico Hotels, Hyatt, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Playa Del Carmen, Luxury Beach Resorts


An Original Luxury All-Inclusive Turns 20: Royal Hideaway Playacar

I remember the first time I read an article about a "luxury all-inclusive" resort. It was long before we launched Luxury Latin America, back when most travel information came from vessels holding ink on glossy paper that were mailed to your house. The writer was talking about a new resort near Playa del Carmen in Mexico. She was skeptical about the whole concept, someone who had shunned all-inclusive resorts her whole life, but was forced to spend time at this one because her editor sent her t...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Walmart, Times, Nascar, Riviera, Latin America, Travel Industry, Mexico Hotels, Top Hotels, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Le Blanc, Luxury All-inclusive, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Luxury Hotels


Formal Glamour by the Beach: Ritz-Carlton Cancun Resort

While lots of new kids on the block have sprung up since we launched Luxury Latin America about a decade ago, the grandpa resort of Cancun is still going strong. Defying all current trends with its 19th-century furniture reproductions and gilded oil paintings on the wall, it continues to embrace its position as the calmer, old-school, service-oriented grand hotel on the strip. We have had trouble getting management there to give us the time of day though, so our review was getting as dated as ...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico Hotels, Cuisine, Awesome View, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Luxury Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Riviera Maya, Ritz Carlton Cancun Resort


What Winter Looks Like in Belize

Does that photo of Belize above make you dream of summer days at the beach? Well that's not summer in Placencia. It's how things look right now, and all through what's winter in North America. The weather outside is frightful in some parts of the USA and Canada as we welcome the first day of winter. It's about to get blustery up north and people are pulling out the heavy jackets and gloves. This is the time most travel sites start to see their traffic pick up as those same people start enterta...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, Canada, New Hampshire, North America, Central America, Caribbean, Belize, Beaches, Great Britain, Southwest, Awesome View, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts


A Destination Wedding on the Caribbean Beach in Mexico

Do you dream of a destination wedding on the beach, looking out at blue water, for yourself or your grown-up child? Is that thought followed by anxiety about making the arrangements? Belmond Maroma Resort on the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico has you covered. They are trying hard to take the stress out of planning a wedding in paradise. They have launched a new "Planning the Perfect Day" offer that combines wedding services, special experiences, and guest room specials. It's good for June weddin...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, US, Beaches, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Cancun, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Luxury Resorts, Destination Weddings, Riviera Maya, Belmond, Extravagance


Wellness by the Beach in the Riviera Maya

Imagine your cares melting away as you spend your days lazing around the beach and pool in the tropics, the phone turned off, someone special by your side. You have great meals with fresh ingredients and professional staffers waiting on you and tidying up after you in your room. Would you start to feel truly relaxed? Perhaps just one more step: a few wellness treatments in the spa... At Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in the Riviera Maya of Mexico, being pampered in style is a given. This award-wi...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Conde Nast Traveler, Spas, Luxury Beach Resorts, Riviera Maya, Hotel promotions, Belmond, Extravagance, Maroma, Riviera Maya of Mexico, Belmond Maroma Resort Spa


A Sure Bet on Romance at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Sure, cozying up by a fireplace can be romantic, but then you have to bundle up to go outside. How about escaping to a romantic beach in the Riviera Maya of Mexico instead and cozying up with less clothing on at Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa? Getting in the mood for romance is easy when you're right on a gorgeous beach, with excellent food and wine, and you've got a polished staff making sure you're happy and comfortable. Some Riviera Maya resorts are too big, too busy, or too spread out to fe...
Tags: Travel, Romance, Mexico, Wine, Beaches, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury Beach Resorts, Destination Weddings, Caribbean Sea, Honeymoon Destinations, Riviera Maya, El Mirador


A New Luxury All-inclusive Resort in Los Cabos

While the best-known beach resort area on the other side of Mexico is filled with upscale all-inclusive resorts, there haven't been many in Los Cabos until now. Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort opened with a splash recently and staked out a spot as the top choice for paying just one amount. Grand Velas has a great reputation as being an all-inclusive resort that pleases picky travelers who normally would frown on the whole concept. They've got restaurants that would be the envy of most a ...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Beaches, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Cuisine, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury All-inclusive, Luxury Beach Resorts, Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos Resorts


8 Latin AmericanTravel Destinations Where It’s Always Warm

[caption id="attachment_5388" align="aligncenter" width="600"] What it looks like right now on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua[/caption] As I write this there are ice storms blanketing the midwest USA and some parts of the Rockies have gotten a meter of snow. An NFL football championship game this past weekend had to be moved back to allow times to clear the roads. If you're feeling down from the cold and gray and dreaming of yellow sun and warmth, we've got some ideas for you in Latin America. H...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Usa, Mexico, New York City, Americas, NFL, Chicago, Colombia, Canada, Golf, Peru, Miami, South America, San Jose, Nicaragua


Take a Tour of Hopkins Bay Resort in Belize

At Hopkins Bay Resort in Belize, you get your beautiful stretch of beach with lounge chairs and two swimming pools, but you also get to be in a real town instead of a place filled with other tourists. The town of Hopkins is a Garifuna settlement with a few hotels, rather than a hotel settlement with some worker housing. It's a place where you can hear Garifuna music and see their handicrafts, where if you really want you can go eat at a true local restaurant. Take a spin on one of the resort b...
Tags: Travel, Caribbean, Belize, Family Travel, Beaches, Hopkins, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Honeymoon Destinations, Garifuna, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels


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, that one is like a full-blown house. Even though the Banyan Tree opened in 2009, it's still miles ahead of most others on this competitive tourist coast in Mexico thanks in part to ...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Golf, Mexico Hotels, Villa Rentals, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury Beach Resorts, Golf Resorts, Luxury Resorts, Riviera Maya, Banyan Tree, Rosewood Mayakoba, best Mexico hotels, Mayakoba, Extravagance


Checking out Belize Ocean Club in Placencia

While Ambergris Caye wins the volume award for tourists in Belize, Placencia has emerged as the best luxury travel destination and we've got a new review posted of Belize Ocean Club. Opened in 2013 and now really hitting its stride, Belize Ocean Club is a resort situated on one of the thinnest sections of the peninsula, giving it an enviable location straddling the lagoon side and the ocean side. You can walk the beach at sunrise, then the same day kick back with a cocktail by the waterfront a...
Tags: Travel, Central America, Belize, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Ambergris Caye, Placencia, Maya Island Air, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Placencia Belize


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 with who's who in the chain hotel scene: IHG swallows Kimpton, Raffles merges with Fairmont then gets bought by Accor, Marriott and Starwood become one giant behemoth with 30 brands, and on it goes. So when you...
Tags: Travel, Ihg, Starwood, Honduras, Belize, Awesome View, Travel Life, Villa Rentals, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Placencia, Chabil Mar, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Placencia Belize


Where Luxury All-Inclusive is a Reality in Mexico

Many upscale travelers cling to the idea that "luxury resort" and "all-inclusive" are mutually exclusive. When they hear "luxury all-inclusive resort" they think of buffet lines, sappy entertainment, some cheerleader with a mic by the pool, and rowdy kids accompanying loud drunken parents. Granted, there are plenty of hotels like that in the Cancun area and down the Riviera Maya of Mexico, but there are also quite a few that are a big step up. One of those is Live Aqua Cancun, which I just had...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Caribbean, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Cancun, Luxury All-inclusive, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Extravagance


Hopkins Bay Beach Resort on the Sandy Coast of Belize

It's not always easy to find a sandy mainland beach in Belize, or to stay close to a real Garifuna village. At Hopkins Bay Resort you get both though, in a secluded area halfway down the coast. Located in the Stann Creek district between Dangriga and Placencia, it sits by a small village populated by the Garifuna people strung along this whole coast down to Nicaragua. Known for their great music and creole dialect, they're normally just carted in and out of resorts for a performance. Here at H...
Tags: Travel, Nicaragua, Caribbean, Belize, Beaches, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Garifuna, Placencia, Maya Island Air, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels


Thompson Hotels’ Twofer in Playa del Carmen

We raved before about Thompson Hotels' first foray into Mexico, the young and stylish The Cape in Los Cabos, but their latest in Playa del Carmen didn't have a large empty oceanfront lot to work with. Playa del Carmen is now one of the country's priciest real estate markets and there's not all that much beachfront space even left as the former village has expanded like The Blob. So the developers looked at the situation as a set of creative constraints and decided to split the property in two....
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico Hotels, Cape, Thompson, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Playa Del Carmen, Luxury Beach Resorts, Don, Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Thompson Hotels, Design Hotels


Los Cabos Goes Modern at The Cape Hotel

If your hotel tastes run to the sleek and modern, The Cape is your spot in Cabo San Lucas. In a region teeming with luxury hotels that evoke a strong sense of place, there would seem to be room for one that takes a different approach, going glam and contemporary instead. More rock band than mariachi band, Thompson Hotels' first opening in Mexico is aimed at new money and the Entourage types more than those who have been coming to Los Cabos for a decade or more. The huge open-air lobby and bar...
Tags: Mexico, San Francisco, Santiago, Mexico City, Shanghai, States, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Cape, Thompson, University Of Michigan, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Cabo San Lucas


Las Ventanas in Los Cabos After the Revamp

In late 2014, that gorgeous Las Ventanas al Paraiso suite you see above was a complete wreck. After hurricane Odile ripped through, nearly everything not made of concrete or porcelain needed to be replaced. The resort shut down for more than half a year while owners waited on insurance money and crews got to work cleaning, repainting, and replacing a long list of new items. After spending some time there in December though, not only was it worth the wait, but Las Ventanas is now like a new re...
Tags: Mexico, North America, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Resorts, Luxury Resorts, Los Cabos, Las Ventanas, Rosewood, Los Cabos Mexico, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Baja Sur, best Mexico hotels


Indura Beach and Golf Resort: Tops in Central America

If you asked me to name off the top luxury beach resorts in Central America, one of the best would be in...Honduras? Although it might seem far-fetched until you visit it, Indura Resort near Tela ranks up there with the best of them, showing off terrific rooms (all spacious junior suites), attentive service, and far better cuisine than you usually get in this part of the world. It may seem like a gamble to open a high-end resort in a country with such a bad crime rap, but Mexico is coming off...
Tags: Mexico, Italy, Golf, Honduras, Central America, Caribbean, Naples, Beaches, Awesome View, New Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury Beach Resorts, Golf Courses, Golf Resorts


Our Revamped Review and Video Tour of Le Blanc Cancun

Le Blanc Spa Resort is not typical Cancun and it's not typical all-inclusive, so check this one out with an open mind. Among many luxury travelers who can afford the best of the best every time, the phrase "all-inclusive" is spoken with a wrinkling of the nose or a looking down of that nose. The whole idea, in their mind, is associated with mass-market vacationers stuffing their face and falling down drunk, whooping like a loud American watching a football game. There are plenty of places li...
Tags: Mexico, Netflix, North America, AAA, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Spas, 5-diamond Mexico, Cancun, Le Blanc, Luxury All-inclusive, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Mexico Resorts, CANCUN Mexico