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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


In Bogota, You Have Two Four Seasons Hotels to Choose From

There are very few cities in the world that have two Four Seasons hotels and they are mostly cities with a flood of BP and C-level business travelers, such as Boston, New York, and London. You can add a city from Latin America to that list though: Bogota, Colombia. Four Seasons Casa Medina A while back we had a correspondent write a whole new review of Casa Medina in Colombia, which we've had in our listings from the start. We needed to start over to reflect all the changes that have come th...
Tags: Travel, London, Colombia, Four Seasons, Latin America, Cuisine, Bogota, Santo Domingo, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Colombia Travel, Luxury Colombia Travel, Luxury Hotels Colombia, Spas, Casa Medina, Seasons Hotel Bogotá


Revisiting The Springs Resort Near Arenal Volcano

If your idea of paradise is soaking in hot springs with a cool drink in hand, looking at a volcano cone smoking in the distance, then check out our updated review of The Springs Resort in Costa Rica. When you've been publishing hotel reviews since 2007 like we have, inevitably you have to return to luxury resorts that have survived and thrived for more than a decade to see how time has treated them. In some cases they have not aged well and we have to drop them from our listings. Others have r...
Tags: Travel, Costa Rica, Awesome View, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Costa Rica Travel, Spas, Arenal, Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano, Tico, Fortuna, The Springs Resort, Sanctuary Spa, Costa Rica luxury, Costa Rica Hotels


The Top Luxury Hotels in Mexico City

Way back in 2008 we launched our Mexico City section and at the time we only featured five hotels. Mexico City has come a long way since then and it's now routinely touted in magazines as the hot place to go this year. Back when we posted our first reviews there were very few leisure travelers at these top luxury properties. It was mostly business travelers. More than a decade later, a lot of vacationers have discovered its close by charms. Mexico's capital still has a long way to go before yo...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Mexico, Canada, Mexico City, Marriott, Four Seasons, Mexico Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Chapultapec Park, Hilton Hyatt, San Angel, Ritz Carlton Mexico City, Las Alcobas, Polanco


The 5-Diamond Resorts of Mexico

The AAA 5-Diamond Awards are, in most respects, the most exclusive listings out there for North American hotels and resorts. There's a thorough vetting and inspection process the properties go through and a long checklist of amenities that need to be in place to qualify. Unlike a membership organization like Leading Hotels of the World, this is not a paid reservation system for hotels. The AAA inspectors are about as impartial as you can get. If you've ever heard the phrase "true 5-star hotel,...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Canada, North America, Four Seasons, AAA, Caribbean, Travel Industry, Luxury Hotels, Expedia, Mexico Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, 5-diamond Mexico, Cancun, Mexico Luxury Hotels


Restival 2018: Ringing in the New Year in Oaxaca, Mexico

Surrounded by cactus-dotted desert and the elephant-back mountains of Oaxaca we watched the last rays of daylight from yoga mats on our very first evening at Restival -- sunset yoga and a gong sound bath were our welcome to the community. Sometimes it's all in a name and RESTIVAL promised to be the most unique year ending that I had ever come across. A health and wellness festival started by a Brit in 2015, Restival is a global event held in various locations around the world, this time 45 min...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, New York, Mexico, La, Oaxaca, Mezcal, Luxury Travel Features, Luxury Latin America, Eve, Wellness Travel, Oaxaca Mexico, Hacienda de San Antonio, Retreats, Healing Arts, Temazcal


The Best Luxury Hotel in Santa Marta, Colombia – Don Pepe

While some areas of Colombia have seen dramatic increases in high-end tourists in the past decade, only a few intrepid travelers go far enough beyond to get to Santa Marta. So you won't have hours of research in front of you to figure out where to stay. Book a room at Hotel Boutique Don Pepe and relax. We don't think Santa Marta is going to stay a secret forever. The region has some of the country's best Caribbean beaches, backed by dramatic mountains, and the Spanish colonial city center is a...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, South America, Caribbean, Luxury Latin America, Santa Marta, Simon Bolivar, Santa Marta Colombia, Don Pepe, Rosa y Pepe Suite


Where to Eat in Mexico City

[caption id="attachment_7432" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Plated at Pujol[/caption] Trying to pick the best restaurants in Mexico City is an exercise in futility, like trying to narrow down the best places to eat in Paris or New York---from a culinary standpoint it's just as difficult. This is the largest city in the Americas, after all, and one with a reputation for terrific food at every budget level. A few restaurants do stand out of course, winning accolades on international best resta...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Mexico, Americas, US, Paris, Mexico City, Random House, NICK, Baja California, Luxury Latin America, Sophia, Nicholas, Centro Historico, Pujol


Our Most Popular Luxury Hotel Reviews

  Which luxury hotels in Latin America are readers clicking on the most? We just pulled up a report of our top-100 pages by traffic this year and there are a surprising number of luxury boutique hotels on the list. Of course there's nothing even slightly scientific about this: what's popular on our site is not necessarily a reflection of the most popular luxury hotels overall or "the best" in any objective sense. Our traffic to individual hotel reviews  can be driven by many things: a write-up...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Panama Canal, Panama, Latin America, La Reunion, Travel Industry, Luxury Hotels, Belize, Mexico Hotels


Wildlife Activities Around Yasuni National Park in Ecuador

If you go to the Yasuni National Park region of Ecuador, it's a full-on jungle experience. While it's the Amazon Basin rather than being on the big river itself, this expanse of 2.5 million protected acres is packed with even more wildlife than you'll find in Peru or Brazil. In the Yasuni area UNESCO biosphere, one hectare in this area contains more living organisms than the entire European continent. A third of all Amazonian mammals are found here in this part of Ecuador, including 60% of all...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Environment, Unesco, Wildlife, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Yasuni National Park, Bird Watching, Awesome View, Travel Life, Jungle Lodge, Luxury Latin America, Ecuador Travel, United States of America


Why I Don’t Trust User-Generated Hotel Reviews

Can you trust the hotel reviews on TripAdvisor or other "user-generated content" sites? Since I'm a travel editor, people are always telling me about their own vacation experiences, about resorts that went above the call of duty and hotels that failed miserably. At least once a month, someone will bring up how they were duped by the reviews on TripAdvisor or, even more worrisome, they'll tell me about a hotel manager who pushed them to post a good review. In one case (a competitor to a hotel w...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hotels, Hilton, Tripadvisor, Travel Industry, Applebees, Hotel Reviews, Best Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Hype and Spin


Casa Republica Barranco Comes to Lima’s Artistic Neighborhood

The hip artistic neighborhood on the sea coast of Lima has a second boutique hotel worth considering now: Casa Republica Barranco. Lima is a bit of a strange city when it comes to luxury lodging. There's not much of it anywhere near the airport or the historic center. Most of the luxury hotels of all kinds are in San Isidro, Miraflores, and now emerging Barranco. We reviewed the first luxury boutique hotel here that kicked things off many years ago: Hotel B, part of the Relais and Chateaux org...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Lima, Latin America, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, New Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, LIMA Peru, Boutique Hotels, Barranco, Peru hotels, Casa Republica Barranco Comes, Casa Republica Barranco Lima, San Isidro Miraflores


A Second Le Blanc Luxury All-inclusive, Los Cabos in Baja

Luxury resorts are sprouting up like desert mushrooms along the Los Cabos tourist corridor between the two cities. Many are offshoots of U.S. or Spanish chains, but there are plenty of Mexican ones in the mix as well, including a Le Blanc Spa Resort. Joining the Le Blanc Cancun one we've been covering since our launch, this adults-only all-inclusive resort follows the same playbook of indulgence and stylish spaces with a great pool complex by the beach. The pool complex is a real gem here, wit...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Baja, Luxury Latin America, Le Blanc, Los Cabos, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, Le Blanc Cancun, Palace Resorts


Mexico’s Tourism Records and a New President

How much difference can a change in presidents make in a country's drive to attract more visitors? Mexico is hoping the answer is "not much" when Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) takes office for the next six years. Mexico has been on a roll lately, setting new tourism records and taking the #6 spot in the world for destinations. It topped 39 million foreign visitors last year and airlines have scrambled to add 1.5 million seats to the international capacity to meet demand. This is good new...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Mexico, Americas, Diamond, Canada, Tourism, Mexico City, Travel Industry, Chiapas, Mexico Travel, Trump, Luxury Latin America, Cancun, Tulum, Los Cabos


Explore More of Costa Rica on a Small Group Tour

Have you ever booked a small group tour in order to discover more of a travel destination? It might be the best option for an attraction-packed country like Costa Rica. We're big fans of independent travel here at Luxury Latin America, loving the freedom and the opportunities to get off the beaten path. We also understand, however, that people who are still working for a living don't necessarily have untold hours of time at their disposal to work out all the traveling logistics. Sometimes the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Environment, Panama Canal, North America, Costa Rica, Central America, Panama, Latin America, Adventure Travel, Travel Industry, Travel Life, Nature Tours, Adventure Tours, Luxury Latin America, Costa Rica Travel


Checking Out Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, Los Cabos

We've been trying hard to keep up with all the new openings in Los Cabos, with the latest addition being our in-depth review of Chileno Bay Resort and Residences. This Auberge Collection resort isn't the newest in town since that title rarely lasts more than a few months these days, but it has already soared up the rankings to join the elite luxury resorts that have been established for more than a decade, like sister Auberge property Esperanza. Chileno Bay Resort, as you would probably imagin...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Los Cabos, Comal, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts, Extravagance, Auberge 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


Visiting the Flor de Caña Distillery in Nicaragua

I seldom sample spirits at 11:00 a.m., but travel writing is not for the faint of heart. Offered a chance to taste Flor de Caña, Nicaragua’s premium rum, my colleagues and I were up for the challenge. To find out how this Central American favorite is made, we left the beautiful colonial city of León and drove about 45 minutes north to the distillery. Other participants we ran into booked tours from Managua or their cruise ships. Flor de Caña Distillery offers three public tours a day in its 12...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, San Francisco, New York Times, Italy, Peru, Mark Twain, Nicaragua, Panama Canal, Cuba, Seattle, Rum, Coca Cola, Costa Rica, Latin America


The Best Places to Visit in Peru: Machu Picchu and Beyond

Peru is an incredibly diverse country to visit if you don't just rush through and check things off a list. It goes from desert to rainforest, volcanic ranges to the Andes, high lakes to deep canyons, and to the Pacific Ocean. Most tourists who come to Peru are concentrated in one area, so it's not difficult to get away from the crowds. Those crowded places are popular for a reason, so they're rightfully on every first-time visitor's to-do list, but don't limit your trip to those. We got some a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Wikipedia, Cambodia, Peru, South America, Jordan, Pacific Ocean, Lima, Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, Petra, Peru Tours, Cusco, Travel Life, Luxury Peru


Oh, the Animals You Will See in the Galapagos!

When you read articles about the Galapagos Islands and see the stunning wildlife shots, your natural reaction is to think the person who took the photos is a really good photographer. It's also natural to think that baby sea lion or that puffed-up, red-chested frigate bird was the only one they spotted that day. An eagle-eyed guide found the right spot and everyone looked through binoculars and scopes. We think that because in most of the world, spotting wildlife is very hit and miss. Animals ...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Americas, Wildlife, South America, Ecuador, Pacific, Galapagos Islands, Adventure Travel, Galapagos, Luxury Cruises, Travel Life, Small Ship Cruises, Nature Tours, Adventure Tours, Luxury Latin America


The 5-Diamond Resorts of Mexico

The AAA 5-Diamond Awards are, in most respects, the most exclusive listings out there for North American hotels and resorts. There's a thorough vetting and inspection process the properties go through and a long checklist of amenities that need to be in place to qualify. Unlike a membership organization like Leading Hotels of the World, this is not a paid reservation system for hotels. The AAA inspectors are about as impartial as you can get. If you've ever heard the phrase "true 5-star hotel,...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Canada, Mexico City, Esperanza, Four Seasons, AAA, Caribbean, Travel Industry, Luxury Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, 5-diamond Mexico, Cancun, 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


A Decade Later, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Shines Bright in Buenos Aires

Once upon a time, before Luxury Latin America had gone live, yours truly was the very first guest to check into the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt when it opened to guests in Buenos Aires. There were cameras with flashes going off, TV crews recording video, and Hyatt executives with a "C" on their business card. Reporters were asking me questions in that Italian-lilt Spanish I could barely understand. My wife and I just showed up in a taxi and expected the usual uneventful check-in. We had no idea i...
Tags: Travel, Argentina, Wine, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Luxury Hotels, Hyatt, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Mike Pence, Buenos Aires Argentina, Buenos Aires Hotels, Park Hyatt, Art Hotels, Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt


Buy Your Way Into Airport Lounge Access in Latin America

Even if you have spent enough and flown enough to hit elite status on one of the big international airlines, chances are you're out of luck when you're flying into and around Latin America. You won't find airport lounges from United, AA, Delta, or British Air. Instead, you'll see lounges for their dominant airlines: LATAM, Avianca, Copa, and Aeromexico. That doesn't mean you can't get access though, even if you're not an elite status member of one of those airlines. You can buy your way in wit...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Airports, Colombia, Peru, Heineken, Latin America, Travel Industry, Travel Life, Latin American Airlines, Luxury Latin America, Avianca, Latam, Aeromexico, Chase Sapphire, Priority Pass


A Private Yacht Tour Around the Islands of Belize

Some destinations seem tailor made for a private yacht tour where you sail around warm waters with your own crew. Belize is definitely one of those, with a stretch of the world's second-longest coral reef and lots of islands to explore scattered off the coast from north to south. In terms of logistics, you can't ask for a much better situation if you want to sail in style. The main airport of Belize City is a short hop from a Cucumber Marina, where you can sail straight out to sea. The other o...
Tags: Travel, Guatemala, Tours, Central America, Belize, Cuisine, Galapagos, Erin, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Luxury Tours, Luxury Latin America, Belize City, Doris, Placencia


House of Jasmines Revised Review and Video Tour

The best luxury hotels in each region tend to stay that way, but over time many of them do improve or add more buildings to the mix. Both are true with the country estancia retreat House of Jasmines outside of Salta, in Argentina. When we first reviewed this Salta hotel it was kind of a working horse farm with some guesthouse rooms and was owned by a famous Hollywood actor. Eventually more experienced hoteliers took it over and started a series of upgrades, including a larger kitchen and dinin...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hollywood, Argentina, South America, Cuisine, Argentina Travel, Awesome View, Cafayate, Salta, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Salta Argentina, Argentina hotels, House of Jasmines, Estancias


The Latest Picks for the Top Hotels in South America

Want to know which are the most highly regarded luxury hotels and resorts in South America? We've got some rare convergence with the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards---if we just stick with the least influenced region. Their picks match up well with our South America luxury reviews. I'm no fan of the supposed "readers' polls" put out by the big travel magazines. I know too many people in the industry who have been part of ballot-stuffing programs to believe these polls really reflect...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, South America, Uruguay, Resorts, Ecuador, Travel Industry, Luxury Hotels, Cusco, Best Hotels


The Beautiful Quebrada de Las Conchas in Argentina

The first time I went through the Quebrada de las Conchas on Route 68 in Argentina, I was on my way from Salta to spend a few nights in Cafayate. I was traveling independently back then and saw it all from the window of a public express bus. I was entranced with the views, but they passed too quickly. We didn't stop once along the way, there or on the return. This time when I visited 11 years later, I was traveling with Salta-based Socompa Adventures on a three-day 4WD tour through the arid Sa...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Road Trips, Argentina, Scenery, Argentina Travel, Awesome View, Travel Life, Cafayate, Great Drives, Salta, Scenic Drives, Luxury Latin America, Las Conchas, Quebrada de las Conchas, Socompa Adventures


What Kind of Experience Does the Adventure Traveler Want?

Do you consider yourself an adventure traveler? What does "adventure travel" mean to you? I've been on adventure tours that felt like they were going to kill me, then others where I barely broke a sweat. Two organizations that care deeply about how you reconcile the differences recently ran a survey of 8,000 active travelers to find out what matters to them on their vacation. Outside Magazine and the Adventure Travel Trade Association teamed up with a university to get some real data. The full...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, Australia, Mexico, Environment, Wealth, Canada, New Zealand, South America, Surveys, North America, Central America, Latin America, Adventure Travel, Travel Industry


Local Luxury Travel Hotel Chains in Latin America

When you think of luxury hotel chains around the world, you probably think of the international ones everyone has heard of. In Latin America, however, these tend to be pretty scarce, so you're more likely to see names like Inkaterra, Explora, Aranwa, and Habita. Many of the "chains" in this region only have two or three locations. If your ideal luxury hotel brand is Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, One&Only, or Banyan Tree, you'll only find a few rare locations from Mexico down through Patagonia. I...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, Peru, South America, Uruguay, Guatemala, Latin America, Travel Industry, Belize, Mexico Hotels, San Pedro, Best Hotels