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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


Our Review of Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia Posted

We've had a correspondent in Colombia reviewing some new properties and filling in some gaps in our coverage. The latest luxury hotel review we've added is the Sofitel Victoria Regia in Bogota. This upscale property from the French chain Accor injects a little Parisian "Ooh La La" into this Latin American capital city. The public areas are stylish, there's a Golden Key concierge to make your Bogota visit a special one, and there are a lot of additional services included here that make this Sof...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Accor, Hermès, Mercedes, Bogota, Top Hotels, Colombia Travel, Luxury Hotels Colombia, Nespresso, Zona, Sofitel, Ooh La La, Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia Posted, Sofitel Victoria Regia, Victoria Regia


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


Viceroy Los Cabos Stylish Luxury Resort in Baja

My welcome drink in the lobby of Viceroy Los Cabos was a colorful refreshment in what looked like a plastic bag, with a straw sticking out of the top. This spin on Mexican street stall practices seemed an odd choice in this day and age when plastic bags and straws are getting banned all over the world. "The bag is made of corn starch and will decompose," a staffer said when she saw me frowning. "The straws are made from avocado pits." Things are not always what they seem at the new Viceroy Los...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, San Jose, Baja, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Baja California, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Viceroy, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts


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


Montage Los Cabos is Their First Outside the USA

That sitting area pictured above is at one of the swimming pools at Montage Los Cabos, one of the newest luxury resorts to open in the corridor between the two anchor cities of the region. There's another pool with lounge chairs and daybeds below that, then a lovely crescent beach in a small bay that's a rarity in these parts. You can actually walk right in from shore and go for a swim. No red beach flags or giant crashing waves. Opened in 2018, this is the first Mexican location for Montage, ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, Mexico, Golf, Prices, Luxury Hotels, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Villa Rentals, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Spas, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos


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


Why You Should Stay for Days in Peru’s Sacred Valley

If you look through major tour company itineraries for Peru, you'll see that most of them don't spend much time in the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. They rush through the Valle Sagrado to tick off a few sites like Pisac and Ollaytantambo on a bus tour. Or they skip the valley altogether and just ride through on the Hiram Bingham luxury train. This is a big shame and it pains us to see so many travelers rushing through Peru. When you only hit the well-known highlights, you spend...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Adventure Travel, Peru Tours, Cusco, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Adventure Tours, Top Hotels, Experiential Travel, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba River, Incas


A Sacred Valley Spa in a 17th Century Building From Explora

We first posted about the latest Explora hotel in Peru when it opened two years ago and we got a correspondent in early to check it out. As these things usually go though, work was still going on during the opening months and additions rolled out over the next two years. We just got someone back in the property again to see how it has matured in that time so we could get a more complete picture. You can see the fully updated review here. The biggest change has been the addition of a Sacred Val...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Adventure Travel, Peru Tours, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Adventure Tours, Top Hotels, Spas, Andes Mountains, Sacred Valley, Explora, Peru hotels, Sacred Valley Spa


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


The Resort That Put Manzanillo on the Map: Las Hadas

While Mexico's tourism numbers have set new records the past few years, soaring to close to 40 million annual visitors, the country has long attracted wealthy travelers from the north. Sometimes they came for the fishing or to just get away from it all, and one of the early hotspots was Las Hadas in Manzanillo. In an early "build it and they will come" project, billionaire Antenor Patiño built a sprawling palace as a private residence for himself and friends, eventually turning it into a hotel...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Tecate, MANZANILLO, Las Brisas, Costalegre, luxury Costalegre, Las Hadas, Antenor Patiño, Hotel Las Hadas, Manznillo The post The Resort That Put Manzanillo


Another New Luxury Property in Puebla: Hotel Cartesiano

While Mexico's capital is jammed with luxury hotels to choose from these days, upscale places to stay have been scarce in the next largest cities, including Puebla. We're happy to see signs of change, including the opening of modern Hotel Cartesiano near the historic center of Puebla. Habita jumped into this city first around a decade ago with La Purificadora and there were a couple other small contenders, but it wasn't until the Rosewood Puebla rolled into town last year that we got a true lu...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico City, Puebla, Mexico Hotels, Yucatan Peninsula, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Spas, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Puebla Mexico, best Mexico hotels, Mexico City hotels, La Purificadora, best Puebla hotel


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


Take a Video Tour of Your Belize Vacation in Placencia

Many people who have gone on a Belize vacation never made it further than the airport and Ambergris Caye. If you hop a prop plane for the short flight to Placencia, however, you can have a true beach vacation at Chabil Mar Resort. Want to get an idea of what that experience would be like? Check out this great footage for a video tour from flight to adventures to dining by the sea with your toes in the sand. We've been to Placencia a few times now and always have a great experience. This pen...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Canada, Belize, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Placencia, Hotel promotions, Chabil Mar, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Placencia Village, Chabil Mar Resort Want


Our Revamped Review of Marquis Los Cabos in Mexico

The Marquis Los Cabos luxury beach resort has been through some changes over the years, keeping what made it special but upgrading facilities and dropping the a la carte payment system. We've just updated our review to give you the scoop. I stayed at the Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Mexico two incarnations ago, back when most of the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo was empty sand dunes and beach. Since then this luxury pioneer came under the management of the company runnin...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Michelin, Esperanza, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Cuisine, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury All-inclusive, Cabo San Lucas, Marquis, Los Cabos, Las Ventanas, San José del Cabo


Guayaquil Gets Its First Luxury Boutique Hotel

We've long had plenty of great luxury hotel choices in the capital of Ecuador, where a new boutique hotel is opening every year or two, but it's been a different story in Guayaquil. Long regarded as the one-night stopover on the way to the Galapagos Islands, it has never managed to get tourists to stick around. So the hotel options reflected that fact, serving as places to process the tour groups who checked in late and left early. The Oro Verde Group took things into its own hands, taking a s...
Tags: Travel, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Travel Life, Quito, Top Hotels, Ecuador Travel, Guayaquil, Ecuador hotels, Guayaquil Long, Oro Verde Group, Parque Historico Guayaquil


A Private Island Luxury Lodge on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a special place, the highest big lake you can navigate in the world, shared by Bolivia and Peru, with an interesting native culture on floating island made from reeds. The best way to experience it in all its majesty is at the one private island resort: Isla Suasi Hotel. This upscale property on a Lake Titicaca island has grown steadily over the years after the owner started out with just one room for rent 20 years ago. Isla Suasi now has 23 rooms and a two-bedroom cottage rig...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Top Hotels, Puno, Private Island, Peru hotels, Titilaka, Island Resorts, Private Island Luxury Lodge, Isla Suasi


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


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


Auberge Resort Esperanza in Los Cabos Keeps Getting Better

It's no secret that competition is heating up for luxury resorts in Los Cabos, but the original top oceanfront beauties are not sitting still, including Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection. Esperanza was one of the originals here, perched on a cliff with stunning views of the bay to the right and powerful waves crashing below. One of our correspondents recently stayed to update our review and found the views still impress, but regular renovations and refreshes are keeping this upscale resort...
Tags: Travel, Esperanza, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Top Hotels, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Los Cabos Mexico, Los Cabos Resorts, Auberge Resorts, Auberge Resort Esperanza, Esperanza Auberge Resorts Collection Esperanza, Esperanza Auberge Resorts Collection


Jungle Animals and Culture at the Napo Wildlife Center

The Amazon Basin jungle region of Ecuador is not as well-known by tourists as the river cruise spots in Peru, but it's actually better set up in terms of upscale jungle lodges, such as Napo Wildlife Reserve. You're near a tributary of the Amazon River instead of the great river itself, but the wildlife is abundant---with fewer insects that want to bite you. When I was staying at Mashpi Cloudforest Reserve in another part of Ecuador, my guide was a guy who had worked at two lodges in the jungle...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Peru, South America, Ecuador, Adventure Travel, Yasuni National Park, Awesome View, Travel Life, Jungle Lodge, Nature Tours, Adventure Tours, Quito, Top Hotels, Ecuador Travel, Amazon River


Spread out in a Condo at The Phoenix Resort Belize

If that shot above doesn't look like a typical hotel room, that's because it's not. When you stay at Phoenix Resort Belize on Ambergris Caye, you won't have to leave your unit to have a little space to yourself. The large bedrooms open onto a spacious furnished terrace running the length of the unit and you get a fully equipped kitchen and open dining/living room. One of the main reasons travelers choose a vacation home rental or villa over a hotel is they don't want to be crammed into one roo...
Tags: Travel, Belize, San Pedro, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Phoenix, Top Hotels, Ambergris Caye, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Condo Hotels, Phoenix Resort Belize, Phoenix Resort, San Pedro Ambergris Caye


A Private Island Far Removed: Hatchet Caye in Belize

Imagine taking a boat from the mainland of Belize out to the barrier reef and walking along a pier to your private island resort cabana. While you're there, you can snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard right off the shore. That's the experience at the latest Belize resort we've reviewed: Hatchet Caye. Hatchet Caye already sounds familiar to a lot of long-time Luxury Latin America readers. We ran a contest a couple years ago where a lucky couple won a vacation with domestic flights, a stay at Chabil ...
Tags: Travel, Environment, America, Fishing, Belize, Scuba Diving, Awesome View, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Ambergris Caye, Private Island, Placencia, Snorkeling, Chabil Mar, Hatchet Caye, Luxury Belize


Intimate Boutique B&B Hotel Nena in San Miguel de Allende

It's getting hard to keep up with new boutique hotel openings in San Miguel de Allende, so we've been checking in on ones that make the cut for picky luxury travelers from abroad. Our latest review is Hotel Nena, on the same street as the sprawling Rosewood but in a much more intimate space. Back in the 00's, when I first visited San Miguel de Allende, there was one great hotel and a few nice boutique hotels scattered around. Most of the visitors seemed to be relatives of all the gringos livin...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Top Hotels, San Miguel, Nena, San Miguel de Allende, Boutique Hotels, Rosewood, Best City, Mexican boutique hotels, Abuela, San Miguel Things, Mexico Hotel Nena


The Best Spa in Belize at New Naia Resort

While most Belize resorts are focused on adventures above and below the water, the new luxury Naïa hotel in Placencia follows a more traditional path of relaxation and pampering. It has been quite a while since the glossy travel and fashion magazines gushed over a new resort in Belize. There are almost zero international chains here that can be hit up for six-figure ad deals. Until now, the spas these magazines love to cover didn't really exist. Belize visitors are a fragmented, adventurous bu...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Belize, Erin, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Spas, NAIA, Placencia, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Placencia Belize, Best Spa, New Naia Resort, Stewart Krohn


San Miguel’s Latest Luxury Boutique Hotel – Casablanca 7

In the past decade, San Miguel de Allende has gone from a sleepy expat center to a thriving tourist draw for both foreigners and urban Mexicans. New hotels are continually popping up to meet the demand of a city named "the best in the world" a couple years back in a major travel magazine readers' poll. The latest we've added to our list of the best is Casablanca 7. Housed in a structure that's 300 years old, design came first in a property that let the walls and arches speak. Preserving the ho...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Casablanca, Mediterranean, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, San Miguel, Mexico Luxury Hotels, San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico, Boutique Hotels, Fatima, San Miguel de Allende Mexico, Mexican boutique hotels