Category Archives: Central America

Green & Chic ~ La Cocotera, La Barra de Santiago, El Salvador

La Cocotera_El Salvador_lacocoThe mere mention of the words ecotourism and Central America immediately conjures images of one place, Costa Rica, whose entire country brand is built on its “gentle approach” to tourism. An approach that may have been very progressive when Costa Rica began developing its modern tourism infrastructure a few decades ago, deliberately going against the grain, shunning high-rise and condo-strewn resorts and opting instead to maximize its natural assets. A strategy that has paid off handsomely, and one that other countries are emulating. Less-known El Salvador, Costa Rica’s neighbor to the south has one gem of an eco resort that borrows the same DNA of eco-responsible hotel development, La Cocotera Resort and Eco Lodge. Designed for those seeking the luxury of nature in its unspoiled state and tranquility.

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Green & Chic ~ Casa de los Sueños, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Casa de los Sueños_Isla Mujeres_Quintana Roo_MX_shapeimage_1Casa de los Sueños is a magical place. From the moment you walk in the door, it is an oasis. It radiates tranquility, peace and a sense of “home.” Aside from being an incredibly beautiful resort with breathtaking views and an extremely inviting atmosphere, our staff are especially in tune with your every desire.

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Green & Chic ~ Azucar, Monte Gordo, Veracruz, Mexico

Azucar_Veracruz_MX_azucar08_1192648905_864856Another polished jewel from the über-stylistic hands of Grupo Habita, the avant-garde team behind Mexico’s chicest hotels, Azucar is set against a backdrop of exotic jungle, blue lagoons and sugar plantations, 3-hours from Veracruz, in the quaint beach town of Monte Gordo, on Mexico’s Gulf coast.

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Green & Chic ~ Las Alamandas, Costalegre, Mexico

Las Alamandas_MX_3459940635_98ed86756fThe background story seems surreal – straight out a Roger Moore-era James Bond movie. Don Antenor Patino, the Bolivian tin magnate, plans a beachfront mega-resort, but does not live to complete it — so his granddaughter Isabel Goldsmith (English financier father, long story) takes over. In the interest of preserving the land (and the dolphins) so dear to her, she revises her grandfather’s plan and erects a tiny, exclusive resort, where a maximum of 28 guests have, at their disposal, 1500 acres of pristine beachfront land and close to 100 staff members.

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Sleek & Chic ~ La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico

La Purificadora_Puebla_MX_www.designhotels.com_purity_hotel_200When discussing style and Mexico in one sentence, one name immediately comes to mind, and it’s not even from the rag trade. Grupo Habita, purveyor of stylish hotels that have put Mexico on the design map – one destination at a time. The latest addition to Habita’s brood of chic hotels comes La Purificadora, in the little colonial city of Puebla (on the road from Mexico City to Oaxaca) that is now firmly on the fashionistas travel radar.

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Eco Rustic ~ Danzante Resort, Baja California, Mexico

Danzante_CD_MX_episode09-03Danzante Resort, is an exquisite small eco resort that is unlike anything in Baja. Firstly, the location sits atop a volcanic outcrop overlooking a nature reserve and private bay, with spectacular views of the 5 craggy islands of Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Monserrat and Isla Catalina that make up the Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto marine park. And it’s an all-inclusive hotel where the rate includes meals, to minimize stress.

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Eco Rustic ~ El Sanctuario Retreat Center, Loreto, Baja California, Mexico

El Sanctuario Eco Retreat_BC_MX_2261598869_aa679aba7cFew places in the world can boast such beauty and diversity as Baja California in Northwestern Mexico. From organ pipe cacti to gray whales, ancient rock paintings to small fishing villages, and desert mountains to the diverse sea of Cortez, Baja provides an unforgettable international travel experience. Exploring by kayak is one of the best ways to appreciate the natural beauty and get personal with this stunning landscape. And then there is the equally rugged accommodation, El Santuario Retreat Center that offers a unique experience of rest, healing, and exploration on a serene sandy cove where the Baja desert meets the Sea of Cortez.

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Green & Chic ~ Boca de Iguanas, Costalegre, Manzanillo, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | July 11, 2009

Boca de Iguanas_Costalegre_Manzanillo_MX_dinner7_bocadeiguanasWith an abundance of coastal locations and pristine beaches across the country, it’s just a question of when we hear about new resort openings in Mexico. In the age of personalized service and caring hotels, it’s a breath of fresh air to see more eco responsible hotels and resorts across Mexico. Especially the smaller boutique properties that can accommodate the needs of the travelers seeking unique travel experience in an unspoiled location. Boca de Iguanas certainly fits the bill!

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Green & Chic ~ Coqui Coqui Resort & Spa, Tulum, Mexico

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Coqui Coqui is a charming little hideaway resort located on a long stretch of beautiful beach that’s away from the more crowded part of Tulum, south of Cancún in Yucatan Peninsula, and definitely aimed at those looking for peace and tranquility. The resort cleverly balances a mix of rustic beach charm with refined elegance.

The hotel is built of traditional Mayan stone and has a very different feel to the beach cabaña style resorts which are so typical of this area.

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Eco Rustic ~ Baja Camp, Baja California, Mexico

baja-camp-1327-mIn today’s hectic, overcrowded world, many people are coming to the conclusion that the true luxuries in life are space, time and a simple, stress-free lifestyle. If this is your philosophy, then Baja Camp will appeal.

A few hours from the busy Capes, the virtually uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo is home to the most luxurious of camp-hotels. Five safari-style tents lie on a pristine beach, with a maximum of ten people at any one time to share the starkly beautiful landscape, the spectacularly clear ocean and the breathtaking night sky. Add to this some of the finest cuisine you’ll find anywhere on the Baja peninsula and the most genuine warm hospitality and the result is close to perfection.

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