Category Archives: Central America

Green & Chic ~ Turtle Inn, Belize

By Dian Hasan | July 27, 2009

Copolla's Turtle Inn_Belize_turtle_inn_6160The hotelier Francis Ford Coppola is generally better known for his films, and for a thriving sideline in Northern California wines. But his foray into the hospitality sector in his beloved Belize can be counted as one of his hits. After winning praise for his rustic, elegant Blancaneaux Lodge, built in 1993, he added to the empire with Turtle Inn, a wonderfully quirky, environmentally friendly beach hotel on an unspoiled patch of rainforested Caribbean coastal paradise.

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Green & Chic ~ La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo_LaCasaQueCanta_ElEnsueno_pool_2If the high-rise developments at Ixtapa put you off, you don’t have to go far — Zihuatanejo, just four miles up the coast, was until recently little more than a quiet fishing village, and even now is steeped in the kind of small-town charm Ixtapa never had.

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Green & Chic ~ Esperanza Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Esperanza Resort_Cabo San Lucas_BC_MX_7If Esperanza looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it in a few Hollywood movies, or supermarket gossip tabloids where yet another vacationing celebrity was spotted at Esperanza. Such is the allure of Esperanza, with its setting as the main draw. At the tip of Baja Peninsula, just outside of Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez.

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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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