Mustang Monument Eco Resort, Nevada

Mustangs on the range

  There’s a new camp in town! Mustang  Monument Eco Resort has just opened its doors – or should that be tent flaps, since accommodations are   tepees, located on 900 square miles - in the Spruce Mountains of Nevada.  Not only does it offer a true American safari, but its owners are trying to save America’s wild mustangs. While […]

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UXUA Casa Hotel, Brazil

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In the remote village of Tracosco on the lush southeastern coast of Bahia, you’ll find the unique UXUA Casa Hotel. Conceived by Dutch-born Wilbert Das (fashion designer and longtime creative director for Diesel, the hip clothing line), the gorgeously bright and airy hotel took over two years to build using recycled materials in this tribute […]

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JetBlue Airways

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Following on the heels – or should we say the jet stream – of Virgin Airlines is JetBlue. What began as a small upstart the big airlines didn’t take seriously now crisscrosses North America and is starting to make inroads into Central and South America. Cheap flights, friendly staff, just enough frills (without asking you to […]

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Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Steel and Glass in the Jungle

The newly opened and highly anticipated Mashpi Lodge is set within a 3,200-acre private reserve that is part of the Tumbez-Choco-Darien bio-region that stretches from Panama, through Colombia and Ecuador, to northern Peru – all along the Pacific slopes of the Andes. The reserve is located three hours by road to the northwest of the […]

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Chalalán Ecolodge, Bolivia

On Lake Chalalan

This tropical Andean hotspot is host to some 45,000 different plant species and over 1,000 tropical bird species, a world record. Thirteen cabins, which range from the more luxurious en-suite doubles to twins with shared bathrooms, have been built under thatch in the traditional Tacana style and lie near the edge of the magnificent Chalalán […]

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Island Outpost, Jamaica

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Created by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records (whose long list of clients has included Bon Jovi and Mariah Carey), Island Outpost consists of several small hotels and exclusive properties dotted around Jamaica. These include GoldenEye, (named after Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel), the The Caves, Strawberry Hill, and the Clandestino Villa, each one distinctive […]

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Cruceros Australis

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Cruise ships have been getting a particularly bad rap lately, for obvious reasons (think Carnival Cruise Lines).  That sad fact – coupled with the one that massive cruise ships, with their mountains of wastage and consumption of energy,  share little in common with sustainable tourism – might make it seem unusual that we are writing […]

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Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

Healthy Body in a Healthy Lodge

Started by London businesswoman Karen Emanuel after she saw a sign ‘Island for Sale’ when she was visiting Nicaragua in 2007 – and then she bought it! – Jicaro is barely a year old and is already attracting praise and awards. Located not far from the ocean on a private island in Lake Nicaragua, its […]

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Mayakoba – The New Wave Riviera

The Heart of Mayakoba

Mayakoba is an anomaly. An area smack in the middle of the Mayan Riviera, it is almost the antithesis of everything the resort-laden Mexican coast has become known (and is often criticized) for. Though three of the world’s best-name hotels are on the property – Banyan Tree, Fairmont, and Rosewood – they are, untypically, not […]

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The Proof is in the Shades

100 Percent Proof

The Dame brothers in Eagle, Idaho, are steeped in the history of wood. Their grandfather started a sawmill 60 years ago, their father runs the business today, and in 2010 the three siblings decided to take wood on a whole new trajectory – sunglasses – and the product is very cool, very hip, very good […]

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