The Brando, Tahiti

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  The Brando is what you’d call simply amazing in the middle of nowhere, although it’s not (in the middle of nowhere, at least).  Thank goodness Marlon Brando, while filming the 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty, fell in love not only with his future wife Tarita but with French Polynesia  – the land and its people […]

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Cortijada Los Gázquez, Spain

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A kilometer above sea level, Cortijada Los Gázquez lies in a valley of almond and pine high in the mountains of Andalucia, an out-of-the-way destination for creatively minded travelers. In the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra Maria-Los Velez, this eco-chic guesthouse and 50-acre farm is situated in a place of extreme natural beauty, profound […]

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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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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

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Only two hours from Cape Town, the highly lauded Grootbos is owned and managed by the Lutzeyer family and lies within the fynbos (indigenous heath) and milkwood forests on a mountain slope overlooking the whale-watching hotspots of Walker Bay and Hermanus. It is a crossroads of flora, fauna, and marine life, where some of the […]

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Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

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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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Flatdogs Camp

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Flatdogs is, in this day of high-end safari lodges, a good and affordable alternative that will probably take you by complete surprise. Owner-managed, the camp overlooks the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park. With its choice of chalets, safari tents, and the exclusive Jackal-berry Treehouse, Flatdogs is ideal for many a traveler, from […]

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The Shakti Village Experience, India

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Shakti is a company operating in the Himalayan region of India.  In 2004 it  introduced what it calls – and not without good reason – ‘the village experience.’ To reach out-of-the-way monasteries and villages, you trek, river raft, or go by vehicle through breathtaking landscape. The ‘experience’ takes you to various regions, whether it is […]

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Chalalán Ecolodge, Bolivia

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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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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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