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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Adrère Amellal, Egypt

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Siwa Oasis, located about 70 kilometers east of the Libyan border, has been inhabited since 10,000 BC but was re-created just a few years ago by Environmental Quality International, an environmental consulting company.  EQI’s president, Mounir Neamtalla, first visited in 1996 and was so inspired by the beauty and spirituality of this remote corner of […]

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, Nepal

On the Road to the Lodge

A thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley in western Nepal, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is perched on a spectacular hilltop ridge overlooking not only the magnificent valley and Machhapuchhare but three of the highest Himalayan peaks. Just a half-hour drive from Pokhara, this unique hotel’s 19 hand-cut stone bungalows blend into the natural garden surroundings. Each […]

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Unique Garden, Brazil

A Burst of Color Outside the Mediterranean Villa

Who They Are In the heart of Cantareira State Park, 50 minutes from Sao Paulo, Unique Garden (the English translation of the website is a bit obscure, but can be found in the lower right corner of Unique’s site) truly lives up to its name. Besides being a sought-after spa and health retreat, with 26 […]

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Turtle Inn, Belize

The Beach Where the Coppolas Built

Who They Are They are The Coppolas! Less than a year after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside refuge in 2001, it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. A two-year reclamation project ended with Turtle Inn, a magnificent resort that is consistently ranked among the best in Central and […]

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Lapa Rios, Costa Rica

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Who They Are Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean. Designed in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach, the main lodge and 16 bungalows, sparsely lined along three […]

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Park Pumalin, Chile

Fjords at Park Pumalin

Who They Are A strange concoction in the worlds of conservation and tourism, Park Pumalin consists of two tracts of land owned by Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face who also created a park out of endangered wetlands in Argentina, at Rincón del Socorro. Tompkins began buying land in Chile in 1991, and now […]

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