Category: South America

CC Africa becomes &BEYOND

CC Africa becomes &BEYOND

CC Africa –  a company that established a reputation for luxury lodges and safaris across Africa – has grown beyond its African borders – with expansion into India and Latin America –  and changed its name accordingly. From now on, CC Africa becomes &BEYOND.

See the Galapagos in style

See the Galapagos in style

Arguably the best way to see the Galapagos is with Celebrity Cruises. Their Celebrity Xpedition carries just 98 passengers – fairly small by cruising standards.  Spoil yourself with a suite and you’ll be treated to floor-to-ceiling windows, not to mention  a variety of little extras  such as cold towels after each expedition.

New luxury comes to Peru

New luxury comes to Peru

You can now experience the Andes in more luxury than ever, thanks to the opening of three new hotels.    Firstly, there’s  La Casona Inkaterra in  Cuzco, a carbon-neatural addition to the hotel market  which has prestigious neighbours in the form of the Museo de Arte Precolombino and the world famous  Hotel Monasterio. Secondly there’s […]

Embassy Suites: 62 hotels in the next 3 years

Embassy Suites Hotels, an upscale Hilton brand, is planning to open 62 franchised hotels in the next three years.  It currently has 192 hotels, and officials say the planned properties represent the strongest development pipeline in the brand’s 24-year history. New properties will include locations in Memphis, Denver, New Orleans, Houston, St. Louis and Miami. […]

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular  interest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my  PhD was in glaciology.   Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t […]

The Dreamlist

The Dreamlist

globrati has published The Dreamlist, debuting with a colleciton of their “favourite destinations to chill out this summer”.   Making the grade are: Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, ME Llao Llao Hotel & Spa, Bariloche, Argentina Amirandes, Crete, Greece The Lodge, Verbier, Switzerland The Beach House at Manafaru, Maldives La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico The Surf Lodge, […]

Hyatt to open hotel in Bariloche, Argentina

The Argentinian skiing resort of Bariloche is about to put itself further on to the luxury map. Hyatt are said to be opening a hotel there – a resort famous for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, as well of course for its chocolate.   With hotels already in Mendoza and Buenos […]

Renovation of Hotel des Cataratas

Renovation of Hotel des Cataratas

The spectacular Hotel des Cataratas – the only hotel inside  Brazil’s Iguaçu National Park – is to be completely renovated.   The pool has already closed but the hotel itself – operated by Orient-Express Hotels as of September last year – will remain open.  The hotel occupies a majestic location opposite the Iguaçu Falls.

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Kevin May is editor of Travolution, an industry-focussed magazine for online travel and division of Reed Business Information.   It consists of a blog, e-news service and a physical magazine, and is a leader in its field with an advisory board that comprises some  of the biggest names in the travel industry. What is it […]

The best of nature, luxury and historic Brazilian culture

The best of nature, luxury and historic Brazilian culture

If you want to experience the buzz and culture of Brazil but also want to relax in your own piece of paradise then ecape to the exclusive and secluded Kiaroa Luxury Eco Resort in the trendy Bahia region combined with a few nights in the vibrant city of Salvador.  Try a few inital nights at […]

More oxygen, Madam?  No problem...

More oxygen, Madam? No problem…

High in the Andes, more than 3000 metres above sea level, Cuzco’s El Monasterio  has been  converted into  the ultimate luxury hotel from a 16th Century Jesuit monastery. Nightly room rates start from $495 for a basic double up  to $1,590 for the Royal Suite. Nothing has been overlooked here: extra oxygen to fight altitude […]

Interview with Michael Groux of justLUXE Magazine and The Privileged Collection

Interview with Michael Groux of justLUXE Magazine and The Privileged Collection

Michael Groux  is  CEO and President of justLUXE Magazine and Founder and CEO of The Privileged Collection brand. justLUXE was launched in the summer of 2004. It resides under the parent company, LUXEmont, a luxury lifestyle publication. justLUXE focuses on the affluent lifestyle of world travelers. The magazine covers, luxury air travel, mega-yachts, fine real […]

Rio for the weekend?

Rio for the weekend?

When I visited East Africa on honeymoon a few years ago, I recall reading an article in the UK press  about how the London jetset where heading there just for weekend safaris.   It seemed inconceivable to me that people would sneak out of the office a little early on Friday and return a late […]

Luxury cruises on the Amazon

Luxury cruises on the Amazon

Here’s a first. Aqua Expeditions is to run a luxury ship – the M/V Aqua – on the Amazon. The vessel has 8 suites and 4 master suites, a generous top-level observation deck, an elegant dining room, indoor and outdoor lounges, and a boutique shop.   Rates start from around $5000 for a 7-day itinerary […]

Where to go green - in luxury

Where to go green – in luxury

MSNBC has run an article on luxury lodges with an ecological oritentation. With the help of Forbes Traveler, they cite the follow places as their picks for 2008: Black Rock Lodge, Belize The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Montana Savute Under Canvas, Botswana Arenas del Mar, Costa Rica Baghvan, India Centro Ecológico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK), Mexico […]

Luxury vacationing for gays only

Luxury vacationing for gays only

A new company – Steele Luxury Travel – has been established by Dane Steele Green, to cater specifically for the gay luxury travel market.   The company currently offers a number of vacation packages to perhaps predictable destinations such as Buenos Aires and Mykonos.   Here’s a short summary of what’s currently on offer: Buenos […]