View from Hotelito Desconocido. Photo © furphotos, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Rustic Luxury Retreats in Puerto Vallarta

A sprinkling of secluded upscale mini resorts, perfect for a few days of quiet tropical relaxation, have opened in some remote corners of the Puerto Vallarta region. Being hideaways, they are not always easily accessible, but for those willing to make an extra effort, the rewards are rustically luxurious accommodations in lovely natural settings.

Kura Design Villa in Costa Rica's Central Pacific. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Unique Costa Rica Retreats: Lodges, Reserves, and More

Consider a stay at a mountain or rainforest lodge, an aerial tree house, or even a working farm for a unique Costa Rica experience. Most have naturalist guides and activities such as canoeing and hiking. Some offer luxury fit for a king; others are basic, although no less endearing.

Majahuitas Resort. Photo © Donna Day.

Best Hideaways in Puerto Vallarta

There are all kinds of hotel experiences to be had in the Puerto Vallarta region. For those who really just want to get away from it all and do nothing in beautiful isolation, here are your best hideaway options.

At sunset on the coast, the silhouetted statue of a fisherman hauling in his net.

Day Trip from Belize to Chetumal, Mexico

An exciting dose of culture shock is an easy 15 miles from Corozal. Chetumal, capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is a relatively modern, midsized city of about 200,000. If you don’t come for the culture, then you must be here to shop in the new American-style mall, or see a first-run film in Chet’s brand new air-conditioned Cineplex, located in the Plaza de las Americas mall.

Ancient petroglyphs along the Reef Bay Trail are a reminder of the Virgin Islands' early history. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Family Fun on St. John

St. John is a playground, and every child loves to play. Beaches, hiking, snorkeling, and sailing provide diversions for all ages. Leave the iPad at home, but bring a camera to record your family’s encounters with sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, rays, and conch.

Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Vietnam’s Best Beaches

From mainstays on the tourist trail to remote, near-deserted islands, here are Vietnam’s best beaches–a healthy mix of active, fast-paced water sport hubs and easygoing seaside venues.

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, Australia.

Visit Australia’s Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, and when you first arrive, you may feel like you’re in a relatively large town. But, besides some rather gorgeous private holiday residences, this is pretty much a giant resort. Learn about the ins and outs of staying here, along with information a few key locations and getting around.

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki

As a prime vacation destination, Waikiki has a plethora of luxury hotels and resorts to choose from. You’ll find some hotels cater best to families and large groups, others to the business traveler, and still more to those seeking a truly luxurious, full-service stay. Read on for the highlights of each.

Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.