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The Colombian province of Cartagena is best known for its namesake city, a colonial treasure whose atmosphere, however old-fashioned, is decidedly urban. Not far down the coast, however, is the lush, unspoiled idyll that is the island of Barú, home to the Corales de Rosario y de San Bernardo National Park — and to the Hotel Las Islas, whose bungalows spread from the private beach up into the dense tropical forest.
If you weren’t aware there was an Armenia in Colombia, you’re far from alone, but this inland locale’s relative obscurity is to Bio Habitat Hotel’s advantage — it sits on a mountaintop just outside the coffee-producing city of Armenia, surrounded by unspoiled native forest, affording an immersion in nature that’s entirely appropriate for an eco-hotel like Bio Habitat.
The combination of design-hotel good looks and family-inn friendliness is a tough pairing to deliver, but that’s a nutshell description of Portugal’s Conversas de Alpendre. Set in the countryside of the Eastern Algarve, a mile or so inland from the Atlantic and a three-hour drive from Lisbon, it’s not just family-owned but family-run and family-made — and its effortless marriage of contemporary boutique-hotel style with locally crafted artisanal elements gives it a visual identity that’s ...
If Montaña Mágica, or “Magic Mountain,” conjures up childhood vacations and the artificial wonders of theme parks, you’re in the right frame of mind: Huilo Huilo Montaña Mágica is a luxury hotel shaped like a small mountain, covered in jungle foliage, with hobbit-hole windows peeking through and a manmade waterfall cascading down the side. The architecture mirrors the gorgeous natural landscape of its setting, a private nature reserve in Chilean Patagonia. Guest rooms are treehouse-like, with
For too long Mexican travel, for overseas visitors, meant nothing but sun, sand, and surf. In the boutique-hotel era, however, there are opportunities for all kinds of destinations to shine. Among them is Tepoztlán, a mountain town near Mexico City that’s known for its significance in Aztec history and culture — as well as the ruins of the nearby El Tepozteco temple, and the national park that surrounds it. And with the advent of Amomoxtli, the region’s first high-end luxury boutique hotel, ...
Barcelona has long been something of a hotbed of boutique-hotel style, and the original Ohla Barcelona stands out even in a crowded field. So it’s with great enthusiasm that we report that Ohla Eixample is, essentially, more of the same. The façade, with its repetitive geometric patterns, announces that this is no ordinary hotel. And what’s behind that façade is modernism of the most utopian, optimistic sort — if not for the blazing Mediterranean sun outside, you might just wonder if you were...