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Call it rough luxe; call it shabby chic. Either way, the hand-plucked antiques that fill this boutique hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya are charmingly retro. At Hotel La Semilla, enjoy pastries and house-made jams in the copal tree garden, and then grab a beach kit (packed with towels and umbrellas) and stake out a place in […]

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Top 10 eco hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

They’re a good start, but you’ll need more than energy-saving lightbulbs and some garden-grown greens to be truly considered ‘eco-friendly’ these days. The hotels battling for the Eco Award in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 display a commitment to conservation, a drive for sustainability and an all-encompassing ethical approach – without compromising on comfort. From off-grid jungle lodges to […]

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When simply opening the front door unleashes icy blasts that cut straight to the bone, it’s time to head south. Don’t stop until you reach Casa Sandra, an intimate island getaway just a quick jaunt from the Riviera Maya, where you can sink your toes into the sand and swing for hours in a hammock. […]

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We’re starting the new year as we mean to go on, with a host of heavenly hotels. This month, we’ve already enjoyed a Tuscan tryst: we were seduced by a cosmopolitan Chianti castle, Castello del Nero and also Villa Armena, a baroque villa near Siena. In London, the witty Ampersand hotel in Kensington wowed us, […]

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Coqui Coqui Tulum: hotel of the week

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The last days of the Mayan calendar are almost upon us… and where better to hide from the end of the world than the paradisiacal Mayan Riviera? With an ocean-inspired spa and just seven rooms, Coqui Coqui Tulum is the ideal end-times beach retreat… Style Riffing on Mayan ruins Setting Beachfront Boca Paila Why this […]

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Esencia, Riviera Maya: hotel of the week

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Tired of non-stop political ads for the upcoming US election? Escape to the wonk-free splendour of the Riviera Maya, where you can laze by the Caribbean beach at Esencia, our hotel of the week… Style Less-is-more luxe Setting Tropical Caribbean seaside Why this week? Believe what you will about the supposed upcoming Mayan doomsday, but if you want […]

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