Isla Bella Beach Resort is opening on Knights Key in Marathon, Florida, in early 2019. It will be part of developer Pritam Singh & The Singh Company’s hospitality portfolio. The hotel has more than 20 acres of tropical landscaping and nearly 200 rooms. The resort has a number of distinctions. Isla Bella Beach Resort becomes the first full service luxury hotel in Marathon; the largest new private waterfront hotel in all the keys; and the first new resort built since Hurricane Irma struck Knights Key in 2017. Included is a full-service spa, four eateries, five swimming pools, more than 24,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a marketplace, fitness center, on-site water sports, fishing pier, marina and Atlantic Ocean views from all 199 rooms and suites. Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion, A Salamander Resort | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel market brings together … [Read more...] about Isla Bella Beach Resort to Open in Florida Keys in 2019
Mystique Blue Boutique Suites, a beachfront resort located within the Yum Balam nature reserve on Mexico's Isla Holbox, launched on Friday, November 2. Mystique Resorts says the hotel is located within one of Mexico’s most pristine and secluded destinations that is nearly uninhabited. It is home to exotic birds and local vegetation that inspired the resort’s design. With 38 suites to choose from guests can experience amenities including balconies with nest-style seats, 55" satellite TVs, unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity and custom cotton mattresses. The design is inspired by Isla Holbox itself. Mystique Resorts says the resort celebrates the beauty of nature through its décor. Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel market brings together world-class travel agency owners and managers with the most opulent, luxury suppliers … [Read more...] about Mystique Blue Boutique Suites Opens Up in Isla Holbox
by Monique Filsnol“A Single Drop Lucid and Heavy.” A French admirer of Pablo Neruda visits his Isla Negra in ChileFinally, I made it to Isla Negra.Since I read these two lines I wanted to go to Isla Negra. How often have I murmured the verses and dreamed: “like a single drop lucid and heavy.”I was fifteen when I first read Pablo Neruda’s poetry. My parents had sent me to Valencia, in Spain, to improve my mediocre grades in Spanish. I remember Maria Carmen, our teacher, reading the verses, reciting the words to Neruda’s rounded rhythm. I paid little attention to the music of his poems though and longed for the bell to ring, leaving me free to spend afternoons on the beach.That was in the late 1960s, some ten years before Neruda was awarded the Nobel Prize. He was nevertheless already famous. In 1924, at the age of 21, his “Love Poems and a Song of Despair” established his fame among Spanish-speaking readers. His masterpiece, Canto General … [Read more...] about Pablo Neruda’s Isla Negra
Life dripped off every leaf and it was as though we could hear the jungle breathing around us. Sunlight began to filter through the dewy vegetation and we walked like in a dream. Beneath our feet lay a stone walkway to our cabin, the only dry path in the moist terrain lying to either side.Bob walked ahead of me and it was such a magical early morning that i was glad to have someone to share it with. We’d met at the bus station where we’d been dropped off in the early hours and by now we’d fallen into the natural camaraderie that exits between travellers whose paths meet by chance. Being something of a difficult eccentric, I usually travel alone but Bob was an artist too and so we shared a common spirit.We were on the Mayan trail at the location of the Palenque ruins. Here long forgotten civilisations thrived and built astounding pyramids of stone that were only recently recognised as the wonders of the past that they are. We were on a pilgrimage through the intimate … [Read more...] about The Jungle of Palenque
Fuerteventura is a relatively safe island, but as with all major tourist destinations, there are always reports of crimes against unsuspecting tourists. Stay safe with these tips from fellow travelers. Petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur in busy areas. Always be on your guard and keep an eye on your belongings. Never carry all of your valuables with you and don’t flash money around in public – this is an invitation to thieves. Although the sea looks beautiful and inviting it can also be a hidden danger zone. As always you must take care near the ocean. Keep an eye on the beach flags, they are there to protect you from dangerous seas. The beaches around most resorts are usually pretty calm, but just outside of town the water gets rougher and the flags pop up where there are riptides and bad undercurrents. Rips and currents can be very strong, and large waves can appear from out the blue. If … [Read more...] about Tips on Isla de Fuerteventura Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!