Tagged in: Mexico

Top 5 Beach Vacations for A-Listers

When celebrities go on vacation, they tend to opt for private islands and exclusive resorts where they are protected from the sweaty masses, and can play and be pampered in the lap of luxury.
 
Necker Island
 
Owned by Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Necker has been host to some of the most famous people in the world including Mariah Carey, Kate Moss, Rod Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Kate Winslet was of course staying at the Great House when it burned to the ground in August 2011.
 

Necker Island © Copyright 2014 Virgin Limited Edition

Necker Island © Copyright 2014 Virgin Limited Edition

 
The 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands was purchased by the magnate and father-of-three back in 1978 and opened as a luxury retreat in 1984. The rebuilt Great House has eight bedrooms, a bunkhouse for the kids, plus a master suite and there are an additional six one-bedroom houses. If you don’t need to rent the entire island (for roughly $62,000 a night), you and your significant other can enjoy a week’s stay for approximately $30,000.
 
Hawaii
 
The eight islands of Hawaii have long been a favorite beach vacation destination for celebrities with A-listers like Katy Perry, Will Smith, Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz being spotted in the surf.
 
Kauai seems to attract many of the rich and famous, some of whom enjoy their time at the St. Regis Princeville, a 5-star resort on Hanalei Bay. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been known to stay at the enormous hideaway, which features its own waterfall, working cattle ranch, and de rigeur spa.
 
Punta de Mita, Mexico
 
Following Lady Gaga’s 2011 visit, Punta de Mita has seen its share of famous visitors like Kirsten Dunst, Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff gracing its beaches. Although it’s quite a small village, its beachfront location and proximity to Puerto Vallarta attracts A-listers who want a break from the hustle and bustle of L.A. and maybe try their hand at surfing, snorkeling and other water sports.
 
Cabo, Mexico
 
Known to be Jennifer Aniston’s favorite get-away, the former Friends star is often seen soaking up the sun at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso with bikini-buddy Courteney Cox and fiance Justin Theroux.
 

Exterior of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. ©2014, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C.

Exterior of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. ©2014, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C.

 
The draw is the spectacular setting and luxury that can’t be beat, with all the expected requirements for the pampered: custom furnishings, heated infinity pools, chilled Evian spray for too-warm sunbathers and 24-hour butler service.
 
George Clooney, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow are other famous faces who enjoy the resort, located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. It seems that whale-watching and celebrity-spotting are equally rewarding pastimes in Cabo.
 
Bora Bora
 
The St. Regis is just one of the upscale resorts offering private, over-the-water villas, and World-class service on one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, set amid endless Pacific waters.
 

Overwater Villa - St. Regis Bora Bora. © 2010-2014 Societes des Hotels Tahitiens S.A.

Overwater Villa – St. Regis Bora Bora. © 2010-2014 Societes des Hotels Tahitiens S.A.

 
Celebrities spotted on this French Polynesian island include Nicole Kidman, Rob Lowe, Eva Longoria, Sharon Stone, Quincy Jones and Christina Applegate to name a few.

 

 

Why Stars Like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney Love Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is a Mexican get-away spot that’s a favorite draw for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney. In fact, the stars famously rang in the New Year in Cabo San Lucas just two years ago, joined by Justin Theroux, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt. The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, has also been seen partying at this top tourist destination.
 
Much of the attraction to the area is due to its location, known as “Land’s End,” Cabo is right at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. The area has been developed with a line of gated communities and exclusive hotels called the Corridor, which is where many of the Hollywood elite gather. High-end resorts there include Las Ventanas, Esperanza and the One & Only Palmilla.
 
From December to March every year, movie stars and regular folks alike can enjoy whale-watching. From waterfront resort balconies, pods of whales can be seen having completed their 6,000 mile trip from Alaska to bear their calves in the warm southern waters.
 
Whether it’s big-game fishing, kayaking or laying prone somewhere on a beach, the area is diverse enough to offer it all, and of course the resorts feature spas, fine dining and a wide range of nightlife and entertainment choices. With some 3 million tourists flocking to the area every year, from families on a budget to honeymooners to Hollywood A-listers, the variety is endless.
 
Golf fans like George Clooney, for instance, might well be attracted by the world class courses that dot the landscape. The natural desert terrain, reminiscent of Arizona, is made unforgettable with its vivid backdrop of the Sea of Cortez.
 
Over the years, other celebrities spotted vacationing at Cabos include Fergie and Josh Duhamel, John Travolta, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez. Although celebrity-sightings aren’t unusual, many of the famous faces choose to stay away from the hordes in private resorts in the Corridor. This potent mix of paradise and privacy is a proven magnet for celebrities on vacation.

 

 

Mexico - 2014 World Cup

June 17 – Recap

Belgium snatches victory from Algeria, 2-1

 

The game started out well for Algeria as Jan Vertonghen pulled down Sofiane Feghouli in the penalty area to give Algeria a chance to score the game’s first goal.
Feghouli made no mistake on the penalty and scored Algeria’s first goal in 28 years!

 

As Algeria led into the halftime, Belgium finally started to press the issue midway through the 2nd half. A cross by Kevin De Bruyne was headed home by Marouane Fellaini to tie the match at one in the 70th minute.

 

Algeria looked to attack late in the match, but a no call by the referee for Algeria led to a dangerous counter-attack for Belgium. Dries Mertens took a pass from Eden Hazard in the 80th minute and was all alone on the right side when he sniped a shot past the goalkeeper to put Belgium ahead for good.

 

 

Mexico puts on a fine effort to draw with Brazil 0-0

 

This match was very exciting despite it being a goal-less draw!

 

Brazil should have scored multiple times had it not been for the stellar play of Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa.

 

With saves like this, Mexico deserved the tie at the very least.

 

 

 

Russia and Korea play to a 1-1 draw

 

It was a pretty even first half with both teams playing patient and waiting for the best opportunities to present themselves.

 

Lee Keunho of Korea opened the scoring in the 68th minute with a long shot that was rather poorly handled by Russia’s Igor Akinfeev. The shot was directed straight at Akinfeev from outside the box, but the keeper couldn’t stop the ball properly. It bounced off his hands, over his head, and into the net.

 

The Russians answered very quickly as they scored the equalizer just 6 minutes later. Alan Dzagoev first fired a shot on goal, which was initially stopped by Jung Sung-Ryong, but the resulting rebound was not cleared by the defence and Aleksandr Kerzhakov capitalized on the mistake.

 

Both teams should be satisfied with one point for the draw since Algeria lost to Belgium earlier in the day.

 

 

Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Winter Vacation Spots 

When the cold and dreadful wintery months hit us, nothing feels better than a warm blanket and a drink of hot chocolate. Celebrities though, whether they’re television stars, singers, or movie stars, have the enviable option of going on vacation to any place they want to hit either the sand for some tan time, or the slopes for some ski time.

With money to spend and hot bodies to show, celebs love to kick back and relax even during the bleak winter months. Check out this very impressive list of where your favorite celebrities go to take their well deserved breaks.

1. Round Hills Hotels and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

iStock_000009613652_Small_montego_bay
We all drooled at the love scenes in the movie ‘How Stella got her groove back’ because the beautiful scenery and the sweeping ocean views were just as tempting. The picture perfect villas with horizon swimming pools are just what is needed to make this a perfect celebrity getaway. Some famous people who got their mojo back in this beautiful setting include Gabrielle Union and Sir Paul McCartney. If it’s good enough to impress him, it’s certainly good enough for us!

2. St. Moritz, Switzerland

iStock_000007671857_Small_st_moritz
Known for it’s perfect weather condition, dry and sunny climate all year round, St. Moritz is a little piece of heaven that is 1,856 m above sea level and is located in Europe right in the middle of the Engadin valley. An example of a fabulous and celeb worthy places to stay is the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. This winter haven has played a perfect host to global stars such as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and the possible future king of England, Prince Charles.

3. Hawaii, USA

iStock_000018693225_Small_hawaii
Celebs love showing us their bodies, and what better place to do that than on the beautiful, stunning and sandy beaches of Hawaii. A perfect blend of islands, volcanoes, mountains, the heavenly ocean views, and a unique and interesting culture, this a piece of Eden right there. With Hotels such as the Four Seasons offering unrivaled comfort and activities to engage in, it’s not surprising that super hot celebrities who are far from shy about their winter bodies head there for some sun and sand.

4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
iStock_000001312745_Small_jackson_hole
When they are not entertaining us, celebs relish their privacy. Jackson Hole is one of the very best kept secrets for winter holidays and escapes. Located in Wyoming, it has a ski area rising 4193 feet from the base of the valley. Surrounded by picturesque and breathtaking views, this is an ideal location for a downhill adventure with a perfect blend of luxury and a rustic feel to it. A perfect place for some winding down.

Funny man Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey have been spotted on this exclusive property.

5. Aspen, Colorado, USA

iStock_000011331294_Small_aspen
Known all over the world for it’s winter sports, it’ s a no brainer that Aspen made it to this list. Aspen is at the top of a pristine mountain valley with four top class mountains within that area. It offers a very diverse selection of snow experiences. Skiing has never felt as wonderful the slopes Aspen offers. Most hotels are very pet friendly and we all know how celebs love travelling with their pets, thus making it a heavenly spot for celebs and their favorite animals.

Long and winding trails are present throughout the four mountains and visitors are nothing but thankful for the lavish and stunning panoramic views.

Bill Clinton and Mariah Carey are some of the famous people that have made their way to this winter sports heaven.

6. Los Cabos, Mexico

iStock_000002154141_Small_los_cabos
Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio have all packed up their bags and headed to this beautiful location that is located between the pink mountains and the desert.

The alfresco massages are not the only thing to love about this location and with exquisite accommodations such as Las Ventanas al Paraiso, you are guaranteed of having the best holiday ever. While everyone else is stuck at home, you can come back with a tan to die for that will make all of your friends green with envy.

7. St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy)

iStock_000013821424_Small_st_barths
Winding down this mega list is St. Barts. This sophisticated and saintly island is one of the most stunning and beautiful places on earth. With celeb worthy places such as Eden Rock St Barths, this is where the rich and famous go for some down time. With activities such as swimming in the picture perfect beaches, to the excellent French inspired dining, to sailing on a yacht, it’s no wonder the elite of this world come out to play here. If you are looking for romance, nothing beats watching sunset in Lurin with the gorgeous island panorama.

Did we mention that you can also shop for high end designer pieces and possibly rub shoulders with Beyoncé or the Black Eyed Peas, if not Harrison Ford himself?

 

 

Mexico - 2014 World Cup

Mexico Tops Cameroon

Mexico leaves Natal with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. It could’ve been worse for Cameroon, if not for 2 goals being called back on offsides.

 

Oribe Peralta scored on a rebound in the 61st minute to give Mexico the lead which they never relinquished.

 

Javier Hernandez had an excellent opportunity to put his squad up 2-0 in injury time, but failed to convert on a cross.

 

Mexico demonstrated great patience, passing and ball possession throughout this game.

 

 

7 Insane Things You Can’t Resist On A Mexican Cruise

Mexican cruises are an experience of a lifetime which will blow your mind. They are not like any other cruises because what they have to offer you is a whole lot more than your standard perception of margaritas and shopping. Whether you sail from Florida, New Orleans, or from Galveston to the Western Caribbean, the itineraries will definitely not skip the amazing ports of Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Progreso, or Costa Maya. Meanwhile, the cruises which depart from San Diego and Los Angeles make stops at the Mexican Riviera which is the west coast of Mexico (with a brief sojourn in Cabo San Lucas, Ixtapa, Ensenada, La Paz, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta).
 
Some of the most exhilarating Mexico-bound cruises include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, and Silversea. If these big names aren’t enough to convince you, take a peek at these 7 insane things which will easily win you over and make you plan a vacation on a Mexican cruise.
 
1. Ride A Camel
 
1-Mexican-Cruise 

What? Didn’t think you’d do this on a Mexican cruise? Neither did we, but you most certainly can by booking directly through your cruise line or via Cabo Adventures, which offers you a unique Mexican Outback experience. You not only get to enjoy an open-air truck ride, try the local cuisine, and taste tequila, but also add riding a camel across the shoreline to your list of experiences.
 
2. Swim In A Cave
 
2-Mexican-Cruise 

This is rare opportunity, because of a lack of caves where swimming is safe, and you will not want to miss out on exploring the caverns of Yucatan (filled with water) in the peninsula. If beauty is your preference, then Rio Secreto is a perfect choice as it allows you to explore the underground river. Definitely a must!
 
3. Volunteer At An Animal Shelter
 
3-Mexican-Cruise 

They say there is no fixed time and place for doing good deeds, so why not do some on the cruise? Feel productive by volunteering at animal shelters while alternating with soaking up the sun on the beach; you will have plenty of time to do both. The Humane Society of Cozumel is the perfect place to start your journey towards inner joy and spreading it to our furry friends, and if walking dogs is more your thing, the Los Cabos Humane Society will welcome you with open arms.
 
4. Rent A Pontoon Boat
 
4-Mexican-Cruise 

Whether you want to take things slow by moving lazily from beach to beach while taking pauses for a swim, or visit a sea lion colony, or do both, you must rent Cabo’s most popular rental boats, pontoons.
 
The Cabo San Lucas Tours frequently rent pontoons which are capable of carrying up to 10 people in one to three-hour increments, making it easier to have fun in groups.
 
5. Rent A Power Boat
 
If speed is your thing, then the 32’ Sea Ray luxury power yacht in Cozumel is perfect for you. Its cost, i.e. $959 for a four hour-charter, is a bargain worth taking on your own or, ideally, with friends as it also includes drinks, snacks, fishing gear, snorkeling equipment, and a captain (trained and experienced) to guide you through your most coveted water adventures.
 
5-Mexican-Cruise 

6. Learn To Cook A Three-Course Mexican Meal
 
6-Mexican-Cruise 

Want to take something back home from the cruise which will last for a lifetime? Sign up for cooking classes and you’ll be able to relive the mouthwatering eating experience at your will. A growing trend in Europe, you can also partake by joining the crowd at a cooking class followed by a meal and a day at the beach shared with your fellow cooks. So hurry up and blow away your friends with your cooking talent.
 
7. Rent Your Own Beach Condo For A Day
 
7-Mexican-Cruise 

If crowding at the beach is not your thing, you can easily indulge your need for privacy by renting a condo at the beach for the day at a lower rate than usual charges for a beach shore excursion. This not only lets you take a break from the heat, but also lets you shower and change whenever you like without having to go elsewhere. Cozumel is the ideal place for this as it offers a variety of rental sites for vacationers, giving them hundreds of options to choose from, be it tiny studios a block or two off the beach for as little as $27 a night, or a lovely three-bedroom condo for around $200. Although sometimes you may have to pay for two nights in order to be able to book a condo for the entire day, it will still be remarkably cheaper than most shore trips.
 

Book your Mexican cruise today and sail out on an adventurous journey!
 

 

Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Summer Vacation Spots

Being famous means you won’t catch a break from paparazzi and a personal vacation with family seems like a far-fetched idea. But, if you have the dough, you can go anywhere! So, where exactly does a celebrity go for summer vacation? We spotted some of the most famous people holidaying in exotic getaways and prepared this list of top 7 celebrity summer vacation spots.
 
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
 
iStock_000022279378_Medium_bora_bora 
Bora Bora has been considered to be one of the best summer vacation destinations in the world. Celebrities including Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Vince Vaughn, and Jason Bateman seem inclined to agree. These people have been spotted visiting the St. Regis Bora Bora resort. Celebrity couples like Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr also visit Bora Bora regularly.
 
Bora Bora is an island among the Leeward group of islands of French Polynesia. It is situated about 143 miles northwest of Papeete. The island is surrounded by a lagoon with a barrier reef. Two extinct volcanoes, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, rise up to the height of 727 meters. The main feature of Bora Bora, and perhaps the one you might have seen in most pictures, is over-the-water bungalows on stilts. Most of the attractions in the region are aqua-centric such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
 
2. Los Cabos, Mexico
 
iStock_000001273501_Small_los_cabos 
A perfect spring break spot, Los Cabos, is gaining popularity among celebrities. Popular seaside hotel One & Only Palmilla has hosted celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera, and Lauren Conrad. They have been spotted soaking in the rays at the private beaches of the hotel.
 
Los Cabos is situated at the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. It is an exotic place where the desert meets the sea. Tourists will love to indulge in sport fishing, luxurious resorts, serene beaches and golf among other activities. Los Cabos receives a million visitors every year and during the year, two major events take place – Spring Break and Sammy Hagar’s Birthday.
 
3. Lake Como, Italy
 
iStock_000007557767_Small_lake_como 
Lake Como or Lario, the Latin name, is a lake in Lombardy, Italy. It’s one of the deepest lakes in Europe with 200 meters of depth and spread over an area of 146 square kilometers. George Clooney visits his villa on Lake Como with his famous friends on a regular basis. The 18th century villa has 15 rooms and has hosted the famous cast of Ocean’s Eleven in the past, including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bono, and Cindy Crawford. However, many other celebrities like spending leisure time at Villa d’Este away from all the paparazzi. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Ralph Lauren, and Sylvester Stallone are other big names that like to vacation here. At Lake Como, the most popular attractions are its landscape and wildlife. However, many tourists also enjoy sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing.
 
4. St. Barts, French West Indies
 
iStock_000006722288_Small_st_barts 
This small Island in the Caribbean has hosted dozens of Hollywood stars over the past few years and most of them visit season after season. The stars like to shop, lay on white sandy beaches or take their million dollar yachts for a spin. The eight square mile island has seen many famous couples visiting including Beyoncé/Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani/Gavin Rossdale, and Minka Kelly/Derek Jeter.
 
Officially known as Saint Barthelemy, St Barts is situated at 35 kilometers southeast of Saint Martin. It is a volcanic island surrounded by shallow reefs more popular for its white beaches. Due to its high standards of living, it is easily one the most expensive destinations, only for us that is – not for celebrities!
 
5. Bhutan, Asia
 
iStock_000028474156_Small_bhutan 
This vacation spot is different from others on this list. It does not have beaches or blue waters surrounding it. However, celebrities visit Bhutan for its scenic beauty and remoteness. Bhutan is a country that allows only a limited number of visitors per year and it has hosted celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore. Most of them come for peace because they know the crowd won’t disturb them.
 
Bhutan is one of the Himalayan kingdoms that has survived. It has nature’s beauty in it’s purest form and is still protected from overcrowding. For those who seek inner peace coupled with a luxurious retreat, Bhutan is the spot for a summer vacation.
 
6. Maui, Hawaii
 
iStock_000030652532_Small_maui 
Even within the USA, there are summer vacation spots that are loved by celebrities. Maui in Hawaii is known for its tropical climate and has won awards as the Best Island in the World. Celebs like Britney Spears, Oprah, Paris Hilton, Olivia Wilde and many others have been spotted enjoying holidays and unwinding in Hawaii.
 
This second largest Island of Hawaii is spread in 727 square miles area. Tourists like the clean sandy beaches and blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Major attractions in Maui include Hana Highway, Lahaina, and Haleakala National Park. However, it’s the water sports that visitors enjoy the most.
 
7. Miami, Florida
 
iStock_000033249686_Small_miami 
Who can miss this crazy party powerhouse in the USA? Miami, Florida is a city full of luxury hotels and a crazy nightlife proving to be a perfect party ground for celebs. Hot stars like LeAnn Rimes, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Hayden Panettiere have been spotted in bikinis at the beaches and stars like Matt Damon like longer stays and own a second house in Miami.
 
Next to Vegas, Miami is the most popular summer vacation destination for sun and fun. Whether you like to sun-bathe on the beach or near the rooftop pool of a luxurious hotel, Miami has every experience to offer.

 
So, the question is, where are you headed next?

 

 

Visit These Lost Cities For The Indiana Jones In You

The process of unearthing lost cities is something you would normally associate with Indiana Jones type individuals, but not anymore. Thanks to technology, it has become much easier to discover lost cities than before, and one no longer needs to rely on daring adventures in the jungle.
 
A recent find has been hiding in the La Moskitia rainforest in Honduras. The thickness of the rainforest has made it almost impenetrable, due to which the city laid buried for centuries. Satellite photos have unearthed plazas and pyramids left behind by a pre-Columbian civilization that disappeared without trace and no one has been able to figure out what has happened to it. This was made possible by a technique known as lidar, which involves creating a 3D surface model in order to reveal any signs of human inhabitants by bouncing lasers off the ground.
 

The technique of lidar was also responsible for helping to unveil the scale of Mahendraparvata, a 9th century Khmer Empire site in Cambodia that is believed to be 350 years older than Angkor Wat. Located some 100 km away from Angkor cities, it was linked to the major cities by a complex road network that was greatly advanced for its time. The once densely populated city contained several monuments, all of which are now nothing more than piles of stones.
 
However, the historical cities which are now lost have not all been above the ground. Some of them have been swallowed up by the sea. One such city is Heracleion, which used to be one of Egypt’s main ports before it was swallowed up by the Mediterranean, where it remained buried for more than 1200 years.
 
Not all lost cities are above ground. Heracleion was Egypt’s main port before it sank into the Mediterranean and disappeared for around 1,200 years before it was finally discovered in 2000. Many historical lost cities are not accessible to travelers, but there are some that you can travel to if you want to take advantage of your inner adventurer to satisfy your curiosity.
 
Calakmul, Mexico
 
Visit-These-Lost-1-Calakmul 

This is one location where you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other people taking up space. In fact it’s more likely that you will find monkeys here as compared to finding other tourists, allowing you to explore this location at length without being disturbed by the crowd. The tall and steep pyramids hidden away in the jungle of Campeche are the tallest in Mexico and several are overgrown in trees, shrubs and other vegetation. It was among the most prosperous Mayan cities of its time, and can be considered comparable to the city of Tikal located in Guatemala. Brightly colored frescos have been buried away under several pyramids, which depict the daily life of Mayans, and archaeologists are working hard to preserve these.
 
How can you get there? In order to get to this location, you will have to drive from Campeche, a colonial city located almost five hours away.
 
Why should you go here? This is the largest Mayan city to have been discovered.
 
Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
 
Visit-These-Lost-2-CiudadPerdida 

Ciudad Perdida means ‘Lost City’ in Spanish and getting there is an adventure in itself. This city is located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains and you will have to climb steep slopes, cross rivers and navigate slippery trails to get there. It was developed between AD 500 and 700 by Tayrona Indians but was abandoned at the time of the Spanish conquest. It was rediscovered by treasure hunters around 1970, and it was looted for all it was worth. However, the impressive citadel still remains.
 
How can you get there? You will need to engage the services of a tour guide who will give you a six-day long tour through the jungle.
 
Why should you go here? To enjoy not just the ruins, but also the memorable journey there.
 
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
 
Visit-These-Lost-3-AngkorWat 

Angkor Wat was discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhot around 150 years ago. It is one of the remnants of the architecture left behind by the Khmer Empire, between the 9th and 15th century AD. It consists of a huge complex which contains a large number of temples, one of which is Angkor Wat, the Angkor Thom stone heads of Bayon, as well as Ta Prohm, a crumbling monument that gained popularity due to Tomb Raider. You can safely avoid the tour groups if you go further ahead up to Beng Mealea which is hidden away in the jungle.
 
How can you get there? Catch a tuk-tuk or a tour bus from Siem Reap.
 
Petra, Jordan
 
Visit-These-Lost-4-Petra 

The city of Petra was formerly the capital and largest city of the kingdom of Nabataea. This was once a thriving trading city, despite being situated in the middle of the desert until the 6th century when an earthquake destroyed the water system. For centuries, the city remained abandoned until it was discovered in 1812 by Johann Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer. The main route is through a long and narrow gorge known as the Siq.
 
How can you get there? The traditional route is by using a bus service from either Amman or Aqaba, but if you want more of an adventure, you can trek for six days through the Dana Reserve and enjoy the scenery.
 
Why should you go here? To be awe-struck by a city that is half carved and half built into the rock!
 
Persepolis, Iran
 
Visit-These-Lost-5-Persepolis 

The city of Persepolis was founded in 518 BC and was the capital of the Persian Empire. The city with its glittering gold walls, towering monuments, and impressive pillars was a sight to behold and was considered a model city of its time until 331 BC. Then, Alexander the Great burned it to the ground in order to avenge the burning of the Acropolis. The city then remained buried until the 1930s. The city is now only a shadow of its former glory, and nothing more than ruins of the doorways and stairways of the great palaces remain.
 
How can you get there? Hop on a taxi or bus or take a guided tour from Shiraz.
 
Why should you go here? Just to take in the scale of the ruins.
 
Pompeii, Italy
 
Visit-These-Lost-6-Pompeii 

After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the city of Pompeii remained buried under a layer of stone and ash along with the remains of 1,000 people. A formerly bustling city was long forgotten until it was discovered by archaeologists 1800 years later. Under the ash, they found buildings, artifacts and the bodies of victims, along with the expressions on their faces, frozen and completely preserved.
 
How can you get there? Hop on a train or bus or guided tour from Naples.
 
Why should you go here? To view the everyday life of ancient Rome.
 
Choquequirao, Peru
 
Visit-These-Lost-7-Choquequirao 

Machu Picchu may be the main attraction, but Choquequirao is nothing less. It was built by Topa Inca Yupanqui in the 15th century as a monument to Incan royalty. You can even include a tour of Casa de Cascada, Capullyoc and Hurincancha while you’re at it.
 
How can you get there? Drive for four hours from Cuzco.
 
Why should you go here? The trek itself is the most interesting part of the trip.
 

 

Mexico: The Best Luxury Hotels

If you often imagine yourself relaxing near sprawling beaches, the enchanting beauty of Mexico awaits your presence. Here are the best luxury hotels of Mexico for your next stay.
 
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
 
1_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

This hotel consisting of 15 rooms is nothing like other hotels. A mixture of 16-to-18th century Spanish colonial buildings with modern refurbished rooms, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the town square. The curved ceilings, stucco walls, and polished copper sinks make you feel like you’ve transported to another time era.
 
Casa Velas
 
2_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Every inch of this 80 room resort on Mexico’s Pacific Riviera calls out to you, luring you to it. Its lush green gardens coupled with a huge swimming pool will put you in a calm mode. In the afternoon sun, enjoy the breathtaking sight of the fish ponds sparkle and then take in a view of resident peacocks moving about. The organic garden is an artwork of its own, providing herbs for the spa and restaurant.
 
Four Seasons Hotel
 
3_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

From professionals to families, this majestic hotel suits everyone. Even if you’re with kids, the vacation will sound like a breeze with the hotel’s babysitting services. The hotel has presidential suites and a total of 240 colonial-inspired guest rooms and suites. Complimentary amenities are included. There are 75 museums and 10 archeological zones near the hotel.
 
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
 
4_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Located at the entrance of the financial, entertainment, and cultural heart of Mexico, the hotel is surrounded by gems of museums such as the Fine Arts Museum, Museo Nacional De Arte, the National Art Museum, and Alameda Central. The hotel has amazing fine dining restaurants including Los Dones and Terraza Alameda which can make any trip an enjoyable one. Located in the fashionable district of Mexico City, the hotel has modern guest rooms with internet access.
 
Hotel Matilda
 
5_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Modern on the inside and colonial on the outside, it is regarded as the perfect complement to the gorgeous historic colonial city. Mexican artwork is emphasized in the hotel’s interior. The celebrated chef Enrique Olvera’s cuisine and the soothing aromatherapy spa treatments are the highlights of this hotel.
 
JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City
 
6_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Most iconic due to its strategic location, the hotel offers you an inside peek into the heart of the city by treating you to the best shopping, dining, and sightseeing experience you’ll have. With Four Diamonds by the AAA, you can expect the best – be it the classic French cuisine or the contemporary Mexican specialties at its restaurants.
 
Beloved
 
7_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Rightly named, this hotel is complete with a spa, elaborate gym, and a whirlpool tub in every room. Simply put, it spoils you. Its formal restaurant offers you food using the freshest of ingredients. The beach is perhaps the biggest luxury of this hotel.
 
La Casa Que Canta
 
8_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Terracotta walls and thatched roofs welcome you. The bedrooms are quite the sight with pink marble showers and Mexican folk art.
 
Las Alcobas
 
9_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

This 35 room hotel is located in the Polanco district, housing some high-end boutiques and some of the best restaurants of the city. Its earthy colors and motifs take you back to the country’s Mayan and Aztec sites. The reception has a royal rosewood staircase leading up to the second floor.
 
Las Mañanitas, Cuernavaca
 
10_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

An hour and a half away from Mexico city, this enchanting estate and the gardens were built in 1955. Suites come equipped with wood beams and tiled floors, some even sporting fireplaces and others having covered terraces.
 
Rosewood San Miguel De Allende
 
11_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Created in the backyard of the summer estate, and once owned by the ruling Canal family, this 13-acre property is a classic example of classic Mexican hacienda. Covered patios, stone paths, tiered swimming pools, grand rooms, and Spanish colonial furnishings deserve a special mention. The view from the rooftop is also a sight to behold.
 
St. Regis Mexico City
 
12_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

This beaming glass and steel tower on the Paseo de la Reforma is at a perfect location for tourists and professionals. At this hotel, you get your own personal butler too! Talk about feeling like a royalty. The jewel in the crown, however, is the 15th floor, complete with spa treatment, swimming pool, hot baths, and clear mountain views.
 
Viceroy Riviera Maya
 
13_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Palapa villas connected by intertwining pathways present a romantic and luxurious view. With the lagoon pool, the Mexican cuisine and unmatchable, hospitable service, this place is a must visit.
 
Viceroy Zihuatanejo
 
14_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Besides the white shores of the Zihuatanejo Bay, the Viceroy Zihuatanejo hotel is a romantic place to spend your vacations. The infinity pools right at the water’s edge will make you feel like the water is slipping directly into the sea.
 
W Mexico City
 
15_Mexico-The_Best_Luxury_Hotels 

Modern yet traditionally charming, here even the stone-clad bathroom doubles up as sunrooms. The spa has a Mexican touch and offers the sumptuous guarana and seaweed body wrap.

 

 

For Less Than $100 A Night, You Can Enjoy Mexico!

Decided to visit Mexico and are looking for inexpensive hotels? Well look no further! Here are some places you might want to consider that charge you under $100 per night.
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

1_For_Less_Than_100_A_Night_You_Can_Enjoy_Mexico!

Decorated with Spanish colonial designs, this hotel is not too far from the town square. Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada offers a very sophisticated environment for its guests with its curved ceilings, stucco walls, tiled baths, polished sinks, and personal patios.

Offering a wide range of European cuisine providing a regional touch, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada has its own sculpture garden and pool to provide the best experience for you and fellow travelers.
Four Season Hotel

2_For_Less_Than_100_A_Night_You_Can_Enjoy_Mexico!

Located in the heart of Mexico’s capital, very near to the Chapultepec Park, this grand hotel comprises of 240 deluxe rooms and luxury suites. Four Season Hotel is designed in a colonial-style and is equipped with a spa, an outdoor pool, a health club, and a high-tech business center for meetings and conferences.

Featuring all of these amazing services, the hotel staff also offers to arrange external services with prior notice.
Hilton Mexico City Reforma

3_For_Less_Than_100_A_Night_You_Can_Enjoy_Mexico!

With a total of 457 luxurious rooms, this hotel offers the best of services to their customers. Only 20 minutes away from the Mexico International Airport, this hotel owns an impressive event space that holds up to 4,000 people with ease.

It offers Internet access to guests and all of its suites include access to the stylish top-floor Executive Lounge.

The Hilton Hotel is equipped with a spa that offers its finest services to its customers and also has a 25-meter rooftop pool. Their fitness center allows guests to stay healthy and fit throughout their stay.
JW Marriott Hotel

4_For_Less_Than_100_A_Night_You_Can_Enjoy_Mexico!

The very famous Marriott Hotel in Mexico city, located in the exclusive Polanco District is easily accessible from all over the city. This hotel features luxurious accommodations and amenities to provide their customers with an amazing stay or business experience. Offering classic French cuisine and contemporary Mexican specialties, JW Marriott Hotel has an outdoor pool and allows the guests to take a day off and relax in their spa.
Viceroy Riviera Maya

5_For_Less_Than_100_A_Night_You_Can_Enjoy_Mexico!

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a beautiful holiday resort located along the pearlescent sands of the Riviera Maya. It comprises of 41 luxurious villas and a spa to get relaxing massages and treatments.

The staff personally welcomes the guests on arrival. In addition, guests are led through the tropical forest paths to their villa. It offers a relaxing environment with its louvered-mahogany windows and doors, intricately-designed rugs, and canopy beds made with Egyptian cotton-linen.