Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Zebra in Mexico?

Featured Destination:

This "zebra" has class and style!

Self-proclaimed as "jungle-chic," this hotel is definitely one to escape to.

"Ocean view" is often synonimous with spending more, but at La Zebra you not only get the view, you also get the ocean and the beach to go along with it, right outside your rustic little hut's door. Even better, it comes without sticker shock.

If the simple white walls and thoughts of laying in a hammock all day start to stir up feelings of cabin fever, never fear! Relaxing isn't the only thing available to do here. There are plenty of activities whether on-campus or nearby.

Foodies will delight in the property's restaurant and tequila bar, as authentic food and drinks are the stars.
Fresh squeezed lime ceviche, tender lamb slow cooked in banana leaves from the brick-lined BBQ pit, and a margherita made without mixers or heavy machinery. That's exactly what your palate can look forward to.
Salivating yet?

As for adventure-seekers, the hotel offers salsa lessons, and there are plenty of tours to take nearby such as fishing, kiteboarding, and scuba diving. The hotel is also only 7 km away from the Tulum Ruins.

Just one thought for caution: "jungle-chic" IS synonimous with rustic! The rooms do have electricity thanks to wind turbine technology, but if you need air conditioning, a tv, and the use of a hair dryer, then this is not the place for you. And yes, the mosquito netting draped around the bed is probably more functional than fashionable, but if you can let those luxuries go in order to get back to nature, make a reservation and pack your (preferably) carry-on size bag.

And if you're still not quite sold on La Zebra, check out their quick promo video, you'll swear you just felt a tropical breeze!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ready...Set....Jet! (Literally)

Featured Destination: Hotel Costa Verde

(Where Swiss Family Robinson meets Lost)

Forget having no leg room, a tiny bathroom to maneuver, and zero food service. This is not your typical 727 experience! Perched along a coastal rainforest bluff, this decommissioned airplane-turned-hotel room is the newest, and quite possibly the nicest, of its kind.

Crafted from a 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, this vintage beauty has been spared from the airplane graveyard and been brought up to date with modern-day amenities. More like a small house than hotel room, the accommodations include 2 bedrooms, each with air conditioning and their own private bath, a kitchenette, dining area foyer, a flat screen tv, and an ocean view terrace. The entire interior is also paneled with Costa Rican teak, and is furnished with hand-carved teak furniture from Java, Indonesia.

The Fuselage Home isn't the only evidence of aeronautical love at Costa Verde. Now a full service restaurant and bar, the hotel also proudly owns a Fairchild C-123, the sister plane to its twin which was shot down over Nicaragua in the infamous Iran-Contra Affair of the mid 1980s.

The Costa Verde Hotel has more accommodation styles to offer. It is located in Quepos, and a short drive away from Manuel Antonio National Park. For more information, please visit their website.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Featured Destination: Nassau, Bahamas

Don't let the cookie cutter, Crayola colored facade fool you. This hotel is a gem!
With only a 10 minute cab ride away from the airport, this 18-hut boutique hotel is perfect for peace and tranquility.
Every room at the Compass Point Beach Resort has plenty of amenities, and even the most affordable studio room is spacious. From rocking chairs on the porch outside, to the Aveda bath products, the details of this hotel spark the inkling to never leave the property! A flat screen tv, cd/dvd player, and surround sound system are also a perk. The hotel lobby even has a library of movies to choose from. They have snorkeling equipment and board games to borrow as well.
The on-site restaurant is also great for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. Plus, they will deliver to your room with no added service charge!*

My Advice:
1. Have the cab driver stop at the closest liquor store so you can get what you need to stock your mini fridge.
2. Relax, and listen to the water while enjoying a massage out on the dock.

3. Put on your favorite Jack Johnson CD, order room service, and enjoy your meal out on your porch as you watch the sun set!

One last fun fact: For all you 007 fans out there, this was the hotel that Daniel Craig, aka James Bond, drove past in Casino Royale!

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*Whether dining in the restaurant or in your hotel room, an automatic 15% service gratuity will be included.