Anyone who’s visited Lisbon can easily reel off the prerequisite activities: listening to melancholic Fado music, hopping aboard an old tram straining up a steep incline, climbing the ramparts of the old Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, visiting the Belem district with its monuments to the great explorers, strolling along a woodland trail.
Huh? What was that last one?
Where are the manicured grounds where every blade of grass knows its place? Or the temperature-controlled rooms that seal guests off from the unknown beyond resort boundaries? Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is part of a growing trend to defy — and redefine — the all-inclusive archetype.
Here’s a look beyond Cuba’s iconic 1950s autos, ever-flowing mojitos, political turbulence, and intoxicating rhythms – at the greener side of this island nation.
If you build it, they will come. At least that’s what Casas Brancas, the sustainability-focused non-profit that just unveiled a long-distance hiking and biking route through the southwest coast of Portugal, hopes will happen.
A phone call in the middle of the night rarely portends good news. Unless you’re expecting someone or, in this case, something, to give birth. Staying at Rosalie Bay in Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) for four days in May meant I’d have a good chance of getting that call.
No sooner had I set foot on the Argovia Finca Resort, when the owner, Bruno Geisemann, made clear his philosophy: “We need to simply observe and let nature do its work.” Sounds like the utterance of a Zen master, rather than an agronomist. But Bruno Geisemann isn’t your average coffee plantation owner. He walks with…