The Bahía de Banderas, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, shelters numerous diverse ecosystems, including tropical lagoons, rainforests, mangroves, pristine beaches, the Pacific Ocean, waterfalls and mountains.

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Emirates is an airline known for posh service, state-of-the-art infrastructure and attention to detail. Those same qualities are showcased splendidly in the Dubai carrier’s owned-and-operated Australian luxury retreat, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.

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Hacienda Concepcion is located on more than 2,000 acres of rainforest within walking distance of Lake Sandoval (home to the endangered giant river otter) and offers a unique range of land and river excursions.

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Each bungalow in the Le Maitai Lapita Village on Huahine is designed to evoke a sense of the Polynesian canoe house and is decorated with stylized canoe prows. Traditional paddles decorate the walls of the bungalows, and many feature furniture in the shape of a canoe.

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The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, a 115-key oceanfront hotel and residences, will be the centerpiece of the renovation of the Dorado Beach Resort, which is set to open in December 2012.

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The new hotel, to be named the Paradisus Papagayo Bay, will supersede the former Paradisus Playa Conchal in Guanacaste, which was operated by Paradisus Resorts until April 30.

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Emirates Hotels & Resorts has opened the 4,000-acre Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s first luxury conservation-based property and Emirates’ first project outside of Dubai.

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Emirates Hotels & Resorts will open Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resort, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, on October 1.

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Construction of the luxury eco-resort The Brando on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa has officially begun, with completion slated for late 2011.

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