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Paradise Found At Hacienda AltaGracia

September 23, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Set on the mountain tops in Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia is a luxurious escape from the ordinary. Featuring estate-size accommodations, the Auberge Resort is surrounded by natural beauty with gourmet dining, upscale amenities, and a full-service spa. Recognized on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 2016, the resort provides guests with an array of Costa Rican activities, including ziplining, rafting, and cheesemaking classes for a memorable getaway. Continue reading below.

Hacienda AltaGracia

Here are three of our favorite experiences: 

1. Landing on the resort's airstrip in a private chartered aircraft. No need to ask for directions, or find the taxi line, arriving steps from the resort in a private plane is the way to go. Plus, the view is pretty amazing.

Aerial view of Hacienda AltaGracia

2. Horseback riding along the Santa Maria trail to Rio Calientillo. Departing from the equestrian center, guests can schedule a unique adventure that includes a traditional Costa Rican farmer's meal wrapped in banana leaves, and served with aqua sapo. 

Horses at Hacienda AltaGracia

3. Touring a coffee plantation. Learning about the sustainable planting and harvesting of organic coffee in one of the world's premiere coffee growing countries gives visitors a new appreciation for their morning cup of coffee. Continue reading below the photo. 

Coffee plantation tour at Hacienda AltaGracia

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance get a $100 USD resort credit, 10% discount at the Auberge Spa, welcome fruit basket, and VIP status. Also, based on availability at check-in, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Guest accommodations at Hacienda AltaGracia

Five Star Perks at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

September 6, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Offering year-round recreational activities, the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort in Argentina's Patagonia region has an outdoor pool, moutain biking, archery, full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, five gourmet restaurants, and supervised children's programs. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and overlooking Lago Perito Moreno, the luxury property offers a variety of water sports during the summer months including canoeing, kayaking, and white water rafting. During the winter, guests receive shuttle service to the base of Mt. Catedral with skiing and snowboarding access, along with a Hospitality Lounge, snowboarding and skiing lessons, and a traditional Kandahar Restaurant. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Lago Moreno De Lujo Suite at LLao LLao Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and VIP status. Based on availability at check-in, guests receive a complimentary room upgrade. 

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Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Five Star Perks at Lizard Island Resort

August 30, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Set directly on the Great Barrier Reef, the Lizard Island Resort offers a luxurious retreat with 40 suites and 24 powdery-white sand beaches. Reachable only by private charters from Cairns Airport in Queensland, the island resort has the Salt Water restaurant serving five star cuisine, and Essentia Day Spa offering a variety of treatments and services. Right outside the doorstep, guests can snorkel and explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit, VIP status, and depending on availabilty room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Offers Fun For All Ages

August 25, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!

Looking to plan a trip to one of the National Parks? The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is located 2 miles from the park's Southern Gate. Recently renovated, the luxury hotel offers a classic mountain lodge atmosphere combined with modern and upscale amenities. There are multiple dining options, including the steakhouse Embers, Sierra Restaurant with rustic ambiance and a towering stone fireplace, and Jackalopes Bar & Grill with Sierra Pub Fare. Along with casual options such as Timberloft Pizza, Parkside Deli, and Summerdale BBQ. Continue reading below the photo.

Lobby in Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
For fun and recreation, the hotel has and indoor pool and three seasonal outdoor pools including a kid's pool with water features, an adults-only pool with a bar, and evening dive-in movies. Guests can partake in a variety of outdoor activities including archery, hiking, climbing walls, rafting, guided fly fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. After enjoying all the activities, the full-service Ascent Spa provides a variety of treatments designed to soothe and relax tired muscles after exciting adventures. 

Pets are welcome at the hotel, and the family-friendly property offers the Sierra Adventure Club with supervised seasonal daytime activities for guests ages 5 to 12, along with the Kids Evening Camp with movies, arts, dinner and games. 

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite


Explore the National Parks at Enchantment Resort

August 4, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

In honor of the U.S. National Parks 100th Anniversary, the Enchantment Resort is offering an “Over-the-Top Grand Canyon Adventure Package”, which includes a private helicopter ride for four people from the resort to the Grand Canyon. Ideal for families, the Sedona Resort is surrounded by natural vermillion-colored rock formations, with hiking trails, Camp Coyote kid's club, Mii amo spa, outdoor swimming pool, golf, and tennis. Read more below about this special package from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Ruthanne Terrero.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

A Southwest getaway for the family should include active experiences plus some quality downtime. We say Enchantment Resort in Sedona might just fit the bill, especially with the program it's created for the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. The “Over-the-Top Grand Canyon Adventure Package” provides for a private helicopter ride for four people to take a flight from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. When it's time to come home, a clay wrap spa treatment is included, at Enchantment's sister property, Mii amo. Which room works best for families? We're thinking it's the two-bedroom “Full Hacienda Suite,” which has a living room (think high ceilings and a fireplace) with two queen pull-down beds. If a family member likes to barbecue, a nice big deck has a built-in grill and lots of seating for the family to sit around and critique the cook. There's a kitchen inside as well and a dining room area for six. There's no arguing over who gets the best bedroom since both are masters (some with king beds, some with two queens, just ask). All told, there are plenty of private bathrooms for all, including one off the living room.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Enchantment, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, has a program for children ages four to 12, which provides nature walks, pottery classes, star gazing, scavenger hunts, cooking classes and yoga. Older children and teens can also participate in tennis camp clinics. They can also take a Pink Jeep tour and visit Native American ruins in the area.

Family Dining Tip: Enchantment has two restaurants. Tii Gavo has a more casual Southwestern vibe while Che-Ah-Chi is the fine-dining venue. Reservations can be made at any time for either, but do know that both have great views of the red rock canyon. We suggest making reservations at least two weeks out for a window seat or outdoor table for optimal views. 

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Good to know: Families sometimes want to relax and not worry about disturbing guests around them, so, we suggest a private room at Che-Ah-Chi for parties of six to 12. Another fun option is to request in-room dining served on your private patio. Enchantment has plenty of other venues for larger groups.

Tip: Spring and summer are peak seasons at Enchantment Resort, so management recommends booking six to 12 months in advance.

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Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa




Wow, what a view at the Springs Resort and Spa

August 3, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Wow, what a view at The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Courtesy of instagram user /Safarianne, the boutique hotel sits on a mountainside 1,000 feet above the Arenal. The tropical resort has 28 thermal spring pools with the highest quality mineral content in the area, the famous "Monkey Slide" at Perdidos Springs, and the Club Rio Outdoor Center set on one-mile of the Arenal River with on-site adventures such as water tubing, rock climbing, and horseback riding. There's also a wildlife sanctuary with more than 100 rescued animals including monkeys, deer, sloths, toucans, jungle cats, and crocodiles.

As you can see, guest rooms feature views of the volcano and surrounding valley, with hardwood floors and ceilings, carved wood furniture, marble bathrooms with dual sinks, and sitting areas. 

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal from /safarianne

Glamping in NYC with W Hotels

July 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

If you've ever dreamed of camping without leaving the city, here's your chance...

The W New York partnered with Laurel & Wolf to temporarily transform the patio of its Extreme Wow Suite's terrace into an Outdoor Glamping Suite. 

Glamping at the W New York

Featuring a whimsical approach to urban glamping, the suite offers a 12-foot yurt decorated in colorful fabrics and textures with glowing lanterns. Finished with rattan hanging chairs for lounging, and a fire pit that ignites with the flip of a switch. Surrounded by a canopy of twinkling lights, the rustic-luxe oasis is a chic glamping option in the city.

Located in the center of Manhattan, the W New York is steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the Theater District, and Rockefeller Center. Plus, there's a FIT Gym and Bliss 49 Spa, ideal for relaxing and pampering during your glamping getaway.

Note: this special suite will be available until fall 2016.

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Glamping at the W New York







Serenity at Azur Lodge

July 1, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

If you're seeking a lakeside retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet yearn for contemporary design and modern comforts, the Azur Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand is an ideal spot. Perched on a hilltop amongst native trees, with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, the property offers nine villas and a lodge with three fireplaces, cocktails, and refreshments.

Villa at Azur Lodge

Designed by local architect John Blair, the contemporary villas feature interior design by Singapore based LTW, providing an overall modern, yet relaxed feel. Offering complete privacy, all villas have private patios with scenic views, and gas fireplaces. There are plush beds with German-milled Egyptian cotton sheets by Ploh, as well as goose down pillows and duvets. Sleek bathrooms feature spa tubs with large windows to soak in the scenery, New Zealand-made Linden Leaves amenities, and rain forest showers.

Spa Tub with a View at Azur Lodge

To top off the outstanding views, Azur Lodge offers a variety of activities. Some of our favorite experiences include:

- Morning yoga on your own private patio (mats are supplied by the hotel)
- In-villa massage treatments
- Horseback riding through The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit filming locations
- Flightseeing to Milford Sound and landing on a glacier

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Horseback Riding at Azur Lodge





An Amazing Aerial Activity at the Viceroy Bali

June 1, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

25 luxurious private pool villas make up the ultra luxurious Viceroy Bali, only a five minute drive from central Ubud. With unparalleled views of the dramatic tropical Petanu Valley views and surrounded by rice fields, hotel guests wanting to avoid the 45-minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to Ubud can instead opt for a direct helicopter transfer to the hotel. In addition, guests can tour Bali and the neighboring islands by air in the helicopter.

2 of our favorite tours are:

Kintamani Volcano Sky Tour - A bus transfer from the hotel to a private Helipad at Taro Elephant Safari park, then the 25 minute aerial tour of the Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali's most famous landmark.

Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida Costal Sky Tour - Approximately 60 minutes long, these islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Also discover Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.

Viceroy Bali Helicopter Pad

Aerial View of Viceroy Bali

Deluxe Junior Suites at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

May 5, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

On the banks of the Vilcanota River and at the foot of Macchu Picchu, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers travelers 60 guest rooms: 3 Sumaq Suites, 11 Junior Suites and 46 Superior category rooms.

As of May 2016, new Deluxe Junior Suites are available. Sleep deeply with hypoallergenic pillows, goose feather comforters, spring mattresses, and modern thermal heating. The rooms measure approximately 29 to 34 square meters. Services and amenities include a King Bed, 47 inch LED tv, mini-fridge, coffee maker, cradle, small living room, DVD player, radio with MP3 player.

All guest rooms at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel feature the following:

  • 100% goose-feather blankets
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • Cable television
  • National/International Direct Dialing
  • Thermal Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • 110V/220V power
  • Bathrooms with tub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Black-out curtains
  • Fire alarm
  • Soundproof windows
  • Minibar
  • 2 bottles of water complimentary per night
  • Turndown service

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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