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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

All-Inclusive Summer Luxury at Hyatt Ziva Cancun


By: Five Star Alliance

A playful family escape, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a beachfront resort on Mexico's Yucatan Coast. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which opened late last year, has a distinct Mexican vibe that grabs you right in the lobby, thanks to the dramatic ocean views that set the mood immediately. 

Here, the Presidential Suite has 4,381 square feet of space across two floors. Each room at Ziva Cancun includes a balcony, but the Presidential Suite boasts two, along with a marble bathroom with a separate hot tub and rain shower. This top suite is also considered Hyatt Club Level, meaning it comes with special perks like personalized Beach Butler and concierge services, top-shelf liquors, a discount on spa and salon services and more.

Honeymooners may want to opt for the Hyatt Ziva Sky Swim-Up Ocean Front Master King. This romantic, 70-square-foot hideaway is perched in the Turquoize (adults-only) tower, and includes an oversized balcony, a private hot tub and a seating area. There is also a floor-to-ceiling corner rainfall shower. Guests of this suite will receive private check-in and exclusive access to the rooftop, adults-only pool.

Tip: This guestroom is also ideal for those seeking some rejuvenation, as it has direct access to the spa. Looking for a prime ocean view? We hear that the same Turquoize tower also has Corner suites with fabulous vistas included.

For guests who book the Ocean Front Master King because of the spa access, we suggest ordering the Zen signature massage. This treatment combines Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Shiatsu techniques. After this experience, guests can relax in the spa's indoor pool, which has direct views of the Caribbean Sea. There is also a chance to take a dip in the hot tub, sauna, steam room and cold plunge.

Foodies take note: The hotel has a choice of nine restaurants. La Bastille, which serves French cuisine in an adults-only atmosphere, works for a romantic dinner. (Those seeking a private experience should ask for beach-side dining on the Ziva Pier.) While dining at Chevy's, kids will be excited about sipping milkshakes in a '57 Chevy convertible, complete with all-American fare.

Note: There may be a wide range of adults-only experiences at Ziva, but the hotel also has a number of child-friendly offerings, like a Kidz waterpark, a game room with teen activities, paddle boarding and more, to make them feel like little VIPs.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun pool


Meet Beaches Turks and Caicos


By: Five Star Alliance

Located in exotic Grace Bay in Providenciales, and made up of four distinct areas, the all-inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos offers the seaside garden paradise of the Caribbean Village, the sophisticated style of the French Village, the monumental surroundings of the Italian Village, along with the Key West Village which features 3 & 4 bedroom Villas. 

Here, there are almost enough pools for each day of the week, and the last day should be reserved for the largest pool of all, the clear turquoise sea bordered by a 12-mile stretch of beach.

 Beaches Turks and Caicos

Through a unique partnership with Sesame Street, kids can enjoy a week of exclusive adventures with Cookie Monster, Super Grover 2.0, Zoe, Bert & Ernie, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. Family Suites with Kid Rooms offer mahogany bunk beds with a trundle; a 27' flat screen TV with a state-of-the-art XBOX; a multi-function game table; a built-in, nautical, mahogany storage wall unit; its own closet; and a vanity unit with basin and mirror.

Kids Room at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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Cool Pools: Constance Belle Mare Plage


By: Five Star Alliance

Constance Belle Mare Plage has four swimming pools with sun loungers and parasols. There's even a heated swimming pool for use during winter.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

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New to Five Star Alliance: Constance Ephelia Seychelles


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahe, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Constance Ephelia Seychelles enjoys a unique location set within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

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Image of the Day: Blue Diamond Riviera Maya


By: Five Star Alliance

Surrounded by lush rainforest, pure white sand beaches and pristine turquoise waters, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya beckons you to a haven of serenity. From dramatic beachfront casitas to rooms with secluded docks, ocean front terraces, roof top infinity pools and private pools, each suite is a perfectly personalized refuge among the waves.

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

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New to Five Star Alliance: Curtain Bluff


By: Five Star Alliance

Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and The Sea Grape restaurant where barefoot casual lunches and romantic dinners are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge.

Curtain Bluff

The resort's exceptional facilities include a championship tennis center, a fully equipped watersports center (scuba, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks), a squash court, and fitness center. When it's time to relax, there's a tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beach side swimming pool, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.

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Did You Know? Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive


By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive is situated on the secluded beach where the legendary film Night of the Iguana was filmed. The 1964 film, which starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, and was directed by John Huston. The film was based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. 

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall


By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an indulgent escape for adults seeking refuge from the rigors of the outside world. Here, within the resort's sprawling grounds, couples, friends, and individuals are welcome to partake in whatever their hearts desire. Attentive service at every turn assures each guest of a harmonious, hassle-free vacation filled with gourmet cuisine, expertly poured cocktails, and enough memories to last several lifetimes.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend an Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Royal Hideaway Playacar
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a couple looking to stay at an adult-only all-inclusive property in Mexico. What resort offers the best accommodations for us?


ANSWER: Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen - Quintana Roo, Mexico

Royal Hideaway Playacar is for the most discriminating guests. Designed to feel more like a fully-staffed private vacation home with 11 villas, each with a private concierge, Royal Hideaway boasts the AAA-Five Diamond award distinction and is a member of Leading Hotels and Virtuoso. Guests of Royal Hideaway Playacar soak in incomparably serene Caribbean vistas, experience succulent culinary creations served in the finest surroundings, enjoy pampering spa treatments, and an attentive staff that lives the idea of "always at your service."
The exclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar offers 200 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations including 6 junior suites and 2 presidential suites. Mexican colonial style architecture adorns two- or three- floor villas giving guests sheer privacy and exceptional intimacy throughout their stay. Royal View accommodations feature a view of the azure Caribbean. All rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace as well as a private villa concierge, candles, pillow menu, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Etro amenities, hydromassage bathtub &shower, monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, DVD player, high-speed wireless Internet access, CD stereo system, stocked mini-fridge with water, soda & beer, and coffee maker.Royal Hideaway Playacar

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Duplex Suite
This beautiful two-story suite features a living room and dining area with a wet bar, bathroom and balcony on the first floor. The second floor features a large bedroom, full bathroom and large terrace where guests can enjoy endless hours of relaxation on a lounge chair or a traditional hammock. Room size: 118 sq m / 1270 sq ft. Bed type: One king size bed, per request one extra bed.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Honeymooning at Sandals LaSource Grenada


By: Five Star Alliance

Recently two of our favorite clients got married and decided to honeymoon at the brand new, all-inclusive, couples only Sandals LaSource Resort in Grenada

Zach and Alexandra stayed in room 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda. Located within the Italian village, 1 bedroom oceanview skypool suites feature a full living room with butler pantry, wet bar, indoor dining table, plush sofa and chairs, and HD LED Smart TV. There is also a desk with wireless internet and USB ports. The double doors open into a bedroom with a king size bed, and large HD LED Smart TV. The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, Kohler claw footed tub, separate frosted glass shower and a frosted glass water closet. The bedroom opens for access to a cantilevered heated private plunge pool with an infinity edge. The flooring is made of Turkish ivory patika travertine natural stone with accents of pebbles and porcelain planks from Italy. Some suites also have an oversized balcony with two comfortable lounge chairs, ottoman, side table and soaking tub. Some have an oversized day bed. Your own personal butler service is included.

Sandals LaSource is in the heart of exclusive Pink Gin Beach and offers 225 rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, 3 freshwater pools and 2 river pools, just minutes from the airport.

They shared some of their photos with us below, click on any photo to learn more:

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Outdoor verandah of suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite

Verandah of Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach area at Sandals LaSource

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource from the water

Sandals LaSource Grenada from the water

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada Beach

Night view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

Night View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach at Sandals LaSource

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada Beach

View of Sandals LaSource Grenada

View of Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada Beach

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Butler setup for honeymooning couple at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Butler bath setup at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

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