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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.

A Serengeti Safari at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski in Tanzania

By: Daniel L. Moses

Bilila Lodge My first trip to Tanzania was a short one. I walked onto the bridge separating the massive East African country from its neighbor and my then home base, Rwanda, admired the powerful Chutes de Rusumo below, and then took a few steps on the other side just to say I'd been there before scampering back. I didn't have my passport, nor a visa, so a few steps into the green grass on the other side of the bridge was all I could get away with. Two years later, I returned to Tanzania, and did so in style. Safari-style!

Visiting the Serengeti National Park was like stepping into a movie set. Surreal, wonderful, and filled with wild game that walked within a few steps of the Landrover. A once in a lifetime experience!

There are several magnificent places to stay on your next safari, but few exceed the excellence of the Bilila Lodge Kempinski, located in the heart of Serengeti in Tanzania. Luxury oozes from the spacious rooms with views out over the African savanna. It's common to wake up and see antelope and zebra grazing in the tall grasses in front of the property. All from the comfort of your room!

One more thing: This place is beyond beautiful. Take a look for yourself, and indulge yourself with a safari and stay at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski.

Winter in the Adirondacks at The Point, Saranac Lake

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The PointPlanning a winter vacay in the Adirondacks? Do it right and stay at The Point, the exclusive, 11-room property that was a Rockefeller Adirondack Great Camp back in the day. Now, it's racked up the awards for providing guests with the ultimate civilized wilderness experience. Head off on an invigorating outdoor adventure-- perhaps cross-country skiing on snow-covered Upper Saranac Lake or on the nearby trails-- then cozy up by the fire with a good book. Or retreat to The Point's Adirondack pub for a game of pool or darts. The list of winter activities is endless: downhill skiing on Whiteface Mountain (the 3,216-foot vertical drop is the highest in the East), ice skating on the lake or on the indoor rink in Lake Placid, snowshoeing through the magical wintry landscape, even ice fishing. The chef at The Point will prepare your catch for you. Most fun of all: the snow barbecues out on the point. Wear warm clothes and get geared up for an unforgettable lunch. The best part of all? The Point is all-inclusive (meaning all meals and activities are included in your room rates).

Don’t Overlook All-Inclusive Resorts: $92 at the Luxurious Paradisus Riviera Cancun

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Riviera Cancun

Do all-inclusive resorts conjure images of stale buffets and too many PDA-ing couples (worse than Couples Retreat?) Think again. As we reported yesterday, all-inclusives like the properties run by Elite Island Resorts offer a healthy dose of luxury at a great value. And with winter vacations on the brain, it couldn't be a better time to give an all-inclusive a chance. We just got the scoop on another great deal at the Paradisus Riviera Cancun: rates from $92 per person when you pre-pay. What's more- the resort is throwing in a 30 percent discount at the spa. Located 25 minutes south of Cancun, the oceanfront resort is Mayan inspired. Play a game of tennis, take one of many "life-enriching classes" (think sushi making and photography), or laze in one of three waterfront pools featuring exquisite Bali beds underneath oceanfront palapas.

Don’t Skip Your Well-Deserved Tropical Vacay: Caribbean Discounts with Elite Island Resorts

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua"We've all been cornered. The gauntlet thrown down by America's new economic realities: Change your evil, thriftless ways," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. "But making do with less doesn't have to mean cutting out a well-deserved tropical holiday!" We couldn't agree more. There are deals aplenty for a high-season sojourn in the Caribbean so you can get your sun and sand fix during the dreary arctic winter. Case in point: The 20, 10, 30 Special Offer now being promoted by Elite Island Resorts, featuring all-inclusive luxury resorts on idyllic islands like Antigua. Save 20 percent in January, 10 percent in February, and 30 percent in March when you stay seven nights and book by February 1, 2010. Choose between these award-winning resorts:

Galley Bay Resort & Spa: Antigua's romantic all-inclusive escape with a private 3/4-mile white-sand beach.

St. James's Club & Villas: Tucked away on a private 100-acre peninsula on Antigua.

The Verandah Resort & Spa: Antigua's newest all-suite resort with a full-service spa and lots of amenities.

World’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic

By: Mary Winston Nicklin



Paradisus Palma Real


We weren't surprised to see the Paradisus Palma Real land on's list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. What's not to love? Perfect palm-fringed beaches, pools lined with Bali style daybeds, oversized suites, and a long list of complimentary all-inclusive amenities that could melt even the hardest of hearts. Think golf, tennis, scuba diving (for certified divers), horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and meals at five different a la carte restaurants and two poolside buffets. Did we mention the wine-tasting and salsa classes?


P.S. Kids are welcome.


Paradisus Palma Real

Christmas in the Caribbean: 40 Percent Savings at Antigua’s All-Inclusive Resorts

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Galley Bay ResortCanceled your Christmas holiday in the Caribbean last year? Don't despair about 2009. Here's a recession-proof vacation opportunity that's bound to put a smile on your face. Elite Island Resorts is giving guests an early Christmas present by offering 40 percent off their award-winning Caribbean resorts in Antigua. Rates start as low as $189 per person, per night all-inclusive and include accommodations, all dining, all beverages, activities, taxes, and service charges. Hurry, reservations must be reserved and paid-in-full by September 1, 2009. Choose from one of three luxury resorts, each offering an all-inclusive paradise:

St. James's Club & Villas--Beach bliss for both couples and families, featuring a fun Kids Club

The Verandah Resort & Spa-- Turquoise waters and white-sand beaches make this the ultimate beachfront playground

Galley Bay Resort & Spa-- 40 acres of tropical gardens and a white sandy beach for couples seeking their own private hideaway

Rum Tastings in the Caribbean at the All-Inclusive Palm Island Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortThe best thing about the paradise called Palm Island Resort? Everything's included. Located near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines-- an archipelago of 32 tropical cays-- the private island resort offers exclusivity and luxury in an idyllic setting of soft sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear water. The 135-acre retreat has just 42 guest lodgings, so you'll be sharing paradise with just a few other fortunate souls. Go for a stroll on one of the scenic nature trails, grab a snorkel and mask and explore the underwater reefs teeming with colorful fish, play a game of tennis, indulge in Afternoon Tea, nibble on a picnic lunch under a thatched umbrella, or take to the seas on a kayak or Hobie-style catamaran- it's all included. On Tuesdays you can partake in the complimentary Rum Tasting at the Royal Palm Bar, where you'll learn the history of rum-making in the Caribbean (and maybe how to make your own). You'll also get a few rum recipes, and learn to taste the difference between Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Barbados and West Indian Rums-- such as St. Vincent's own Sunset Rum.

Paradisus Bring the LUXE to Your Vacation

By: K. Clare Johnson

 Paradisus Punta CanaIndulge in the Paradisus Experience. The four luxury all-inclusive resorts, Paradisus Punta Cana (pictured), Paradisus Riviera Cancun Royal Service, Paradisus Playa Conchal, and Paradisus Punta Cana, offer what they call LUXEclusive service. The resorts, located in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, are all-suites, and offer personalized service that caters to guests' every whim, wish, and desire. Whether it's arranging a special evening for your someone special, making sure the kids have a great vacation too (they have their own PoshMom Family Concierge), or indulging at the full-service spa, no request is too great for Paradisus.

All-Inclusive Deals in the Caribbean: $279 in Antigua at St. James Club

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St James Club Here's an offer you can't refuse: An all-inclusive Caribbean vacation on a paradise-isle with all activities and meals included for just $279 per room. Catering to both couples and families, The St. James's Club Resort & Villas is nestled on a 100-acre peninsula on the southeast coast of Antigua. You'll find a slew of island- and water-based diversions. From the two white sand beaches, you can go snorkeling, sailing, or kayaking, while the kids are entertained at the award-winning Kidz Club. Landlubbers will hardly be bored; the resort has extensive facilities including six tennis courts, a spa, and a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the sea. When it comes to the grub, you have a choice of four restaurants with cuisine varying from casual to Continental.

All-Included Spa, Golf, Eats in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico at Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Velas All-Suites and Spa, MexicoA side of spa with your lavish accommodations? Some wining and dining in the oceanfront restaurant (or in the comfort of your own room)? Or maybe a round of golf? Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort takes "all-inclusive" to another level-- a luxurious one. You'll love the setting on Mexico's golden coast not far from Puerto Vallarta. Overlooking Banderas Bay, the AAA Five-Diamond resort has a plethora of activities to choose from-- including beach volleyball, tennis, and pool games. The award-winning spa has 20 treatment rooms where you can indulge in massage therapy, body scrubs and peelings, body wraps, facials, bath therapy, and hand and foot care. This summer you can book an unbeatable vacation package that includes accommodations in a Parlor or Master suite with an upgrade to the next available category, afternoons on the Vista Vallarta Golf course or daily rejuvenating treatments at the Spa, and meals at the gourmet restaurants. These "Lead Off" rates are available starting from $352 per person, per night.