LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 2, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
This month, El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma will open overwater bungalows. The adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort is about 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Featuring a romantic atmosphere, with multiple pools and swim-up bars, plus oceanfront spa treatment rooms set in thatched-roof huts, the property is ideal for Honeymooners and romantic vacations.
Read more about the new overwater bungalows, Palafitos, opening in September 2016, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.
The Overwater Experience
For travelers looking for a luxury stay late in the summer, we suggest El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma. This hotspot, in the Riviera Maya, will be opening overwater bungalows, Palafitos, in September. These new hideaways will include glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers and private infinity pools. We should also mention that there will be Jacuzzis inside these accommodations. Guests will be able to unwind on an oversized deck, complete with a telescope, reading material and blankets.
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August 31, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Next to the famous Vieux Port, the InterContinental Marseille is set within the former Hotel Dieux, an 18th century building in the city's historic center. Perched atop the Panier Hill, the luxury hotel offers panoramic views of the Marseille and the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. There are 194 rooms, along with an indoor swimming pool, Spa by Clarins, two gourmet restaurants, and a magnificent terrace for meetings and special events. Continue reading below the photo for a Five Star Alliance Perk.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a 50 Euro credit for Brasserie Les Fenetres & Alcyone, a cocktail at Bar Capian, upgrade to a seaview room, access to the Spa by Clarins, and VIP status. Plus, guests staying for three or more nights receive a complimentary in-room bottle of champagne.
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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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August 27, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Nestled along a tree-lined street adjacent to the main hotel, the Bungalows at Hotel ZaZa Dallas offer secluded privacy. Set within a historic 1930's home, the 12 suites offer a hideaway feel with exclusive interiors designed by Dallas-based Duncan Miller Ullman, and unique furnishings sourced from Uncommon Market, Lost & Found, and David Gilbert. Each suite offers its own styling, with printed carpets, one-of-a-kind wallpapers, and custom lighting. Guests of the Bungalow Suites have access to additional amenities including nightly Texas Pinyon Pine fires in the Bungalow's brick courtyard, a butler's pantry with coffee, specialty juices, and gourmet snacks. Plus, guests can be transported to the main hotel building via the electric open-air GEM car. Continue reading below the photo.
The Hotel ZaZa Dallas is located in the city's in the Arts and Entertainment District of Uptown Dallas. Known for its unique design style, candlelit lobby, and creative interiors, the hotel features an outdoor pool, ZaSpa, and the Dragonfly: A Modern American Kitchen. Just off McKinney Avenue, the hotel is steps away from upscale boutiques, trendy restaurants, and art galleries. Plus, there is a trolley stop less than one block away.
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August 26, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
In honor of #NationalDogDay, we put together a list of three of our favorite dog-friendly hotels in the U.S. Check out the pet-friendly guest rooms and amenities below at Boston's Liberty Hotel, the Delano Las Vegas, and the historic Hotel del Coronado. Pick a destination and head off for an adventure with your favorite four-legged best friend.
Liberty Hotel - Boston
Situated at the foot of Beacon Hill in a former prison, the Liberty Hotel offers pet-friendly amenities with dog beds, dishes, and in-room comforts. Plus, there are dog-friendly happy hours hosted during the warmer months in The Yard, an outdoor social space.
Pups and their owners will love strolling the nearby neighborhood, which includes Boston Common, Charles River Esplanade, Newbury Street shops and restaurants, along with Beacon Hill boutiques and eateries. Guest accommodations feature Boston-inspired styling with warm wood accents, crown molding, and views of the historic city.
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Delano - Las Vegas
Right on the strip, the Delano Las Vegas is a luxury boutique hotel is set within the Mandalay Bay resort complex. The hotel offers dog-friendly signature suites with a tastefully crafted doggie room service menu which offers Canine Scramble, Bow Wow Burgers, and Chow Hound Chicken Hash. The Doggie Butler Service offers check-ins on pets throughout the day, fast breaks, and daily walks finished with treats. Plush and Pampered options include feeding and changing the water, brushing, and spending time with pets in the room.
Dogs (and their humans) will love the separate living area with seating for five, floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views, bedside stereo systems with docking and charging outlets, and wet bars with stocked minibars.
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Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
Set on Coronado Island in the San Diego Bay, the Hotel del Coronado’s Del Dogs and Cats program offers a range of pet amenities including gourmet room service, Del-ightful dog and cat treats upon arrival, and gourmet room service for dogs and cats. There’s also in-room water and food bowls, pet beds, kitty scratching pads, and waste bags or litter boxes. The hotel provides specialized bedding, crates, collars, and leashes for use during their stay, and there are Yappy Hours every Sunday with complimentary Evian for dogs and pet-inspired drinks for their owners. There’s a dog beach less than 1 mile from the historic hotel, and pet-walking, pet-sitting, dog grooming and veterinary services are available.
The Hotel del Coronado offers luxury beachfront accommodations within the historic Victorian building built in 1888, as well as the contemporary Ocean Towers, California Cabanas, and the Beach Village at The Del. There are multiple dining options from casual to upscale, including the famous brunch in the Crown Room.
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August 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Next to the Music City Center, the Westin Nashville is set to open in late September 2016. The locally-inspired luxury hotel is the collaborative effort of two design firms. Close to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium, music venues and honky tonks along Broadway, the new 27-story property will offer 454 guest rooms. Ideally situated for exploring downtown, going to the convention center, or attending a live performance, hotel guests will have access to the Rhapsody Spa, and L27 - the highest rooftop bar in the region. Read more about the Westin Nashville in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan.
The Westin Nashville is scheduled to open this fall at 807 Clark Place. The property, which will stand 27 stories high when completed, will have 454 guestrooms and suites designed through the collective contributions of The David Mexico Design Group and Bullock Smith and Partners. The designers drew inspiration from the location of the property.
The Westin Nashville will have 20,000 square feet of adaptable event space, including prefunction areas and 12 meeting venues. There will be a fitness center, two restaurants and the lobby bar.
The Westin Nashville will also have L27, which will be the highest rooftop bar in the region. L27 will have a rooftop pool deck with seven cabanas. It will be able to accommodate more than 200 guests. The Westin Nashville will have the Rhapsody Spa, which will have nine treatment rooms, indoor pool, co-ed sauna, manicure and pedicure stations, and locker rooms with Experience Showers.
The property will be located next to the Music City Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Predators’ Bridgestone Arena and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
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.
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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August 24, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Situated in the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a 5,000-acre estate founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo. One of Tuscany's largest contiguous vineyards, the 800-year-old estate encompasses the art and lifestyle of the region. The heart of the resort is formed around Borgo, the historic village, and the grounds include ancient castle ruins and a medieval church.
The property offers the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and two highly-regarded restaurants. The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is set in the estate's former wine cellar, with its own natural body care line, sauna, steam bath, and lush private gardens. There's an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Spacious suites and villas are set within the Borgo's buildings, with exposed wooden beams, pergolas, stone, wood, antiques, and bespoke furniture. Plus, some of the villas feature private pools, tennis courts, and theaters. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status.
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Enjoy sweeping views of the river Nile and the Egyptian Museum from the luxurious accommodations at The Nile Ritz-Carlton. Situated in downtown Cairo, the hotel has a rooftop bar, Italian restaurant, afternoon tea, and a full-service spa with an Egyptian twist. The high-end property is located between the river and the iconic Tahrir Square, offering a centralized location for exploring the city.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at Culina, $100 food and beverage credit, personalized welcome amenity, and VIP status. Also, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availabilty.
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Perched along a white-sand beach in Vietnam, the Amano'i Nha Trang is a tranquil retreat overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. After a beautiful drive through Nui Chua National Park, visitors arrive at the hotel's Central Pavillion. Inspired by a Vietnamese communal hall, the building features a restaurant, bar, sweeping terrace and the Cliff Pool. Guest accommodations are set within 31 luxurious pavilions, and the Aman Spa is a destination in itself. Surrounded by the hills of the national park, and set along a lake, the spa has multiple treatment rooms, lakeside Yoga Pavillion, fitness center, and Pilates Studio. There's also beach club with an outdoor pool and water sports equipment.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary daily continental breakfast for two, $100 hotel credit, and VIP status. Also, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availability.
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