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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.

Announcing the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella PedregalIn an extraordinary location at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez at the legendary Finisterre (Land's End), a resort of unprecedented luxury will make its debut this Fall. Called Capella Pedregal, the resort is the latest from the Diaz Rivera family, one of Mexico's foremost developers. Encompassing 24 oceanfront acres at the foot of the dramatic mountainscape, the 66-room Capella Resort and Spa will be the flagship beach resort for the new Capella brand of luxury hotels we've been raving about. (This new, elite concept in resort accommodations was launched by Horst Schulze, the "celebrated founder of the modern-day incarnation of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.") Capella Pedregal will be complemented by 31 shared-ownership Capella Residences and 20 private, full-ownership Capella Casonas-- in close proximity to the Cabo Marina. The entrance to this exclusive gated community is dramatic: via the only privately-owned tunnel in Mexico, carved through the mountains and separating the town of Cabo from the Pacific. Buzz: At the world-class spa, the menu of treatments was designed by the acclaimed Sylvia Sepielli, who draws upon indigenous cultures for therapies, treatments, and rituals.

Sizzling Summer Savings at Banyan Tree Phuket

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree PhuketRanked No. 2 in the "Top 10 Asia Resorts" category of the Condé Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, the Banyan Tree Phuket is bordered by the golden sand and turquoise waves of the Andaman Sea. This tropical paradise is offering exclusive rates during June and July to encourage guest to visit Thailand, the "Land of Smiles," this summer. The special starts at just $200 per night for Deluxe Villa accommodations and includes daily breakfast. There's no better time to experience Banyan Tree Phuket, the 150-villa resort that exudes luxury and romance.

Pssst. Don't miss a treatment at the award-winning spa!

Buzzworthy: Four Seasons Opens Resort on Mauritius

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons MauritiusEast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, you'll find an island paradise fringed by the green Bambou mountains and impossibly blue waters. Here on Mauritius, Four Seasons is opening a new resort with an Ernie Els golf course and over-water spa. Nestled in a wilderness preserve, this private sanctuary is the essence of romance, with 123 spacious villas and residences with seamless indoor-outdoor living, plunge pools, and inspiring views in all directions. In fact, the Lagoon Pool Villas and Presidential Suite are located on a private, 11-acre island, Ile aux Chats! But this resort won't be limited to couples seeking romance. There is an extensive children's program at the Hobbit Club, so your kids will be occupied (and having a blast) while you relax on the serene lagoon beaches or indulge with a Mauritian lomi lomi massage at the spa, hovering over the waters of the lagoon. Now confirming reservations for arrival from October 1, 2008.

Experience 5 Top Brazilian Chefs with Ponta dos Ganchos

By: Madelyn Giblin

Ponta dos GanchosThis year's Ciclo de Chefs brings five top Brazilian chefs to Ponta Dos Ganchos to give guests a taste of some of Brazil's finest cuisine. The annual event brings top chefs from around the world to guest-chef at Ponta Dos Ganchos for visitors to experience new flavors and tastes. This year's event features Carla Pernambuco on July 4th-6th (awarded Best Contemporary Cuisine in 2006); Danio Braga from July 25th -27th (whose restaurant has been awarded 3 stars in the Quatro Rodas Guide since 1982); Roberta Sudbrack on August 1st-3rd (the Brazilian Chef of the Year in 2007); Sergio Arno from August 8th-10th (elected Best Italian Cuisine Chef in Latin America); and Roland Villard from August 15th -17th (the 2008 Chef of the Year in Brazil). This year's event is sure to delight the palate!



Ponta dos Ganchos is located 40 km north of Florianopolis and South-east of Sao Paulo, situated on a small point nestled between two charming fishing villages and surrounded on 3 sides by the sea of the Emerald Coast.

Palm Island: All-Inclusive, Private Island Resort in the Caribbean

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortDiscover paradise near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an archipelago of 32 tropical islands in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort that offers complimentary water sports, so you can take to the high seas in a kayak or catamaran, and complimentary snorkeling equipment to discover the exotic sea life, rainbow-colored reefs and fascinating shipwrecks of some of the finest underwater sights in the world. In fact, most everything at this luxurious resort is complimentary, because it's all-inclusive. Chill out in the refreshing freshwater pool and waterfall, lounge on one of the five beaches, indulge in the superb food while enjoying live entertainment, bike around the 135 acre island, play tennis or pitch-and-putt golf. This casually-elegant resort has it all (and the awards to prove it). And with just 42 guest lodgings, Palm Island is intimate and exclusive, so you share this unspoiled island with just a few other discerning travelers.

Start Your Summer Vacation at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

By: Madelyn Giblin

Start Your Summer Vacation at The Cloister at Sea Island GeorgiaEscape those hot summer days at the office with The Cloister Summer Getaway package. For a two night stay arriving on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, the package includes breakfast daily, and a dinner at either Big George's Raw Bar and Grill or the The Cloister River Bar, for up to a family of four. Guests also receive a $300 gift card to use during your stay. The Cloister is located on Saint Simons Island in Georgia with pristine beaches and a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy your summer vacation. Rates start at $865 per night.

Chelsea Football Club Soccer School at Forte Village Resort, Sardinia

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Forte Village ResortNow there's another reason to check out the dream holiday destination of Sardinia. The award-winning Forte Village Resort-- comprised of 7 refined hotels (including Hotel Castello and Villa del Parco), 35 suites, 21 restaurants, a world-renowned thalasso spa, and numerous recreational activities-- is offering the Forte Village Football Academy with the Chelsea Football Club this summer. From May – September 2008, coaches from the English Premier League side will be taking up residence at Forte Village's Football Academy to provide expertise to boys and girls aged 4-13. What better motivation for young people than a master-class from the club responsible for developing John Terry from a teenager into the Chelsea and England team captain? Chelsea and Forte Village have developed a fantastic program for the participants, culminating in a mini-tournament where parents can come cheer them on (if they can pull themselves away from the luxurious, seaside facilities of Forte Village Resort!) We can't think of a better vacation experience for kids and their families.

Last Minute Offer: Complimentary Night at Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda, BVI

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Biras Creek ResortNow's the time to hop down to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands for a little r & r. Rik Blyth, General Manager of the luxurious Biras Creek Resort, tells us that "May is a great time to be in Virgin Gorda as the cruise passengers from Tortola are no longer crowding the Baths, the North Sound is usually as flat as a pond and crystal clear and it is typically one of the months with the least amount of rain." Pleasant breezes off the ocean waves and deep colorful sunsets are an added draw. Only reachable by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek is recognized as one of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean. The 31-suite resort is set amidst three distinct bodies of water (the protected lagoon of North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean) and offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, private white sand beach, watersports including sailing and snorkeling, hiking trails and cycling.

Book your island escape by May 31, 2008 and you'll benefit from some last minute travel packages. If you reserve a stay for June 1- June 30, 2008, you'll get 7 nights for the price of 6 in an Ocean suite. The same special is available for stays between August 1-31, 2008. Or choose the Family Summer Escape for travel between August 1- 31 and you'll get a 20 percent discount for five nights or more on two ocean or garden suites. These offers must be booked by May 31, 2008 and exclude other packages, and the Grand and Premier Suites. For new reservations only.

Guests booking through Five Star Alliance Guests will receive a complimentary 30 minute massage for one person during their stay.

Deals at the Newly-Renovated Casa Marina Resort and The Reach, Key West

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa Marina Resort, Key WestThe southernmost point in the U.S. recently unveiled the renovations of two iconic resorts: The Reach and Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club. After a hefty makeover, these two resorts have reopened and offer sophisticated accommodations and stellar service on this tropical island. Originally built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in 1920, Casa Marina is a testament to Old Key West glamour with a new modern style. Your friends and family will love the vintage flair and gorgeous setting, shaded by towering palms. Couples will adore the intimate boutique style and sassy atmosphere at The Reach Resort. The highlight of the $37 million renovation at The Reach is the debut of Key West outpost of New York's Strip House Restaurant. Both hotels have plenty of luxurious amenities and contemporary conveniences. Situated on the largest natural beach on the island's southeastern edge, the resorts are just a short walk from Ernest Hemingway's house, the Southernmost Point U.S.A. and other premier Key West attractions on Duval Street in historic Old Town.

The Reach ResortBoth resorts are offering fantastic spring rates from $149 per night. Plus, when you stay at either of these elegant resorts, you can earn credits towards fantastic resort activities including dining, spa treatments, water sports and beach rental. The Summer Escape promo means a $50 resort credit with a 2-3 night stay, and $75 for 4+ nights.

Sticks and Stones, Summer Specials at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort NaplesThere are summer sales galore on Florida's sun-drenched coast. At the five-diamond Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, room rates can be found for just $149 per night in June. So you can experience world-class golf on two Greg Norman-designed courses, the spectacular pool and sumptuous accommodations for a song. Or choose the "Sticks and Stones" package (how clever!) and you'll get one round of golf and one hot stone massage (per room) thrown in!