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Offering an ideal retreat for well-being and relaxation, the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is situatated in the Vouliagmeni area of the Athenian Riviera, along the Saronic Gulf. Situated about 30 minutes from Athens, the property offers the region's only Thalassotherapy center, along with a spa providing an extensive selection of treatments focused on the healing effects of the sea. Continue reading below the photo of the Thalassotherapy Pool.

Thalassotherapy Pool at Divani Apollo Palace & Thalasso

Providing a beachfront setting, the ultra-luxe property has a private sand beach with sun beds and umbrellas, plus a variety of water activities including jet skiing, scuba diving, and waterskiing. There's also two outdoor swimming pools, including one with sea water. For lounging, guests can rent private "Love Seats" around the pool, or lounge in plush chaises while enjoying signature cocktails, juices, and smoothies. 

Divani Apollon Palace

Surrounded by extensive gardens, the hotel has four Mediterranean-inspired dining options, including the Mythos of the Sea Restaurant providing a unique setting for chef-prepared cuisine while watching Kavouri Bay sunsets. The Anemos Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining with sea views, the Atlantis Lounge has a contemporary setting for afternoon tea, and Meltemi Poolside Snack Bar provides casual poolside dining. 

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Swimming Pools at Divani Apollon Palace Hotel


Situated along the coast in West Waterford, The Cliff House Hotel offers contemporary accommodations overlooking the historic Ardmore Bay. The House Restaurant received a Michelin Star for its mix of Irish and International cuisine, The Well Spa offers a range of treatments, and the indoor pool provides water views. In addition to guest rooms and suites, the property has the Cliff Cottage, providing a self-catering setting steps away from the luxury hotel. 

Ideal for families and groups, the private cottage is set within a heritage building, and sleeps six adults, with additional space for children. Accommodations include one double room with en-suite bath, an additional double room, and one twin room, along with a bunk bed room, and children's den with sofa bed. Read more below the photo. 

The Cliff Cottage Living Room at the Cliff House Hotel

The contemporary Irish cottage decor is inspired by the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, plus there are large windows to provide an open and airy feeling. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and smeg fridge along with a dining room overlooking Ardmore Bay. The spacious living area features a bay window, large TV, and couches for relaxing and enjoying the views. Guests are greeted with a welcome basket of fruits, breads, and snacks, plus, they receive access to all of the amenities available in the main luxury hotel. Continue reading below the photo.

The Cliff Cottage Kitchen at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

Close to Cork, The Cliff House Hotel was built in the 1930s. Transformed in 2008, the five star luxury hotel provides a seaside setting with Irish modern decor with white walls, sedum moss-covered roofs, cupa stone columns, and limestone terracing. Throughout the hotel there are specially commisssioned handcrafted glass works of art by Glasshammer and resin designs by Sasha Sykes. The cliffside property has an award-winning restaurant with an outdoor terrace ideal for dining outside while taking in the views of Ardmore's sands and dolphins in the water. Plus, there are championship golf courses nearby. 

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The Pool at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore


Set along the Caribbean Sea, Beaches Turks and Caicos is a multi-faceted fantasy world consisting of four distinct areas: Caribbean Village, French Village, Italian Village, and Key West Village. The family-friendly all-inclusive resort provides a range of activities for children, including a kids' club and Sesame Street parades through the resort. In addition, the resort offers customizable options to accommodate dietary and sensory needs. 

Beaches Turks and Caicos Italian Village Overview

Five Star Alliance was recently invited to explore all the resort has to offer. Read more below the Italian Village photo to discover three top amenities at Beaches Turks and Caicos. 

1. Sprawling Grounds & Plenty of Space to Play

Beaches Turks and Caicos Play Options

From huge swimming pools to an on-site water park with a lazy river, or long sandy beaches, guests of the resort have an array spaces to have fun. Given the layout, the resort doesn't feel cramped, but rather open for exploring. Families can enjoy time by the pool, relax in a hammock on the beach, or meander the pathways exploring the resort...you may even encounter a resident gecko.

Gecko Crossing Sign at Beaches Turks and Caicos

2. Culinary Concierge

Dining at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers with eating restrictions, and all-inclusive may not seem like the ideal getaway. At Beaches, the resort seeks to offer all guests with a variety of cuisine options. In an effort to tailor menus to guest needs, the resort's Culinary Concierge meets with guests upon arrival or via the phone prior to arrival to create specific menus to accommodate food allergies and intolerances, making enjoyable beachfront dining accessible to all guests. 

The Jerk Shack at Beaches Turks and Caicos

3. The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children Program

Camp Sesame at Beaches Turks and Caicos

As part of the resort's partnership with Sesame Street, the Beaches Kids Camp is infused with character experiences. In an effort to provide a positive experience for all children at the resort, there are unique programs with customized sensory adjustments available on a case-by-case basis. The Sesame Street program is designed to not only bring awareness to unique qualities, but also to celebrate the similarities that all children possess. Guests can contact the Beaches Kids Camp Manager before arrival to discuss exact needs and options. The Sesame Street characters are carried throughout the property with special character photo opportunities and evening parades. Continue reading below the photo. 

Sesame Street at Beaches Turks and Caicos

In addition, the four distinct villages offer different types of accommodations:

The Caribbean and French Village have adjoinable guest rooms along with suite options. Guest rooms in both of these village offer standard amenities, while some of the new Caribbean Villa Suites (shown below) provide modern styling and upgraded offerings. 

Caribbean Villa Suite at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The French Village (shown below) offers the most adjoinable room configurations. 

French Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The Italian Village offers spacious suites designed for families with bunk beds and game consoles in one living space, and king size beds with large flat-screen TVs in the main sleeping area. Continue reading below the photos of an Italian Village Guest Suite. 

Italian Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers seeking residence style accommodations, the Key West Village has villas with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and butler service. Read more below the photo.

Key West Villa at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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Relaxing beach spot at Beaches Turks and Caicos


Perched on the eighth floor of the Divani Caravel Hotel Athens, the Presidential Suite 815 provides unparalleled views of the Acropolis. Offering an ultra-luxurious setting, the two-bedroom suite has a private gym with a treadmill, fully equipped office, opulent living room with a 55-inch flat-screen TV and stereo, bar with premium beverages, and an elegant dining room. Continue reading below the photo.

Living Room of the Presidential Suite 815

The suite's master bedroom has a plush king size bed, pillow menu, and a private marble bathroom. There's an additional bedroom with twin beds, and both of the suite's marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, separate steam baths, vanity sets, lighted makeup mirrors, and premium bathroom amenities. There's an in-suite sauna, plus the private gym for relaxing and rejuvenating while in Athens. Plus, the suite's crown jewel is the fully furnished terrace providing exquisite views of the Acropolis. Read more below the terrace photo. 

Divani Caravel Hotel Athens

The Divani Caravel Hotel Athens is located in the heart of the historic city. Close to the airport and metro system, the luxury hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. There's a spa, rooftop health club, and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a bar and panoramic views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. For dining, Brown's Bar Restaurant provides an elegant setting with chandeliers and Mediterranean cuisine, Amalia Restaurant serves American and local breakfasts, while the Constantinople Cafe offers casual dining. Plus, there's the Cigar Lounge with an array of premium cigars, cognacs, and whiskeys. 

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Divani Caravel Hotel Athens


Whether its the South Beach Food & Wine Festival or a random Tuesday evening, SLS Hotel South Beach provides a playful, whimsical, and creative atmosphere in its restaurants, public spaces, and accommodations. The chic Hyde Beach is a unique 8,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space with a pool, cabanas, Mediterranean garden, artful mixology, and an al fresco dining scene that goes transforms into a stylish indoor-outdoor lounge when the sun goes down. Read more below the photo.

Hyde Beach dining at SLS Hotel South Beach

One of the hotel's finest amenities is the top-rated dining options. The Bazaar by José Andrés combines local Latin flavors with the James Beard-awarded chef's Spanish heritage for a sophisticated International tapas menu with indoor and al fresco dining. While the adjacent Katsuya, by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi features a range of sushi and robata dishes in a artistic setting with a daily happy hour and private dining in the Dragon Lounge. Read more below the photo of Katsuya.

 

Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach offers a prime location on Collins Avenue with direct beach access. Originally built in 1939 by architect L. Murray Dixon, the stylish property has been fully restored and revamped, while retaining art deco influences blended with Latin, Asian, and contemporary styles. Continue reading below the photo.

SLS South Beach Guest Room

Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 resort credit. 

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Blending traditional Mewar style with modern luxury, the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool at The Oberoi Udaivilas is lavish and spacious suite with a private pool and 24-hour butler service. Guests arrive through a sunlit outer courtyard and chandelier-lit inner courtyard. Once inside, there are domed ceilings, hand carved marble privacy screens, and mirror mosaics. Within the space, there is an opulent master bedroom, twin bedroom, dining room, and living room. The bedrooms have pillowtop mattresses, along with blackout curtains, and pillow menus. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower with massage settings, standalone claw-footed bathtub, TV volume controls, and natural toiletries created exclusively for Oberoi Hotels. Throughout the suite, there are Frangipani trees, miniature wall pantings, an espresso machine, three 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and five telephones. Continue reading below the photo.

Inside the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

Plus, the suite's private, outdoor, temperature-controlled pool is framed by sun loungers, recessed sofa seating, and an outdoor dining space. Read more below.

Exterior of the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas overlooks Udaipur's Lake Pichola and the Udaipur City Palace. Surrounded by 30 acres of gardens, fountains, and pavilions, the property is styled like a Rajasthani Palace. Standing on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of Maharana of Mewar, there is a wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The luxury hotel has the Oberoi Spa with Ayurveda inspired, Eastern, Western, and signature Oberoi treatments, plus morning yoga, outdoor pools, and fine dining options at indoor and al fresco restaurants. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Oberoi Udaivilas

Guests have the opportunity to partake in exclusive Oberoi experiences such as city tours by boat, traditional Thekri workshops, miniature painting classes, henna painting, safa tying, heritage walks, maharaja rides, pottery classes, cooking and bartending lessons. 

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Set in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides a luxurious space for exploring the world's best-known wildlife sanctuary. There are 77 secluded guest rooms, along with a spa, and infinity pool overlooking the surrounding Serengeti wilderness. The property has announced new activities and events for the upcoming Green Season. Learn more about what's new at the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

What's New at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

With the dry season in full swing, and the animals awaiting the rainy season for water, now is the time to head to the Serengeti to see the animals seek water from the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti’s watering hole. As the resort prepares for the Green Season, Four Seasons has announced a variety of upcoming activities and events to make your journey to the safari even better. Read more below the photo. 

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge has got you covered in terms of celebrating holidays abroad. The resort is offering a variety of options for you and your family to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Easter this spring. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the team of Maji Bar and Terrace will be spending their February 14 waiting to welcome guests with a glass of sparkling wine, while the chefs prepare a special menu for the evening. Following dinner, guests will snuggle up poolside to watch a movie at the pop-up cinema on Maji Terrace, served with popcorn and s’mores for your sweet tooth.  The lodge has got more about celebrating romantic getaways on its website.

This April, Four Seasons recommends visiting the Serengeti around Easter (April 16) to see the park once its lush and green from the rainfalls of March and early April. The early herds of the Migration will also be traveling northwards towards the Central Serengeti, increasing your chances of seeing the animals in the wild. The calendar at the Lodge has a lot coming up in April, including spotting big cats on game drive adventures, taking dips in the pools surrounded by elephants, poolside movie nights, wildlife treasure hunts and a spear throwing Massai Olympics for the kids. For adults, learn how to make cocktails or mocktails in a mixology class or a get in the kitchen at Kula’s Restaurant to learn the secrets of African cuisine. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Also recommended for the upcoming Green Season is heading to Rwanda to trek with mountain gorillas. Through a partnership with Terra Incognita Ecotours, Four Seasons is offering guests the chance to escape East Africa to adventure through Volcanoes National Park on a two, three or four day itinerary to trek with the 800 remaining mountain gorillas. Flight connections between Kigali (Rwanda’s capital) and the Serengeti make it simple for travelers to experience both locations in one trip.

A sample of the four day itinerary includes an early evening arrival in Kigali to allow for a good nights rest, before spending day two on a drive out to the mountains after a leisurely breakfast and your choice of lodge for lunch. Day three includes a full day of gorilla trekking, as you and your group leave the lodge with an expert tracker. By late afternoon, guests will return to the lodge for an overnight stay. The fourth and final day brings a descent from the mountains and a return transfer to Kigali. Depending on the time of your flight, we suggest taking a trip to the Genocide Memorial for an eye opening reminder of history.

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Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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Recently opened in the heart of Paris, Le Roch Hotel & Spa is a boutique property with a Spa by Codage with made-to-order treatments, indoor pool, and hammam. Nestled within the 1st Arrondissement's Saint-Honoré District, the designer hotel's restaurant celebrates the gastronomic art of blending flavors with gusto and is overseen by 2-Michelin-starred chefs. Continue reading below.

Dining at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Guest rooms and suites combine contemporary and traditional decor in five different color schemes with solid walnut floors, Carrara marble, Marshall speakers, and furniture by Sarah Lavoine, Cassina, and GamFratesi. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a Signature cocktail at the bar. 

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Perched on the top floor of the luxury boutique hotel, the Penthouse Acropolis Suite at the Capri Palace Hotel offers an exclusive and elegant setting on the island of Capri. Featuring imperial styling, the suite has white marble floors accented with black stars, and a bedroom furnished with Loro Piana fabrics. Read more about the suite below the photo.
Penthouse Acropolis Suite Bedroom at the Capri Palace Hotel There's an elegant relaxation area, and the bathroom has a large shower with a chic freestanding bathtub to relax and soak while enjoying the views. Continue reading below the photo.
Penthouse Acropolis Suite lounge area at the Capri Palace Hotel
In addition to the exclusive location within the hotel, the suite offers a private heated pool surrounded by a terrace with cushioned lounge chairs and spectacular views. Read more below. 
Penthouse Acropolis Suite private pool at the Capri Palace Hotel
Steps away from the center of the authentic village of Capri, the Capri Palace Hotel offers an exclusive location with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Naples. There are three restaurants: the two Michelin-starred Restaurant L'Olivo, the Michelin-starred Restaurant  il Riccio, and the Bistro Ragu. There's also the Dolce Vite wine cellar, and the Bar degli Artisti with a piano and chic lounge enivronment. The spa provides a variety of services and treatments, including a leg school, Mediterranean Diet, and Posturology programs. The Beach Club il Riccio offers a pure white setting with unparalleled views of the sea, and The White Museum at the Hotel infuses art, hospitality, architecture, design, food, music and crafts into the hotel for a submersive and innovative experience.
 
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The Beach Club at the Capri Palace Hotel

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