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Dining al Fresco: Caneel Bay

By: Five Star Alliance

Perched atop the Caneel Bay's 18th-century sugar mill ruins, overlooking the stunning scenery
surrounding Caneel Bay, ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill offers a menu of northern Italian fare presented
by famed local restaurateur John Ferrigno and his team. Bask in the breeze in this open-air
environment while you gaze at the shimmering lights of St. Thomas, scattered along the horizon.

Caneel Bay

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How to Choose the Perfect Room at Grand Miramar Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Miramar Resort Exterior

Bad rooms simply don't exist at Grand Miramar Resort and Spa. But to help you make the perfect choice of accommodations, here's a breakdown of the suites offered at this oceanfront Puert0 Vallarta paradise. 
All the luxurious suites feature a terrace with a spectacular view. Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire property. The contemporary décor incorporates marble, granite, fine tropical hardwoods and artisan-crafted custom furnishings.

All Suites offer the following amenities:

Sky TV
Air conditioned
Safety deposit box
Clock Radio
Queen or King size bed
32-inch LCD screen
42-inch LCD
Queen size chaise lounge
Terry robes and slippers
Amenities Agave Spa
82 to 121 square meters

Junior Suite
Junior Suites are luxurious, spacious and comfortable, each one with a panoramic ocean view from the terrace.
They feature all the amenities listed above. 
Grand Junior SuiteGrand Junior Suite (pictured left)
Grand Junior Suites combine spaces designed exclusively for comfort. Each features a terrace with a view of the sea. Grand Junior Suites measure 80-121 square meters and have one King bed and 1 Chaise-lounge Queen bed.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Bathroom with double sinks

Grand Junior Suite Double Suite (pictured right) Grand Miramar Double Junior Suite
These suites can sleep six and feature two Double beds & one Chaise-lounge queen bed. Each 80-121 square meter suite has a balcony that offers spectacular views of the bay.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Bathroom with double sinks
One bedroom with two Double size beds and 32-inch LCD screen

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa Master SuiteMaster Suite (pictured left)
The spacious and beautiful Master Suites feature a terrace with a Jacuzzi for two and spectacular ocean views. These suites are very popular with honeymooners.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
King Size Chaise lounge 
126 to 137square meters
Jacuzzi on the balcony
Terraces with ocean views

Governor's Suite (pictured right)Grand Miramar Governor's Suite
This is a luxurious penthouse spread over three floors. Terraces on each level feature views of the ocean. The first floor houses the living room, a dining room seating eight, and a spacious kitchen as well as two bedrooms with en-suite baths and a half-bath for guests. On the upper floor, there are two more large bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, dressing room, and terrace. The top floor is an enormous private palapa with living and dining areas, and a Jacuzzi. Sleeps 12.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet
Three floors
Marble in kitchen and in baths
Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
Dining area with seating for eight
Four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet
LCD screens
Living room
Three terraces with ocean view
Palapa on rooftop entertainment area and Jacuzzi
678 square meters

Presidential Suite (pictured left)

Grand Miramar Presidential Suite

One of the finest hotel suites in Puerto Vallarta, Grand Miramar's Presidential Suite offers breathtaking beauty, luxury, and exclusivity. It covers 9,225 square feet on three floors. 

The beautifully decorated open concept living area unites the living room, dining room, and kitchen. With views of the ocean, the living room is enormous, as is the dining room with seating for eight.The kitchen includes an island, a breakfast bar, wine refrigerator, and a separate pantry. 

Two downstairs bedrooms each have en-suite baths and walk-in closets. The upper floor features two more bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, walk-in closet, and a view of the sea. 

The master bedroom suite has a king-size bed and two chaise-lounges. It has a his-and-her walk-in closet, marble bath with two wash basins and two showers, and a terrace with a spectacular view. 

Looking out over the ocean, the third floor features a spacious private palapa with living, dining and recreational areas. The terrace with its Jacuzzi for invites you to stay a while.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:

Three floors
Marble in kitchen and baths
Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
Wine Celar
Dining area with seating for eight
Four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet
LCD screens
Living room
Game room
Terraces with ocean view
Palapa on rooftop entertainment area and Jacuzzi
857 square meters

In addition to suites, the resort also offers residences. The comfortable two and three-bedroom residences are designed with the family or friends in mind. Each modern residence is perfect for an unforgettable vacation or an extended stay for the business traveler, with all the comforts you'd expect in a luxury home. Each has a fully equipped kitchen.

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Unique Amenities: Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel

By: K. Clare Johnson

The Benjamin HotelThe Benjamin Hotel wants guests at its boutique Manhattan hotel get a lot more than 40 winks. The hotel employs a round-the-clock Sleep Team that won't rest until guests have the sweetest dreams possible. Renowned sleep consultant Rebecca Robbins has trained the entire staff on the fundamentals of sleep medicine and the promotion of healthy sleep habits. The staff can advise on items from the Rest & Renew Menu that is found, of course, on the bedside table. Menu offerings include a top ten pillow selection categorized by sleep position, an array of decaffeinated teas, and bedtime snacks that are under 200 calories.The Benjamin Hotel

Younger guests can also benefit from all the slumber help. Winks' Kidzzz Club is a complimentary children's program created to educate the youngest guests on the importance of sleep. The Benjamin provides children from 2-10 with a child-sized pillow and bathrobe, and a library of family bedtime books. An official Winks' Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate is awarded at check-out. Winks the Owl dolls are also available for purchase.

Good night to all, and to all a good night!

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Cool Pools: Belmond Copacabana Palace

By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Copacabana Palace employs a team of pool assistants to guests' every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu. Sunbathe, swim, and socialize in one of Rio's largest and most attractive swimming pools. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace

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Unique Activities: Gladiator Training at Rome Cavalieri

By: Five Star Alliance

If Julius Caesar is one of your heros, you won't want to enroll in gladiator training at Rome Cavalieri. The luxury hotel is located only minutes from Rome's great monuments, but offers 15 acres of Mediterranean parklands. The setting makes it a perfect place to practice your swordfighting. Rome CavalieriAt the Rome Cavalieri guests can experience the world of the gladiators who fought and often died in the Coliseum two thousand years ago.

In the Rome Cavalieri's private park, overlooking Rome's skyline, instructors from Rome's Gladiatorial School will instruct guests in ancient combat techniques as well as explaining the life and times of the gladiators. Available on request, and open to all guests over the age of seven, the course is a mix of sport and culture. A gladiator kit is included with traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt, protective gloves, and wooden training sword, and on completion students are presented with a medal declaring them a "Tiro," or first level gladiator.


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Dining Al Fresco: Baur au Lac

By: Five Star Alliance

The Rive Gauche Terrasse at Baur au Lac is the most exclusive place in Zurich to while away those hot summer days and lazy, hazy evenings. Refreshing cocktails and ice-cold champagne are served as aperitifs in the decidedly chic lounges. Small snacks and light meals are served till midnight by a friendly, outgoing team. Soak up the distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere of grandeur and extravagance.


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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Milan

By: Five Star Alliance


Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano is accented with wood, cream and grey design elements to embrace you in warmth and comfort.  Take a swim in the elegant lap pool, measuring 14 metres (45 feet) long and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) deep.

Four Seasons Milano

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Where to Eat: Ashford Castle

By: Five Star Alliance

Creative cooking, inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await you at Ashford Castle.
Chef Stefan Matz has received many accolades for his culinary expertise and has developed an impressive
choice of four unique dining experiences, each with its inimitable style and ambience.

Ashford Castle

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Image of the day: Beach House Turks and Caicos

By: Five Star Alliance

Beach House is a playful 21-suite abode the overlooks the bright white dunes, swaying sea grass and azure waters of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations – Grace Bay Beach on Turks and Caicos.

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Dining al Fresco: Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

By: Five Star Alliance

The Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore is a one of a kind true gem in Santa Barbara’s history of lavish upscale resorts.  It was built in the 1920's as a retreat for movie stars and the rich and famous as a way to get away from the busy LA scene just 90 miles to the south.  The hotel and outdoor dining deck is strategically located right on the ocean and just minutes away from the many downtown Santa Barbara events and activities. Lunch or dine in the beautifully landscaped grounds filled with majestic palms, flower gardens, and cypress trees.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

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