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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Cabo Azul ResortWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Los Cobos, Mexico. What beach resort offers the best accommodations for our family, children ages newborn, 2, and 6?

ANSWER: Cabo Azul Resort and Spa

This all-villa resort is the epitome of sophistication and indulgence. Few Cabo San Lucas resorts can equal the comfort, affordable luxury and sheer spectacle of this architectural gem. Nestled on more than 12 oceanfront acres, on an azure bay in the heart of Los Cabos corridor, Cabo Azul Resort is one of the only Los Cabos resorts located in this prime vacation setting.

Whether its golf on one of the world's most picturesque golf courses, trademark Cabo activities in the water, world-class shopping, top notch sports fishing, or up-close encounters with dolphins at the specially designed dolphin center in Cabo San Lucas, activities in Cabo San Lucas for you to choose from are boundless. Beach-going guests will enjoy an ideal transition from the expansive 600-foot-wide white sand beach to the oceanfront tri-level infinity edge swimming pool. 

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend: 
Cabu Azul Resort and Spa
-Two-bedroom Cabo Villa. Each villa features three separate rooms and 1,523 square feet of living space including fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and verandas. Each villa features a king size bed, a queen size bed and queen size sleeper sofa bed that comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests. The villas also feature:

Beautifully Signature Design Decor
Polished Natural Stone Floor throughout
Superior Quality Linens and Bedding
In Villa Security Safe
Entertainment Center with DVD and Flat-panel TV
Individual Climate Control w/ Ceiling Fans
Luxury Bathrobes
Bedroom with In-Room Spa Tub
Full Bathroom with Two Sinks & Shower
High-Speed Internet

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Weddings at Cabo Azul Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Cabo Azul Weddings

Destination wedding-bound? Consider Cabo Azul Resort and Spa. El Corazon, the resort's open-air, five story wedding chapel has the Sea of Cortez as a backdrop, and a candlelit water fall to up the romance factor. The resort also offers a team of wedding coordinators, event planners, and a catering staff to make your special day perfect. There's also bridal and honeymoon packages Additionally PAZ, the resort's award winning Spa has a wide range of personal treatments and services designed to relax and rejuvenate the whole wedding party.

Book your wedding at Cabo Azul Resort and Spa >>

Image of the Day: Esperanza an Auberge Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Esperanza an Auberge Resort is located within the private enclave of Punta Ballena along the breathtaking Sea of Cortez. Spread across 17 lushly landscaped acres, the 57-room luxury hotel offers an incomparable natural setting, guest casitas cascade down a gentle hill affording spectacular ocean views from every room.

Esperanza an Auberge Resort  

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #5 One and Only Palmilla

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 #5 on our list is One and Only Palmilla. Here are few fun facts about this hotel:

-The resort was built in 1956 as a 15-room luxury hideaway by Don Abelardo Rodriguez, son of the President of Mexico.

-Hollywood celebrities like John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, the former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower are among the past guests; all attracted by the privacy of the resort as well as the region’s deep-sea fishing.

-All 172 guestrooms offer a patio or balcony, allowing optimum privacy and unobstructed ocean front or beach front views.

-Market Restaurant by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten features Euro-Asian cuisine with Mexican ingredients along with the country’s most complete wine list.

-The One&Only Spa at Palmilla offers an expansive programme of ancient healing techniques combined with cutting-edge therapies.

-After opening in 1992, One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos golf resort was Jack Nicklaus’ first signature course built in Latin America comprising a 27-hole layout with three nines, Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean.

-The One&Only Palmilla Yacht is available for snorkeling, sunset cruises, and other adventures on the Sea of Cortez. 

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All-Inclusive Rooms with a View

By: K. Clare Johnson


With views like these, you can see why these properties are some of our most popular All-Inclusive spots.

Paradisus Punta Cana sits on the gorgeous Bavaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. White sand beaches anyone?

Couples Swept Away
in Jamaica is an adults-only paradise.  Perfect for a kids-free getaway.

Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa is perched atop a scenic point overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the famous Land's End of
the Baja Peninsula.

Posted in: Los Cabos

A Hotel Love Letter: To the One and Only Palmilla

By: Christopher Roney

Dear Palmilla,

You are the Only One for me.  The curve of your beaches, your brilliant blue skies, the way your service always comes with a smile. It's enough to make a man blush.  Your beauty is unparalleled. I would write a poem describing it, but my awkward turns of phrase would pale in comparison to the raw, unadulterated perfection you embody, and I fear I would only stumble over my words, as graceful as my inner child, still going through the uncontrollable acne of his middle school years.

When I'm trapped at work, the spreadsheets morph inexplicably into images of your pristine beaches.  I just can't stop thinking about you. I would cross the oceans, travel to the very beaches of Los Cabos itself, just to be with you.  I know a longer relationship could never be, and our time together was always destined to be fleeting, too short to blossom into its full potential. But I hope that as time goes on my memory of you will become all the more poignant for its ephemeral nature. The possibility of seeing you again keeps me going as I slog through the world of faxes and memos; it is a spark of life that I will carry with me always.  May I see you again soon. You are the One and Only, my Palmilla.

With all my heart,


Hot off the Press: "The Most Wanted Winter Spa Treatments" by In Style Magazine

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One and Only Palmilla, CaboIt's that time of year again. When we start bemoaning our cracked hands, chapped lips and parched winter skin, we know it's time to book a spa treatment ASAP. But where's the best place to rejuvenate with that ultimate winter pick-me up (pre- or post-fête?). In Style to the rescue. Lucky for us, the mag has put together a fab list of "The Most Wanted Winter Spa Treatments." There's the Hot Chocolate Synergy Massage, inspired by the ancient Mayans and using warm chocolate oil to enhance the mood, at One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos; the Candy Cane Ritual at the Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa, Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas; the Pumpkin Nectar Facial at Remède Spa, St. Regis Mexico City; the Peppermint Pedicure
to sooth tired feet at Remede Spa, St. Regis San Francisco (Lady Gaga's a fan of the hotel); Santa's Little Helpers Mandara Four Hand Massage at The Cove Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; and more! For all the delicious details, be sure to check out the article.

Escape to Cabo San Lucas: 4th Night Free at Esperanza Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Esperanza, Cabo San LucasAlways wanted to plan a getaway to Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas? (Can't say we blame you; this luxury resort is a fave of Hollywood celebrities for its beautifully designed casitas and swank spa.) The property is nestled in 17 lushly landscaped acres beneath the mountains at the tip of the Baja Peninsula- and all rooms have spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Book the "Ultimate Escape" at Esperanza-- available until December 17, 2011-- and you'll get the 4th night free when you stay three consecutive nights. You'll also be treated to complimentary daily breakfast at El Restaurante, complimentary round trip airport transfers ($300 value), 2-$50 spa certificates, complimentary yoga classes daily, use of the fitness facility, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in the mini bar. Subject to availability.

Book Now: Pre-Holiday Sale at Capella Pedregal in Cabo

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella PedregalWhen summer's in full swing, it's hard to think ahead to the wintry cold. But now's the time to book your resort vacation for the holidays. Prime destinations in the sunshine, like Cabo San Lucas, can sell out. The ultra-luxurious Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas is currently offering a 20% discount on guest rooms over the dates of December 15th - 23rd, 2011. To take advantage of this offer, reservations must be made by September 30th. Dodge the arctic temps and enjoy Cabo's perennially sunny and dry climate, while getting spoiled rotten by the staff at Capella Pedregal. The fine print: 100% payment required at the time of booking. All reservations made are non-refundable, thus the reservation in non-cancelable. No minimum length of stay restriction required.

Jetset Report: The $1,000 Popsicle at Marquis Los Cabos Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marquis Los Cabos Resort, popsicleWe've seen our share of pricey cocktails, cupcakes, hotel rooms. But this one truly takes the cake. At the Marquis Los Cabos--the dramatically designed oceanfront resort with amenity-loaded suites-- there's an $1,000 popsicle on the menu. Repeat: $1,000. That's because the ingredients are pretty special. 24 carat gold flakes and top-of-the-line tequila that alone costs $1,500 a bottle. The refreshing treat is served by the pool and we imagine it must melt pretty quickly in the desert sun of Baja! BornRich reports that "the current record for the world’s most expensive dessert is with the local restaurateur Serendipity of New York for making the $25,000 chocolate sundae, which comes complete with 24-carat edible Swiss gold and 23-carat edible gold leaf lining." And we thought the $750 Las Vegas cupcake was steep!