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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Solmar

 



Fringing the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Grand Solmar Land's End Resort charms travelers with its prime ocean views and Mexican-inspired decor. Thoughtfulness and thoroughness are the trademarks of the Grand Solmar. Every detail was considered right down to the intricate designs in the walkways, the stone entries to the rooms, and the subterranean passages for the staff. This exciting property offers an elevated standard of luxury.Grand Solmar Land's End Resort

When guests venture outside their rooms, they'll find infinity pools, cabanas, and fishing and sailing opportunities. Dining options include traditional Mexican fare served at La Roca Restaurant or one of four other on-site dining venues. Guests seeking extra tranquility and relaxation should head to Playa Grande Spa for a replenishing treatment.

Throughout the resort, the friendly hotel staff ensures visitors feel welcome with extras, such as remembering guests' names and arranging nightly dinner reservations. 

Book a stay at Grand Solmar Land's End Resort >>


Happy Opening to The Cape!


By: Five Star Alliance

The Cape
Meet the newest luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Guests of The Cape experience every indulgence. From the sleek poolside lounge to the skygarden terrace, the luxury beachfront hotel is a place to revel in the heat of the moment.

The resort's signature mid-century modern aesthetic is a vibrant 1960s Mexico-meets-Southern California feel, complete with custom furniture handmade in Mexico, and original, regionally produced art. The resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom guestrooms, as well as bi-level suites with private rooftops. Select rooms come with hanging outdoor daybeds and plunge pools.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Los Cabos from one of the suites, complete with stunning ocean views and resort-style amenities. Each hotel room features a private balcony, a gourmet mini bar, concierge services and more. 

The Cape

Take a private stairway to Monuments Beach, a secluded surfing destination and be in the ocean within minutes. The Cape is ideally situated on one of the most desirable and secluded playas in Los Cabos. A surf shack offers recreational provisions, along with drinks and tequila tastings.

Take a dip in one of two pools, one built within a natural rock formation on property and the other an infinity pool with swim-up bar. The spa and fitness center offers a private outdoor cabana for al fresco treatments with ocean views.

The Cape's open-air lobby features ocean views and an intimate sunken lounge. An ideal rendezvous for drinks before and after dinner at Manta, the space has a relaxed ambience, with living room style seating and a pool table. The hotel also has the first and only rooftop lounge in Cabo San Lucas, this six-story-high space boasts two bars, an intimate terrace, and a sunken seating area with a fire pit and communal tables offering views of downtown Cabo and The Arch.

The CapeHotel Amenities Include:

All rooms have ocean views, a private balcony, and binoculars for whale watching

Panoramic suites and selected suites have private plunge pools and butler service

State-of-the-art rain shower with freestanding copper-leafed tub and luxurious cotton kimono robes

Fully stocked in room bar

Tequila amenity

Located on a secluded beach

Outdoor infinity pool and bar, salt water pool, and hot tub

Transportation services available upon request through our Concierge Desk

Wi-Fi

Be among the first to stay at The Cape >>


New to Five Star Alliance: The Cape


By: Five Star Alliance

A Los Cabos luxury beach resort and spa like no other, The Cape-A Thompson Hotel, brings Baja fever to Thompson's renowned aesthetic cool. The 161-room beachfront hotel integrates Thompson's signature mid-century modern aesthetic with a vibrant 1960's Mexico-meets-Southern California feel, complete with custom furniture handmade in Mexico, and original, regionally produced art. The resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom guestrooms, as well as bi-level suites with private rooftops; select rooms come with hanging outdoor daybeds and plunge pools. Every room takes in views of El Arco and the Pacific Ocean—and a host of local experiences await, from the surf village of Todos Santos to the Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve on the Sea of Cortez.

The Cape-A Thompson Hotel

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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

View rates, details, and more images of Cabo Azul Resort and Spa >>


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. 

Explore photos, availability, and rates at One and Only Palmilla>>

 

 

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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,

Chris


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.