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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.


Situated within a 1930's building in the heart of the fashion district, the Armani Hotel Milano combines Giorgio Armani's style and philosphy into a luxury hotel focused on harmony and privacy. There are two Signature Suites within the hotel. Both of the suites are duplex suites, each with private kitchens, and sweeping circular staircases leading from the elegant living rooms to the en-suite bedrooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Signature Suites. 

Signature Suite at the Armani Hotel Milano

The difference between the choice of the two Signature Suites is the size (2,185 and 2,045 square feet), along with some of the added amenities. One of the suites has a private gym with a shower and bathroom, while the other suite features a private cinema space with an extra-large TV and plush seating. 

The Michelin-starred Armani/Ristorante offers a contemporary and innovative take on Italian cuisine. Including the restaurant's unique addition to the four traditional tastes, with a new, fifth taste: Umami, a word that in the Japanese language means flavorful. Continue reading below the Armani/Ristorante photo.

Armani/Ristorante at the Armani Hotel Milano

There's also the Armani/Bamboo Bar for crafted cocktails and light snacks, plus the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass "hat," providing panoramic views of the city. There's also the 10,763-square-foot Armani/SPA with a relaxation pool (see photo below), refreshment station featuring Armani/SPA herbal infusions, and a blend of exclusive and personalized treatments and services.

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Relaxation pool at the Armani Hotel Milano


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


Destination Spotlight: Los Cabos

From sport fishing to world class golfing, Los Cabos is an outdoor lover's paradise. Situated where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the 20-mile stretch of Los Cabos coastline includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Offering stunning beaches, regional cuisine, local arts, there are a variety of cultural experiences including Thursday evening Art Walks in June and November, the Los Cabos Comedy Festival in October, and the Los Cabos International Film Festival in November. The region is also part of the grey whale migration route, and is an ideal destination for whale watching between December and April.

To compliment the array of activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels and resorts that will appeal to a range of travelers including contemporary boutique hotels, high end all-inclusives, and family-friendly oceanfront resorts. 

Boutique Hotels

The Cape - A Thompson Hotel

The Cape - A Thompson Hotel
Providing views of El Arco from every guest room, The Cape - A Thompson Hotel is a contemporary property blending Southern California and Mexican styling with custom furniture, plunge pools, and a private stairway to Monuments Beach which offers a secluded setting for surfing. There's a signature restaurant, sunken lobby bar, and a rooftop lounge, all with regionally-inspired cuisine. Plus, a spa and fitness center, along with two pools, including one built wihtin a natural rock formation. 
 
 

Casa del Mar Cabo

Casa del Mar Cabo
Recently renovated, Casa del Mar Cabo is a 50-room boutique hotel offering a hacienda-style setting with an expansive beach on the Sea of Cortez. Guest rooms feature Mexican artwork, ceiling fans, and Antigua furnishings. There are multiple swimming pools, including a Main Pool with a children's area, and some pools have swim-up bars. Guests have access to the resort's Grupo Questro membership, with tee times available at neaby championship courses designed by Roy Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Robert Jones Jr. 
 

 

Luxury All-Inclusives

Marquis Los Cabos

Marquis Los Cabos

An adults-only ocean view property, Marquis Los Cabos is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Featuring contemporary Mexican stying, the resort features a variety of daytime and evening activities. The all-inclusive resort has six restaurants, and there are multiple pools, and a world class spa with couples massage rooms. 

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Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and SpaSurrounded by eight championship golf courses, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa is a family-friendly all-inclusive property with three swimming pools, including an adults-only pool with a swimup bar, and a children's pool. There's also an Explorer's Club for Kids, and the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Offering a traditional Mexican design, the property is set along the Sea of Cortez with unlimited gourmet dining. 

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Family-Friendly Resorts

JW Marriott Los Cabos

JW Marriott Los Cabos

Ideal for family vacations, the JW Marriott Los Cabos is set along the beach in the upscale Puerto Los Cabos development with 10 swimming pools and multiple fine dining options. Offering the NAYAA Kids Club, KOT Teens Club, a family pool, kiddie beauty parlor, and on-site children's classes, there is an array of options for guests of all ages. There's also the Jasha Spa with an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal, indoor pool, and hydrotherapy circuit, plus guests have direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

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One&Only Palmilla

One&Only PalmillaSet along the swimmable Pelican Beach, One&Only Palmilla is located along an idyllic stretch of land on the Sea of Cortez, perfect for season whale watching, water activities, and swimming. The ultra-luxe family-friendly property offers children's and teen's programs, and there are special amenities for pets, so even furry friends can enjoy a pampering getaway. For adults, there are five gourmet dining options, farm-to-table cooking classes, the One &Only Spa with a range of modern and ancient therapeutic services, and a Yoga Garden. Plus, the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla Golf Course. 

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For more Los Cabos options, discover our entire collection of Luxury Properties in Los Cabos


Set along the beach in Vietnam, Amano'i is a contemporary spa resort overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. The resort's Aman Spa is a destination unto itself. Surrounded by a National Park, the spa has a lakeside yoga pavilion, Pilates Studio, and a light-filled gymnasium. The property recently unveiled two new Spa Houses with group retreats and immersive programs. Learn more about the new offering in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.  

Vietnam is the newest locale to head to for a spa getaway, thanks to Amanoi's two new Spa Houses. The new meditative outpost marks the first amenity of its kind for the Aman brand. The unveiling of the Spa Houses comes as part of the recent launch of Aman Wellness, which also introduced Group Wellness Retreats and Individual Immersion across the collection during 2016.

The two spa houses neighbor the 118,000-square-foot spa which overlooks a lotus-flower lake surrounded by hills, located in Núi Chúa National Park. Thuy Lien Spa House, which translates to Lotus Spa House, features views of the lake while An Son Spa House, meaning Peaceful Mountain Spa House, offers views of the national park. Read more below the photo.

Amano'i Overview

Each Spa House includes a spacious double treatment room, Jacuzzi and steam room, complemented by an ice-fountain and a cold plunge pool. Outdoors, guests will find an infinity pool and relaxation deck, in addition to either a hammam or banya to complete the spa's thermal facilities. The houses can accommodate between two and four guests in the pavilion’s fully appointed bedroom and living room areas, providing guests with the option to reside at the spa overnight for a fully immersive experience. Continue reading below the photo.

Amanoi
The spa’s menus include a variety of techniques and treatment options, like Watsu, Reiki, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, reflexology and Chi Nei Tsang, plus two additional Bodywork and Energywork categories of treatments. The additional categories feature options like yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, pranayama breathing, meditation and more. Bodywork focuses on more holistic practices while Energywork focuses primarily on fitness, offering classes in kickboxing, TRX suspension training, circuit training, bootcamp classes, stretching and core sessions.

Coinciding with the launch of the Spa Houses, Amanoi has also introduced three new Individual Wellness Immersions which are available on site and all year round. The immersions include The Eastern Approaches to Weight Management; Movement, Mindfulness & Stress Control; and Longevity, Rejuvenation & Detoxification. The programs last between three to 10 days and aim to guide participants onto a new path, whether that be to lose unwanted weight, renew focus and reduce stress or start a new health plan for the future.

For those who don't want to stay in the spa, Amano'i hosts guests in 12 Guest Pavilions, 16 villas and five residences in addition to its two new Spa Houses.

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Ignacio Maza, an Executive Vice President at Signature Travel Network, offers the following highlights from one of his "most favorite resorts in Turks and Caicos" - The Gansevoort.

A sleek boutique property unlike any other on the island, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos marries Caribbean cool with urban chic in a way that only New York's hippest hotel mainstay can.
Gansevoort Turks & Caicos Infinity Pool
-- Enjoy the modern sophistication Gansevoort is renowned for at Stelle Restaurant, now a Caribbean and Asian Fusion menu. Friday nights also have a DJ so you can party late into the night!

-- For travelers celebrating an anniversary or on their honeymoon, the Ocean Front Terrace studio is always on high demand, with direct ocean views.

-- There are many complimentary activities on property such as a 24 hour fitness center, Hobie cats, kayaks, snorkeling equipment and paddle boards.

-- Guests may also select from a full list of excursions, like sailing and private boat charters to secluded islands and cays, kite boarding, parasailing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, eco tours, local art markets, casinos, world-renowned deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.

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Nestled at the edge of the slopes, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles is set within the Palace of Courcheval. One of the 16 Palaces of France, the hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with a genuine Alpine feel. Read more below. 

Living room of the private penthouse apartment at Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

For the ultimate in luxury, the Private Penthouse Apartment at Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles offers a unique four bedroom residential style setting on the top floor of the castle. Overlooking the snow-topped mountains, the 5,900-square-foot apartment has a private elevator with direct access, and a private en suite spa. Offering a full range of services, Penthouse guests reach the spa by climbing a flight of stairs, past a waterfall, to a relaxing haven with a full bay window sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain, and a jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. Continue reading below the photo. 

En suite spa at the private penthouse apartment at Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

The main living space has a dining room with a private bar that includes a glass door cellar with fine wines and spirits, plus a living room with a substantial fireplace, lounge area, and home theater. Each of the four bedrooms is equipped with its own bathroom with a walk-in closet, bathtub, and steam shower. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

To top it off, the private apartment has a 1,600-square-foot terrace with unobstructed views of the Courcheval slopes and a jacuzzi. More below the photo.

Terrace of the private penthouse apartment within the Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

In addition to the private apartment, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles has 37 rooms and 14 suites. Offering a mountainside location, the property offers ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet, ski technician, and a ski room. Spa Cellcosmet offers a variety of services, there are four restaurants, and the bar of Les Airelles offers cozy salons and a smoking room.

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Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

With four beautiful seasons of scenery and activities, Denver makes a great weekend getaway at any time of the year. But autumn at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is top on our list. Offering an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the Mile-High City, in the scenic Larimer Square, the luxury hotel is close to the Denver Convention Center, as well as boutique shops and upscale restaurants. Blending modern design with natural materials, the lobby has a breathtaking glass-blown chandelier, and guest rooms have plush interiors and spacious bathrooms with marble bathtubs. In addition to the city's natural beauty, and visiting must-see attractions like the U.S. Mint, here are two can't miss autumnal experiences at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. Read more below the photo.

Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Denver

1. Dining at ELWAY'S
Named after legendary Denver Bronco's hall of famer, John Elway, the hotel's signature restaurant is a six-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Part of downtown Denver's innovative dining scene, the menu features the finest meats including ahi tuna and tender Buffalo ribeye, in an elegant dining room inspired by the American West with supple leather furnishings, wood accents, and an impressive wine wall. During football season the restaurant offers the "Game Day" Brunch Buffet with a home team-inspired spread that includes USDA prime steak & potatoes, breakfast burritos, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Mary or Mimosa options. Continue below the photo.

ELWAY'S at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

2. The "Flavors of Fall" package at The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Love all things pumpkin spice? Get ready to take it to the max with this pampering package. The session begins with a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, followed by a 50-minute Pumpkin Enzyme Facial. Then it's time for a Pumpkin Spice Pedicure that begins with an apple cider soak, followed by a honey sugar scrub and pumpkin spice mask for the toes. To top it off, guests are given a warm "Pumpkin Spice" cocktail to sip and savor during the experience. Read more below the photo.

Flavors of Fall Spa Package at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

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Offering year-round recreational activities, the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort in Argentina's Patagonia region has an outdoor pool, moutain biking, archery, full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, five gourmet restaurants, and supervised children's programs. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and overlooking Lago Perito Moreno, the luxury property offers a variety of water sports during the summer months including canoeing, kayaking, and white water rafting. During the winter, guests receive shuttle service to the base of Mt. Catedral with skiing and snowboarding access, along with a Hospitality Lounge, snowboarding and skiing lessons, and a traditional Kandahar Restaurant. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Lago Moreno De Lujo Suite at LLao LLao Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and VIP status. Based on availability at check-in, guests receive a complimentary room upgrade. 

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Llao Llao Hotel and Resort
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Bali is a true tropical paradise, and the Viceroy Bali takes the meaning of a romantic hideaway to a new level. The all-villa property offers 25 private villas each with their own heated pools, luxurious Balinese furnishings including island-produced natural bath products, and views of the Valley of the Kings. Read more below.

Villa with a private pool at the Viceroy Bali

Villa at the Viceroy Bali

The resort's award-winning CasCades Restaurant offers an idyllic, poolside fine dining experience with a menu that combines contemporary French cuisine with exotic Asian flavours. Plus, a one-of-a-kind setting overlooking the Petanu River Gorge, and an extensive wine menu for a truly memorable evening.

CasCades Restaurant at Viceroy Bali

To end the night, the Viceroy Bar offers artfully served cocktails, unbeatable views, and an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits from around the world. Continue reading below.

Viceroy Bar at the Viceroy Bali

To recover from the long journey, or to feel truly pampered, the Lembah Spa offers a calm and soothing tropical open-air environment. Guests can choose from a variety of treatments created by a certified Swiss therapist, that combine traditional Balinese wellness techniques with Western knowledge and natural products. 

Lembah Spa at the Viceroy Bali

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Nestled amongst the Carolina Pines just a few miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, The Umstead Hotel and Spa offers a peaceful retreat-like setting. Surrounded by 12 acres of wooded land, with gardens, fine art, and a shimmering lake encircled with a trail, the property feels worlds away from it all, yet it's just minutes away from the Triangle.

Five Star Alliance was invited to visit The Umstead Hotel and Spa to discover all the property has to offer. Read more below.

Exterior of The Umstead

Walking into the entrance, we were greeted by friendly doormen, along with a soothing lobby featuring a view of an exquisite piece of art by glass artist, Dale Chihuly, piano music, and sunshine flowing in from the hotel's expansive patio. 

Dale Chihuly Sculpture at the Umstead Hotel

Our spacious spa-inspired guest rooms offered a peaceful setting with large windows, plush beds with fluffy goosedown comforters, and a neutral color palette. The large marble bathrooms have soaking tubs complete with a bath caddy and bath salts, separate showers, and an array of Lather bath products, plus a special black towel designated for makeup removal. Continue reading below the guest room images.

Guest Room at The Umstead Hotel

Bathroom at the Umstead Hotel

Bath caddy and makeup towel at the Umstead

The Umstead Spa is an ideal setting for relaxing and melting away the stresses of daily life. Featuring a variety of massages, skin treatments, the air is filled with soothing botanical fragrances and soft music. Visitors are provided with a plush robe, along with access to separate men's and women's relaxation lounges with therapeutic whirlpools, eucalyptus saunas and steam rooms, and an outdoor meditation courtyard. There are teas and fruit-infused waters, along with cool towels and cucumber slices to add to the overall rejuvenating environment. Plus, a boutique filled with pampering products to add to one's spa experience.

Lake at the Umstead HotelSurrounded by trees and overlooking a 3-acre lake, the Umstead offers a retreat-like feel with manicured gardens and a lakeside 1/4-mile walking/jogging trail. There are bicycles, helmets, and trail maps available to explore the trails around the property leading to the William B. Umstead State Park. For added relaxation, the hotel's outdoor swimming pool is set amongst the serene setting with large sundeck, lounge chairs, cabanas, and poolside food and beverage service. 

Pool Deck at the Umstead Hotel

For an elegant dining experience, Herons, the hotel's signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. On select days, afternoon tea service is served in the lounge area along with a harp serenade. If you're looking for casual dining, there's an outdoor patio overlooking the gardens and lake. During the evenings, there is live music and crafted cocktails in the bar & lounge - an ideal spot to sip and reminisce about the day's events. Feeling like staying in? We recommend room service.

Tip: Be sure to inquire with the concierge about morning yoga, bike, and art tours as the property offers a variety of events for guests.

On a side note, we noticed the hotel is very pet-friendly, with special accommodations for canine guests and the DogWoods enclosed play area. 

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