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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.


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. 

Learn more about Marquis Los Cabos

 

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. 

Check rates at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa

 

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. 

Learn more about JW Marriott Los Cabos

 

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. 

Check rates and availability at One&Only Palmilla

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


Set within South Beach's Collins Park, The Plymouth Hotel Miami is a boutique hotel with Art Deco pool, Art Moderne styling, and a private beach two blocks from the hotel. Guest rooms and suites are designed by Fernando Santangelo, and feature furniture by Restoration Hardware. For dining, the recently opened Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill serves sushi and Japanese cuisine in an exclusive setting. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Plymouth Hotel Miami

Five Star Alliance Perk: all guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine, $50 resort credit ($100 for suites), and complimentary room upgrade based on availability at check-in. 

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Holiday at Nemacolin Giveaway

We have some exciting news! Thank you to everyone who entered the Holiday at Nemacolin Giveaway. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner of the giveaway.

Congratulations to Poonam G. of Illinois!

Courtesy of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Poonam and a guest will enjoy a two-night stay at the Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, daily breakfast for two, and one 50-minute Spa Service for two. Continue reading below the photo.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Amenities include:

- 15 dining options from casual to elegant

- Mystic Rock Golf Course designed by Pete Dye

- Woodlands Spa with a variety of treatments and The Grove, a kidz spa

- Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin with approximately 600 slot machines and 28 games

- Sundial Lodge with an Off-Road Driving Academy, ropes courses, climbing wall, and zip line

- Wildlife Academy with an Equestrian Center, animal habitat, and wildlife nursery

- Mystic Mountain with downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing

 

Enjoy your stay Poonam, and take lots of photos!

 

For all of those who didn't win, enter to win a Romantic Retreat at Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence Plus, keep an eye out for future giveaways on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or sign up for our newsletters


Towering 12 floors above the city of Houston, the Penthouse Suite at the Hotel ICON is a three-level, 1,000 square foot venue, ideal for entertaining. The first floor of the suite features a living and sitting area. On the second floor is the bedroom with a king size bed and a spacious bathroom with a rain shower and antique claw-foot bath tub. Finally, the third floor of the suite offers an Entertainment Area with four large windows, kitchen, TV, and sound system, along with a large, covered, and fully furnished outdoor rooftop terrace providing panoramic views of downtown Houston. Continue below the photo. 

Hotel Icon Penthouse Suite

The Hotel ICON is an award-winning hotel set within the Union National Bank Building. Originally built in 1911, the property recently underwent a $35 million dollar reinvention to transform the landmark building into a luxury boutique hotel with fine dining at BANK - a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Icon Bar, Balance Day Spa, and an executive fitness facility. 

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Main Lobby of the Hotel ICON


Featured Journeys: Hawaiian Islands

Introducing Featured Journeys from Five Star Alliance. Each month we're pulling together a luxurious multi-destination itinerary to discover. First up, the Hawaiian Islands. Offering a plethora of landscapes, scenery, and activities, the U.S.A.'s 50th state has much to be discovered.

Oahu
Maui
The Big Island

Oahu

We recommend starting your journey on the island of Oahu, home of the Honolulu International Airport with nonstop flights arriving daily from around the world. Explore the cosmopolitan city, walk along Waikiki Beach, hike atop Leahi (Diamond Head), and visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. To experience a laid back surf town, take about a one-hour drive to Haleiwa, on the island's North Shore, where visitors can experience the island's history, dine in restaurants set within former plantation buildings, browse charming art galleries, and shop surfing boutiques. For kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, and bodyboarding, head to Kailua Beach Park on the Windward Coast. Known for white sand and turquoise water, it's an ideal spot for exploring. Nearby Kailua Town offers a range of restaurants, including Island Snow, serving shave ice treats and frequented by the Obama family. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Oahu Hotels:

The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian

Since opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian Resort has provided guests with a luxurious Hawaiian setting, along the shore of Waikiki Beach. Learn to surf, experience a luau, or watch the sunset while sipping a tropical drink at the Mai Tai Bar. 

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Completely renovated in 2016, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is set on a private beach with a four-level Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre providing Hawaiian-inspired treatments. Plus, the Ko Olina Golf Club, outrigger canoeing, and sport fishing.

Halekulani

Halekulani Pool

Situated along Waikiki Beach, the Halekulani has an iconic, mosaic-bottomed freshwater pool with ocean views. Along with the award-winning, five-star rated Le Mer Restaurant serving French cuisine infused with tropical ingredients in a romantic setting. 

Discover all Oahu Luxury Hotels

 

Maui

Next, hop a flight to the island of Maui. Referred to as the "Valley Isle," Maui offers a taste of the island's locally sourced cuisine, artist communities, and charming towns. The island is also known for whale watching, and it is located withing the Hawaiian Islands Humpack Whale National Marine Sanctuary. From January to April, Lahaina Harbor offers a wide range of whale watching tours, along with historic attractions from the whaling village's past. For a historical and botanical experience, head to the Iao Valley State Park to see the monument where Kamehameha defeated the Maui army in 1790, and walk the Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop to learn about the flora that Hawaiians brought to the island. For scenic views, Haleakala National Park is home to the island's highest peak, and Kaanapali Beach offers signature Hawaiian sunsets. Don't forget to travel the road to Hana for breathtaking and panoramic scenery. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Maui Hotels:

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

Fresh off a massive renovation, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea provides a beachfront setting with a range of activities including tennis fantasy camps, photography tours, Kona Coffee helicopter tours, culinary experiences at Hana Ranch, and whale watch photo excursions. 

Montage Kapalua Bay

Bathroom at the Montage Kapalua Bay

Featuring a multi-tiered lagoon pool and island-inspired cuisine, the Montage Kapalua Bay is located on 24-acres of oceanfront property in Lahaina. The all-suite property has accommodations with private lanais, luxe bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Infinity pools at Andaz Maui at Wailea

LEED-certified, the Andaz Maui at Wailea is a contemporary beach resort set along a 1.2-mile-long stretch of land along Mokapu Beach. The apothecary-style Awili Spa incorporates locally sourced and destination-inspired ingredients, plus there are three infinity pools, kayak tours, hula, and ukelele lessons. 

Discover all Maui Luxury Hotels

 

The Big Island

Finally, travel to Hawaii Island. Known as the "Big Island," it is the largest of the islands and is constantly growing due to magma flows. It offers the most diverse climate of all the islands with snow-capped mountains, black-sand beaches, uplands, and rainforests. Begin by flying into Kona International Airport where you can discover the Kona coffee plantations, historic Kailua Village, and the resorts along the Kohala Coast. Take a day to head south of Kona to the sacred Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, then onto the Punaluu Black Sand Beach.  Make sure to allow an entire day to explore Volcanoes National Park, a world heritage site with the Kilauea volcano, lava tubes, and deserts. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Big Island Hotels:

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai Kona

Providing authentic Hawaiian luxury, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features accommodations set within two-story bungalows. There are three restaurants, seven swimming pools, kids' club, Jack Nicklaus' signature Hualalai Golf Course, outdoor movie nights, tennis programs, sunrise meditation, and PiYo classes. 

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Fairmont Royal Orchid

Along the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is set amongst 32 acres of tropical foliage. Offering the Spa Without Wallas, tennis, and an oceanfront swimming pool, guests have access to a variety of activities, including hiking to petroglyph fields, lei making, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and outrigger canoe paddling in the open ocean. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village Pool

Spread throughout 62 acres of oceanfront property, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is a destination resort with Polynesian and Asian Artwork. Guests can stroll flagstone pathways, or be transported via air conditioned trams. The on-site Dolphin Quest provides an opportunity to swim with dolphins, and the Legends of Hawaii Luau features traditional island cuisine with hula and fire dancers.

Discover all Big Island Luxury Hotels

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We recently booked clients for a 3 day meeting at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on New York's Upper East Side. The hotel offered experienced hosts and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The meeting space included windows overlooking 64th Street, but with 5 different space options the hotel can host from 2 to 150 guests for any meeting, international business, diplomatic, or social gathering. The catering menu was planned with their culinary team.

Whether you require an intimate space for a standing cocktail reception, or a larger room for a seated meal or presentation, these spaces are guaranteed to leave an impression on all attendees. In addition, the hotel maintains an on-site staff of experienced professionals to assist with event consultation and planning, as well as day-of supervision. 

Meetings or events with 10 or more rooms will be offered special room rates.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's meeting space as of January 2017

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's example of restaurant meeting space as of January 2017


Planning a last minute trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI? As of Monday, January 23, there's still availability at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Located about an hour north of NRG Stadium, the property is a ranch retreat with idyllic setting--perfect for relaxing pre- and post-game. Among the rolling hills, the Relais & Chateaux retreat is set amongst 313 acres, with an array of equestrian activities for novices and cowboys alike. Continue reading below the photo. 

Equestrian activities at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Accommodations are set within 9 Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, each with luxurious amenities including Egyptian cotton bedding, king size beds, stone fireplaces with overstuffed leather chairs, and original artwork for a Texas-inspired setting. Read more below.

Accommodations at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texaz, with award-winning cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on-site and sourced from local producers. Meals are served on custom Bernardaud China, there's a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley, along with a handcrafted alder and mahogany bar. 

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Dining at The Inn at Dos Brisas


Overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the city's Old Port neighborhood, the Auberge Saint-Antoine offers a modern setting infused with historic artifacts. For a truly unique environment, some of the Relais & Chateaux hotel's suites are housed within the Hunt House, part of which dates back to the 18th century. Featuring a rustic elegance, the suites (including the Du Jardin Suite, shown below) in this building have original wood floors and exposed wood beams, along with modern amenities such as heated bathroom floors, deep soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers, and Bose sound systems. For incredible views of the St. Lawrence River, the Panorama Suite features contemporary styling within the Hunt House along with a large balcony. Continue reading below the photos.
 
1. Du Jardin Suite Bathroom
Du Jardin Suite Bathroom at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
2. Capitaine Suite 
Capitaine  Suite at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
3. Francaise Suite
Francaise Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine
The Auberge Saint-Antoine is built on a major archeological site in the heart of Quebec City. Once the home of wharves, cannon emplacements, and warehouses, the hotel displays hundreds of artifacts from the French and British regimes that unearthed during an archeological excavation. The hotel's award-winning restaurant, Panache! serves modern French cuisine prepared with ingredients from the hotel's garden, and is housed in a historic warehouse building with wood beams and stone walls. Continue reading below the image of Panache.
Panache Restaurant at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book the "Best Available Rate through Five Star Alliance will receive daily complimentary breakfast for two at Panache, $100 CAD food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 
 
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Tucked amongst the cobblestone streets and historic architecture, the W New Orleans French Quarter offers a stylish setting. Situated two blocks south of Bourbon Street, the property is close to it all, with luxurious amenities, including a gourmet restaurant, outdoor pool, and FIT fitness facility. There's also the Living Room which serves as a playful area for guests to meet and mingle, along with a variety of business services. Read more below about the top three amenities at the W New Orleans French Quarter.
 
Courtyard at the W New Orleans French Quarter
 
1. SoBou
SoBou Restaurant at W New Orleans French Quarter
The property's SoBou restaurant provides a spirited dining setting. One of the newest creations by The Commander's Family Restaurants, the gourmet eatery is under the guidance of James Beard Award-winning Chef McPhail. Serving colorful and creative Creole cuisine, the restaurant offers signature dishes such as Duck Debris & Buttermilk Beignets with chicory coffee ganache, a reimagined version of Louisiana's Po-Boy sandwich. The restaurant also presents a cutting-edge cocktail program with custom-made concoctions, signature drinks, and well-crafted classics. 
 
2. WET Pool
Courtyard Pool at W French Quarter New Orleans
Situated within the hotel's classic New Orleans courtyard, the hotel's heated outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, trees, and an intricate iron gate, providing a chic retreat in the heart of the city. 
 
3. P.A.W. - Pets Are Welcome Program
As part of the W Hotels, the property participates in the P.A.W. program. The hotel welcomes dogs and cats (for an additional fee) with custom W Pet Beds, treats, and dog walking services available. 
 
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Set within a historic building on the Magnificent Mile, The Gwen Chicago is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. Scheduled to be completed in April 2017, the property's guest rooms will be completely redesigned with a 1930s-inspired style. The hotel offers a rooftop terrace, Circa Restaurant and Lounge, along with Prohibition Porter Mixology Services, and in-room spa treatments. Read more about the renovation of the property (below the photo) from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan
The recently renovated lobby of the Gwen Chicago
The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago, has started its guestroom renovation. The inspiration for the new design comes from the hotel’s namesake, Chicago sculptor Gwen Lux, as well as 1930s-era glamor. Housed in the former McGraw-Hill building, The Gwen is in downtown Chicago, overlooking Michigan Avenue on Rush Street.

The newest member of Marriott’s The Luxury Collection, The Gwen opened in September 2015 and unveiled its newly remodeled lobby, rooftop terrace, lounge and restaurant in May 2016. The guestroom renovation is scheduled to conclude in April, and each of the hotel’s 311 rooms and suites will have the new layout and designs.

The Gwen’s new guestrooms were conceptualized and designed by Simeone Deary Design Group. Upon completion of the renovation, guestrooms at The Gwen will have Art Deco touches from the 1930s as well as jewel-toned accent elements and new upholstery.

Chicago-born Gwen Lux designed the bas-relief sculptures depicting the zodiac that are featured on the exterior of the building. These now serve as inspiration for each room’s iteration of her works above the bed. Other elements in the rooms will include backlit mirrors, artistic sketching wallpaper, peach leather pops of color, mossy green velvets, marble and brass pieces, and weathered river tones.
Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group was established in 2002 by Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary.
 
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