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Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma

September 2, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

This month, El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma will open overwater bungalows. The adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort is about 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Featuring a romantic atmosphere, with multiple pools and swim-up bars, plus oceanfront spa treatment rooms set in thatched-roof huts, the property is ideal for Honeymooners and romantic vacations.

Read more about the new overwater bungalows, Palafitos, opening in September 2016, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.

The Overwater Experience
For travelers looking for a luxury stay late in the summer, we suggest El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma. This hotspot, in the Riviera Maya, will be opening overwater bungalows, Palafitos, in September. These new hideaways will include glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers and private infinity pools. We should also mention that there will be Jacuzzis inside these accommodations. Guests will be able to unwind on an oversized deck, complete with a telescope, reading material and blankets.

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Five Star Perks at Lizard Island Resort

August 30, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Set directly on the Great Barrier Reef, the Lizard Island Resort offers a luxurious retreat with 40 suites and 24 powdery-white sand beaches. Reachable only by private charters from Cairns Airport in Queensland, the island resort has the Salt Water restaurant serving five star cuisine, and Essentia Day Spa offering a variety of treatments and services. Right outside the doorstep, guests can snorkel and explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit, VIP status, and depending on availabilty room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Offers Fun For All Ages

August 25, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!

Looking to plan a trip to one of the National Parks? The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is located 2 miles from the park's Southern Gate. Recently renovated, the luxury hotel offers a classic mountain lodge atmosphere combined with modern and upscale amenities. There are multiple dining options, including the steakhouse Embers, Sierra Restaurant with rustic ambiance and a towering stone fireplace, and Jackalopes Bar & Grill with Sierra Pub Fare. Along with casual options such as Timberloft Pizza, Parkside Deli, and Summerdale BBQ. Continue reading below the photo.

Lobby in Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
For fun and recreation, the hotel has and indoor pool and three seasonal outdoor pools including a kid's pool with water features, an adults-only pool with a bar, and evening dive-in movies. Guests can partake in a variety of outdoor activities including archery, hiking, climbing walls, rafting, guided fly fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. After enjoying all the activities, the full-service Ascent Spa provides a variety of treatments designed to soothe and relax tired muscles after exciting adventures. 

Pets are welcome at the hotel, and the family-friendly property offers the Sierra Adventure Club with supervised seasonal daytime activities for guests ages 5 to 12, along with the Kids Evening Camp with movies, arts, dinner and games. 

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite


Five Star Perks at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

August 24, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a 5,000-acre estate founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo. One of Tuscany's largest contiguous vineyards, the 800-year-old estate encompasses the art and lifestyle of the region. The heart of the resort is formed around Borgo, the historic village, and the grounds include ancient castle ruins and a medieval church.  

The property offers the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and two highly-regarded restaurants. The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is set in the estate's former wine cellar, with its own natural body care line, sauna, steam bath, and lush private gardens. There's an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Spacious suites and villas are set within the Borgo's buildings, with exposed wooden beams, pergolas, stone, wood, antiques, and bespoke furniture. Plus, some of the villas feature private pools, tennis courts, and theaters. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk.

Guest suite at the Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco
Kitchen in a villa at Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status.

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Pool at the Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco

Five Star Perks at Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth

August 12, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

Set along Flamands Beach, one of the prettiest stretches of beach on St. Barthélemy, Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France is a luxury boutique hotel in the Caribbean. Combining French and St. Barth's style, the resort offers La Case de L'Isle - an al fresco restaurant along the beach specializing in locally-inspired French cuisine, the Cheval Blanc Spa with outdoor treatment pavillions, children's programs, and tailor-made island experiences.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily, and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Main Pool at the Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France




Relaxing Retreat At The Umstead

August 8, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

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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The Umstead Hotel




Explore the National Parks at Enchantment Resort

August 4, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

In honor of the U.S. National Parks 100th Anniversary, the Enchantment Resort is offering an “Over-the-Top Grand Canyon Adventure Package”, which includes a private helicopter ride for four people from the resort to the Grand Canyon. Ideal for families, the Sedona Resort is surrounded by natural vermillion-colored rock formations, with hiking trails, Camp Coyote kid's club, Mii amo spa, outdoor swimming pool, golf, and tennis. Read more below about this special package from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Ruthanne Terrero.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

A Southwest getaway for the family should include active experiences plus some quality downtime. We say Enchantment Resort in Sedona might just fit the bill, especially with the program it's created for the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. The “Over-the-Top Grand Canyon Adventure Package” provides for a private helicopter ride for four people to take a flight from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. When it's time to come home, a clay wrap spa treatment is included, at Enchantment's sister property, Mii amo. Which room works best for families? We're thinking it's the two-bedroom “Full Hacienda Suite,” which has a living room (think high ceilings and a fireplace) with two queen pull-down beds. If a family member likes to barbecue, a nice big deck has a built-in grill and lots of seating for the family to sit around and critique the cook. There's a kitchen inside as well and a dining room area for six. There's no arguing over who gets the best bedroom since both are masters (some with king beds, some with two queens, just ask). All told, there are plenty of private bathrooms for all, including one off the living room.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Enchantment, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, has a program for children ages four to 12, which provides nature walks, pottery classes, star gazing, scavenger hunts, cooking classes and yoga. Older children and teens can also participate in tennis camp clinics. They can also take a Pink Jeep tour and visit Native American ruins in the area.

Family Dining Tip: Enchantment has two restaurants. Tii Gavo has a more casual Southwestern vibe while Che-Ah-Chi is the fine-dining venue. Reservations can be made at any time for either, but do know that both have great views of the red rock canyon. We suggest making reservations at least two weeks out for a window seat or outdoor table for optimal views. 

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Good to know: Families sometimes want to relax and not worry about disturbing guests around them, so, we suggest a private room at Che-Ah-Chi for parties of six to 12. Another fun option is to request in-room dining served on your private patio. Enchantment has plenty of other venues for larger groups.

Tip: Spring and summer are peak seasons at Enchantment Resort, so management recommends booking six to 12 months in advance.

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Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa




Glamping in NYC with W Hotels

July 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir

If you've ever dreamed of camping without leaving the city, here's your chance...

The W New York partnered with Laurel & Wolf to temporarily transform the patio of its Extreme Wow Suite's terrace into an Outdoor Glamping Suite. 

Glamping at the W New York

Featuring a whimsical approach to urban glamping, the suite offers a 12-foot yurt decorated in colorful fabrics and textures with glowing lanterns. Finished with rattan hanging chairs for lounging, and a fire pit that ignites with the flip of a switch. Surrounded by a canopy of twinkling lights, the rustic-luxe oasis is a chic glamping option in the city.

Located in the center of Manhattan, the W New York is steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the Theater District, and Rockefeller Center. Plus, there's a FIT Gym and Bliss 49 Spa, ideal for relaxing and pampering during your glamping getaway.

Note: this special suite will be available until fall 2016.

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Glamping at the W New York







The First W Sound Suite at the W Retreat Bali

June 22, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

The very first W Sound Suite from W Hotels is available at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, in the vibrant Seminyak neighborhood. W Hotels plans to unveil additional sound studios in the W Hollywood, W Barcelona, and W Seattle, but for now, check out what the W Bali can exclusively offer:

Designed by New York-based Josh Held Design, the W Sound Suite is a private, soudproof recording studio and writing room available to both professional musicians and hotel guests. A private vocal booth overlooks the hotel's tropical garden.

W Sound Suite is the idea of Chicago-based producer DJ White Shadow, W's North American music director. The DJ affixed the large soundproof studio with sound equipment and helped determine its layout. The studio has locally sourced wooden furniture, hand-carved wooden blocks and handwoven rugs. Other touches include an oversized print of a 1980s boombox by artist Lyle Owerko and a photography print spanning the entire room. 

Coca-Cola also contributed to the development of the studio, which has subtle touches of red, a chandelier made from melted Coke bottles and oversized wall text featuring lyrics from the 1970s "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." advertisement.

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3 photos below of the W Studio Suite:

W Studio Suite at W Retreat Bali

W Studio Suite at W Bali Seminyak

W Studio Suite seating area at W Bali Seminyak

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The Ideal Bachelor(ette) Party Getaway at The Villas of Grand Cypress

June 6, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Orlando isn't just a place for the kids. Next to Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida, and contiguous to Walt Disney World®, is The Villas of Grand Cypress. Featuring elegant Villas with one to four bedrooms for even the largest group, the resort is an ideal destination for bachelor and bachelorette getaways. Features include:

- 45 holes of award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, top-notch instruction at Grand Cypress Academy of Golf

- Twelve private tennis courts with eight Har-Tru and four Deco-Turf II courts, five lighted courts and and two racquet ball courts

- Extensive, state-of-the-art fitness center

- 9-Hole Pitch 'n' Putt golf

- In-Room/Villa Spa Services

- Two Pools, both with waterfalls and one with two waterslides

- Game Room

- Fishing Pools and Tackle, 24' Rock Climbing Wall, Jogging, Biking (including a Bicycle Fleet), and Fitness Trails

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Villas Grand Cypress

Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando