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Situated along the pristine Kudur Bay of Bodrum/Yalikavak, the Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel is a modern beach retreat with an array of amenities, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. The Mejor Costa Bar & Lounge serves Mediterranean and regional cuisine with an extensive wine cellar, light-flooded lounge, and outdoor patio. While the Ace Restaurant & Lounge provides a trademark Avantgarde Collection Hotels setting. In addition, the property offers cold towel service at the beach and swimming pool. Close to seaside restaurants, marina, and glamorous estates in the trendsetting village of Yalikavak, the property's 31 guest rooms and 23 suites feature contemporary styling and views of the gardens or sea. Here are three of the top amenities at the resort, along with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

Pool at Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel

1. Avantgarde Spa & Wellness Center

Offering two indoor massage rooms and two outdoor massage cabanas, the spa features a variety of services performed by experienced Far Eastern massage therapists including Balinese, Lomi Lomi, and Aromatherapy treatments. There's also a Finnish Sauna, Turkish Bath, and Steam room. Plus, a fitness center and a Detox Bar serving nutritious and healthy beverages. 

2. Little Genius Summer Camp

Available to hotel guests during the summer months, the Little Genius Summer Camps is an innovative program designed for guests ages 18 months to 5 years, with programs created to assist in the development of children's emotional, social, physical, foreign language, creativity, cognitive, and handicrafts skills in a playful atmosphere. 

3. Assouline Culture Lounge & Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar Image

The Assouline Culture Lounge is open 24/7 and features a collection of books on fashion, travel, gastronomy, art, and design from the luxury book publisher, retailer, and lifestyle brand. Plus, there's a glass-encased Wine Cellar with an extensive selection of Turkish & international wines. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $25 USD food & beverage credit per person, for up to two guests. For stays of six nights or more, guests instead receive dinner at Ace Restaurant for two (excluding drinks).

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Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel Beach


Situated within Santo Domingo's Ciudad Colonial, the Casas del XVI recently added a fourth home to its collection of high-end renovated Spanish conquistador era homes. The new addition, Casa del Diseñador, includes the Royal Suite, a two-bedroom presidential suite. Featuring Spanish Colonial charm, the new house mixes modern amenities with the romantic architecture of the European-influenced old town of Santo Domingo. Continue reading below the photo of the Royal Suite. 

Royal Suite Outdoor Lounge Area at Casas del XVI

Guests of the Royal Suite have complete and full access to the entire Casa del Diseñador. The suite opens its doors to a private courtyard with a plunge pool and outdoor lounge area. Continue reading below the photo of the courtyard.

Royal Suite Pool at Casas del XVI

The master bedroom has a king size bed and spacious bathroom with a shower and soaking tub. The second bedroom has a two queen beds, plus a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have entertainment systems with flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Read more below the two photos.

Master bedroom entrance in the Royal Suite at Casas XVI

Bathroom of the Royal Suite at Casas de XVI

The suite includes a private butler and a private chef, along with a fully-equipped dining room and living room, making for an ideal setting for one-of-a-kind entertaining experiences. Continue reading below the dining room photo. 

Royal Suite Dining Room at Casas del XVI

The Casas del XVI is set in the heart of Santo Domingo's Colonial City. Spread throughout four historical homes, the luxury hotel offers a romantic and private setting, with dedicated staff, a collection of heirloom and modern art, and in-room spa treatments. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, casinos, and historic attractions, the hotel provides a central location for exploring the Colonial City. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine. 

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Dogs are part of the family too, so why not include them on your next vacation? We've pulled together a list of some of our favorite dog-friendly luxury hotels offering special amenities to help furry friends feel right at home. Just a friendly reminder, please be sure to check hotel policies for breed or weight restrictions, along with any travel restrictions for crossing country borders with pets. 

1. The Jefferson Washington D.C.

Monti of The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.

The Jefferson Washington D.C. greets guests with its Resident Canine Office, Lord Monticello, a.k.a. Monti. He's a rescue dog welcoming all guests to the property. To help dogs feel right at home, the hotel offers pet beds, bowls, and walking maps. 

Learn more about The Jefferson Washington D.C.

2. Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Heavenly Dog Bed at Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Perhaps you'd like to adopt a dog as a souvenir from your trip? The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa participates in a Dog Samaritan Adoption Program, allowing guests to mingle with dogs seeking furever homes. For guests traveling with their own pets, there's an outdoor dining area with a "Patio Pooch" menu, plus Westin Heavenly Pet Beds. 

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3. One&Only Palmilla

Dog at One&Only Palmilla

Set along one of Baja's only swimmable beaches, the One&Only Palmilla welcomes dogs with a "Dog Passport", gourmet pet dining menus, beds, and dog-friendly poolside cabanas. Featuring a fusion of old and contemporary Mexican styling, there are kids and teens programs, five gourmet restaurants, 24-hour shared butler service, seasonal whale watching, water sports, and an artist in residence, providing comforts for all members of the family.

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4. The Chesterfield Mayfair

Dogs at The Chesterfield Mayfair

Set in one of London's most prestigious neighborhoods, The Chesterfield Mayfair offers the Very Important Pet Program, which welcomes dogs with beds in various sizes, food and water bowls, goodie bags with toys & treats, and turndown amenities, plus dog sitting and walking services with advance notice. 

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5. The Rubens At The Palace

Pets at The Rubens At The Palace

Overlooking the Royal Mews, The Rubens At The Palace offers an ideal London location with Old World styling mixing with the latest modern amenities. The property also provides a luxurious setting for pets, with a welcome hamper filled with toys and treats, custom Rubens Hotel pet beds, food and water bowls along with pet menus, turndown treats, and a special "Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping" card for the door. At check-out, pets receive a certificate of stay, and the hotel can arrange a variety of services including grooming, taxis, litter boxes, dog and cat first aid kits, veterinary services and more. 

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The iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York closed its doors in early March to undergo a massive renovation and restoration. While there's an extensive wait ahead, our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor created an article with more details about the hotel's major renovation. Read more below the photo. 

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria: What to Know About the Upcoming Renovation

New York City’s acclaimed Waldorf Astoria said goodbye to its last guests yesterday as it will undergo a massive two-year renovation. The hotel was purchased by Chinese Insurance group Anbang in 2015 for nearly $2 billion and is set to be transformed into high-end condominiums and a smaller hotel. 

NYC-luxury real estate expert Victoria Shtainer understands the unique opportunity that residences at the Waldorf will provide to New York City residents. The Waldorf Astoria has housed many celebrities, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to every U.S. president. The hotel also holds many secrets, such as track 61 which runs beneath the hotel and allowed Franklin D. Roosevelt to avoid the press. 

The renovation includes plans to take a portion of the tower and convert them to privately owned condos while retaining a portion of the hotel. Specific details about the condos have not yet been released but comments from Anbang execs hint at similarities to The Plaza, Baccarat and 30 Park Place. The project is an addition to what many call the “Midtown Cultural District” along with newcomers like 100 East 53 Street, which will soon be home to Jean Georges market, a new restaurant in place of the old Four Seasons space and other luxury developments.
 
Shtainer says this could be a push for higher prices, similar to those seen on the 57th Street “Billionaires Row” corridor, since Anbang’s chairman Wu Xiaohui was quoted as saying “a potential buyer needs to have more than money to qualify for our apartments.” 

 


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


Destination Spotlight: Dublin

From distilleries to art museums, there's plenty to see in Ireland's capital city. Set at the mouth of the River Liffey along the country's east coast, Dublin was originally a Viking settlement. During the 17th century, the city prospered, and Georgian style architecture flourished. "The Fair City" became a cultural center and destination for artists and writers.

Today, the charming and bustling city offers an eclectic mix of Victorian pubs, modern buildings, and historical attractions such as manuscripts at The Book of Kells at Trinity College, the Jeanie Johnston Famine Memorial Ship, and the Kilmainhaim Gaol where visitors learn what life was like in Ireland's prisons. Literary enthusiasts will want to discover Dublin's writer haunts, cyclists can venture the Three Rock Cycle Loop in the Dublin mountains, and those that seek fresh sea air can explore nearby coastal towns like Howth. And no visit to Dublin would be complete without some shopping along Grafton Street, the Guinness Storehouse, and a visit to a few local pubs in Temple Bar. 

Plus, there's an array of events happening throughout the year including the Dublin Film Festival every February, the St. Patrick's Day Festival on March 17, soccer matches, concerts, and performing arts events. 

To compliment Dublin's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Irish Classics, Contemporary Properties, and Country Estates. 

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Irish Classics

The Merrion

Drawing Room at The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Set within four restored Georgian townhouses across from the Government Buildings, National Museum of Ireland, and the National Gallery of Ireland, The Merrion is within walking distance of Grafton Street's shops and restaurants. Featuring an extensive 19th and 20th century art collection, the hotel offers an "Art Tea" where edible works of art inspired by the property's paintings are served on fine china in The Merrion's Drawing Rooms. Overlooking classical gardens, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the country's only Michelin two star restaurant, and the Tethra Spa has private treatment rooms, fitness center, and an 18-meter indoor infinity pool.

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The Shelbourne Dublin 

The Shelbourne Dublin

Across from St. Stephen's Green, The Shelbourne Dublin provides a luxurious setting with a geneology concierge to help guests trace their Irish ancestry, and a leisure club offering an indoor pool and signature spa. Built in 1824, the iconic hotel is infused with Old World charm and historic details.There's elegant dining at The Saddle Rock and Lord Mayor's Lounge, and opulent guest rooms have plush beds, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms. Close to Trinity College, the National Museum of Ireland, and the National Library of Ireland, the property offers a central location for exploring the city. 

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The Westbury Hotel

Afternoon Tea at The Westbury

From custom Irish wool carpets to an iconic afternoon tea, The Westbury Hotel Dublin offers a classic Irish experience. The hotel's restaurant, Wilde at The Westbury celebrates the country's finest produce in much-loved local dishes and classic international cusine, in a setting that fuses greenery with 1930s glamour. The Sidecar offers a classic cocktail setting, and the hotel is steps away from the upscale boutiques, shops, and restaurants along Grafton Street. 

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Contemporary Properties

The Marker Hotel

The Marker Bar at The Marker Hotel Dublin

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Marker Hotel offers an urban retreat with contemporary style. Guest rooms and suites are set in unique geometric layouts, and there's an elemental style running throughout the hotel from the lobby to the rooftop garden. Situated between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal in the Dublin Docklands, there property has a spa and wellness center with a 23-meter infinity pool and fully-equipped fitness center. 

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The Clarence

The Clarence Hotel

Contemporary, yet exuding Irish charm, The Clarence is located steps away from Temple Bar's pubs and restaurants. Owned by Bono and The Edge of U2, guest rooms and suites offer simple modern furnishings, such as white linen bedding, Shaker oak furniture, and leather seating. For dining, Cleaver East serves fine Irish and international cuisine at approachable prices, with a unique "Not Afternoon Tea" menu that features a creative spin on tea time with savoury and sweet bites and a rocking cocktail menu. 

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The Gibson Hotel

The Gibson Dublin

Close to the 02, The Gibson Hotel Dublin is located in the city's new cultural hub. Featuring a contemporary design with calming water features, towering bamboo trees, and creative accents throughout. Guest rooms and suites feature clean lines and modern furnishings, and the bar offers healthy dining options along with a contemporary Asian-inspired outdoor courtyard.

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Executive Room at The Fitzpatrick Hotel Dublin

Situated in the heart of Dublin, between St. Stephen's Green and the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, The Fitzwilliam Hotel features contemporary Irish decor. Providing a friendly and modern feel, guest rooms feature a color paletted of lime greens, aubergine, and white, with window seats, upholstered headboards, laptop-friendly safes, and Murdock bath amenities. The Spirit Beauty Salon offers a range of services, along with facials, waxing, massages, and nail treatments. There are two on-site restaurants, and a modern afternoon tea within the hotel's Inn on the Green. 

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Country Estates

The Powerscourt Hotel

The Powerscourt Hotel

About 30 minutes outside of Dublin, The Powerscourt Hotel is located on the famous Powerscourt Estate with a historic house, landscaped gardens, and a famous waterfall. The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain can be seen across the valley, and the seven-level hotel features Palladian-style architecture. There are two championship golf courses on-site, a signature restaurant, luxurious ESPA spa, and an Irish Pub. Plus, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, horse riding, fishing, cooking classes at the Ballyknocken House, off-roading experiences, hiking, and river walks. 

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The K Club

The K Club

Less than an hour from Dublin, The K Club is set amongst 550 acres of County Kildare Countryside.  The River Liffey runs through the resort, and guests can experience a range of activities including the on-site falconry, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, and tennis. The Ryder Cup venue has two Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf courses,  golf academy, and proshop. Within the original house, there's a wine cellar where visitors can enjoy informal tours, or schedule a gastronomic experience that begins in the cellar and ends with a feast. There's also Irish Whiskey tastings in the Vintage Crop Bar, plus a full-service spa for relaxing.

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The Ballyfin

The Ballyfin Dublin

Step back in time at the elegant Ballyfin. The estate is situated amongst 600 acres in County Laois. Less than two hours from Dublin, the lavish Regency mansion has just 15 rooms, each individually appointed with historically-influenced furnishings designed to mirror the style of the home, with canopied beds and marble bathrooms with bathtubs, walk-in showers, and luxurious toiletries. Plus, modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and iPod docking stations. The estate's activities include fishing on the lake, clay pigeon shooting, croquet, tennis, archery, and falconry. 

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Set along 25 acres of landscaped gardens on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort offers an idyllic setting for families and couples. Featuring an open-air design, the resort provides barefoot luxury with an iconic oceanfront restaurant, three white-sand beaches, and two-tiered infinity swimming pool. Recently refurbished, the boutique resort blends Caribbean hospitality with modern accommodations, as well as a range of activities including tennis, water sports, yoga, and paddle boarding. Learn more about Five Star Perks at Malliouhana below the photo.

Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort

Five Star Alliance Perks: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 Resort Credit for food and beverage, spa, or boutique purchases. Plus, a welcome culinary amenity, VIP status, and based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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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


Situated along the coast in West Waterford, The Cliff House Hotel offers contemporary accommodations overlooking the historic Ardmore Bay. The House Restaurant received a Michelin Star for its mix of Irish and International cuisine, The Well Spa offers a range of treatments, and the indoor pool provides water views. In addition to guest rooms and suites, the property has the Cliff Cottage, providing a self-catering setting steps away from the luxury hotel. 

Ideal for families and groups, the private cottage is set within a heritage building, and sleeps six adults, with additional space for children. Accommodations include one double room with en-suite bath, an additional double room, and one twin room, along with a bunk bed room, and children's den with sofa bed. Read more below the photo. 

The Cliff Cottage Living Room at the Cliff House Hotel

The contemporary Irish cottage decor is inspired by the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, plus there are large windows to provide an open and airy feeling. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and smeg fridge along with a dining room overlooking Ardmore Bay. The spacious living area features a bay window, large TV, and couches for relaxing and enjoying the views. Guests are greeted with a welcome basket of fruits, breads, and snacks, plus, they receive access to all of the amenities available in the main luxury hotel. Continue reading below the photo.

The Cliff Cottage Kitchen at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

Close to Cork, The Cliff House Hotel was built in the 1930s. Transformed in 2008, the five star luxury hotel provides a seaside setting with Irish modern decor with white walls, sedum moss-covered roofs, cupa stone columns, and limestone terracing. Throughout the hotel there are specially commisssioned handcrafted glass works of art by Glasshammer and resin designs by Sasha Sykes. The cliffside property has an award-winning restaurant with an outdoor terrace ideal for dining outside while taking in the views of Ardmore's sands and dolphins in the water. Plus, there are championship golf courses nearby. 

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The Pool at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore


Set along the Caribbean Sea, Beaches Turks and Caicos is a multi-faceted fantasy world consisting of four distinct areas: Caribbean Village, French Village, Italian Village, and Key West Village. The family-friendly all-inclusive resort provides a range of activities for children, including a kids' club and Sesame Street parades through the resort. In addition, the resort offers customizable options to accommodate dietary and sensory needs. 

Beaches Turks and Caicos Italian Village Overview

Five Star Alliance was recently invited to explore all the resort has to offer. Read more below the Italian Village photo to discover three top amenities at Beaches Turks and Caicos. 

1. Sprawling Grounds & Plenty of Space to Play

Beaches Turks and Caicos Play Options

From huge swimming pools to an on-site water park with a lazy river, or long sandy beaches, guests of the resort have an array spaces to have fun. Given the layout, the resort doesn't feel cramped, but rather open for exploring. Families can enjoy time by the pool, relax in a hammock on the beach, or meander the pathways exploring the resort...you may even encounter a resident gecko.

Gecko Crossing Sign at Beaches Turks and Caicos

2. Culinary Concierge

Dining at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers with eating restrictions, and all-inclusive may not seem like the ideal getaway. At Beaches, the resort seeks to offer all guests with a variety of cuisine options. In an effort to tailor menus to guest needs, the resort's Culinary Concierge meets with guests upon arrival or via the phone prior to arrival to create specific menus to accommodate food allergies and intolerances, making enjoyable beachfront dining accessible to all guests. 

The Jerk Shack at Beaches Turks and Caicos

3. The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children Program

Camp Sesame at Beaches Turks and Caicos

As part of the resort's partnership with Sesame Street, the Beaches Kids Camp is infused with character experiences. In an effort to provide a positive experience for all children at the resort, there are unique programs with customized sensory adjustments available on a case-by-case basis. The Sesame Street program is designed to not only bring awareness to unique qualities, but also to celebrate the similarities that all children possess. Guests can contact the Beaches Kids Camp Manager before arrival to discuss exact needs and options. The Sesame Street characters are carried throughout the property with special character photo opportunities and evening parades. Continue reading below the photo. 

Sesame Street at Beaches Turks and Caicos

In addition, the four distinct villages offer different types of accommodations:

The Caribbean and French Village have adjoinable guest rooms along with suite options. Guest rooms in both of these village offer standard amenities, while some of the new Caribbean Villa Suites (shown below) provide modern styling and upgraded offerings. 

Caribbean Villa Suite at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The French Village (shown below) offers the most adjoinable room configurations. 

French Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The Italian Village offers spacious suites designed for families with bunk beds and game consoles in one living space, and king size beds with large flat-screen TVs in the main sleeping area. Continue reading below the photos of an Italian Village Guest Suite. 

Italian Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers seeking residence style accommodations, the Key West Village has villas with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and butler service. Read more below the photo.

Key West Villa at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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Relaxing beach spot at Beaches Turks and Caicos


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