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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.

Cool Pools: Puma Lodge

July 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Puma Lodge is one of the best heliski centers in Chile and the world. Guests can relax in the heated pool after their day's adventures.

Puma Lodge 

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Image of the Day: InterContinental Nordelta Tigre

June 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

InterContinental Nordelta Tigre is the only hotel in the city that can be reached by land or river.

InterContinental Nordelta Tigre

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Campo Bahia Opens...But Only if You are on the German National Soccer Team

June 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

World Cup fever has hit worldwide! Brazil is playing host this time around, and one lucky team has gotten the VIP treatment at a brand-new luxury resort. The resort is currently the accommodation for the German Football Team during the World Cup 2014.

Situated in the village of Santo André in the state of Bahia, the sport and nature Campo Bahia resort covers 15,000 square metres and contains 14 two-story houses with a total of 65 residential units. Campo Bahia is very close to Santa Cruz Cabrália, where Portuguese seafarer Pedro Álvares Cabral landed when he first discovered Brazil in 1500.  The resort has been built with careful attention to sustainability and the natural environment. The materials used in construction were sourced locally, while the trees which had to be removed were transplanted rather than chopped down.

Constructing these facilities has been a boost to lasting infrastructural development in the Santo André and Santa Cruz Cabrália area. The effects include the establishment of long-term skilled jobs – in the catering and hotel sectors, for example – and the integration of the local communities and the Pataxó Indian reserve. The whole project is based on the principles of responsible tourism, eco-friendliness and sustainability.

In addition to providing luxury accommodations to the soccer players, the hotel has asked seven Brazilian and seven German artists to create works of art for the buildings and the surrounding area. The artists selected for this task were chosen for their engagement with issues of cultural and social identity. 

After the World Cup, the resort will open for booking for guests who don't happen to play professional football. 
Here's a sneak peek at the spectacular resort: 

 


Image of the Day: Emiliano

May 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located on Oscar Freire Street, in the heart of the exclusive Jardins neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Emiliano sets the pace for a new age of luxury travel in Brazil. Guests experience authentic and modern Brazilian sophistication through contemporary ambiance, refined cuisine and singularly warm service.

Emiliano

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel B Lima

May 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Originally built in the style of the Belle Epoque, the mansion that is the Hotel B Lima served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920's. Its architectural features and flair capture the celebratory spirit of Peru's centennial, which permeated life in the capital city throughout the era of its construction. Famed French architect Claude Sahut, lauded for his work remodeling portions of the Government Palace, along with many of Lima's main avenues, parks, theaters, and other public buildings and spaces, was originally commissioned to design the property as a summer retreat for the Garcia Bedoya family.

Hotel B Lima

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Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.

 

 


Your Questions Answered: What's a Family Friendly Resort with Connecting Rooms in Punta Cana?

April 8, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sivory Punta Cana
We 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: What are some family friendly Punta Cana resorts with connecting rooms?

ANSWER: Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel 

The award winning Sivory Punta Cana resort welcomes you to experience a quieter, more authentic Dominical Republic. Situated on an expansive and secluded private beach, the hotel offers a luxurious and exclusive oasis that combines Polynesian and Caribbean influences with style and modern sophistication. It features fifty-five spacious suites, with most offering stunning ocean views and personal plunge pools and a private beach club with seven lavish oceanfront suites, its own pool, bar, and exclusive beach area. This upscale boutique property distinguishes itself from other luxury boutique resorts in the Caribbean by going the extra step and adding details that set the standard in delivering an exceptional hospitality experience.
Sivory Punta Cana
This secluded resort is enveloped in an atmosphere of tranquility inspired by design elements rooted in Asian tradition of incorporating water into daily existence. The check-in desk is situated in an open-air lobby where a wood-paneled walkway surrounded by two small pools of water lilies and sea turtles leads guests to the property's spectacular ocean view and elegant accommodations. A special focal point of the lobby is the 17th century hand-carved wooden archway that encases the entrance to the hotel's boutique where traditional Dominican art sculptures adorn windows.

Most of the furnishings for the property's guestrooms, food and beverage outlets, meetings facilities and restaurants were specially selected and imported from Spain and Indonesia. Guest services and amenities are tailored to surpass even the most upscale travelers' expectations. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend Booking:

Deluxe Junior Suite-Overlooking the garden, this room opens to a furnished lanai and measures 650 square feet (59 square meters). Get a good night's sleep with premium bedding, cotton linens, and blackout drapes/curtains. The partially open bathroom has a deep soaking bathtub and separate shower with a handheld showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, makeup mirror and toiletry items by ETRO. Wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV offers movies, DVD/CD player, MP3 docking station, safety box. A minibar, wine cooler and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. direct dial telephone, voice mail, Individual air conditioning control, ceiling fan and a separate sitting area are among the conveniences offered.

Connecting to:

2 Oceanfront Junior Suites-Oceanfront, this room opens to a furnished lanai and measures 650 square feet (59 square meters). Get a good night's sleep with premium bedding, cotton linens, and blackout drapes/curtains. The partially open bathroom has a deep soaking bathtub and separate shower with a handheld showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, makeup mirror and toiletry items by ETRO. Wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV offers movies, DVD/CD player, MP3 docking station, safety box. A minibar, wine cooler and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. direct dial telephone, voice mail, Individual air conditioning control, ceiling fan and a separate sitting area are among the conveniences offered.

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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.
 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Panama

March 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Panama is Grace Hotels' first property in Central America and occupies the ground floor plus six upper floors of the Twist Tower office and hotel development in the heart of Panama City. This magnificent example of contemporary urban architecture lies in the exclusive Obarrio residential and commercial district, home to numerous prestige shops and restaurants. Twist Tower, just minutes from the city's financial center, provides the perfect luxury hotel in Panama for business and leisure travelers. Luxury accommodation at this boutique hotel comprises 60 bedrooms including seven ultra-luxurious suites, a fine dining restaurant and bar at ground level and, on the 12th floor, a business center with four boardrooms plus a bistro and a health club with outdoor pool and whirlpool offering spectacular views of the city.

Grace Panama

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Vines Resort and Spa

March 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Vines Resort and Spa features spacious private villas, a luxurious spa, world-class service, and breathtaking views of the Andes at every turn. Legendary Argentine chef Francis Mallmann serves up inspired regional fare and traditional asado feasts at the signature restaurant, Siete Fuegos. In the vineyards, you can harvest grapes or make your own custom wine, working side-by-side with world-renowned consultant winemaker Santiago Achával.

The Vines Resort and Spa 

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Your Questions Answered: What Brazilian Beach Property Would You Recommend for a Honeymoon?

March 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive ResorWe 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: What Brazilian beach property would you recommend for our honeymoon?


ANSWER: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort 

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the exuberant Emerald Coast. Known as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, the property enjoys direct flights from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of colour and light. Twenty-five sophisticated and charming bungalows lay in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery.
Ponta dos Ganchos offers a state-of-the-art fitness centre, cinema, business centre, restaurant, bar, lounge, games room, oceanfront ocean-front tennis court, heated swimming pool, massage gazebos, spa, and nature trails. In close proximity to the resort, guest can also experince Arvoredo Island, the best site for scuba diving in South Brazil. Additional boat trips include Anhatomirim Island and the Baía dos Golfinhos (Bay of Dophins).

The paradisiacal nature and the feeling of being special combine the romanticism of the most exclusive places in Brazil, designing the perfect setting for as unique as the Honeymoon time. More than a romantic destination, the tip of the hooks is a natural refuge that surprises at every turn. Besides all the surprises during their stay, honeymooners are met with champagne and flowers in the bungalow, plus a memorable and unique dining experience on the island.

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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.

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