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Offering an all-inclusive and adults-only setting, the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is a luxury resort in Sint Maarten. Providing panoramic Caribbean views, the resort-within-a-resort sits on the southwest tip of the island. Within the all-suite property there are three pools including a swim out pool, plus the Mediterranean-themed Azul Restaurant, and three bars. Providing limitless all-inclusive luxury, guests have access to private cabanas, 24-hour room service, and a dedicated open-air wellness center. The resort's 129 spacious suites feature contemporary island styling with Greek marble bathrooms, Italian Modena porcelain floors, custom furnishings and artwork, plus private balconies or terraces with tables and chairs.

Featuring an array of amenities and ultra-luxe Caribbean setting, here are three top reasons to stay at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort:

1. The Edge Pool 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Overlooking Maho Bay, this one-of-a-kind pool has a private zero entry cliffside beach. Blending seamlessly into the horizon, the pool has lounge chairs and umbrellas along the water's edge. Featuring a silica-based sand lining, the pool has a state-of-the-art cleansing filtration system. 

2. Serenity Spa 

The Serenity Spa

The recently opened spa is located in the adjacent Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. There are eight treatment rooms, along with a variety of services available, but the most unique option is the outdoor spa experience. Set in the Serenity Point Cliffside gazebo, guests are soothed by the sounds of waves while enjoying massages. 

3. Full Access to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Rooftop Lounge

In addition to exclusive amenties and services at the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, guests also receive full access to five additional restaurants and bars, tour desk, four tennis courts, Tantra Nightclub, Casino Royale, and eco-friendly conference facilities.

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Originally a plantation, the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers a discreet setting focused on luxurious amenities and high end service. For the second consecutive year, the property received the prestigious distinction of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. In addition, for the first year, the resort's Spa Botanico, received the Forbes Five-Star rating as well. Read more below the resort photo.

Guest room at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Set steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the luxe resort sits amidst acres of lush, tropical forest. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a luxurious estate style resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The second property within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, Dorado Beach provides an open-air enclave, with a secluded setting, intimate accommodations, and numerous culinary experiences including Mi Casa by José Andrés (shown below). Continue reading below the photo.

Mi Casa by Jose Andres at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The award-winning Spa Botánico is set within a pineapple garden. Integrated into the natural environment, the 5-acre spa sanctuary utilizes the island's local ingredients and indigenous soothing treatments to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Featuring a special apothecary portal entrance filled with local botanicals, there are 10 treatment pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, two open-air Tree House treatment pavilions, and outdoor waterfall showers surrounded by the scent of bay rum leaves, lemongrass, and ginger. Continue reading below the spa photo for a special offer at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. 

Spa Botanico Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

For a limited time, the resort's "Stay Longer With Us" offer provides a discount that increases the longer guests stay at the resort.

- 3 nights = 10% off

- 4 nights = 15% off

- 5 nights = 20% off

- 6 nights = 25% off

- 7 plus nights = 30% off

The offer must be booked before May 30, 2017 for travel through December 17, 2017. Based upon availability. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes blackout dates and holidays. 

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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


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


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


Situated within the 15,000-acre PUNTACANA Resort & Club, the Westin Puntacana offers three miles of Caribbean white-sand beaches, along with a range of activities including golf, tennis, voluntarism, and water sports. Guest rooms and suites feature modern, ocean-inspired decor with sleek dar wood furniture, marble floors, balconies with sitting areas, and Westin Heavenly Beds. There are three on-site restaurants: Anani Restaurant with international cuisine, Brassa Grill & Bar with a beachside setting and traditional American fare, and the Cigar & Rum Bar. The hotel offers an Activity Program that includes a range of daily offerings for guests ranging from yoga on the beach to Latin Mix cardio at the swimming pool. Discover more of the resort's top amenities below the photo.

Westin Puntacana Resort & Club

Top Reasons to Stay at Westin Puntacana Resort & Club:

Six Senses Spa

Recently revitalized, the spa offers an internationally influenced revitalization experience with a variety of treatments including a special spa menu for kids and teens, along with in-room spa treatments. The spa features a relaxation area, along with a sauna, steam bath, and ice bucket shower. Plus, an array of wellness activities including yoga and meditation. 
 

Two Golf Courses

The seaside resort offers guests 45 championship holes of golf, including six ocean front holes and 14 holes with views of the ocean. The Corales Golf Club is a Tom Fazio-designed course that culminates at the Devil's Elbow, while La Cana Golf Club is an eco-friendly P.B. Dye-designed course wtih 27 holes. After golf, guests have access to La Cana Golf & Beach Club's 19th Hole Terrace designed by island native, Oscar de la Renta. There's also golf pro shps with a range of upscale golfing apparel and gear, plus tournaments and professional advice. 

Oscar de la Renta Tennis Center

The resort's tennis center has nine clay courts, and one Har Tru court. Guests can scheduled lessons on a daily basis, and there are tennis summer camps offered from June to August. 

Water Sports

Guests have access to the Blue Vision Adventures and Kite Club Punta Cana water sports and activities, which include PADI, kayaking, snorkeling, waterskiing, and private cruises. 

Voluntarism

The resort provides oppportunities for visitors to give back to the local community with a variety of volunteer positions. Available for groups, students, and individuals, some of the experiences including educational days teaching english and music and the community center, medical missions, games sports exchanges, assisting with daily activities at the Childcare Yess Kinder and La Milagrosa Maternal and Child Center, as well as supporting the Nuestra Senora del Carmen Nursing Home, and Coral Reef Restoration Programs. 

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Westin Puntacana Resort & Club Guest Room


Whether its the South Beach Food & Wine Festival or a random Tuesday evening, SLS Hotel South Beach provides a playful, whimsical, and creative atmosphere in its restaurants, public spaces, and accommodations. The chic Hyde Beach is a unique 8,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space with a pool, cabanas, Mediterranean garden, artful mixology, and an al fresco dining scene that goes transforms into a stylish indoor-outdoor lounge when the sun goes down. Read more below the photo.

Hyde Beach dining at SLS Hotel South Beach

One of the hotel's finest amenities is the top-rated dining options. The Bazaar by José Andrés combines local Latin flavors with the James Beard-awarded chef's Spanish heritage for a sophisticated International tapas menu with indoor and al fresco dining. While the adjacent Katsuya, by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi features a range of sushi and robata dishes in a artistic setting with a daily happy hour and private dining in the Dragon Lounge. Read more below the photo of Katsuya.

 

Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach offers a prime location on Collins Avenue with direct beach access. Originally built in 1939 by architect L. Murray Dixon, the stylish property has been fully restored and revamped, while retaining art deco influences blended with Latin, Asian, and contemporary styles. Continue reading below the photo.

SLS South Beach Guest Room

Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 resort credit. 

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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


Perched on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, One&Only Palmilla offers an ultra-luxe setting along the swimmable Pelican Beach. There is 24-hour shared butler service, an artist in residence, two infinity pools, and a 27-hole golf course. The architecture fuses old and contemporary Mexican styling, and guests can select from five gourmet restaurants for on-site dining. The property recently opened the Villa One, which has four bedrooms, private screening room, and a variety of unique amenities. Learn more about this exclusive lodging option in the article below, from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor by Matt Turner. Read more below the photo.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One Bedroom

One&Only Palmilla in Mexico revealed their new Villa One back in April, offering travelers 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, which includes four bedrooms, a dedicated fitness trainer and spa therapist, a private screening room, a personally stocked pantry, a culinary and household staff, as well as a Butler Suite.

Guests will be able to enjoy their privacy as the villa comes with a private entrance, and for those who are looking for a view can enjoy the Great Room, whose doors open 30 feet for a look out and past the infinity pool, gardens, and sea. For meals and relaxation, guests can choose from the Breakfast Terrace, Dining Terrace, Upper Terrace with the pool, or the Lower Terrace with a fire pit. Read more below the photo.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One Pool

Villa One is ideal for multigenerational families and other large groups, as room configurations include an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third bedroom with two queen size beds and private patio, and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds.  

The chef and culinary staff at the villa will prepare any meals requested, while complimentary margaritas and canapés are available throughout the door. And if guests wish to dine at the resort, they receive priority reservations.

Escorts to the airport and any activities (like deep sea fishing excursions, surfing lessons, and tee times) will be arranged by the house staff. Travelers staying a minimum of four nights will also get their choice of either a complimentary art walk to the Gallery District of San Jose del Cabo or yacht cruise through the Sea of Cortez.

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