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Royal Palm Hotel Galapagosis surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here. The residences complement their natural surroundings and are designed for comfort and relaxation. The Villas sit individually within the grounds while the Casitas are located on the Royal Fountain Circle, with verandas overlooking the Royal Palm estate.
Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.
A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool
If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.
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 resort Campo Bahia 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.