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Situated in the town of Aguas Calientes, Sumaq Machu Picchu offers a luxurious setting for exploring the flavors of southern Peru, Incan culture, and the sacred site. For an in-depth visit, the hotel's Mystical Tour in Machu Picchu offers a unique experience for guests visiting the historical sanctuary. Guided by an authentic shaman from the Sacred Valley of the Incas, participants will gain an insider's perspective of the energy sources, mystery, and magical connections within the site, Pachamama, Mother Earth, and sacred temples. 

The 8 hour tour includes entrance tickets to the citadel, round trip bus transfers, a boxed lunch, private tour guide, cleansing session, and Pachamama Mystical Kit. Read more below.

Exterior of Sumaq Machu Picchu

In addition to the Mystical Tour, the property offers an array of activities for guests including Andean marriage ceremonies, payment to earth rituals, and Mandor hikes. For culinary enthusiasts, guests can partake in cooking classes, traditional Pachamanca Sumaq experiences, and romantic Peruvian dinners. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Recently renovated, Sumaq Machu Picchu is surrounded by the majestic bio-diversity of Machu Picchu Archaeologcal Park with valleys, mountains, waterfalls, and ancient ruins. Committed to sustainability, the hotel's mission is to protect the local environment and indigenouse culture. Focused on service with a warm and friendly atmosphere, the property offers a luxuriou setting for exploring the historic region. Continue reading below for a special Five Star Alliance Perk.

Guest Suite at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance get a complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during the stay. Plus, based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out.

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Set in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides a luxurious space for exploring the world's best-known wildlife sanctuary. There are 77 secluded guest rooms, along with a spa, and infinity pool overlooking the surrounding Serengeti wilderness. The property has announced new activities and events for the upcoming Green Season. Learn more about what's new at the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

What's New at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

With the dry season in full swing, and the animals awaiting the rainy season for water, now is the time to head to the Serengeti to see the animals seek water from the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti’s watering hole. As the resort prepares for the Green Season, Four Seasons has announced a variety of upcoming activities and events to make your journey to the safari even better. Read more below the photo. 

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge has got you covered in terms of celebrating holidays abroad. The resort is offering a variety of options for you and your family to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Easter this spring. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the team of Maji Bar and Terrace will be spending their February 14 waiting to welcome guests with a glass of sparkling wine, while the chefs prepare a special menu for the evening. Following dinner, guests will snuggle up poolside to watch a movie at the pop-up cinema on Maji Terrace, served with popcorn and s’mores for your sweet tooth.  The lodge has got more about celebrating romantic getaways on its website.

This April, Four Seasons recommends visiting the Serengeti around Easter (April 16) to see the park once its lush and green from the rainfalls of March and early April. The early herds of the Migration will also be traveling northwards towards the Central Serengeti, increasing your chances of seeing the animals in the wild. The calendar at the Lodge has a lot coming up in April, including spotting big cats on game drive adventures, taking dips in the pools surrounded by elephants, poolside movie nights, wildlife treasure hunts and a spear throwing Massai Olympics for the kids. For adults, learn how to make cocktails or mocktails in a mixology class or a get in the kitchen at Kula’s Restaurant to learn the secrets of African cuisine. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Also recommended for the upcoming Green Season is heading to Rwanda to trek with mountain gorillas. Through a partnership with Terra Incognita Ecotours, Four Seasons is offering guests the chance to escape East Africa to adventure through Volcanoes National Park on a two, three or four day itinerary to trek with the 800 remaining mountain gorillas. Flight connections between Kigali (Rwanda’s capital) and the Serengeti make it simple for travelers to experience both locations in one trip.

A sample of the four day itinerary includes an early evening arrival in Kigali to allow for a good nights rest, before spending day two on a drive out to the mountains after a leisurely breakfast and your choice of lodge for lunch. Day three includes a full day of gorilla trekking, as you and your group leave the lodge with an expert tracker. By late afternoon, guests will return to the lodge for an overnight stay. The fourth and final day brings a descent from the mountains and a return transfer to Kigali. Depending on the time of your flight, we suggest taking a trip to the Genocide Memorial for an eye opening reminder of history.

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Nestled within a gated integrated resort development in Riviera Maya, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a romantic property composed of pool villas set freshwater lagoons, mangroves, natural dunes, and intricate coral reefs. Combining Asian design with the charms and culture of Playa del Carmen, accommodations feature modern styling with platform beds and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to private pools and lush tropical foliage. There's an award-winning spa with eight hydrothermal experiences, and skin treatments utilizing the Honey Oil from Melipona Honey gathered from local Mexican bees that detoxifies and renews the skin. The property's extensive array of gourmet cuisine options includes the hotel's signature restaurant, Saffron, serving contemporary Thai cuisine on a one-of-a-kind wooden deck overlooking tropical mangroves. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk and romantic proposal package.

Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guest making reservations through Five Star Alliance get a $100 food and beverage credit, preferential green fees at El Camaleon - a PGA Championship Golf Course, WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Subject to availability, guests may receive villa upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. Read more below the photo.

Interior of villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Looking for an extra special romantic getaway? For a limited time, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is offering the "She Says...Yes" one-of-a-kind proposal package.
The package includes:
- Three-night stay in a private pool villa
- Daily breakfast at Oriente
- 90-minute couple's massage at the Banyan Tree Spa and a hydrotherapy session at The Rainforest
- Candlelit moonlight dinner by the beach
- On the last night, couple will board a traditional trajineira (small boat), named "The Goddess of the Moon" and float through romantic and exotic waterways for the ideal proposal environment. Upon return to the villa, the couple will be greeted by candles, aromatic oils, incense, and flowers.
- Two-hour professional engagement shoot

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Hot Tub at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

If you are a first timer, or even a seasoned traveler, looking for a swanky villa within a luxury resort, we've got the best option for you in the Caribbean at the uber chic Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao. Nestled amidst tropical gardens and caressed by the azure water of the Caribbean Sea our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the following insight:

Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao is a great fit for LGBT guests and all seasoned Caribbean travelers looking for an island where everything is accepted and celebrated. The local airport, Curaçao International, is about a 25-minute drive from the resort, which also has a helipad. Hint: Guests can opt for a VIP transfer, and a chauffeur will pick them up inside Curaçao International Airport, allow them to pass through customs and immigration more quickly, bypassing the lines, and then take them to the property in a luxury car. Note: There is a private jet center at the Curaçao International airport.

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Villa with private pool at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao

Even though the Ocean Front Villa is the most requested accommodation here, but we were told families cannot go wrong in booking the Private Pool Villa, the Superior Private Pool Villa and the Master Villa (the only one with butler service).

Note: The resort doesn't have a spa. However, guests can request treatments ranging from traditional massages and body scrubs to manicures and pedicures on the property's private beach. In-room group treatments are also available for wedding parties. Tip: Guests are advised to book spa treatments at least two days in advance. 

The resort’s Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant is open to locals. The most popular fare here is "The Chef’s Menu," a full seven-course menu, which changes constantly and makes use of fresh ingredients. Additional recommended dishes include tuna tartare, lionfish and ginger cheesecake. Nice Touch: All of the seating at this restaurant is beachfront. Although it is fairly easy to get a reservation at the resort, we were told guests should book two weeks in advance to be on the safe side.

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Outdoor bathroom and tub in a Superior Beachfront pool suite at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao

For VIPs tying the knot, the resort can do everything from buyouts to ceremonies for 10 guests and rehearsal dinners. The property can accommodate almost any over-the-top request. For instance, A-listers can hire a private jet to drop rose petals during the ceremony. Other extravagant needs that the resort has fulfilled in the past include delivering 100 flowers to a couple's room during their honeymoon, and flying in wagyu beef from Japan to meet a guests request for dinner.

Additional experiences include a bottle of champagne upon arrival; a four-course “Surprise Menu” created by the chef in a romantic gazebo set up on the beach; and private picnic on the beach.

Tip: For those VIPs looking to get some shopping done, there are some high-end jewelry shops in Punda, which is roughly a five- to 10-minute drive from the resort. The property can provide VIP transport to and from the shops.

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Beach at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao


Located in the heart of Cappadocia on the site of an ancient monastery in Old Uchisar Village, Argos in Cappadocia has carefully restored the remains of historical dwellings, underground tunnels, and caves to offer guests an unsurpassed place to stay that has a unique perspective from which to view the region. Guest rooms and suites spread among six mansions.

Uchisar boasts panoramic views of the Cappadocia plateau and looks out over the natural fortresses of Bashisar and Ortahisar. Spread out along Pigeon Valley (Guvercinlik Vadisi), its foothills feature charming houses and sprawling mansions connected by underground tunnels, of churches, monasteries, and freshwater springs.

Highlight: Splendid Suite

Built into the caves, Splendid Suite's all include a private plunge pool in addition to a view of the garden. The sitting area located under a gigantic arch has its own garden and terrace. These accommodations are half stone and half carved into living rock, they offer separated bedroom and living areas so that, if you want, you can lounge in the pool on the bottom floor or spend your time looking at the enchanting view from the terrace of your room - where you can look out over Pigeon Valley and gaze upon Mt. Erciyes as you sip a drink.

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Splendid Suite Argos Cappadocia

 


Alila Jabal Akhdar, meaning"The Green Mountain" in Arabic, is perched 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Al Hajar Mountains. Inspired by ancient forts, traditional Omani construction techniques using local stones are combined with contemporary architecture to create a uniquely relaxing environment, from the pool to the spacious suites that look out to mesmerizing views of the cliff and mountains.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Amandayan is set on just over a hectare above the winding lanes of Lijiang Old Town. Amandayan offers 34 Suites and the two-bedroom Amandayan Suite. Designed in the traditional architectural style of the Nakhi – the indigenous people of northwestern Yunnan – Amandayan is housed in a series of dwellings arranged around peaceful courtyards. 

Amandayan

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The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch
 
offers contemporary five star boutique accommodation, designed to appease those looking for the proverbial good things that come in small packages. Ideally located within strolling distance of Oxford Street and within easy reach of London's landmarks, this chic property offers a calming and peaceful retreat for an experience to remember.The calming atmosphere is enhanced by the assortment of five senses exotic frangrances available to sweeten the air in the guest rooms. 

Fragrance Choices Include:

Romantic Touch
The Romantic Touch fragrance is created from classic floral notes of Rose combined with the pale tones of sandalwood. Fresh infusions of cardamom, the rarity of saffron and an undertone of basil complete the refreshing experience.

Refreshing Lavender
This fragrance is a blend of essences of French lavender, bergamot and sage creating a calming and balancing atmosphere. Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in a spa. It's perfect for getting that relaxing feeling after a stressful day.

Fresh Clean
A fresh and airy fragrance, lightly scented and reminiscent of gentle breezes and open windows, this fragrance is subtle and light, creating a breezy, open atmosphere that takes you from the city to the countryside in seconds. It will definitely evoke the smell of a picnic in the country.

Pink GrapefruitThe Montcalm Hotel
The invigorating juice of ripe grapefruit and oranges are paired with fruity peach and red berry nuances, sweetened by osmanthus, violet, and muguet Pink Grapefruit to create a fresh, open and uplifting atmosphere. Absolutely perfect for feeling energized at any time of the day.

Saw Grass
The smell of fresh grass evokes open windows on a summer day. The earthy, sweet and distinct scent of saw grass smells like a warm day in the Deep South. Notes of bright green grass are sweetened with light floral and neroli, with hints of lemongrass, rose and sandalwood to create a sense of peace. Perfect for summer escapes.

Marine Fresh
Smell the waves crashing to the shore with notes of ocean spray, bergamot, dune grass and cedar. Transport yourself instantly to the beach on a summer's day. With this uplifting scent you can almost hear the seagulls and feel the sand between your toes.

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Viceroy BaliIf a vacation in Bali is on your bucket list, now is the time to book. For a limited time, Viceroy Bali is offering a spectactular deal. Simply book the special Five Star Alliance rate 60 days in advance, and you'll receive 20% off your stay and a $100 spa credit.

Viceroy Bali is situated only five minutes leisurely drive from the cultural heartland of Bali, Ubud which is famous for its artistic community, traditional dance ceremonies, temples and rural vistas. The hotel and villas enjoy unparalleled views of the dramatic river gorge, and the forested slopes and terraced paddy fields beyond.

At Viceroy Bali all the villas are luxurious with private pools and spectacular views over Petanu River gorge and tropical forests. All villas have luxurious European fittings combined with Balinese architectural features. The decor of each villa is sumptuous, all have marble floors, luxurious furnishings, top quality beds with fine thread count linen, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin vanities, all have air conditioning, ceiling fans, 42' LCD satellite television, DVD player, espresso coffee machine and more.

Balanced on the hill slope overlooking the spectacular Petanu River Gorge with its unrivalled views, The Lembah Spa offers treatments developed by Swiss professionals to combine the best of the West, with Balinese natural treatments. In addition to a variety of massage and body treatments, the Lembah Spa also offers beauty treatments, facials, creme hair baths, manicure, pedicure and reflexology. For our very special Viceroy guests, the Lembah Spa also offers complimentary use of the steam room the sixty-eight jet therapeutic American Jacuzzi and associated facilities.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.  Please read the rate terms carefully to avoid disappointment.

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Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.

Ksar Cher-Bagh 

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