LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 12, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
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.
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.
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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By: Rachael Weir
August 2, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
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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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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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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June 21, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
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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