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The Luxury Hotel Insider:Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.

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.


Surrounded by lush tropical forest, El Mangroove mixes wood and water elements with contemporary architecture and natural furnishings. The whimsical resort features 85 sleek units, two restaurants, a spa, a gym and a long, cabana-flanked swimming pool. 

El Mangroove

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Designed for family relaxations, this water oasis at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is the perfect place for a sunny afternoon adventure. Dive in for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters, or laze on a lounge chair and sip a delicious cocktail as you take in the panoramic views. The stunning outdoor pool overlooks the majestic coastal mountains and the lush natural vegetation.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the
middle of the rainforest at the Arenal Volcano National Park.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort 

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The Four Seasons Costa Rica is double dog daring its guests to truly disconnect from their iPhones and embrace a relaxing vacation without technology constantly going off. The “Disconnect to Reconnect” challenge is asking guests to turn in their iPhones which will  be kept in a safe for 24 hours or more. Upon completion of the challenge, the Four Seasons gives you back you’re phone along with a new custom phone cover.

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Escaping the cold and checking into a luxury beach resort seems to be quite popular amongst our travelers, so we’re making it a bit easier for you to plan your getaway by hi-lighting the hotels with availability at popular spots.

A popular destination this year is Costa Rica. With activities ranging from zip lining, white water rafting, lounging on the beach, and relaxing in the hot springs, it’s no wonder folks are drawn to this country. The 5 star hotels that currently have availability during the last week of December are the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa and the Marriott Los Suenos Resort. The only 4 star hotel with availability is  the Radisson Europa Hotel. Be sure to make your travel plans and reservations before these hotels sell out!


The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica has just introduced its newest luxury hideaway, the private Shangri-La Gardens. These adult-only gardens are located in a secluded area of the minerals springs complex, and they provide guests with a serene area to unwind while enjoying cocktails and refreshments served by the garden butler. The Shangri-La Gardens are surrounded by lush greens and offer six thermal mineral spring water pools, heated naturally by the Arenal Volcano, providing a relaxing experience unlike any other. Be sure to also experience the natural hot springs and waterfalls located throughout the resort, and take advantage of the unique treatments available, including volcanic mud wraps, exfoliations with coffee or coconut, and outdoor Watsu underwater massages. Take relaxation to the next level by checking in to the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort and checking out the new Shangri-La Gardens.