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Nestled amongst a rugged landscape on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is a luxury wilderness camp with 10 elegant tents, as well as a tented dining room and spa. Inspired by the tents of Mughal emperors that traveled the ancient lands, this exclusive retreat offers a serene setting ideal for viewing the area's abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards, chital deer, crocodiles, hyenas, and sloth bears. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of Aman-i-Khas

Raised on concrete plinths, the air-conditioned luxury tents are reminiscent of Mughal pavillions with cotton drapes creating separate sleeping, dressing, and bathing areas. Positioned to ensure privacy, the tents overlook the natural landscape, teaming with wildlife. Featuring high draped ceilings, tents have classic furnishings as well as wifi, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and heating systems. There are living rooms with twin writing desks, oversized daybeds for lounging, chest coolers for drinks, and dining areas. Plus, sleeping quarters with king or twin beds, dressing areas, and twin vanities. Continue reading below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent

Within each luxury tent there is a bathing area separated by cotton drapes from the living and sleeping areas. Offering all the modern comforts, there is a shower, bathtub, and separate toilet. Read more below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Bathing Area

In addition to the luxury indoor living spaces, the tents have outdoor sundecks providing panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Continue reading below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Patio

The Aman-i-Khas has a tented, lamp-lit dining room with a large communal table and smaller tables. Reminiscent of the Mughal emperors' tent cities, the dining area provides guests with a seasonal menu featuring chef-prepared dishes crafted with ingredients from the property's organic garden and local sources. Continue reading below the dining room photo.

Aman-i-Khas Dining Tent

There's also a tented spa with two treatment rooms and a bubbling fountain, as well as Reiki massages, Ayurvedic treatments, outdoor yoga, and a pool lined with lounge chairs. Read more below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Spa

For guests looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, Aman-i-Khas offers Tiger Safaris with expert guides taking visitors into the untouched jungle to see tigers in the wild. On the safaris, guests learn about the tracking and movements of the tigers, leopards, hyenas, chital deer, and crocodiles. 

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Breakfast at Aman-i-Khas


Nestled between Munich and Salzburg, Residenz Heinz Winkler is a Relais & Chateaux property close to Lake Chiemsee. Set in the heart of Bavaria, the property offers "Cuisine Vitale"--culinary dishes with lightness, clarity, and the healing effects of herbs and spices, created by the hotel's owner, Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as spa treatments, the Venetian Gourmet Restaurant, and exclusive cooking classes with the Chef and his team. Continue reading below the photo. 

Terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler

The hotel's Venetian Gourmet Restaurant features an elegant setting with Italian ambiance, as well as a mountain view terrace and winter garden. Serving "Cuisine Vitale" by Heinz Winkler, guests can enjoy classic dishes and new creations infused with local herbs and flavors. In addition, the hotel's dedicated sommelier can assist with ideal pairings from the restaurant's wine cellar with space for 25,000 bottles, and a wine list with as many as 950 positions featuring rare and noble wines from around the world. Read more below the photo. 

Gourmet Restaurant at Residenz Heinz Winkler

In addition to fine dining, the hotel offers Cooking Courses with Heinz Winkler. Providing guests with the opportunity to spend time with the star chef in his professional kitchen, participants will learn how to prepare dishes with the finest ingredients. The experience includes a welcome cocktail and 5-course dinner, then the following morning participants enjoy breakfast, followed by a Gourmet Cooking Course with Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as an apron and signed cookbook to take home as a keepsake. Continue reading below. 

Exterior of the Residenz Heinz Winkler

Created from a late Medieval building, the property was the Hotel Post for centuries. Purchased by Heinz Winkler in 1989, the property was transformed into a modern, yet traditional hotel blending luxury with local charm. Located in the Chiemgau between mountains and lakes, the hotel has 29 rooms and suites with balconies, Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. Designed to offer a relaxing and revitalizing setting, the spa offers a variety of pampering treatments and beauty rituals. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a demi bottle of Champagne upon arrival. 

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Overlooking Texas Hill Country, the 17,000-square-foot Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio is a secluded sanctuary set at one of the area's highest points. Surrounded by nature, the spa features panoramic views of the Texas sky, along with Hill Country and Texas-infused services and treatments. Continue reading below the photo of Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness.

Loma de Vida Spa and Wellness at La Cantera Resort

Designed with intentional spaces that inspire wellness, peace, relaxation, and empowerment, the spa has 15 treatment rooms, along with saline pools, private garden terraces, and serene alcoves. Read more below the photo.

Loma de Vida Spa Cabana at La Cantera Resort

Providing an array of exclusive treatments and classic services, guests can select from signature rituals, including the Absolute Texas which includes a special treatment within a Spa Skyloft (shown below) with local beeswax, honey, and lavender, along with a soak in an outdoor cowboy tub. 

Loma de Vida Spa Skyloft at La Cantera Resort

In addition to treatments and services such as facials and manicures, Loma de Vida also offers wellness classes such as movement classes, suspension training, spinning, and yoga. Plus, the Quenche Juicery with thoughtfully designed juices, boosting breakfast preparations, and ideally-proportioned lunches. Continue reading below the photo of the men's solarium.

Loma de Vida Men's Solarium

The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center is located within La Cantera Resort. Perfectly situated overlooking Texas Hill Country, the full-service luxury resort offers two championship golf courses, five pools, children's programs, and nine on-site dining options. Located about 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio, the resort is less than 2 miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. 

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Topaz Poolside Grill at La Cantera Resort

 


Perched along a sandy beach on a quiet bay, Porto Zante Villas and Spa offers a secluded luxury retreat on the island of Zakynthos. The all-villa resort has one-, two-, and four-bedroom villas, all with private pools (some with beachfront areas) and high-end amenities such as Armani Casa & Gervasoni furnishings, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, Bernardaud design porcelain, Christofle Paris cutlery and glasses, BVLGARI guest amenities, and artwork by prominent Greek artists. Continue reading below the photo for more about the resort and a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Open seasonally from April to October, the beachfront Porto Zante provides guests with an array of unique experiences and activities. For water sports, the resort has sea cycles, canoes, stand-up paddle boarding, parascending, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing. Fitness options include beachfront yoga, a fitness center, personal training, tennis, and horse riding, while family options include a kids' club with organized activities, a water park with water slides, and the Kids' Corner playground. Guests interested in culture and off-site excursions can visit wineries, the Kiliomeno mountain village, St. Dionisios Monastery, Byzantine Museum, Ancient Olympia, and the Museum of Dionisios Solomos or explore the Navagio Beach shipwreck, Blue Caves, Bochali, as well as see the endangered Caretta-Caretta Turtles in their natural habitat on Marathonisi Island. Continue reading below the photo.

Activities at Porto Zante

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary butler service, kid's entertainment, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival.

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Situated within Santo Domingo's Ciudad Colonial, the Casas del XVI recently added a fourth home to its collection of high-end renovated Spanish conquistador era homes. The new addition, Casa del Diseñador, includes the Royal Suite, a two-bedroom presidential suite. Featuring Spanish Colonial charm, the new house mixes modern amenities with the romantic architecture of the European-influenced old town of Santo Domingo. Continue reading below the photo of the Royal Suite. 

Royal Suite Outdoor Lounge Area at Casas del XVI

Guests of the Royal Suite have complete and full access to the entire Casa del Diseñador. The suite opens its doors to a private courtyard with a plunge pool and outdoor lounge area. Continue reading below the photo of the courtyard.

Royal Suite Pool at Casas del XVI

The master bedroom has a king size bed and spacious bathroom with a shower and soaking tub. The second bedroom has a two queen beds, plus a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have entertainment systems with flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Read more below the two photos.

Master bedroom entrance in the Royal Suite at Casas XVI

Bathroom of the Royal Suite at Casas de XVI

The suite includes a private butler and a private chef, along with a fully-equipped dining room and living room, making for an ideal setting for one-of-a-kind entertaining experiences. Continue reading below the dining room photo. 

Royal Suite Dining Room at Casas del XVI

The Casas del XVI is set in the heart of Santo Domingo's Colonial City. Spread throughout four historical homes, the luxury hotel offers a romantic and private setting, with dedicated staff, a collection of heirloom and modern art, and in-room spa treatments. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, casinos, and historic attractions, the hotel provides a central location for exploring the Colonial City. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine. 

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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


For a celebrity style getaway, the Presidential Suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel offers an iconic setting within a legendary building. Overlooking downtown LA, the suite blends contemporary style with Old Hollywood glamour, such as an emerald green velvet couch, oak furnishings, mohair, and silk accents. There's a balcony with panoramic views and a lounge space, plus a large living room with a fireplace and grand piano. Ideal for entertaining, there's a full kitchen and dining room, complete with a bottle of Krug champagne to toast the occasion. Read more below the photo of the dining room. 

Presidential Suite Dining Room at The Beverly Hills Hotel

To work on closing the deal while staying in style, the suite has a separate office with a regal desk and seating for guests. Continue below the office photo.

Presidential Suite Office at the Beverly Hills Hotel

To unwind, the luxurious marble bathroom and powder provides the ultimate celebrity style retreat. While the opulent guest room has a chaise lounge, elegant furniture, and a spacious, residential feel. Continue below the photo.

Presidential Suite Bedroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Does your pet like to travel in celebrity style? The Beverly Hills Hotel welcomes pets with custom dog beds, bowls, and personalized bone-shaped dog cookies with pet's names written on the cookies. 

Dog at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Built in 1912 and named Beverly Farms, the hotel began before there was the city of Beverly Hills. Set on 12 acres with a white stucco Mission Revival-style exterior and a terra cotta roof, the property was built to lure Easterners to the West Coast with a hotel halfway between Los Angeles and the sea. Over the years, the property has been the backdrop of movies on the silver screen including Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall's "Designing Women," and Neil Simon's "California Suite." Popular with movie stars, royalty, musicians, and athletes, the hotel welcomed Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "Let's Make Love," Faye Dunaway spent the night at the hotel after winning an Academy Award, Charlie Chaplin was a frequent guest in the 1920s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the week in a bungalow in the 1970s, and Liz Taylor was a frequent guest. Throughout the years the property has continued to evolve with renovations to keep it a glamorous setting with upscale amenities, and a bespoke atmosphere.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Entrance


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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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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Planning a last minute trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI? As of Monday, January 23, there's still availability at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Located about an hour north of NRG Stadium, the property is a ranch retreat with idyllic setting--perfect for relaxing pre- and post-game. Among the rolling hills, the Relais & Chateaux retreat is set amongst 313 acres, with an array of equestrian activities for novices and cowboys alike. Continue reading below the photo. 

Equestrian activities at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Accommodations are set within 9 Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, each with luxurious amenities including Egyptian cotton bedding, king size beds, stone fireplaces with overstuffed leather chairs, and original artwork for a Texas-inspired setting. Read more below.

Accommodations at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texaz, with award-winning cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on-site and sourced from local producers. Meals are served on custom Bernardaud China, there's a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley, along with a handcrafted alder and mahogany bar. 

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Dining at The Inn at Dos Brisas


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