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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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Named as one of Travel + Leisure's "Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico 2017", NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun offers an exclusive setting in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc, plus special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Situated on one of the Mayan region's most desired lands, the property faces the white sands of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and is nestled amidst protected mangroves and lush foliage. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of the NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun

Dispersed throughout the 29-acre property, the resort has 274 luxurious suites and private villas. Reserved for adults only, Ocean Suites are steps from the beach and adjacent to the main lobby, Residence Suites are suited for families with connecting accommodations and large private terraces, while Private Villas have infinity pools as well as indoor and outdoor showers. Learn more about the Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Private Pool at NIZUC Resort and Spa CancunFive Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive buffet breakfast daily at Café de la Playa, $75 USD Spa credit, per room, once per stay (valid for signature rituals and couple rituals only), plus a welcome bottle of tequila and dried fruit amenity. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above a turquoise lagoon, the award-winning Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite with Pool at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa features an ultra-luxe setting in Maldives. The spacious two bedroom suite has a large sundeck with a freshwater pool, salas, and hammock suspended over the water. 24-hour butler service is included, as well as daily newspapers, housekeeping, and turndown service. Read more below the photo.

Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite with Pool at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The master bedroom has a plush bed topped in Frette linens, pillow menus, a seating area, desk with ocean views, and direct access to the sundeck. While the glassed bathroom has infinite ocean views, Molton Brown bath amenities, Ploh bathrobes, and a bath menu with bath salts upon request. Continue reading below the photo.

Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

In the living area of the Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite there is a large flat-screen LCD TV, media center with DVD/CD/MP3 player, mulit-media port, & LAN adaptor. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Presidential Suite Living Room at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is a private island resort surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The romantic destination offers pristine beaches, and 64 sea-view villas set delicately over the lagoon. Situated on Emboodhu Finolhu island, the property provides an idyllic tropical retreat with water sports, scuba diving, fine dining at the Deep End, and crafted cuisine at 24 Degrees. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set on the edge of Lake Como, CastaDiva Resort & Spa provides an exclusive and romantic setting. As the first and only eco-friendly luxury resort on Lake Como, the property maintains high standards of eco-sustainability, while showcasing the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The CastaDiva Spa is the largest spa on the lake, and the facility offers sensory water experiences,  a wellness area with a sauna, steam bath, Mediterranean bath, relaxation pool, vitality pool with hydro massage and chromotherapy, and a Kneipp circuit. There's also emotional showers with peppermint, a Himalayan rose salt room, and the Darsena relaxation area set on an original dock suspended over Lake Como. 

Floating Pool at CastaDiva Resort

For dining, the property offers a gastronomic journey into the flavors of Italy. Dinners at L'Orangerie restaurant feature creative Italian interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine, while Giardino Dei Sapori & Grill serves BBQ during the summer months. While Bar Bellini serves light meals and snacks thourhgout the day with signature and classic drinks. Read more below the photo of L'Orangerie.

L'Orangerie at CastaDiva Resort & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests receive full breakfast daily, a 90 Euro food or spa treatment credit, per room, per stay, a possible upgrade at the time of reservation based on availability, and a welcome amenity. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in and departure, an early check-in and late check-out. 

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Posted in: Lake Como

| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring an open-concept design, The Bacchus Suite at The Yeatman is named after the Roman god of wine. Offering the most exclusive and private retreat within the hotel, the suite has high vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and 150 square meters (about 1,600 square feet) of space. In the center of the room is a rotating bed where guests can fall asleep with a view of the fireplace, then wake up and turn the bed to enjoy panoramic views of Porto and Duoro River via the bed's remote control. Continue reading below the photo.

Bacchus Suite at The Yeatman

There is a Copper Jacuzzi ideal for relaxing while soaking up the city views, a freestanding fireplace, two plasma large screen TVs, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, a double shower, dressing room, and office space. From the suite, guests can venture outdoors into the fully-furnished conservatory with a fireplace and private exterior terrace. Continue reading more about the hotel below the photo.

Terrace dining at The Yeatman

The Yeatman Hotel is a luxury wine hotel and spa overlooking the city of Porto. Accommodations are discreetly infused with wine-related artwork, artifacts, and photos from well-known Portuguese wine producers. The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa provides a variety of signature treatments drawing from the vineyard environment, and The Restaurant at The Yeatman is the only restaurant in the city awarded two Michelin Stars.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking the Mississippi River, the River Inn of Harbor Town is a luxury hotel situated in Memphis' Harbor Town neighborhood. Mixing the history of the Old South with classic European elegance, the boutique property provides guests with an intimate atmosphere with sweeping river views and an exclusive Mud Island location. Providing a romantic setting, the hotel is accented by gas-lit lanterns, decorative wrought iron, and window boxes billowing with lush flowers. Read more about the hotel below.

Exterior of River Inn of Harbor Town

The lobby welcomes guests with a traditional setting featuring a crystal chandelier, a fireplace adorned with an 1850s-era New Orleans mantel, reclaimed wood from a Virginia textile mill, oil paintings, Oriental rugs, and candles glowing. The classic feel of the property is extended into guest rooms and suites, which offer luxurious amenities including Frette Linens, four poster beds, 32-inch flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and plush bathrobes. There's small libraries on each floor, plus the property is listed as a Ladies Traveler preferred hotel providing amenities and services to meet the needs of female travelers. Continue reading below the photo. 

River Inn of Harbor Town

The River Inn of Harbor Town offers three dining options, including the acclaimed Paulette's Restaurant with a scenic setting and river views. While the Terrace at the River Inn provides an intimate setting on the top floor of the River Inn. Folding windows let in the river breezes on good weather days, and Southern-inspired plates are served in sharable portions. For casual dining, Tug's provides a meeting place with a grill and comfort fare. 

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Posted in: Memphis, TN

| By: Rachael Weir

Blending European heritage with modern style, Le Meridien New Orleans is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city's downtown area. Steps from the French Quarter, the property is located in a quieter section of the vibrant downtown district, providing an idyllic base for exploring the Big Easy. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite at Le Meridien New Orleans

The hotel's heated rooftop pool is open year round. Set on the fourth floor of the property, there are complimentary lounge chairs available, plus three private cabanas with couches, lounge chairs, and TVs (reservations available via the concierge at 504-525-9444). During the summer months, the property offers Poolside Summer Soirees on Saturdays. Read more below the photo.

Rooftop Pool at Le Meridien New Orleans

Guest rooms and suites feature modern styling with sleek work desks, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, chaise lounges, and plush pillow top beds with luxury linens. For dining, Longitude 90 serves chef-created Modern American dishes with an extensive wine list, and Marche has breakfast fare as well as grab-and-go items. There's a fitness center adjacent to the rooftop pool with cardio machines and strength training equipment, and the property offers bicycle rentals for exploring the city on a bike. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Dublin Docklands, The Marker Hotel mixes a sleek urban aesthetic with elements of nature from the Irish landscape, for a luxury hotel with a contemporary style. Guest rooms and suites feature unique geometric layouts, there is a chic ground floor cocktail bar and brasserie, and the wellness spa includes a 23-meter indoor infinity pool. Read more below the photo.

Indoor Pool at The Marker Hotel Dublin

From the hotel's Rooftop Bar & Terrace guests can enjoy panoramic views of Dublin City amidst a a modern, geometric-infused setting. There's a variety of handcrafted cocktails, as well as shareable plates for snacking and socializing. Plus, the rooftop hosts Saturday morning yoga sessions (reservations required).

Rooftop Terrace & Bar at The Marker Hotel Dublin

Located on Grand Canal Square, the hotel is in the midst of the city's new business and cultural hub. The 3Arena (formerly the O2) is a short stroll from the property with an array of live music performance by international artists, as well as EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Trinity College, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Museum of Ireland. While Aviva Stadium is a short drive or public transit ride away.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Why leave your room when you can enjoy panoramic views of Darling Harbour while still in bed? The Harbour View Studio Suite at the Hyatt Regency Sydney offers an exclusive retreat with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the sparkling waters of Darling Harbour. The king bed has premium linens and showstopping views, and the flat-screen TV is equipped with Miracast technology. There's a sitting area where guests can work or relax with a morning cup of coffee from in-room coffee and tea making setup, minifridge, and a large in-room safe. In the bathroom there's a luxurious freestanding bath, walk-in shower, and plush terry cloth robes and slippers. Plus, guests of the suite receive Regency Club access privileges. Read more below the photo of the Harbour View Studio Suite. 

Harbour View Studio Suite at Hyatt Regency Sydney

As Sydney's largest premium hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney offers a central location adjacent to Darling Harbour in the city's Central Business District. Providing an ideal base for business and leisure travelers, the modern luxury hotel has multiple restaurants including the Sailmaker Restaurant with all-day dining. Continue reading below the photo.

Bar and Lounge at Hyatt Regency Sydney

It's also home to one of Sydney's oldest pubs, the Dundee Arms. For cocktails with a view, The Zephyr Sky Bar is a destination rooftop bar. While the Regency Club lounge provides and exclusive setting for daily breakfast, all-day refreshments, and evening cocktails with Darling Harbour views.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of the French Quarter, the W New Orleans is a luxury hotel embracing the spirit of the Big Easy with a chic twist. Set amidst the historic cobblestone streets of the French Quarter, guests of the property can stroll around the neighborhood checking out live jazz music, sip a cocktail on Bourbon Street, or experience the unique flavors of Louisiana cuisine, then meander back to the W New Orlean's stylish oasis. Read more below the photo.

Private courtyard suite at W New Orleans

Featuring a classic New Orlean's style courtyard, the property offers an outdoor pool. The WET-Outdoor Pool is surrounded by green trees and iron gates. During summer weekends there's a poolside DJ and signature poolside cocktails. Continue reading below the photo.

WET-Outdoor Pool at W New Orleans

For dining, the hotel's SoBou provides guests with a Creole-inspired culinary experience. Part of The Commander's Family of Restaurants, SoBou serves a creative selection of Louisiana street food-inspired small plates by Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez (under the guidance of James Beard Award-winning Consulting Chef Tory MacPhail), as well as a colorful Creole menu with highlights such as stuffed quail, Louisiana shrimp al ajillo, and crawfish tamales. Read more below the photo.

Dining at W New Orleans

While the restaurant's cutting-edge cocktail program is led by Laura Bellucci serves up classic Sazerac, custom-made concoctions, and renowned libations like the Jean Lafitte, named after the famous New Orleans patriot and pirate. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Chiemgau region of Germany, Residenz Heinz Winkler is a luxury hotel set between mountains and lakes. The picturesque location provides an idyllic setting for the hotel which was created from a late Medieval building (known as the Hotel Post for years) that was completely redesigned for a modern, yet tradition-conscious hotel. Owned by chef Heinz Winkler, the Residenz offers a focus on culinary experiences, plus 29 guest rooms and suites with balconies or terraces, Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and an indoor pool. Continue reading below the photo.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

For dining, The Venetian Gourmet Restaurant is the heart and soul of the property. Featuring elegant interiors and Italian ambiance, Cuisine Vitale Heinz Winkler creates classic menus with surprising twists to provide guests with one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. While the food is accented by the hotel's wine cellar with space for 25,000 bottles, and a wine list with as many as 950 positions. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at Residenz Heinz Winkler

In addition to gastronomic experiences, the property's Vital Resort provides personalized pampering treatments that incorporate high-end beauty products from SENSAI Face & Body, Alessandro International, and CARITA Paris. 

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

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