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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.


While many Caribbean islands have been heavily damaged by hurricanes in 2017, Barbados has thankfully been spared of major damage. The Little Arches Boutique Hotel offers an all-suite, adults-only retreat in Christ Church. Perched on a cliff, the romantic property has a certified wedding planner on-site and a cliffside wedding garden, as well as the internationally acclaimed Café Luna, with a rooftop setting and farm-to-table pan tropical cuisine. Continue reading below the Cafe Luna photo for additional details and a special offer.

Cafe Luna at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

7-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY SPECIAL: Guests booking stays for at least 7 nights receive the best available rate, plus a sunset wine and cheese perk per stay, a la carte breakfast daily, arrival gift, manager's cocktail reception, and use of tandem bicycle. Read more below the Suite photo for an additional Five Star Alliance perk. 

Suite at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome bottle of Mount Gay Rum, VIP Status, and based on availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

The Little Arches Boutique Hotel provides a romantic setting on the south coast of the island. The property's 10 rooms and suites have tropically-inspired furnishings with artist-commissioned watercolor paintings, and bathrooms with custom coral stone vanities and handmade pottery basins. There's also a mini-spa with a garden-inspired suite providing signature services like the Sensational Surrender treatment, and the beach is a short stroll from the hotel. 

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Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Little Arches Boutique Hotel is an adults-only retreat in Barbados. Featuring tropical-inspired furnishings, the property's 10 guest rooms and suites have Italian ceramic floors, king size beds, and artist-commissioned watercolor paintings. While bathrooms have custom coral stone vanities and hand-made pottery basins. In addition, guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive special perks. Continue reading below the guest room photo.

Guest room at Little Arches Boutique Hotel

The property's rooftop Mediterranean-style restaurant, Cafe Luna, is an award-winning eatery with panoramic sea views and Pan-Tropical cuisine, which blends Caribbean, Asian, and Mediterranean flavors. There's also a mini-spa with signature treatments, as well as a freshwater swimming pool, and cliffside wedding garden. Read more below the pool photo.

Pool at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome bottle of Mount Gay Rum and VIP status. Plus, based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Offering a romantic beachside setting, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique hotel on the west coast of Antigua. Overlooking the Caribbean, the property is a tropical hideaway, welcoming guests age 14 and older. Consisting of 30 freestanding suites built with indigenous materials, accommodations feature contemporary styling and color schemes inspired by nature. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

Cuisine and service are a major part of the experience at the resort, where the open-sided restaurant features a tiered design providing each table with spectacular sea views, and a daily changing menu featuring Caribbean and European dishes. Read more below the photo.

Hermitage Bay Restaurant

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance recieve a $100 resort credit, and based on availability at check-in, room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Interested in being part of a cause while on vacation? The Four Seasons Resort Nevis has partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy for over a decade, helping engage visitors and residents in the protection of endangered sea turtles. During the resort's Sea Turtle Weekend, held July 14-17, 2017, guests can participate in a volunteer group with members of the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the Four Seasons to look for nesting sea turtles along the island's shores.

Four Seasons Nevis Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Once a sea turtle is found and nesting is complete, the group will bring the turtle back to the resort to be fitted with a satellite transmitter. The next morning the sea turtle will be released, and the data transmitted will help scientists and researchers follow the migration of the sea turtles. The weekend will also include a Sea Turtle Orientation and Reception, as well as a Sea Turtle Camp for children.

In addition, from July to October resort guests can help the Nevis Turtle Group mark turtle nests for safekeeping, as well as assisting in the tracking of the migratory paths of sea turtles from Nevis. 

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis is an beachfront resort featuring local Nevisian architecture with a West Indian plantation-style Great House and two-story cottages set amidst lush tropical gardens. Set on the site of a former sugar and coconut plantation, the resort has a spa with signature Rum Tonic body treatments, five pools, tennis, the Robert Trent Jones II golf course, water sports, and a kids' club. 

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Originally a plantation, the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers a discreet setting focused on luxurious amenities and high end service. For the second consecutive year, the property received the prestigious distinction of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. In addition, for the first year, the resort's Spa Botanico, received the Forbes Five-Star rating as well. Read more below the resort photo.

Guest room at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Set steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the luxe resort sits amidst acres of lush, tropical forest. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a luxurious estate style resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The second property within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, Dorado Beach provides an open-air enclave, with a secluded setting, intimate accommodations, and numerous culinary experiences including Mi Casa by José Andrés (shown below). Continue reading below the photo.

Mi Casa by Jose Andres at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The award-winning Spa Botánico is set within a pineapple garden. Integrated into the natural environment, the 5-acre spa sanctuary utilizes the island's local ingredients and indigenous soothing treatments to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Featuring a special apothecary portal entrance filled with local botanicals, there are 10 treatment pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, two open-air Tree House treatment pavilions, and outdoor waterfall showers surrounded by the scent of bay rum leaves, lemongrass, and ginger. Continue reading below the spa photo for a special offer at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. 

Spa Botanico Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

For a limited time, the resort's "Stay Longer With Us" offer provides a discount that increases the longer guests stay at the resort.

- 3 nights = 10% off

- 4 nights = 15% off

- 5 nights = 20% off

- 6 nights = 25% off

- 7 plus nights = 30% off

The offer must be booked before May 30, 2017 for travel through December 17, 2017. Based upon availability. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes blackout dates and holidays. 

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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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Set along 25 acres of landscaped gardens on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort offers an idyllic setting for families and couples. Featuring an open-air design, the resort provides barefoot luxury with an iconic oceanfront restaurant, three white-sand beaches, and two-tiered infinity swimming pool. Recently refurbished, the boutique resort blends Caribbean hospitality with modern accommodations, as well as a range of activities including tennis, water sports, yoga, and paddle boarding. Learn more about Five Star Perks at Malliouhana below the photo.

Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort

Five Star Alliance Perks: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 Resort Credit for food and beverage, spa, or boutique purchases. Plus, a welcome culinary amenity, VIP status, and based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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The start of the new year is the perfect time to start planning adventures near and far. From bucket list destinations to weekend getaways, we've put together a list of our top 17 picks for places to go in 2017. 
 

1. Montreal

Places to go in 2017
 
Celebrating its 375th Birthday in 2017, this French Canadian city offers history, art, and a strong food scene. Designated a UNESCO City of Design, many of the birthday celebration events will be taking place during the summer months in the historic Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal). One of our favorite experiences is Cité Mémoire, where guests download the free app (available in four languages), and take a historically-inspired evening walking tour of the historic quarter while viewing projected images with sound and music through the app. For luxury accommodations in the heart of Old Montreal, Le Saint-Sulpice, is an all-suite boutique property with a center courtyard and contemporary restaurant next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, or Hotel Gault, a modern, art-focused property in a historic building. 
 

2. Philadelphia

Places to go in 2017-Philadelphia
 
Selected as the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S., Philadelphia is set to debut the new Museum of the American Revolution in the spring, along with new luxury hotels from Four Seasons, Study, SLS, and the W. Founded by William Penn in 1682, the city offers an array of historic attractions including the Independence National Historic Park with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Spend the night overlooking the National Historic Park at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia with a rooftop lounge and chef-driven restaurant, or stay at one of the country's highest rated hotels, The Rittenhouse Hotel with five star comforts, rich mahogany furnishings, and a landmark location. 
 

3. Scotland

Places to go in 2017-Scotland
 
2017 is the Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology in Scotland. From landscapes carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, to towering castles, fine whiskey tastings to local delicacies infused with traditions and legends, the country offers a variety of sites and events to explore. Less than an hour southeast of Glasgow, New Lanark, a UNESCO site began as a purpose-built mill village in 1785, and was transformed in the 19th century by Utopian idealist Robert Owen, into the largest collection of industrial buildings in the world. A short drive from New Lanark, The Blythswood Square Hotel offers a Glasgow city center location, award-winning spa, historic Rally Bar, and classic Afternoon Tea. Another of the country's UNESCO sites is Edinburgh Old and New towns, with two distinct areas: the Georgian and neoclassical New Town and the Old Town with the medieval Edinburgh Castle. The Caledonian is a Victorian railway hotel offering views of Edinburgh Castle, along with an indoor pool, gourmet dining with Michelin-starred chef-prepared cuisine, and the Caley Bar. 
 

4. Malaga

Places to go in 2017 - Malaga, Spain
 
Perfect for museum lovers, Malaga is situated in Spain's Andalusia region. The birthplace of Picasso, the city is home to the Picasso Museum, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, and a five-year pop-up of Centre Pompidou which includes art by Chagall, Kahlo, and Magritte. Centrally located, the new Gran Hotel Miramar opened in a 1926 Art Nouveau building across from Malagueta Beach with a massive spa scheduled to debut in 2017. The Molina Lario boutique hotel is located in the city's cultural center by the port and Picasso Museum, while the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is located just outside the city with Andalusian architecture and a championship golf course. 
 

5. Lucerne

17 Places to go in 2017 - Lucerne, Switzerland
 
Following the opening of the 36-mile-long Gotthard Base Tunnel in December 2016 on the southern edge of the lake, this Alpine paradise offers an array of water activities during the summer, along with hiking, and regional cuisine. The massive Bürgenstock resort is set to open later this year. For a historic setting, the Palace Luzern is locationed on the lake, and offers special perks for Five Star Alliance Guests. While the Art Deco Hotel Montana is perched high above the lake with picturesque views of the Swiss Alps. 
 

6. Helsinki

Helsinki - Places to go in 2017
 
Finland is Celebrating 100 years of indepence in 2017, and the country's capital city will be the hosting a variety of events, including the Worldcon 75 - World Science Fiction Convention in August at the Helsinki Convention and Exposition Centre. Combining contemporary Scandinavian style with a diverse history, the scandic city offers new Nordic cuisine, the Old Market Hall with local and regional specialties, outdoor recreation, and traditional Finnish saunas throughout the city. Spend the night in the city center at Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki, set within a former dairy laboratory and cheese factory, or at the beautifully restored Hotel Kamp, across from Esplanade Park, as well as upscale shops and restaurants. 
 

7. Nashville

Nashville - Places to go in 2017
 
Three of the city's iconic attractions: the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Bluebird Cafe are celebrating major anniversaries this year. Plus, Music City U.S.A. has a booming food scene with John Besh's Marsh House, an eatery from Per Se-trained chef Julia Sullivan, joining a strong market of dining options in the past year. The city also debuted the Thompson Nashville in the Gulch dining and entertainment district, with a 21c, and Kimpton opening in 2017. For visitors wanting a historic setting, Nashville's Hermitage Hotel is a landmark destination since 1908 with the Capitol Grille and a regal setting. 
 

8. Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa - Places to go 2017
 
Set along picture-perfect beaches where two oceans converge, Cape Town is ideal for whale watching and water sports. Surrounded by the Cape Winelands of Constantia, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch, the region pairs well with the city's growing restaurant scene. Cape Town's art and design scene is also strengthening with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers a waterfront setting, with a private helicopter pad, impeccable service, and a shuttle service to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, plus special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For a setting removed from the city, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is less than a 3-hour drive, with a unique natural environment featuring waterfalls, open plains, and ancient sandstone formations, along with VIP status for Five Star Alliance guests.
 

9. Portugal

Portugal - Places to go 2017
 
From the beaches in the Algarve region, to the chic city of Lisbon, Portugal offers vineyards, arts, culture, and a delectable culinary experience. Perched on a mountainside overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage town, the Tivoli Palacio de Setais is set within a castle built by the Dutch in 1787. The Hotel Quinta Do Lago is located within the Ria Formosa Nature Park, with direct beach access, outdoor pool, and spa. Olissippo Lapa Palace offers a retreat-like setting in the heart of Lisbon, while Six Senses Douro Valley provides a spectacular setting in Portugal's Duora Valley wine region. 
 

10. Perth, Australia

Perth - Places to go 2017
 
The capital of Western Australia, Perth is one of the most remote cities on the planet. But the city's restaurant industry is booming with historic buildings being transformed into swank cafes and chic cocktail bars. There's also a growing number of design-focused accommodations, including COMO The Treasury. Set within a 140-year-old State Building, the hotel has a rooftop Wildflower restaurant, COMO Shambhala spa, and indoor pool. Crown Metropol Perth overlooks the rolling hills to the east with a large resort pool surrounded by cabanas and day beds, spa with Swan River views, plus cycling and running tracks. 
 

11. Patagonia

Patagonia - Places to go in 2017
 
Torres del Paine National Park offers breathtaking vistas and an array of mountains, fjords, and glaciers to explore. New flights from South American airline LATAM between Santiago, Chile and Puerto Natalas are making this region more accessible than ever. The luxury ecolodge, explora Patagonia is set within the national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, while Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa offers distinctive architecture overlooking the area's unique landscape. For exclusive access to mountainous terrain, as well as nearby farms and rivers, The Singular Patagonia is set on 100 acres and pays homage to the heritage of the region. 
 

12. Bermuda

Bermuda - Places to go in 2017
 
This June, the island will host the 35th America's Cup sailing race, and the island is currently undergoing a redevelopment phase. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club just completed a $100 million renovation, which included the addition of a Marcus Samuelsson restaurant, plus an art collection, spa, and revitalized guest rooms. Elbow Beach Bermuda is located along a stretch of pristine, pink sand beach, while Rosewood Tuckers Point is set amongst 200 waterfront acres. 
 

13. Canada

Canada - Places to go 2017
 
In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, all of Canada's National Parks will offer free entry to anyone who signs up for the Discover Pass. Ottawa will host a variety of events, and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is in the center of it all next to the Parliament Buildings. Toronto is now more accessible via Air Canada's stopover program, and the newly opened Thompson Toronto offers a chic setting with a rooftop pool. Quebec City, North America's only walled city, is experiencing a renaissance, and the Auberge Saint-Antoine mixes history with a chic setting. While Vancouver offers a thriving metropolis on the Pacific Coast, fusing historic railroad hotels like the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, amongst contemporary retreats such as the Fairmont Pacific Rim
 

14. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Places to go 2017
 
The island's colonial city is expanding its offerings with new restaurants that transform into nightspots, a hip electronic music scene, and a variety of live music venues. Casas del XVI features 10 luxury accommodations spread throughout three historic homes, with an overall romantic, yet contemporary setting. The Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo is located within a former palace that has been transformed into a luxury hotel along the Las Damas, the New World's first paved road. 
 

15. Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China - Places to go 2017
 
Offering a new high-rise Suzhou Industrial Park with a shopping and entertainment district, mixed with the UNESCO-designated 2,500-year-old city known for traditional white-washed buildings and an Old Town with canals, this city mixes old with new. Just a half-hour bullet train ride from Shanghai, the historic city known for art and poetry is becoming a popular location, with multiple Western hotel brands opening properties in the next two years. The Pan Pacific Suzhou offers traditional Chinese architecture with renowned personalized service, and the Regalia Resort and Spa featuring a secluded setting with lotus ponds on Jinji Lake. 
 

16. Seychelles

Seychelles - Places to go 2017
 
Home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, the Seychelles is a 115-island nation off the eastern coast of Africa. Popular with honeymooners, the islands are experiencing a boom in lavish resort openings. The newly opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon is an all-villa retreat on the private island of Félicité with an open-air spa and plunge pools. The Constance Ephelia Seychelles on the island of Mahe with contemporary furnishings, surrounded by gardens and ocean views, while the Constance Lemuria Seychelles has its own 18-hole championship golf course, and sits directly on three white sand beaches with four restaurants, children's club, and five bars. 
 

17. Honolulu

Honolulu - Places to go 2017
 
Emerging as the arts hub of the Hawaiian islands, the state's capital is hosting its first Biennial, March 8 to May 8, which will feature art installations, performances, and more around the city at the City Hall, Chinatown, and Foster Botanical Garden. There are new galleries and studios opening throughout the city, plus the beachfront hotels are right on the water, yet close to the attractions. Halekulani is located on Waikiki Beach with the 5-star Le Mer Restaurant and a mosaic-bottom swimming pool. The newly transformed Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a sprawling property with an award-winning spa, marina, and family activities. Plus, the Royal Hawaiian, known as the Pink Palace provides a landmark setting on Waikiki Beach with classic beachfront dining. 
 

Ignacio Maza, an Executive Vice President at Signature Travel Network, offers the following highlights from one of his "most favorite resorts in Turks and Caicos" - The Gansevoort.

A sleek boutique property unlike any other on the island, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos marries Caribbean cool with urban chic in a way that only New York's hippest hotel mainstay can.
Gansevoort Turks & Caicos Infinity Pool
-- Enjoy the modern sophistication Gansevoort is renowned for at Stelle Restaurant, now a Caribbean and Asian Fusion menu. Friday nights also have a DJ so you can party late into the night!

-- For travelers celebrating an anniversary or on their honeymoon, the Ocean Front Terrace studio is always on high demand, with direct ocean views.

-- There are many complimentary activities on property such as a 24 hour fitness center, Hobie cats, kayaks, snorkeling equipment and paddle boards.

-- Guests may also select from a full list of excursions, like sailing and private boat charters to secluded islands and cays, kite boarding, parasailing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, eco tours, local art markets, casinos, world-renowned deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.

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Set along 2,000 acres of beachfront property, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a tropical paradise. Situated within a gated setting on the island of Curacao, the luxury resort offers a spa, tennis, multiple swimming pools, gourmet dining, and golf. The spacious guest rooms and suites have outdoor patios or balconies with sitting areas, large bathrooms with showers and tubs, plus many of the rooms have water views. There's also the ultra-luxe Sea Traditions rooms and suites, with upgraded amenities and services, and situated between the first hole of the resort's Pete Dye-designed golf course and the Caribbean Sea. Continue reading below the photo.

Santa Barbara Spa and Golf Resort Curacao Pool

Top amenities at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort include:
- The Atabei Spa offering a range of spa treatments and services inspired by the culture and rituals of the island's Arawak people. There's also Health Retreats designed by the PIAI Instute, yoga programs, fitness center, and salon services.  
- Tafelberg Tennis Oasis at the resort has four Hydrogrid clay courts, and is rated one of the finest in the Caribbean. Managed by Peter Burwash International, the facilities features open-play, clinics, tournaments, private lessons, and more. Continue reading below the photo.

Tafelberg Tennis Oasis at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

- The Old Quarry Golf Course is rated as one of Golfweek's Best Courses in the Caribbean & Mexico. The Pete Dye-designed course overlooks the bay known as Spanish Water, and is set on a naturally countoured site. Continue below.

Old Quarry Golf Course at Santa Barbara Spa and Golf Resort

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