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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.


Featuring an idyllic setting El Dorado Royale, by Karisma, is an adults-only all-inclusive resort designed to help guests relax and unwind while on vacation. There are world-class restaurants serving cuisine by renowned chefs, as well as personal concierges and bars pouring top shelf cocktails. Twice a month there are culinary series showcasing visiting chefs from around the world, as well as fitness classes, dance lessons, and wine tastings. The beachfront property offers a wide array of services and activities, discover 5 of our favorite activity options below the resort photo.

Jacuzzi Suite at El Dorado Royale

5 Top Activities at El Dorado Royale

1. 5K Races

Every Friday morning the resort hosts a casual 5K Race through the property's mangroves, jungles, and beachfront. 

2. Greenhouse Tours

Greenhouse at El Dorado Royale

Guests can tour the resort's 76,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse to see how the resort's fruits and vegetables are grown sustainably on-site. 

3. Bonanza Ranch Horseback Riding

Explore the property's jungles, fruit orchards, cenote caves, and crystal pools while saddled up for a chance to see monkeys and tropical birds. 

4. Tequila Tastings

Sip house-infused tequilas as well as expertly selected premium tequilas ideal for sipping. 

5. Snorkeling

See rare coral and tropical fish while snorkeling through the waters just off the resort's beaches. Read more about the resort below the photo.

La Isla at El Dorado Royale Spa Resort

In addiition to the activities listed above, the property has an aqua gym, archery, rifle shooting, cigar rolling lessons, ranch tours, and cooking classes. The Gourmet-inclusive resort has 15 restaurants on-site, as well as six pools and two full-service spas. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, and weddings, the all Jacuzzi-suite resort is set along the Caribbean Sea in the heart of Riviera Maya. 

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Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma

Set just off the white sands of Maroma Beach, the new Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma provide a unique escape. Surrounded by turquoise waters, the recently opened luxury bungalows have glass bottom floors, private infinity pools, oversized decks with wooden lounge chairs, snorkeling equipment, and ladders providing direct access to the ocean. Read more below the photo. 

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows Private Pool at El Dorado Maroma

Providing a romantic and private setting within the adults-only resort, the Palafitos have "Aguas del Amor" outdoor showers, and indoor jacuzzis for two. There's also personal Majordomos to cater to guest's specific needs and requests, as well as a premium selection of alcohol and snacks. Plus, visitors staying in Palafito Overwater Bungalows for five or more nights can schedule an exclusive chef-prepared moonlight dinner on their own private terrace. Read more below the photo. 

Palafitos Overwater Bungalow Bedroom at El Dorado Maroma

Within the all-inclusive resort there's also the Overwater Grill & Wine Bar with glass floors and an international grill menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Continue reading below the photo.

Overwater Dining at El Dorado Maroma

El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort by Karisma is an adults-only property with an intimate design, where the beach, pools, restaurants, and spa are a short stroll from one another. There are six dining options, as well as a large beach area with non-motorized water sports, and three freshwater pools with swim-up bars. The resort's spa offers a full menu of services, including Sky Massages performed in thatched-roof oceanfront huts. 

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Dogs are part of the family too, so why not include them on your next vacation? We've pulled together a list of some of our favorite dog-friendly luxury hotels offering special amenities to help furry friends feel right at home. Just a friendly reminder, please be sure to check hotel policies for breed or weight restrictions, along with any travel restrictions for crossing country borders with pets. 

1. The Jefferson Washington D.C.

Monti of The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.

The Jefferson Washington D.C. greets guests with its Resident Canine Office, Lord Monticello, a.k.a. Monti. He's a rescue dog welcoming all guests to the property. To help dogs feel right at home, the hotel offers pet beds, bowls, and walking maps. 

Learn more about The Jefferson Washington D.C.

2. Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Heavenly Dog Bed at Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Perhaps you'd like to adopt a dog as a souvenir from your trip? The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa participates in a Dog Samaritan Adoption Program, allowing guests to mingle with dogs seeking furever homes. For guests traveling with their own pets, there's an outdoor dining area with a "Patio Pooch" menu, plus Westin Heavenly Pet Beds. 

Check rates and availability at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

3. One&Only Palmilla

Dog at One&Only Palmilla

Set along one of Baja's only swimmable beaches, the One&Only Palmilla welcomes dogs with a "Dog Passport", gourmet pet dining menus, beds, and dog-friendly poolside cabanas. Featuring a fusion of old and contemporary Mexican styling, there are kids and teens programs, five gourmet restaurants, 24-hour shared butler service, seasonal whale watching, water sports, and an artist in residence, providing comforts for all members of the family.

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4. The Chesterfield Mayfair

Dogs at The Chesterfield Mayfair

Set in one of London's most prestigious neighborhoods, The Chesterfield Mayfair offers the Very Important Pet Program, which welcomes dogs with beds in various sizes, food and water bowls, goodie bags with toys & treats, and turndown amenities, plus dog sitting and walking services with advance notice. 

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5. The Rubens At The Palace

Pets at The Rubens At The Palace

Overlooking the Royal Mews, The Rubens At The Palace offers an ideal London location with Old World styling mixing with the latest modern amenities. The property also provides a luxurious setting for pets, with a welcome hamper filled with toys and treats, custom Rubens Hotel pet beds, food and water bowls along with pet menus, turndown treats, and a special "Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping" card for the door. At check-out, pets receive a certificate of stay, and the hotel can arrange a variety of services including grooming, taxis, litter boxes, dog and cat first aid kits, veterinary services and more. 

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Destination Spotlight: Los Cabos

From sport fishing to world class golfing, Los Cabos is an outdoor lover's paradise. Situated where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the 20-mile stretch of Los Cabos coastline includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Offering stunning beaches, regional cuisine, local arts, there are a variety of cultural experiences including Thursday evening Art Walks in June and November, the Los Cabos Comedy Festival in October, and the Los Cabos International Film Festival in November. The region is also part of the grey whale migration route, and is an ideal destination for whale watching between December and April.

To compliment the array of activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels and resorts that will appeal to a range of travelers including contemporary boutique hotels, high end all-inclusives, and family-friendly oceanfront resorts. 

Boutique Hotels

The Cape - A Thompson Hotel

The Cape - A Thompson Hotel
Providing views of El Arco from every guest room, The Cape - A Thompson Hotel is a contemporary property blending Southern California and Mexican styling with custom furniture, plunge pools, and a private stairway to Monuments Beach which offers a secluded setting for surfing. There's a signature restaurant, sunken lobby bar, and a rooftop lounge, all with regionally-inspired cuisine. Plus, a spa and fitness center, along with two pools, including one built wihtin a natural rock formation. 
 
 

Casa del Mar Cabo

Casa del Mar Cabo
Recently renovated, Casa del Mar Cabo is a 50-room boutique hotel offering a hacienda-style setting with an expansive beach on the Sea of Cortez. Guest rooms feature Mexican artwork, ceiling fans, and Antigua furnishings. There are multiple swimming pools, including a Main Pool with a children's area, and some pools have swim-up bars. Guests have access to the resort's Grupo Questro membership, with tee times available at neaby championship courses designed by Roy Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Robert Jones Jr. 
 

 

Luxury All-Inclusives

Marquis Los Cabos

Marquis Los Cabos

An adults-only ocean view property, Marquis Los Cabos is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Featuring contemporary Mexican stying, the resort features a variety of daytime and evening activities. The all-inclusive resort has six restaurants, and there are multiple pools, and a world class spa with couples massage rooms. 

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Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and SpaSurrounded by eight championship golf courses, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa is a family-friendly all-inclusive property with three swimming pools, including an adults-only pool with a swimup bar, and a children's pool. There's also an Explorer's Club for Kids, and the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Offering a traditional Mexican design, the property is set along the Sea of Cortez with unlimited gourmet dining. 

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Family-Friendly Resorts

JW Marriott Los Cabos

JW Marriott Los Cabos

Ideal for family vacations, the JW Marriott Los Cabos is set along the beach in the upscale Puerto Los Cabos development with 10 swimming pools and multiple fine dining options. Offering the NAYAA Kids Club, KOT Teens Club, a family pool, kiddie beauty parlor, and on-site children's classes, there is an array of options for guests of all ages. There's also the Jasha Spa with an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal, indoor pool, and hydrotherapy circuit, plus guests have direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

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One&Only Palmilla

One&Only PalmillaSet along the swimmable Pelican Beach, One&Only Palmilla is located along an idyllic stretch of land on the Sea of Cortez, perfect for season whale watching, water activities, and swimming. The ultra-luxe family-friendly property offers children's and teen's programs, and there are special amenities for pets, so even furry friends can enjoy a pampering getaway. For adults, there are five gourmet dining options, farm-to-table cooking classes, the One &Only Spa with a range of modern and ancient therapeutic services, and a Yoga Garden. Plus, the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla Golf Course. 

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For more Los Cabos options, discover our entire collection of Luxury Properties in Los Cabos


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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Three Reasons to Visit Grand Isla Navidad Resort

Set along a pristine lagoon in Manzanillo, the Grand Isla Navidad Resort features Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Ideal for families and couples, the resort offers four dining options, along with multiple bars, marina, 27-hole championship golf course, spa, water sports, and tennis. Here are three reasons to visit the resort..

1. Dining at the Award-Winning Antonio's Restaurant

Antonio's Restaurant

Directed by  Executive Chef Jesus Magaña, Antonio's Restaurant specializes in gourmet Mexican and international cuisine. Combining classic culinary techniques with innovative flavors, diners experience exquistely crafted dishes. In 2017, the restaurant received its 15th AAA Four Diamond Award for outstanding service, quality, and cleanliness. 

 

2. Golfing at Isla Navidad Country Club

Golfing at Isla Navidad Country Club
 
This 27-hole championship course designed by Robert von Hagge is one of two golf courses in Mexico awarded Golf Magazine's "Gold Medal Award." Featuring mountain views from the five ocean front holes, the course incorporates the natural landscape with fresh water lagoons, and lush foliage. The three nines at Grand Isla Navidad Resort: Ocean 9, the Mountain 9, and the Lagoon 9 can be enjoyed by guests of all levels and aptitudes. 
 

3. Beachfront Setting

Lagoon Beach at Grand Isla Navidad
 
Set along a swimmable salt water lagoon, the resort offers a pristine beachfront ideal for relaxing or enjoying a walk along the beach to the Pacific Ocean. Guests can also take a boatride from the marina on-site to secluded beaches about 30 minutes away. 
 
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Set directly on the Sea of Cortez, the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, is a family-friendly resort offering 10 pools, fine dining, kids and teens clubs, plus direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club with a Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman-designed course. The beachfront property also has 6,560-square-foot spa with indoor pools, hydrotherapy circuits, and an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal. In addition, the property is offering all-inclusive vacation packages, starting at $399.00* per person. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at JW Marriott Los Cabos

The JW Luxury All-Inclusive Vacation Experience Includes:
- Buffet breakfast at the Uá Culinary Artisans from 7 am to 11am
- Lunch at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 12 pm to 3 pm
- Dinner at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 6 pm to 10 pm or (*) Dinner at Café des Artistes with special tasting menu from 6 pm to 11.00 pm from Tuesday thru Sunday, reservation is required
- Room Service, $10.00 USD service fee per delivery applies
- Lobster and Prime Cuts will have a surcharge of $15.00 USD
- Unlimited drinks, beer, house wine by the glass, from our house standard bar and all non-alcoholic beverages from 11 am to 11 pm
- Access to the Nayaa-Kot Kids Club for children from 4 to 12 years old
- 20% discount on internet connectivity
- 15% discount on Jasha Spa treatments, reservations required
- Includes all taxes & service charges

Please note: 3-Night minimum stay required. For individual reservations only, does not apply for group bookings. You may upgrade your vacation experience to the Premium Level for only $120.00 USD per per, per day, including taxes and service fees. Every person in the room must be on the JWLAIVE for all nights of stay rates displayed are for 2 adults only per room Children under 12 years old have an additional charge of $80.00 USD per day. Children from 13 - 17 years old have an additional charge of $120.00 USD per day. Extra Person over 18 years old has an additional charge of $185.00 USD per day. Foods from the Niparaya JW Bar, any items from the Auka Deli Shop, in-room movies & in-room gourmet bar along with laundry service and any other services not specifically mentioned, are not included.

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JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach and Spa Resort

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Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the Hacienda Encantada is an all-inclusive resort offering a romantic atmosphere with an infinity pool, multiple restaurants and a spa. Now, the resort is offering a new "Stargazing Dinner Experience" giving guests a unique and memorable evening to remember. Read more below the photo about the new outdoor dining experience, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Hacienda Encantada

Just when you thought the beaches of Mexico couldn't get any better, a new experience comes along that changes that idea. Introducing the Stargazing Dinner Experience at Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa in Los Cabos. The experience is offered in two locations on site at the Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa. The main experience is offered at El Mirador, beachside along the Sea of Cortez, on the highest point of the resort overlooking the sea and Land’s End. Guests are also invited to dine beachside beneath cabana covering should they feel so inclined. The private stargazing experience is perfect for all kinds of special occasions. Included in the night is a three-course meal complete with a celestial theme, a telescope positioned adjacent to the dining table as well as a star and constellation map for guests to explore the skies with. Lucky for us, reservations to dine with the stars are being accepted year round.

Hacienda Encantada

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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.

Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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.

Interior of villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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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Hot Tub at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

This month, El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma will open overwater bungalows. The adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort is about 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Featuring a romantic atmosphere, with multiple pools and swim-up bars, plus oceanfront spa treatment rooms set in thatched-roof huts, the property is ideal for Honeymooners and romantic vacations.

Read more about the new overwater bungalows, Palafitos, opening in September 2016, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.

The Overwater Experience
For travelers looking for a luxury stay late in the summer, we suggest El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma. This hotspot, in the Riviera Maya, will be opening overwater bungalows, Palafitos, in September. These new hideaways will include glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers and private infinity pools. We should also mention that there will be Jacuzzis inside these accommodations. Guests will be able to unwind on an oversized deck, complete with a telescope, reading material and blankets.

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