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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 mangroves, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a boutique resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya. Offering 90 one-bedroom suites, the intimate oceanview suites have living rooms, private outdoor terraces, master bedrooms, and luxe bathrooms with deep marble bathtubs, handcrafted sinks, and separate showers. Set amidst tropical gardens with a bird sanctuary, there's a protected private beach, gardens landscaped with native plants, and a Thalassotherapy Center. Continue reading below the photo.

Master Suite Living Room at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Close to Mayan archaeological sites, national parks, and nature reserves, the award-winning property's isolated white-sand beach is about a a half-mile long, with eacy access to the world's second largest coral reef with opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. There's also two swimming pools, La Bonita Catamaran cruises, three restaurants, and two bars. Continue reading below the photo for a special perks offer.

Master Suite at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one complimentary 50-minute spa treatment per person once during their stay, as well as an in-room amenity. 

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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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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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New to Five Star Alliance! Thompson Playa del Carmen brings not one, but two properties to this popular Mexican vacation spot.
This is the only Playa del Carmen hotel with locations on Quinta Avenida and the beach. Choose from a more classic luxury style
at the downtown location, or enjoy the intimate bohemian vibe at the Beach House. 

Thompson Playa del Carmen

Take advantage of opening offers including the Opening Deal Getaway featuring 20% off the best available rates. 


Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla offers pools for water activities including aqua aerobics and water volleyball. There are two lagoon-style pools, one Royal Service pool, and one activities pool. 

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

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Split over two levels, each Spa Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the perfect romantic hideaway. Specially designed for couples with quixotic touches like outdoor showers and a personal outdoor area equipped with massage beds, chaise lounges, and a dining area with magnificent views of Mayakoba's idyllic lagoons.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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At Belmond la Samanna, El Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine that celebrates
the flavor and traditions of the region with a modern twist. Baja California style shrimp tacos,
pescadillas, panuchos and sopes are some of the delicacies on offer. 

Belmond La Maroma

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