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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.


Introduced in 2017, the new Pool Premium Overwater Villas at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa are an ultra-romantic addition to the property's collection of luxury overwater bungalows. The recently unveiled one-bedroom villas have sundecks with shaded terraces, sun loungers, freshwater showers, private plunge pools, and direct lagoon access. Featuring contemporary design infused with Polynesian accents, the villas offer 1,507 square feet of space, which is able to accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children using the sofa bed as bedding. Within the luxurious bathrooms there are showers, double washbasins, and a range of complimentary amenities. Plus, there are soaking tubs with picture windows providing idyllic views for guests as they soak in the tub. While the living rooms have large picture windows overlooking the beach, as well as glass coffee tables that reveal views of the colorful tropical fish below. Continue reading below the photo of the Pool Premium Overwater Villa.

Pool Premium Overwater Villa

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation, adding the Pool Premium Overwater Villas and Two-Bedroom overwater villas, as well as refreshing amenities and accommodations throughout the property. The Deep Ocean Spa was the South Pacific's first thalassotherapy center, which incorporates seawater into wellness treatment, along with a fitness center, and relaxation lounge. Continue reading below the spa photo.

Deep Water Thalasso Spa

For dining, the Sands Restaurant offers beachfront casual dining, the Reef Restaurant has authentic Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Le Corail (pictured below) provides a sophisticated setting for romantic dinners. While the Bubbles Bar mixes contemporary style with Polynesian materials for a stylish cocktail destination. 

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Le Corail Restaurant at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


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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Sponsored Post*

This past year, Peninsula Chicago revealed its reimagined rooms and suites, which introduced The Peninsula Hotels' signature technology to the United States. The new rooms now offer all essential functions, entertainment, and guest services in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Continue reading below the photo.

In-room technology at the Peninsula Chicago

Rooms are designed so that every control is located precisely where it is required without guests having to think or search. The tablet technology allows guests to adjust lighting and temperature controls, as well as browse restaurant menus, hotel services, city information, attractions, and TV channels, while LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details and privacy options. In addition to the recently launched 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a new Mobile Concierge provides instant guest service support by text message, directly to mobile devices. An added benefit for domestic and international travelers alike, all domestic and international calls made from the guest room phone are complimentary via VOIP, and bedside charging stations store and charge several types of mobile devices. Read more below the photo of the bedside charging station.

Bedside charging station at the Peninsula Chicago

All of this pioneering technology has been developed by The Peninsula Hotels’ Research and Technology Department. Based in Hong Kong, the group has been responsible for some of the most advanced, yet intuitive innovations in the global hotel industry since 1985. The team flew more than 250,000 miles during the installation of the new system to ensure a truly seamless experience for guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Water Tower Suite at the Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is steps from the boutiques and restaurants along the Magnificent Mile. Offering a prestigious location and a host of accolades, the property has three on-site restaurants, legendary Afternoon Tea, two-story spa facility, and elegant event spaces. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as classical styling with Pratesi linens, 55-inch TVs with sound bars, and marble bathrooms with 19-inch inset TVs and soaking tubs.

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*The information in the article above was provided by the Peninsula Chicago.


Destination Spotlight: Munich

Bavaria's capital city, Munich or München (pronounced Mewn-shin, in German) may be known for its beer halls like the iconic Hofbräuhaus, and Oktoberfest (September 16, 2017 to October 3, 2017) but the city also offers a plethora of outdoor cafes, upscale shops, boutiques, and department stores, as well as large outdoor markets like the Viktualienmarkt where visitors can stroll amidst food booths, try some local fare, or relax in the bier garden. It's also a historically Catholic city, where guests can explore ornately decorated baroque and rococo-style churches.

The city is a cultural and sophisticated destination with world-class museums like the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), the Deutches Museum showcasing science and technology exhibits, Schloss Nymphenburg the Italian-inspired summer home for Bavarian monarchs, Pinakothek der Moderne with modern works of art, and the Alte Pinakothek with symmetrical architecture, wraparound garden, and an assortment of paintings from every era. For automotive enthusiasts, Munich is where BMWs are made, and guests can tour the BMW Welt, the BMW Museum, and the BMW Group Plant to see where the famous vehicles are produced. 

In addition to the sites in Munich, the city makes an ideal base for exploring nearby attractions including the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Newschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, and Salzburg, Austria, which are easily reachable via trains and public transportation. 

To compliment Munich's array of attractions and activities, Five Star Alliance offers a variety of luxury hotels including Historic Properties, Classic Hotels, and Modern Retreats, which are highlighted below. 

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Historic Properties

Bayerischer Hof

Bird's Nest View at the Bayerischer Hof

Situated in the city center, Bayerischer Hof opened in 1841 on the wishes of King Ludwig I. Offering a historic setting and the Blue Spa Lounge with a winter garden and terrace, the property has multiple dining options including Atelier, a recipient of 2 Michelin stars, Garden providing a modern Brasserie menu, Palais Keller with Bavarian specialties and pretzels from its own bakery, as well as Trader Vic's with Polynesian specialties. Close to Frauenkirche, the Viktualienmarkt (outdoor food market), the Opera, the Residenz, and the Hofgarten, the property has a central location for exploring the city.

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Hotel Konigshof

Hotel Konigshof

Providing an ideal location close to Marienplatz and Karlzplatz squares, Hotel Konigshof has Michelin-starred modern German cuisine, famous wine cellar with more than 1,200 vintages, and Geisel's Weingalerie--an on-site wine shop. Originally built as a Victorian style private residence, the property has been part of the Geisel hotelier family since 1938. Providing an elegant and historic setting in the heart of the city, there's an opulent lobby with a piano, and a wellness oasis.

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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Guest Room at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich is a grand European hotel built in 1858. Offering a luxury day spa, guests can enjoy beauty treatments, or swim in a swimming pool with panoramic views over the Munich rooftops. For dining, the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant has a menu with modern variations of Bavarian classics, and the Jahreszeiten Bar provides and English-inspired setting with dark woods, open fireplace, and crafted international cocktails.

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Classic Hotels

The Charles Hotel

Sophia's Bar at The Charles Hotel Munich

Featuring a tranquil setting in the city's old botanical gardens, The Charles Hotel opened in 2007. Designed by Olga Polizzi, the chic property has The Charles Spa offering an urban spa experience with an indoor pool, beauty salon, steam room with color therapy and aromatherapy, foot baths with a heated bench, Finnish sauna, and state-of-the-art fitness center. There's also Sophia's Restaurant and Bar with a modern Italian menu overlooking the gardens, and The Library serving traditional Afternoon Tea. 

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Hotel Muenchen Palace

Hotel Muenchen Palace

Family-run and personally-managed, Hotel Muenchen Palace is a luxury boutique hotel in the noble Bogenhausen quarter. Mixing classical style with contemporary elements, accommodations have minibars, satellite TVs, and evening turndown service. There's a garden for outdoor dining during the summer months, as well as the newly opened Palace Wintergarten with large windows and natural light, plus the Palace Restaurant with chef-prepared international dishes, and the Palace Bar with Afternoon Tea and evening cocktails. 

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Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Corner Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Set along the famed Maximilianstrasse in the city's Old Town, the Mandarin Oriental, Munich is set within a charming Neo-Renaisssance building that has been completely renovated. Guest rooms and suites incorporate the building's architectural style with state-of-the-art amenities like Bang and Olufsen entertainment systems, and incomparble views of Munich's red roofs and spires. Memorable dining experiences include Matsuhisa Munich with Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, The Lounge with Afternoon Tea and international cuisine, and the China Moon Roof Terrace with panoramic views. 

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Modern Retreats

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Guest Room

Situated within Munich's historical post office with curved lines and arches, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost transports guests into the modern era. Featuring contemporary interiors with one-of-a-kind modern works of art, glass-roofed lobby, and a wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and fitness center. While the Schwarz & Weiz restaurant serves artisian cuisine in a creative environment. 

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Louis Hotel

Guest Room at the Louis Hotel Munich

Offering a design-focused setting, the Louis Hotel is located next to the famous Viktualienmarkt. Featuring panoramic views and a style reminiscent of the Parisian Metro, guest rooms and suites have handcrafted nut and oak wood furnishings, natural stone, elegant tiling, and handmade queen beds with natural rubber mattresses. There is a seasonal rooftop terrace, and the Emiko restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine. 

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Hilton Munich Airport 

Hilton Munich Airport Exterior

Featuring a distinctive glass-domed trium, the Hilton Munich Airport offers a relaxed setting between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Munich Airport. The Fit&Fly Spa has a heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center, and there's a signature restaurant and bar on-site. Providing convenient access to the airport, the property also has transport links to the city center and Munich attractions, plus a business center and meeting rooms.

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The properties mentioned above are just a few of the Five Star Alliance luxury hotels in Munich. 

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Featuring panoramic views of the Bernese Alps, Bellevue Palace Hotel is the offical guesthouse of the Swiss goverment. As a place of living history for 150 years, the historic luxury hotel is a popular meeting place in Bern, and has welcomed diplomats, politicians, and celebrities for generations. The iconic property is a Berne institution, and features classic guest rooms and suites with antique furniture, stucco ceilings, and views of the Alps, along with balconies or sloping ceilings in select suites. Continue reading below the photo. 

Suite at Bellevue Palace Hotel

Within the regal palace there's a variety of dining and lounge options, such as VUE with traditional Swiss elegance and gourmet cuisine. There's also the legendary Bellevue Bar known as a destination for sophisticated snacks and chic cocktails. Plus, Le Fumoir with an extensive cigar menu, and Bellevue Terrasse with one-of-a-kind views. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at Bellevue Palace Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary fruit and chocolate welcome amenity and $100 USD food and beverage credit. Also, based on availability at time of check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Planning a trip to the U.S. Open? The Hotel Plaza Athenee New York has limited availability for the event which runs through September 10, 2017. Providing an ideal Manhattan location, the property resides at 37 East 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Featuring a discreet setting, the 143-room hotel with bright red-domed awnings is popular with celebrities, travelers, and industry titans seeking elegance and bespoke style. Read more below the photo of a Penthouse Balcony Breakfast. 

Penthouse Balcony Breakfast at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York offers two on-site dining options, as well as private dining, room service, and tea service upon request. For fine dining, Arabelle serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. While Bar Seine has an intimate cocktail bar setting with a leather floor, velvet furnishings, and sophisticated atmosphere for afternoon tea or evening cocktails. Continue reading below the photo of Bar Seine.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York 

The hotel is home to the only Spa Valmont location within the U.S. Showcasing a strong Swiss heritage, the V35 Spa offers four Asian-inspired treatment suites with private bathrooms, steam showers, and relaxation areas. Guests can choose from signature treatments designed exclusively by Spa Valmont, as well as makeup application, manicures, pedicures, and hair blowout services. 

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Destination Spotlight: Macao

In light of the news of Typhoon Hato, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Macao and all of those affected by the tragic storm. Macao and its residents offer a beautifully diverse destination, which is why we selected it in our editorial calendar as this month’s Destination Spotlight. Five Star Alliance sends our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and well wishes for all those impacted.

Mixing Chinese and Portuguese traditions, Macao (Macau in Portuguese) offers an eclectic combination of classic Portuguese, ancient Chinese, and modern Western styles and cultures, along with international shopping, casinos, and nightlife. For almost 500 years, Macao was a Portuguese territory, and in 1999, Macao became a Special Administration Region of China. Easily reachable by direct flights from the U.S., Macao is located just 35 minutes from Hong Kong. Considered Asia's Las Vegas, the area offers a unique East meets West destination. 

Visitors can choose from a variety of attractions, including the Historic Centre of Macao, one of Macao's 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There's meandering streets with Portuguese colonial-style buildings, Buddhist and Taoist Temples amidst Christian Churches, lush gardens, beaches, fortresses, and parks. For museums, there's everything from he history of wine to ancient Chinese art, and no trip to Macao is complete without a trip The House of Dancing Waters--a water show spectacular with aquatic acrobats. Feeling adventurous? Try the world's highest commercial bungee jump. Plus, the Cotai Strip with Vegas-like casinos, resorts, shopping, and entertainment. 

Home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as Michelin-mentioned street foods, Macao is ideal for foodies and gourmands. An international mix of cuisines can be found throughout the area, but visitors should be sure to try Macanese cuisine which combines ingredients from around the world, and paired with Portuguese wines. 

Throughout the year Macao hosts a variety of events, including the longest running Grand Prix and the Dragon Boat Festival. In late September to early October, the Macao Fireworks Display Contest lights up the sky with nightly international firework displays, and the Macao Food Festival is held in November. There's also the Light Festival and International Film Festival in December.

To compliment Macao's attractions, Michelin restaurants, and cultural experiences, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Downtown Properties, Cotai Strip Resorts, and Stylish Retreats. 

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Downtown Properties

Wynn Macao

Wynn Macao

Offering more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, Wynn Macao has a Performance Lake with nightly spectacles, premium dining options including Wing Lei, Golden Flower, and Mizumi, and ultra-luxe boutiques. There's a sprawling outdoor swimming pool surrounded with lush tropical gardens, and the property has been awarded eight Forbes Five-Star Awards. Located within the city center, the property has easy access to ferry terminals, border gates, and the airport with frequent shuttle service. 

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MGM Macau

Grand Praca at MGM Macau

Reflecting the hues of the South China Sea on its three-tiered gold exterior, MGM Macau is a luxury resort blending artistry with service and amenities. At the heart of the resort is Grande Praça with a grand glass ceiling, staircase, shops, and restaurants crafted in the styling of Lisbon's Central Train Station, which pays homage to the city's Portuguese heritage. There are seven signature restaurants and bars including Square Eight, the MGM Art Space, an infinity pool with 180-degree views of the sea, and the Tria Spa with signature treatments. 

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Mandarin Oriental Macau

Deluxe Suite at Mandarin Oriental Macau

Featuring a premier location on the NAPE waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Macau has a contemporary design infused with atmosphere of oriental calm. Providing tranquil views of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay, guest rooms and suite have state-of-the-art technology, large windows, mood lighting, walk-in wardrobes, large LCD TVs, and bathrooms with tubs and walk-in showers. Within the One Central development, the property is steps from colonial streets and chic boutiques. There's also a spa, multiple restaurants, and large outdoor pool with discreet service within the hotel. 

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Cotai Strip Resorts

Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Inspired by the city of Venice, the Venetian Macao offers Italian grandeur with gondola rides through the Grand Canals of Shoppes, San Luca, and Marco Polo. There are four outdoor pools with lounge areas and cabanas, a fitness center, mini golf course, kids' club, and the TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital with a comprehensive approach to wellness. In addition, the Venetian Theater and Cotai Arena offer a range of entertainment events from concerts to theatrical performances, and there's an array of dining options from casual grab-and-go to six signature restaurants. 

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Four Seasons Hotel Macao 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao

Providing an intimate setting on the Cotai Strip, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao offers five outdoor pools along with 11 poolside cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs. There's a spa with a private spa suite outfitted with a vitality pool, as well as a range of signature rituals and treatments for men and women. Guests are invited to discover Macao's Portuguese and Chinese heritage through the hotel's cuisine options, and the resort offers walking tours of Coloane Village, private tours of the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage, and bicycles for exploring the area. 

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Banyan Tree Macau

Guest suite at the Banyan Tree Macao

Offering skyline views, Banyan Tree Macau is a high-rise urban resort featuring an expansive outdoor pool with eight lavish private cabanas as well as sun loungers and palm trees. The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is a modern and tranquil space with 19 treatment rooms and a variety of exclusive services, plus a a state-of-the-art health club on the 31st floor with an indoor pool overlooking Macao. Afternoon Tea is served in the Banyan Lounge, while Saffron is the property's signature restaurant with authentic Thai cuisine. Belon specializes in seafood, fine steaks, and grilled specialties, and Cabana has finger foods, barbeque packages, and direct pool access. 

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Stylish Retreats

Grand Coloane Beach Resort

Grand Coloane Beach Resort Pool

Situated 10 minutes from the Cotai Strip, Grand Coloane Beach Resort is a full-service property offering family rooms, kids' club, children's playground, and childcare services. Surrounded by natural beauty, the property has multiple dining options, spa and wellness center, tennis, hiking, bicycle rentals, and indoor and outdoor pools. 

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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Located on the waterfront, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is set amidst the Macau historical quarter. Blending French style with Portuguese and Chinese culture, the property offers international cuisine at the Mistral Restaurant, and outdoor dining on Le Terrace with views of the inner harbor. There's also a lavish outdoor pool, and a spa with French beauty treatments. Steps from the St. Paul's ruins and the A-Ma Temple, the luxury property is ideal for exploring the area. 

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Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

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Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia

We have exciting news to share! Thank you to everyone who entered the Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner.

Congratulations to Kim D. of Virginia!

Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia, Kim and a guest will receive a 5-night stay at the resort, along with breakfast, guided horseback rides, Auberge Classic Massages, and Life on the Farm Experience. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hacienda AltaGracia Exterior View

Resort Amenities include:

- Multiple dining outlets, in-room dining service, and private dining for families, groups and couples
- Pool and sundeck
- Full service spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas
- Fitness center and outdoor ranchos/palapas for activities and treatments
- Billiards & Games room
- Concierge services and specially curated experiences and adventures, including shopping
- Complimentary WiFi and Apple TV
- Private air transfers and transportation services
- Ultralight Flight Tours

Complimentary activities include: guided forest hike, mountain biking, garden walk, meditation, equestrian care, DIY exfoliating scrub, and tropical fruit tastings.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD resort credit, welcome fruit basket, 10% off spa treatments at Auberge Spa, and VIP Status. 

Congratulations Kim D.!

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Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

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