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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.


Set along the soft white sands of a turquoise-hued lagoon, Constance Belle Mare Plage is a luxury resort providing a high-end setting in Mauritius. Offering beachfront luxury, the recently renovated resort has two golf courses, a full-service spa, kids' club, and four swimming pools, making it an ideal retreat for travelers of all ages. Read more about the resort below the pool photo. 

Beachfront luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

For accommodations, guests can choose from 104 Prestige Rooms, 149 Junior Suites, 6 Deluxe Suites, 18 Villas, or the Presidential Villa. Facing the Indian Ocean, accommodations are located in buildings of no more than three floors. Featuring modern island styling, all rooms and suites have furnished terraces or balconies, air conditioning, TVs with satellite channels, minibars, Apple mac minis, safes, desks, sitting areas, and laundry facilities. Within the rooms there's luxurious bathrooms with showers, bathtubs, and water closets. Continue reading below the photo of the Deluxe Suite. 

Deluxe Suite at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the resort's beach is protected by an offshore coral reef, providing visitors with an ideal location for snorkeling, water sports, and swimming. There are catamaran sundowner cruises, underwater walks, and parasailing experiences, plus cooking classes where guests can learn to make local cuisine. In addition, the resort has four floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, French bowling, mini golf, and two 18-hole championship golf courses, all with complimentary access for resort guests. 

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Showcasing a modern approach to design, Constance Lemuria Seychelles is a luxury resort blending nature with high-end architecture. Following a complete renovation, the resort reopened in late 2016. Providing all-inclusive rate options, accommodations are set within suites and villas, perfectly positioned steps from the sea amidst natural gardens. Continue reading below the villa photo. 

Constance Lemuria Seychelles Villa Exterior

The family-friendly property offers a variety of amenities to accommodate families. The Constance Kids Club has scavenger hunts, culinary activities, and island exploration trips led by fully-trained experts. The property's suites and villas provide spacious accommodations with living rooms and gathering spaces ideal for families. Read more below the Junior Suite Family Area. 

Junior Suite Family Area at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

In addition to family-friendly accommodations, the resort has an 18-hole championship golf course and the U Spa by Constance with wellness-focused spa services and treatments. Plus, there's gastronomic experiences at three restaurants and four bars featuring chef-prepared local and international cuisine. Read more below the photo.Legends Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

Set amidst three white sand beaches, Constance Lemuria Seychelles is located on the northwest coast of Praslin Island. The deluxe property has 88 Junior Suites, 8 Senior Suites, 8 Beach Villas, and a Presidential Villa. 

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Overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Constance Tsarabanjina is an all-inclusive luxury resort offering 25 beach villas. Set within a sacred islet where the tomb of the Sakalava kings of the Mitsio islands is located, Tsarabanjina is one of the islets of the Mitsio Archipelago. Situated in the Northwestern part of Madagascar, the region is fringed by white sand beaches, coral reefs, lush vegetation, and array of tropical birds. Continue reading below the photo. 

Constance Tsarabanjina

The intimate eco-retreat provides visitors with a laid back atmosphere. The property's 25 villas offer a barefoot chic environment where guests can have Robinson Crusoe-style experiences on a Madagascar island without sacrificing all of the modern comforts. The villas have ecological thatch roofing, furnishings in simple tones, private terraces with two deck chairs, minibars, and bathrooms with showers and separate toilets. Read more below the villa photo. 

Constance Tsarabanjina Beach Villa

The resort is surrounded by calm seas, providing guests with a variety of experiences in the natural surroundings. There are guided nature walks and snorkeling excursions, private cruises, and the Akio Diving staff is available for underwater excursions. For dining at the all-inclusive property, gourmet Malagasy specialties are served in a sand-floored restaurant with a premium drink selection. 

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Overlooking the Port Launay marine national park, Constance Ephelia Seychelles is a luxury resort with pampering amenities as well as family-friendly offerings. Set on the island of Mahe, the resort is located on 120 hectares of land, including two pristine beaches. The property's location provides guests with an array of activities including diving in the Indian Ocean, stand up paddleboarding, zipling through tropical foliage, bicycling, rock climbing, raquetball, tennis, and kayaking. Continue reading below the photo.

Kayaking at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

In addition to activities for all ages, Constance Ephelia Seychelles has the Constance Kids Club, providing supervised experiences for children 4 to 11 years old. Guests can register children at any time during their stay, and amenities include outdoor spaces for running relays and playing games, computer stations for gaming, open play areas for movies and interactive games, and a swimming pool with water activities. There's arts & crafts programs with traditional and local touches, along with theme days where children can create pizzas, make ice cream, or enjoy homemade treats. While kids ages 4 to 6 can visit the imagination space with kitchenettes, 4-wheel transportation rides, playhouses, and tool workshops. Babysitting services are also offered for an additional fee, and the resort has baby amenities upon request. Continue reading below the photo of the Spa Villa.

Spa Villa at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

For relaxation, the Spa Village of Constance Ephelia offers a pampering oasis amidst tropical gardens. Guests can select from a variety of therapies and services designed to promote relaxation, rejuvenation, deep cleansing, or detoxification. Plus, spa facilities including a dry heat sauna, steam room, thermal pool, Jacuzzi, still pool, Kneipp foot path, reflective pool, and a yoga pavilion.

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18 Places to go in 2018 by Five Star Alliance

Happy 2018! 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 18 picks for places to go in 2018. 

1. Florence, Italy

18 Places to go in 2018 Florence, Italy

Following a two-year renovation, the half-mile-long Vasari Corridor will reopen this year. The 16th century passageway was built by the Medicis to move unseen across the Arno River between the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery offices. The Renaissance city also recently celebrated the opening of the Franco Zeffirelli Center for the Performing Arts in Plaza San Firenze with a lineup of classical music and Italian film events. In October, the Uffizi will unveil Codex Leicester, featuring a special collection of scientific drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci (on loan from Bill Gates). For views of Il Duomo (and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests) Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is located in the city's pedestrian-only historic center with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa that features views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, while Belmond Villa San Michelle is located on a hillside overlooking the city in a former monastery with suites, Tuscan dining, pool, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

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2. New Orleans, Louisiana

18 Places to go in 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana

Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, the city of New Orleans will be hosting more than 160 events throughout the year to commemorate the tricentennial year. Always a haven for jazz lovers, history buffs, and foodies, there's a variety of events taking place annually including Mardi Gras in February, April welcomes Jazz Fest, and July is the time for Tales of the Cocktail where bartenders from around the world show off their skills in the city where cocktails were invented. The W New Orleans French Quarter is steps from Jackson Square, as well as live Jazz venues and popular restaurants. For historic charm along with an Oyster Butler, Crawfish Concierge, and Snowball Sommelier, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a classic setting in two historic buildings on Canal Street. The NOPSI Hotel provides a boutique setting in the heart of the business district with Spa Suites, local cuisine, and a rooftop pool and lounge. While Le Meridien New Orleans features contemporary design with French-inspired amenities and a rooftop pool in downtown. 

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3. Vienna, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Vienna, Austria

Known for classical music and the festive ball season, in 2018 Vienna is celebrating Modernism, as four of the art movement's most important artists--Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser passed away 100 years ago. The Beauty and the Abyss celebration of Modernism will celebrated with with special exhibitions at a variety of venues including the Leopold Museum, Lower Belvedere, MAK--Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Wien Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, and the Jewish Museum Vienna. The historic Hotel Sacher Wien provides a central location in the heart of the city, opposite the Vienna State Opera House and next to the Albertina Gallery with a traditional Austrian coffeehouse and fine dining. Nearby, The Hotel Bristol Vienna, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers a historic setting with fine dining at the Art Deco Bristol Lounge, fitness center, and meeting venues. Built in 1863 for the prince of Württemberg, Hotel Imperial provides world class service and a unique location on the famous Ringstrasse next to the Musikverein Vienna. 

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

18 Places to go in 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Home to an array of art galleries, Buenos Aires is partaking in the inaugural, yearlong Art Basel initiative, which will include art lectures, workshops, as well as showcase local and international artists. In October, the city is hosting the Youth Olympic Games. The trendy Tegui restaurant in the Palermo neighborhood made the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Situated in El Porteno Building, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires allows guests to experience the city like a Porteno in an atmosphere dedicated to art and fine living. Decorated in Empire and Louis XV style, the Alvear Palace Hotel serves classic Afternoon Tea at L'Orangerie and the Cigar Bar with an exclusive selection. While the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located along the Avenida Alvear with fashionable shopping and a luxury spa. 

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5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18 Places to go in 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Offering four distinctive seasons of outdoor activities, Minneapolis will be hosting the Super Bowl on February 4. Surrounding the Big Game festivities, there will be concerts, ice sculptures, and an Ice Palace in nearby St. Paul. While the city is known for cold winters, spring, summer, and fall provide idyllic weather for exploring the state's multitude of lakes, biking trails, and parks. Plus, Prince's Paisley Park recently opened for tours, the Walker Art Center recently remodeled their outdoor sculpture garden, the Uptown Art Festival the first weekend in August showcases local and international artists, and the annual Minnesota State Fair (August 23 to September 3, 2018) attracts visitors from all over the world. The W Minneapolis - The Foshay is an art deco landmark transformed into a chic boutique hotel, Loews Minneapolis is connected to the downtown area's skyway system and steps from Target Center and Target Field, and the Marquette Hotel is located in the inconic IDS Center. 

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6. Cairo, Egypt

18 Places to go  in 2018 Cairo

Not far from the Great Pyramids, The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2018. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, the new museum will showcase more than 100,000 artifacts, as well as an atrium with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with panoramic views of the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The Nile Ritz-Carlton features exclusive Nile views with a rooftop bar, Afternoon Tea, and Egyptian-infused spa. Situated thirty minutes from the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City is located within the Nile City Corporate Complex and offers a full-service Willow Stream Spa and a rooftop poolside sky bar with panoramic views of the city and pyramids. For a boutique setting, Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo blends European luxury mixed with regional influences on the eastern bank of The Nile River.

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7. London, United Kingdom

18 Places to go in 2018 London

There's another royal baby due in the spring, and it's time for another Royal Wedding! Making London one of the places to be this year. Plus, there's a new movie about Winston Churchill, giving visitors the perfect reason to check out Churchill's War Rooms, and other historic sites throughout the British capital. Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley is a boutique hotel close to Buckingham Palace with the Crystal Bar, Oval Restaurant, and one of Europe's largest Cigar Humidors. Combining English heritage with contemporary styling, Rosewood London offers fine dining, spa, and sophistication where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn. Situated in Belgravia, The Goring Hotel offers an unbeatable location close to Buckingham Palace with a Michelin-starred restaurant and classic English style. 

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8. Los Cabos, Mexico

18 Places to go in 2018 Los Cabos

Booming with hip restaurant openings, new luxury resorts, and major renovations, the Baja Peninsula's San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer beachfront retreats. In addition to new resorts and dining options, the farm-to-table food scene is hot, as are the region's beaches and chic nightclubs. The recently opened Chileno Bay Resort & Residences provides a bayfront setting within a resort community with a swimmable beach, open-air dining, multi-level infinity pool, and championship golf. The Cape - A Thompson Hotel provides beachfront luxury with bi-level suites with private rooftops, private stairway to the surfing-friendly Monuments Beach, and regionally-inspired cuisine. While The Resort at Pedregal is reachable only via a private tunnel with 24 acres of mountainside property, featuring newly opened villas and revitalized culinary offerings. 

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9. Mauritius

18 Places to go in 2018 Mauritius

This year, the island nation of Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of independence after years of colonization by the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. The airport is expanding and transforming into a hub for traveling to Asia, English is the dominant language, and the architecture and culture mix African, French, Chinese, and Indian traditions. Known for relaxed resorts and tropical mountain peaks, the country offers a retreat surrounded by the Indian Ocean. For privacy and luxury, Constance Le Prince Maurice has 64 Junior Suites, plus Family Suites, villas, and a Princely Suite, as well as the U Spa, Kids' Club, shopping, and two 18-hole golf courses. The Residence Mauritius provides a beachfront setting with accommodations in turn-of-the-century-inspired plantation houses, with family-friendly and adults-only pools and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the oceanfront Constance Belle Mare Plage has a variety of water-focused recreation, four swimming pools, seven restaurants, and five bars within a tropical setting. 

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10. Malta

18 Places to go in 2018 Malta

This island country is the designated European Capital of Culture in 2018, where the arts will be celebrated in a country that mixes Sicilian, North African, and Colonial England cultures. There's ornate architecture throughout the island, including the baroque St. John's Co-Cathedral, pre-historic ruins, and the must-try Stuffat tal-fenek--the national dish of rabbit stew. In January, Valetta's National Baroque Festival is held, and the Grand Excelsior Hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the capital city with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Le Grand Spa, and a marina. The InterContinental Malta provides a modern island retreat with a casino, six restaurants and bars, spa, conference center, and spa close to Valetta, while The Xara Palace features a boutique setting in the medieval city of Medina. 

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11. Oslo, Norway

18 Places to go in 2018 Oslo

This Nordic capital city is marking two important events in 2018. Norway's King and Queen are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and the modern Oslo Opera House is marking it's 10th year with a season of celebratory performances. The Hotel Continental Oslo offers a historic setting next to the National Theater, and close to the city's revitalized harbor with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the Grand Hotel Oslo offers a grand setting along Karl Johan's  Gate close to shops and sidewalk cafes. For a contemporary setting, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo soars 37 stories above the Oslo Fjord. 

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12. San Antonio, Texas

18 Places to go in 2018 San Antonio

Marking its 300th anniversary this year, San Antonio has recently unveiled a variety of new developments, including the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces. Special Tricentennial commemorative events will take place May 1-6, including events at each of San Antonio's five missions. On the historic River Walk, the Omni La Mansion del Rio is celebrating it's 50th anniversary of being transformed from a Catholic School into a luxury hotel for the 1968 World's Fair. The Grand Hyatt San Antonio overlooks the River Walk with an outdoor pool, sundeck, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently underwent a complete renovation, and offers furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage, two championship golf courses, and five pools about 30 minutes from downtown. 

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13. Sevilla, Spain

18 Places to go in 2018 Sevilla, Spain

In the midst of reinvigorating its artistic past, Sevilla is currently celebrating the 400th anniversary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a homegrown Baroque painter with special one-of-a-kind exhibitions. The city is also hosting the 31st European Film Awards, and the historic center provides an enchanting blend of architectural styles including a Gothic cathedral, medieval lanes, Flamenco clubs, baroque churches, and Mudéjar palaces. Once the Moorish capital, today Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia, offering luxury hotels such as the historic Hotel Alfonso XIII in the historic center with traditional architecture, courtyard, and regional cuisine. Nearby, Gran Melia Colon is furnished with reproductions of artwork by Spanish masters, a boutique hotel with RedLevel service within the hotel, and dining venues serving modern Andalusian cusine. For a well-preserved example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, Casa de Carmona is located about 20 minutes north of Sevilla and offers accommodations within a palace built in 1561, and fine dining in the former stables. 

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14. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

18 Places to go in 2018 Iguazu Falls

Millions of visitors go to this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site with 275 roaring waterfalls straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil. To accommodate the influx of visitors, Cataratas del Iguazú Airport is expanding and modernizing. Within the national park, the Ecological Jungle Train that takes visitors on a 25-minute journey to the Devil's Throat Cascade is being converted from gas to electric, and multiple luxury resorts are set to open later this year. On the Brazil side of the falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataras offers guests exclusive access to the falls as well as a pastel-pink hideaway with gardens, fine dining, and a luxe outdoor pool. While The Iguazu Grand Resort Spa and Casino is located on the Argentina side of the falls with a full-service resort setting including authentic Argentine dining at La Terraza and the Spa del Parasiso providing treatments infused with natural ingredients like yerba mate and chocolate from nearby sources. 

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15. Toronto, Canada

18 Places to go in 2018 Toronto

Last year Canada celebrated 150 years, and Toronto continues to add to the city's cosmopolitan "it" factor with new luxury hotels like the Bisha Hotel Toronto, along with hip restaurants with an understated Canadian vibe are taking the city to a new level. In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art is relocating to a former factory in the Junction Triangle, and VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum runs through April 2, 2018. The Thompson Toronto offers a modern residential style with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool with skyline views. While The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto provides a classic downtown retreat along Wellington Street. 

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16. Bangkok, Thailand

18 Places to to go in 2018 Bangkok

In 2016, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world, with more than 21 million guests. Its popularity is sparking a rise in new luxury hotels and restaurants. In 2018, The Michelin Guide will debut, giving even more attention to  the city's creative culinary atmosphere. For art enthusiasts, Warehouse 30 is opening in  transformed World War II warehouses, ChangChui is a new entertainment complex constructed from upcycled materials, and the Thailand Creative & Design Center is moving to the iconic Charoen Krung Road in a space that was once a post office. To stay in the heart of Bangkok's historical palaces and temples, The Siam Hotel is set along the River of Kings with bespoke cultural amusements and an urban resort design with spacious suites, pool villas, and open-air roof terraces. Soaring 39 stories, The Peninsula Bangkok features panoramic city views on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and a three-tiered swimming pool. For contemporary style, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is located within a 37-floor twin tower with an infinity pool and holistic spa treatments. 

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17. Salzburg, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Salzburg

Referred to as the "City of Mozart" and the "Rome of the North" , Salzburg was a church state for more than 1,100 years. Symbols of the Catholic Church can be discovered throughout the historic Old Town of Salzburg, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2018, the City of Salzburg will celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night", which was written and first performed in the village of Oberndorf near Salzburg on December 24, 1818. The special exhibition "Silent Night 200 - History. Message. Present." will be open September 28, 2018 to February 3, 2019, and the musical "My Silent Night" will be performed at the iconic Felsenreitschule on November 24, 2018. Hotel Sacher Salzburg provides idyllic views of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, as well as fine dining at the Zirbelzimmer, and the Original Sacher-Torte cake in the Sacher Cafe. In the baroque city center, Hotel Goldener Hirsch combines a historic setting with Austrian style and state-of-the-art amenities, while Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa features a lakeside setting in the Archbishop of Salzburg's former hunting lodge. 

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18. Melbourne, Australia

18 Places to go in 2018 Melbourne, Australia

As the events capital of Australia, Melbourne is a growing city offering a cosmopolitan core that serves as an ideal gateway to exploring a variety of Australia's attractions, including the Phillip Island penguin walk which is 90 minutes from the city, and an hour and a half north of the city is the Nagambie Lakes, one of the country's oldest viticulture areas with renowned wineries and outdoor activities. For a grand setting opposite Parliament, The Hotel Windsor was built at the top of Collins Street in 1883. For panoramic views of the skyline and Yarra River from the hotel pool, Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an elegant setting on the Southbank Promenade, and the Art Series The Olsen is a luxury boutique hotel on Chapel Street. 

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Set on a one-mile stretch of white sand beach along the Indian Ocean, The Residence Mauritius offers an island setting. Inspired by the the island's turn-of-the-century plantation houses, the luxury resort provides a mix of classic colonial style, modern elegance, and simplicity. Guest rooms and suites are furnished with beds infused with drops of ylang ylang to promote slumbers, shutters to filter in the sunlight, a color palette of white and beige, and large marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. Plus, personal butler service is available for an added level of luxury. Continue reading below the photo.

Oceanfront accommodations at The Residence Mauritius

Offering a family-friendly setting, there is a beachfront kids' club with professionally-led activities such as cooking classes, snorkeling, pony rides, and picnics. There's also water activities like glass bottom boat rides, catamarans, and paddle boats. For adults, The Sanctuary offers a zen-like setting with a variety of spa treatments, hair and beauty services, saunas, Hammam, and steam room. Learn about a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Dining at The Residence Mauritius

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome fruit basket, along with a local Mauritian rum tasting once during the stay with 4 rums and canapes. Also, based on availability at check-in, an upgrade to the next room category.

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Poolside setting at The Residence Mauritius


Overlooking downtown and the ocean, Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche is a high-rise luxury hotel in the heart of city, situated across from the Hassan II mosque. Mixing French elegance with Moroccan accents, the 24-story hotel has 141 rooms and 30 suites with butler service, signature Sofitel MyBeds, minibars, Bose Wave audio systems, and Lavazza coffee machines. Designed by Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet, accommodations are furnished with contemporary styling in a color palette of white and tan, mixed with Moroccan-infused details, while the bathrooms have rain showers and Lanvin bath amenities. Continue reading below the photos to discover three top amenities at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche. 

Suite ata Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

 

1. The So SPA

So SPA at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

Offering signature rituals, the hotel's So SPA is a two-level facility featuring Moroccan design. Providing a sensory experience, the facility has massage rooms, jacuzzi, and hammam. 

 

2. Two Exceptional Restaurants

Dining at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

Within the hotel there are two restaurants offering fine dining. Featuring elegant environments, Brasserie La Tour serves classic French cuisine, and L'Atelier Oriental has Asian cuisine infused with Lebanese and Moroccan flavors. 

 

3. Indoor Pool & Fitness Center

Indoor Pool at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

For travelers looking to keep up with fitness regimes while on the road, the hotel's So FIT center has a sports room with floor-to-ceiling windows, cardio machines, and stength training equipment. Plus, there's a heated indoor relaxation pool, as well as a sauna.

 

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Featured Journeys: Luxury Safaris

Lions, tigers, and oh, the big five! In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're highlighting some of our favorite luxury safari lodges in Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana. Providing ideal locations for seeing the big five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) in their natural habitat, these safari lodges also provide high-end settings and amenities for guests. From tented rooms to hot-air balloon safaris, infinity pools with views of hippos or elephants, al fresco dining overlooking the Serengeti, luxe safaris in custom vehicles, family safaris, or vow renewals on the savannah, these properties offer an ideal mix of adventure, pampering, and service. 

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Kenya Safari Lodges

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Situated amidst more than 100 acres of landscaped gardens, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has 120 luxurious guest rooms, suites, and cottages with modern amenities such as . Originally the retreat of film star and club owner William Holden, the property offers a blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Welcoming guests with two canine ambassadors, Grammy and Tusker, the property has an array of activities including croquet, bowling green, golf, swimming, horseback riding, swimming, and an animal orphanage. Adjacent to Mount Kenya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the resort has two restaurants, pool bar, Duma's Corner Lounge, and a spa. 

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Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Set on the edge of the Masai Mara, the "New" Seventh Wonder of the World, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club is surrounded by the Mara River on three sides. Offering the epitome of tented luxury, the property's 50 tents have four poster, pillowtop beds, private three-piece bathrooms, including many with outdoor showers, and verandas overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river. In the main lodge there's an indoor restaurant, bar, and library with internet access, and a spacious deck with a swimming pool and massage tents. Plus, there are big game drives, champagne breakfasts on the savannah, and balloon safaris. 

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Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on a bush-cloaked hill overlooking the savannah, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located in the center of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Providing guests with a front row seat to the wildebeest migration, the property's guest rooms are set in stand-alone modular units with private balconies, sitting areas, and furnishings that blend raw African beauty with international sophistication. There are two daily game drives in custom-built safari vehicles, balloon safaris, dinners in the bush, breakfast by the hippo pool, and lunches in the wilderness. 

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Tanzania Safari Lodges

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Located in the heart of Africa's finest game reserve, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides guests with an intimate setting for viewing lions, leopards, and elephants, while feeling safe and pampered. For families there are Family Safari Packages, as well as the Kijana Kids Club with organized activities. Guests can also schedule hot-air baloon safaris, renewal of vow ceremonies, go on guided walks through the Serengeti on raised, protected walkways with Maasi warriors, or relax in the infinity pool. There's also a spa with Serengeti-inspired signature treatments, facials, massages, and yoga. While dining options include Kula's Restaurant with theater-style cooking of international and African dishes paired with South African wine varietals. 

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Providing the ultimate fusion of world-class style with traditional African architecture, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge sits atop a tree-clad ridge with panoramic Serengeti views. Adjacent to the Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge blends into the landscape. Accommodations are set within traditional domed rondavels, which are shaded by the acacia trees. There's a vanishing horizon pool overlooking the endless plains, a traditionally-carved domed dining room, timbered terrace safari bar, daily game drives, and a private bush camp overlooking the annual migration route. 

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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge was designed to blend in with the landscape, and is built from indigenous local river stones and camouflaged with local vines. Within the crater, 25,000 large mammals like bull elephants, rhinos, and lions wander plains, lakes, and forests. Strung around the cratered rim, the 75 guest rooms are linked by stone passages and timbered decks, and furnished with decorative cave paintings, private balconies, power outlets, and WiFi. There's also a lodge with a central fire, rock-built dining room and bar, tented conference center, TV room with satellite access, and daily game drives into the crater. 

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Botswana Safari Lodges

Belmond Safaris

Belmond Safaris offers three luxury camps in Botswana: Savute Elephant Lodge, Eagle Island Lodge, and Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Read more below about each of the three lodges.

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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is located within Chobe National Park. The property has 12 luxury rooms set on wooden platforms with thatched roofs. Furnished with four-poster beds equipped with mosquito netting, rooms have luxe bathrooms, minibars, discreet air conditioning, and private decks with easy chairs and hammocks.  The lodge also has a traditional Boma for private dinners and local performances, exclusive access to bushmen painting and baobab tree excursions, 20-meter swimming pool, curio shop with locally crafted goods, and private airstrip. 

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Recently reopened after a revitalization, the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is located in Botswana's Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on one of the world's largest inland water systems, the surrounding area supports a variety of animal, plant, fish, and birdlife. Helicopter safaris provide guests with a birds-eye view of the landscape, and each of the lodge's reimagined deluxe tented rooms have oversized beds with handmade copper-finish headboards and private plunge pools. There's also deep day beds, discreet airconditioning, minibars, and bathrooms with walled outdoor showers, as well as indoor bathtubs and walk-in wardrobes. 

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Located within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Belmond Khwai River Lodge has 14 luxury rooms and one private suite. Situated on raised wooden platforms with traditional African thatch roofs, each of the rooms has a netted four-poster bed, luxe bathroom, discreet air conditioning, stocked minibars, and private decks with easy chairs and hammocks. There's also the private suite with a secluded setting and heated splash pool. Plus, there's  a spa, 20-meter swimming pool, curio shop, reference library, private airstrip, al fresco dining, and a traditional Boma for dinners and performances. 

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It's time once again for La Paulée at Constance Le Prince Maurice. This grand celebration is held once a year at the resort, and pays homage to the traditional Burgundian celebration to mark the end of the grape harvest season that was once a widespread practice in France. Over the years, La Paulée has transformed from the original communal banquet for growers and their workers into grand galas attended by wine connoisseurs. Continue reading below the photo of the event.

La Paulee at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Held April 25 to 30, 2017, La Paulée de Meursault is a special event at Le Prince Maurice where everyone that attends brings their own wine, which sparks a friendly, but intense competition as bottles are uncorked, shared, and imbibed. Designed to capture the essence of Burgundy's joie de vivre, the event is ideal for those who appreciate fine wine and cuisine. Read more below the resort photo.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice is a romantic, all-suite tropical hideaway located on the northeast coast of Mauritus. Designed by architect Jean Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards, the property offers a tranquil setting mixing nature with modern styling. There's an infinity pool, beaches, nature reserves, U Spa, and multiple restaurants, including Archipel with a partially open-air setting overlooking the pool and beach.

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Set on a private island, the Six Senses Zil Pasyon is an all-villa retreat in the Seychelles. Offering a secluded setting along with a rock-edge pool, children's activities, cinema, cooking classes, and a private helipad. Learn more about this new Seychelles resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval. Continue reading below the photo.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Looking for the next top tropical getaway? Six Senses Zil Pasyon in Seychelles opened in October 2016 on Felicite Island, 30 nautical miles northeast of Mahe. The Felicite is a French word that denotes bliss, and we think that travelers will have nothing but a blissful stay on this island, which boasts both a mountainous terrain and excellent swimming and snorkeling spots — with chances to swim with turtles. Tip: There will be plenty of space on the prime beaches, since Zil Pasyon will be the only resort on the island. Read more below.
The Grand Anse Beach at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
In total, the resort will house 30 villas and 17 private residences to accommodate travelers. The residences are located on the top of the island with 360-degree views and also include two swimming pools and a fully equipped kitchen. Visitors who want to soak in those stunning sunrises and sunsets will want to book a villa. There are 15 of these on the east side of the island, facing Marianne Island, Petite Soeur and Grande Soeur Island. (These are the villas with the amazing sunrise views.) Likewise, the 15 villas on the west side of the island include vistas of La Digue and Praslin Island and, of course, the sunsets. Read more below. 
Bathtub view at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
We hear that dining on Felicite will be a festive affair with six distinctive eateries and bars to choose from. Want to taste a local dish? If so, we advise trying Island Café, which will offer breakfast and dinner dishes based on the Seychellois spice route. It will be a mixture of European, Asian and African fare. And Six Senses fans rejoice, the resort will include the Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon, complete with a hammam, sauna, saltwater pool, steam, yoga platform and nail bar. Getting There: Zil Pasyon will organize transportation to and from the island. Choose from either a 20-minute helicopter ride or relax on a 90-minute boat trip from Mahe. 
 
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