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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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Ahhh...winter. As charming as sweater season and relaxing by a warm fire can seem, at a certain point, it's time for an escape. But with all the hurricanes that happened in 2017, it can be a bit daunting to determine what Caribbean destinations are open and ready for visitors. To make it a bit easier, we've gathered five of our top Caribbean resorts picks for idyllic winter escapes so you can relax in the sunshine instead of trying to stay warm in the more than brisk winter weather.

1. Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia

Located in the Southern Caribbean on the island of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain Resort provides panoramic views of the island's Piton World Heritage Site and the Caribbean Sea. The exclusive resort-within-a-resort concept by Anse Chastenet, features bold architecture with open-concept designs linking bedrooms and living areas with infinity pools, providing viewing platforms to take in the island's natural beauty. 

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2. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Recognized as one of the world's most exclusive resorts, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, formerly the One&Only Ocean Club, offers an iconic location in the Bahamas with recently refurbished accommodations, restaurants, and public spaces. Set along a 5-mile stretch of beach, the resort provides a laid-back Bahamian lifestyle amidst Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens with three swimming pools, six tennis courts, Balinese-inspired spa, kids' club, and access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course.

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3. Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Located on the island of Curacao, about 35 miles from Aruba, Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao is set amidst 2,000 acres. Within the resort guests can play tennis, partake in a variety of watersports, lounge poolside, hike or bike amidst rock formations, caves, and caverns, or go yachting from the resort's marina. For dining, SHORE provides open-air fine dining with sea views as well as the Jun's at Shore with sushi specialties, Medi Restaurant offers international cuisine, and SPLASH Pool Bar & Grill serves casual fare. 

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4. Sandals La Source

Sandals La Source

Providing an all-inclusive setting for couples Sandals La Source provides an exotic setting on the "Spice Isle"  of Grenada, which is one of the world's only producers of Nutmeg, which is infused in many dishes and products on the island. The island is also home to the world's first underwater sculpture park, and the resort offers four unique villages with a variety of suites and villas, including some with swim-up access and butler service. 

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5. The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

Situated along the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos is a luxury boutique resort. Offering an array of amenities, guests can enjoy complimentary bicycles and watersports, lounge by the beach or pool with personalized service, relax at the Anani Spa, entertain young travelers with supervised children's programs, workout at the fitness center, or experience fine dining at Drift, an open-air restaurant on the shores of Grace Bay Beach. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 Resort Credit per room, per stay, plus a welcome fruit and water 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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Offering a romantic beachside setting, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique hotel on the west coast of Antigua. Overlooking the Caribbean, the property is a tropical hideaway, welcoming guests age 14 and older. Consisting of 30 freestanding suites built with indigenous materials, accommodations feature contemporary styling and color schemes inspired by nature. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

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

Hermitage Bay Restaurant

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

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Offering an all-inclusive and adults-only setting, the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is a luxury resort in Sint Maarten. Providing panoramic Caribbean views, the resort-within-a-resort sits on the southwest tip of the island. Within the all-suite property there are three pools including a swim out pool, plus the Mediterranean-themed Azul Restaurant, and three bars. Providing limitless all-inclusive luxury, guests have access to private cabanas, 24-hour room service, and a dedicated open-air wellness center. The resort's 129 spacious suites feature contemporary island styling with Greek marble bathrooms, Italian Modena porcelain floors, custom furnishings and artwork, plus private balconies or terraces with tables and chairs.

Featuring an array of amenities and ultra-luxe Caribbean setting, here are three top reasons to stay at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort:

1. The Edge Pool 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Overlooking Maho Bay, this one-of-a-kind pool has a private zero entry cliffside beach. Blending seamlessly into the horizon, the pool has lounge chairs and umbrellas along the water's edge. Featuring a silica-based sand lining, the pool has a state-of-the-art cleansing filtration system. 

2. Serenity Spa 

The Serenity Spa

The recently opened spa is located in the adjacent Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. There are eight treatment rooms, along with a variety of services available, but the most unique option is the outdoor spa experience. Set in the Serenity Point Cliffside gazebo, guests are soothed by the sounds of waves while enjoying massages. 

3. Full Access to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Rooftop Lounge

In addition to exclusive amenties and services at the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, guests also receive full access to five additional restaurants and bars, tour desk, four tennis courts, Tantra Nightclub, Casino Royale, and eco-friendly conference facilities.

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Set along the Caribbean Sea, Beaches Turks and Caicos is a multi-faceted fantasy world consisting of four distinct areas: Caribbean Village, French Village, Italian Village, and Key West Village. The family-friendly all-inclusive resort provides a range of activities for children, including a kids' club and Sesame Street parades through the resort. In addition, the resort offers customizable options to accommodate dietary and sensory needs. 

Beaches Turks and Caicos Italian Village Overview

Five Star Alliance was recently invited to explore all the resort has to offer. Read more below the Italian Village photo to discover three top amenities at Beaches Turks and Caicos. 

1. Sprawling Grounds & Plenty of Space to Play

Beaches Turks and Caicos Play Options

From huge swimming pools to an on-site water park with a lazy river, or long sandy beaches, guests of the resort have an array spaces to have fun. Given the layout, the resort doesn't feel cramped, but rather open for exploring. Families can enjoy time by the pool, relax in a hammock on the beach, or meander the pathways exploring the resort...you may even encounter a resident gecko.

Gecko Crossing Sign at Beaches Turks and Caicos

2. Culinary Concierge

Dining at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers with eating restrictions, and all-inclusive may not seem like the ideal getaway. At Beaches, the resort seeks to offer all guests with a variety of cuisine options. In an effort to tailor menus to guest needs, the resort's Culinary Concierge meets with guests upon arrival or via the phone prior to arrival to create specific menus to accommodate food allergies and intolerances, making enjoyable beachfront dining accessible to all guests. 

The Jerk Shack at Beaches Turks and Caicos

3. The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children Program

Camp Sesame at Beaches Turks and Caicos

As part of the resort's partnership with Sesame Street, the Beaches Kids Camp is infused with character experiences. In an effort to provide a positive experience for all children at the resort, there are unique programs with customized sensory adjustments available on a case-by-case basis. The Sesame Street program is designed to not only bring awareness to unique qualities, but also to celebrate the similarities that all children possess. Guests can contact the Beaches Kids Camp Manager before arrival to discuss exact needs and options. The Sesame Street characters are carried throughout the property with special character photo opportunities and evening parades. Continue reading below the photo. 

Sesame Street at Beaches Turks and Caicos

In addition, the four distinct villages offer different types of accommodations:

The Caribbean and French Village have adjoinable guest rooms along with suite options. Guest rooms in both of these village offer standard amenities, while some of the new Caribbean Villa Suites (shown below) provide modern styling and upgraded offerings. 

Caribbean Villa Suite at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The French Village (shown below) offers the most adjoinable room configurations. 

French Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The Italian Village offers spacious suites designed for families with bunk beds and game consoles in one living space, and king size beds with large flat-screen TVs in the main sleeping area. Continue reading below the photos of an Italian Village Guest Suite. 

Italian Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers seeking residence style accommodations, the Key West Village has villas with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and butler service. Read more below the photo.

Key West Villa at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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Relaxing beach spot at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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

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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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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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