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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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Set on a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach, Sandals Regency La Toc is an all-inclusive luxury resort for adults only. Situated on 220-acres, the glamorous property is home to an executive-style golf course. Located directly on the premises, green fees are included in the all-inclusive rates. Plus, guests of the Sandals Regency La Toc staying 6 or more nights can also play the course at Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate, with transfers and green fees included. Continue reading about the resort below the photo.

Golf at Sandals Regency La Toc

Offering oceanfront suites and the private enclave of the Sunset Bluff Village, Sandals Regency La Toc is an ideal choice for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic retreat. Throughout the resort there are a number of suites with outdoor tranquility soaking tubs for two, including the recently renovated Love Nest Butler Suites with sea and hillside views. Featuring custom crafted furnishings, master bedrooms with king-size beds, smart TVs and large windows with sea views. There are en-suite spa-inspired bathrooms with free standing soaking tubs, separate showers, and long vessels sinks with backlit mirrors. While the outside living rooms have private balconies with bistro sets and Sandals' signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two. In addition, the suite includes Butler Elite and 24-hour room service. Read more below the photo.

Tranquility Soaking Tub for Two at Sandals Regency La Toc

For dining, the all-inclusive Sandals Regency La Toc has nine unique restaurants on-site. Showcasing the cuisines of France, England, Italy, the Caribbean, and the Far East, each restaurant has a team of dedicated chefs that create gourmet dining experiences. Guests can also visit 18 other restaurant at nearby Sandals Resorts on the island, and the all-inclusive rates include unlimited 5-star premium liquors, Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks Wines, and Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. Learn more about the all-inclusive experience below the photo.

Beach at Sandals Regency La Toc

Sandals Regency La Toc is an all-inclusive resort. Designed only for adults, the all-inclusive rates include unlimited fine dining at 9 restaurants, unlimited premium liquors, stocked bars in every room, 8 bars including some swim-up options, round trip airport transfers, Green Fees at on-site Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Club, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Professional instruction for water sports is offered and included, as well as unlimited land sports, access to state-of-the-art fitness centers, day and evening entertainment, tennis, WiFi, and roundtrip shuttles and exchange privileges at two nearby Sandals Resorts on the island. 

Looking to get married? Guests staying three or more nights receive a complimentary wedding ceremony.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above the Caribbean Sea, the overwater villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean provide an unique retreat at this all-inclusive resort designed for couples. Part of the Sandals' Love Nest Luxury Suites, the property offers two types of overwater villas: Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows and Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools. Learn more aobut each of the villas below the photo. 

Overwater Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Providing an intimate connection between the sea and marine life, Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows have glass floor panels and lit water to showcase undersea views at any time. There are hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom king beds, as well as bathrooms with his and hers sinks, backlit mirrors adorned with mosaic tiles, and walk-in rain showers. Each bungalow has a private patio with an extended sundeck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and bistro sets for two. Plus, there are outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two and over-water hammocks. Continue reading below the villa photo.

Over-the-Water Honeymoon Bungalow

The Over-The-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools are located just off the resort's private island. Offering the ultimate retreat, couples can connect while admiring the ocean from their private infinity pool or outdoor shower. See-through glass floors with lighting showcase the Caribbean's crystal-clear waters, and the 24-hour personal butler service provides guests with personalized service during their entire stay. Read more about the villas below the photo.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villa with Infinity Pool at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Guests of the over-the-water bungalows and villas receive the following inclusions: exclusive in-room dining and room service menu, direct resort access via a "Royal Duffy" luxury boat, personal airport greeting, expedited immigration, private luxury transfers in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport, welcome gift, including branded tote and towel set, Molton Brown bathroom amenities, exclusive House of Marley sound system, and the exclusive indulgence of a Private Luxury Car Transfer in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport. Learn more about the resort below the photo. 

Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Carribbean features a kaleidoscope of cultures from Britain to Bali. Guests arrive at the Georgian-style Great House where afternoon tea is served and croquet is played amidst manicured gardens and roaming peacocks. Mysteries of the Orient unfold in a secluded natural setting with an authentic Thai restaurant on the resort's private island, and chic parties provide evening entertainment. There are eight world-class restaurants within the all-inclusive resort, as well as a swimup pool bar, freshwater pool, whirlpool, spa, and a private beach.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Seeking an ideal honeymoon destination or perhaps time to reconnect as a couple? Consider the innovative Sandals Grenada.

Offering an exotic island paradise, Sandals Grenada is a luxury all-inclusive resort on Grenada's exclusive Pink Gin Beach. Known as the "Island of Spice", Grenada's environment is a natural growing haven for some of the world's most treasured spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and the most sought-after spice, nutmeg. The spices give the island breezes an intoxicating aroma for guests to enjoy while exploring the resort's plunge pools, cascading waterfalls, and meandering rivers. Continue reading below the photo.

Beach at Sandals Grenada

Defying traditional design, the property's swimming pools are like the resort's living rooms. While the innovative guest rooms and suites have unique amenities such as spa-style bathrooms, infinity-edge plunge pools, and Butler Elite service. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor pool at Sandals Grenada

For honeymooners, one of the most unique accommodation options is the Rondoval suites-in-the-round. Surrounded by lush foliage for a private retreat, these circular suites are part of Sandals' Love Nest Butler Suites with soaring 20-foot conical ceilings, custom mahogany king-size beds, and direct access to a romantic private pool sanctuary from the bedroom. Living areas have dining tables, fully-stocked bars, smart TVs, and ivory patika and porcelain-planked floors with pebble and coral stone accents. While bathrooms have large soaking tubs carved from solid stone and his and hers Carrera marble vanities. On the spacious patio is a zero entry plunge pool with a waterfall, lounge chaises, and dining table. Plus, the suites include Butler Elite and 24-hour room service. Continue reading below the Rondoval Suite photo.

Rondoval Suite at Sandals Granada

Sandals Grenada is an all-inclusive adults-only luxury resort. Guests of the resort have access to unlimited gourmet dining at 10 restaurants, unlimited premium spirits and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines, stocked bars in every room, roundtrip airport transfers, snorkeling, PADI-Certified SCUBA diving (and all equipment), professional instruction for water sports, unlimited land sports, WiFi, tennis, and day and night entertainment. Looking to get married? Guests staying three or more nights receive a complimentary wedding. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area, Sandals Royal Barbados is a luxury all-inclusive, all-suite property for couples. Within the romantic resort, guests will discover a number of firsts for the Sandals group of resorts including the first 4-lane bowling alley, gourmet donut shop, rooftop pool and bar, as well as two new restaurant concepts: American Tavern and Chi Asian. Continue reading below the photo.

Bowling Alley at Sandals Royal Barbados

The all-suite couples resort offers 272 suites with Sandals signature accommodations including Skypool Suites, Swim-up Suites, and Millionaire Suites. Featuring panoramic ocean views, Butler Elite service, and exclusive exchange privileges at nearby Sandals Barbados, the property's Luxury Included experience is comprised of world-class international cuisine at the resort's seven restaurants, stocked bars in every room, unlimited premium spirits, and unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines. Learn more about the resort below the photo of the Pool Villas. 

Pool Villas at Sandals Royal Barbados

In addition to all-inclusive food and beverages, guests of the resort also receive a variety of included water and land activities, ranging from day and night tennis to snorkeling trips, kayaks, and professional instructions for water sports. Within the Sandals Royal Barbados there is a rooftop, zero-entry glass infinity pool, which is one of the property's 31 pools. Ideal for sunbathing, the rooftop pool also has a bar and lounge area. For a unique excursion, there are glass bottom boat tours, as well as day and evening entertainment throughout thre resort. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Situated in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury beach resorts. Offering sugar-white sands, Caribbean blue waters, and natural beauty, it's easy to see why this tropical island is one of the region's fastest growing destinations. In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we feature 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts.

Located on the eastern tip of the island, Punta Cana is a destination for travelers seeking luxury resorts with high-end amenities, multiple pools, private beaches, spas, and an array of international dining options. There is an international airport here, making it easy for visitors to fly in from around the world, and be on the beach in no time at all. 

Here are 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts:

5. Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Featuring a tropical setting amidst mangroves and beaches, Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive is a family-friendly property with a mini water park. Guests can tour the mangroves, see flamingos and turtles, or enjoy a variety of beach activities. The YHI Spa has a variety of treatments, and there are five pools to lounge, swim, or soak up the sunshine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minute massage for up to 2 adults per stay, full breakfast for each guest daily, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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4. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Accommodations at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana are nestled within exclusive cane-thatch roofed suites with hardwoods and cathedral ceilings. Featuring a 200-yard stretch of pristine beachfront, guests can swim amidst the tranquil waters, relax at the spa providing indigenous-inspired treatments, dine at four restaurants or the cafe, and sip & savor cocktails at three bars and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one 50 minute spa treatment per person, per stay, plus an in-room welcome amenity.

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3. Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Set along the white sands of Bavaro Beach, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive retreat for couples and families. The new adults-only Royal Service offers inclusive personalized butler service, two story Royal Service Lounge, exclusive Italian restaurant, and access to a private adult-only pool and beach area. For families, the Kid's Zone at The Reserve has a mini water park for children including slides, children's pool, and toddler splash pool. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minutes massage per person/ per stay (adults only), full breakfast for each guest daily, unlimited golf, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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2. Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana

Located within a gated community, Tortuga Bay is an award-winning luxury resort offering accommodations designed by Oscar de la Renta. Guests are welcomed at the aiport with VIP service, and once they arrive at the resort they have a personal concierge, and a golf cart for exploring the resort. There are six world class restaurants on-site, and the property's respect for the environment is demonstrated via Responsible Luxury practices through its Ecological Foundation, including a watering preservation system on the resort's golf course. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive one spa consultation plus a 30-minute Six Senses Signature massage per adult/per stay, nightly VIP turndown service with a platter of Dominican sweets, breakfast for two daily at Bamboo Restaurant, VIP Arrival Service, roundtrip airport transfer, and a welcome fruit platter and bottled water in room upon arrival. Reservations that are five (5) or more nights will also receive a US $50 food and beverage credit for Bamboo Restaurant per room/per stay. 

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1. Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Drone view of Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Nestled in the most exclusive gated beachfront community on the island, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort. Amidst 30,000 acres with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, towering cliffs, idyllic beaches, and tropical forests, the resort offers all-suite accommodations that blend French & Italian Riviera styling with the relaxed charms of the Caribbean. There's a beach club with a private beach and infinity pool, plus oceanfront dining at La Palapa, and chef-prepared cuisine at the fine dining Mediterraneo Restaurant. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Antigua

Situated in the Northern part of the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua is the larger of the two islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly a British colony, the now independent nation offers a sunny destination with enough beaches to visit a different one every day of the year. Rich in history, the southern coast is home to historic harbors showcasing the island's importance as a strategic naval port, including Nelson Dockyard's National Park. English traditions are woven into the island's culture, and the capital of St. John's is home to wooden houses with louvered verandas and corrugated iron roof.

Throughout the island, dramatic scenery and sugar-white sand beaches protected by coral reefs draw visitors seeking beach vacations. In the northwest, Dickenson Bay offers tranquil turquoise waters, ideal for families with small children. While Johnson's Point provides schools of tropical fish and stark white sands. Carved over time by lashing of breakers, Devil's Bridge is a natural bridge and popular attraction within Indian Town National Park. Bird enthusiasts will want to visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary to see the large nesting colonies of frigates, or man-o'-war birds. 

Here are 5 Top Antigua Luxury Hotels:

5. Sandals Grande Antigua

Pool at Sandals Grande Antigua

Along the famous beach of Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua is an adult couples-only all-inclusive resort with six pools, nine restaurants, and eight bars, including an English Pub. Providing beachfront luxury, the property has a variety of water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, plus PADI Certified Scuba Diving, croquet, pool tables, tennis, beach parties, and casino nights. 

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4. Carlisle Bay

Private dining at Carlisle Bay

Featuring a backdrop of rolling hills and rainforest, Carlisle Bay is the sister hotel to the award-winning One Aldwych in London. Set on the island's south coast, the all-suite boutique property is on a secluded bay with all 87 suites offering beachfront suite-to-sand access. There's also four restaurants, four bars, kids club, and spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa voucher per suite, per stay.

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3. Jumby Bay Island

Pool at Jumby Bay Island

Accessible only by boat from Antigua, Jumby Bay Island is a tropical Caribbean hideaway. Fresh off a multi-million dollar restoration, dining options include the Estate House, Verandah Restaurant & Bar, Pool Grille, and Beach Shack. Set along white sands and turquoise Caribbean waters, the property is a luxurious hideaway with an array of recreational amenities like cooking classes, sunset cocktail cruises, rum tastings, seasonal turtle watches, and yoga. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa services credit per accommodation/per stay (not valid on products) and culinary welcome amenity.

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2. Hermitage Bay

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

Consisting of 30 freestanding suites with contemporary styling, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique retreat with a romantic setting. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the eco-chic property is situated on the west coast of Antigua along a 1,250-foot beach with a mix of white sands and seashells that have washed ashore from the coral reef. Amidst 16 acres of tropical gardens, the gourmet all-inclusive features menus that change daily (no buffets), and made-to-order foods prepared with the finest ingredients. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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1. Curtain Bluff 

Patio Terrace at Curtain Bluff

Positioned between two picturesque bays and the only rainforest in Antigua, Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive resort. The 15-acre property has 72 rooms and suites scattered up the bluff. Ideal for couples and families, there is a variety of on-site activities including yoga, stand up paddleboarding, Pilates, four floodlit tennis courts, two beaches with a beach bar, and two restaurants. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled on a private island, the Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island is an all-inclusive eco-resort in the northern Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands. Amidst 3.6 acres of land, the retreat occupies the site of a former colonial coconut plantation. Providing accommodations for just three couples at a time, and surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, the property is an idyllic destination for honeymooners and those seeking a secluded, romantic retreat. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Guests of the resort fly into the Amata Kabua Airport in Majuro, where a shuttle takes guests to the jetty. From there, visitors board a private boat for a 45-minute trip along the atoll through scattered, mostly uninhabited islands. Continue reading below the boat photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Once guests arrive, they spend their time on the island in either one of two bungalows or a beach house. Featuring traditional colonial styling, accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms, exclusive works-of-art, antiques, daily turndown service, and complimentary minibars. Fresh fruits are delivered daily, and all-inclusive Cordon Bleu dining is available in the main house. Read more below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Surrounded by coral reefs, the eco-resort offers guests a variety of water-focused activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing. There's aslo a well-stocked library on the island, and visitors can schedule in-room massages and beauty treatments.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs-with-a-view, the three Yaku Suites at Mashpi Lodge provide intimate luxury in the heart of a rainforest. Situated in the eco lodge's northwestern end on the first floor, these unique suites are named for the Kicha word meaning water. Sustainably furnished in modern style, the spacious suites have 495 square feet of space, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out into the rainforest, king-size beds, reusable water flasks, fresh & filtered water, safes, and WiFi. The luxe bathrooms have soaking tubs with tropical foliage views, twin washbasins, bathrobes, and slippers. Continue reading about the resort below the Yaku Suite photo.

Mashpi Lodge

In the midst of a rainforest with waterfalls, Mashpi Lodge is an eco-focused retreat set within a nature reserve. Situated at 900 meters (3,116 feet) above sea level, the resort is located between lower montane forests and cloud forests, making it a haven for 500 species of birds, monkeys, and pumas. There's a two-story dining room serving chef-prepared Ecuadorian cuisine, and a bar with natural energy drinks and house cocktails, as well as Chilean and Argentinean vintages. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Mashpi Lodge

In addition to the luxurious accommodations and dining options at the all-inclusive property, lodge guests have access to a wide array of exploration programs including Sky Biking through the rainforests on two-person bicycles suspended above the forest canopy via cables, hiking along the Capuchin Monkey Trail, visiting the Torrenteer Lagoon, or going to the observation tower. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

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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| By: Rachael Weir

Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters on its own secluded island, Constance Moofushi Maldives is a luxury resort and diver's paradise. Situated on the South Ari Atoll, considered one of the best diving spots in the world, the property offers an idyllic location for diving along the migration route of manta rays. There are 32 dive sites within 30-minutes of the all-inclusive resort, and guests can also explore the waters via a traditional Dhoni, or from above in a sea plane. Continue reading below the resort photo.

Outdoor dining at Constance Moofushi Maldives

Featuring Crusoe Chic Barefoot Elegance combined with the Constance Hotels highest standards, the all-inclusive property offers guests an island paradise with as little or as much seclusion as desired. The all-villa resort has 24 beach villas, 56 water villas, and 20 Senior Water Villas, each with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, sitting areas, wooden terraces, minibars, and luxury bathrooms. Read more below the photo of the Senior Water Villa.

Constance Moofushi Maldives

For the ultimate retreat, Senior Water Villas provide an exclusive over-water setting with an airy design. Featuring additional space, the Senior Water Villas have luxe bathrooms with outdoor bathtubs, dual vanities, and separate showers. There's also spacious wooden terraces with steps leading to direct water access for a leisurely swim directly from one's villa. Read more below the photo of the Senior Villa Living Room.

Senior Water Villa living area at Constance Moofushi Maldives

Within the Senior Water Villas there's also LCD TVs, mac minis with iPod, CD & DVD connections, as well as coffee facilities, and minibars. 

In addition to high-end accommodations, the Constance Moofushi Maldives offers gourmet dining at two on-site restaurants, including the MANTA Restaurant with a sand-floored dining area as well as as an over-water dining room with an international menu and wine cellar. There's also a spa for rejuvenating treatments, and a variety of activities such as snorkeling, dolphin watching and sunset cruises, as well as Maldavian-style fishing excursions. 

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