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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: Five Star Alliance

Limited Time Offers to Encourage Planning Your Next Adventure

In the midst of worldwide health challenges, we’re all asking if and when to travel. Ultimately, choosing to go forward with travel plans is a personal call and situations are rapidly evolving.

However, most travel companies have introduced very flexible policies covering deposits, cancellation penalties, and waivers in order to cancel for any reason. These hope to encourage travelers to look towards the future and plan an adventure for when you feel comfortable resuming travel again. With plunging airfares and flexible policies, start planning your next adventure, whether it’s for tomorrow or several months from now with a few of these risk-free choices below.

The following are accurate as of Thursday, March 12th and will updated when new information is available.

HOTELS

Jumby Bay Hotels

Luxury hotels in popular destinations are usually sold out at least 6 months to a year in advance and because of travel worries suddenly room availability has opened up. And to incentivize future travel, these hotels are modifying their usually strict high-season cancellation policies and including extra perks to those willing to make future plans. The increased flexibility can help travelers continue to make plans, while giving them options if the situation deteriorates or their destination hasn't improved prior to departure. Have questions? Get in touch with us, we're here as your partner to help!

Hilton Hotels

In regions affected by government-issued travel restrictions, Hilton will continue to waive change fees or offer full refunds. ALL exisiting reservations – even those described as non-cancellable (“Advanced Purchase”) – that are scheduled for arrival before April 30, 2020 can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. Any NEW reservation you make – even those described as “non-cancellable” (“Advanced Purchase”) – that are booked between now and April 30, 2020 for any future arrival date, can be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

IHG is enabling flexible travel by waiving cancellation fees for all existing and new bookings at ALL IHG hotels globally for stays between March 9, 2020 and April 30, 2020.

AMResorts

Exclusively for Five Star Alliance guests: until March 31, 2020 any existing reservations for all travel dates in 2020 who choose to keep their plans will have the following enhancements added to their booking: Complimentary room upgrade based upon availability at check in, additional $200 in resort coupons for a total of $400, and $50 spa credit. Another option is their "Move the Date, Keep the Rate" program which allows guests to change the date of their current booking for a future travel date between now and December 22, 2020. Additionally, guests have the option to change to another AMResorts property within the same brand, in a different destination with no additional fee or cancellation penalty. Travel to also be completed by December 22, 2020.

Doyle Collection

The Doyle Collection - with hotels in Dublin, London, and Washington, DC is offering a ‘No Charge to Change’ program which offers a flexible solution to travelers. All of their leisure offers are fully flexible and any prepaid bookings may be changed to an alternative date within 2020 without charge. Rates attached to these bookings will be honored for new dates booked within 2020.

Belmond Hotels

Has an updated cancellation and deposit policy to encourage reservations.

InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel

In addition to the current Five Star Alliance Offer of full breakfast for two daily, an 85 Euro hotel credit, complimentary WiFi, and VIP status - the hotel is offering a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking for any reservation made from March 11, 2020 to April 30, 2020 and for stays through April 30, 2020. 

Baglioni Hotels

Offers a Flexible Offer/Zero Penalty program. Book a springtime getaway or plan a summer vacation for with your family in Florence, London, Rome, Venice and Milan. You can cancel - for any reason without incurring any penalty by cancelling at least 1 day prior to your arrival before 1pm local time. The offer is valid from March 1st to August 31st, 2020.

explora

Receive a 50% discount in the companion rate for explora South America resorts. Valid for stays between April and October 2020 in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, and between April and June 2020 in Atacama, Easter Island, and the Chilean Patagonia. Minimum three-night bookings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate includes continental breakfast for two daily at Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits and a $100 resort credit. Book through April 30, 2020 and travel between April 1, 2020 - October 27, 2020 and a $200 credit will be applied for all guestrooms and junior suites, and a $250 resort will be applied to bookings for ocean view one bedroom suite, residential suites and guestrooms with Club Lounge access.

Meliá Hotels

Join the MeliáRewards program and plan your vacations with no worries. Choose your ideal destination, take advantage of a discount up to 45% (an incredible discount) and a free cancellation. Make your reservation starting March 05, 2020 for stays through December 31, 2020. All Meliá Hotels are participating. (Pssst - this also applies to the Paradisus Resorts)

Nayara Resorts

These 3 Relais & Chateaux resorts in Costa Rica are encouraging new bookings by offering flexibility with the booking terms and conditions. This includes the opportunity to postpone travel to a later date without any additional charges.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort 

The resort is offering rooms at up to 30% off now through Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 pm Hawaii Time. The sale is valid for stays from March 22 to Dec. 15 but be you'll have to be confident in your travel dates - these are non-changeable, non-cancellable rates.

 

PACKAGES

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Resort Orlando

Offering a special (and flexible) policy to encourage travelers to plan their summer getaways - all cacation package reservations made between March 4, 2020 and April 15, 2020 for travel between March 4, 2020 and August 31, 2020 may be modified with no fee as long as it is done at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

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CRUISES

Luxury Cruises

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below or would like to learn more about cruising in the future, please click here

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian is allowing guests who book a sailing through Sept. 30, 2020 to cancel their trip up to 48-hours beforehand and receive a 100% future cruise credit with its 'Peace of Mind' cancellation policy. Passengers may also delay final payments on June and July voyages. Norwegian is also relaxing its name change policy for up to 45 days before sailing.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

All guests sailing on or before July 31, 2020 may now choose to cancel their reservation up to 48 hours prior to departure. Should a guest wish to cancel after their final payment deadline, a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) will be administered in the full amount of each guest’s applicable cancellation fees. (FCC amounts will vary and are dependent upon the standard cancellation timeline). Guests can apply these credits to any future cruise of their choice departing on or before December 31, 2021.

Oceania Cruises

Announced a new Traveler's Assurance booking policy for all existing and new bookings made by April 30, 2020 for any voyages departing between March 10 and Sept. 30, 2020. Guests may cancel up to 48 hours prior to cruise departure and will receive a Future Cruise Credit equal to 100% of the cruise fare paid.

Princess Cruises

UPDATE: Princess Cruises announced March 12th that it will pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months. The 60-day suspension will impact voyages departing Mar. 12 to May 10. Princess is offering the opportunity to transfer 100% of the money paid for their canceled cruise to a future cruise of their choice, as well as an additional future cruise credit, which can be applied to the cruise fare or onboard expenses. In addition, Princess will honor this offer for those guests who had made final payment and canceled their bookings on or after Feb. 4, 2020. The future cruise credit can be used on any voyage departing through May 1, 2022. Guests who do not want to receive a credit will be able to complete an electronic form at Princess.com to request a cash refund. Princess Cruises plans to be back in operation beginning with cruises departing May 11, 2020.

Azamara 

In addition to our “Cruise with Confidence” cancellation policy, they've taken additional steps to help reassure you by updating the CruiseCare travel protection program to cover all booking cancellations, regardless of the specified reason for bookings made by April 30, 2020 and sailing before December 31, 2021.

Seabourn

The new "Book with Confidence" policy allows bookings made between Mar. 2 and Apr. 30, 2020, for sailings departing Apr. 1 through Oct. 15, to be canceled up to 30 days prior to departure. Guests will receive a future cruise credit that must be used within 90 days for cruises departing before Dec. 31, 2021.

Silversea

Voyages departing before July 31, 2020, including both existing and future bookings, now have the additional option of cancelling their voyage as late as 48 hours prior to sailing with a Future Cruise Credit. For all sailings departing after July 31 until December 31, 2020, a 30-day prior to sailing cash cancellation option will be in place.

Regent Seven Seas

Guests on sailings scheduled from March 10 through Sept.30, 2020, booked by April 30, 2020, may cancel up to 48-hours prior to sailing and receive a 100% future cruise credit. Regent is also deferring the final payment for all sailings where the final payment is due within the next 30 days, to 60 days before sailing.

Uniworld

Uniworld 2020 cruises may be canceled up to 14 days prior to sailing. The river cruise line also added a temporary change fee waiver for any 2020 and 2021 cruise.

Viking River Cruises

They announced earlier this month that any passenger scheduled to depart before Apr. 30 may cancel up to 24 hours in advance of their trip, without incurring a fee, and receive credit for another Viking cruise to be used within a year. UPDATE: Viking will suspend its river and ocean cruise operations until May 1, 2020. All guests will receive a 125% future cruise credit, which they’ll be able to use over the next 24 months on any of Viking’s cruise products. The credit is also fully transferable. If a guest doesn’t use the voucher, Viking will send a refund equal to the amount paid to Viking after it expires.

Windstar

Windstar will allow passengers to cancel a sailing up to 15 days prior to departure for cruises departing on or after June 1, 2020.

Disney Cruise Line

Bookings can be changed up until the day before embarkation. Guests scheduled to sail between now and May 31, 2020 can change their reservation up until the day before embarkation and receive a 100% cruise credit to be used for a future sailing within 12 months of their original sail date.

PONANT/Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin changed the final payment policy for June and July 2020 voyages which will now be due 60 days prior to the sailing date. Ponant's new "Worry Free Bookings," allows final payment 30 days closer to the sailing date for all new bookings on 2020 departures. Those 2020 departures will only require a 10% deposit. Ponant has also changed its cancellation policy for new bookings for 2020, 2021, and 2022—it will allow guests to cancel sailings up to 90 days after confirmation and receive a full refund for new bookings.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities above or would like to learn more about cruising in the future, please click here


| By: Five Star Alliance

Five-star hotels are properties that offer their guests the highest levels of luxury through personalized services, a vast range of amenities, and sophisticated accommodations. Though there is no standard rating system for hotels, properties earn five-star distinction by providing guests experiences that meet or exceed even the highest of expectations for comfort, décor, and luxury.

5 Star Hotel Criteria

Though a luxury hotel may share many five-star hotel characteristics, a true five-star hotel should satisfy all these criteria:

5-Star Service

Five-star hotel employees should be polite, attentive, discreet, and can anticipate guests’ needs. All-in-all, consistently flawless excellence is the expectation. 

  • Standalone concierge staff available at least 16 hours a day
  • A high staff-to-room ratio—ideally above 2.5
  • Multilingual staff
  • 24-hour reception, room service, valet parking, butler, doorman
  • Nightly turndown 
  • Daily housekeeping that is also available upon request at any time
  • Laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, and shoe polishing
  • Guest elevators separate from staff elevators.
  • Luggage storage in which bags are out of guest view
  • Fine dining restaurant(s) and a standalone lounge and/or bar
  • Transfers and executive or house car
  • Childcare

5-Star In-Room Amenities

  • Electric safe
  • Laundry bags
  • Full-length mirror with lighting
  • Flat-screen TV with international programming
  • Stocked mini bar
  • Selection of daily newspapers
  • Wifi
  • At least four types of spa treatments 

5-Star Comfort

  • Guest rooms must be plush and inviting—especially the bed. (Ideally, there is a memory foam bed with high thread count sheets)
  • Pillow menu
  • Blackout shades
  • Bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, and large fluffy towels
  • Poolside daybeds, umbrellas, lotions, ice water, attendants, and food and beverage service

5-star hotel meaning

As more hotels aspire to five-star quality, we expect to see the very best hotels advance the standards of luxury. Here is what will become standard to all five-star hotels soon:

  • Communication with hotel staff via text
  • Remote access to room lighting, climate, and “do not disturb” 
  • Additional outlets for personal electronics, especially for USB plugs
  • Upgraded coffee machines
  • Smart TV features with access to streaming services
  • Bluetooth-enabled door locks

Who awards hotels 5 stars? 

There is no universal standard for hotel ratings. 

Terms such as Deluxe/Luxury, First Class/Superior, Tourist Class/Standard, and Budget Class/Economy are more widely accepted as hotel types, not hotel standards.

In North America, AAA rates hotels from 1 to 5 diamonds. The Forbes (Mobil) Travel Guide only ranks 4- and 5-star hotels. 

In Europe, the Hotelstars Union has standard hotel star ratings applicable to properties for more than 15 countries. Switzerland uses hotelleriesuisse which confirms a certain level of quality service, infrastructure, and equipment. The UK uses the Automobile Association's (AA) 1-to-5 star ratings.

Many other nations have laws to define hotel rating criteria.

In New Zealand, Qualmark, part of Tourism New Zealand, grades hotels from 1 to 5 stars.

In Australia, the Auto Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT) have awarded hotels star ratings that incorporate guest feedback. The ratings are now managed by the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC).

In the Philippines, the Department of Tourism maintains hotel rating standards with a system that grades properties between 1 and 5 stars.

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) grades hotels based on strict criteria and conditions in six categories.

India's classifications are handled by the Ministry of Tourism's Hotel and Restaurant Association Classification Committee (HRACC). The categories are 1 to 5 Stars and 5 Star Deluxe as well as categories for heritage: Heritage Grand, Heritage Classic, and Heritage Basic.

While it might be great for marketing, there are no 7-star or 6-star hotels

In addition to meeting the criteria above, Five Star Alliance hotels must maintain a high degree of satisfaction from guests across review sites and via feedback provided directly to us.

 

Click here to explore all of our five-star hotels >>

5-star luxury hotel meaning

 

 


| By: Five Star Alliance

New York, NY – Five Star Alliance, the leading site for luxury hotel reservations by affluent clients around the globe, recently debuted an all new website. Five Star Alliance is the leader in online to offline transactions, giving affluent customers the choice of booking electronically or via live expert advisors.

Focused on luxury travel, Five Star Alliance underwent a site overhaul to enhance the customer booking experience. The modern color palette and sleek fonts offer a fresh feel, while layout and formatting changes have simplified the search and booking process. In addition, as mobile transactions continue to grow, Five Star Alliance has upgraded its responsive mobile design and functionality. 

“Five Star Alliance is excited to share a new look with our clients,” said John P. McMahon, President & CEO of Five Star Alliance. “This new design and upgraded mobile experience reflects the needs and wants of today’s luxury travelers. Visitors will be able to find the luxury hotels they want within an easier search format, as well as unlock exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks to add value to their travels. This new look and feel is just the first phase of exciting things to come for Five Star Alliance in the luxury travel space.”

As the leading site for luxury hotel reservations, Five Star Alliance has a curated collection of luxury hotels around the world. In addition, the website has exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks featuring value-added offers at more than 1,200 luxury hotels, with an average value of $500 per stay. Recently, Five Star Alliance launched the Five Star Alliance Air Services Desk, Group Travel Desk, and Luxury Travel Planning Services.

Five Star Alliance, a member of the Signature Travel Network, was founded as an online tool to help discerning travelers find and book verified luxury hotels. Dedicated to being an online destination for luxury travelers, Five Star Alliance is transforming beyond hotels to provide clients with a comprehensive travel solution for luxury hotels, air, cruise, and bespoke experiences.

Example of New Five Star Alliance Hotel Listing with Exclusive Perks Offer

New Five Star Alliance Listing Page

Example of the New Five Star Alliance Listing Page

Press Contact:

John McMahon

President & CEO

Five Star Alliance
[email protected]

917-727-8901

 

 


| By: Five Star Alliance

New York, NY –  Five Star Alliance is excited to share the unveiling of the all-new www.FiveStarAlliance.com. As the leading site for luxury hotel reservations, the new website is designed to simplify the search and booking process, as well as showcase the world’s top luxury properties. In addition, the website’s mobile platform underwent a redesign, to maximize responsiveness and make it easy to book a luxury hotel from a mobile device.

“Five Star Alliance is excited to share a new look with our clients,” said John P. McMahon, President & CEO of Five Star Alliance. “This new design and upgraded mobile experience reflects the needs and wants of today’s luxury travelers. Visitors will be able to find the luxury hotels they want within an easier search format, as well as unlock exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks to add value to their travels. This new look and feel is just the first phase of exciting things to come for Five Star Alliance in the luxury travel space.”

The online luxury boutique travel agency Five Star Alliance provides luxury travelers with a curated collection of luxury hotels around the world, with the option to book online or to work with one of our expert travel planners (or a combination of the two). In addition, the website has exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks featuring value-added offers at more than 1,200 luxury hotels, with an average value of $500 per stay. Recently, Five Star Alliance launched the Five Star Alliance Air Services Desk, Group Travel Desk, and Luxury Travel Planning Services. Read more below the photo.

Example of New Five Star Alliance Hotel Listing Page with Exclusive Perks

New Five Star Alliance Hotel Listing Page Example

Five Star Alliance, a member of the Signature Travel Network, was founded as an online tool to help discerning travelers find and book verified luxury hotels. Dedicated to being an online destination for luxury travelers, Five Star Alliance is transforming beyond hotels to provide clients with a comprehensive travel solution for luxury hotels, air, cruise, and bespoke experiences.

Example of New Five Star Alliance Mobile Listing Page

Mobile Listing Page Example


| By: Five Star Alliance

Bali has a charm that is at once welcoming and unique. The lush vegetation greets the wide open sea along varied, storybook coastlines. When you combine the pristine touches of nature, the artful design of modern and classic architects and the delectable cherry on top, the all-inclusive experience, you get an amazing vacation. Here are some of the best Bali all-inclusive resorts.

Samabe Bali Suites and Villas

Samabe BaliSamabe Bali

Even though Samabe Bali is perched on the edge of a hill on the sea, it still offers direct access to a comfortable white sand beach. The all-inclusive experience features the Rempah Restaurant. Chefs serve up a combination of Balinese Asian, Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine. Or you can try out the Crystal Blue Ocean Grill, which delights with seafood, and the best of Balinese barbeque. If you feel like lazing around and letting time slip by, you can even have your food in your room. For fun in the sun, enjoy unlimited non-motorized water sports activities. The good times continue inside with a complete spa center and gym.

Melia Bali Nusa Dua

Pool at Melia Bali in Nusa DuaPool at Melia Bali in Nusa Dua

A short, 15-minute hop from the airport, Melia Bali in Nusa Dua greets guests with an expansive grounds of green, welcoming grass and all the traditional touches of Balinese culture. The lagoon-style pool extends through the grounds, giving guests the chance to slip out of their rooms and relax with ease. Rooms are tastefully accented with natural hues inspired by the woods of the area as well as the centuries-old traditions of stonework Bali is known for. Indulge in five different restaurants, three bars, and a coffee shop. The all-inclusive package gives you access to everything from gourmet Japanese cuisine to finely crafted Spanish tapas and paella. Dine by the beach or on the patio, and then have a sip in the well-appointed lobby at the modern, yet relaxed bar, surrounded by smooth, dark woods and a vaulted ceiling. 

Nihi Sumba Island

Awake to pool & sea views at Nihi SumbaAwake to pool & sea views at Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba gives guests an immersive experience meant to provide distance between them and their hectic lives back home. In the process, not just new experiences, but new perspectives are discovered. The area’s sea life, hiking adventures, and elegant waterfalls all beckon guests as they unplug and unwind. The dining experience is enhanced with local fish, vegetables and herbs and several carefully designed restaurants. Take in the sea with your feet in the sand as you enjoy a meal at Ombak. The Nio Beach Club and Pool focuses on enticing, yet healthy fare, and Kaboku provides a fresh sushi experience framed by an idyllic beachfront background. 


Bali is a place inundated with sights, sounds, and flavors unlike any other in the world. These hotels in Bali provide all of the above. Bali’s secret is an incorporation with all that is untouched by humans with the classic influence of tasteful architecture and landscaping. Enjoying what it has to offer in the context of all-inclusive options adds a flare of indulgence that makes the experience all the more ideal. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Bali has a charm that is at once welcoming and unique. The lush vegetation greets the wide open sea along varied, storybook coastlines. When you combine the pristine touches of nature, the artful design of modern and classic architects and the delectable cherry on top, the all-inclusive experience, you get an amazing vacation. Here are some of the best Bali all-inclusive resorts.

Samabe Bali Suites and Villas

Samabe BaliSamabe Bali

Even though Samabe Bali is perched on the edge of a hill on the sea, it still offers direct access to a comfortable white sand beach. The all-inclusive experience features the Rempah Restaurant. Chefs serve up a combination of Balinese Asian, Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine. Or you can try out the Crystal Blue Ocean Grill, which delights with seafood, and the best of Balinese barbeque. If you feel like lazing around and letting time slip by, you can even have your food in your room. For fun in the sun, enjoy unlimited non-motorized water sports activities. The good times continue inside with a complete spa center and gym.

Melia Bali Nusa Dua

Pool at Melia Bali in Nusa DuaPool at Melia Bali in Nusa Dua

A short, 15-minute hop from the airport, Melia Bali in Nusa Dua greets guests with an expansive grounds of green, welcoming grass and all the traditional touches of Balinese culture. The lagoon-style pool extends through the grounds, giving guests the chance to slip out of their rooms and relax with ease. Rooms are tastefully accented with natural hues inspired by the woods of the area as well as the centuries-old traditions of stonework Bali is known for. Indulge in five different restaurants, three bars, and a coffee shop. The all-inclusive package gives you access to everything from gourmet Japanese cuisine to finely crafted Spanish tapas and paella. Dine by the beach or on the patio, and then have a sip in the well-appointed lobby at the modern, yet relaxed bar, surrounded by smooth, dark woods and a vaulted ceiling. 

Nihi Sumba Island

Awake to pool & sea views at Nihi SumbaAwake to pool & sea views at Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba gives guests an immersive experience meant to provide distance between them and their hectic lives back home. In the process, not just new experiences, but new perspectives are discovered. The area’s sea life, hiking adventures, and elegant waterfalls all beckon guests as they unplug and unwind. The dining experience is enhanced with local fish, vegetables and herbs and several carefully designed restaurants. Take in the sea with your feet in the sand as you enjoy a meal at Ombak. The Nio Beach Club and Pool focuses on enticing, yet healthy fare, and Kaboku provides a fresh sushi experience framed by an idyllic beachfront background. 


Bali is a place inundated with sights, sounds, and flavors unlike any other in the world. These hotels in Bali provide all of the above. Bali’s secret is an incorporation with all that is untouched by humans with the classic influence of tasteful architecture and landscaping. Enjoying what it has to offer in the context of all-inclusive options adds a flare of indulgence that makes the experience all the more ideal. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Cabo San Lucas boasts a location that is almost too good to be true. Crosswinds from multiple directions grace visitors, providing a nice complement to the gentle, welcoming temperatures that can be experienced all year long. This is naturally a great backdrop for a honeymoon. Cabo San Lucas is well-positioned to be the ideal lovers' playground. Furthermore, the resorts in the area are well up to the task. Here are some perfect hotels in Cabo San Lucas that deserve a look.

Paradisus Los Cabos

Paradisus Los CabosParadisus Los Cabos

With its broad, outreaching beach dotted with rocks that seem to be considerately set off away from the swimming area, Paradisus Los Cabos impresses from the moment you lay eyes on it. The spa combines old world charm with 21st-century comforts, allowing you to absorb the luxury while your senses are stimulated. Its gardens are well-appointed and could provide the ideal backdrop for an intimate destination if that’s what you desire. Either way, the arrangement of seven restaurants after getting the exclusive treatment package appropriately named Royal Service.

Solaz Resort

Solaz ResortSolaz Resort

Like a honeymoon, Solaz Resort is all about making connections between the old and the new. The history of the Baja area is brought into the careful architecture and design of the resort, providing a bridge between the old and the new. Open, modern layouts are enhanced with locally sourced woods keeping honeymooners in touch with both the past and future of Baja. The rooms provide stretching sea views looking out over a horizon full of hope and promise while the black marble-lined pool and exterior infinity pool give guests the relaxing touch needed to turn down the volume and enjoy the hush of Baja. The restaurant boasts breathtaking views and an equally impressive wine collection.

Grand Velas

Grand Velas Los CabosGrand Velas Los Cabos

Grand Velas brings the romance of a honeymoon to another level with ocean views so far out they need a telescope to fully appreciate—one that the resort happily provides. The theme of providing for guests is continued with the deep dark and refreshingly light woods that grace the dining rooms and guest rooms alike. Enjoy a night watching movies under the stars or take a brief jaunt out to sea for a quaint, yet stunningly beautiful brunch experience. More telescopes are provided for star gazing after a day of falling deeper in love to the tune of the lightly crashing waves at its expansive beach. To top it off, there’s a tequila and mescal tasting room complete with the kind of collection you would expect from a resort that assumes the tradition of Baja as well as the task of forging into the future.


Cabo San Lucas is a great place to visit but a perfect place to honeymoon. With postcard-worthy shots at every angle, you simply can’t go wrong. Removed from the hustle and bustle yet still well-equipped with long lists of contemporary luxuries, these resorts are a pristine launch pad for a wonderful marriage. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Vacationing as a couple is something that is as special as it is unique. Everything has to be as close to perfect as possible—for the sake of both the experience and the memories. So where is the best place to vacation as a couple? Despite the undeniable truth of the saying, “To each his own,” one of the most undeniably perfect spots to vacation as a couple is The Caves in Negril, Jamaica, which is closely followed by the Emaho Sekawa Resort in Fiji, and Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia.

The Caves Negril, Jamaica

Candlelit dining at The CavesCandlelit dining at The Caves

The Caves is perched on the edge of gentle limestone cliffs that descend into the crisp light blue Caribbean Sea. It’s a relatively short drive, just 80 minutes away from the Montego Bay airport. The property is immersed in lush greenery that simultaneously reflects the raw feel of the Jamaican jungle and the thoughtfulness of well-manicured landscaping. Guests have the option of 12 accommodations situated right next to the cliff, affording views that stretch for miles and miles of light to heavy blue sea.

The Caves has a mix of private and shared dining. Guests can sit in their own candlelit nook, sit at the edge of the cliff and gaze out over the water, or nestle in with other guests under a tasteful thatched palapa. An escape to the spa for a brown sugar body scrub or a massage while looking out at the ocean provides the perfect end of a day at the beach or exploring the sights and flavors of Negril.

Emaho Sekawa Resort Fiji

Emaho SekawaEmaho Sekawa

The Emaho Sekawa redefines the concept of getting away. Tucked in the reaches of Fiji, Emaho Sekawa brings its guests to a world simultaneously outside of our own and the best of what this planet has to offer. Endless stretches of ocean views are only interrupted by the Fijian mountains on the horizon. The rooms are cozy and integrated with the outside, complete with the rustic-chic finishes of natural local woods and contemporary South Pacific architecture.

Enjoy a candle-lit dinner surrounded by mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, or eat inside at their first class restaurant. Couples are treated to a local serenade or equally romantic quiet dinners or spa treatments for two. 

Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia

Jade Mountain ResortJade Mountain Resort

With the Caribbean Sea and the mountains of St. Lucia in the background, couples can truly dive into the St. Lucia experience with Jade Mountain Resort. True to its name, the lush green mountains jut out of the landscape like the fingers of hands gently holding guests in a home away from home.

However, the comforts of home are eclipsed by views that are simply unreal, melding guests with a virtual deck of postcard shots. Sit in an infinity pool surrounded by natural rock and look out into the sea. Or couples can relax with a massage complemented by the warm Caribbean breeze.

Jade Mountain’s property includes their own organic farm that supplies the ingredients for their two top-end restaurants, guests’ private dining, and even a chocolate lab where guests can sample the fruits of chocolate experimentation—all in the name of science, of course. 


A couple’s vacation is a special time that shouldn’t be interrupted by anything. These destinations take couples out of the day-to-day grind and into a vacation that turns regular life into a faint memory.


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| By: Five Star Alliance

With its stretches of mountains, crisp blue sea, and ideal climate, it’s hard to find a better place to honeymoon than Jamaica. With a plethora of colorful, romantic choices, it could be hard to commit to just one. Here are some of the best.

Sandals Inn Montego Bay

Sandals Inn Montego BaySandals Inn Montego Bay

Curving like the wing of a hummingbird into the waters of Montego Bay, Sandals Inn is a mainstay of the Jamaican honeymoon scene. Honeymooners can take a dip in their choice of any of the five pools on site. The hotel is in the scenic heart of Montego Bay, making it an ideal base to visit Dunns River Falls during the day, and then dance the night away in an epic night in Negril just up the road. Sandals includes the option for private dining, giving a honeymooning couple a truly special experience. The couples treatment continues in the day with excursions that can be tailored just for the two honeymooners. With an ideal location, private beaches and tons of privacy options, Sandals Inn Montego Bay is a worthy top choice.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Montego Bay

Hyatt Zilara Rose HallHyatt Zilara Rose Hall

The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is a gem in gorgeous Montego Bay. The honeymoon atmosphere is solidified by the fact that it’s an adults-only escape, so honeymooners can enjoy each other, kid-free. From the stunning dining areas to the pools and comfortable outdoor lounge, nothing is “regular,” with all of the touches you would expect from a resort of this caliber. Enjoy breakfast in bed and pampering at its world-class spa. In the mood for some activity? Have some fun: various water sports and excursions are there for the taking. With fine dining offering upscale Caribbean cuisine and cocktails reflecting local and international culture, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall provides guests with all the trimmings for an unforgettable honeymoon experience. 

Azul Beach Resort, Negril

Azul Beach ResortAzul Beach Resort

In the heart of Negril lies this expansive tropical hideaway. With tropical flora and fauna behind and the Caribbean Sea in front, Azul Beach Resort is a picture-perfect honeymoon escape. As an extra thoughtful touch, to help ensure a peaceful vacation, there are adults-only sections where honeymooners can get some true peace and romantic silence. This sets the scene for an incredible honeymoon where lovers can enjoy any of the 136 ocean view rooms, pools and first class spa. However, Azul Beach Resort really shines when it comes to dining options with gourmet cuisine provided by the Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Enjoy the personalized service of beach butlers and 24-hour room service, as well as the special little details like rainforest showerheads and deluxe bathrobes. In addition, there are bars where honeymooners can grab an exotic cocktail to get the night started or finish off the day.


All three of these destinations are ideal honeymoon escapes. With the integration of luxury and the appeal of nature, they set the stage for an incredible honeymoon, perfectly designed to launch the first of many happy years of marriage.



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With its well-deserved reputation as a honeymoon heaven, the Caribbean offers a long list of places to skip off to after saying those two eternal words. Considering all of the choices, we ‘do’ want to narrow them down—just a bit. Here are the best of the best.

Hacienda AltaGracia Costa Rica

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The experience at Hacienda AltaGracia is crafted to put you deep into nature to help you fall even deeper in love. The rooming experience doesn’t get any more open than this. The rooms, nestled on a gentle hill, have oversized glass openings, allowing there to be zero boundary between guests and the breezes and delicate scents of the Costa Rican air. The architecture offers seamless integration into the vast mountain ranges outside that poke into the blue sky. Complete with wedding packages, Hacienda AltaGracia is positioned to provide a honeymoon that’s both ideal and idyllic. Every room is custom designed to take full advantage of the picturesque scenery and to allow all five senses to enjoy all Costa Rica has to offer. Enjoy horseback riding in the sweet Costa Rican air either during the day or under the stars at night. 

Amanyara, Turks, and Caicos

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Some of the world's most pristine beaches and perfectly shallow sandbars are found in Turks and Caicos, and their appeal is tastefully matched by that of Amanyara. Set amongst the greenest scenery the Turks and Caicos Islands have to offer, Amanyara presents the ideal marriage of luxury and nature. The gourmet restaurants, Arva and Nama, offer Italian and Japanese cuisine respectively, which can be enjoyed either inside or against the background of their pristine pond. Boasting a circular bar, three- to five-bedroom suites, and a nature discovery center, Amanyara has just the right assortment of amenities to foster relaxation and fun.

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St. Barts

Beach Suite Living Room at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Islde de FranceBeach Suite Living Room at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Islde de France

With classic French Caribbean architecture and gentle breezes throughout, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is a thoughtfully designed respite ready to enhance the romance. Honeymooners can walk through the flowers and local greenery of the gardens or traipse over to the beach and plunge their toes into the white Caribbean sand. Its 61 rooms integrate guests intimately with nature, allowing honeymooners to strengthen their bonds, bound by nature. The focus is subtle artistic expression combined with finely crafted hospitality. Cheval Blanc even treats guests to a fashion show every week, bringing them into the sculpted experience. The creative experience is continued in the cuisine, with locally-inspired, French-designed dishes, finely crafted according to guests’ individual tastes. Cheval Blanc delights in providing both a wedding and honeymoon experience, even organizing massages at their spa and a sunset cruise in the Bay of Colombier.


When it’s time to walk the bridge into what is arguably the most exciting phase of life, these destinations have everything a honeymooning couple could want. The sights, sounds, scents, and tastes of the Caribbean provide just the right setting to sail into a new future.


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