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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

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 a lagoon in the North Ari atoll, Constance Halaveli Maldives offers a romantic setting with unspoiled beaches, unforgettable diving with whale sharks, and sunrise meditations with yoga masters. Providing guests with the ultimate retreat to disconnect and reconnect, the luxury resort provides barefoot luxury with a full-service spa and three gourmet restaurants. Continue reading below the photo of the overwater Jing Restaurant. 

Jing Restaurant at Constance Halaveli Maldives

The private island resort offers a variety of villas including Family Beach Villas and the Double Storey Beach Vilas. All accommodations feature contemporary island architecture with indulgent amenities. One of the most unique villa options is the Water Villas with an over-water design and its own private plunge pool. Furnished with modern wood and marble, each of the villas is air-conditioned with separate living and sleeping rooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with satelittle channels and DVD players, iMac systems for streaming, minibars, and wine coolers with a selection of wines. There's also furnished over-water sun decks, and luxe bathrooms including some with separate outdoor showers. Continue reading below the photo of the Water Villa. 

Water Villa at Constance Halaveli Maldives

Guests of the resort have access to a variety of complimentary activities including tennis courts, beach volleyball, badminton, and table tennis. There's a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio machines, rowing machines, Kinesis wall, and spinning bikes. Plus, the TGI Diving Center with diving courses and experiences, canoes, windsurfing, dolphin watching cruises, fishing trips, snorkeling, and excursions to nearby villages. 

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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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| By: Rachael Weir

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

Constance Lemuria Seychelles Villa Exterior

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

Junior Suite Family Area at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

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

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

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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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing Venetian history and culture, Palazzo Venart is an ultra-luxe hotel along the Grand Canal with direct water access. Set within a former aristocratic residence, the property offers accommodations and event venues with frescoes, marble fireplaces, and original works of art. Restored by Venetian specialists, the property retains its renaissance grandeur infused with modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms with tubs or showers. Plus, the property's 18 guestrooms and suites feature views of Venice. Read more below the photo.

Guest suite at the Palazzo Venart

In addition to historically-infused accommodations, Palazzo Venart has Michelin Star dining at The GLAM restaurant. Serving classic Venetian fare by chef Enrico Bartolini, the cuisine is prepared with a contemporary twist, for a modern take on local Venetian gastronomy. Guests enter the restaurant via a discreet courtyard shaded by magnolia trees, with indoor seating as well al fresco options. Continue below the photo for a special perks offer.

Dining at Palazzo Venart

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive  a complimentary aperitivo for two. For guests booking Luxury or Suite room categories receive a choice of an included one way transfer to or from the airport or ferry terminal OR a complimentary one hour walking tour.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in Argentina's lake district, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort is a luxury mountain lodge with grand stone fireplaces, exposed cyrpress walls, and views of Andean peaks. Providing travelers with a true Patagonian experience while in the midst of a full-service luxury resort, guests can partake in a variety of active excursions including extreme mountain biking, skiing, condor sightings, 4x4 driving on the Patagonian steppes, rafting, and rappelling. Continue reading more below the photo.

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

The hotel has two wings: Ala Bustillo Wing with rooms, suites, and studios that opened in 1940, and the Lago Moreno Wing a mix of classic and modern designed deluxe studios and suites. In the Moreno Wing, the suites offer large windows, and the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite has a unique bathroom with a double jacuzzi and expansive window providing a panoramic view. There's also a log fireplace and terraced balcony in the 678-square-foot suite. Read more below the photo of the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite. 

Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite Bathroom

In addition to the hotel's exclusive setting and outdoor activities, the property offers a pampering spa with a variety of treatments, Kids & Teens Spa for guests 3 to 12 years of age, and a Health Club with a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, stength training, and relaxation room. There's also a kids' club with supervised activities, and a hospitality lounge for skiiers during the winter season. For dining, Los Cesares Grill & Pasta serves a variety of grilled meats, fish, and homemade pastas. While the Patagonia Coffee Shop offers a relaxed setting, and the Lobby Bar is a lodge-style destination for evening cocktails. Read more below the Lobby Bar photo.

Lobby Bar at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and subject to availability, an early check-in or late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

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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| By: Rachael Weir

Consisting of 34 freestanding suites, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Dominican Republic. Mixing Spanish colonial style with Riviera-inspired design, the property offers guests privacy and the exclusive Caleton Beach Club. Surrounded by a tropical forest, the property has towering cliffs, pristine beaches, marina, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Continue reading below the photo.

Three Bedroom Royale Villa at  Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Throughout the property there are six bars and restaurants each with a distinctive personality, including the Mediterraneo Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine crafted with items flown-in from Europe. La Palapa offers seafood with views of the Caribbean, and the BLUE Grill + Bar provides Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes. Read more below the photo.

La Palapa at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit, bottle of champagne, and fresh fruit platter. Also, based on availability, an early check-in and late check-out. 

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