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Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

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

Constance Lemuria Seychelles Villa Exterior

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

Junior Suite Family Area at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

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

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

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

Kayaking at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

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

Spa Villa at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

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

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Ready for a beach retreat? For a limited time, the Monarch Beach Resort is offering a special promotion. Book two nights at the Best Available Rate, and receive the Third Night Free! The special offer requires a Three Night Minimum Stay, and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions, blackout dates apply. Read more about the resort below the photo. 

Guest bath at Monarch Beach Resort

The Monarch Beach Resort epitomizes the California Coastal lifestyle. Set along Salt Creek Beach, about five miles north of San Juan Capistrano, the resort is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Featuring redesigned rooms by Rodrigo Vargas Design, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, and private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, the  family-friendly luxury resort has an expansive pool complex. Read more below the photo.

Swimming pool complex at the Monarch Beach Resort

For recreation, the Monarch Beach Golf Links is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed 18-hole golf course. Featuring traditional Scottish-inspired style, the beachfront course has a golf shop, lessons, and the Club 19 restaurant on the first tee. There's also a private beach club with surf lessons led by the resort's Surf Host, paddle boarding, bonfires, and trail hikes.

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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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Destination Spotlight: Vienna

Known for classical music and a one-of-a-kind coffee culture, Vienna comes alive during the holiday season with a variety of Christmas Markets such as the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, the Cultural and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, the Art Advent on Karlsplatz, the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz, and the Christmas village on Maria Theresien Platz. These markets come alive with festive Advent concerts, Gospel evenings, and the star-studded "Christmas in Vienna" Gala at the Konzerthaus. After Christmas, these markets become New Year's Markets, and the Vienna Philharmonic hosts its New Year's Concert in the Musikverein's Golden Hall every New Year's Day.  While the city's annual Ball Season begins in January and runs through February, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to "Waltz in Vienna" at one of 450 imperial venues. 

Featuring a cuisine and coffee culture of its own, Vienna is an ideal destination for food, art, music, and history enthusiasts. From Viennese coffee houses (part of cultural heritage of UNESCO since 2011) where coffee drinks, pastries, and international newspapers can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. There are traditional coffee houses in the Old City, Viennese Concert Cafes with live music, Viennese Ice Cream Parlours, and new modern interpretations of the traditional coffee house throughout the city.

In addition to the coffee culture, Viennese cuisine is the only cuisine in the world named after a city, making it the perfect place for foodies to explore. There are 10 restaurants with a shared 14 Michelin Stars, and 127 Viennese restaurants currently hold coveted Gault & Millau food critic awards. One of the pioneers in vegetable and herb cuisine, The Steirereck, is ranked tenth on the list of "World's 50 Best Restaurants". 

Visitors can explore a thriving gallery scene, schedule private access tours to the city's world-class museums for special insights, or book a personal tour in a limousine or VW Beetle Convertible. For those that love to shop for unique items, the city's list of "Wien Products" includes artistic crafts such as custom-made shoes and chandeliers from some of the most prestigious boutiques in Vienna. There's also an array of Austrian fashion designers, as well as a new service with select hotels offering guests the opportunity to rent fashions from Viennese designers. 

Here are Five Top Luxury Hotels in Vienna:

1. Hotel Sacher Wien

Hotel Sacher Wien

Recognized for luxury and high class service, Hotel Sacher Wien was founded in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the Original Sacher-Torte. Directly opposite the State Opera House and next to the Albertina Gallery, the historica hotel offers exclusive amenities, guest rooms and suites with noble carpets and mulberry silk wall papers, as well as the recently renovated Anna Sacher restaurant with golden highlights. Sacher Eck services culinary creations in a dynamic atmosphere where guests can enjoy the Original Sacher-Torte, which is also available in the Cafe Sacher and Sacher Stube.

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2. Park Hyatt Vienna

Belle Epoque Suite at the Park Hyatt Vienna

Set within a 100-year-old building in Vienna's first district, Park Hyatt Vienna is within walking distance of important sights, monuments, museums, and shopping. The Arany Spa has a 15-meter indoor pool, wet area with a sauna, steam bath, vitality showers, and sanarium, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an array of spa treatments. There's family- and pet-friendly amenities, as well as the Cafe Am Hof coffee house, Bank Brasserie & Bar for dining, and the Living Room with whisky, cognac, and cigars. 

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3. Palais Coburg Residenz

Palais Coburg Residenz

Featuring historically significant Renaissance fortifications from the 16th century, the Palais Coburg Residenz offers 34 individualized suites each dedicated to members of the Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha family dynasty that played a signifant role in the history of the property. The Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant is a two Michelin Star recipient, and there are six wine cellars with a combined 60,000 bottles. There's also a garden and spa with unique spaces for guests to explore. 

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4. Hotel Bristol Vienna

Lounge at the Hotel Bristol Vienna

Built in 1892, the Hotel Bristol Vienna, A Luxury Hotel Collection is located in the heart of Vienna's cultural and business district. Offering Viennese charm with personalized service, rooms that face the Vienna State Opera are named after famous directors, and all accommodations have antiques mixed with modern comforts. The Bristol Lounge offers Art Deco ambiance, there's a winter garden with view on the Mahlerstrasses, and the Bristol Bar was the city's first American Bar. 

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5. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Situated within four 19th century palaces, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is located on the iconic Ringstrasse, adjacent to the Stadtpark. Offering unique dining experiences, Dstrikt Steakhouse serves farm-to-table cuisine, and the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar provides skyline views and signature cocktails. The Ritz-Carlton Spa has six treatment rooms and personalized services, there's a state-of-the-art fitness center, and the 18-meter indoor pool has underwater music. 

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

Oceanfront accommodations at The Residence Mauritius

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

Dining at The Residence Mauritius

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

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Poolside setting at The Residence Mauritius

Across from downtown, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers a family-friendly setting with a full-service marina, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature custom beds, private balconies, and bathrooms with soaking tubs. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Family Parlor Rooms have 750 square feet of space with a king bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and a separate room with two twin beds, while Garden Studio Suites have a spacious design with a living space and furnished balconies. Offering a range of services and amenities, discover 5 Top Amenities at the property below the photo. 

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

5 Top Amenities at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

1. Charleston Harbor Marina

Located on site, the full-service marina provides complimentary water trolley access to downtown Charleston, as well as 24-hour security dock space that can accommodate more than 450 boats, high speed fuel, laundry, and shower facilities. 

2. Beach Club Tiki Bar

Charleston's only Tiki Bar provides panoramic harbor views, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and light fare.

3. Estuary Spa 

Featuring coastal-inspired ambiance, the Estruary Spa offers an array of pampering services with individual and couples treatment options. 

4. Charleston Harbor Fish House

Serving fresh seafood with a seasonally changing menu, the award-winning restaurant offers waterfront dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

5. Games & Activities

Providing a variety of activties for guests of all ages, the hotel has season kid's camps, photo scavenger hunts, beachside fire pits with kits for roasting s'mores, and a 30-person movie theater. There's also volleyball, bocce, aqua golf, cornhole, and life-size chess.

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Patio view at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

Perched on a hillside along the Pacific Coast, Monarch Beach Resort celebrates the California Coastal lifestyle. From private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern to surf lessons on the beach, the property embodies a SoCal way of life. Fresh off a $40 million transformation, guest rooms and suies feature ocean-inspired furnishings by Rodrigo Vargas Design, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family pool with splash zones. In addition, the resort offers a variety of signature experiences for all interests. Continue reading more below the resort photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Monarch Beach Resort

Four Signature Experiences at Monarch Beach Resort

1. Miraval "Life in Balance" Spa

Overlooking the ocean with private beach access, the recently opened spa provides an array of treatments, services, and programs focused on health and wellness to reinvigorate the mind, body, and spirit. 

2. Monarch Beach Golf Links

The 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is an award-winning course. Set along the ocean, the 6,600-yard course has the Club 19 Restaurant and Grill, Mindful Golf Programs, and a top-ranked golf boutique. Read more below the photo.

Monarch Beach Resort

3. Miraval Tea

Focused on a healthful experience, the Miraval Tea is a high tea experience that includes chef-created lighter menu items, as well as custom blended teas like the Monarch Beach SoCal Citrus and Prickly Pear Black Tea. In addition, the tea includes spa access and $50 off a spa service. 

4. Surf, Body Board, and Body Surf Classes

Led by the area's top instructors, guests can experience quintessential beach activities by partaking in a class to learn how to surf, body board, or body surf.

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Monarch Beach Resort

Offering a landmark setting in South Florida, The Biltmore Coral Gables is surrounded by 150 acres of tropical gardens. Home to one of the largest pools on the East Coast of the United States, the historic hotel offers a full-service European Spa, award-winning restaurants, and tennis. Minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach, The Biltmore is close to beaches, as well as upscale shopping and dining in downtown Coral Gables. Continue reading below the photo for 5 Reasons to Stay at The Biltmore Coral Gables, as well as special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Outdoor Pool at The Biltmore Coral Gables

1. Biltmore Golf

Designed by Donald Ross in 1925, the Biltmore Golf Course is a 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71, championship course. Offering membership options, guests have access to the course, as well as the Biltmore Golf Academy, Jim McLean Golf School, and the Golf Shop. For children, there's a Junior Development Program, as well as a Kids Summer Camp. Continue reading below the photo. 

Golf Course at The Biltmore Coral Gables

2. The Biltmore Culinary Academy 

Opened in 2009, the resort's recreational cooking school offers a variety of classes and team-building events for both children and adults. Ideal for aspiring chefs of all ages, students are actively involved of every aspect of the food preparation, which concludes with a meal consisting of student-created recipes. 

The Biltmore Culinary Academy

3. The Spa

Offering a luxurious setting with a boutique, and a full range of services such as body treatments, massages, facials, hair and makeup services, makeup application, waxing, and microblading, the spa at the Biltmore provides a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Within the spa there's also the Benessere at The Biltmore wellness program with special spa, dining, and fitness programs. 

Couples Spa Suite at The Biltmore Coral Gables

4. Children's Programs

From sports-focused programs to cooking classes, the resort offers a range of kid-focused activities. At the Biltmore Culinary Academy for Kids there are children's hands-on classes, along with family cooking classes. Plus, there are Golf Summer Camps and tennis lessons for children 7 to 14. 

5. Dining

The Biltmore Hotel offers multiple restaurants and dining options, including a popular Sunday Brunch and classic Afternoon Tea. For fine dining, Palme D'Or serves French cuisine, and Fontana specializes in Italian dishes. Plus, there's casual outdoor dining at Cascade, and the 19th Hole has golf course views. Continue reading below the photo about special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Palm D'Or Restaurant at The Biltmore Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking  "Best Available" and "Signature" rate plans with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily in the Fontana Restaurant, a $100 spa treatment credit per room, per stay, and a welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Featuring a prime downtown location, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver blends modern design with natural materials, and views of the Rocky Mountains. The hotel's Club Level has dedicated concierge services, and the spa recently added a new hair and nail salon. For dining, ELWAY'S Downtown, owned by NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, provides a signature steakhouse menu infused with the spirit of the mountain city. Continue reading below the restaurant photo.

Elway's at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Convenient to major attractions like the Denver Zoo, Larimer Square shopping, and Coors Field, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver offers a central location for families to explore the Mile High City, while enjoying a variety of on-site amenities. Read more about three of the top family-friendly amenities at the hotel below the photo. 

Double Queen Club Guestroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

1. Ritz Kids City Camper Experience

This Ritz Kids program brings the outdoors inside with an in-room indoor tent for sleeping and playing, as well as a Colorado wildlife story book, plush lion stuffed animal, coloring activity, and choice of a S'mores cupcake or sliced apples, nuts, and hot caramel sauce. Please note: Ritz Kids City Camper packages available in One Bedroom Suites and Deluxe Suites, and can be arranged via the hotel's guest relations team.

2. Ritz Kids Very Important Kids Program

Young travelers are greeted with a welcome gift at check-in, that includes an activities book and scavenger hunt. There's also a children's menu with kid-friendly choices at Elway's Restaurant. 

3. Mommy-To-Be & Children's Spa Services

Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Planning a getaway with the children before new baby arrives? The hotel's spa offers a variety of Mommy-To-Be Services for pre-baby pampering, as well as snacks. Plus, the spa offers Ritz Kids Spa treatments with age-appropriate pedicures, facials, or hair styling for special Mommy-and-Me time at the spa. 

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