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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.


Overlooking the Mississippi River on Mud Island, the River Inn of Harbor Town is a boutique hotel near downtown Memphis. Featuring traditional Southern charm, the hotel welcomes guests into an inviting lobby with wood floors from a Virginia textile mill, 1850s New Orleans mantel, sparkling crystal chandelier, candles, and original oil paintings. Continue reading below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town, Memphis

Upon check-in, guests are greeted with a glass of wine or champagne, and in the evenings turndown service includes port wine and chocolate truffles. In the mornings, hotel guests receive a gourmet breakfast, and the library-style sitting area offers morning coffee. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the River Inn of Harbor Town

Providing a warm setting and attentive service, the luxury boutique hotel has multiple dining options. The classic Paulette's Restaurant is a long-time Memphis destination providing a cozy bar and steaks, fish, and Sunday Brunch with hot popovers and strawberry butter. For relaxed dining, Tug's Casual Grill offers river views and an All-American bar atmosphere with happy hour specials. Plus, Terrace at the River Inn is located on the top floor of the hotel, and features panoramic views of the Memphis skyline and Mississippi River. On nice days, windows open to provide gentle river breezes, and the menu features sharable portions of classic Southern-inspired dishes and cocktails. 

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Offering a romantic beachside setting, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique hotel on the west coast of Antigua. Overlooking the Caribbean, the property is a tropical hideaway, welcoming guests age 14 and older. Consisting of 30 freestanding suites built with indigenous materials, accommodations feature contemporary styling and color schemes inspired by nature. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

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

Hermitage Bay Restaurant

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

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Providing a chic setting overlooking one of the world's most famous beaches, COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district. Set along the beach, the property offers an urban retreat with modern guest rooms and suites infused with art deco styling, playful tones of pink and green, geometric silhouettes, marble, and chrome accents, plus the latest in-room technology and large windows offering natural sunlight. 

Balcony Guest Room at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

For dining, Traymore serves a modern menu with classic Floridian seafood dishes and American favorites created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga. During breakfast the restaurant offers homemade juices, pastries, and healthy choices. At night, the restaurant transforms into a vibrant setting that spills from the lobby onto the terrace. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

The adjacent Traymore Gin Bar has a bright and contemporary space with more than 30 artisanal gins and signature cocktails. There's also poolside dining and cocktails, and the COMO Shambhala Cuisine concept provides guests with healthy menu options prepared using fresh Floridian ingredients from the land and sea. 

Featuring a relaxing and rejuvenating setting in the heart of Miami Beach, the property's COMO Shambhala Concept features a holistic wellness experience with an energizing dining and juice menu, spa treatments, and wellness area. Continue reading below the Hydrotherapy pool photo.

Rooftop Hydrotherapy Pool at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Set on the eighth floor of the hotel, the wellness facilities offer an urban retreat-like setting with an outdoor rooftop Hydrotherapy pool, relaxation terrace, four treatment rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center on the roof, co-ed steam room, and experience showers. 

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Perched on a hilltop within a 15th century villa with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele provides an exclusive setting within a former Renaissance monastery. Set amidst Italian gardens with lemon trees and fragrant roses, the hotel offers fine Tuscan cuisine at La Loggia Restaurant, a Cookery School, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence. There are walking paths through the surrounding woods, a fitness center with panoramic views, personal training services, and a massage gazebo. There's also a shuttle bus which transports hotel guests to the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence's historic city center. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Villa San Michele

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and VIP status. Plus, a room upgrade based on availability at time of check-in.

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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the two Presidential Suites at the Belmond Reid's Palace combine historic styling with hand painted wallpapers, lofted ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can choose from either the Churchill Suite and the George Bernard Shaw Suite, both of which feature views of manicured gardens and the ocean. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Reid's Palace

The two Presidential Suite each have separate bedroom and sitting rooms. Within the spacious living areas there are Bose sound systems, satellite TVs with DVD players, and balconies. While the master bedrooms have king size beds, turndown service, and luxurious bathroom amenities. Read more below the photo.

Presidential Suite Living Room at Belmond Reid's Palace

The Belmond Reid's Palace is located on a semi-tropical Portuguese island north of the Canaries, and 450 miles off the west coast of Africa. Just outside of the town of Funchal, the historic cliffside luxury hotel has a sea level platform with direct ocean access, three swimming pools (two seawater and one freshwater), four restaurants, spa, and tennis courts. There's also family-friendly amenities including a children's pool and supervised activities, plus a shopping boutique.

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Tea at Belmond Reid's Palace


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Featuring a family-friendly atmosphere steps away from the historic sites of downtown, the Belmond Charleston Place is ideal for family vacations. For a limited time, the hotel is offering the Rooftop Relaxation Package, which includes luxurious accommodations, complimentary breakfast for children 12 and under in The Palmetto Cafe when accompanied by a paid adult meal, and a 25% discount at the Clock Tower Terrace, which is located next to the hotel's rooftop pool. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Rooftop Clocktower Bar at the Belmond Charleston Place

From the Belmond Charleston Place, families can explore the city on foot or bicycle, or enjoy strolling the streets in a horse-drawn carriage. The South Carolina Aquarium and Waterfront Park are nearby, and historic attractions such as Middleton Plantation with a petting zoo are a short drive away. Continue reading below the photo.

Charleston Carriage Ride at Belmond Charleston Place

The recently remodeled Belmond Charleston Place provides a luxurious setting in the historic district close to the Charleston City Market. Overlooking King Street and downtown, the heated rooftop saltwater pool has a retractable roof as well as the Clock Tower Terrace for outdoor dining. There's also the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place with upscale boutiques, the award-winning Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe for casual dining, and a health club. 

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Situated in the town of Aguas Calientes, Sumaq Machu Picchu offers a luxurious setting for exploring the flavors of southern Peru, Incan culture, and the sacred site. For an in-depth visit, the hotel's Mystical Tour in Machu Picchu offers a unique experience for guests visiting the historical sanctuary. Guided by an authentic shaman from the Sacred Valley of the Incas, participants will gain an insider's perspective of the energy sources, mystery, and magical connections within the site, Pachamama, Mother Earth, and sacred temples. 

The 8 hour tour includes entrance tickets to the citadel, round trip bus transfers, a boxed lunch, private tour guide, cleansing session, and Pachamama Mystical Kit. Read more below.

Exterior of Sumaq Machu Picchu

In addition to the Mystical Tour, the property offers an array of activities for guests including Andean marriage ceremonies, payment to earth rituals, and Mandor hikes. For culinary enthusiasts, guests can partake in cooking classes, traditional Pachamanca Sumaq experiences, and romantic Peruvian dinners. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Recently renovated, Sumaq Machu Picchu is surrounded by the majestic bio-diversity of Machu Picchu Archaeologcal Park with valleys, mountains, waterfalls, and ancient ruins. Committed to sustainability, the hotel's mission is to protect the local environment and indigenouse culture. Focused on service with a warm and friendly atmosphere, the property offers a luxuriou setting for exploring the historic region. Continue reading below for a special Five Star Alliance Perk.

Guest Suite at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance get a complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during the stay. Plus, based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out.

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Tucked amongst 2.5 acres of pine trees and fragrant gardens, the Villa Rose-Pierre feature a private villa setting with the services and amenities of a five star hotel, including 24-hour butler service and two servants' quarters. As part of the iconic Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, the villa offers a secluded setting with a private heated infinity pool with mosaics and glow-in-the-dark stars that light up at night, along with an exclusive synthetic clay tennis court with sea views. Continue reading below the pool photo. 

The private pool at the Villa Rose-Pierre

Decorated by interior designer Alberto Pinto, the four bedroom residence opens to large outdoor terraces, with seaview balconies in each of the bedrooms. There's a grand entrance hall, living room, kitchen, sun room, and dining room. The master suite offers privacy on the main floor with a large en-suite luxury bathroom, while the three guest bedrooms are upstairs with their own en-suite bathrooms. The rooftop terrace has an outdoor dining table and sofa seating for guests to enjoy meals and cocktails with views of the grounds, pine grove, and Mediterranean. While the lower level has a TV lounge, sauna, and fitness room.

Guests of the Villa Rose-Pierre also receive breakfast, a 60-minute spa treatment for two, as well as a "Haute Couture" skin analysis by Dr. Burgener. Continue reading more below the photo of the grand hotel. 

Exterior of the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel is an iconic property along the Côte d’Azur. Built in 1908, the legendary palace hotel offers classic glamour and timeless French style. Le Spa features a hydrotherapy circuit, indoor pool with a counter-current system, yoga and Pilates classes, plus personal training, jogging trails, and synthetic clay tennis courts. The Club Dauphin Swimming Pool has a large terrace with lounge chairs and cabanas, there are activities for families and children, plus three restaurants including the Michelin-Starred Le Cap (photo below), known for its regional cuisine. Continue below the photo of Le Cap's Terrace. 

Le Cap Terrace at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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Perched along a sandy beach on a quiet bay, Porto Zante Villas and Spa offers a secluded luxury retreat on the island of Zakynthos. The all-villa resort has one-, two-, and four-bedroom villas, all with private pools (some with beachfront areas) and high-end amenities such as Armani Casa & Gervasoni furnishings, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, Bernardaud design porcelain, Christofle Paris cutlery and glasses, BVLGARI guest amenities, and artwork by prominent Greek artists. Continue reading below the photo for more about the resort and a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Open seasonally from April to October, the beachfront Porto Zante provides guests with an array of unique experiences and activities. For water sports, the resort has sea cycles, canoes, stand-up paddle boarding, parascending, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing. Fitness options include beachfront yoga, a fitness center, personal training, tennis, and horse riding, while family options include a kids' club with organized activities, a water park with water slides, and the Kids' Corner playground. Guests interested in culture and off-site excursions can visit wineries, the Kiliomeno mountain village, St. Dionisios Monastery, Byzantine Museum, Ancient Olympia, and the Museum of Dionisios Solomos or explore the Navagio Beach shipwreck, Blue Caves, Bochali, as well as see the endangered Caretta-Caretta Turtles in their natural habitat on Marathonisi Island. Continue reading below the photo.

Activities at Porto Zante

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary butler service, kid's entertainment, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival.

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Set along the shores of Lake Garda, Grand Hotel Fasano is a historic luxury hotel offering scenic mountain and lake views. Originally built in 1888 as a hunting lodge for the Austrian imperial family, the hotel provides a picturesque lakeside location with centuries old grounds, and ornate architectural details, infused with modern comforts. 

The Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's opulent guest rooms and suites have an elegant color palette of creams and golds with gilded accents and large windows providing views of the lake. There's also minibars, LCD TVs, safes, and balconies and select rooms. The Suites have larger spaces, along with separate lounge areas. Read more below the image.

Superior Room at the Grand Hotel Fasano

For dining, Il Fagiano Ristorante features the creative cuisine of Chef Matteo Felter, a Lake Garda native. Serving a modern take on the lake region's traditional cuisine, there's a contemporary mix of flavors and textures. During the summer months, the restaurant has a terrace, providing an exclusive setting with fragrant flowers and lake views. Continue reading below the photos.

Il Fagiano Ristorante at Grand Hotel Fasano

Il Fagiano Ristorante Exterior at Grand Hotel Fasano

Ristorante Magnolia is set on the hotel's grounds and features two ancient magnolia trees, with a menu of traditional Italian salads, pastas, and grilled main courses prepared using fresh ingredients. Read more below. 

Ristorante Magnolia at Grand Hotel Fasano

Set on a terrace, Trattoria Il Pescatore specializes in Mediterranean-inspired fresh fish dishes, while La Darsena Shore Club & Restaurants is located in a restored old house on the lake serving chef prepared Lake Garda classics. Continue reading below the photos. 

La Darsena at Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's Aveda spa offers a variety of services and treatments designed to maintain balance of the body and mind. There's also a wellness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment. Nearby, guests have access to exclusive skippered rental services of Frauscher boats, explore Lake Garda's cycling trails on rented mountain bikes, or golf at the Gardagolf Country Club and Arzaga Golf Club. 

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