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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.


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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. 

Visit the Belmond Charleston Place website to learn more

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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. 

Visit the Grand Hotel Fasano website to check rates and availability

 

 


Nestled amongst the rolling hills of a historic farm where Belted Galloway cows, chickens, and goats roam, The Fearrington House Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, is a luxurious pastoral retreat reknowned for seasonal cuisine. The property's 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites are clustered around private gardens, and feature plush fabrics, original works of art, antiques, and fresh flowers. Guests can explore the grounds via meandering paths, and the Spa at Fearrington offers a range of facials, massages, and pedicures incorporating Elemis luxury spa and skincare products from Britain. Situated within Fearrington Village, guests can explore the beer garden, as well as shops and restaurants. Continue reading below the photos from a recent visit to the Fearrington House Inn. 

Guest room at the Fearrington House Inn

Guest Bathroom at the Fearrington House Inn

Chicken Coop at the Fearrington House Inn

Set within a white-columned structure, the Fearrington House Restaurant serves a seasonally changing menu featuring farm-to-table cuisine. Focused on celebrating North Carolina's four distinct seasons, Executive Chef Colin Bedford creates culinary dining experiences for guests using herbs and vegetables grown on the property, along with locally sourced products from partnerships with local farms such as Duckwood Farms and Heritage Farms. Continue reading below the photo.

The Fearrington House Restaurant

Guests of the hotel receive daily breakfast at the award-winning restaurant, and the changing menu is complemented by the hotel's beverage program, which includes a full bar infused with local ingredients, an extensive wine list, and beers from North Carolina breweries. 

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It's time once again for La Paulée at Constance Le Prince Maurice. This grand celebration is held once a year at the resort, and pays homage to the traditional Burgundian celebration to mark the end of the grape harvest season that was once a widespread practice in France. Over the years, La Paulée has transformed from the original communal banquet for growers and their workers into grand galas attended by wine connoisseurs. Continue reading below the photo of the event.

La Paulee at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Held April 25 to 30, 2017, La Paulée de Meursault is a special event at Le Prince Maurice where everyone that attends brings their own wine, which sparks a friendly, but intense competition as bottles are uncorked, shared, and imbibed. Designed to capture the essence of Burgundy's joie de vivre, the event is ideal for those who appreciate fine wine and cuisine. Read more below the resort photo.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice is a romantic, all-suite tropical hideaway located on the northeast coast of Mauritus. Designed by architect Jean Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards, the property offers a tranquil setting mixing nature with modern styling. There's an infinity pool, beaches, nature reserves, U Spa, and multiple restaurants, including Archipel with a partially open-air setting overlooking the pool and beach.

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Offering an all-inclusive and adults-only setting, the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is a luxury resort in Sint Maarten. Providing panoramic Caribbean views, the resort-within-a-resort sits on the southwest tip of the island. Within the all-suite property there are three pools including a swim out pool, plus the Mediterranean-themed Azul Restaurant, and three bars. Providing limitless all-inclusive luxury, guests have access to private cabanas, 24-hour room service, and a dedicated open-air wellness center. The resort's 129 spacious suites feature contemporary island styling with Greek marble bathrooms, Italian Modena porcelain floors, custom furnishings and artwork, plus private balconies or terraces with tables and chairs.

Featuring an array of amenities and ultra-luxe Caribbean setting, here are three top reasons to stay at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort:

1. The Edge Pool 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Overlooking Maho Bay, this one-of-a-kind pool has a private zero entry cliffside beach. Blending seamlessly into the horizon, the pool has lounge chairs and umbrellas along the water's edge. Featuring a silica-based sand lining, the pool has a state-of-the-art cleansing filtration system. 

2. Serenity Spa 

The Serenity Spa

The recently opened spa is located in the adjacent Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. There are eight treatment rooms, along with a variety of services available, but the most unique option is the outdoor spa experience. Set in the Serenity Point Cliffside gazebo, guests are soothed by the sounds of waves while enjoying massages. 

3. Full Access to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Rooftop Lounge

In addition to exclusive amenties and services at the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, guests also receive full access to five additional restaurants and bars, tour desk, four tennis courts, Tantra Nightclub, Casino Royale, and eco-friendly conference facilities.

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Destination Spotlight: Amsterdam

The capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a mix of experiences set along a series of 165 waterways with 1,280 bridges. Recognized for its tall row homes built in the city's 17th century Golden Age, many of which have been transformed into hotels, boutiques, and museums, there's much to explore. Visitors can see the city from guided canal cruises along the waterways, or rent a bike to explore the its network of bike paths just like the locals.  

Founded in the late 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam is named after the city's origin around a dam on the Amstel River. Today, the 17th century canals and the 19-20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Museum Quarter is home to the Rijksmuseum, showcasing iconic works of art from the Dutch masters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Plus, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of modern art, and Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The area is also home to the city's most famous shopping street, P.C. Hoofstraat, lined with upscale shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. There's also the famous Anne Frank House, and Amsterdam is home to a variety of Michelin star restaurants. 

During the spring, the city is filled with blooming tulips. But there's always something to explore in the canal-filled city from art fairs to culinary events. King's Day is celebrated with parties on April 27, 2017. The LifeFit Grachtenloop on June 23, 2017 is a midsummer evening running event along Haarlem's canals, In August (8/18 - 8/27), the World Cinema Amsterdam brings indoor and outdoor screenings to the Rialto Cinema and Marie Heinekenplein. The Amsterdam In-Water Boat Show (8/29-9/3) is a festival of boating and watersports, and on September 3, the boats make way for swimmers to partake in the Amsterdam City Swim. While December is the time for Christmas markets and holiday concerts.

Amsterdam offers a variety of luxury accommodations as unique as the city itself, including Historic Retreats, Modern Boutiques, and Grand Properties. Read more below about some of the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam or Explore all Amsterdam Luxury Hotels.

Historic Retreats

Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer Guest Room

Set within 25 Golden Age canal houses, Hotel Pulitzer offers a historic location with views of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Within walking distance of the Royal Palace, museums, and Central Station, the hotel has the Restaurant Jansz with classic European cuisine, Pulitzer's Bar, and a private salon boat. 

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The Dylan Amsterdam

The Dylan Amsterdam

Nestled in a charming 17th century building on the Keizergracht, The Dylan Amsterdam combines modern European design with the history of the city. Each of the hotel's 40 rooms and 14 suites has its own style, and there's Michelin star dining at Restaurant Vinkeles. Guests can relax in The Garden--a secluded outdoor courtyard with candles.

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The College Hotel

The College Hotel Amsterdam

Housed in a 19th century building that opened as a school in 1895, The College Hotel blends historic charm with contemporary styling. A short stroll from the Museum District and shopping area, the boutique hotel has afternoon tea, a restaurant serving chef-prepared cuisine rooted with Dutch flavors, The Bar lounge, and an outdoor courtyard. 

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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

I Love Amsterdam Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel

Located in the heart of the Museum District, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies a landmark hertigage building. Providing a unique architectural setting accented with contemporary design, plus restaurants, a bar, and lounge, the luxury hotel offers the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Steps from the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, and high end shopping, the property is ideal for those seeking a mix of history and modern style.

Learn more about the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

 

Modern Boutiques

Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam Guest Room

Situated within the lively Jordaan District, the Andaz Amsterdam provides a contemporary setting reflecting a modern take on Dutch history and local culture. Designed by Dutch architect and designer Marcel Wanders, the property has more than 50 pieces of video art and original works of art around every corner. Plus, the Bluespooon Restaurant serves seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. 

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W Amsterdam

Bathroom at the W Amsterdam

Next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is located in two unique buildings, a former bank and a telephone exchange building. Mixing contemporary style with the city's heritage, the hotel has a rooftop lounge with a pool, views of the canals, and innovative guest rooms and suites. For dining, Mr. Porter combines the menu of a modern steakhouse with the feel of a chic lounge, while The Duchess is a restaurant with a tea room, bar, and cuisine inspired by Southern France and Italy. 

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Sir Albert Hotel

Guest Suite at the Sir Albert Hotel

Situated in De Pijp, the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam, the Sir Albert Hotel is a luxe boutique hotel with a modern attitude. Housed in a 19th century diamond factory, the property has high ceilings and large windows. The restaurant, Izakaya serves critically-acclaimed Japanese cuisine, and the entire property is focused on creating connections with amenities such as a stocked library, signature bedding, and communal spaces. 

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Grand Properties

Hotel De L'Europe

Hotel De L'Europe

Situated within the landmark Rondeel Building from 1896, the Hotel De L'Europe offers a grand setting overlooking the Amstel River. The Promenade features replicas of famous Dutch artworks, and there's outdoor dining overlooking the canals, an indoor pool, spa, and library. Plus, the hotel's Bord'Eau Restaurant is a recipient of two Michelin stars. 

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InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Exterior of the InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Celebrating 150 years of welcoming royalty, celebrities, and guests from around the world, the InterContinental Amstel Hotel is in the heart of the financial, cultural, and entertainment district along the Amstel River. Featuring a regal lobby with a historical stairway, elegant chandeliers, and high ceilings, the grand hotel offers an authentic setting with hand-printed wallpaper, classic furniture, pleated curtains, and handmade Delft porcelain mixed with modern comforts. 

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Bathroom at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Featuring a long, rich history, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has an exterior comprised of six 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces, along with a grand staircase built by Daniel Marot, Louis XIV's architect. Guest rooms and suites overlook the canals or the hotel's courtyard garden and feature expansive bathrooms. There's an indoor pool, fitness center, and Guerlain Spa. Plus, renowned dining at Librije's Zusje Amsterdam, a two Michelin star recipient, and the Vault Bar.

Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

 

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Originally the site of two convents, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam was built in three sections, with two courtyards and a central element. Over the years the property served a variety of purposes including a city hall. Transformed into The Grand Hotel in 1992, the luxury hotel offers a historic setting infused with modern styling, multiple dining options including Le Petit Bistro and The Flying Dutchman, a spa, afternoon tea, floral boutique, horse drawn carriage rides, and royal breakfasts. Guests can also explore the city via The Grand's boat and bicycle tours.

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Combining incomparable luxury surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness, The Resort at Paws Up offers a unique setting in the Montana countryside. Ideal for adventure seekers, the property has 100 miles of trails, fly fishing, and a world-class sporting clays course. There's chef-prepared cuisine, and accommodations feature rustic elegance in the historic Morris Farm House, Blackfoot River Lodge, Tent City, and Meadow Homes. Read more below the photo to discover some upcoming special events.

Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up

The Cowgirl Spring Roundup | April 27-30, 2017 

Providing a quintessential Montana cowgirl weekend experienence, visitors can watch cattle drives led by Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees, attend educational workships, go on trail rides, and participate in photo sessions. Plus, guests will have the opportunity to attend inspirational speeches, gourmet dinners, and wine tasting. 

AdrenZen Wellness Weekend | May 5-8, 2017

Feeling a little drained? This first-ever AdrenZen event is designed for those who love to unwind as much as they crave activity. The weekend includes adrenaline-inducing activities such as rapelling and hiking, spa treatments, fitness classes, mediation, and yoga. Celebrity Chef Kelly Liken will create gourmet cuisine and health-conscious cocktails, while Yogi Lauren Taus and The Biggest Loser's Jen Widerstrom are scheduled to lead fitness activities. 

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