LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 24, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Situated in the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a 5,000-acre estate founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo. One of Tuscany's largest contiguous vineyards, the 800-year-old estate encompasses the art and lifestyle of the region. The heart of the resort is formed around Borgo, the historic village, and the grounds include ancient castle ruins and a medieval church.
The property offers the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and two highly-regarded restaurants. The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is set in the estate's former wine cellar, with its own natural body care line, sauna, steam bath, and lush private gardens. There's an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Spacious suites and villas are set within the Borgo's buildings, with exposed wooden beams, pergolas, stone, wood, antiques, and bespoke furniture. Plus, some of the villas feature private pools, tennis courts, and theaters. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status.
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Enjoy sweeping views of the river Nile and the Egyptian Museum from the luxurious accommodations at The Nile Ritz-Carlton. Situated in downtown Cairo, the hotel has a rooftop bar, Italian restaurant, afternoon tea, and a full-service spa with an Egyptian twist. The high-end property is located between the river and the iconic Tahrir Square, offering a centralized location for exploring the city.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at Culina, $100 food and beverage credit, personalized welcome amenity, and VIP status. Also, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availabilty.
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Perched along a white-sand beach in Vietnam, the Amano'i Nha Trang is a tranquil retreat overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. After a beautiful drive through Nui Chua National Park, visitors arrive at the hotel's Central Pavillion. Inspired by a Vietnamese communal hall, the building features a restaurant, bar, sweeping terrace and the Cliff Pool. Guest accommodations are set within 31 luxurious pavilions, and the Aman Spa is a destination in itself. Surrounded by the hills of the national park, and set along a lake, the spa has multiple treatment rooms, lakeside Yoga Pavillion, fitness center, and Pilates Studio. There's also beach club with an outdoor pool and water sports equipment.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary daily continental breakfast for two, $100 hotel credit, and VIP status. Also, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availability.
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Situated on five miles of white sand beaches in the British Virgin Islands, the Peter Island Resort & Spa is located on a private island. Accessable only by boat or helicopter, the luxurious property offers a 10,000-square-foot spa, International cuisine with an island flair, lush mountains for hiking, and coral reefs for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast at the Tradewinds Restaurant, $100 spa credit, and VIP status. Plus, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availability.
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August 18, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.
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The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a 58-room boutique hotel. Designed to showcase the spirit of the Southwest, the Inn of the Anasazi offers an elegant and modern spin on pueblo life with sculptured stairways, hand-carved doors, sandstone walls, children’s programs, and the gourmet Anasazi Restaurant.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary daily American breakfast for two at the Anasazi Restaurant, $100 food and beverage credit, and VIP status.
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In the heart of downtown close to luxe shopping and cultural attractions, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shangai offers contemporary style, Chinese decor, and expansive skyline views. The 610-room property has six restaurants and lounges serving cuisine from around the world, a health club with a swimming pool, and a full-service spa.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary breakfast for two at Portman's Restaurant, $100 dining credit, personalized welcome amenity, and VIP status. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in, an upgrade to the next room category.
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August 16, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
There's a new King in Memphis, well a new King of Hotels that is.
The Guest House at Graceland is set to open October 27, 2016. Inspired by Elvis' iconic home, the 450-room hotel will reflect Elvis' personal style and the Graceland estate. Created to feel like an extension of Elvis' home, Priscilla Presley oversaw the interior designs for much of the property, including the hotel's 20 themed specialty suites, such as the Taking Care of Business Suites. Continue reading below the photos.
The luxury hotel will have spacious and contemporary accommodations with upscale amenities and Elvis-inspired details. There will be two full-service restaurants, large outdoor pool, a 464-seat theater for live music performances and movie premieres, as well as expansive meeting spaces. Read more below.
If spending the night at the Guesthouse at Graceland isn’t enough, the new Elvis: Past, Present & Future is set to open across the street from Graceland in the Spring of 2017. The 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex is five times the size of the current visitor center, and will feature a variety of exhibits including the Automobile Museum, Performance Soundstage with live music performances and movie screenings, discovery exhibits, restaurants and more.
Time to start planning your trip to Memphis…
August 12, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Set along Flamands Beach, one of the prettiest stretches of beach on St. Barthélemy, Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France is a luxury boutique hotel in the Caribbean. Combining French and St. Barth's style, the resort offers La Case de L'Isle - an al fresco restaurant along the beach specializing in locally-inspired French cuisine, the Cheval Blanc Spa with outdoor treatment pavillions, children's programs, and tailor-made island experiences.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily, and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.
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August 3, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Wow, what a view at The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Courtesy of instagram user /Safarianne, the boutique hotel sits on a mountainside 1,000 feet above the Arenal. The tropical resort has 28 thermal spring pools with the highest quality mineral content in the area, the famous "Monkey Slide" at Perdidos Springs, and the Club Rio Outdoor Center set on one-mile of the Arenal River with on-site adventures such as water tubing, rock climbing, and horseback riding. There's also a wildlife sanctuary with more than 100 rescued animals including monkeys, deer, sloths, toucans, jungle cats, and crocodiles.
As you can see, guest rooms feature views of the volcano and surrounding valley, with hardwood floors and ceilings, carved wood furniture, marble bathrooms with dual sinks, and sitting areas.