LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 13, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring classic French decor on Paris' Left Bank, the Victoria Palace Hotel has been a landmark location since 1913. Set within a residential neighborhood, the hotel combines luxurious decor and amenities, with an understated elegance. Offering a prime location within the historic Cherche-Midi neighborhood, the property offers concierge services, marble bathrooms, and a quintessential Parisian atmosphere.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily, 40 Euro bar credit, welcome chocolates, and VIP status. In addition, based on availabilty, room upgrade from a Junior Suite to a One Bedroom Suite and late check-out.
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September 12, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Nestled within a gated integrated resort development in Riviera Maya, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a romantic property composed of pool villas set freshwater lagoons, mangroves, natural dunes, and intricate coral reefs. Combining Asian design with the charms and culture of Playa del Carmen, accommodations feature modern styling with platform beds and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to private pools and lush tropical foliage. There's an award-winning spa with eight hydrothermal experiences, and skin treatments utilizing the Honey Oil from Melipona Honey gathered from local Mexican bees that detoxifies and renews the skin. The property's extensive array of gourmet cuisine options includes the hotel's signature restaurant, Saffron, serving contemporary Thai cuisine on a one-of-a-kind wooden deck overlooking tropical mangroves. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk and romantic proposal package.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guest making reservations through Five Star Alliance get a $100 food and beverage credit, preferential green fees at El Camaleon - a PGA Championship Golf Course, WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Subject to availability, guests may receive villa upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. Read more below the photo.
Looking for an extra special romantic getaway? For a limited time, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is offering the "She Says...Yes" one-of-a-kind proposal package.
The package includes:
- Three-night stay in a private pool villa
- Daily breakfast at Oriente
- 90-minute couple's massage at the Banyan Tree Spa and a hydrotherapy session at The Rainforest
- Candlelit moonlight dinner by the beach
- On the last night, couple will board a traditional trajineira (small boat), named "The Goddess of the Moon" and float through romantic and exotic waterways for the ideal proposal environment. Upon return to the villa, the couple will be greeted by candles, aromatic oils, incense, and flowers.
- Two-hour professional engagement shoot
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September 2, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
This month, El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma will open overwater bungalows. The adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort is about 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Featuring a romantic atmosphere, with multiple pools and swim-up bars, plus oceanfront spa treatment rooms set in thatched-roof huts, the property is ideal for Honeymooners and romantic vacations.
Read more about the new overwater bungalows, Palafitos, opening in September 2016, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.
The Overwater Experience
For travelers looking for a luxury stay late in the summer, we suggest El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma. This hotspot, in the Riviera Maya, will be opening overwater bungalows, Palafitos, in September. These new hideaways will include glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers and private infinity pools. We should also mention that there will be Jacuzzis inside these accommodations. Guests will be able to unwind on an oversized deck, complete with a telescope, reading material and blankets.
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August 31, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Next to the famous Vieux Port, the InterContinental Marseille is set within the former Hotel Dieux, an 18th century building in the city's historic center. Perched atop the Panier Hill, the luxury hotel offers panoramic views of the Marseille and the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. There are 194 rooms, along with an indoor swimming pool, Spa by Clarins, two gourmet restaurants, and a magnificent terrace for meetings and special events. Continue reading below the photo for a Five Star Alliance Perk.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a 50 Euro credit for Brasserie Les Fenetres & Alcyone, a cocktail at Bar Capian, upgrade to a seaview room, access to the Spa by Clarins, and VIP status. Plus, guests staying for three or more nights receive a complimentary in-room bottle of champagne.
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August 30, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Set directly on the Great Barrier Reef, the Lizard Island Resort offers a luxurious retreat with 40 suites and 24 powdery-white sand beaches. Reachable only by private charters from Cairns Airport in Queensland, the island resort has the Salt Water restaurant serving five star cuisine, and Essentia Day Spa offering a variety of treatments and services. Right outside the doorstep, guests can snorkel and explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit, VIP status, and depending on availabilty room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.
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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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