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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.


Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

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Providing panoramic sea views, the Junior Executive Suites at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea offer exclusive settings with luxurious marble bathrooms, sitting areas, and balconies ideal for watching Mediterranean sunsets. Living areas have comfortable lounge spaces with satellite TVs, Bluetooth speakers, and Nespresso machines. Bedrooms have king or twin beds, and some of the Executive Junior Suites close to the swimming pool can be connected with two or more Executive Junior Suites, providing guests with a private floor at their disposal. Read more below the photo.

Executive Junior Suite Patio at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

The luxe marble bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs, along with incomparable views and Mediterranean-inspired furnishings. Read more below the bathroom photo. 

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Built in 1830 by an aristocratic family as a private residence, the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea provides a secluded retreat overlooking the Bay of Mazzaro with subtropical gardens, and a romantic setting. The town center is reachable via a three-minute cable car ride, there's a private beach with cabanas, heated infinity swimming pool, children's club, and family-friendly amenities including a welcome kit and organized adventures. Plus, there are seasonal water sports and complimentary daily boat excursions during the summer months. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive one complimentary lunch for two at Oliviero Restaurant (excluding beverages), welcome fruit and flower, and subject to availability at the time of check-in, a room upgrade.

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Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia

We have exciting news to share! Thank you to everyone who entered the Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner.

Congratulations to Kim D. of Virginia!

Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia, Kim and a guest will receive a 5-night stay at the resort, along with breakfast, guided horseback rides, Auberge Classic Massages, and Life on the Farm Experience. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hacienda AltaGracia Exterior View

Resort Amenities include:

- Multiple dining outlets, in-room dining service, and private dining for families, groups and couples
- Pool and sundeck
- Full service spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas
- Fitness center and outdoor ranchos/palapas for activities and treatments
- Billiards & Games room
- Concierge services and specially curated experiences and adventures, including shopping
- Complimentary WiFi and Apple TV
- Private air transfers and transportation services
- Ultralight Flight Tours

Complimentary activities include: guided forest hike, mountain biking, garden walk, meditation, equestrian care, DIY exfoliating scrub, and tropical fruit tastings.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD resort credit, welcome fruit basket, 10% off spa treatments at Auberge Spa, and VIP Status. 

Congratulations Kim D.!

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Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

Learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch


Planning a family vacation to the Eternal City? The Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi offers an idyllic base for a family vacation. Featuring two adjoining rooms, the Family Suite has king-sized beds, views of the Colosseum, and two marble bathrooms with glass showers, separate soaking bathtubs, and Acqua di Parma amenities. There's a Sky Digital TV with a Parrot by Philippe Starck surround audio system, Nespresso machine, and complimentary minibar. Continue reading below the photo. 

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Furnished with baroque-inspired decor, the suite has a color palette of velvets and golds, infused with a mix of contemporary accents. The marble of the Domus Aurea can be seen from the suite's windows, as well as views of ancient Rome. Read more below the photo. 

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

The Family Suite also includes breakfast at the AROMA restaurant, limousine transfer from the airport, and complimentary entrance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Plus, a Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink. 

Palazzo Manfredi is a 14-room boutique hotel directly across from the Colloseum. Set within a historic villa, the luxury hotel offers the rooftop AROMA Restaurant, recipient of a Michelin Star, as well as a mini-gym for hotel guests. 

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Set at the cultural crossroads of the Lower East Side, Hotel 50 Bowery embodies the spirit of NYC. The luxury boutique hotel offers guests The Crown Rooftop Bar & Lounge space on the hotel's 21st floor. The pet-friendly property has two outdoor terraces, and contemporary guests rooms and suites with versatile work desks, artwork curated by Exhibition A, and bathrooms with designer amenities by Jonathan Adler. Continue reading below the photo for a special offer.

Guest room at the Hotel 50 Bowery

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary drink at The Crown Rooftop Bar & Lounge during their stay. 

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Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

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Linking four 19th century palaces together, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna offers a historic retreat within the heart of the imperial city of Vienna. One of the hotel's highlights is the luxurious Presidential Suite. Set within the former Palais Gutmann, built by coal Sir Wilhelm Gutmann, the exclusive space features one-of-a-kind details such as the ceiling painting by August Eisenmenger around the living room's chandelier from the former Belletage, depicting 12 months and four seasons. Eisenmenger also painted the famous Golden Hall of the “Musikverein” ceiling fresco. Continue reading below the living room photo. 

Presidential Suite Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Within the 2,045-square-foot venue, there is a separate living and sleeping area, as well as Hermès furnishings. There's also a kitchenette with a Nespresso machine and refrigerator, plus a personal library with an iMac setup and work station. The luxurious suite has a spacious master bathroom, along with a large dressing room and makeup table. In addition, for added privacy there are bullet-proof and soundproof windows. Continue reading below the bedroom photo. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna Presidential Suite Bedroom

Guests of the Presidential Suite receive exclusice Club Lounge Access, which includes five daily culinary experiences, dedicated concierge service, and beverages including Champagne, wine, beer, and spirits. Butler, security, nanny, and secretary services are available upon request, and the suite can be connected to a second room for additional space. 

From now through December 31, 2017, guests booking the Presidential Suite receive:

- €200 Euro credit for the hotel's restaurants & bars

- €200 Euro credit for The Ritz-Carlton Spa

- Airport pick up and drop off

In addition, the property is offering a complimentary horse carriage ride for guests booking 3 or more nights for stays in August and September. 

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Providing a host of amenities and exclusive services, The Broadmoor is the grand dame of Colorado Springs. Built in 1891, the historic property is filled with the spirit of the West, giving adventurers endless opportunities for four seasons of activities for all ages, including zip lining, fly fishing, horseback riding, and rejuvenating at the spa. Recently, the property unveiled Cloud Camp, set atop Cheyenne Mountain, it's a private retreat that will open during the winter holiday season for one family at a time. Learn more about this unique offering in the article below the Cloud Camp photo (courtesy of The Broadmoor) from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs is introducing its brand new Cloud Camp for this upcoming holiday season – for only one family or group at a time.

Cloud Camp sits 9,200 feet above sea level atop Cheyenne Mountain – 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor. Introducing its two new holiday packages, Christmas at Cloud Camp and Thanksgiving at Cloud Camp, visitors can experience a completely exclusive three- or four-night stay that includes use of the entire main lodge and its seven bedrooms. 

Days at Cloud Camp will include relaxing by the fire, joining chefs in the kitchen for “cooking clubs” involving holiday dishes and cookie making, wine tastings, strolling outside among the clouds, and taking in the 360-degree views of nearby Pikes Peak and the city of Colorado Springs below, among other wintry activities. 

All meals, beverages and alcohol are included in the visitors’ stay at the mountaintop resort, where they are also able to customize their stay based on personal preference. 

Aside from Cloud Camp, The Broadmoor is also offering private stays at the Estate House this year. This historic mansion was designed in the 1920s and only recently re-opened in late 2016 with new Broadmoor style. The Estate House offers five bedrooms, a grand parlor, a dining room with seating for up to 16 as well as manicured gardens. 

The resort announced these two new holiday offers at Cloud Camp and the Estate House during its Christmas in July promotion, where it also announced more holiday exclusives including the Labor Day and Spooktacular Halloween packages. 

The Broadmoor is home to Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, the Penrose Room. It also includes three golf courses, an award-winning spa and fitness center, as well as a nationally recognized tennis staff and program, among other amenities. The resort’s three Wilderness Experience properties – The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and Fly Fishing Camp – are all-inclusive boutique facilities. 

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Destination Spotlight: London

Set along the River Thames, London is full of historic sites, royal parks, world-class museums, sophisticated shopping, and endless neighborhoods to discover. From the iconic Big Ben and Parliament to Buckingham Palace, there's iconic vistas around every bend. Founded in 50 AD by the Romans, the original City of London still has original Medieval walls.

Today, Great Britain's capital city provides visitors with a mix of contemporary and classic. The Royal Parks are ideal for strolling, and Afternoon Tea makes for an ideal time to relax and partake in a quintessential British tradition. The London Eye provides a bird's eye observation of the city, and the Tate Modern on the South Bank has an extensive collection of modern art. Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral offer centuries of history and breathtaking architecture, while Knightsbridge has upscale shopping such as Harrod's and Harvey Nichols. 

For dining, London offers an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, chic cafes, gastropubs, and classic British Pubs. The West End has a collection of theaters with major musicals and touring productions. While Soho, Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Dalston offer a variety of nightlife options including cabaret and Charleston revival parties, burlesque, and undergound bingo. 

As one of the world's top cities, London hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wimbledon (July 3 to July 16, 2017), RideLondon festival of cycling (July 28 to July 30, 2017), Londinium festival where participants travel back in time to Roman London (July 28 to October 29, 2017),  BBC Proms 2017 classical music festival (July 14 to September 9, 2017), IAAF Marathon (August 6, 2017), Gladiator Games (August 25 to August 28, 2017), Fashion Week (September 21 to September 24, 2017), and the NFL Ravens v. Jaguar game at Wembley Stadium September 24, 2017. There's also Halloween events in late October, Hogwarts in the Snow (November 18, 2017 to February 3, 2018), as well as Holiday Markets in November and December, and New Year's Eve Fireworks. 

To compliment London's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Regal Properties, Designer Boutiques, and Creative Retreats. 

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Regal Properties

The Langham London

Exterior of The Langham London

Welcoming royals, dignitaries, and celebrities for more than 150 years, The Langham London is located in the heart of the West End.  Since 1865, the hotel's Palm Court has been a reknowned destination for its bespoke version of Afternoon Tea, and the recently unveiled Langham Club Lounge provides guests with an ultra-exclusive setting with complimentary breakfast, chef-created menus, modern conveniences, and attentive service. Plus, the Artesian was awarded "World's Best Bar" and Roux at the Landau provides an elegant atmosphere for classic cuisine with a modern touch. 

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The Goring Hotel

The Goring Exterior

Adjacent to Buckingham Palace, The Goring Hotel is a family-owned luxury hotel known for service and hospitality. Favored by the Queen for Afternoon Tea, this hotel offers sophisticated decor and The Dining Room received a Michelin Star in 2015. Located in the opulent Belgravia neighborhood, the family-friendly hotel is close to major attractions, and provides a number of family guest rooms as well as amenities for young travelers. 

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The Savoy London

The Savoy London Fountain

A British icon since opening in 1889, The Savoy London underwent a £100 million restoration, restoring its English Edwardian and Art Deco interiors while seamlessly blending modern amenities and discreet technology with timeless elegance. Set along the River Thames, the Fairmont managed hotel is offering a variety of culinary events and master classes throughout 2017, including Historical Tours with The Savoy's Archivist that concludes with a glass of Champagne, a Dinner Dance, and a Chocolate Master Class. 

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Designer Boutiques

The Ned

Guest room at The Ned

Set within the former Midland Bank Building, The Ned is a recently opened boutique hotel close to the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. The private Ned's Club offers  an exclusive rooftop pool, Canopy Bar & Restaurant, Princes Street and Poultry Domes lounges, along with panoramic London views. Within the lower levels of the building is the original vault, which is home to Vault Room lounge bar, plus the Ned's Club Active with cardio and strength training equipment, as well as the spa. 

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St. Ermin's Hotel London

 

Exterior courtyard of St. Ermin's Hotel London

Nestled along a tree-lined courtyard, St. Ermin's Hotel London is located in the heart of Westminster on the site of a 15th century chapel dedicated to St. Ermin. In 1889, the property was expanded into townhomes, and transformed into a hotel in 1899. Winston Churchill held a historic meeting at the property in 1940, and today the boutique hotel offers guests the opportunity to step into history, while experiencing luxury amenities such as marble bathrooms, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and White Company products. The St. Ermin's Tea Lounge offers a stylish Afternoon Tea with honey and produce sourced from the hotel's rooftop garden and bee hives, Caxton Grill serves Modern European cuisine, while the Caxton Bar has signature flights and a warm, historic atmosphere. 

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The Wellesley

Bathroom at The Wellesley London

Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel is set within a historic townhouse. Offering discreet elegance steps from Buckingham Palace, guest rooms and suite provide a modern take on Art Deco styling with tufted headboards, original artwork, sleek wood furniture, and Hermes bathroom amenities. The Crystal Bar has a chic and stylish setting with live music and crafted cocktails, the Oval Restaurant serves elegant Italian cuisine, and the hotel is home to one of the largest cigar humidors in Europe. 

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Creative Retreats

 

The Beaumont

The Colony Grill at The Beaumont

Featuring views of Brown Hart Gardens, The Beaumont is a luxury boutique property in the city's Mayfair district. Situated within a historic 1926 building, the property features classic styling infused with Art Deco touches. One of the hotel's highlights is ROOM, an experiential work of art commissioned from Turner Prize-winning British sculptor, Antony Gormeley. The massive, modular piece forms part of a suite with stainless steel and fumed oak. The Colony Grill Room (shown in the image above) offers upscale dining seven days a week, and the American Bar serves casual snacks and classic cocktails. 

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Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Two Bedroom Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Providing the privacy of a private home with the expertise and service of a luxury hotel, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate offers a discreet setting with butler service, contemporary bathrooms, and suites with modern kitchens. Housed in a Victorian building, there is 24-hour in-room dining, and award-winning southwest coastal Indian cuisine at the Michelin-starred Quilon restaurant. There's an outdoor courtyard with Afternoon Tea in the summer, and Bank Westminster serves classic British fare with a modern twist. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full English breakfast at the Kona Restaurant, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, and complimentary wifi, plus subject to availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. Guestst staying four or more nights receive a one way airport transfer. 

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Mondrian London

Guest suite at the Mondrian London

Perched along the River Thames in the Sea Containers building, Mondrian London has river view balcony suites directly along the river. Under the direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon, the property mingles 1920s cruise ship glamour with the building's original style and infused with modern twists. For dining and socializing, the Rumpus Room has a rooftop bar with an outdoor terrace and glass box structure, Dandelyan offers an iconic green marble bar with innovative cocktails, and the Sea Containers Restaurant serves locally-sourced cuisine with indoor and outdoor river walk seating. 

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The properties mentioned in this post are just a few of the Five Star luxury hotels in London. 

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