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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 within Santo Domingo's Ciudad Colonial, the Casas del XVI recently added a fourth home to its collection of high-end renovated Spanish conquistador era homes. The new addition, Casa del Diseñador, includes the Royal Suite, a two-bedroom presidential suite. Featuring Spanish Colonial charm, the new house mixes modern amenities with the romantic architecture of the European-influenced old town of Santo Domingo. Continue reading below the photo of the Royal Suite. 

Royal Suite Outdoor Lounge Area at Casas del XVI

Guests of the Royal Suite have complete and full access to the entire Casa del Diseñador. The suite opens its doors to a private courtyard with a plunge pool and outdoor lounge area. Continue reading below the photo of the courtyard.

Royal Suite Pool at Casas del XVI

The master bedroom has a king size bed and spacious bathroom with a shower and soaking tub. The second bedroom has a two queen beds, plus a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have entertainment systems with flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Read more below the two photos.

Master bedroom entrance in the Royal Suite at Casas XVI

Bathroom of the Royal Suite at Casas de XVI

The suite includes a private butler and a private chef, along with a fully-equipped dining room and living room, making for an ideal setting for one-of-a-kind entertaining experiences. Continue reading below the dining room photo. 

Royal Suite Dining Room at Casas del XVI

The Casas del XVI is set in the heart of Santo Domingo's Colonial City. Spread throughout four historical homes, the luxury hotel offers a romantic and private setting, with dedicated staff, a collection of heirloom and modern art, and in-room spa treatments. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, casinos, and historic attractions, the hotel provides a central location for exploring the Colonial City. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine. 

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The iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York closed its doors in early March to undergo a massive renovation and restoration. While there's an extensive wait ahead, our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor created an article with more details about the hotel's major renovation. Read more below the photo. 

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria: What to Know About the Upcoming Renovation

New York City’s acclaimed Waldorf Astoria said goodbye to its last guests yesterday as it will undergo a massive two-year renovation. The hotel was purchased by Chinese Insurance group Anbang in 2015 for nearly $2 billion and is set to be transformed into high-end condominiums and a smaller hotel. 

NYC-luxury real estate expert Victoria Shtainer understands the unique opportunity that residences at the Waldorf will provide to New York City residents. The Waldorf Astoria has housed many celebrities, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to every U.S. president. The hotel also holds many secrets, such as track 61 which runs beneath the hotel and allowed Franklin D. Roosevelt to avoid the press. 

The renovation includes plans to take a portion of the tower and convert them to privately owned condos while retaining a portion of the hotel. Specific details about the condos have not yet been released but comments from Anbang execs hint at similarities to The Plaza, Baccarat and 30 Park Place. The project is an addition to what many call the “Midtown Cultural District” along with newcomers like 100 East 53 Street, which will soon be home to Jean Georges market, a new restaurant in place of the old Four Seasons space and other luxury developments.
 
Shtainer says this could be a push for higher prices, similar to those seen on the 57th Street “Billionaires Row” corridor, since Anbang’s chairman Wu Xiaohui was quoted as saying “a potential buyer needs to have more than money to qualify for our apartments.” 

 


Situated within a 1930's building in the heart of the fashion district, the Armani Hotel Milano combines Giorgio Armani's style and philosphy into a luxury hotel focused on harmony and privacy. There are two Signature Suites within the hotel. Both of the suites are duplex suites, each with private kitchens, and sweeping circular staircases leading from the elegant living rooms to the en-suite bedrooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Signature Suites. 

Signature Suite at the Armani Hotel Milano

The difference between the choice of the two Signature Suites is the size (2,185 and 2,045 square feet), along with some of the added amenities. One of the suites has a private gym with a shower and bathroom, while the other suite features a private cinema space with an extra-large TV and plush seating. 

The Michelin-starred Armani/Ristorante offers a contemporary and innovative take on Italian cuisine. Including the restaurant's unique addition to the four traditional tastes, with a new, fifth taste: Umami, a word that in the Japanese language means flavorful. Continue reading below the Armani/Ristorante photo.

Armani/Ristorante at the Armani Hotel Milano

There's also the Armani/Bamboo Bar for crafted cocktails and light snacks, plus the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass "hat," providing panoramic views of the city. There's also the 10,763-square-foot Armani/SPA with a relaxation pool (see photo below), refreshment station featuring Armani/SPA herbal infusions, and a blend of exclusive and personalized treatments and services.

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Relaxation pool at the Armani Hotel Milano


Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence provides a romantic setting in the heart of the historic city center with Santa Elisabetta restaurant serving chef-prepared Florentine cuisine, Osteria della Pagliazza offering a traditional Tuscan trattoria setting, and the Tower Bar specializing in aperitifs. Given the property's location and ambiance, the hotel is an ideal getaway for couples. Learn more about a special package at the hotel below the photo.

Osteria della Pagliazza at the the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

For a limited time, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is offering a special "Love Escape City" package that includes:

- Two nights in a recently renovated Executive Room

- In-room breakfast

- Generous welcome aperitif in the Tower Bar

- Complimentary bottle of Metodo Classico, a superior white wine served with fruit

- Late checkout at 6 pm (subject to availability)

- Complimentary High Speed WiFi and access to the fitness area

Learn more about the package at Hotel Brunelleschi website

 


For a celebrity style getaway, the Presidential Suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel offers an iconic setting within a legendary building. Overlooking downtown LA, the suite blends contemporary style with Old Hollywood glamour, such as an emerald green velvet couch, oak furnishings, mohair, and silk accents. There's a balcony with panoramic views and a lounge space, plus a large living room with a fireplace and grand piano. Ideal for entertaining, there's a full kitchen and dining room, complete with a bottle of Krug champagne to toast the occasion. Read more below the photo of the dining room. 

Presidential Suite Dining Room at The Beverly Hills Hotel

To work on closing the deal while staying in style, the suite has a separate office with a regal desk and seating for guests. Continue below the office photo.

Presidential Suite Office at the Beverly Hills Hotel

To unwind, the luxurious marble bathroom and powder provides the ultimate celebrity style retreat. While the opulent guest room has a chaise lounge, elegant furniture, and a spacious, residential feel. Continue below the photo.

Presidential Suite Bedroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Does your pet like to travel in celebrity style? The Beverly Hills Hotel welcomes pets with custom dog beds, bowls, and personalized bone-shaped dog cookies with pet's names written on the cookies. 

Dog at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Built in 1912 and named Beverly Farms, the hotel began before there was the city of Beverly Hills. Set on 12 acres with a white stucco Mission Revival-style exterior and a terra cotta roof, the property was built to lure Easterners to the West Coast with a hotel halfway between Los Angeles and the sea. Over the years, the property has been the backdrop of movies on the silver screen including Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall's "Designing Women," and Neil Simon's "California Suite." Popular with movie stars, royalty, musicians, and athletes, the hotel welcomed Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "Let's Make Love," Faye Dunaway spent the night at the hotel after winning an Academy Award, Charlie Chaplin was a frequent guest in the 1920s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the week in a bungalow in the 1970s, and Liz Taylor was a frequent guest. Throughout the years the property has continued to evolve with renovations to keep it a glamorous setting with upscale amenities, and a bespoke atmosphere.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Entrance


Nestled amongst 12,000 acres, the Lodge and Cottages at Primland provides a world-class retreat showcasing the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The eco-conscious property offers an array of outdoor activities, golf, and refined dining that incorporates locally sourced and sustainable ingredients from the resort's organic garden. The property recently unveiled the new Pinnacle Cottages with an ultra-luxe, multi-story setting overlooking the Pinnacles of Dan and Dan River Gorge. Learn more about the new addition in the article below the photo from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cottontail Pinnacle Cottage at the Lodge and Cottages at Primland

Experience Luxury Among Nature in Primland's New Pinnacle Cottages

You don’t have to go outside the U.S. to find quaint and quiet luxury. Primland, the 12,000 acre retreat nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, has just debuted The Pinnacle Cottages, an enclave of multi-story, chalet-style accommodations offering views overlooking the Pinnacles of Dan and Dan River Gorge.

Located just next to the first tee of Primland’s Highland Course, the four cottages – Hummingbird, Robin, Oriole and Bluebird – were inspired by the wildlife around Primland and named for the songbirds of the region, many of which have been seen from cottage balconies.

Each cottage features two expansive suites and guestrooms, with private balconies rising 2,800 ft. above the river. Balconies can accommodate up to eight people for sunset dining or cocktails under the stars. The interiors reflect Primland’s restorative surroundings, drawing inspiration from European lodges, and featuring nature-inspired accents like stump-root side tables.

Guests have the option to book rooms and suites individually, in pairs or as a foursome for family and group travel. Each floor features separate living areas which are able to opened for mutual use or kept separate for privacy.

The Pinnacle Cottages are joining Primland’s three Fairway Cottages, also adjacent to the Highland Course. Fairway Cottages feature full cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, stone fireplaces and private decks. Available for reservations in full or by the half, the duplex cottages are separated into two sides: one with a master suite, kitchenette, dining room and one and a half bath; the other with a studio complete with a king or two queen-sized beds, one bathroom, a wet bar and dining area. 

Accommodations other than cottages on Primland’s property include the Lodge and Primland, Mountain Rooms, The Pinnacle Suites, Blue Ridge Suites, Tree Houses and Mountain Homes, making Primland a great escape for nature lovers of all interests.

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Holiday at Nemacolin Giveaway

We have some exciting news! Thank you to everyone who entered the Holiday at Nemacolin Giveaway. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner of the giveaway.

Congratulations to Poonam G. of Illinois!

Courtesy of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Poonam and a guest will enjoy a two-night stay at the Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, daily breakfast for two, and one 50-minute Spa Service for two. Continue reading below the photo.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Amenities include:

- 15 dining options from casual to elegant

- Mystic Rock Golf Course designed by Pete Dye

- Woodlands Spa with a variety of treatments and The Grove, a kidz spa

- Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin with approximately 600 slot machines and 28 games

- Sundial Lodge with an Off-Road Driving Academy, ropes courses, climbing wall, and zip line

- Wildlife Academy with an Equestrian Center, animal habitat, and wildlife nursery

- Mystic Mountain with downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing

 

Enjoy your stay Poonam, and take lots of photos!

 

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Recently opened in the heart of Paris, Le Roch Hotel & Spa is a boutique property with a Spa by Codage with made-to-order treatments, indoor pool, and hammam. Nestled within the 1st Arrondissement's Saint-Honoré District, the designer hotel's restaurant celebrates the gastronomic art of blending flavors with gusto and is overseen by 2-Michelin-starred chefs. Continue reading below.

Dining at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Guest rooms and suites combine contemporary and traditional decor in five different color schemes with solid walnut floors, Carrara marble, Marshall speakers, and furniture by Sarah Lavoine, Cassina, and GamFratesi. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a Signature cocktail at the bar. 

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Steps from the Opera and Paris' chic department stores, The Chess Hotel is a boutique property with 50 guest rooms and suites. Designed by Giles and Boissier, the luxury hotel combines natural materials such as linen, oak, and marble with signature accents like suspended lamps, curvaceous furniture, and artwork by Cyprien Chabert. There's a daily tea time, and the hotel provides guests with Samsung Dringme smartphones with access to city guides and concierge services. Continue below the photo.

Buffet Breakfast at The Chess Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that make reservations with Five Star Alliance get a welcome drink, and a smartphone to use during their stay with unlimited phone calls and internet access.

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Suite Bathroom at The Chess Hotel


This Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate your love than a romantic getaway? Throughout the month of love, hotels around the world are offering special packages designed to inspire romantic memories. Here are five luxury getaways, ideal for surprising your sweetheart. 

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

The Royal Palm Hotel GalapagosFor an exotic retreat, book the Valentine's 3-Night/4-Day Romantic Package at the Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos. The package includes three nights in a Casita or Highland Villa, a special Valentine's five-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, complimentary bottle of house wine, in-room chocolates, and a choice of land tours and sea excursions. Valid for arrival February 1-28, 2017.

Visit the Royal Palm Galapagos for more details

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is set within the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. The private estate adjoins with the Galapagos National Park, and features fine dining, outdoor pool, and gardens with fountains.  Luxurious guest rooms, villas, and casitas feature custom furnishings, and the entire property is designed to be harmonious with the natural environment. 

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Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi FlorenceThe Hotel Brunelleschi is offering a Valentine's Day special that includes accommodations and a romantic dinner at the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Steps from Il Duomo (Florence Cathedral), the hotel was featured in both the DaVinci Code and Inferno. 

The Hotel Brunelleschi Valentine's Day offer includes:
• One night in one of the hotel's luxurious rooms or suites
• A rich buffet breakfast
• A sweet inroom welcome: a selection of fine delicious chocolate
• A tasting dinner on February 14th, served in the ancient halls on the first floor (drinks included)
• 2 soft bathrobes to cuddle yourself during your stay
• Ambiance music composed by various artists
• Personalized room set-up: choose your favorite ambient fragrance and fresh flowers
• High speed internet Wi-Fi unlimited service
• Health Club access 

Book the Valentine's Day offer at Hotel Brunelleschi

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The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula ParisThe "From Peninsula with Love" package at the Peninsula Paris provides an elegant setting ideal for creating moments to remember. Daily breakfast is included, along with a "Love Cake." During the month of February, the hotel is offering guests a special Van Cleef & Arpels experience, based on availability.

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COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan LondonThe COMO Metropolitan London is offering a variety of Valentine's Day options, including a Valentine's Day cocktail masterclass in the Park Lane Met Bar where couples can learn how to craft drinks from expert mixologists. There's also special couples spa treatments offered from February 11 to 18.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Castlemartyr IrelandFor those that love Irish Castles, the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork is offering a variety of ways to celebrate February, the month of love. The Lady Fitzergerald's Afternoon Tea is served in the Bell Tower Restaurant, and evokes the romance and spirit of the Downton Abbey era, there are special menu offerings at Franchini's, golf packages, and spa offerings with aromatherapy massages, prosecco, and chocolate strawberries. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic getaway.

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