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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.


The recently opened Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is the first Anantara property in Europe. Set in one of Algarve's premium neighborhoods, the modern spa resort overlooks the Oceanico Victoria golf course and offers four swimming pools, signature restaurants, and creative activities programs for children and teens. The Anantara Spa Vilamoura provides an array of signature treatments along with an indoor vitality pool and sauna. There's a contemporary art gallery on-site, and the property provides a shuttle to a beach club and Tivoli Marina Vilamoura with beachfront dining. Continue reading below. 

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive a 20% discount at the Anantara Spa, and a room upgrade based on availability. 

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Tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges, Le Pavillon de la Reine is nestled within a 17th century building. Named after Queen Anne of Austria who once stayed in one of the property's wings, the hotel is located in the heart of Le Marais. Designed to offer the understated sophistication of a private home blended with the service and amenities of a grand palace, the hotel has a private, greenery-filled courtyard garden, spa, and the Honesty Bar serving breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, and cocktails. Recently, the luxury hotel unveiled the Suite de la Reine and the Suite Madame de Sévigné. 

Suite de la Reine is one of the property's most spacious suites. Situated at the corner of the building, the suite has large double aspect windows allowing Parisian sunlight to flow in, wooden floors, a handcrafted chandelier, and a decorative fireplace. There's also a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate dressing room, and an elegant marble bathroom with contemporary furnishings and a neutral color pallete. Continue reading below the photos of Suite de la Reine. 

Living Room of the Suite de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sévigné is named after a colorful French aristocrat known throughout France as one of the icons of French literature. Marquise de Sévigné lived around the corner at the Hôtel de Carnavalet from 1677 until her death. Featuring a blend of contemporary furnishings mixed with antiques, the suite is furnished in a neutral color palette with accents of orange. There's a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate bedroom, and a spacious bathroom. Read more below the photos of Suite Madame de Sévigné.

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Living Room at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

The Suite de la Reine and Suite Madame de Sévigné can be interconnected to accommodate up to 8 guests.  

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Originally a plantation, the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers a discreet setting focused on luxurious amenities and high end service. For the second consecutive year, the property received the prestigious distinction of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. In addition, for the first year, the resort's Spa Botanico, received the Forbes Five-Star rating as well. Read more below the resort photo.

Guest room at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Set steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the luxe resort sits amidst acres of lush, tropical forest. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a luxurious estate style resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The second property within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, Dorado Beach provides an open-air enclave, with a secluded setting, intimate accommodations, and numerous culinary experiences including Mi Casa by José Andrés (shown below). Continue reading below the photo.

Mi Casa by Jose Andres at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The award-winning Spa Botánico is set within a pineapple garden. Integrated into the natural environment, the 5-acre spa sanctuary utilizes the island's local ingredients and indigenous soothing treatments to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Featuring a special apothecary portal entrance filled with local botanicals, there are 10 treatment pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, two open-air Tree House treatment pavilions, and outdoor waterfall showers surrounded by the scent of bay rum leaves, lemongrass, and ginger. Continue reading below the spa photo for a special offer at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. 

Spa Botanico Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

For a limited time, the resort's "Stay Longer With Us" offer provides a discount that increases the longer guests stay at the resort.

- 3 nights = 10% off

- 4 nights = 15% off

- 5 nights = 20% off

- 6 nights = 25% off

- 7 plus nights = 30% off

The offer must be booked before May 30, 2017 for travel through December 17, 2017. Based upon availability. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes blackout dates and holidays. 

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Set along the banks of the Potomac River, The Watergate Hotel is an urban retreat in Washington, D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The iconic and historically significant property just completed a $200 million renovation, which elevated the style and upscale amenities at the luxury hotel. Combining mid-century modern architecture with new dining options including the Kingbird with contemporary styling, the rooftop bar and lounge, and the Argentta Spa with the hotel's original indoor pool, the stylish property offers an ideal location for visiting the Kennedy Center, museums, and D.C. attractions. Continue reading below the photo of the hotel's Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite at The Watergate Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 hotel credit during their stay. 

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Towering over Hollywood Beach, the Diplomat Resort and Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Offering an ultramodern spa, white sand beaches, 10 chef-led dining concepts, and reimagined amenities, the oceanfront property has an idyllic location along Ocean Drive. The resort recently announced a special partnership with Trina Turk, an iconic fashion brand. The designer created custom cabanas that are positioned above the resort's two pools, which will also be the base for pop-up shops from the brand throughout the year. Read more about the partnership in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management by Mick Tan

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton partnered with fashion brand Trina Turk to create custom cabanas as part of the resort’s $100-million transformation. Trina Turk provided the property with four exclusive cabana designs, including fabrics and patterns from the brand’s 2017 collection.

Exclusive Trina Turk Cabanas at the Diplomat Resort and Spa

Positioned above the resort’s two pools, the cabanas have ocean views. Inspired by the resort’s oceanfront location and poolside views, the cabanas reflect four distinct color schemes with fabrics in shades of bright turquoise and orange, bright yellow and deep purple, and shades of blue. There are also free-flowing draperies for privacy and large pillows. Other accents include candles, ice buckets and side tables.

The new cabanas also serve as home base for anticipated pop-up shops and specialty stores to be opened with Trina Turk throughout the year.

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Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place blends Southern charm with elegance and luxury. Continue reading below the photo.

Courtyard of Belmond Charleston Place

Now having recently completed a $40 million, four-year renovation project, this landmark hotel is at its finest. Tailored to embrace the iconic allure of the Holy City, 434 guest rooms and suites radiate a historic essence while embracing the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless internet. The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. With a picturesque view of the Charleston skyline, the Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including a marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service. Read more below the photo.

Newly Renovated Guest Room at Belmond Charleston Place

Enjoy the heated, rooftop mineral water pool and the adjacent Clock Tower Terrace, a new rooftop bar overlooking historic King Street. And now offering even more space to unwind, Meeting at Market, a sophisticated yet relaxing pub, caters to all sport enthusiasts, while the Thoroughbred Club’s new patio allows guests to bask in the fresh outdoors with a cocktail during their stay. Read more below the photo.

Meeting at Market Pub at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the undisputed charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. The hotel offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, refined shopping and unbeatable Sothern hospitality. 

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Rooftop Pool at the Belmond Charleston Place

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Situated on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm, the Princess Lilian Suite, named after the Princess, is a pied-a-terre with panoramic views of Stockholm's waterfront and Royal Palace. Offering the feel of a residential apartment, there are two bedrooms, a library, sitting room, mutiple bathrooms, and kitchen where guests can hire personal chefs to prepare a meal.  Continue reading below the bedroom and library photos. 

Princess Lilian Suite at the Grand Hotel Stockholm

Princess Lilian Suite Library at the Grand Hotel Stockholm

The living room has a plush sitting area, along with a dinner table with seating for 12, plus a grand piano. There is an in-suite cinema, designed by Ingemar Olsson, a top acoustician, with space to host private viewings for up to 12 people. Within the suite there are three smart TVs and a Sonos wireless sound system, plus a bar trolley filled with drinks and snacks. Read more below cinema photo.

Princess Lilian Cinema at the Grand Hotel Stockholm

For relaxation, the suite has a spa area with a steam or dry sauna, deep mosaic soaking tub, massage and waterfall showers, plus silk bathrobes and Acqua di Parma amenities. Continue below the photo.

Princess Lillian Suite at Grand Hotel Stockholm

The Grand Hotel Stockholm is a historic waterfront hotel. Built in 1874, the property faces the Royal Palace and the Old Town. For dining, Mathias Dahlgren's Matbaren is a Michelin star restaurant, the Veranda restaurant offers a celebratory traditional Swedish atmosphere, and the Cadier Bar is a popular champagne bar. There's also the Nordic Spa & Fitness offering classic Swedish massages, beauty treatments, and wellness coaching, along with a sauna, gym, and a late-summer warm pool. 

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Exterior of Grand Hotel Stockholm


Romantic Retreat at Hotel Brunelleschi Giveaway

We have exciting news to share! Thank you to everyone who entered the Romantic Retreat at Hotel Brunelleschi Giveaway. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner.

Congratulations to Dana F. of Washington, D.C.!

Courtesy of the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, Dana and a guest will enjoy a three night stay and daily buffet breakfast at the chic hotel in the heart of Florence. Continue reading below the photo.

Breakfast at the Hotel Brunelleschi

Amenities include: 

- Restaurant Santa Elisabetta offers an elegant dining atmosphere with just 7 tables and chef-prepared Florentine cuisine

- Osteria della Pagliazza with traditional Tuscan recipes

- The Tower Bar with a historic setting, finger foods, and aperitifs

- Daily breakfast

- Wedding feasts

- Prime location next to Il Duomo

- Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit, bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 

 

Enjoy your stay Dana, and take lots of photos!

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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.” 

 


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