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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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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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Dine under the Italian sky with panoramic views of the Eternal City at Grand Hotel de la Minerve. The Minerva Roof Garden houses the hotel's exclusive restaurant with a strategic location, 360-degree views, and creative cuisine by Naples-born Chef Antonio Falco. Continue reading below the photo of the Minerva Roof Garden.

Minerva Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restauran offers Italian and international cuisine with a traditional menu, tasting menu, and a la carte options, plus an extensive wine list. There are special birthday and first communion menus, and The Bar serves international cocktails in the space that was once the palazzo's winter garden. Read more below the photo.

The Bar at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Once an aristocratic home built in the 1600s, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is a luxury hotel overlooking the Pantheon. Set in the midst of the historic city center, the noble hotel offers 135 guest rooms mixing classic style with the latest amenities including bathrooms with travertine marble and Etro bath products, double glazed windows, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Continue reading below.

Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Steps from the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, the property is ideally situated for exploring Rome.

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Perched on a hilltop within a 15th century villa with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele provides an exclusive setting within a former Renaissance monastery. Set amidst Italian gardens with lemon trees and fragrant roses, the hotel offers fine Tuscan cuisine at La Loggia Restaurant, a Cookery School, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence. There are walking paths through the surrounding woods, a fitness center with panoramic views, personal training services, and a massage gazebo. There's also a shuttle bus which transports hotel guests to the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence's historic city center. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Villa San Michele

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and VIP status. Plus, a room upgrade based on availability at time of check-in.

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Set along the shores of Lake Garda, Grand Hotel Fasano is a historic luxury hotel offering scenic mountain and lake views. Originally built in 1888 as a hunting lodge for the Austrian imperial family, the hotel provides a picturesque lakeside location with centuries old grounds, and ornate architectural details, infused with modern comforts. 

The Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's opulent guest rooms and suites have an elegant color palette of creams and golds with gilded accents and large windows providing views of the lake. There's also minibars, LCD TVs, safes, and balconies and select rooms. The Suites have larger spaces, along with separate lounge areas. Read more below the image.

Superior Room at the Grand Hotel Fasano

For dining, Il Fagiano Ristorante features the creative cuisine of Chef Matteo Felter, a Lake Garda native. Serving a modern take on the lake region's traditional cuisine, there's a contemporary mix of flavors and textures. During the summer months, the restaurant has a terrace, providing an exclusive setting with fragrant flowers and lake views. Continue reading below the photos.

Il Fagiano Ristorante at Grand Hotel Fasano

Il Fagiano Ristorante Exterior at Grand Hotel Fasano

Ristorante Magnolia is set on the hotel's grounds and features two ancient magnolia trees, with a menu of traditional Italian salads, pastas, and grilled main courses prepared using fresh ingredients. Read more below. 

Ristorante Magnolia at Grand Hotel Fasano

Set on a terrace, Trattoria Il Pescatore specializes in Mediterranean-inspired fresh fish dishes, while La Darsena Shore Club & Restaurants is located in a restored old house on the lake serving chef prepared Lake Garda classics. Continue reading below the photos. 

La Darsena at Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's Aveda spa offers a variety of services and treatments designed to maintain balance of the body and mind. There's also a wellness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment. Nearby, guests have access to exclusive skippered rental services of Frauscher boats, explore Lake Garda's cycling trails on rented mountain bikes, or golf at the Gardagolf Country Club and Arzaga Golf Club. 

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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 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


Featured Journeys: Romantic Trip Through Italy

Italy, known for food, art, and culture, it seems as if there's something new to discover at every turn. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Romantic Trip Through Italy. While there's so much to explore, this journey will feature three of the major cities, along with a stop in Tuscany for wine and enjoying la dolce vita. 

Rome
Siena
Florence
Venice

Rome

The journey begins in Rome. Founded around 753 B.C., the city is a haven for history lovers. Three of our favorite hotels below provide ideal locations to explore all the Eternal City has to offer, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain. Thanks to Italy's fashion houses, many of the city's major landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain have recently been refurbished, making it an ideal time to visit. 

Here are a few of our top Rome hotels:

Palazzo Manfredi

Palazzo Manfredi

Directly opposite the Colosseum, the Palazzo Manfredi is a boutique hotel set within a 17th century villa. Offering the Michelin star Aroma Restaurant, guests can dine on award-winning cuisine while enjoying views of the iconic Colosseum. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive daily breakfast for 2, complimentary welcome drink, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.

Palazzo Montemartini

Palazzo Montemartini

Situated in central Rome, Palazzo Montemartini offers a modern, yet romantic setting. The only hotel in the city crossed by the Servian Walls, the luxury hotel is set within a stately former palazzo with a spa, Turkish bath, and indoor lap pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a bottle of wine, plus a 10% discount at the Senses restaurant and spa treatments. 

Fendi Private Suites

Fendi Private Suites

Why only shop at the Fendi flagship boutique when you can spend the night in the Fendi Private Suites? Offering seven chic and creative suites within the Palazzo Fendi, the innovative designs incorporate the brand's classical visual language in the heart of Rome.

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Siena

Offering a medieval setting, the city of Siena makes for a great base for exploring Tuscany. While the town itself is charming, we recommend spending a few nights (or why not an entire week if timing allows?) at one of the area's vineyard hotels where you can relax, sip some wine, and take in the beauty of the Italian countryside. 

Here are a few of our top Siena hotels:

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

This majestic estate has an 800-year history. Set in Val d'Orcia just north of Montalcino, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany's largest contiguous estates. Completely restored, the property offers a focus on the land, wine, and history. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive $100 USD resort credit, and a welcome bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine. 

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero

Set amongst the Chianti vines, Castel Monastero is situated within a medieval village from the 11th century. About 30 minutes from Siena, this country resort offers a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, an intimate church for weddings, wine cellar with Tuscan wine tastings, and spa with wellness programs and medical anti-aging treatments. Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a three course lunch for two with wine, and $100 spa credit. 

Castel Porrona Relais

Castel Porrona Relais

Nestled amongst vineyards, cypress trees, and olive groves, the Castel Porrona Relais is a historic village resort with an outdoor swimming pool, fine Tuscan cuisine at Il Chiostro Restaurant, and suites with personal butler service. The Agua Spa offers wine therapy baths, Moroccan-inspired hammam, and treatments incorporating Tuscan wine and olive oils. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 15% discount on spa services. 

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Florence

Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a must-see for art lovers. Yes, Michelangelo's "David" is here, but there's so much more to see. Il Duomo, the Florence Cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and was built on the site of 7th century Church of Santa Reparata, where visitors can see the remains of the foundation in the crypt. On the piazza outside of the cathedral is the Baptistery of St. John, considered the oldest religious site in all of Florence. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the "newest" part of the city for shopping, and be sure to try the iconic Florentine Steak for one of your meals. 

Here are a few of our top Florence hotels:

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is in the heart of historic city center. Set within a 6th century byzantine tower and medieval church from 1400, the luxury boutique hotel has an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Note: you may recognize the property, as it is where Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks' character) stays while in Florence in the DaVinci Code and Inferno. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, along with a welcome amenity. 

Hotel Il Salviatino

Hotel Il Salviatino

Perched on the hillside of Fiesole, Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa. Overlooking Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, the unique property has outdoor pools set immersed in the green hills. There's a spa with aroma's of Dr Vranjes, an exclusive Florence perfume house, along with La Cucina serving Tuscan cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on the property. 

Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele

Surrounded by gardens with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele is set within a former monastery. Minutes way from the center of Florence, the building was expertly restored with the assistance of the Florence Fine Arts Authority. There's an Italian Cookery School with hands-on cooking classes, La Loggia Restaurant, and a hilltop pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers, and fruit upon arrival. 

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Venice

The final stop on the journey is Venice. The City of Canals offers a romantic setting with ornate palaces lining the Grand Canal, narrow mysterious streets, and arched marble bridges crossing over canals with gondalas. Popular with artists and writers for centuries, the city is an ideal place to roam and wander with the one you love. Designed to approach from the water, Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square is a must-see, but can get crowded. We recommend visiting in the early morning.

Here are a few of our top Venice hotels:

Boscolo Venezia

Guest room at the Boscolo Venezia

Overlooking the lagoon, Boscolo Venezia is tucked inside a 16th century villa with a hidden garden. Providing a classic Venetian setting, the hotel's Giardino Segreto Restaurant provides a Boscolo Food Experience with themed islands, open kitchens, and an emphasis on food presentation. The Serenissima spa draws inspiration from the city's wellness traditions, and the hotel has a private boat offering transportation to St. Mark's Square. 

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

Tucked on the private island of Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa is a 15-minute boat ride across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square. There is a Wine & Cooking Academy providing guests with the opportunity to learn the art of Venetian cuisine, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family activities. There is a romantic church, four restaurants, water sports, and a rooftop lounge with a pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive VIP status, Venetian sweets, and a bottle of prosecco. 

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Overlooking the Grand Canal, guests typically arrive by boat to the Aman Canal Grande Venice. Evoking the feeling of bygone era with sweeping staircases, soaring ceilings, and historic frescoes, the luxury hotel has private gardens, and a boutique specializing in Venetian glassware. There's a roof terrace, along with the Dining Room serving Italian and Asian cuisines, and guests have walking access to San Polo. 

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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

 


Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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