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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.


Perched along a sandy beach on a quiet bay, Porto Zante Villas and Spa offers a secluded luxury retreat on the island of Zakynthos. The all-villa resort has one-, two-, and four-bedroom villas, all with private pools (some with beachfront areas) and high-end amenities such as Armani Casa & Gervasoni furnishings, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, Bernardaud design porcelain, Christofle Paris cutlery and glasses, BVLGARI guest amenities, and artwork by prominent Greek artists. Continue reading below the photo for more about the resort and a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Open seasonally from April to October, the beachfront Porto Zante provides guests with an array of unique experiences and activities. For water sports, the resort has sea cycles, canoes, stand-up paddle boarding, parascending, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing. Fitness options include beachfront yoga, a fitness center, personal training, tennis, and horse riding, while family options include a kids' club with organized activities, a water park with water slides, and the Kids' Corner playground. Guests interested in culture and off-site excursions can visit wineries, the Kiliomeno mountain village, St. Dionisios Monastery, Byzantine Museum, Ancient Olympia, and the Museum of Dionisios Solomos or explore the Navagio Beach shipwreck, Blue Caves, Bochali, as well as see the endangered Caretta-Caretta Turtles in their natural habitat on Marathonisi Island. Continue reading below the photo.

Activities at Porto Zante

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary butler service, kid's entertainment, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival.

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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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Offering an ideal retreat for well-being and relaxation, the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is situatated in the Vouliagmeni area of the Athenian Riviera, along the Saronic Gulf. Situated about 30 minutes from Athens, the property offers the region's only Thalassotherapy center, along with a spa providing an extensive selection of treatments focused on the healing effects of the sea. Continue reading below the photo of the Thalassotherapy Pool.

Thalassotherapy Pool at Divani Apollo Palace & Thalasso

Providing a beachfront setting, the ultra-luxe property has a private sand beach with sun beds and umbrellas, plus a variety of water activities including jet skiing, scuba diving, and waterskiing. There's also two outdoor swimming pools, including one with sea water. For lounging, guests can rent private "Love Seats" around the pool, or lounge in plush chaises while enjoying signature cocktails, juices, and smoothies. 

Divani Apollon Palace

Surrounded by extensive gardens, the hotel has four Mediterranean-inspired dining options, including the Mythos of the Sea Restaurant providing a unique setting for chef-prepared cuisine while watching Kavouri Bay sunsets. The Anemos Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining with sea views, the Atlantis Lounge has a contemporary setting for afternoon tea, and Meltemi Poolside Snack Bar provides casual poolside dining. 

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Swimming Pools at Divani Apollon Palace Hotel


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


Set in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides a luxurious space for exploring the world's best-known wildlife sanctuary. There are 77 secluded guest rooms, along with a spa, and infinity pool overlooking the surrounding Serengeti wilderness. The property has announced new activities and events for the upcoming Green Season. Learn more about what's new at the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

What's New at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

With the dry season in full swing, and the animals awaiting the rainy season for water, now is the time to head to the Serengeti to see the animals seek water from the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti’s watering hole. As the resort prepares for the Green Season, Four Seasons has announced a variety of upcoming activities and events to make your journey to the safari even better. Read more below the photo. 

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge has got you covered in terms of celebrating holidays abroad. The resort is offering a variety of options for you and your family to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Easter this spring. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the team of Maji Bar and Terrace will be spending their February 14 waiting to welcome guests with a glass of sparkling wine, while the chefs prepare a special menu for the evening. Following dinner, guests will snuggle up poolside to watch a movie at the pop-up cinema on Maji Terrace, served with popcorn and s’mores for your sweet tooth.  The lodge has got more about celebrating romantic getaways on its website.

This April, Four Seasons recommends visiting the Serengeti around Easter (April 16) to see the park once its lush and green from the rainfalls of March and early April. The early herds of the Migration will also be traveling northwards towards the Central Serengeti, increasing your chances of seeing the animals in the wild. The calendar at the Lodge has a lot coming up in April, including spotting big cats on game drive adventures, taking dips in the pools surrounded by elephants, poolside movie nights, wildlife treasure hunts and a spear throwing Massai Olympics for the kids. For adults, learn how to make cocktails or mocktails in a mixology class or a get in the kitchen at Kula’s Restaurant to learn the secrets of African cuisine. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Also recommended for the upcoming Green Season is heading to Rwanda to trek with mountain gorillas. Through a partnership with Terra Incognita Ecotours, Four Seasons is offering guests the chance to escape East Africa to adventure through Volcanoes National Park on a two, three or four day itinerary to trek with the 800 remaining mountain gorillas. Flight connections between Kigali (Rwanda’s capital) and the Serengeti make it simple for travelers to experience both locations in one trip.

A sample of the four day itinerary includes an early evening arrival in Kigali to allow for a good nights rest, before spending day two on a drive out to the mountains after a leisurely breakfast and your choice of lodge for lunch. Day three includes a full day of gorilla trekking, as you and your group leave the lodge with an expert tracker. By late afternoon, guests will return to the lodge for an overnight stay. The fourth and final day brings a descent from the mountains and a return transfer to Kigali. Depending on the time of your flight, we suggest taking a trip to the Genocide Memorial for an eye opening reminder of history.

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Perched on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, One&Only Palmilla offers an ultra-luxe setting along the swimmable Pelican Beach. There is 24-hour shared butler service, an artist in residence, two infinity pools, and a 27-hole golf course. The architecture fuses old and contemporary Mexican styling, and guests can select from five gourmet restaurants for on-site dining. The property recently opened the Villa One, which has four bedrooms, private screening room, and a variety of unique amenities. Learn more about this exclusive lodging option in the article below, from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor by Matt Turner. Read more below the photo.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One Bedroom

One&Only Palmilla in Mexico revealed their new Villa One back in April, offering travelers 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, which includes four bedrooms, a dedicated fitness trainer and spa therapist, a private screening room, a personally stocked pantry, a culinary and household staff, as well as a Butler Suite.

Guests will be able to enjoy their privacy as the villa comes with a private entrance, and for those who are looking for a view can enjoy the Great Room, whose doors open 30 feet for a look out and past the infinity pool, gardens, and sea. For meals and relaxation, guests can choose from the Breakfast Terrace, Dining Terrace, Upper Terrace with the pool, or the Lower Terrace with a fire pit. Read more below the photo.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One Pool

Villa One is ideal for multigenerational families and other large groups, as room configurations include an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third bedroom with two queen size beds and private patio, and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds.  

The chef and culinary staff at the villa will prepare any meals requested, while complimentary margaritas and canapés are available throughout the door. And if guests wish to dine at the resort, they receive priority reservations.

Escorts to the airport and any activities (like deep sea fishing excursions, surfing lessons, and tee times) will be arranged by the house staff. Travelers staying a minimum of four nights will also get their choice of either a complimentary art walk to the Gallery District of San Jose del Cabo or yacht cruise through the Sea of Cortez.

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Planning a last minute trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI? As of Monday, January 23, there's still availability at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Located about an hour north of NRG Stadium, the property is a ranch retreat with idyllic setting--perfect for relaxing pre- and post-game. Among the rolling hills, the Relais & Chateaux retreat is set amongst 313 acres, with an array of equestrian activities for novices and cowboys alike. Continue reading below the photo. 

Equestrian activities at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Accommodations are set within 9 Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, each with luxurious amenities including Egyptian cotton bedding, king size beds, stone fireplaces with overstuffed leather chairs, and original artwork for a Texas-inspired setting. Read more below.

Accommodations at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texaz, with award-winning cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on-site and sourced from local producers. Meals are served on custom Bernardaud China, there's a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley, along with a handcrafted alder and mahogany bar. 

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Dining at The Inn at Dos Brisas


Nestled at the edge of the slopes, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles is set within the Palace of Courcheval. One of the 16 Palaces of France, the hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with a genuine Alpine feel. Read more below. 

Living room of the private penthouse apartment at Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

For the ultimate in luxury, the Private Penthouse Apartment at Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles offers a unique four bedroom residential style setting on the top floor of the castle. Overlooking the snow-topped mountains, the 5,900-square-foot apartment has a private elevator with direct access, and a private en suite spa. Offering a full range of services, Penthouse guests reach the spa by climbing a flight of stairs, past a waterfall, to a relaxing haven with a full bay window sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain, and a jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. Continue reading below the photo. 

En suite spa at the private penthouse apartment at Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

The main living space has a dining room with a private bar that includes a glass door cellar with fine wines and spirits, plus a living room with a substantial fireplace, lounge area, and home theater. Each of the four bedrooms is equipped with its own bathroom with a walk-in closet, bathtub, and steam shower. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

To top it off, the private apartment has a 1,600-square-foot terrace with unobstructed views of the Courcheval slopes and a jacuzzi. More below the photo.

Terrace of the private penthouse apartment within the Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

In addition to the private apartment, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles has 37 rooms and 14 suites. Offering a mountainside location, the property offers ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet, ski technician, and a ski room. Spa Cellcosmet offers a variety of services, there are four restaurants, and the bar of Les Airelles offers cozy salons and a smoking room.

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Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

Nestled mid-mountain amongst the pines, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, offers ski-in/ski-out access to Northstar California. The family-friendly retreat features a variety of snow activities, après ski experiences, and signature offerings, including the Marshmology program that happens nightly at the firepits with winter-themed s'mores and details about the history of marshmallows (photo below). In addition, the mountain resort announced new winter offerings and introduced Executive Chef Mark Jeffers and Pastry Chef Shawna Peterson to its culinary program. Read more below the photo. 
Marshmalogy at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Après-Ski Programs
Offered daily by the resort fire pits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Après-Ski Champagne Experience* features a raw bar with chef-prepared favorites including ceviche and oysters on the half shell, and Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. The Après Yoga & Strech combines gentle movements to rejuvenate tired muscles for a day on the slopes, and the Après-Ski Recovery spa treatment is a tension relief-focused treatment for aching muscles that includes the Arnica Turmeric Joint formulas a take home gift. Continue reading below. 
Apres-Ski Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Winter Activities
The Winter Stargazing Snowshoe Tour* is led by local star guide and poet, Tony Berendsen. Offered December 21, December 28, January 14, and February 11, guests are taken on a winter starry night snowshoe tour that includes a laser tour of constellations, telescopic viewing, educational presentation, space quiz for prizes, and a poetry reading. For families, the Winter Scavenger Hunt encourages young travelers to use a map to find hidden objects and win prizes. There's also the Where is the Bear? hide-and-seek program held daily in the living room, as well as special Ritz Kidz winter offerings. Read more below. 
Skiing at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Culinary Offerings
The Winter Vintner Dinner Series includes a four-course meal highlighting Northern California wineries, and will be held on January 12, February 9, and March 9. The resort's signature restaurant, Manzanita will also offer Sunday Brunch, plus a Skier's Lunch Buffet will be offered daily from December 19 to January 7, and on Saturdays throughout the winter season. Continue below. 
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
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*Please note dates and offers were provided by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and are subject to change at any time. 

 Fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Encompassing the top floor of the Belmond Splendido Mare, the Ava Gardner Suite, is located on the Piazzetta of Portofino. Providing one-of-a-kind views of the Castle Brown, promontory, and the harbor, the ultraluxe suite offers an elegant retreat with a master bedroom, spacious bathroom, living room, and grand terrace. 

Combining local style with modern touches, the suite features a color palette of cream and white with wood flooring and elegant lighting. The sea is visibile from the bedroom and sitting rooms, both of which offer plenty of natural lighting. Continue reading below.
Ava Gardner Suite at the Belmond Splendido and Splendido Mare
The wall-to-wall windows in the living room looking onto the terrace, make the space feel as if it is all one large living area, with indoor and outdoor seating. The 603-square-foot terrace is one of the largest in the area, and is adorned with a large, potted lemon tree, Mediterranean plants, and incomparable sea views. Read more below the photo.
Ava Gardner Terrace at the Belmond Splendido and Splendido Mare
The Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare offers a luxurious escape in the Italian Riviera. The Belmond Splendido Mare is located in the heart of Portofino on the iconic Piazzetta, and the Belmond Hotel Splendido is a luxurious retreat suspened on a cliff above the sea. Both offer Italian charm with superior amenities and luxury services. 

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Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare

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