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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.


For a limited time, the Nolinski Paris is offering guests a special portrait session package with the famous Studio Harcourt. For more than 80 years, the photography studio's black and white portraits have been celebrated worldwide, with an array of well-known clients including kings, queens, and Hollywood elite. Learn more about the special offer below the photo.

Nolinski Paris Studio Harcourt Special Offer

From July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, hotel guests can book the Nolinski Paris Prestige Session Special Offer*:

- Solo Portrait for €1,595 instead of €1,995

- Duo Portrait for €1,985 instead of €2,480

- Family Portrait for €2,400 instead of €3,000
*Price includes the session and printing of the portrait. Valid through March 31, 2018. 
 
Prestige Sessions provide a unique experience evoking the glamour of the greatest film stars. Sessions include professional makeup and photography, along with an artistic black and white portrait. Guests should contact the concierge via email: [email protected] to check availability and schedule a Studio Harcourt session. Continue reading below the photo.
 
Superior Guest Room at Nolinski Paris
 
The Nolinski Paris opened in July 2016. Just a few steps from the Comedie Française, the Louvre Museum, and the Palais Royal Gardens, The Nolinski offers a prime location to discover Paris. From bright, luminous rooms and a mineral spa, to the Réjane brasserie and the hushed tones of the Grand Salon, each space is an invitation to let the senses roam and emotions rise.
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, as well as a personalized note from management. 
 
 
 

Directly across from the National Theater, the Hotel Continental Oslo provides a luxurious setting in the heart of Norway's capital city. I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Standard Room at the hotel, and found it to be an ideal location for exploring the area. Read more about the visit below the photo of the hotel's entrance.

Entrance of the Hotel Continental Oslo

After a long day of traveling, I received a warm welcome at check-in. Once I reached my guest room (520), it was easy to feel at home. There was a comfortable chair by the window to relax a bit, spacious work desk for planning my time in Oslo, and an ultra-plush bed to evoke much needed rest. Continue reading below the room photos. 

Standard Room at the Hotel Continental Oslo

Standard Room at the Hotel Continental Oslo

In addition to a cozy and comfortable living space, the room had a smartly-organized bathroom with a glassed-in shower, Molton Brown bath amenities, lighted makeup mirror, and a roomy sink/vanity area with plenty of space for getting ready with ease. 

Standard Room Bathroom Amenities at Hotel Continental Oslo

Morning breakfast at the hotel's Caroline restaurant is an ideal way to begin the day. Featuring a choice of made-to-order omelettes and eggs delivered to your table, along with a buffet filled with everything from freshly made pastries to yogurt, smoked fish, meats, cheeses, and organic juices, there was a wide variety of options. Read more below the breakfast photo.

Caroline breakfast at Hotel Continental Oslo

Plus, the staff was always attentive and friendly, and the large windows provided views of the surrounding area. (Editor's note: breakfast restaurant Caroline is closed through July 31, 2017, so breakfast is currently being served in Theatercaféen) 

During my stay, I found the Hotel Continental to be an ideal base for exploring Oslo and the surrounding area. From the concierge I was able to purchase an Oslo Pass which included museum entry as well as public transportation. Right outside of the hotel I was able to take a subway train to Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower, easily access the light rail, and go on a short stroll to the harborfront to visit the Nobel Peace Museum or catch a ferry to Bygdøy, The Island of Oslo Museums. The Royal Palace, Karl Johans Gate, and the National Art Gallery were all within an easy walk from the hotel as well. Read more below the photo of the exterior of the hotel. 

Exterior view of the Hotel Continental Oslo

The hotel's restaurant, Theatercaféen opened in 1900, right across from the National Theater. It offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with chef-prepared cuisine for lunch and dinner, as well as an elegant bar. Continue reading below the Theatercaféen photo.

Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

During the summer months, the hotel offers guests Steamen, a sidewalk cafe right along Olav Vs gate. Ideal for people watching, the nautical-themed space has outdoor seating along with coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails.  Read more below the photo.

Steamen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance, except for the Standard Room category, receive a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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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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Featuring a family-friendly atmosphere steps away from the historic sites of downtown, the Belmond Charleston Place is ideal for family vacations. For a limited time, the hotel is offering the Rooftop Relaxation Package, which includes luxurious accommodations, complimentary breakfast for children 12 and under in The Palmetto Cafe when accompanied by a paid adult meal, and a 25% discount at the Clock Tower Terrace, which is located next to the hotel's rooftop pool. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Rooftop Clocktower Bar at the Belmond Charleston Place

From the Belmond Charleston Place, families can explore the city on foot or bicycle, or enjoy strolling the streets in a horse-drawn carriage. The South Carolina Aquarium and Waterfront Park are nearby, and historic attractions such as Middleton Plantation with a petting zoo are a short drive away. Continue reading below the photo.

Charleston Carriage Ride at Belmond Charleston Place

The recently remodeled Belmond Charleston Place provides a luxurious setting in the historic district close to the Charleston City Market. Overlooking King Street and downtown, the heated rooftop saltwater pool has a retractable roof as well as the Clock Tower Terrace for outdoor dining. There's also the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place with upscale boutiques, the award-winning Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe for casual dining, and a health club. 

Visit the Belmond Charleston Place website to learn more

*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Belmond Charleston Place. Offers and packages are subject to change.


Situated in the town of Aguas Calientes, Sumaq Machu Picchu offers a luxurious setting for exploring the flavors of southern Peru, Incan culture, and the sacred site. For an in-depth visit, the hotel's Mystical Tour in Machu Picchu offers a unique experience for guests visiting the historical sanctuary. Guided by an authentic shaman from the Sacred Valley of the Incas, participants will gain an insider's perspective of the energy sources, mystery, and magical connections within the site, Pachamama, Mother Earth, and sacred temples. 

The 8 hour tour includes entrance tickets to the citadel, round trip bus transfers, a boxed lunch, private tour guide, cleansing session, and Pachamama Mystical Kit. Read more below.

Exterior of Sumaq Machu Picchu

In addition to the Mystical Tour, the property offers an array of activities for guests including Andean marriage ceremonies, payment to earth rituals, and Mandor hikes. For culinary enthusiasts, guests can partake in cooking classes, traditional Pachamanca Sumaq experiences, and romantic Peruvian dinners. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Recently renovated, Sumaq Machu Picchu is surrounded by the majestic bio-diversity of Machu Picchu Archaeologcal Park with valleys, mountains, waterfalls, and ancient ruins. Committed to sustainability, the hotel's mission is to protect the local environment and indigenouse culture. Focused on service with a warm and friendly atmosphere, the property offers a luxuriou setting for exploring the historic region. Continue reading below for a special Five Star Alliance Perk.

Guest Suite at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance get a complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during the stay. Plus, based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out.

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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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Steps from the Comédie Française and the Palais Royal gardens, the Nolinski Paris is a design-focused hotel set within a Haussmann building. Guests are welcomed into a minimalist Carrara marble reception area, and the elegant interiors feature the refinement of decorator Jean Louis Deniot. Focused on attention to detail and superior service and hospitality, the hotel offers guest rooms and suites within a discreet setting, plus the Brasserie, Le Grand Salon, and Spa Nolinski by La Colline. Continue reading below the photo to discover 3 reasons to choose the Nolinski Paris. Plus, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks. 

Deluxe Suite at the Nolinski Paris

1. Design 

Stairwell at the Nolinski Paris

From the Haussmann building to the interiors which combine classical style with enchantment and flair, from bright luminous rooms to dark tones to hushed settings, the property is designed to conceal mysteries for visitors to unlock. Guest rooms and suites feature hues of emerald green and blue, mingled with custom made furnishings, precious materials, and luxurious comforts. While convivial public spaces showcase Epicurean experiences and the art of attention to detail. 

2. Brasserie Réjane & Le Grand Salon

Le Grand Salon at the Nolinski Paris

Serving Parisian specialties such as classic breakfasts with croissants and coffees, along with traditional stewed dishes, the Brasserie Réjane has cubist-inspired tiling, abstract paintings, blackened oak wood panelling. Ideal for breaks between museums or post-theater dinners, the restaurant features three unique spaces, along with a bar counter with painted mirrors and embellished brass, plus a winter garden greenhouse with bronze flowers. While Le Grand Salon is a place to relax with swivel armchairs, and a bronze fireplace under a silver leaf ceiling, serving cocktails, teas, and private lunches. 

3. Spa Nolinski by La Colline

The Pool at Spa Nolinski by La Colline

Offering La Colline beauty treatments, Spa Nolinski by La Colline provides a serene setting that combines the four elements into a cozy setting focused on well-being. There is warm wood panelling, granite flooring, soft whispers of water, and flickering candles. The pool is surrounded by dark rocks, a mirror on the ceiling reflects the abstract setting, and there are Louis XIV armchairs and sofas around the pool for guests to relax. There's a sauna and hamman giving way to the night sky, and three massage huts for treatments, plus personal training sessions available on-site or in the Louvre gardens nearby. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer. Plus, guests get a smartphone to use during their stay with unlimited international phone calls and internet. 

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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

 


Whether its the South Beach Food & Wine Festival or a random Tuesday evening, SLS Hotel South Beach provides a playful, whimsical, and creative atmosphere in its restaurants, public spaces, and accommodations. The chic Hyde Beach is a unique 8,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space with a pool, cabanas, Mediterranean garden, artful mixology, and an al fresco dining scene that goes transforms into a stylish indoor-outdoor lounge when the sun goes down. Read more below the photo.

Hyde Beach dining at SLS Hotel South Beach

One of the hotel's finest amenities is the top-rated dining options. The Bazaar by José Andrés combines local Latin flavors with the James Beard-awarded chef's Spanish heritage for a sophisticated International tapas menu with indoor and al fresco dining. While the adjacent Katsuya, by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi features a range of sushi and robata dishes in a artistic setting with a daily happy hour and private dining in the Dragon Lounge. Read more below the photo of Katsuya.

 

Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach offers a prime location on Collins Avenue with direct beach access. Originally built in 1939 by architect L. Murray Dixon, the stylish property has been fully restored and revamped, while retaining art deco influences blended with Latin, Asian, and contemporary styles. Continue reading below the photo.

SLS South Beach Guest Room

Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 resort credit. 

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Set within South Beach's Collins Park, The Plymouth Hotel Miami is a boutique hotel with Art Deco pool, Art Moderne styling, and a private beach two blocks from the hotel. Guest rooms and suites are designed by Fernando Santangelo, and feature furniture by Restoration Hardware. For dining, the recently opened Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill serves sushi and Japanese cuisine in an exclusive setting. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Plymouth Hotel Miami

Five Star Alliance Perk: all guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine, $50 resort credit ($100 for suites), and complimentary room upgrade based on availability at check-in. 

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