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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.

The Gray Hotel Opens In Chicago


By: Five Star Alliance

There's a new adaptive reuse hotel in Chicago. Kimpton's latest property, The Gray, is located along La Salle Street, 5 blocks from Millenium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Guest rooms offer sophisticated styling in a color palette of mostly gray and white. Baleo, the rooftop bar is a South American-inspired retreat on the 15th floor of the hotel, serving Argentinian and Peruvian street food. Steadfast is a chef-driven, ultra-seasonal restaurant with a zinc bar, stately dark wood chairs, plush banquets, and gold accents. For cocktails, Vol. 39 offers an opulent setting with gilded silver carts with caviar and charcuterie, and leather-bound legal books left behind from the previous tenants of the office building before it was transformed into the new hotel. Read more about the new property (below the photo) from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

Guest room at The Gray

Revamped New York Life Insurance Building opens as The Gray

Kimpton opened its latest property, The Gray, in Chicago’s former New York Life Insurance Building that was originally designed by William Le Baron Jenney, and is located on Monroe Street.

Involved in the historic revamp was Los Angeles-based studio Beleco, which worked with Kimpton’s global senior vice president of design and creative director Ave Bradley for the decor and interiors. Meanwhile, Gensler led the overall design duties for the building’s renovation.

Each of the 293 guestrooms now have blue accent colors inspired by the city’s flag; locally sourced artwork; and custom materials such as bathroom wall art reading “Relax, It’s Just Garlic”, a nod to Chicago’s namesake native garlic chicagoua plant. Continue reading below the photo.

Bathroom in Kimpton The Gray Hotel

For events, the property has almost 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

For dining, The Gray has two onsite dining options. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, South American venue Boleo has a restaurant, bar, and 4,000-square-foot rooftop under an open-air, retractable glass roof. Meanwhile, the ground-floor eatery Steadfast has a woodfire rotisserie, shaved ice crudo bar and charcuterie room.

The lobby also has a bar, Vol. 39, which has a vintage encyclopedia collection discovered inside the property during renovations.
Petrosino’s Parlor salon is located on the second floor.

Interested in adaptive reuse properties?

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Five Star Perks at Cap Maison Resort and Spa


By: Rachael Weir

Situated on an oceanfront bluff, Cap Maison Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in Cap Estate, St. Lucia. Set amongst three acres of landscaped gardens, the property has a romantic feel with a secluded beach, and villas with private terraces, including some with pools. Popular with honeymooners and couples, the resort offers foodie events, private dining, and cooking classes. Restaurant options include Cellar Maison with wine pairing dinners, fine dining at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, and casual dining at the Naked Fisherman Bar & Grill. Continue reading below the photo.

Overview of Cap Maison Resort and Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, lunch for two once during stay, VIP status, and guests staying 4 or more nights get a $100 resort credit per room. Subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Pool Villa at Cap Maison


Colosseum Suite & Perks at Palazzo Manfredi


By: Five Star Alliance

Across from the Colosseum in Rome, Palazzo Manfredi is set within the archaeological remains of a gladiator arena, the luxury boutique hotel occupies a historic Italian villa. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant, Aroma, with a rooftop terrace featuring exquisite views of the Colosseum and Rome. 

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast for two, and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. 

Currently, the property has 14 opulent guest accommodations with incomparable city views. The Relais & Chateaux property is planning an expansion. Read more about it along with details about the hotel's suites below, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Sharri Whiting De Masi.  Continue reading below the photo.

Palazzo Manfredi

For those who love all things Roman and want to stay in proximity to the great historic sites, the Palazzo Manfredi offers not only the most sublime and surreal view of the Colosseum, but the Michelin-starred Aroma restaurant from which to enjoy it. The 18th-century townhouse, which is adjacent to the ruins of the old Roman gladiator school, will be enlarged with several additional rooms and suites in a more modern building behind the palazzo. At present there are 14 rooms and two suites in this Relais & Chateaux property. Continue reading below the image.

View from Aroma at the Palazzo Manfredi

The Colosseum Suite on the first floor contains a large whirlpool bath and small private gym separated from the bedroom and the living room by glass walls, but the real focal point is the ever-present view of the Colosseum from four windows. There is a living room decorated in tones of silver and black, with parquet floors. The suite is about 650 square feet.

The ground-floor Ludus Magnus Suite is about 550 square feet, and has two full baths with walk-in showers, a large king bedroom and a living room with parquet floors. Again, there is the ever-fascinating view of the Colosseum.

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Suite at the Palazzo Manfredi


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Grape Harvest at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled within an 800-year-old estate, in Val d'Oro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a wine-lover's paradise. Featuring the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and a spa with wine-focused treatments, the property is an ideal getaway, especially during harvest season. Learn more about the special festivities happening on the property in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco

Winos, rejoice! Vineyards across Tuscany are preparing for the most exciting time of the year – harvest season. Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo's bucolic resort Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is offering guests a series of one-of-a-kind activities to capture the best of Italian wine country and to celebrate the autumnal harvest.

From September 26-30 guests can participate in every step of the annual harvest, from grapevine to glass. Start with a tour of the property's vineyard with local Enologist Cecilia Leoneschi. Then, head to the vines for an immersive grape-picking session where you'll collect Sangiovese grapes with your own personal scissors, gloves and boots.

Once you're done picking, enjoy a Tuscan Grigliata in the vineyards in the rolling hills of Val d'Orica. The resort's catering team is offering a private, rustic and fire-roasted BBQ in the on-site vineyards, complete with a live musical accompaniment. Continue reading below the photo.

Patio at Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco
If adventure is more your style, explore Bolgheri by helicopter. Hop on an aerial vineyard tour, stopping at Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia to sample local wines and then enjoy lunch at Ristorante La Pineta, a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

If you need to relax, try the resorts holistic wine ritual. Combine grapes, pomace and vino for a three-hour treatment at the Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco to relax the body and cleanse your skin.

Of course, on-site winery tours and wine tastings are always available. As one of the region's leading producers of Brunello di Montalcino, the historic winery offers guests a comprehensive selection of activities catering to both the wine novice and aficionado alike.

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Vineyards at Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco


Five Star Perks at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate


By: Rachael Weir

Close to Buckingham Palace and Mayfair, the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is an all-suite property set within three Victorian townhouses with private gardens and one-of-a-kind styling. There are three well-respected restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Quilon, and the new Western European Restaurant Kona. The Wellness Centre has two treatment rooms, along with a fitness center, saunas, and steam rooms. Just a short stroll from many of London's top destinations such as Westminster Abbey, St. James's Park, theaters, and historic sites. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a full English breakfast daily, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, complimentary WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Based on availabilty, a room upgrade, early check-in or late checkout. Guests staying four or more nights also receive a one-way airport transfer.

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The Jaguar Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate


Five Star Perks at Victoria Palace Hotel


By: Rachael Weir

Featuring classic French decor on Paris' Left Bank, the Victoria Palace Hotel has been a landmark location since 1913. Set within a residential neighborhood, the hotel combines luxurious decor and amenities, with an understated elegance. Offering a prime location within the historic Cherche-Midi neighborhood, the property offers concierge services, marble bathrooms, and a quintessential Parisian atmosphere.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily, 40 Euro bar credit, welcome chocolates, and VIP status. In addition, based on availabilty, room upgrade from a Junior Suite to a One Bedroom Suite and late check-out.

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The Bar at Victoria Palace Hotel


Five Star Perks and Romance at Banyan Tree Mayakoba


By: Rachael Weir

Nestled within a gated integrated resort development in Riviera Maya, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a romantic property composed of pool villas set freshwater lagoons, mangroves, natural dunes, and intricate coral reefs. Combining Asian design with the charms and culture of Playa del Carmen, accommodations feature modern styling with platform beds and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to private pools and lush tropical foliage. There's an award-winning spa with eight hydrothermal experiences, and skin treatments utilizing the Honey Oil from Melipona Honey gathered from local Mexican bees that detoxifies and renews the skin. The property's extensive array of gourmet cuisine options includes the hotel's signature restaurant, Saffron, serving contemporary Thai cuisine on a one-of-a-kind wooden deck overlooking tropical mangroves. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk and romantic proposal package.

Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guest making reservations through Five Star Alliance get a $100 food and beverage credit, preferential green fees at El Camaleon - a PGA Championship Golf Course, WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Subject to availability, guests may receive villa upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. Read more below the photo.

Interior of villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Looking for an extra special romantic getaway? For a limited time, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is offering the "She Says...Yes" one-of-a-kind proposal package.
The package includes:
- Three-night stay in a private pool villa
- Daily breakfast at Oriente
- 90-minute couple's massage at the Banyan Tree Spa and a hydrotherapy session at The Rainforest
- Candlelit moonlight dinner by the beach
- On the last night, couple will board a traditional trajineira (small boat), named "The Goddess of the Moon" and float through romantic and exotic waterways for the ideal proposal environment. Upon return to the villa, the couple will be greeted by candles, aromatic oils, incense, and flowers.
- Two-hour professional engagement shoot

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Hot Tub at Banyan Tree Mayakoba


Royal Suite at the Savoy


By: Five Star Alliance

Combining English Edwardian style with Art Deco glamour, The Savoy London has been an iconic locale in the city since 1889. The luxury hotel offers nine personality suites, classic River Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay's Savoy Grill, and views of the Thames. There's the legendary American Bar for chic cocktail hours, and the hotel is steps away from theaters, museums, and opera houses. The hotel recently unveiled the renovated Royal Suite complete with The Entourage - Savoy Butler, London concierge, chef and bartender, personal stylist, hairdresser, makeup artist, and therapist.

Royal Suite at The Savoy

Read more below the photo about The Savoy's New Royal Suite, from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Live like royalty in The Savoy’s new Royal Suite. The top-tier accommodation comprises an open-plan procession of rooms spanning the entire riverside of the hotels fifth floor, designed at bringing new royal standards to today’s living.

When The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, first reopened in 2010, a Royal Suite was introduced as the pinnacle of luxury offering a traditional London experience. Now, the updated Royal Suite responds to expectations of a modern luxury traveler, offering a more residential-style accommodation, meeting desires to “live in spaces as if living at home.” Guests of the Royal Suite, which previously include industry heads, world leaders and visiting royalty, can now enjoy an apartment-like space designed to represent luxury in the style of home they would choose to reside in themselves.

Don’t forget: Guests of The Royal Suite will have 24-hour access to their own dedicated Savoy Royal Entourage, ensuring all needs are catered for prior to and during their stay at The Savoy. The Entourage includes a Savoy Butler, London concierge, chef and bartender, therapist, personal stylist and shopper, hairdresser and make-up artist.

In addition to the Savoy Royal Entourage, guests of The Royal Suite can expect round-trip airport transfers and a Savoy Butler greeting at the airport, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce at their disposal during the stay (pending availability) and exclusive used of the private Royal Circle in the American Bar.

Designed by award-winning designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and ReardonSmith Architects, The Royal Suite at The Savoy has been remodeled to enhance the center of the space and encourage a harmonious flow between the rooms. Living spaces, while still luxurious, reflect a more comfortable and informal experience. In the living room guests will find a new, private bar with a rippled glass façade and floor to ceiling windows, providing views of the River Thames and other iconic landmarks.

The launch of the Royal Suite comes soon after the introduction of the brand new luxury Savoy Suite, which can be configured as one-or two-bedroom accommodations that offers the same views as the Royal Suite, so bring your entourage for a suites-of-Savoy take over.

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The Savoy Tea Room

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Five Star Perks at The Carneros Inn


By: Rachael Weir

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country, The Carneros Inn is a luxury resort with three full-service restaurants - FARM, The Boon Fly Cafe, and the Hilltop Dining Room. The hotel's exclusive Spa at The Carneros Inn is available only to hotel guests, with treatments divided into three categories: the farms, the vineyards, and the gardens. There is an adults-only Hilltop Pool and hot tub, along with the family-friendly Otto's Pool with countryside views, plus a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, bocce ball courts, and complimentary bicycles. For guests seeking extra privacy, the Harvest Cottages include Fireside Butler Service for lighting outdoor firepits and filling hot tubs. Plus, the hotel offers two on-site shopping options: PlumpJackSport is a chic boutique with designer brands, and Market - an upscale general store, with Wine Country gifts. Continue reading for a Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Sunset at The Carneros Inn

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive daily breakfast for two at the Boon Fly Cafe, $100 spa credit, and VIP status. Subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-outs available.

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The Carneros Inn


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Five Star Perks at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort


By: Rachael Weir

Offering year-round recreational activities, the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort in Argentina's Patagonia region has an outdoor pool, moutain biking, archery, full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, five gourmet restaurants, and supervised children's programs. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and overlooking Lago Perito Moreno, the luxury property offers a variety of water sports during the summer months including canoeing, kayaking, and white water rafting. During the winter, guests receive shuttle service to the base of Mt. Catedral with skiing and snowboarding access, along with a Hospitality Lounge, snowboarding and skiing lessons, and a traditional Kandahar Restaurant. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Lago Moreno De Lujo Suite at LLao LLao Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and VIP status. Based on availability at check-in, guests receive a complimentary room upgrade. 

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Llao Llao Hotel and Resort
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