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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.


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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Blending traditional Mewar style with modern luxury, the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool at The Oberoi Udaivilas is lavish and spacious suite with a private pool and 24-hour butler service. Guests arrive through a sunlit outer courtyard and chandelier-lit inner courtyard. Once inside, there are domed ceilings, hand carved marble privacy screens, and mirror mosaics. Within the space, there is an opulent master bedroom, twin bedroom, dining room, and living room. The bedrooms have pillowtop mattresses, along with blackout curtains, and pillow menus. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower with massage settings, standalone claw-footed bathtub, TV volume controls, and natural toiletries created exclusively for Oberoi Hotels. Throughout the suite, there are Frangipani trees, miniature wall pantings, an espresso machine, three 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and five telephones. Continue reading below the photo.

Inside the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

Plus, the suite's private, outdoor, temperature-controlled pool is framed by sun loungers, recessed sofa seating, and an outdoor dining space. Read more below.

Exterior of the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas overlooks Udaipur's Lake Pichola and the Udaipur City Palace. Surrounded by 30 acres of gardens, fountains, and pavilions, the property is styled like a Rajasthani Palace. Standing on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of Maharana of Mewar, there is a wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The luxury hotel has the Oberoi Spa with Ayurveda inspired, Eastern, Western, and signature Oberoi treatments, plus morning yoga, outdoor pools, and fine dining options at indoor and al fresco restaurants. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Oberoi Udaivilas

Guests have the opportunity to partake in exclusive Oberoi experiences such as city tours by boat, traditional Thekri workshops, miniature painting classes, henna painting, safa tying, heritage walks, maharaja rides, pottery classes, cooking and bartending lessons. 

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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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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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Recently opened in the heart of Paris, Le Roch Hotel & Spa is a boutique property with a Spa by Codage with made-to-order treatments, indoor pool, and hammam. Nestled within the 1st Arrondissement's Saint-Honoré District, the designer hotel's restaurant celebrates the gastronomic art of blending flavors with gusto and is overseen by 2-Michelin-starred chefs. Continue reading below.

Dining at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Guest rooms and suites combine contemporary and traditional decor in five different color schemes with solid walnut floors, Carrara marble, Marshall speakers, and furniture by Sarah Lavoine, Cassina, and GamFratesi. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a Signature cocktail at the bar. 

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Perched on the top floor of the luxury boutique hotel, the Penthouse Acropolis Suite at the Capri Palace Hotel offers an exclusive and elegant setting on the island of Capri. Featuring imperial styling, the suite has white marble floors accented with black stars, and a bedroom furnished with Loro Piana fabrics. Read more about the suite below the photo.
Penthouse Acropolis Suite Bedroom at the Capri Palace Hotel There's an elegant relaxation area, and the bathroom has a large shower with a chic freestanding bathtub to relax and soak while enjoying the views. Continue reading below the photo.
Penthouse Acropolis Suite lounge area at the Capri Palace Hotel
In addition to the exclusive location within the hotel, the suite offers a private heated pool surrounded by a terrace with cushioned lounge chairs and spectacular views. Read more below. 
Penthouse Acropolis Suite private pool at the Capri Palace Hotel
Steps away from the center of the authentic village of Capri, the Capri Palace Hotel offers an exclusive location with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Naples. There are three restaurants: the two Michelin-starred Restaurant L'Olivo, the Michelin-starred Restaurant  il Riccio, and the Bistro Ragu. There's also the Dolce Vite wine cellar, and the Bar degli Artisti with a piano and chic lounge enivronment. The spa provides a variety of services and treatments, including a leg school, Mediterranean Diet, and Posturology programs. The Beach Club il Riccio offers a pure white setting with unparalleled views of the sea, and The White Museum at the Hotel infuses art, hospitality, architecture, design, food, music and crafts into the hotel for a submersive and innovative experience.
 
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The Beach Club at the Capri Palace Hotel

Interested in a trip to Venice but looking for a secluded setting? Situated on Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa combines the charms of the city with an scenic location for couples and families. Reachable via private boat, the resort offers 266 guest rooms and suites, spread throughout five different accommodation styles: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and Villa Rose. Continue below the photo.
Arriving at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
For a unique gastronomic experience, visitors can reserve a time at the Sapori Cooking Academy, which offers a range of cooking classes in the techniques and cuisine styles of the Veneto. In addition, the property has four restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Dopolavoro Dining Room with Veneto-inspired cuisine and an extensive selection of wines. The Sagra Rooftop Restaurant serves Italian specialties with panoramic lagoon views, the Giardino Grill provides poolside dining, and Cucina Daily Restaurant has an international menu for breakfast. Read more below.
Dining at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
For relaxation, there are three pools at the resort, including the vitality pool at GOCO Spa, an adult only heated rooftop pool, and a family-friendly heated outdoor pool with a children's pool. Continue reading below the photo.
Rooftop pool at the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
Plus, the resort's GOCO Spa Venice is the city's largest spa with an array of massages, body scrubs, body wraps, and couple's treatments. Along with a vitality pool, sauna, biosauna, and hammam. 
Spa treatment at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
The family-friendly property offers multiple activities geared toward young travelers, including art programs such as mask workshops or Venetian pastry making cooking classes. For couples seeking one-of-a-kind wedding venues, the resort offers a 19th century stone church, along with outdoor venues for parties and celebrations. 
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive VIP status, bottle of prosecco, and Venetian sweets. 
 
Please note: the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa closes during the winter. Property is set to reopen for the season in March 2017. 
 
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JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

Just across from the Vienna State Opera House, the Hotel Sacher Wien offers the opulent Pelléas et Mélisande Presidential Penthouse Suite that reckons the elegance of the past. Named after several classical compositions, the exclusive space offers 1,184 square feet of room that can be combined with the Nurejev Suite for a total of 1,884 square feet. Continue reading below the photo.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Salon at the Hotel Sacher Wien
Featuring a "Rhapsody in Red" color palette throughout, the suite features a primarily red and white color scheme throughout with red accents in the drapery, textiles, and wallpaper. The salon provides an upscale lounge area in shades of beige, with a fireplace, sitting area, and high-tech entertainment equipment. Plus a dining room with a large dining table ideal for entertaining. The classic bedroom, has red toile wallpaper, lavish red drapes, upholstered headboard, and large windows with incomparable Vienna views. Read more below.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Bedroom
To finish the space, there's a large private terrace with views of the Opera House, and furniture for dining al fresco or relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Continue below the photo.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Terrace at the Hotel Sacher Wien
The Hotel Sacher Wien opened in 1876 in a prime location. It's been the setting and inspiration of multiple films, and the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the world including John F. Kennedy, Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, and Rudolph Nureyev have checked-in t this famous address. Home of the world famous Sacher Torte, the hotel's Cafe Sacher Wien provides a traditional Viennese coffeehouse setting, plus a spa.
 
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Considered one of the U.S.A.'s most culturally and historically diverse cities, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food, and music. Offering a host of restaurants, live music venues, historical sites, and cultural attractions, along with a long list of luxury hotel options, it can be difficult to choose where to stay.

Here are Three Boutique Hotel options in New Orleans:

1. The Audubon Cottages provide a historic setting in the French Quarter, with one and two bedroom suites set within seven private cottages. Offering a high level of service, guests have full access to additional amenities at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel including valet parking, fitness center, and continental breakfast. Continue below the photo.
The Audubon Cottages
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2.  Set in the French Quarter, the iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a historic venue that recently underwent a multi-million dollar transformation. Classically furnished, guest rooms are designed for the modern traveler with plush pillowtop beds and walk-in showers. Steps away from Bourbon and Royal Streets, the hotel has a private courtyard with an outdoor pool, plus the Roux on Orleans restaurant. Read more below. 
Guest room at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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3. Modern and trendy, the Hotel Le Marais is a chic hotel in the French Quarter. Combining a historic backdrop with contemporary styling,  the trendy bar Vive! features signature cocktails, and a chic lounge that opens to a French Quarter courtyard with a heated outdoor pool and lounge space.  
Hotel Le Marais
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Set on the southern tip of the island of Bali, the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay is an oceanfront luxury resort. Designed as a traditional Balinese village, the property offers a range of amenities including cultural tours, Jimba Kids' Club, Balinese dance performances, Sunrise & Surya Yoga, plus kayaking and catamaran cruises on Jimbaran Bay. Learn more about the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Bob Curley

Find the Bali Beyond the Beach at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Suite at the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay
Long before Bali became known primarily for its beach parties, this Indonesian island was a quiet artists' community, and still retains a vibrant arts scene. It's a quieter side of Bali that the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay resort is hoping to channel with a new set of traditional villas and the establishment of the Ganesha Cultural Centre, a showplace for traditional art, crafts, and music.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
In a setting reminiscent of a Balinese village, the resort's new two-bedroom, Jimbaran Bay, and Premier villas are built from locally sourced materials, from wood floors to thatched roofs. Each villa is also decorated with original artwork, and bedrooms abut a common living area that flows into the sundeck with a pool and outdoor dining area, the latter set on a cliff's edge.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Luxury Travel Advisor thinks the redo at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay will appeal to VIPs seeking a more authentic Bali experience — or at least a trip that doesn’t focus on partying until dawn. The destination, of course, offers plenty of opportunities to engage in Balinese culture, from visiting the Tanah Lot temple on its narrow perch above the sea to browsing the stalls in the Ubud Art Market. The Ganesha Cultural Centre, located on the resort grounds, expands the former Ganesha Gallery by adding hands-on learning programs to the static displays.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
“We believe it is our responsibility, as well as our honor, to give guests the opportunity to personally meet and learn from Bali’s talented artists, who are hand-picked and invited to share their knowledge and skills,” said Uday Rao, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali, in a written release.
For example, guests can take lessons in woodcarving, weaving, painting, and dancing, and learn the proper way to make offerings at Balinese ceremonies. The Jimbaran Bay resort also has a Balinese cooking academy, an on-site Hindu temple, and a cultural immersion program that includes tours led by a resident Balinese priest.

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