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FSA LogoThe 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.

Penthouse Suite At The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez


By: Rachael Weir

Set on the seventh floor, the Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a lavish 300-square-meter space with breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the Boulevard de la Croisette. One of the largest suites in France, the four-bedroom penthouse has its own garden, along with works of art by Picasso and Matisse. Featuring a 270-square-meter private terrace, guests of the Penthouse can relax while enjoying the sea breezes and unbelievable views in padded lounge chairs or at an outdoor dining table. Continue reading below the photo.

Terrace at the Hotel Martinez

The master bedroom has a king size bed, along with a large marble bathroom featuring a soaking tub, and 73 La Croisette bath amenities. The main living area has a separte dining room and kitchenette, ideal for private parties. There's also butler service, Bose sound system, and a spacious work desk. Continue reading below the photos.

Master Bedroom at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

Penthouse Living Room at Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is an iconic French Riviera hotel. Set on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the property boasts a 2-Star Michelin restaurant, along with a stunning outdoor pool, and more than 400 rooms and suites. 

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Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing


By: Rachael Weir

Featuring a residence-like feel, the Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing provides an ultra-luxe experience in the heart of city with panoramic views, and a cinema room with an 80-inch HDTV and surround sound. Offering two separate entrances, suite guests can easily separate work from pleasure. In the living area, there is a large dining table, Nespresso coffee maker, Bowers and Wilkins sound systems, and a large work desk with multimedia docking stations. Continue reading below the photo.

Entrance into the Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing

There's a private bedroom, separated from the living area via a sliding door with a king bed and mood lighting. The marble master bathroom has dual sinks, Oscar de la Renta bath amenities, soaking tub with a control panel for a variety of spa modes, and a separate shower. Plus, a powder room, with a separate dressing room featuring a vanity, nail dryer, room control panel, and grand walk-in closet, ideal for preparing for the grandest occasions. Read more below.

Beijing Suite at the Peninsula Beijing

Undergoing a massive renovation that will be completed in early 2017, the Peninsula Beijing is a grand luxury hotel close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The modern hotel features Chinese-inspired art and architecture, along with a Chinese spa, two restaurants and an indoor pool with a glass ceiling. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the hotel's famous Afternoon Tea, and the property is adjacent to a high-end shopping arcade.

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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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Presidential Suite at One&Only Cape Town


By: Rachael Weir

Flanked by the Victoria & Albert Waterfront and Table Mountain, the One&Only Cape Town is an ultra-luxurious resort in the heart of the city. Offering a relaxing oasis overlooking the marina, the property has a full-service spa situated on its own island with thermal suites, Global-fusion cuisine including African, Dutch, British, and Japanese-Peruvian flavors, plus a temperature-controlled infinity-edge pool with sweeping views. There's also a KidsOnly program with supervised activities, and the property provides unique offsite excursions to nearby vineyards with the hotel's own sommelier, as well as trips to local beaches and botanical gardens.

For the ultimate experience, the One&Only Cape Town Presidential Suite features a Chef's Kitchen with private entrance, and gym with massage bed. There are two bedrooms with King size beds, including a Master Suite with his-and-hers steam showers and oversized stone bathtub with Table Mountain views, extensive walk-in closets, and separate guest bathroom. Continue reading below the photo.

Master Suite in the Presidential Suite at the One&Only Cape Town

Master suite bathtub in the Presidential Suite at the One&Only Cape Town

There are large terraces, a 12-seat dining room for entertaining or boardroom style meetings, a second lounge with a large desk and workspaces, plus a multimedia entertainment system throughout the suite with 42-inch flat-screen TVs in the bedrooms, offices, and lounge areas. Continue reading below photo.

Living Room in the Presidential Suite at One&Only Cape Town
Guests of the Presidential Suite also receive 24-hour butler service, packing/unpacking services, a private wine tasting with the sommelier, garment pressing, pillow and aromatherapy scent menus, 30-minute personal training session, and luxury sedan airport transfers.

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Gormley Suite at The Beaumont


By: Rachael Weir

Spend the night in a work of art at the Beaumont Hotel in London. ROOM, the first-ever hospitality project by award-winning sculptor Antony Gormley, is a modern suite featuring a double bed floating within a dark, wood-panelled, cave-like space, which is the artist's rendition of darkness. Designed to create a cocoon-like environment for guests to enter a different state of consciousness and withdraw from daily stresses, the unique suite offers a meditative environment. There's also a sleek bathroom white bathroom hidden behind black curtains, sitting area, and large hallway in a soft Art Deco-inspired style in-line with the rest of the hotel.

ROOM, Gormley Suite at the Beaumont London
Situated in London's upscale Mayfair neighborhood, the Beaumont Hotel is luxury boutique hotel located in a historic 1926 building overlooking the Brown Hart gardens. Offering 50 guest rooms, 13 studios, and 10 suites, the upscale hotel feature an eclectic mix of art, and Art Deco styling. Nestled along a quiet, landscaped square, the property is within walking distance of boutiques and restaurants along Mount, South Audley, and Bond Streets. 

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Lobby at the Beaumont London



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Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma


By: Five Star Alliance

This month, El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma will open overwater bungalows. The adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort is about 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Featuring a romantic atmosphere, with multiple pools and swim-up bars, plus oceanfront spa treatment rooms set in thatched-roof huts, the property is ideal for Honeymooners and romantic vacations.

Read more about the new overwater bungalows, Palafitos, opening in September 2016, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.

The Overwater Experience
For travelers looking for a luxury stay late in the summer, we suggest El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma. This hotspot, in the Riviera Maya, will be opening overwater bungalows, Palafitos, in September. These new hideaways will include glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers and private infinity pools. We should also mention that there will be Jacuzzis inside these accommodations. Guests will be able to unwind on an oversized deck, complete with a telescope, reading material and blankets.

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Bungalows At Hotel ZaZa Dallas


By: Rachael Weir

Nestled along a tree-lined street adjacent to the main hotel, the Bungalows at Hotel ZaZa Dallas offer secluded privacy. Set within a historic 1930's home, the 12 suites offer a hideaway feel with exclusive interiors designed by Dallas-based Duncan Miller Ullman, and unique furnishings sourced from Uncommon Market, Lost & Found, and David Gilbert. Each suite offers its own styling, with printed carpets, one-of-a-kind wallpapers, and custom lighting. Guests of the Bungalow Suites have access to additional amenities including nightly Texas Pinyon Pine fires in the Bungalow's brick courtyard, a butler's pantry with coffee, specialty juices, and gourmet snacks. Plus, guests can be transported to the main hotel building via the electric open-air GEM car. Continue reading below the photo.

Bungalow Suites at Hotel ZaZa Dallas

The Hotel ZaZa Dallas is located in the city's in the Arts and Entertainment District of Uptown Dallas. Known for its unique design style, candlelit lobby, and creative interiors, the hotel features an outdoor pool, ZaSpa, and the Dragonfly: A Modern American Kitchen. Just off McKinney Avenue, the hotel is steps away from upscale boutiques, trendy restaurants, and art galleries. Plus, there is a trolley stop less than one block away.

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Pool at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas


 


Fendi Suites: A Shopper's Dream Come True


By: Five Star Alliance

When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.

What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.

Lounge at the Fendi Luxury Suites

The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.

Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.

We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.

We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.

The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.

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Fendi Suites in Rome

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Five Star Perks at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence


By: Rachael Weir

Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.

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Suite at the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence
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