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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.

Princess Lilian Suite at Grand Hotel Stockholm


By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, formerly the Grand Hotel Intercontinental Stockholm, opened for the first time in 1874 and has a long and fascinating history. The rooms and interiors are unique, as is the hotel's location in the centre of Stockholm. The luxury hotel just took the wraps off a big refresh of its most impressive suite: the Princess Lilian Suite, which is situated on the top floor of the property. 

First inaugurated in 2006, the 330 square meter suite now has a completely new interior with a lounge area, two bedrooms, a private movie theater (!), a kitchen and two terraces - perfect for looking out over the waterfront or the Royal Palace. The project also added new exercise equipment to the suite's spa section (pictured). 

Bathroom Spa area of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm with exercise equipment.

Interior designer Sanna Nathanson, who has headed up previous room renovation projects at the Grand Hotel Stockholm, spearheaded the project. All of the suite's floors have been replaced with parquet flooring, except for the bedrooms, which got new, hand-woven wall-to-wall carpeting. The new color scheme aims for a light, subdued look, with tones of grey-blue, cream and gold. Several pieces of new furniture were specially designed for the suite, with a large portrait of Princess Lilian by the artist Fabian Edstam serving as a focal point. 

All of the hotel's other rooms and suites in the Burmanska Palace have likewise received renovations, with a Scandinavian design in three color palettes: Royal, Sand and Blood (think marble, white- and black-stained wood, velvet-meets-silk curtains, and leather, wool, and linen elements, with brass details). Fine-art photography serves as accents. 

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Bedroom of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm

Living Room of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm.


Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives From The Air


By: Five Star Alliance

A string of pearl-like island atolls, the Maldives are a natural phenomenon that was once part of the mountainous landscape below the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Jumeirah Vittaveli is a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorized catamaran from Male and the International Airport. 

The amazing aerial image below is courtesy of Mohamed Irshad Iray on his Instagram account /the_iray/.

From up in the air, it is easy to appreciate the 89 villas and suites - each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples.

Aerial view of Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

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The Melville Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

A magnificent mansion built in 1620 for the Fonseca family, The Grand Hotel de la Minerve offers 135 guest rooms and suites in the Rome historical city centre, the hotel overlooks the Pantheon and is just minutes from Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Sitting Room of the Melville Suite

The Melville Suite at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve:

"In the square there is an obelisk that rises above an elephant…", that's how the famous writer of Moby Dick, Herman Melville describes in his diaries the amazing view of Bernini's masterpiece from this suite. 

Overlooking the Minerva Square, this 75 sqm suite is composed by a large living room with a sitting area, a bedroom with a four poster king size bed and a marble bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and shower. The coffered ceiling and the accurate design lend the Suite Melville its noble, elegant lines and the warmth of a comfortable, welcoming aristocratic "home". 

Max occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child, with a crib available upon request.

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Bathroom of Melville Suite


Exciting Expansion at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Centrally located a destination unlike any other, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, with it's distinctive Mediterranean design, began an expansion project on October 27, 2014 and it is now ready for guests to enjoy. Features include a new two-story building of 32 incredible rooms and suites. Lush gardens and an outdoor venue were included in the expansion, all while preserving the Sedona red rock views.

Sit with a glass of wine on the patio, overlooking the Almeria Garden, or journal your day's activities inside with the warm glow of a fire feature that invites dim lighting and romantic conversation.

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Suite Bedroom at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa


London's Freshest Suite at the Mondrian


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, Mondrian London uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. The following article was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Emily Goldfischer.

Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London

Beside the Thames and next to the Tate Modern on the Southbank is another relative newcomer, The Mondrian. We wrote about it when it opened at the end of 2014. The hotel has 25 River View Suites, worthy of mention with the Tate's highly anticipated expansion of 60 percent more gallery space on June 17, sure to draw art enthusiast to London. In the former Sea Containers headquarters with nautically inspired bespoke interiors by Brit-it-designer-of-the-moment Tom Dixon (think porthole curves, ship models and a dramatic lobby evoking the side of an ocean liner), suites at The Mondrian offer fabulous views of the Thames and City skyscrapers.

Top two options are the 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments (Nos. 445 and 545), which have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom. Most-requested rooms are the 700-square-foot River View Balcony Suites. These open-plan L-shaped spaces have a dining area, pull-out sofa and a king bed. The best part? There is a private balcony with views of St. Paul's. Slightly smaller 635-square-foot River View Loft Suites have sleeping areas that can be closed off for more privacy but no balcony.

The hotel has really hit its stride; no matter when we visit, there is a palpable energy to the space. The riverside Sea Containers restaurant dishes up some of London's most delicious farm-to-table fare; the cocktail lounge, Dandelyan, hums with an arts-and-media crowd sipping herbally inspired drinks; and the spa is often cited as one of London’s best. 

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Pictured: The Mondrian London's 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments Suites have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom.

Mondrian London River View Apartments Suites


Deluxe Junior Suites at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

On the banks of the Vilcanota River and at the foot of Macchu Picchu, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers travelers 60 guest rooms: 3 Sumaq Suites, 11 Junior Suites and 46 Superior category rooms.

As of May 2016, new Deluxe Junior Suites are available. Sleep deeply with hypoallergenic pillows, goose feather comforters, spring mattresses, and modern thermal heating. The rooms measure approximately 29 to 34 square meters. Services and amenities include a King Bed, 47 inch LED tv, mini-fridge, coffee maker, cradle, small living room, DVD player, radio with MP3 player.

All guest rooms at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel feature the following:

  • 100% goose-feather blankets
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • Cable television
  • National/International Direct Dialing
  • Thermal Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • 110V/220V power
  • Bathrooms with tub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Black-out curtains
  • Fire alarm
  • Soundproof windows
  • Minibar
  • 2 bottles of water complimentary per night
  • Turndown service

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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The New Villa One at One&Only Palmilla


By: Five Star Alliance

This article was first published in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval, under the title "The Villa Experience."

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

On the tip of the Baja Peninsula, discerning travelers now have a new villa accommodation to choose from when traveling to the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. Villa One is complete with four bedrooms and an additional Butler Suite (for that top-notch service). By day, the guests will have 14,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space to venture through, complete with an infinity-edge pool and fire pit. Seeking a wellness experience? We suggest making an appointment with the villa's dedicated fitness trainer or spa therapist, who will, of course, provide treatments onsite.

For a taste of adventure, the Villa Team can plan custom experiences, including deep sea fishing excursions, full-day surf lessons and cruising on One&Only Palmilla's Catari Yacht. In fact, travelers that stay at least four nights in Villa One will get to choose between a complimentary private yacht cruise or art walk tour. During the cruise, guests will explore the Sea of Cortez complete with a spin to Medano Bay - the view of the coastline will amaze. Meanwhile, an Art Walk takes guests to San Jose del Cabo to check out the Gallery District from the months of November to June. Guests will peruse different galleries like La Sacristia and Galeria Corsica.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

Back at Villa One, the culinary staff can create custom meals to fit all tastes. We suggest asking for a themed dinner like taco night or barbeque. Tip: Complimentary sunset margaritas and Mexican canapés are served daily.

This accommodation is ideal for multigenerational families - the bedrooms come in several configurations, including an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third room with two queen size beds and private patio and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds. When it comes time for those special family moments, convene in the great room. There, the doors open 30 feet wide to reveal views of the infinity-edge pool, the gardens and the sea. The prime views continue throughout the guesthouse, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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One&Only Palmilla Villa One


Reviving Historic Charm in Charleston


By: Five Star Alliance

 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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P.S. Check out the "Five Star Alliance Rate" which includes continental breakfast, sparkling wine, luxury accommodations, wireless internet access, and daily newspaper.


Unique Amenities: The Villas of Cabo Azul


By: Five Star Alliance

The Cabo Azul Resort, in Los Cabos, Mexico, is an all-villa masterpiece on more than 12 oceanfront acres. The resort and spa stands out from the standard Cabo San Lucas resorts and hotel choices in the San Jose del Cabo area because of the Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom luxury villas. 

Each and every one of the villas offers:

- King-size bed
Living area with sleeper sofa
Polished natural stone floor throughout
Private patio terraces
Fully-appointed kitchen with stainless steel appliances
Entertainment center with DVD and flat-panel TV
Individual climate control w/ ceiling fans
Bedroom with in-Room spa tub
Full bathroom with two sinks & shower

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Cabo Azul Villas


Did You Know? Ajman Saray


By: Five Star Alliance

Brought together by the passion and dedication of His Highness Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council, Ajman Saray is home to some of the finest Arabian horses in the world, known across Middle Eastern and European show circuits. Guests here can get up close and personal with these majestic thoroughbreds. 

Ajman Saray

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