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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.


Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

Check rates and availability at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables


Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia

We have exciting news to share! Thank you to everyone who entered the Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner.

Congratulations to Kim D. of Virginia!

Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia, Kim and a guest will receive a 5-night stay at the resort, along with breakfast, guided horseback rides, Auberge Classic Massages, and Life on the Farm Experience. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hacienda AltaGracia Exterior View

Resort Amenities include:

- Multiple dining outlets, in-room dining service, and private dining for families, groups and couples
- Pool and sundeck
- Full service spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas
- Fitness center and outdoor ranchos/palapas for activities and treatments
- Billiards & Games room
- Concierge services and specially curated experiences and adventures, including shopping
- Complimentary WiFi and Apple TV
- Private air transfers and transportation services
- Ultralight Flight Tours

Complimentary activities include: guided forest hike, mountain biking, garden walk, meditation, equestrian care, DIY exfoliating scrub, and tropical fruit tastings.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD resort credit, welcome fruit basket, 10% off spa treatments at Auberge Spa, and VIP Status. 

Congratulations Kim D.!

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Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

Learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch


Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

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Linking four 19th century palaces together, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna offers a historic retreat within the heart of the imperial city of Vienna. One of the hotel's highlights is the luxurious Presidential Suite. Set within the former Palais Gutmann, built by coal Sir Wilhelm Gutmann, the exclusive space features one-of-a-kind details such as the ceiling painting by August Eisenmenger around the living room's chandelier from the former Belletage, depicting 12 months and four seasons. Eisenmenger also painted the famous Golden Hall of the “Musikverein” ceiling fresco. Continue reading below the living room photo. 

Presidential Suite Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Within the 2,045-square-foot venue, there is a separate living and sleeping area, as well as Hermès furnishings. There's also a kitchenette with a Nespresso machine and refrigerator, plus a personal library with an iMac setup and work station. The luxurious suite has a spacious master bathroom, along with a large dressing room and makeup table. In addition, for added privacy there are bullet-proof and soundproof windows. Continue reading below the bedroom photo. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna Presidential Suite Bedroom

Guests of the Presidential Suite receive exclusice Club Lounge Access, which includes five daily culinary experiences, dedicated concierge service, and beverages including Champagne, wine, beer, and spirits. Butler, security, nanny, and secretary services are available upon request, and the suite can be connected to a second room for additional space. 

From now through December 31, 2017, guests booking the Presidential Suite receive:

- €200 Euro credit for the hotel's restaurants & bars

- €200 Euro credit for The Ritz-Carlton Spa

- Airport pick up and drop off

In addition, the property is offering a complimentary horse carriage ride for guests booking 3 or more nights for stays in August and September. 

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As part of the resort's 10 year anniversary celebration, the Ka'ana Boutique Resort in Belize has a special Summer Respite Offer:

-- Book a three night stay at Ka'ana before August 31, get the fourth night free.

In addition, guests will receive a private mixology class learning to mix traditional libations with Belizian flair. For stays of three nights or more prior to September 21st, guests also receive a bottle of champagne and a complimentary upgrade (based on availability). Read more below the photo. 

Ka'ana Boutique Resort Belize

The Ka'ana Boutique Resort is located near the Cayo District in Western Belize. Set amidst Mayan civilizations and natural wonders, the property provides a bespoke setting with curated experiences designed to provide guests with an adventurous mix of authentic Belize culture and style. There are luxurious suites or one- and two-bedroom villas with private pools, plus La Ceiba Restaurant with authentic Belizean Cuisine, Wallace Bar & Lounge with handcrafted drinks by experienced mixologists, a 1,000 bottle wine cellar, and a 2-acre organic garden where 80% of the property's produce is sourced. The boutique hotel will arrange candlelit dinners and customized picnics for one-of-a-kind customized experiences, and adventure options include cave tubing, helicopter tours, horseback rides to Xunantunich Maya Ruins, and Yaxha sunset tours. Read more below the photo for a special perk.

Ka'ana Boutique Hotel Belize

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary breakfast daily at La Ceiba Restaurant (room service also available), a $100 resort credit, one bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, wine cellar orientation, and a welcome drink. As well as VIP status and a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out based on availability. 

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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: concierge@nolinski.com 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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Sponsored Post*

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.


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