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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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in a historic building in the heart of the city's historic center, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence offers a luxury setting in the shadows of Il Doumo Cathedral. Named after the Renaissance artist author, Filippo Brunelleschi, the hotel occupies the Torre della Pagliazza, a unique building from 541-544 AD that is now home to the property's Pagliazza Tower Suite, the Santa Elisabetta gourmet restaurant on the first floor, and the Osteria Pagliazza on the ground floor. Read more about the hotel below the Pagliazza Tower Suite photo.

Tower Suite at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Throughout the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence, there's a variety of historic artifacts and works of art to discover. At the hotel's Museo della Pagliazza, guests may be accommpanied by the concierge to explore the archeological finds uncovered during the excavation in the basement of the Torre della Pagliazza. Used as a sauna in ancient times, the hotel has a Roman calidarium (a hammam), as well as Roman era fragments, and a Renaissance collection of Montelupo ceramics. 

Osteria della Pagliazza at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

In addiiton to historic elements, the boutique hotel recently renovated the buildings in a way that respects its past while enhancing the environment with a revitalized hotel facade, main glass staircase, new suites, restructuring of the lobby, reception, breakfast hall, meeting halls, and lifts, as well as outdoor spaces for events. Learn more about special Five Star Alliance Perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the suite photo.

Suite at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $70 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a welcome bottle of Prosecco, complimentary WiFi, and full breakfast daily. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled on a private island, the Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island is an all-inclusive eco-resort in the northern Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands. Amidst 3.6 acres of land, the retreat occupies the site of a former colonial coconut plantation. Providing accommodations for just three couples at a time, and surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, the property is an idyllic destination for honeymooners and those seeking a secluded, romantic retreat. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Guests of the resort fly into the Amata Kabua Airport in Majuro, where a shuttle takes guests to the jetty. From there, visitors board a private boat for a 45-minute trip along the atoll through scattered, mostly uninhabited islands. Continue reading below the boat photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Once guests arrive, they spend their time on the island in either one of two bungalows or a beach house. Featuring traditional colonial styling, accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms, exclusive works-of-art, antiques, daily turndown service, and complimentary minibars. Fresh fruits are delivered daily, and all-inclusive Cordon Bleu dining is available in the main house. Read more below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Surrounded by coral reefs, the eco-resort offers guests a variety of water-focused activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing. There's aslo a well-stocked library on the island, and visitors can schedule in-room massages and beauty treatments.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Named after the birthplace of Lord Forte, the Monforte Royal Suite at The Charles Hotel offers a top-floor setting with antique artwork and a spacious terrace with panoramic views of the Old Botanical Garden and the city of Munich. The suite includes exclusive amenities such as in-suite check-in, personalized concierge services, in-suite Apero Bar, breakfast in the suite or in Sophia's restaurant, unpacking and packing service, pressing of up to 4 garments, and in-house movies. Continue reading about the suite below the terrace photo.

Monforte Royal Suite Terrace at The Charles Hotel

The 200-square-meter suite has a bedroom with a king-sized bed. There's also a sitting room with a grand piano, study, dining room, and a kitchen with a separate entrance. For additional space, the suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Two-Bedroom Suite. Read more below the photo.

Monforte Royal Suite at The Charles Hotel

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the marble bathroom has heated floors, free-standing soaking tub, and two walk-in showers. There is also a private steam room, TV, luxury bath amenities, and a separate lavatory. Continue below the bathroom photo.

Monforte Royal Suite at The Charles Hotel

The Charles Hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Offering an elegant setting, the hotel is close to the historic Konigsplatz with contemporary guest rooms and suites. The state-of-the-art spa is home to the city's longest indoor pool, and modern European cuisine is served at Sophia's restaurant. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, the Sheen Falls Lodge is a 300-acre estate set amidst heather-covered mountains. Throughout the estate there is a variety of pathways for walks along the rivers and through the woodlands, fishing for salmon along a private section of the River Sheen, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, guided hawk walks, and photography excursions. The Relais & Chateaux property makes an ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, and offers guests one of the area's finest restaurants with a seasonal chef-created menu highlighting local ingredients and modern Irish cooking. Continue reading below the photo for more about the luxury Irish Lodge and special Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Sheen Falls Lodge

Throughout the property, guest rooms and suites feature views of the surrounding landscape, but perhaps one of the most striking rooms is The Falls Master Suite. The octagonal drawing room has an oculus set in the ceiling twenty feet above the sitting area, and the wide windows showcase the River Sheen as it meanders down to a waterfall, which flows under the historic stone bridge into Kenmare Bay. Plus, there's a fireplace, and private bar with vintage brandy. Read more about the suite below the photo.

The Falls Master Suite at the Sheen Falls Lodge

The Falls Master Suite has opulent styling with a dining table for six, extra bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the gardens and river. In addition, the suite has a side entrance, personal check-in service, and its own parking space.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a private tour of the wine cellar, and a private tour of Kenmare in a vintage Buick.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking the Cape Cod landscape, the Deluxe Master Suite at the Chatham Bars Inn provides travelers with a spacious retreat. Offering one king or two queen beds, there is a separate living room with a pullout queen size sleeper sofa, gas fireplace, and flat-screen TV. There's also a window seat providing a ideal place to read a book or relax while enjoying the surrounding landscape. Read more below the photo of the Deluxe Master Suite.

Chatham Bars Inn

The Chatham Bars Inn provides accommodations in the Historic Main Inn, as well as Cottage Rooms and Spa Suites. Each accommodation type offers unique luxuries for guests, with Cottage Rooms and Suites featuring Cape Cod views. The Main Inn was built in 1914 and has been impeccably restored to maintain historic details while infusing the space with high-end modern amenities. 

Chatham Bars Inn

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will receive continental breakfast for two daily at STARS and a $50 resort credit per room/per stay for one night stays or $100 resort credit per room/per stay for stays of two nights or more.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Occupying 27 separate three-story buildings, the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury resort in Malaga, Spain offering special Five Star Alliance Perks for guests booking with Five Star Alliance. Located about 50 minutes southwest of Malaga in Marbella, the resort is a traditional Andalusian retreat along the "Golden Coast". From Afternoon Tea on the terrace to a round of golf or relaxing poolside, the luxurious property provides an idyllic setting for travelers looking to soak in the sun and local culture. There's 14 different restaurants on-site, an open-air courtyard ideal for cocktails, spa & wellness facilities, tennis courts, and botanical gardens. Learn about the Royal Suite below the photo. 

Pool at Puente Romano Beach

Ideal for couples, the Royal Suite offers a one-of-a-kind setting with panoramic ocean views. The top floor hideaway has a spacious outdoor terrace with a pair of plush day beds, two s-shaped sun chairs, and a large outdoor Jacuzzi. Read more below the photo.

Royal Suite Patio at Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa

Featuring a soothing ambiance, the suite has vanilla-hued interiors with a loft-like design. Guests of the suite can create a personal spa experience within the marble master bath which offers a sauna, whirlpool, and rainfall shower. Within the suite there's a 55-inch flat-screen TV, plush king size bed, and an Illy coffee machine. Continue reading below the photo for a special Five Star Alliance Perk offer. 

Royal Suite Bedroom at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for each guest daily at Alhambra Restaurant and a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay.

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Posted in: Malaga

| By: Rachael Weir

Siem Reap is a luxury destination in western Cambodia, known for five-star hotels and resorts, boutiques, spas, and galleries. Situated about 3.5 miles south of Angkor, Siem Reap is an ideal destination for exploring the temples and ancient city, as well as rejuvenating at one of the area's top spas, or trying the local cuisine served in one of the city's restaurants. To fully explore this area, we recommend four to five days, and be sure to catch a sunrise over Angkor Wat to see its towers aglow in red and orange. 

Referred to as the "City of God Kings", the ancient city of Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom from 802 to 1295. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast complex of towers and sculptures, that was abandoned for nearly 600 years. Hindu mythology believed kings were gods, and this was the home of the kings who were considered gods. In 1861, French naturalist Henri Mouhot stumbled upon the ancient city, transforming it into a major tourist attraction.

Today, visitors to this region can explore a stone skeleton of a city amidst a lush jungle. The Angkor Wat temple complex covers about 60 square miles of land, with moats, temples, palaces, and passageways. Guests to the site may want to consider visiting with a guide for a greater understanding of the Khmer history, architecture, as well as the significance of the site to Buddhism and Hinduism. Angkor Thom was founded in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, and remained the capital of Khmer cities until the 17th century. For a state-of-the-art experience, the Angkor National Museum is an ideal destination for guests to learn more about the Khmer civilization and legacy.

In the markets, guests can shop for traditional foods and souvenirs, and the downtown area of Siem Reap offers an increasing number of evening entertainment options along Pub Street. 

Here are 5 Top Siem Reap Luxury Hotels 

5. Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Providing easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, the Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa is an all-suite luxury resort. Accommodations mix contemporary styling with handcrafted teak furniture, local textiles, and hand carved sandstone. Suites include butler service, arrival foot rituals, pillow menus, and Anantara luxury bedding. While guests can customize their visit with bespoke experiences such as going to the nearby historic village via traditional Tuk Tuk service, lounging in the outdoor saltwater pool, private market tours, or cooking classes. 

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4. Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Featuring 104 contemporary rooms, including 13 suites with private gardens or plunge pools, Park Hyatt Siem Reap provides a modern setting in the heart of the ancient city. There are two swimming pools--a lap pool surrounded by parasols and cabanas, and a free-form pool with a lagoon design ideal for relaxation. The spa has Cambodian hand and foot rituals, there's a fully-equipped fitness center, and the Dining Room serves a selection of French Provincial and Cambodian cuisine. 

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3. Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Set within 15 acres of landscaped French gardens, Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor is a grand historic hotel. The landmark property elegantly blends contemporary amenities with the grandeur of a bygone era. Next to the Angkor National Museum, the hotel has an original timber elevator that takes guests to their rooms, as well as a Raffles Spa, two outdoor pools, and iconic Cambodian experiences at the Apsara Terrace and Elephant Bar. 

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2. Belmond La Residence d'Angkor 

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

Featuring traditional Khmer styling, Belmond La Residence d'Angkor has an intimate setting. Accommodations have large bathrooms with spacious free-form baths, air conditioning, satellite TVs, and minibars. The outdoor salt water pool is set amidst lush foliage, there's a library with board games, travel guides, and reference books, plus the Kong Kea Spa offers treatments infused with local traditions. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate"  receive a complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people per room once during stay.

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1. Amansara

Outdoor Pool at Amansara

Formerly the residence of a king, Amansara features modern stying with a curvilinear pool and monochrome minimalism. Following a careful restoration, the single-level retreat is a showcase of 1960s New Khmer architecture. Guests can book custom itineraries to visit ruins crowd-free, meditate in the ancient forests, or cruise through the floating villages of Tonle Sap lake. The Dining Room is a sleek space with soaring ceilings and Khmer-centered cuisine, and the resort's traditional Khmer village house offers rustic meals prepared over charcoal. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Mixing local culture with indoor tropical gardens, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is a lush urban retreat. Accommodations are spread throughout three distinct wings: the resort-like Garden Wing, the recently rejuvenated contemporary Tower Wing, and the prestigious Valley Wing. The property is the original property for the Shangri-La Brand, and features CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La with Asian-inspired holistic treatments, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and fully-equipped health club. Continue reading below the photo.

Blue Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

One of the hotel's unique suites is the Honeymoon Suite. Situated in the Garden Wing, the Honeymoon Suite has interiors inspired by nature, a pillow menu, and a large balcony with sun loungers, outdoor Jacuzzi, and barbecue area. Read more below the photo. 

Honeymoon Suite Balcony at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

The spacious living room has large floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, dining area for romantic dinners, and a plush living room for couples to relax. Continue reading below the photo.

Honeymoon Suite Living Room at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

In the bathroom, there's a deep-soaking tub, soothing lighting, and an ideal spot for a bottle of chilled Champagne. Learn more about special Perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Honeymoon Suite Bathroom at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, a per room SGD 100.00 food and beverage credit (not valid for room service or minibar), and in-room welcome Chinese Tea and Fruit.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Spanish Experience

Our newest Featured Journeys highlights three of Spain's top destinations: Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona. From Mediterranean breezes to bodegas buzzing with locals and tourists, Spain offers adventures for culinary and enthusiasts, as well as one-of-a-kind nightlife options. Learn more about top luxury hotels in these Spanish cities below. 

Malaga

Set along Spain's "Gold Coast", Malaga is an Andalusian destination for Mediterranean sunlight, beaches, buzzing tapas bars, and palm-lined promenades. Picasso's original hometown offers art enthusiasts the Picasso Museum. Nestled in a 16th century palace, the museum showcases Picasso's late 1970s paintings. The city's Renaissance cathedral is an ornate masterpiece, and the Moorish Alcazaba are two of the city's iconic architectural highlights. 

La Malagueta beach and the coves at El Palo are the must-visit spots for sunshine. The Paseo del Parque promenade is an ideal place to meander and cool down under the shade of palms, and La Concepcion Botanical Gardens is brimming with tropical flowers. 

Dining in this region is all about tapas. Malaga is home to 1,001 tascas (tapas bars), and these bars are an ideal spot to mingle with the outgoing locals while having fresh anchovies, Serrano ham, and calamari. Pedralejo and La Caleta are popular destinations for beach cafes, fried fish, and cocktails at sunset. While the Old Town is a nightlife destination with live music bars, clubs, and bodegas.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa 

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa

About 50 minutes southwest of Malaga in Marbella, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa offers a traditional Andalusian retreat along the "Golden Coast". From Afternoon Tea on the terrace to a round of golf or relaxing poolside, the luxurious property provides a relaxing setting for travelers looking to soak in the sun and local culture. There's 14 different restaurants on-site, an open-air courtyard ideal for cocktails, spa & wellness facilities, tennis courts, and botanical gardens. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Alhambra Restaurant and a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay.

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Madrid

Modern Madrid is a diverse destination where cobbled lanes and historic chapels meet contemporary boulevards lined with skyscrapers. Locals and tourists alike can revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting at the city's largest bullring--Plaza de Toros, or browse the Prado's extensive collection of art from around the world as well as Spanish masters like Goya and Velazquez, and every Wednesday and Saturday, the Changing of the Guard happens at the Royal Palace.

Madrid offers an eclectic food scene along Ventura de la Vega, Plaza de Santa Ana, and the Plaza de Santa Barbara where Madrilenos begin the evening at tapas bars serving manchego cheese, stuffed peppers, chorizo, and Spanish wine, then dine on dinners highlighting Spanish flavors like Valencian paella, Andalusian gapacho, and the Cocido--Madrid's own lamb and vegetable stew. 

For shopping, Rastro has been the destination for locals and bargain hunters for 500 years. While the Gran Via is the city's trendy shopping neighborhood with Art Deco shops selling the latest styles including handbags made from Spanish leather. To get a panoramic view of the city, Faro de Moncloa is a former transmission tower that has been reimagined into an observation deck 92 meters above the city. 

Looking for a night on the town? Madrid's biggest clubs are set along Calle Arenal, while the bars of Chucca and Huertas are popular after Midnight.

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Premium King Guest Room at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Inspired by the paintings of Velazquez, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques is located in the heart of Madrid. Nestled within a 19th century palace, the hotel has a historic garden, and guest rooms and suites are infused with touches on the Velazquez masterpiece, Las Meninas. Situated in the former palace stables, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Dos Cielos Madrid by Hermanos Torres with a locally-inspired menu and exclusive location. There's also a seasonal rooftop pool and Thai Room Wellness Center. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for each guest daily in Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens, a 40 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes Dos Cielos Restaurant), and a welcome amenity.

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Barcelona

Offering a cosmopolitan destination on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a vibrant city with Gothic and Modernist architecture. Effortlessly cool, the city is known for the turrets of Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria Market's Iberian ham, olives, and goat cheese, El Born's clubs where partiers dance 'til dawn, and hidden courtyards. 

La Sagrada Familia cathedral is one of the city's top destinations. Gaudi's masterpiece is full of symbolism. Started in 1882, the church has iconic turrets, stone carvings, and grand facades. The tree-lined La Rambla is ideal for a walk to the maze-like alleyways in Barri Gotic that lead to Santa Maria del Mar Church, and Montjuic's gardens are an ideal spot for those seeking some shade. At the Picasso Museum, visitors can see some of the artist's finest works from early sketches to Blue Period works.

For beaches and no-frills fish restaurants, Barcelonta is the place to go. Barri Gotic serves up Catalan fare including Los Caracoles (the snails), salted cod salad known as esqueixada, and pan tomaquet (tomato bread). For Michelin-starred restaurants that put the city on the gastro map, Eixample and El Born offers a variety of gastronomic experiences. In the evening, head to the jazz clubs and tapas bars of Placa Real.  

Seeking some retail therapy? Passieg de Gracia is known for designer lables, El Corte Ingles is one of Barcelona's top department stores, and boutiques in Barri Gotic, El Born, and El Raval sell unique finds and art.

Neri Hotel

Suite Bat at Neri Hotel

Situated on Sant Felip Neri Square, the Neri Hotel is a Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the city's Gothic Quarter. Next to the church where Gaudi prayed daily, the boutique hotel has the Neri Restaurant with a creative Mediterranean menu as well as outdoor seating on San Felip Neri Square. For a unique outdoor setting, the Roba Estesa has a rooftop setting for casual cuisine and cocktails overlooking the Gothic Quarter. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guest booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley Penthouse provides an exclusive setting on the sixth and seventh floors of the hotel. The spacious suite can be booked as a one-, two-, or four-bedroom suite, capable of sleeping up to eight guests. There is an elegant living room with a feature fireplace, humidor with a private decanter bar, and a private dining room with seating for eight people. Plus, the suite includes courtesy Rolls-Royce drop off service and 24-hour butler service. Read more below the photo. 

Penthouse Suite Dining at The Wellesley

The master bedroom has a plush couch, upholstered headboard, and large windows with Hyde Park views. There's a marble bathroom with a deep-soaking tub and flat-screen TV. Continue reading about the hotel below the photo.

Penthouse Suite Bathroom at The Wellesley

The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood. Steps from Buckingham Palace, the property offers discreet elegance with live music and cocktails at the Crystal Bar, the Oval Restaurant with art deco styling and fine Italian cuisine, and the hotel is home to one of the largest cigar humidors in Europe. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. 

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Posted in: London

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