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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 in the Cayo District of Belize, the Ka'ana Boutique Resort is located near the area's major tourist attractions. Ideal for adventure seekers, the property's tour specialists can arrange a variety of personalized experiences including visits to what was once the center of the Mayan Empire, helicopter tours, cave tubing, ziplining, Crystal Cave tours, horseback riding, and bird watching. For relaxation there's Mayan cooking classes, ceramic making in San Antonio, and private picnics at Big Rock Falls. Read more below the photo. 

Balam Suite at Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Focused on offering seasonal and local cuisine, Ka'ana Boutique Resort offers La Ceiba Restaurant. Inspired by the array of farms surrounding the property, the full-service restaurant has a chef-driven menu with international and local cuisine that incorporates produce from the property's on-site organic garden, as well as an extensive wine cellar and farmhouse design. Read about a special Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Dining at La Ceiba within the Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at La Ceiba Restaurant, $100 resort credit, bottle of sparkling wine at arrival, wine cellar orientation, and welcome drink. Plus, VIP status with a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out, based on availability at the time of check-in. 

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Perched on the 21st floor, the Performer Suite at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel offers panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis. Designed for rock stars and VIPs, the suite has a circular, acoustically correct Corinthian Leather alcove with a baby grand piano, as well as three plasma TVs and a sound system. There's an office, living room with artwork featuring Minnesota-born Prince, and dining room with a wet bar, plus a private in-suite fitness center. The bedroom has a custom-made King Bed, and the bathroom has a double vanity and 5-head massage shower. Read more about the hotel below the photo of the Performer Suite. 

Performer Suite at the Loews Minneapolis

Connected to the Target Center via skyway, Loews Minneapolis Hotel offers a central location in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, steps from Target Field, the entertainment district, and corporate offices. (Editor's note: Loews is an ideal location for guests going to concerts or games at either Target Center or Target Field, as the skyway provides indoor, climate-controlled access to both venues.) The luxury hotel has award-winning dining at Cosmos, the Apothecary Bar & Lounge with crafted cocktails and small plates, as well as the Relevé Champagne and wine bar. Guestrooms and suites were recently renovated, and the Embury Spa provides a range of treatments. 

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Adjacent to the Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Montemartini offers an exclusive setting in the center of Rome. The only hotel in the city crossed by the ancient Servian Wall, the luxury hotel occupies a former palazzo. Mixing historic 19th century details like marble and stucco with contemporary design and high-tech elegance, the prestigious property has 82 guestrooms and suites, including Signature Suites, Business Suites, and Spa and Fitness Suites. Read more below the photo of the Junior Suite. 

Junior Suite at Palazzo Montemartini

Steps from the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo, Palazzo Montemartini has the exclusive Caschera Spa featuring packages and treatments inspired by the adjacent  Baths of Diocletian. There's also the Senses Restaurant & Lounge Bar providing a refined setting blended with Italian traditions and modern infusions. Read more below the photo of Senses Restaurant.

Senses Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Italian wine, 10% discount at Senses Restaurant and the Caschera Spa.

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Destination Spotlight: MinneapolisProviding Midwestern charm infused with outdoorsy activities, Minneapolis, Minnesota has foodie-focused dining, award-winning sports stadiums, as well as an array of museums and cultural experiences. While commonly known for harsh, cold winters, Minneapolis is a destination offering four distinct seasons of activities. Situated in the most populated area of the state, Minneapolis is usually referred to as one of the Twin Cities, that also includes the capital city of St. Paul. Separated by the Mississippi River, these two cities are surrounded by sprawling suburbs with rivers, lakes (Minnesota is referred to as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes"), biking trails, parks, and of course the Mall of America, in Bloomington, right by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Locals are known for their "Minnesota Nice" demeanor, as well as their ability to embrace the cold of the "North" with the St. Paul Winter Carnival (January 25 to February 11, 2018) which this year includes an ice castle, and popular winter activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing--the practice of going on a frozen lake, drilling a hole in the ice, putting a line in, and seeing what the day's catch will be. For hearty locals, they may sit out in the elements on the lake, or many have portable fish houses with TVs, beds, couches, and homey comforts.

Prefer warmer weather? Spring, summer, and fall in Minneapolis offer mild temperatures. From late April to October, the weather provides distinctively changing seasons, ideal for biking the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5-mile walking and biking trail along the former railroad corridor. There's also the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes: Lake Harriet, Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), and Lake of the Isles with walking and biking paths along the shoreline, and plenty of opportunities for kayaking, sailing, and water-related activities. 

Sporting events are a big part of the local scene, with Target Field hosting the MLB's Minnesota Twins, Target Center is home to the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Basketball Team & the Minnesota Lynx WNBA Team, and of course, U.S. Bank Stadium is home to the NFL's Minnesota Vikings (and the Big Game on February 4, 2018). Head across the river and the Excel Center is home to NHL's Minnesota Wild, and the Minnesota United Soccer team will play at Allianz Field, set to open in 2019. While the stadium's and the teams are part of the draw, the food offerings at each of the stadiums are infused with local flavors from the region's top restaurants and local breweries. 

For cultural events, Minneapolis and St. Paul both offer multiple venues for touring Broadway Shows, orchestra performances, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has new and locally-produced shows. Recognized for a strong food scene, some highlights include Nordic cuisine at the Bachelor Farmer, and the famous Juicy Lucy (cheese-stuffed hamburgers), which can be found at a variety of local restaurants with Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club vying as the creators of the popular Minnesota-born burger. While in town, visitors will want to be sure to try some dishes infused with wild rice, and maybe try a "hotdish" (the Minnesota name for a casserole). For a one-of-a-kind food experience, the Minnesota State Fair (August 23 to September 3, 2018) is known for an array of items (many deep fried) served on sticks. 

Here are 5 Top Minneapolis Hotels:

1. W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay

Fabulous King Room at the W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay

Occupying the historic Foshay Tower, the W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay is an Art Deco landmark. Built in 1929, the Foshay Tower was the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1972 when the IDS was built. Today, the property is home to the luxury hotel and offers fine dining at Manny's Steakhouse, cocktails in the Prohibition Bar overlooking the city in what was once Wilbur Foshay's Boardroom, and the Keys Cafe with casual dining.

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2. Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis

Guestroom at the Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis

Connected to the city's extensive skyway system, Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis offers historic architecture mixed with masculine-inspired modern style. Originally built in 1912, the luxury boutique hotel has the SIX15 Room with a stylish lounge atmosphere, small plates, and creative cocktails. There's an indoor pool, and guests have accesss to the adjoining 60,000-square-foot Lifetime Athletic Club with an array of cardio machines, strength traiining equipment, exercise classes, and spa services. 

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3. Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Guestroom at the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Set in a historic Ziggurat style tower, the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis has the Ivy Spa Club with a salon and array of treatments, as well as the Ivy Fitness Club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, small class sizes, personal trainers, and indulgent amenities. For dining, Morello provides an upscale setting for coastal Italian cuisine, Constantine has a subterranean setting for crafted cocktails, and the property is steps from the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

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4. Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Steps from Target Field and Target Center, Loews Minneapolis Hotel soars 22 stories above the city. Offering recently renovated guestrooms and suites, the hotel is connected to Fortune 500 companies and attractions via the skyway system. Embury Spa provides an array of rejuvenating treatments, and Cosmos features a sophisticated retreat for fine dining. There's also the  Relevé Champagne and wine bar, and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge for cocktails and small plates. 

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5. The Marquette Hotel

The Marquette Hotel

Featuring newly renovated guestrooms, The Marquette Hotel is located within the Crystal Court of the IDS Center. Steps from the shops and restaurants along Nicollet Mal, the hotel has accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom furnishings for a residential feel. The Light Rail is two blocks away with access to the airport and the Mall of America, and Jacques Restaurant & Bar has small plates and cocktails. Planning an event? The hotel's Windows on Minnesota event space is located on the 50th floor of the IDS with 360-degree city views. 

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Ready for a beach retreat? For a limited time, the Monarch Beach Resort is offering a special promotion. Book two nights at the Best Available Rate, and receive the Third Night Free! The special offer requires a Three Night Minimum Stay, and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions, blackout dates apply. Read more about the resort below the photo. 

Guest bath at Monarch Beach Resort

The Monarch Beach Resort epitomizes the California Coastal lifestyle. Set along Salt Creek Beach, about five miles north of San Juan Capistrano, the resort is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Featuring redesigned rooms by Rodrigo Vargas Design, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, and private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, the  family-friendly luxury resort has an expansive pool complex. Read more below the photo.

Swimming pool complex at the Monarch Beach Resort

For recreation, the Monarch Beach Golf Links is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed 18-hole golf course. Featuring traditional Scottish-inspired style, the beachfront course has a golf shop, lessons, and the Club 19 restaurant on the first tee. There's also a private beach club with surf lessons led by the resort's Surf Host, paddle boarding, bonfires, and trail hikes.

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Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley is a luxury boutique hotel steps from Buckingham Palace. Situated in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood, the luxury hotel is set within an impeccably restored 1920s townhouse with Art Deco styling including sleek wood furniture, crown molding, tufted headboards, and bathrooms with Hermes bathroom amenities. There is 24-hour butler service which includes unpacking, pressing, steaming, and room service. Continue reading below the photo.

Within the hotel, the Oval Restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine, while the Jazz Lounge has live music performances, and the Crystal Bar has a quintessential Art Deco design. The Cigar Terrace boasts one of the world's finest spirits and cigar collections, including a large walk-in cigar humidor with an extensive selection of Cuban cigars. The Wellesley offers courtesy Rolls-Royce Ghost drop-off service within a 1.5 mile radius of the hotel, as well as portable devices for calls and data in all suites. Read below the photo for a perk offer.

The Oval Restaurant at The Wellesley

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

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I recently had the opportunity to spend two nights at The Allison Inn & Spa. Walking into the peaceful retreat makes it easy to see why the property is referred to as "The living room of the Willamette Valley". After a short drive from downtown Portland (just under an hour) and a lovely meandering drive amidst vineyards to reach the hotel, arriving at The Inn was like arriving at a soothing sanctuary. There were nature-inspired sculptures next to the entrances, greeters that swiftly opened the doors, and a friendly front desk staff. Continue reading below the photos.

Exterior of The Allison Inn & Spa

Stairwell at The Allison Inn & Spa

After a quick and easy check-in, I went to my room on the second floor. Furnished with a soothing color palette, the spacious room had a table near the entry with a plate of sweet bites waiting to be enjoyed, a gas fireplace, window seats with vineyard views, and a plush king bed. There was a minifridge stocked with glass bottles of filtered water, and a basket of Oregon snacks (including chocolate covered hazelnuts) to discover. Read more below the room photos. 

Guest room at The Allison Inn & Spa

Guestroom at The Allison Inn & Spa

But perhaps one of the most unique amenities of the room was the large bathroom with a walk-in shower and a large soaking tub complete with bath salts and a pillow, as well as a sliding door that opened to look out at the room and the windows with relaxing views. Read more below the bathtub photo.

Spa tub at The Allison Inn & Spa

Within my room there was also an outdoor patio with a charming sitting area perfect for enjoying morning coffee or a glass of local wine. Read more below the photo.

Patio at The Allison Inn & Spa

Offering an idyllic setting close to hundreds of Willamette Valley vineyards and tasting rooms, The Allison Inn & Spa provides a wine-infused setting at every turn. In the Spa, guests can select from a variety of treatments that incorporate the area's grapes and wines, as well as a pedicure salon, spa boutique, and separate men's and women's locker rooms with lounges, steam rooms, and saunas. Read more below the photo of the pedicure salon.

Pedicure Salon at The Spa at The Allison Inn & Spa

On the same floor as the spa, guests will find a large fitness room with cardio machines and strength training equipment, as well as an indoor pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that open during warmer months. (Editor's note: I was there during the late fall, but with the large windows and the skylights, the pool had an airy, outdoor feel). Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Allison Inn & Spa

For dining, the award-winning Jory has large windows looking out to the vineyards and surrounding area, along with an open-kitchen where guests can watch the food preparation. The seasonal menu changes to incorporate locally sourced ingredients,and an extensive wine list that includes Austin Knoll wines, created from The Allison Inn's own vineyards. Read more below the photo of Jory.

Jory at The Allison Inn & Spa

Throughout the property, guests can explore the hotel's extensive art collection that includes 500 original works of art created by 100 Oregon artists. Within each of the hotel's 85 guest rooms there are least three original works of art. While one of the most unique pieces can be found by the pool, "Slackwater Terroir" by Oregon Professor Jay Noller features four types of soil: Jory, Nekia, Woodburn, and Amity, sourced directly from the property's soil during construction. Continue reading below the photo of "Slackwater Terroir".

Slackwater Terroir at The Allison Inn & Spa

In addition to the indoor spaces, there are beautiful pathways to meander around the property, as well as gardens with lounge chairs, and specially selected sculptures (including some that are for sale) around The Inn. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Allison Inn & Spa

After dining multiple times at Jory, relaxing in my room with the window seat, fireplace, and soaking tub, swimming in the pool, and unwinding at the spa, there is only one thing I would change...two nights wasn't long enough at the Inn or in the Willamette Valley. 

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Situated in the heart of the city's historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is a luxury hotel offering a spa, rooftop pool, and award-winning dining at the Charleston Grill. There's also upscale boutiques for shopping within the hotel, and the guestrooms and suites combine Southern charm with modern elegance and old-world style. While Club Floor rooms on the top floor of the property provide private access to the Club Lounge. For a limited time, the property is offering four special packages*. Read more below the photo for details. 

Belmond Charleston Place Exterior

Be Well, Be Luxe Offer*

-- 10% off luxury accommodations

--  Choice of one spa treatment per stay including Morroccanoil manicure and pedicure, or a 50-minute facial, body scrub, or massage ($140 credit)

--  One shampoo and blowout at Elysium ($65 credit)

*Maximum spa credit of $140 per room.

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Poolside spa treatment at Belmond Charleston Place

Retreat to Romance*

--  Luxury accommodations

--  Champagne welcome amenity

--  Room service breakfast for two (maximum value of $75 per room, per stay)

--  Sweetgrass rose

*Valid for travel throughout 2018, subject to availability.

Continue below the photo for additional offers.

Romance at Belmond Charleston Place

The Suite Life Offer*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  Access to Club Level amenities

*Valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through February 27, 2018. Package applies to Corner One Bedroom and One Bedroom Suites. 

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Suite at the Belmond Charleston Place

Winter in Charleston*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  $50 food and beverage credit

* Valid for travel through February 28, 2018. Two night minimum stay required, offer subject to availability. 

In addition to the inclusions listed above, offers include internet, access to online newspapers, $30 breakfast credit, per person, per day, $100 food and beverage credit, and upgrade options based on availability at check-in.

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*Please note, the offers listed above were provided by the Belmond Charleston Place. Offers are subject to availability and could change at any time. 


Situated in Argentina's lake district, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort is a luxury mountain lodge with grand stone fireplaces, exposed cyrpress walls, and views of Andean peaks. Providing travelers with a true Patagonian experience while in the midst of a full-service luxury resort, guests can partake in a variety of active excursions including extreme mountain biking, skiing, condor sightings, 4x4 driving on the Patagonian steppes, rafting, and rappelling. Continue reading more below the photo.

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

The hotel has two wings: Ala Bustillo Wing with rooms, suites, and studios that opened in 1940, and the Lago Moreno Wing a mix of classic and modern designed deluxe studios and suites. In the Moreno Wing, the suites offer large windows, and the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite has a unique bathroom with a double jacuzzi and expansive window providing a panoramic view. There's also a log fireplace and terraced balcony in the 678-square-foot suite. Read more below the photo of the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite. 

Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite Bathroom

In addition to the hotel's exclusive setting and outdoor activities, the property offers a pampering spa with a variety of treatments, Kids & Teens Spa for guests 3 to 12 years of age, and a Health Club with a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, stength training, and relaxation room. There's also a kids' club with supervised activities, and a hospitality lounge for skiiers during the winter season. For dining, Los Cesares Grill & Pasta serves a variety of grilled meats, fish, and homemade pastas. While the Patagonia Coffee Shop offers a relaxed setting, and the Lobby Bar is a lodge-style destination for evening cocktails. Read more below the Lobby Bar photo.

Lobby Bar at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and subject to availability, an early check-in or late check-out. 

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Ahhh...winter. As charming as sweater season and relaxing by a warm fire can seem, at a certain point, it's time for an escape. But with all the hurricanes that happened in 2017, it can be a bit daunting to determine what Caribbean destinations are open and ready for visitors. To make it a bit easier, we've gathered five of our top Caribbean resorts picks for idyllic winter escapes so you can relax in the sunshine instead of trying to stay warm in the more than brisk winter weather.

1. Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia

Located in the Southern Caribbean on the island of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain Resort provides panoramic views of the island's Piton World Heritage Site and the Caribbean Sea. The exclusive resort-within-a-resort concept by Anse Chastenet, features bold architecture with open-concept designs linking bedrooms and living areas with infinity pools, providing viewing platforms to take in the island's natural beauty. 

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2. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Recognized as one of the world's most exclusive resorts, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, formerly the One&Only Ocean Club, offers an iconic location in the Bahamas with recently refurbished accommodations, restaurants, and public spaces. Set along a 5-mile stretch of beach, the resort provides a laid-back Bahamian lifestyle amidst Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens with three swimming pools, six tennis courts, Balinese-inspired spa, kids' club, and access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course.

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3. Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Located on the island of Curacao, about 35 miles from Aruba, Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao is set amidst 2,000 acres. Within the resort guests can play tennis, partake in a variety of watersports, lounge poolside, hike or bike amidst rock formations, caves, and caverns, or go yachting from the resort's marina. For dining, SHORE provides open-air fine dining with sea views as well as the Jun's at Shore with sushi specialties, Medi Restaurant offers international cuisine, and SPLASH Pool Bar & Grill serves casual fare. 

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4. Sandals La Source

Sandals La Source

Providing an all-inclusive setting for couples Sandals La Source provides an exotic setting on the "Spice Isle"  of Grenada, which is one of the world's only producers of Nutmeg, which is infused in many dishes and products on the island. The island is also home to the world's first underwater sculpture park, and the resort offers four unique villages with a variety of suites and villas, including some with swim-up access and butler service. 

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5. The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

Situated along the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos is a luxury boutique resort. Offering an array of amenities, guests can enjoy complimentary bicycles and watersports, lounge by the beach or pool with personalized service, relax at the Anani Spa, entertain young travelers with supervised children's programs, workout at the fitness center, or experience fine dining at Drift, an open-air restaurant on the shores of Grace Bay Beach. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 Resort Credit per room, per stay, plus a welcome fruit and water amenity.

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