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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.


Set on a one-mile stretch of white sand beach along the Indian Ocean, The Residence Mauritius offers an island setting. Inspired by the the island's turn-of-the-century plantation houses, the luxury resort provides a mix of classic colonial style, modern elegance, and simplicity. Guest rooms and suites are furnished with beds infused with drops of ylang ylang to promote slumbers, shutters to filter in the sunlight, a color palette of white and beige, and large marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. Plus, personal butler service is available for an added level of luxury. Continue reading below the photo.

Oceanfront accommodations at The Residence Mauritius

Offering a family-friendly setting, there is a beachfront kids' club with professionally-led activities such as cooking classes, snorkeling, pony rides, and picnics. There's also water activities like glass bottom boat rides, catamarans, and paddle boats. For adults, The Sanctuary offers a zen-like setting with a variety of spa treatments, hair and beauty services, saunas, Hammam, and steam room. Learn about a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Dining at The Residence Mauritius

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome fruit basket, along with a local Mauritian rum tasting once during the stay with 4 rums and canapes. Also, based on availability at check-in, an upgrade to the next room category.

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Poolside setting at The Residence Mauritius


Towering over the city on the 52nd floor, the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at Four Seasons Hotel New York offers an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of Manhattan. Following a seven year collaboration between I. M. Pei, Peter Marino, and visionary hotel owner Ty Warner, the 4,300-square-foot suite is recognized as an architectural masterpiece. With one of the crowning features being the suite's four cantilevered glass balconies soaring 500 feet over the city (the highest in the world), set on a diagonal to the north-south and east-west grid of Manhattan and finished with glass railings for one-of-a-kind views. In addition to the balconies, the suite has 25-foot bronze clad bay windows providing uninterrupted views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Continuing reading below the photo of the Penthouse Suite.

Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel New York

Within the suite is a  living room completed with hand-lacquered walls and inlaid mother of pearl, as well as a 700-square-foot library with 26-foot cathedral ceilings completed with a Bosendorfer Baby Grand Piano. There's an elegant master bedroom, and a spacious rock crystal master bathroom with double sinks, glass-enclosed shower, TV, and deep soaking tub. Plus, guests of the suite have access to exclusive services and amenities including a chauffeured Rolls-Royce and dedicated Guest Relations Manager.

The Four Seasons Hotel New York is located on Billionaire's Row between Madison and Park Avenues. Steps from world-class shopping, restaurants, and museums, the luxury hotel offers the Garden Restaurant, Ty Bar, Health Club, and Fitness Center. There's also exclusive boutiques in the lobby, and the renowned L. Raphael Geneve Spa on-site. 

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Facing the bay of Rapallo on the Italian Riviera, the Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo is a historic luxury hotel with with a beach club, spa, and event space. While The Hall is recognized for the property's collection of paintings, prints, furniture, and antiques. Guest rooms and suites look out onto the Portofino Coast, and feature locally-inspired furnishings, as well as antique furniture and prints. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at the Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

The Spa of the Excelsior Palace overlooks the sea with treatment rooms, indoor heated pool, and a fitness center with cardio machines. During the summer months the terrace hosts spinning classes, and there is a gazebo for outdoor massages. Read more below the photo.

Indoor Pool at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

From June to September, The Beach Club provides an outdoor oasis for guests to relax in the Italian sunshine. There are two infinity pools, cabanas, terraces with two Jacuzzis, and a jetty to transport guests via boat to Portofino, S. Fruttuoso, and the Cinque Terre. There's also the Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

The property offers a Very Important Pet program, providing small cats and dogs with gourmet food options like braised beef and chicken with steamed rice for dogs, or scrambled egg with steamed salmon for felines. In addition to in-room amenities, there are special areas in the restaurant and the Beach Club where furry friends are welcome. Read more below the photo of the Beach Club's pet-friendly area.

Pet-Friendly Beach Club at the Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Plus, guests booking the Bed and Breakfast rate through Five Star Alliance with a stay of at least 3 nights receive a bottle of limoncello.

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Perched on the hillside of Fiesole, Hotel Il Salviatino provides a grand setting with views of Florence. Amidst the rolling Tuscan hills, the property is 15 minutes from the city center. Providing panoramic views of the surrounding area as well as  the Duomo, the hotel is set within a hand-restored 15th century villa with original frescoes that originally belonged to the Baldesi family. There are lush organic gardens, a terrace with Florence panoramas, private winery tours, and truffle hunting on the property grounds. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of Hotel Il Salviatino

The hotel offers 44 guest rooms and suites, each with local artisianship and modern technology, including Nespresso coffee machines, WiFi, rain showers, and 24-hour Service Ambassadors. Read more below the guest room photo.

Green House Suite at Hotel Il Salviatino

During the summer months (May to October), the Il Salviatino has a two-tiered outdoor pool with incomparable views of the surrounding area. There's also a fully-equipped fitness center, and the spa has four treatment rooms, steam shower, and a variety of of aromatic and anti-agingin treatments. Read more below the pool photo.

Pool at Hotel Il Salviatino

For dining, La Cucina serves a seasonal menu highlighting organic fruits and vegetables grown on-site. Please note, the property is open seasonally from March to November.

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Situated in the ancient city of Verona, Palazzo Victoria provides a quintessential Veronese setting infused with contemporary design and modern amenities. Located directly on the main street of Corso di Porta Borsari, the luxury hotel is steps from the Arena. There are a variety of elegant shops and restaurants to explore nearby, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe. Continue reading below the photo.

Exterior of Palazzo Victoria

Designed in typical Veronese style, the hotel has an inner courtyard and an original Zen garden. Throughout the property there are social spaces designed for guests to gather, such as an area with a pool table and the large contemporary lobby. There are ancient Roman remains that can be seen under the hotel, and within the building there are medieval frescoes and furnishings by renowned Italian designer Gaetano Pesce. Read more below the photo.

Lobby of Palazzo Victoria

The hotel's 74 guest rooms and suites combine modern conveniences with the refined atmosphere of the city's palaces of Verona. Age-old remains, marble, warm colors, and ancient techniques combine with incomparable views of the historic city. Continue reading below the photo.

Guest room at the Palazzo Victoria

For dining, Borsari 36 provides a gastronomic journey with a show kitchen, a window in the floor featuring views of Roman remains below, and air filled with the aromas of olive trees, fresh flowers, rosemary, sage, and basil. The chef-prepared cuisine is a modern interpretation of classic Italian traditions, including fresh grilled meats off an open barbeque, and either homemade pastas or artisinal dried pasta by Verrigna. 

Just outside of Verona begins the Valpolicella wine region which stretches west to Lake Garda. Renowned for classic reds that pair well with the region's hearty cuisine, the area offers a variety of vineyards to visit, as well as rustic osterie and family-run agriturismi. 

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Overlooking Parisian rooftops, the Hotel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel offers classic French styling with views of the Louvre Museum, the Comedie Francaise Theatre, or the Avenue de l’Opera. There's a quiet indoor courtyard and Clefs d'Or concierge providing personalized recommendations for guests to experience the best of Paris. Built in 1855, the luxury hotel blends historic architecture with an idyllic location and modern amenities. Read more below the photo.

Hotel du Louvre Exterior

The Brasserie du Louvre offers traditional Parisian Brasserie dishes along with views of the Louvre Museum and the Comédie Française. During the warmer months there's an outdoor terrace under the Palais-Royal Square arches. While the hotel bar serves unique house cocktails in an intimate setting with live jazz on select evenings. Continue reading below the photo for a special offer.

Bar at the Hotel du Louvre

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome cocktail. 

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Across from downtown, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers a family-friendly setting with a full-service marina, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature custom beds, private balconies, and bathrooms with soaking tubs. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Family Parlor Rooms have 750 square feet of space with a king bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and a separate room with two twin beds, while Garden Studio Suites have a spacious design with a living space and furnished balconies. Offering a range of services and amenities, discover 5 Top Amenities at the property below the photo. 

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

5 Top Amenities at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

1. Charleston Harbor Marina

Located on site, the full-service marina provides complimentary water trolley access to downtown Charleston, as well as 24-hour security dock space that can accommodate more than 450 boats, high speed fuel, laundry, and shower facilities. 

2. Beach Club Tiki Bar

Charleston's only Tiki Bar provides panoramic harbor views, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and light fare.

3. Estuary Spa 

Featuring coastal-inspired ambiance, the Estruary Spa offers an array of pampering services with individual and couples treatment options. 

4. Charleston Harbor Fish House

Serving fresh seafood with a seasonally changing menu, the award-winning restaurant offers waterfront dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

5. Games & Activities

Providing a variety of activties for guests of all ages, the hotel has season kid's camps, photo scavenger hunts, beachside fire pits with kits for roasting s'mores, and a 30-person movie theater. There's also volleyball, bocce, aqua golf, cornhole, and life-size chess.

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Patio view at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor


Destination Spotlight: 5 NYC Hotels for the Holidays

From iconic holiday movies to tree lighting ceremonies, New York City offers a magical setting for celebrating the holidays. Whether it's a girls shopping weekend in the city, trip to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, or a family vacation for Christmas, New York City has a variety of luxury hotels for sleeping, celebrating, and relaxing after exciting days of shopping, Broadway Shows, ice skating, viewing window displays at the department stores, and basking in the glow of holiday lights. Here are five of our top picks for holiday trips to Midtown Manhattan. 

1. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza New York

Celebrating 110 years, The Plaza Hotel offers a historic location on Central Park South. This year, the property is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with special room packages, a Kevin Look-A-Like Contest, 90s Throwback Menu to honor Home Alone 2 at Todd English in the Food Hall, as well as a Home Alone 2 Photobooth Experience starting December 1. 

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2. The Lotte New York Palace

Holidays at The Lotte New York Palace

Set at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, The Lotte New York Palace offers an iconic setting steps from Rockefeller Center. Wake up with a view of St. Patrick's Cathedral from the Cathedral Rooms, ice skate under the shadow of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, and see the one-and-only Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and dine at the hotel's recently opened VILLARD Restaurant. 

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3. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Located along the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route on Sixth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers an idyllic Midtown location. From the "Fairytale In the City" packages which includes a renowned themed breakfast at the Saks New York flagship store and a carriage ride through Central Park to decadent Christmas Day and New Years Eve Dinners, this luxury hotel provides an elegant base for celebrating the holidays in NYC. 

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4. Four Seasons New York

Holidays at the Four Seasons New York

Designed by famed architect IM Pei, the Four Seasons New York is a modern-deco landmark. Located along "Billionaire's Row" between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, the hotel is steps from Madison Avenue boutiques and the Central Park skating rink. Festive Holiday Brunches are served on Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Garden, there's an annual tree lighting ceremony to benefit Toys for Tots (November 30, 2017), and a New Year's Eve Soiree at Ty Bar. Offering recently renovated guest rooms and suites infused with natural light and park views, the hotel has a Rolls-Royce house car for short trips within the city, less than 12 rooms per floor for a residential feel, customized in-room technology, and the L. RAPHAEL Beauty Spa. 

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5. The Pierre Hotel New York

Suite Living Room at The Pierre Hotel New York

Overlooking Central Park, The Pierre Hotel New York is across the street from the park, and a short walk to the upscale boutiques and restaurants along Madison and Park Avenues. Offering a signature Afternoon Tea with fresh-baked scones and petit fours created daily by the in-house pastry team, special children's amenities, and Perine, a French-American restaurant, the property has a variety of amenities for guests of all ages.

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Perched atop granite boulders on the southern tip of Anse Kerlan, the Presidential Villa at the Constance Lemuria Seychelles features an exclusive setting. Designed to provide a private hotel within the resort, the villa is a one-of-a-kind retreat in Seychelles wtih a master suite complete with a terrace bathroom and jacuzzi. Separated from the master suite is two additional suites. Continue reading below the photo of the Presidential Villa. 

Presidential Villa at the Constance Lemuria Seychelles

Surrounded by buildings for complete privacy there are three multi-level pools with direct access to the villa's private beach. Read more below the photo. 

Exterior of Presidential Villa at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

In addition to the bedroom suites and pool, there is a fully-equipped office, as well as a spacious living room designed for entertaining. Read more below the photo.

Presidential Villa at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

The Constance Lemuria Seychelles offers a secluded beachfront retreat with white sand beaches, lush flora, and the only 18-hole golf course of the Seychelles. Designed to balance indulgence with simplicity, the property has a variety of restaurants and bars, plus a spa, kids club, diving, and tennis. 

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Featured Journeys: Europe Christmas Markets

The holiday season is drawing near and the European Christmas Markets are about to open for the season. While Germany is traditionally known for the markets, there's also time-honored markets in France, Switzerland, and Austria. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're featuring three European cities: Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and Salzburg, which can easily be visited as part of a multi-destination European vacation, or choose one for a festive holiday-themed getaway. From traditional decor to handcrafted toys, as well as live Nativity scenes, choir concerts, ice skating, European Christmas Markets provide a one-of-a-kind setting for sipping mulled wine, enjoying gingerbread, and enjoying the local traditions of the season. 


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Stuttgart
Salzburg

 

Strasbourg

Nestled in the Alsace region along the border of France and Germany, the first Christmas Markets in Strasbourg began in 1570. Referred to as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg's markets are considered to be the best in France. Open daily from November 24 to December 30, 2017, visitors to the city can visit multiple markets, including the original which is located in the heart of the city's Grand Ile quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll amidst more than 300 chalets offering local arts and crafts, sip hot wine from boot shaped mugs, and try Flammekeuche - a thin pizza with crème fraîche, onions, and bacon. While at the markets, visitors can watch Nativity plays, listen to carolers, and look for the city's mascot--stuffed white storks in Le Petite France set along a canal in the city center. 

Chateau de l'Ile

Chateau de l'Ile at night

Situated within a historic 19th century castle, Chateau de l'Ile offers 62 guest rooms and suites inspired by the 19th century bourgeois houses. There's traditional Alsatian dining in the Winstub, a spa with an indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, and hammam, as well as bicyles, ping-pong, billiards, and the Heydt bar

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Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Situated in the medieval quarter, Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile offers a recently renovated contemporary setting close to the Cathedral, Opera, and Petite France District. The Terroir & Co. Restaurant serves chef-prepared modern cuisine, there's a compact vineyard on-site, as well as a wine cellar with fine Alsatian wines.

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Stuttgart

Set amidst historic city squares, the sprawling Stuttgart Christmas Market dates back to the 17th century. Featuring more than 280 stalls set between the Gothic cathedral and the city's ivy-clad castle, visitors can find glass creations, wooden toys, handmade nutcrackers, and sheepskin clothing. The Kinderland has a mini steam railway, carousel, and Ferris wheel for children, while there are daily concerts in the castle's courtyard. Open from November 29 to December 23, 2017, there are illuminations, fir branches, and angels hanging between the city's gabled houses, and the smell of Glühpunsch wine infused with vanilla and cinnamon fills the air. For food, visitors can nibble roasted almonds, graze on sheep sausages, or try sweet favorites like waffles, gingerbread, and fruitcake (known as Hutzelbrot). In addition to the the city's market, the Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market and the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market can be reached via a 15-minute ride on the S-Bahn light rail system. 

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Surrounded by castle gardens, the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten offers a city center location close to the Köngistrasse shopping street and the city's cultural mile. There are four restaurants within the hotel, including the Michelin-starred Restaurant Die Zirbelstube, bistro, and an American-style bar. The Weinwirtschaft Franz Keller is bistro and wine shop combined, serving regional cuisine with regional wine tastings. 

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DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

Featuring panoramic city views, DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart offers contemporary accommodations in the heart of Stuttgart. Connected to the SI Center entertainment complex, the property offers easy access to musical theaters and the Stuttgart Casino. The Whitelounge offers 360-degree light and sound shows in the evenings, and there's multiple dining options including Tapas Y Vino, The Dubliner, and Red Black Burger. 

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Salzburg

In the midst of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest in Europe. Open each year from the Thursday preceding the first Sunday in Advent to December 26, the market is held in the Cathedral Square, under avant-garde glass casings with about 100 traditional huts selling traditional decor, local folk customs, and holiday treats like sweet mulled wine, roasted almonds and chestnuts, locally cured sausages, and Lebkuchen. The nearby Schloss Hellbrun features one of the world's largest Advent calendars and a living Nativity. 

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Restaurant Zirbelzimmer at Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Built in 1832, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is located along the banks of the river Salzach. Featuring views of the Old Town and the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the property offers historic elegance with fine dining at the Restaurant Zirbelzimmer with traditional cuisine, and guests can enjoy the Original Sacher-Torte with coffee in the Cafe Sacher Salzburg, a classic Austrian coffee house within the hotel. 

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Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Classic room at Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Set along the Getreidegasse Road in the city's Old Town, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch is a historic hotel that originally opened in 1407. Today, the property mixes original antiques and handcrafted furniture with modern amenities and Austrian traditions. The Restaurant Goldener Hirsch and Restaurant s'Herzel both serve Austrian cuisine in historic settings, and the Bar Goldener Hirsch is located within the hotel's original inner courtyard where horses once waited. Today, it is considered one of the best outfitted Bauernstil rooms with arched entrances, white walls, and stags on the walls. 

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