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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 southern Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort features a boutique hotel setting perched atop the lush Perez Zeledon mountains. Surrounded by nature, accommodations are set within 50 haciendas and casitas, each with panoramic terraces, luxury linens, iPads, docking stations, Apple TVs, wifi, espresso machines, and designer bathrooms. While dining choices include fresh, seasonal options at Ambar with farm-to-table fusion cuisine, El Bistro with casual snacks, pastries, and coffee drinks, plus La Cantina with cocktails, snacks, and billiard games. Continue reading below the resort photo.

Hacienda AltaGracia

For relaxation, the spa offers signature treatments like the Classic Auberge Massage, as well as Coconut Hand and Reflexology. There's also Water Suites with hydrotherapy tubs, vichy showers, and private sun gardens. The Forest Stretching Ritual is a holistic treatment combining Thai massage and functional stretching. Plus, guests can partake in fitness classes with expert instructors, including bootcamps and yoga. Read more below the spa photo.

The Spa at Hacienda AltaGracia

The resort also offers a variety of complimentary activities including meditation sessions, guided hikes, horse feedings, scrub making classes, and tropical fruit tastings. Plus, guests can schedule unique experiences to local farms, or visit local tribes to learn about tribal lifestyles and culture for an additional fee. Learn more about a special perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo.

Dining at Hacienda AltaGracia

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD Resort Credit, welcome fruit basket, 10% off spa treatments at Auberge Spa, and based on availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Exploring a city during Christmas and New Years provides visitors with a new perspective on traditions, flavors, and holiday celebrations. At the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, guests can experience traditional Italian holiday flavors at the property's on-site restaurants. From Friday, December 8, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018, the hotel's Osteria della Pagliazza in addition to its regular menu, will offer traditional Christmas dishes like Stuffed Pig's Trotter with Lentils, Ricotta and Spinach Gnudi, Meat-filled Pasta Parcels in Capon Broth, Traditional Panforte Vin Santo Sauce, Beef Wellington with Sauteed Vegetables, and Beef Cheek Braised in Chianti with Black Cabbage Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of Osteria della Pagliazza. 

Osteria della Pagliazza

The hotel's Christmas Eve Dinner will be prepared by chef Rocco de Santis and served the evening of Sunday, December 24 in the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower. The dinner will feature a welcome toast with the chef, Crisp Octopus with Guacamole, Garlic, and Almond Mousse, traditional Sardinian Fregola Pasta, Roast Salmon with Parsnip and Capers, as well as a slice of Panettone with Orange Sauce, and Cinnamon-flavored Meringue with Coffee Sauce, plus wine and coffee pairings.

On Christmas Day, the hotel will offer a Florentine Christmas Lunch. Set in the Salone delle Feste, the chef-created lunch by Rocco de Santis will feature a traditional menu with Rolled Roast Rabbit and a Parmesan Mousse with a hint of Truffle Gravy with Wild Herbs, Homemade Pasta Stuffed with Lampredotto, Capon Broth, and Orange Zest, plus the Slow-cooked Saddle of Suckling Pig, Cream of Chickpeas and Carmelized Apples, as well as Mille-feuille with Ricotta and Candied Fruite Mousse, Pears with Moscato and Red Berry Sauce, and traditional Panettone and Pandoro with sauces. Complimented by paired wines and coffee options.

In addition to special Christmas dining options, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is offering a variety of New Years options, including special packages with accommodations and gourmet meals. As well as two New Year's Eve Dinner choices, one dinner will be held in the Saloni delle Feste with Salted Beef Roll, Red Cow Parmesan Risotto, Handmade Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, and Panettone Semifreddo. While the New Year's Dinner Luxury Edition will feature wine pairings by the maitre and a menu with Blinis with Asetra Iranian Caviar, White Prawns with Parsley, Baby Squid filled with Provola Cheese and Lime Bechamel, Breaded Scampi, Burrata and Green Olive Sauce, Lobster Marinated in Citrus Fruit, San Miniato White Truffle, Porcini Mushrooms and Almonds, Ravioli Stuffed with Turnip Tops and Red Shrimp, Baked Wild Sea Bass with Chestnuts, Venus Clams, and Lemon Sauce, and completed with Nougat Semifreddo, Clementine Sauce, Cinnamon Crumble, Panettone by Master Baker Alfonso Pepe with traditional Pandoro with Vanilla Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, as well as dried fruit, Petits Fours, mineral water, and espresso. Read more below the photo of Saloni delle Feste. 

Saloni delle Feste

On New Years Day, the hotel will host a brunch in the Saloni delle Feste, featuring dishes like Marinated Salmon, Quiches, Tuscan Cold Cuts and Cheeses, Recco-style Focaccia, Warm Seafood Salad with Vegetables and Saffron Potatoes, Marinated Meat Rolls, and traditional Pandoro and Panettone with Vanilla Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of the Bargello Suite. 

Bargello Suite at Hotel Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

The Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is situated in the heart of the city, in the shadows of Il Duomo. Steps from Signoria Square, major attractions, shops, and restaurants, the boutique hotel occupies two historic buildings, with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and VIP Status.

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While many Caribbean islands have been heavily damaged by hurricanes in 2017, Barbados has thankfully been spared of major damage. The Little Arches Boutique Hotel offers an all-suite, adults-only retreat in Christ Church. Perched on a cliff, the romantic property has a certified wedding planner on-site and a cliffside wedding garden, as well as the internationally acclaimed Café Luna, with a rooftop setting and farm-to-table pan tropical cuisine. Continue reading below the Cafe Luna photo for additional details and a special offer.

Cafe Luna at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

7-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY SPECIAL: Guests booking stays for at least 7 nights receive the best available rate, plus a sunset wine and cheese perk per stay, a la carte breakfast daily, arrival gift, manager's cocktail reception, and use of tandem bicycle. Read more below the Suite photo for an additional Five Star Alliance perk. 

Suite at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome bottle of Mount Gay Rum, VIP Status, and based on availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

The Little Arches Boutique Hotel provides a romantic setting on the south coast of the island. The property's 10 rooms and suites have tropically-inspired furnishings with artist-commissioned watercolor paintings, and bathrooms with custom coral stone vanities and handmade pottery basins. There's also a mini-spa with a garden-inspired suite providing signature services like the Sensational Surrender treatment, and the beach is a short stroll from the hotel. 

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Featuring panoramic views of the Bernese Alps, Bellevue Palace Hotel is the offical guesthouse of the Swiss goverment. As a place of living history for 150 years, the historic luxury hotel is a popular meeting place in Bern, and has welcomed diplomats, politicians, and celebrities for generations. The iconic property is a Berne institution, and features classic guest rooms and suites with antique furniture, stucco ceilings, and views of the Alps, along with balconies or sloping ceilings in select suites. Continue reading below the photo. 

Suite at Bellevue Palace Hotel

Within the regal palace there's a variety of dining and lounge options, such as VUE with traditional Swiss elegance and gourmet cuisine. There's also the legendary Bellevue Bar known as a destination for sophisticated snacks and chic cocktails. Plus, Le Fumoir with an extensive cigar menu, and Bellevue Terrasse with one-of-a-kind views. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at Bellevue Palace Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary fruit and chocolate welcome amenity and $100 USD food and beverage credit. Also, based on availability at time of check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Offering an on-site vineyard and a private label wine, Calistoga Ranch is a luxury nature resort with an award-winning Napa Spa and fitness programs. Featuring sustainable practices throughout the resort, guests can explore acres of scenic hiking trails, participate in painting and photography classes, play bocce ball, do yoga, or take a beekeeping course. In addition to a variety of on-site amenities, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks at the resort. Learn more below the photo of a wine cave dinner. 

Wine Cave Dinner at Calistoga Ranch

The nature resort's accommodations are set within 50 free-standing guest lodges, including Deluxe Lodges, One- and Two-Bedroom Lodges, as well as the Estate Lodge. Providing a refined environment for rustic relaxation, the lodges have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to natural surroundings, wood floors, and furnishings with clean lines inspired by nature. Plus there are outdoor showers and bath gardens, cedar sun decks with gas fireplaces, and some lodges have private outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo the outdoor shower photo. 

Outdoor Shower at the Calistoga Ranch

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary access for two people to the Auberge Spa facility with a watsu soaking pool, steam room, and Jacuzzi. 

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Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Little Arches Boutique Hotel is an adults-only retreat in Barbados. Featuring tropical-inspired furnishings, the property's 10 guest rooms and suites have Italian ceramic floors, king size beds, and artist-commissioned watercolor paintings. While bathrooms have custom coral stone vanities and hand-made pottery basins. In addition, guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive special perks. Continue reading below the guest room photo.

Guest room at Little Arches Boutique Hotel

The property's rooftop Mediterranean-style restaurant, Cafe Luna, is an award-winning eatery with panoramic sea views and Pan-Tropical cuisine, which blends Caribbean, Asian, and Mediterranean flavors. There's also a mini-spa with signature treatments, as well as a freshwater swimming pool, and cliffside wedding garden. Read more below the pool photo.

Pool at the Little Arches Boutique Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome bottle of Mount Gay Rum and VIP status. Plus, based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Castello Banfi - Il Borgo is an idyllic Tuscan retreat with a winery, outdoor pool, cooking classes, museum, and massages. Featuring guest rooms and suites designed by reknowned architect Federico Forquet, accommodations are set within homes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue reading below the photo. 

Junior Suite at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

There are two authentic restaurants within the resort, including La Taverna with traditional lunches and an ancient vaulted ceiling. For dinner, Sala dei Grappoli has an elegant atmosphere and authentic Tuscan cuisine, along with a selection of the property's Castello Banfi wines. Read more below the restaurant photo.

La Taverna at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

Castello Banfi's state-of-the-art on-site winery offers daily tours, there's the Museum of Wine and the Bottle within a historic building, and L'Enoteca is a wine bar with a Tuscan wine shop featuring the estate's wines, local olive oils, artisan crafts, and cheeses. Read more below the photo. 

L'Enoteca at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive breakfast daily,  a two course lunch paired with Castello Banfi wine at La Taverna (or at the Pool Bar during summer months) once during their stay, and a welcome bottle of Cuvée Aurora Rosé in the room upon arrival. 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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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. 

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Providing panoramic sea views, the Junior Executive Suites at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea offer exclusive settings with luxurious marble bathrooms, sitting areas, and balconies ideal for watching Mediterranean sunsets. Living areas have comfortable lounge spaces with satellite TVs, Bluetooth speakers, and Nespresso machines. Bedrooms have king or twin beds, and some of the Executive Junior Suites close to the swimming pool can be connected with two or more Executive Junior Suites, providing guests with a private floor at their disposal. Read more below the photo.

Executive Junior Suite Patio at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

The luxe marble bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs, along with incomparable views and Mediterranean-inspired furnishings. Read more below the bathroom photo. 

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Built in 1830 by an aristocratic family as a private residence, the Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea provides a secluded retreat overlooking the Bay of Mazzaro with subtropical gardens, and a romantic setting. The town center is reachable via a three-minute cable car ride, there's a private beach with cabanas, heated infinity swimming pool, children's club, and family-friendly amenities including a welcome kit and organized adventures. Plus, there are seasonal water sports and complimentary daily boat excursions during the summer months. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive one complimentary lunch for two at Oliviero Restaurant (excluding beverages), welcome fruit and flower, and subject to availability at the time of check-in, a room upgrade.

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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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