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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 the heart of South Beach, The Setai is a luxury oceanfront hotel. Offering both Ocean Suites and Art Deco Suites, all of which are infused with Asian-inspired design and Far Eastern aesthetics, the property is an ideal destination for those seeking a stylish retreat in the heart of it all. Plus, the property offers exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks as well as Suite Privileges in 2020. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Setai Miami Beach

Offering a discreet retreat, The Penthouse Suite is a one-of-a-kind space. Available upon request, the four-bedroom suite spans the entire 40th floor. The 10,000-square-foot sanctuary has panoramic city and beach views, gourmet kitchen and dining room for 10 guests. Learn more below the Penthouse Suite photo.

Penthouse Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

Within the suite there are double living rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a retractable HDTV, and a music foyer complete with a Steinway piano. Read more below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

The four-bedroom suite has two master suites, each with king-sized beds, plus a bedroom with a queen, and a kids media room with two twin trundle beds. Plus, the Penthouse Suite boasts four and a half bathrooms with two large Jacuzzi tubs, steam shower, and a half-bath powder room for guests. 

Penthouse Suite Bedroom at The Setai Miami Beach

But the truly unique asset of the suite is the private rooftop pool. Showcasing ocean and city vistas, the 3,000-square-foot venue has an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and lounge area. Learn about Suite Privileges and Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The Setai

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE 2020 SUITE PRIVILEGES: For guests booking a suite stay of 2 or more nights receive a a one-way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2020 in the One Bedroom Ocean View Suite, Two Bedroom City View Suite, or Two Bedroom Ocean View Suite.

In addition, this hotel offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK that can be combined with Suite Privileges (if requirements are met). 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a daily buffet breakfast for two in Jaya (up to four guests in a two Bedroom Suite), and a $100 spa credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a haven of peace and tranquility, the Underwater Suite at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is a one-of-a-kind retreat. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking into the resort's 65,000 marine animal aquarium, guests of the suite can enjoy the marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon from the privacy of their own suite. Continue reading below the Underwater Suite photo. 

Underwater Suite Bedroom at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Whether you want to lay in bed and watch the sharks swim by, or perhaps you prefer to soak in the marble Jacuzzi as the sting rays and fish glide past, this suite is ideal for couples seeking a one-of-a-kind retreat. The suite also includes 24-hour private butler service, in-room check-in and a complimentary interconnecting room. Learn more about Atlantis, The Palm below the photo of the Underwater Suite bathroom. 

Underwater Suite Bathroom at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is an ocean-themed destination resort. Located on Dubai's Palm Island, the iconic property has 1548 rooms and suites, Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, more than 23 world-class restaurants and bars, aquarium, and spa. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched on the 59th floor of the iconic One57 luxury residential tower, the newly unveiled Manhattan Sky Suite at the Park Hyatt New York is the highest suite overlooking Central Park. Featuring unobstructed views, the 4,200-square-foot suite has 11-foot ceilings throughout, three bedrooms, and a grand salon living area with a 75-inch TV and integrated media hub, glass-enclosed three-piece gas fireplace, and oversized personal bar. Continue reading about the new suite and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Master Bedroom in the Manhattan Sky Suite at Park Hyatt New York

The full chef's kitchen features professional-grade Miele appliances, a breakfast nook, and dining area with seating for 10. In the master bedroom there is a luxurious bathroom with a bidet toilet, and a personally styled master closet by Nordstrom NYC. While all of the bathrooms have soaking tubs, walk-in rain showers, and Le Labo bath amenities. 

The Manhattan Sky Suite provides guests with exclusive amenities including complimentary airport transfers via helicopter, a personal chef, butler service, daily breakfast, and 60-minute spa treatments for up to 6 guests. Learn more about the Park Hyatt New York and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk.

Indoor pool at Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York is located across the street from Carnegie Hall and one block from Central Park. Blending a rotating art collection with striking interior design, the 211-room hotel offers a personalized wellness experience at Spa Nalai with a eucalyptus steam room, indoor swimming pool, and oversized hot tub, plus a first-class on-site culinary experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full American Breakfast for up to two guests daily in the hotel restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel Incidentals credit total per stay.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Studio Suites, One King Suites, One Bedroom Suites, One Bedroom City View Suites, One Bedroom Residential Suites, One Bedroom Terrace Suites, Carnegie Suites, and Presidential Suites. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Steps from Madrid's Golden Mile with museums and designer boutiques, Hotel Unico Madrid offers a historic setting infused with contemporary style and modern amenities. Read more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Dining at Hotel Unico Madrid

For travelers seeking the feel of having their own apartment with all the services of a superior category room, the Grand Suite provides a residential retreat within a refurbished palatial town house. The private pied-à-terre has plenty of natural light, a master bedroom with a king bed topped by Egyptian cotton sheets and four pillows, plus a separate living room with a sofa bed, 48-inch TV, Bluetooth sound system, minibar, and Nespresso coffee machine.

While the centerpiece of the suite is the bathroom showcasing a Kaos bathtub with massage jets by the Italian firm Bath Italy, natural paraben-free toiletries by Finca Gayeta of Mallorca, and a separate shower stall with ceiling-mounted Dormbracht rain shower head. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Grand Suite Bath at Hotel Unico Madrid

The hotel's restaurant Ramón Freixa is a recipient of 2 Michelin Stars. With a mission to bring the most creative and innovative cuisine to the table, the restaurant offers guests a Madrid-focused gastronomic experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily full breakfast for two in Ramon Freixa Restaurant and a 4G Pocket WiFi Device for use during the stay. Reservations for a minimum of two (2) nights will also receive a 45 Euro lunch credit once per stay and per person for up to 2 guests (no cash value and excluding alcoholic beverages/taxes/gratuities). Reservations for a minimum of three (3) nights in a Suite or Junior Suite will also enjoy the private use of an iPad during their stay and a 30 Euro laundry services credit.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Designed for couples to enjoy harmony and relaxation, the Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a two-level suite with 71 square meters/764 square feet of space. Featuring contemporary style with views of the countryside, Taormina, and the sea, the first level has a living area with a sofa bed, satellite TV, stereo, and dining table. Along with a bathroom showcasing fire marble, personalized ceramics, and a shower with views of the room. Read more about the suite below the photo.

Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Hotel & Spa

Upstairs the bedroom has a plush bed, selection of pillows, bathroom, and a Jacuzzi hydro-massage tub for two. Continue below the photo of the Marchesa Suite. 

Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

Situated between Etna and the Sicilian coast, Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel amidst olive groves and vineyards. Blending traditional Sicilian living and modern furnishings, guest rooms and suites have contemporary styling infused with local materials such as wood panels and traditional tiles. Guests can unwind poolside, book a soothing spa treatment utilizing natural local ingredients, and go on a sensory dining journey at Le Dodici Fontane showcasing a fresh take on Sicilian cuisine with views of Mount Etna. Read about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Pool at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a welcome drink, complimentary access to the spa, 10% discount on spa treatments, and a welcome bottle of Etna red wine.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Views can make all the difference, and the Eiffel Suites at the Hotel Plaza Athenee take a room with a view to a whole new level. Offering two suite options - one with an Art Deco motif and the other a combination of 18th century glamour meets haute couture, the elegant guest suites provide a luxurious way to enjoy stunning views of Paris. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

From the bedrooms, guests can lie in a plush bed and look out large picture windows with stunning views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by opulent decor with fine furniture, rare woods, silk, and velvet accents, the sitting room has the same spectacular view, topped off with a piano, striking murals, and special touches. When it's time to relax, the elegant bathrooms have spectacular soaking tubs with mosaic-tiled exteriors, separate showers, towel warmers, and incredible views. Continue reading below.

Hotel Plaza Athenee Eiffel Suite Bathroom

The Hotel Plaza Athenee recently underwent a subtle renovation that retained it's Parisian charm while upgrading modern amenities and interiors. Situated along the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the ultra-luxe hotel is in the midst of the finest and most prestigious fashion boutiques and couturiers. Guest rooms and suites are glamorous and elegant, plus there's five restaurants, a chic bar, and The Dior Institute which offers exclusive facials and body treatments. 

Exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive American Breakfast for two daily, an in-room welcome amenity, and an 85 Euros voucher at The Dior Institut per reservation.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a One-Way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Suite Avenue Montaigne View, Prestige Suite, Presidential Suite, Terrace Duplex Suite, and Royal Suite. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Today is Canada Day! In celebration, we've gathered five of the top Canadian hotels offering exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Whether you seek time by the sea in Victoria, fancy a cosmopolitan stay in Toronto, or like to mix history with contemporary style, there's a Canadian property on this list to suit your style. 

1. Fairmont Empress | Victoria, British Columbia

Lobby at the Fairmont Empress

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress is a landmark hotel. Opened in 1908, the grand turn-of-the-century hotel recently underwent a major renovation, restoring the property to the elegance of a bygone era, while infusing the hotel with the latest amenities for luxury travelers. The property serves an elegant afternoon tea (reservations recommended), there's a Willow Stream Spa, and dining, plus the hotel is an ideal base for visiting the Butchart Gardens, wine touring, and whale watching excursions. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily, $100 CDN hotel credit per room/per stay (no cash value), a welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

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2. The Douglas | Vancouver, British Columbia

The Douglas

Set along the False Creek waterfront of downtown, The Douglas is a luxury boutique hotel designed for the modern traveler. The Victor serves a seasonally-inspired Pacific Northwest menu overlooking the property's sixth-level Rooftop Park. There is an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge with city skyline views, and guests have direct access to Parq Vancouver with world-class gaming and eight restaurants and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a Classic Breakfast for two daily through in-dining, a $100 CAD spa treatment credit, per room/per stay, complimentary Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

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3. Shangri-La Hotel Toronto | Toronto, Ontario

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Offering some of the largest rooms in all of Canada, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto has guest rooms and suites designed to enhance the sleep experience, Asian-inspired decor, and large bathrooms. Culinary experiences can be found throughout the hotel including at the signature restaurant Bosk with Asian-inspired cuisine, Soho House, and Chef David Chang's famed Momofuku, while the Lobby Lounge offering daily live music is an ideal spot for light refreshments or a glass of wine. The Wellness Floor has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, class studio, and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Bosk Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 CAD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value).

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4. Le Mount Stephen | Montreal, Quebec

Guest room at Le Mount Stephen

Carefully restored to protect the building's historic heritage, Le Mount Stephen is a boutique hotel in the midst of Montreal's Golden Square Mile. Nestled within an opulent mansion, accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms with chromotherapy rainfall showerheads and heated floors. Bar George is a British-inspired restaurant serving chef-created contemporary takes on classic dishes. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily continental breakfast for 2 at Bar George, $100 USD Hotel credit, per room, per stay, and welcome amenity.

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5. Auberge Saint-Antoine | Quebec City, Quebec

Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Auberge Saint-Antoine is a contemporary boutique hotel in the city's historic Old Port. This Relais & Châteaux property was built on a major archaeological site, and features displays of artifacts unearthed during the excavatio for the building from the French and British colonial regimes. Guest rooms and suites have contemporary decor infused with historical elements, as well as Bose stereos, Nespresso coffee machines, and bathrooms with heated floors, no-fog mirrors, and soaking tubs. For dining, Chez Muffy restaurant serves classic French dishes with a modern approach amidst a historic warehouse building with stone walls and exposed wooden beams. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily in Chez Muffy Restaurant, a 100 CAD spa credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Hotel Teatro. Situated in downtown Denver, the luxury boutique hotel is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019. Originally the Denver Tramway Station, the historic Renaissance Revival-style property was built in 1911, by the same architect as Denver's 16th Street Clock Tower. Continue reading below the photo of the hotel.

Hotel Teatro Denver

My experience at the hotel actually began at Union Station. After arriving from the airport via train, I called the Hotel Teatro. The hotel dispatched the complimentary town car over to Union Station and we were on our way to the hotel in just minutes. Continue reading about the hotel below the photo of the Hotel Teatro's courtesy transportation service. 

Hotel Teatro's Courtesy Car

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly check-in process and promptly in our corner room in just minutes. 

Located on the 4th floor, my Deluxe Corner Room with One King Bed offered a spacious urban retreat. Large windows provided natural light as well as views of city. The plush sitting area included a chic couch (with a pull-out sofa bed), chair, and Keurig coffeemaker complete with Hotel Teatro mugs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room Sitting Area at Hotel Teatro

The spacious desk with multiple outlets was an ideal spot to charge phones and cameras, as well as jot down notes about my stay, check out my maps, and plan my stay. 

And the bed is certainly not to be overlooked! From its chic headboard to the ultra-comfortable Simmons Beautyrest Black Beverly Hills Edition 15-inch mattress, it was an idyllic haven after a long day of traveling or sightseeing. Plus, the nightstands were well-equipped with plug-ins to recharge devices. Continue below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room Bed at Hotel Teatro

But perhaps one of the room’s showstoppers was the bathroom. What a beautiful space! The dual vanity provided plenty of space to make ourselves at home, the soaking tub was ideal for some in-room relaxation time, and the rainfall shower was rejuvenating. Learn more about the hotel below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room at Hotel Teatro Bathroom

During my tour of the property I learned about the history of the hotel. Originally designed by William E and Arthur A. Fisher in 1911, the building was created as an eight-story office tower with an adjacent three-story car barn for the Denver Tramway Company. The Denver Tramway trolley service ended in 1950, and the elegant building soon became part of the University of Colorado at Denver. Following a significant rehabilitation, the National Registered Landmark building opened as the Hotel Teatro in 1999. 

Today, the historic hotel pays homage to its past throughout the property. Original marble and crown moldings can be seen throughout, there is an original mail slot from the first to the eighth floor, and the Chancellor’s Parlor (once the office of the University’s Chancellor) is now an 840-square-foot meeting space with a kitchenette, boardroom, historic details, and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Read more below the Chancellor's Parlor photo.

Deluxe Corner Room at Hotel Teatro Bathroom

Additional meeting spaces like the Stage Left and Center Stage honor the hotel’s proximity to the city’s theater district, and the Wine Cellar is a unique space that feels like you’ve been transported to Italy, complete with an original bank vault door at its entrance.

In the lobby, the history of the hotel is intertwined within the functionality of its spaces. Guests are greeted by original marble in the entry, The Study has grand ceilings, bookcases, a fireplace and plenty of cozy spots to enjoy breakfast, or a cup of local coffee in the morning, or regional wines in the evening. Read more below The Study photo.

The Study at Hotel Teatro

The Nickel Restaurant pays tribute to the history of the space, as it is located in the area that was once used to collect fares from customers riding on the Denver Tramway. The cost back then was 5 cents, or a nickel. Focusing on locally-sourced seasonal ingredients from the area’s top farmers, ranchers, distillers, and craft producers, visitors can take a look at the map on the menu to see where the food producers are located. Continue below the photo.

The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

While at the award-winning restaurant, I tried one of the restaurant’s specialty charcuterie boards, where I was able to choose from a list of meats, cheeses and accompaniments. I also paired it with a cocktail from The Barrel Bar, which has an inventive new cocktail program highlighting house barrel-aged cocktails with local twists (as well as ice featuring a 5 in honor of the restaurant’s name). Highly recommend both! Read more below the photos.

Charcuterie at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

Drink at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

Situated in Denver’s Center Business District, the hotel is right across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It’s also steps from Larimer Squares’ shops and restaurants, as well as the “LoDo” Historic District, 16th Street Mall, and the Colorado Convention Center. While Coors Field and the Pepsi Center are an easy stroll or quick ride in the hotel’s house car away. 

During my stay at the Hotel Teatro I found it to be a convenient location for exploring the city. Breakfast at The Nickel on the weekend (it’s in The Study on weekdays) was a great way to start the day, and my room was surprisingly spacious for being in a historic building in the heart of downtown. Plus, the courtesy car was quick and convenient, and the drivers were friendly and helpful with insider recommendations. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily in The Study (maximum $20 credit per person/per day), a welcome amenity, valet parking for one vehicle per night, and complimentary 2 pm late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a distinguished setting as London's first hotel, Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London originally opened on Albemarle Stree in 1837. Over the years, the iconic property has welcomed distinguished guests from around the world including royals, presidents, authors, and celebrities. Within the hotel there is a serene spa with an array of treatments to help guests unwind, award-winning dining, a tea room, and the Donovan Bar for a chic setting to enjoy a nightcap. Plus, Five Star Alliance guests receive exclusive perks. Continue reading below the Tea Room photo to learn about the Dover Suite and Five Star Alliance Perks. 

English Tea Room at Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London

Overlooking Dover Street, the Dover Suite offers 75 square meters/807 square feet of space with a large living area, bathroom, and separate bedroom. Blending tradition and modernity in Olga Polizzi-designed style, the suite's sitting room has an ornate ceiling, three floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light, a marble fireplace adorned with a gilt mirror above it, an a selection of bespoke prints adorn the walls. There's a full in-room bar, and the Rocco Forte Nourish In-Room Bar is available (upon request), as well as in-house movies. The separate bedroom has a king bed that can be twinned, and an extra bed is available upon request. Continue reading below the photo of the Dover Suite's living area. 

Dover Suite Living Room at Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London

Upon arrival, guests of the suite are welcomed with a bottle of Champagne, personalized concierge services are available prior to arrival and during the stay, as well as unpacking and packing services, and the pressing of four garments on the evening of arrival.

The suite's spacious bathroom has soaking tub with a tv at the foot of the bath, a separate double shower, Forte Organics bathroom amenities, and Spezia 100% Organic suite amenities including a candle, a body and bath oil, a luxurious body balm, and detoxifiying bath salts. Continue reading about the suite below the bathroom photo.

Dover Suite Bathroom at Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London

During their stay, guests of the Dover Suite have chauffered Bentley Mulsanne service within a 2 mile radius, breakfast in the suite or in Beck at Brown's, daily local VIP amenities, and two 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massages. Plus, in-suite check-in, one-way airport transfers, and an exclusive VIP card with unlimited access to any exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking any room type under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive Continental breakfast for two daily, and a 75 GBP hotel credit (not applicable to room rate or retail) per room/per stay. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Seeking beautiful beaches, gastronomic experiences, archeological ruins, and one-of-a-kind sunsets? Join us on this Featured Journey: Greek Island Escape highlighting luxury resorts on three of Greece's top islands: Santorini, Crete, and Zakynthos. Each island offers its own unique adventures, historic sites, and beaches for enjoying the Greecian vistas. 

Santorini

Known for blue-domed churches, donkey rides, and cliffside whitewashed homes, Santorini is the destination for one-of-a-kind Greek sunsets. Visitors seeking some time in nature, hiking from Fira to Oia showcases panoramic caldera views, while a boat trip to the volcano provides an opportunity for a therapeutic dip in the sulphur hot springs. For history enthusiasts, Ancient Thira has Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, Akrotiri is a Minoan town from 1650 B.C. that was preserved under lava until 1967. Fira is the place to go for authentic tavernas and ouzeries where appetizers are washed down with Greek aniseed-flavored liquor, Ouzo. Wine lovers will want to go to the vineyards of Megalohori and Pyrgos for the dry white Assyrtikos and the amber-colored Vinsanto. 

1. Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa 

Pool at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

Amidst the picturesque alleys and whitewashed domed suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is an architectural retreat offering spacious accommodations, each with kitchenettes and private verandas with Jacuzzis and sun loungers. Guests can have a five-star gastronomic experience at Alios Ilios Restaurant serving fine modern Greek cuisine, and the Royal Spa is an award-winning facility with outdoor gazebo spa services and an indoor heated swimming pool. For visitors looking to lounge poolside, there's freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired snacks, cocktails, and signature drinks at the main infinity pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary cocktail per person/per stay, during sunset in the Romantic Bar, and a 15 minute spa ticket per person/per stay.

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Crete

Greece's largest island, Crete, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the island can explore beaches, discover remnants of ancient civilizations, taste the island's gastronomic culture, or admire the mountainscapes. The island is the cradle of Minoan civilization, the birthplace of Zeus, and offers an expanse of scenery where travelers can go from the palm groves of Vai to the top of the snow-capped White Mountains all in one day. Food here is straight from the land and sea, with an emphasis on tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, cheese, and yogurt. The Palace of Knossos is home of the legendary Minotaur where travelers can discover the Minoan world, the Archaelogical Museum in Iraklion is home to Minoan palace treasures, Gortyna is home to Greek remains, and throughout the island minarets and mosques reflect 250 years of Ottoman Turkish rule. 

2. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

Waterfront Villa at Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

From its romantic wedding chapel to its six restaurants, Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas is a luxury property overlooking Mirabello Bay. Set upon 40 acres of colorful gardens on the island's northeastern coast, the property consists of several mini-resort-like clusters including the Yachting Club offering state-of-the-art bungalows with electric sliding glass doors and retractable television screens, while the Ambassador's Bungalows have private gyms and multi-room villas for families. For revitalization, Espace Vitalité Chenot focuses on a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation with body and facial treatments, ancient traditions with Chinese medicine, and scientific advances. Plus, there are supervised programs for kids and teens, a scuba diving center, art gallery, and tennis. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

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Zakynthos

Known for its stunning beaches, Zakynthos is an island offering a range of natural beauty. Also known by its Italian name, Zante, the island's top beaches can be found along the southern and southeastern shoreline. Visitors seeking forests and rural villages should venture inland to explore the island's forests, wilderness, and traditional villages. For truly picture-perfect scenery, head to the rugged west coast where the limestone cliffs cascade into turquoise waters. 

3. Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Royal Infinity Villa at Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Showcasing a beachfront setting, Porto Zante Villas and Spa is an all-suite property offering luxurious villas with private pools, paintings by prominent Greek artists, Armani Casa furnishings, and bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs, separate showers, and Dionysian antique marble. The waterfront Spa and Thalassotherapy provides rejuvenating treatments, while the fitness center by Technogym has state-of-the-art exercise equipment. For dining, Maya restaurant provides a beachfront setting for contemporary Asian cuisine, and the Club House Restaurant showcases an exclusive setting for Greek cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

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