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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: Five Star Alliance

Seeking sea breezes and time to unwind? For a limited time, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is offering a resort credit of up to $300 for guests staying four nights. Learn more about this special offer below the photo.

View at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Book a stay for 4 nights at Park Hyatt St. Kitts, receive an additional resort credit* plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks:

- $200 USD Resort Credit for a four night stay from January 4, 2020 – June 27, 2020 

- $300 USD Resort Credit for a four night stay from June 28, 2020 – December 18, 2020

OR

Book a stay for 5 nights and receive one night free** for stays between January 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020.

Plus, travelers booking through Five Star Alliance receive exclusive Perks including daily breakfast for two and WiFi. 

Park Hyatt St. Kitts is set within the Christophe Harbour development on Banana Bay. Offering three signature restaurants, guests can enjoy outdoor yoga and non-motorized water sports on the resort's long stretch of beach. Plus, there are two swimming pools, a spa with an array of services and treatments, and suites with private rooftop pools. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Adults-Only Pool at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

This offer is combinable with this exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made with Five Star Alliance will also include a full breakfast for two daily in The Great House, a $100 resort services credit per room/per stay, and in-room welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi. 

Book a stay at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

*Four nights minimum stay required or ** Five nights minimum stay required.  Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on any new bookings, promotions are not combinable with each other or any other packages, promotions or groups. Any unused portions of the package are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Rates are exclusive of taxes and fees. A credit card guarantee is required. Cancel 14 days prior to arrival to avoid penalty charges. Valid for stays January 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020.

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring direct lagoon access, Luxury Overwater Bungalows at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island offer one-of-a-kind retreats. Ideal for honeymooners or romantic vacations, each private bungalow has an outdoor shower, king bed, luxe bathroom with rainshower or bathtub, ceiling fan, minibar, and air conditioning. Plus a large outdoor terrace providing an idyllic place to take in the surrounding views of the turquoise lagoon. Continue reading about the resort and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Overwater Bungalow at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Guests arrive at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Resort via a 20-minute boat ride from the airport. Upon arrival, travelers experience a priviliged setting with 360-degree views of the island of Bora Bora, the ocean, and Mount Otemanu. The iconic boutique hotel focuses on privacy and seclusion, as well as tailor-made services and endless lagoon views. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Lounge at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive Continental breakfast for two guests daily, a 7,500 XPF food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

Book a stay at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island


| By: Rachael Weir

The holiday season is here, and New York City is a aglow with festiveness at every turn. The Rockettes perform their iconic show at the Radio City Music Hall, while steps away is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illuminating the city and the ice skaters below. The department store windows are decorated with storybook scenes and the latest trends, while shoppers inside seek the perfect gifts to everyone on their list. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we've gathered insider information and recommendations from Luxury Travel Intelligence, a site offering details for the well-informed luxury traveler. For timeless French cuisine Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends Boucherie Union Square, while Casa Apicii in Greenwich Village is a notable new addition serving Italian with a touch of California. Nobu Downtown has a 13-seat sushi bar with omakase and osusume menus, and the restaurant's signature dishes include "black cod miso, yellowtail jalapeño and rock shrimp tempura are all on the menu, as are new dishes like short ribs with jalapeño salsa and bigeye tuna tataki with eryngii mushrooms and Holland hot peppers."

Ready for a holiday trip to New York City?

Here are 5 Top New York City Luxury Hotels:

5. Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace

Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lotte New York Palace is a landmark hotel on the corner of 50th and Madison. For dining, the Villard House is the destination for New American fare within an elegantly-restored palazzo, and Pomme Palais provides the feel of a Parisian pastry shop. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a full breakfast for two daily available in Villard Restaurant or Pomme Palais Bakery or through in-room dining (up to $100 credit per room per day inclusive of taxes and gratuity), a $100 spa credit once during stay (not applicable to products), complimentary WiFi, and a welcome card.

Book a stay at Lotte New York Palace

4. The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

The Beekman

Nestled in lower Manhattan within a historic building dating back to 1883, The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel opened following a complete overhaul of the space. Guest rooms and suites within the landmark structure have bespoke and vintage furnishings, high ceilings, aged oak floors, and craft cocktail tables. Luxury Travel Insider remarked, "We love the spacious marble bathrooms with rain showers. The ground level has a lobby bar and two restaurants from Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally. The nine-story central atrium, which includes Victorian cast iron banisters and pyramidal skylight, is a real stand-out feature to this hotel."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily in Tom Colicchio's Temple Court, a $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (no cash value), and a $50 minibar credit per room/per stay (no cash value).

Book a stay at The Beekman

3. The Lowell

Garden Suite at The Lowell

Steps from the fashion houses of Madison Avenue and the shops along Fifth Avenue, The Lowell offers timeless elegance in the Upper East Side. The property's newest dining additions are overseen by legendary restauranteur Charles Masson, The Club Room is a sophisticated retreat, and the Pembroke Room serves a beloved breakfast and afternoon tea.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in The Pembroke Room (also available through room service), a $100 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a seasonal welcome amenity. 

Book a stay at The Lowell

2. The Plaza Hotel

Holidays at The Plaza Hotel

Set at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza Hotel is a legendary hotel offering the finest services and amenities. Completely revitalized, the property's guest rooms and suites have French decor and Louis XV styling, iPads to customize room environment and contact guest services, plus white-glove butler service. The Palm Court is an iconic destination for afternoon tea, while other culinary destinations include The Todd English Food Hall, The Rose Club, and The Champagne Bar.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also include continental breakfast for two daily and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay.

Book a stay at The Plaza Hotel

1. Baccarat Hotel

The bar at Baccarat Hotel New York

Featuring a blend of modern Manhattan design and classic French hôtel particulier, the Baccarat Hotel provides an ideal location across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, just a short stroll from Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue. Luxury Travel Intelligence says "After a few false starts, Paris finally comes to New York". Designed by the esteemed French design team of Gilles & Boissier, there's a private art collection including works from the 18th century to modern day, and the bar is a chic spot for cocktails amidst the glow of Baccarat chandeliers. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a $50 food and beverage credit, a $50 spa credit at Spa de la Mer per room/per stay (no cash value), and $100 to be applied towards dining at 2 Michelin Star Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in Bryant Park, per room, per stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

Book a stay at the Baccarat Hotel

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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. 

Book a stay at Park Hyatt New York


| By: Five Star Alliance

Situated between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a luxury resort nestled within a 20,000 acre coastal nature preserve. Paying homage to the region's rich heritage, the resort's activities and accommodations are infused with regionally-inspired options. Comprised of two villages, Montage Palmetto Bluff has nine Southern-inspired restaurants, a riverfront marina, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Learn about a special 4th Night Free & exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

Montage Palmetto Bluff

For a limited time, Montage Palmetto Bluff is offering a 4th Night Free Promotion*

  • Choose your travel dates
  • Search for "Complimentary Fourth Night" rates
  • Book and enjoy a 4th night free

Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Buffalo's Cafe or Octagon Porch (maximum $60 daily credit per room, excluding alcohol and gratuity), a welcome amenity, and a $100 spa treatment credit once per stay. 

*Four nights minimum stay required. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season. Subject to availability. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Offer is subject to availability and blackout dates. Available through August 1, 2019.

Book a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff

 


| 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.

Check rates at the Fairmont Empress

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.

Check rates at The Douglas

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.

Check rates at Auberge Saint-Antoine


| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above the Caribbean Sea, the overwater villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean provide an unique retreat at this all-inclusive resort designed for couples. Part of the Sandals' Love Nest Luxury Suites, the property offers two types of overwater villas: Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows and Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools. Learn more aobut each of the villas below the photo. 

Overwater Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Providing an intimate connection between the sea and marine life, Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows have glass floor panels and lit water to showcase undersea views at any time. There are hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom king beds, as well as bathrooms with his and hers sinks, backlit mirrors adorned with mosaic tiles, and walk-in rain showers. Each bungalow has a private patio with an extended sundeck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and bistro sets for two. Plus, there are outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two and over-water hammocks. Continue reading below the villa photo.

Over-the-Water Honeymoon Bungalow

The Over-The-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools are located just off the resort's private island. Offering the ultimate retreat, couples can connect while admiring the ocean from their private infinity pool or outdoor shower. See-through glass floors with lighting showcase the Caribbean's crystal-clear waters, and the 24-hour personal butler service provides guests with personalized service during their entire stay. Read more about the villas below the photo.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villa with Infinity Pool at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Guests of the over-the-water bungalows and villas receive the following inclusions: exclusive in-room dining and room service menu, direct resort access via a "Royal Duffy" luxury boat, personal airport greeting, expedited immigration, private luxury transfers in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport, welcome gift, including branded tote and towel set, Molton Brown bathroom amenities, exclusive House of Marley sound system, and the exclusive indulgence of a Private Luxury Car Transfer in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport. Learn more about the resort below the photo. 

Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Carribbean features a kaleidoscope of cultures from Britain to Bali. Guests arrive at the Georgian-style Great House where afternoon tea is served and croquet is played amidst manicured gardens and roaming peacocks. Mysteries of the Orient unfold in a secluded natural setting with an authentic Thai restaurant on the resort's private island, and chic parties provide evening entertainment. There are eight world-class restaurants within the all-inclusive resort, as well as a swimup pool bar, freshwater pool, whirlpool, spa, and a private beach.

Learn more about the Sandals Royal Caribbean


| 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. 

Book a stay at Hotel Teatro


| 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.

Check availability at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

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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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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring views of the Mediterranean, the Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes is the largest suite in the hotel. Named after the famous Agent 007, the suite offers 380 square meters/4,090 square feet. Furnished in shades of beige with doors that let in the sea breezs, there are marble floors, luxe carpets, and fine wood furniture. Continue reading about the suite below the photo.

Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Reachable via a private lift, within the exclusive space there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a dining room, private kitchen, and salon for welcoming guests. Plus a large terrace with panoramic sea views. 

The InterContinental Carlton Cannes was built in 1913 and features Belle Epoque charm. Set along the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the elegant property blends tradition with the amenities of modern life, within a refined atmosphere. Guests of the hotel can relax on the property's famous terrace or sunbathe on the private white-sand beach. Read more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily at The Carlton Restaurant or continental breakfast through room service, a 50 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay, a welcome bottle of local wine, and complimentary WiFi. Additionally, "5 Star Signature Package" rates in a Suite will also include a one way airport transfer from or to airport. 

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 $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, or the Prestige Suites (Sean Connery, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Liu Ye, Sophie Marceau, Sharon Stone, Alain Delon, Sean Penn, and Uma Thurman Suites). 

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