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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

Featuring breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, the Corner Suites at the Gstaad Palace Hotel provide a luxurious alpine setting during the winter ski season and the summer months. Recently renovated, the suites have 90 square meters of space, including a bedroom with a king size bed, lounge area, and a dining room. Read more below the photo. 

Corner Suite at Gstaad Palace Hotel

For relaxation, each suite has a private balcony, and bathrooms feature steam baths. There are walk-in wardrobes and all Corner Suites can be connected to Deluxe Junior Suites. Continue reading below the photo.

Gstaad Palace Hotel

The Gstaad Palace Hotel is a legendary hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps offering one-of-a-kind views. A favorite of national and international guests since opening in 1913, the hotel has been family owned for three generations. From elegant dinners to casual get togethers, the hotel has an array of dining options including Le Grill, and La Fromagerie serving Swiss specialties. Read more below the photo of Le Grill Restaurant.

Le Grill Restaurant at Gstaad Palace

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily dinner at Le Grand Restaurant (up to CHF110 per person) or CHF50 credit at all other restaurants and a CHF100 spa voucher per stay for spa services.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing New Zealand colonial architecture, the Chalet Suites at Blanket Bay provide a luxe setting. Complimenting the Main Lodge, the suites incorporate schist stone and old steamer wharf timber beams. Offering air conditioning and super king-size beds, the suites also have complimentary WiFi internet connection and international direct dial phones. Continue reading below the Chalet Suite Entrance photo. 

Chalet Suite Entrance at Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay offers four Chalet Suites. Within each of the 700-square-foot suites is a private courtyard, spacious bedroom, walk-in closets, and bathroom with separate steam shower and soaking tub. Plus, a living room with a stone fireplace, satellite and apple TV, Bluetooth soundbar, and exclusive views of the surrounding scenery. Read more below the photo. 

Chalet Suite at Blanket Bay

Surrounded by Alpine scenery, Blanket Bay is an elegant, yet rustic lodge on the shore's of New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu. Celebrating the art of pure relaxation, the property offers a spa, fine dining in the dining room or intimate Wine Cave for private meals, and a location along the Wine & Arts Trail. There's fly-fishing and heli-skiing nearby, as well as hiking, boating, golfing, and kayaking, or flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Jacuzzi View at Blanket Bay

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive lunch for two per stay.

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For a limited time (through December 17, 2018), the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa is offering a complimentary fourth night* for guests that stay three nights. In addition to the fourth night promotion, guests booking through Five Star Alliance also receive exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa offers an idyllic setting for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. There's signature activities like Woga--a combination of walking and yoga, stargazing, guided meditation, chanting, vortex lectures, and walks through the canyon with conservationists. For those looking to get in touch with their creative side, the property offers creative photography and watercolor sessions with the resort's resident artist, as well as cooking classes and food & wine pairing sessions. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Guests of the resort receive exclusive private golf club access to the Seven Canyons Golf Course. Plus, the Mii Amo, Destination Spa is recognized for treatments designed to create balance, harmony, and well-being. Learn more about the exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Golf at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at any restaurant or through room service (maximum $30 credit per person/per day) and a $100 credit towards golf or spa services per room/per stay.

*Please note: To book the complimentary fourth night promotion, search for four night stays, booking and travel must be completed by December 17, 2018. Offer subject to availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Rated as one of Chicago's best hotels by Forbes Travel Guide, Travel + Leisure, and U.S. News and World Report, The Peninsula Chicago offers traditional Asian hospitality in a city known for its welcoming ways. Recently introduced, the Z Bar is the hotel's new rooftop terrace and lounge providing views of some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks. Young guests are greeted by Peter Bear, a costumed character in the classic Peninsula Page uniform, who has been known to bring treats to guest rooms. Plus, there's the BMW house car providing guests with chauffered service in a two-mile radius of the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading below the photo. 

Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago

Guests of The Peninsula Chicago receive exclusive experiences only available to Peninsula guests via the hotel's "Keys To The City" program. Currently, the program provides hotel guests with exclusive access to culinary experiences at the Michelin starred Smyth restaurant, a glass of wine at the City Winery, or a VIP Pass to skip the entrance line at The Art Institute of Chicago. Read more below the photo. 

Exterior of The Peninsula Chicago

Featuring high-end accommodations along the Magnificent Mile, guest rooms and suites at The Peninsula Chicago feature state-of-the-art technology and picturesque city views. One of the hotel's unique accommodations is the Water Tower Suite. Offering 2,561 square feet of space, the suite provides views on three sides of the building--to the North, East, and South. Read more below the photo.

Water Tower Suite at The Peninsula Chicago

Capable of being blocked off from the rest of the hotel for added security and privacy, the Water Tower Suite offers two bedrooms, as well as room to receive guests. There is a marble reception area capable of accommodating up to 10 visitors, as well as a living room with a home theater, dining room for six, and adjacent pantry. There's also two marble bathrooms, a powder room, and two dressing rooms. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily at The Lobby Restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay (excludes gift shop items, spa products, parking, not valid on room rate, no cash value).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a classic New England experience year-round, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a luxury retreat in Vermont. Featuring four seasons of activities, the ski-in/ski-out resort is surrounded by natural beauty, with 36 holes of golf on two unique courses, spa, and a variety of activities like ziplining and snowshoeing. Continue reading below the photo. 

Stowe Mountain Lodge at Winter

For an exclusive setting that is ideal for families or groups looking for more privacy, the resort's Four Bedroom Mountain Cabin is a slopeside condo with four bedrooms spread throughout three levels. Two of the bedrooms are master bedrooms with king beds, and connecting en-suite bathrooms offering over-sized bathtubs. The other two bedrooms (one with a queen-sized bed and the other with a twin-over-double bunk bed) are located on the patio level with an additional full bathroom. While the walk-out patio has a hot tub with panoramic views. 

Within the cabin there are two living spaces for gathering to relax or socialize. There's a stone fireplace, large windows with mountain vistas, and LCD TVs. Read more below the living room photo.

Mountain Cabin Living Room at Stowe Mountain Lodge

In addition, the cabin has a full gourmet kitchen with New England styling, and all the appliances needed to create in-cabin meals to remember. Plus, an adjacent dining room with Vermont views. Read more below the photo.

Mountain Cabin Gourmet Kitchen at Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the base of Mount Mansfield. Amidst green mountains, the resort offers an authentic landscape with four distinct seasons. Influenced by local culture and style, the property provides alpine luxury surrounded by lakes, woodlands, covered bridges, and rustic architecture. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include Vermont breakfast for two daily in Solstice Restaurant and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, the Sheen Falls Lodge is a 300-acre estate set amidst heather-covered mountains. Throughout the estate there is a variety of pathways for walks along the rivers and through the woodlands, fishing for salmon along a private section of the River Sheen, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, guided hawk walks, and photography excursions. The Relais & Chateaux property makes an ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, and offers guests one of the area's finest restaurants with a seasonal chef-created menu highlighting local ingredients and modern Irish cooking. Continue reading below the photo for more about the luxury Irish Lodge and special Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Sheen Falls Lodge

Throughout the property, guest rooms and suites feature views of the surrounding landscape, but perhaps one of the most striking rooms is The Falls Master Suite. The octagonal drawing room has an oculus set in the ceiling twenty feet above the sitting area, and the wide windows showcase the River Sheen as it meanders down to a waterfall, which flows under the historic stone bridge into Kenmare Bay. Plus, there's a fireplace, and private bar with vintage brandy. Read more about the suite below the photo.

The Falls Master Suite at the Sheen Falls Lodge

The Falls Master Suite has opulent styling with a dining table for six, extra bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the gardens and river. In addition, the suite has a side entrance, personal check-in service, and its own parking space.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a private tour of the wine cellar, and a private tour of Kenmare in a vintage Buick.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Taking Alpine luxury to a new level, the Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad is a 400-square-meter duplex apartment. Occupying two floors, the suite has three bedrooms and one-of-a-kind Swiss Alps views to the north and to the south. Centered around a main living room with a grand fireplace, the residential-style retreat opens onto a large terrace. On the other side of the lounge, a hidden kitchen provides an ideal place for guests to create in-suite cuisine. Read more below the photo.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad

The master bedroom has a private retreat with its own fireplace, walk-in dressing area, and private balcony. Plus, an ultra-luxe bathroom with marble-clad walls, mirror with built-in TV screen, shower with oversized shower head, and a separate free-standing soaking tub. Continue reading below the photo.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad

Reachable via a grand staircase, the top floor of the Panorama Suite is bathed in natural light from the skylights that frame the mountain peaks. There's another fireplace, a bedroom with classic timberwork and a veranda, as well as a private spa, Jacuzzi, fitness, and massage area. Learn more about the hotel below.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad is a boutique hotel combining Swiss tradition with a fresh interpretation of Alpine chic. Focused on refined luxury, the hotel offers a Six Senses Spa and Michelin Star dining at Sommet & the MEGU Restaurant. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape

Venture beyond London in our newest Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape. Highlighting three top luxury hotels, venture to Bath, The Midlands, and York for history, Medieval architecture, theater, and natural beauty. In Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare's hometown, unwind in the modern baths at Thermae Bath Spa, go on hikes through nature in The Cotswolds set within The Midlands, and meander through the walled city of York. Of course along the way you'll want to take time for traditional Afternoon Tea, and a pint or two in local pubs waiting to be discovered. 

Bath, England

Situated in southwest England, Bath is known for 18th-century honey-colored Georgian architecture and natural hot springs. A destination of well-being since Roman times, the waters are still a draw for travelers today. Featuring a compact setting, Bath offers a collection of museums and galleries, including the Roman Baths, which are located in the heart of the city's World Heritage Site and one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, as well as the modern Thermae Bath Spa where visitors can bathe in the natural thermal hot springs. There's also the Bath Abbey, festivals, and sports, plus nearby attractions include the Somerset countryside, Stonehenge, Avebury, and the Longleat Safari Park. 

The Royal Crescent Hotel

Spa at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Considered one of Bath's finest addresses, The Royal Crescent Hotel dates back to 1775. Designed by John Wood the Younger, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the best pieces of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom. Featuring uninterrupted views over the River Avon, the property was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1971. Today, the hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens with regal furnishings, fine dining, traditional Afternoon Tea, and a spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making a reservation with Five Star Alliance will receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay and daily full breakfast. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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The Midlands, England

Situated in central England, The Midlands is known for natural beauty as well as being the home of William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare's hometown, and throughout the area visitors can see inspirations for some of his most loved plays, including in Leicestershire where the battlefields and tomb of Richard III are located. Birmingham, England's second city is located in this region where travelers can meander amidst streets lined with Victorian redbrick houses, heritage museums, mega arenas, and contemporary stores. Nottingham has Medieval castles, underground caves, royal concert halls, and chic shopping areas. For outdoor enthusiasts, Peak Distict National Park has the tallest peak reachable by way of canals, secret caves, woodlands, and natural springs. 

The Lygon Arms

Torrington Suite at The Lygon Arms

Situated in the town of Broadway, The Lygon Arms is a historic British inn surrounded by an idyllic countryside. The Cotswold luxury hotel is steeped in history with roots dating back to the 1300s, including stays and visits by Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I. There's a Great Hall with a vaulted ceiling, log-burning open fireplaces, and rooms combine old world glamour with modern luxuries. The inn has a traditional Afternoon Tea, The Lygon Bar & Grill serves a seasonal British menu, and The Lygon Wine Bar has Italian bites and wines with a relaxed setting. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All reservations booked with Five Star Alliance receive one Champagne Afternoon Tea, per person, per stay, along with 10% off spa treatments. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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York, England

Founded by the ancient Romans, York is located in northeast England. The walled city is home to the York Minster, a 13th century Gothic cathedral with medieval stained glass and two working bell towers. The visitable Clifford's Tower is all that remains of the York Castle, which has housed a prison and mint throughout the years. The National Railway Museum showcases vintage trains and exhibitions, the reimagined Jorvik Viking Centre highlight's the Viking's legacy in the area, and the York Castle Museum offers visitors the chance to see hundreds of years of history in one place with historic artifacts, actors that bring the past to life, and interactive exhibits. Plus, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre open in 2018 from June 25 to September 2. 

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Originally built for the North Eastern Railway Company in 1906 as a "Palace of Business", the Grand Hotel and Spa York offers a luxurious setting with fine British dining, Afternoon Tea, and a spa. Restored to it's Edwardian splendour, the property infuses history with modern elegance. Guest rooms and suites feature plush beds with Egyptian cotton bed linens, and bathrooms have Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. For upscale dining, the 3 AA Rosette Hudsons by Craig Atchinson provides a unique fine dining experience, there's classic Yorkshire dishes at The Rise Restaurant, the 1906 Bar has signature cocktails & local ales, plus the property offers a traditional British Afternoon Tea. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Go West in the USA

Ahh...fresh mountain air, wide open spaces, and plenty of outdoors to explore. In this edition of Featured Journeys: Go West in the USA, we explore a multi-destination itinerary to Park City, Utah, Jackson, Wyoming, and Missoula, Montana. From mountain resorts to ultra-luxe ranches (glamping anyone?), we're highlighting a few of our top picks for where to stay when you want to head west. 

Park City, Utah

Well known for skiing, Park City is a year-round destination in Western Utah. In the 1870s, a silver boom brought thousands to the city, when more than 30 saloons lined the streets. During the 1960s the first ski lift was built, and visitors from around the world visited in 2002 when Park City hosted the Olympics. Today, the city provides a casual western atmosphere with a touch of elegance, an innovative restaurant scene, performing arts events, and some of the state's liveliest nightspots. For those seeking outdoor adventures beyond the slopes, the spring and summer seasons provide plenty of opportunities for fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. 

Montage Deer Valley

Exterior of the Montage Deer Valley

Five minutes from downtown Park City, Montage Deer Valley is an authentic mountain resort offering a refined ski-in/ski-out setting. Overlooking historic Park City, the property has five restaurants, lounge, and bowling alley, plus an array of summer activities like golf, mountain biking, and hiking. The Spa Montage is an alpine-inspired retreat, and at 35,000 square feet the facility is the largest spa in Utah. There's daily meet and greets with the property's Bernese Mountain Dog canine ambassadors, children's programs at Paintbox, and shopping. Plus, the property's Cadillac program provides guests with complimentary chauffeured local transport, and the opportunity to for Ride and Drive experiences in the Wasatch mountain range. 

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Jackson, Wyoming

Close to the south entrance of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson is a popular destination for hiking and climbing. Originally a summer destinaton for Native American tribes hunting game, and hunters seeking beaver pelts, the area was established as a settlement in the 1890s. Today, the popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts which is often referred to as Jackson Hole, as it is located in a high valley surrounded by mountains (known as a "hole"), the town has a vintage-style Town Square surrounded by restaurants, shops, and art galleries. For those interested in fishing, rafting, or float trips, the Snake River provides easy access, and microbreweries offer the perfect post-adventure relaxation. 

Amangani

Amangani Shoshone Suite

Situated 20 minutes from the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Amangani offers an exclusive setting with views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River Range. During the summer months, guests can hike in Grand Teton National Park, go on hot air balloon flights, fly fish, experience white water rafting, or see wolves, elk, moose, and bears in the wild. There's an infinity pool with pristine mountain views, spa with an extensive treatment menu, and three dining venues serving locally-sourced sustainable meats and fresh fish. 

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Missoula, Montana

Known for spectacular natural beauty and limitless outdoor activities, Missoula is set in the Northern Rockies of Montana. Explored by Lewis & Clark, the area lies at the confluence of three rivers. Recognized as a top destination for blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous in the movie "A River Runs Through It"), the town of Missoula offers three distinct shopping districts, coffee houses, an array of craft breweries, film festivals, college sports, ballet, and living history experiences from Native Americans and Lewis & Clark to Smokejumpers and Glacial Lake Missoula. 

The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up Creekside Camp

Set amidst 37,000 acres, The Resort at Paws Up is located on an authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana. Providing guests with rustic elegance and comfort, visitors can select from spacious private homes or safari-style luxury tents for glamping amidst nature. There's horses for exploring the resort on horseback, streams for trout fishing, and a world-class spa. Plus a variety of adventure options ranging from wilderness workshops, rafting, rappelling, ATV tours, paintball, and kayaking. For dining, the chefs create rustic ranch cuisine with sophisticated culinary techniques and the freshest meats, produce, and local ingredients like fresh-picked huckleberries. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Oregon Mountains to Vineyards

Situated in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon offers seven diverse regions including mountains, high desert, cities, valleys, and beaches. On the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains is the high desert, in the middle of the state is Portland, and less than an hour west of downtown Portland is the Willamette Valley known for Pinot Noir. 

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we explore a multi-stop itinerary to explore Oregon's vast variety of landscapes, climates, and activities, while highlighting three top luxury hotels ideal for this adventure. 

Bend, Oregon

This high-desert mountain town offers a variety of outdoor adventures. Known for 300 days of sunshine and crisp, cool evenings, Bend is sometimes referred to as the "outdoor playground of the West" with hiking, mountain biking, skiing at Mt. Bachelor or meandering through Bend's ancient lava tubes. Beer enthusiasts will want to check out the Bend Ale Trail, and The Huffington Post named Bend as one of the top cities with the most eateries per capita. Plus, there's a variety of award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, as well as art galleries in the Old Mill District. 

Sunriver Resort

The Sunriver Resort

Located at the foothills of the Cascades, Sunriver Resort is an ideal place to begin an Oregon adventure. Situated about 180 miles southeast of the Portland International Airport (and 137 miles souteast of the Eugene Airport), the resort is home to four of the state's top golf courses, including Crosswater, Meadows, and The Woodlands. Guests have access to more than 40 miles of biking and hiking trails, plus kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, and white water rafting. For relaxation, there's a full-service spa and salon, as well as a variety of on-site dining options ranging from casual to chef-prepared local cuisine. 

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Portland

Proud to be a unique city, Portland has a variety of nicknames including the Rose City, Beervana, and Bridgetown. Home to the world's largest independent bookstore, with a thriving food scene, and appreciation for the arts, Portland is a walkable city with new flavors to explore around every corner. Set along the Willamette River close to the Oregon and Washington border, Portland is a green city where you can see Mount Hood on a clear day, drive to the Pacific Ocean in just over an hour, or head to the vineyards of the Willamette Valley. There's trees and green spaces galore, and the public transportation system provides an efficient and green way to get around. 

The Sentinel

The Room at the End of Hall at The Sentinel

Providing a convenient location in the heart of downtown, The Sentinel offers a historic setting steps from a trolley stop, and some of the city's top restaurants. Occupying two historic buildings, the Seward Hotel and the Portland Elks Lodge, the property mixes the architecture of the National Historic Landmark with luxury boutique amenities and locally-infused accents like Pendleton throw blankets on the beds and local snacks in the minibar. Jake's Grill has an American steakhouse grill feel, and Jacknife serves crafted cocktails just off the lobby. Five Star Alliance recently had the opportunity to visit the property, learn more about the hotel in the article, Historical Luxury at The Sentinel

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Willamette Valley

Less than an hour outside of Portland, the Willamette Valley offers a wine-filled retreat. With the Oregon Coast to the West and the Cascades to the East, and the Willamette River flowing through the region, the valley is an idyllic setting for growing Pinot Noir. Home to more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms in towns like Newburg, Dundee, and McMinnville, the Willamette Valley was selected as 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiasts. In addition to wine, the picturesque area is home to a variety of restaurants serving chef-prepared cuisine with a focus on local ingredients such as hazelnuts and marionberries. 

The Allison Inn & Spa

In the heart of the Willamette Valley, The Allison Inn & Spa provides a luxurious setting amidst its own vineyards, minutes from some of the area's top vineyards and tasting rooms. There's a full-service spa with signature "Pinotherapy" treatments focused on the energies and healing benefits of the region's pinot noir grapes, flowers, and herbs. The indoor pool is surrounded by windows with a skylight and sun terrace, and the award-winning JORY Restaurant is known for seasonal farm-to-table dining paired with an extensive selection of Willamette Valley wines. Five Star Alliance recently had the opportunity to visit the property, learn more about the hotel in the article, Relaxing Retreat at The Allison Inn & Spa.

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