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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

The Southwestern United States is an ideal destination for adventure seekers, foodies, golfers, and those seeking a change of scenery. Known for red rock vistas, canyons carved over centuries by rivers, and Native American culture, this region offers panoramic vistas, miles of trails to explore via hiking or mountain biking, and an array of resorts with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Editor's note: to visit this region, you'll want to rent a car as public transportation is not an option.

Lake Powell, Utah

While Lake Powell is technically a reservoir, this area has a variety of lake-style activities including boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Close to the Arizona border, the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area provides an endless network of canyons to go boating or partake in a variety of watersports.

Visitors will want to visit the Rainbow Bridge, which is the largest natural bridge in the world, and is located on the edge of Lake Powell. The Navajo culture considers this national monument a sacred symbol of deities responsible for the clouds, rainbows, and rain in the desert region. 

Amangiri

Amangiri

Featuring a main pool curved around a rock escarpment, Amangiri is a luxury Aman Resort set on 600 acres in Southern Utah. Offering privileged access to National Parks and Lake Powell, Amangiri is ideal for travelers seeking to hike, climb, and explore the untouched red rock country's canyons, mesas, mountains, and gorges. For relaxation, the desert-view Aman Spa provides an array of rejuvenating treatments, and the restaurant serves local dishes created with seasonal produce and floor-to-ceiling views of the desert. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay and a bag of Amangiri's signature toiletries.

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Sedona, Arizona

Nestled within a geological wonderland, Sedona, Arizona is located in the heart of Red Rock Country. Voted by USA Weekend as one of the "Most Beautiful Places in America", this region is known for its high desert location with multi-hued stone formation rising upwards, for a majestic contrast of red rocks and blue skies. Visitors have instant access to 1.8 million acres of surrounding national forest land with trails for hiking and biking, or adventure seekers may want to go on a bouncy jeep trek weaving through a forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes, and domes.

The region is regarded as sacred by Native Americans, and the area is recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many visitors come to Sedona to experience its vortex energy centers, while others come for an array of treatments at dozens of spas.

While the town of Sedona is a destination for foodies and art seekers. The streets in Sedona are lined with 40-plus art galleries, spas, boutiques, and restaurants. Just outside of town, wine enthusiasts can visit the region's vineyards. 

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Casita at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the red rocks of Sedona's Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa blends Native American Culture with luxurious resort amenities. Casita-style accommodations have fireplaces, regionally-influenced furnishings, and private decks or patios. Guests of the resort can partake in epicurean experiences, relax poolside, or venture out mountain biking or hiking the nearby trails. 

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.

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Tucson, Arizona

Providing a departure from pretentious and unoriginal, Tucson is a destination for free thinkers and those who seek to get out in nature. Featuring plenty of room to room with an array of options to go off the beaten path, Tucson is an authentic destination with its own Mexican-infused cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and a thriving arts scene. 

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Set on 400 acres of land in the shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive wellness resort for adults only. The resort completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2016 with refreshed guestrooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, and updated spaces throughout the property. Consistently ranked as one of the top destinations for spas and wellness activities, the resort is an ideal destination for travelers seeking luxurious spa treatments, development programs, healthful cuisine, and authentic one-of-a-kind experiences to open eyes, minds, and hearts. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive a $100 resort credit per person/per stay to be use toward spa services or private sessions or other activities and a Miraval journal.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Ready to relax on the beach? Book a stay of three or more nights at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve by September 30, 2019 and receive a $350 Resort Credit*, per bedroom, per stay. This offer is valid on new bookings for travel through December 31, 2019. Plus, guetss of the resort booking through Five Star Alliance receive additional Perks. Learn more below the photo. 

East Beach Accommodations at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Tucked away on the Caribbean Coast of Puerto Rico, Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a tropical retreat set amidst 50 acres of beachfront property. The resort's suites, villas, and private residences feature beach and ocean views, there is a pineapple garden, and Spa Botanico provides an oasis of serenity with an array of treatments and services. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Oceanfront Pool at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive an American breakfast for two daily at Signature Restaurant, and a $150 resort credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

*The one-time $350 resort credit, per bedroom offer requires a three night minimum length of stay, and must be booked by September 30, 2019. Offer applies to all available accommodations. Advanced reservations are required. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages and promotions, not applicable to groups. Hotel and resort credits cannot be used toward room rate, tax, resort fee or gratuities. Credit cannot be reimbursed or exchanged if not used. Credit must be used during stay. Book by September 30, 2019 for travel through December 21, 2019. Blackout dates apply. 


| 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.

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 Classic Suite, Deluxe Suite, Corner Suite, and Tower Suite.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing one-of-a-kind views of the Parliament Buildings, Inner Harbour, and Royal BC Museum, the Royal Suite at the Fairmont Empress is the most luxurious suite on Vancouver Island. Guests of the suite are welcomed into a large open concept living room with a plush sitting area with a queen sofa bed, and a dining table that comfortably seats eight. Designed for guests seeking luxe living at its finest, the suite has a palatial feel. Continue reading below the photo of the Royal Suite. 

Fairmont Empress Royal Suite Living Room

When its time to retire for the evening, the large king bedroom offers a luxe retreat with deluxe amenities, down-filled duvets and pillows, as well as windows that open. There is a walk-in closet for guests to stow belongings during their stay, as well as a spa bathroom. In addition, guests of the Royal Suite receive access to all Fairmont Gold services and amenities. Continue reading below the photo for an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Fairmont Empress Royal Suite Bathroom

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. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk & Suite Privileges below the photo.

Fairmont Empress

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

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 Spa Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in an Executive Suite, One Bedroom Suite, One Bedroom Harbour View Suite, Signature One Bedroom Suite, Signature Two Bedroom Suite, Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite, Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Harbour View Suite, and Fairmont Two Bedroom Harbour View Suite. 

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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: 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.

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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

Nestled within Memphis' Harbor Town community, the River Inn is a luxury boutique hotel blending a European feel with Southern influences.  The 28 rooms and suites have elegant woodwork and molding, walnut armoires, and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Windows open to lush flower boxes, and plush fourposter beds are draped in Frette linens, white-on-white duvets, and six luxurious pillows. Bathrooms have Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities and plush towels. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Champagne or wine on arrival, and port wine and chocolate truffles are served at turn-down. Learn more about the hotel below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town

For dining, Paulette's Restaurant combines 40 years of experence and beloved recipes to provide an array of chef-created offerings. The award-winning restaurant is a revered Memphis dining establishment specializing in steaks, fresh fish, Sunday Brunch, and hot popovers with strawberry butter. Complimentary gourmet breakfast is served at Paulette's, and casual dining is available at Tug's Casual Grill. The Terrace at the River Inn is an eclectic dining option within the hotel providing panoramic city views and a modern twist on classic dishes, as well as Southern-inspired handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer. Continue reading below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town interior

The River Inn of Harbor Town has a library-style sitting area on each floor where guests can enjoy early morning coffee. Fresh flowers and artwork adorn the hotel throughout the property, there is 24-hour concierge and room service, free parking, and complimentary WiFi for all guests.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set within a two-story circular building, the two Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn offer one-of-a-kind Pacific Ocean views, along with private entrances, custom-built furniture, wood-burning fireplaces, and radiant-heated floors. The curved interiors open up to ocean views, which can be enjoyed from the living room, bedroom, shower, and large soaking tub. While the curved outdoor private decks of each suite have stainless steel outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo of the Pacific Suite. 

Pacific Suites at the Post Ranch Inn

Within each of the Pacific Suites, is a bedroom with a king bed featuring an organic mattress and linens, wood-burning fireplaces, stereos with digital music systems, minibars, and iPod docking stations. While the luxe bathrooms have indoor spa tubs, organic bath products, terry cloth robes, and slippers. Plus, each suite is equipped with binoculars and walking sticks for taking in the natural surroundings. 

Reservations in the Pacific Suites including a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, a minibar with snacks and non-alcholic beverages, WiFi, valet parking, and complimentary activities including daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, and garden tours, as well as access to the infinity and swimming pools. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Pool at the Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is an adults only property, situated high atop the cliffs of Big Sur. Rising 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a secluded and romantic retreat providing rustic elegance with panoramic mountain and ocean views. At the Wine Spectator Award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, guests can experience a menu that changes daily, as well as an extensive wine list. For relaxation and rejuvenation, the award-winning spa provides a variety of services including body treatments, shamanic sessions, facials, and massages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol, taxes, and gratuities). 

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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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