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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.

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Ready for a getaway overlooking a wildlife sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean? Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, & Spa offers an idyllic location just north of San Diego. Amidst 200 acres of rolling valleys and lush hills, the property offers five restaurants, six-court lighted tennis center, all-inclusive wellness retreats, and the area's only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. There is a 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa with a variety of treatments, as well as a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor recreation center, and Camp Hyatt Aviara Kids Academy, making it a perfect destination for multi-generational getaways. Discover a special 4th or 5th Night FREE offer below the photo.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Pool

For a limited time, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, & Spa is offering a 4th or 5th Night FREE this spring & summer!

In 2019, get a 4th Night Free for stays April 1 to June 13, or a 5th Night Free for stays June 14 to September 2. 

Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily in California Bistro, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, complimentary access to Aviara Spa (whirlpool, steam, sauna, and solarium lounge), and a seasonal culinary welcome amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Known as the "Home of Golf", Fairmont St. Andrews offers a picturesque setting on 520 acres. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the North Sea, the property offers two championship golf courses, The Kittocks and The Tonnance, as well as exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. The 211 recently renovated guest rooms and suites have Scottish touches and luxurious furnishings, and the Fairmont Spa has a range of locally-infused treatments and relaxation therapies featuring exclusive Aromatherapy Associates products. Continue reading below the photo.

Fairmont St. AndrewsIdeal for couples or families seeking more living space, Executive Suites offer separate living rooms with dining areas, lounge space, and electric fireplaces. There is a spacious bedroom for privacy, and a supreme bathroom with heated floors, walk-in showers, dual vanity units, and separate soaking tubs. Plus, there is an additional half bathroom off the lounge for guests. Learn about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo of an Executive Suite.

Executive Suite at Fairmont St. Andrews

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast daily in The Squire Restaurant, $100 USD Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: 5 Irish Castle Hotels

As St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, Ireland is on everyone's mind. While cities like Dublin, Galway, and Cork have much to offer, Ireland's Castle Hotels offer one-of-a-kind experiences like on-site falconries and clay pigeon shooting. Many of the estates also have formal gardens, world class golf courses, and full-service spas infused with Irish influences. Plus, the fine dining and afternoon teas at castle hotels provide travelers with the opportunity to live like royalty within exclusive settings, sure to create special memories.

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we highlight 5 Top Irish Castle Hotels offering luxe accommodations, gourmet restaurants, spa, golf, and more. 

5. Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle

Once the home of the powerful 14th-century clans of the Donegal and the O'Donnells, Lough Eske Castle  is an award-winning historic hotel with a vital role in the story of County Donegal and Ireland. Set at the lake's edge, the castle hotel provides a range of accommodations options from Castle Suites with traditional elegance, the Garden Suites with contemporary styling to the stables converted into courtyard rooms with country charm. Nestled in the castle's garden, the spa offers a range of pampering, restorative, and natural treatments. 

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4. Waterford Castle

Waterford Castle Hotel

Located on a private island, Waterford Castle offers the finest traditions of Ireland including a falconry where guests can schedule private experiences to fly a trained hawk above the hotel's grounds. There's also clay pigeon shooting and training available for all skill levels, archery, tennis, and croquet. Guests can stroll the Island Trails to see native wildlife such as fox, swan, deer, hare, and pheasant, or arrange for a Waterford Castle picnic basket to dine amidst the property's 310-acre island.

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3. Ashford Castle 

Guest room at Ashford Castle

Dating back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Once the estate of the Guinness family, guests enter the property through grand stone gates. Following an extensive refurbishment, the castle's 83 rooms, suites and the Hideaway Cottage each offer traditional elegance with custom carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, unique works of art, Egyptian Cotton bed linens, and the latest modern luxuries. The spa has a full-length relaxation pool with a "Tree of Life" mural, five treatment rooms, steam room, and a range of services. While the property offers four main dining rooms, afternoon tea in the Connaught Room, private wine tastings and dinners in the wine cellars, and creative Irish cuisine throughout the property. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Bed and Breakfast" rate will also receive full Irish breakfast daily, an 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay, complimentary green fees daily, 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 villa or suite receive lunch or dinner for two, once per stay (minimum value US $100). This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Hideaway or Presidential Suite. 

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2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty, Dromoland Castle Hotel blends Old World elegance with contemporary luxuries. Guests arrive with a warm Irish welcome fit for royalty, and once settled in they can stroll the 450-acre estate to visit the walled garden, discover the falconry, row out on the lake for a picnic, or tee off on the world class golf course. There's an intimate spa with a variety of rejuvenating treatments, afternoon tea is served by a warm fireplace, and dining at the castle's flagship Earl of Thomond offers an authentic taste of Ireland amidst sparkling chandeliers, Venetian silk, and estate views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Stay More Winter Rate" or "Midweek Special Rate" will also receive a full Irish Breakfast for each guest daily, complimentary airport transfer from Dromoland Castle to the Shannon Airport, and a guaranteed room upgrade at booking based on availability. 

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1. Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

In the heart of Adare Village, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is a luxe castle hotel with a movie theater, full-service spa, championship golf, falconry, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. Amidst woodlands, walled gardens, and medieval ruins, the 840-acre estate provides guests with a world-class setting and personalized service. Taking its name from the nearby village of Adare, which is known for thatched roof cottages and antique shops, the retreat offers visitors to step back in time within a grand setting filled with the latest luxuries.  

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Minstrels Gallery, and once per stay an afternoon tea for 2 guests in the Minstrels Gallery. Also, the following amenities are provided subject to availability at the time of check-in and check-out: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Fresh off a renovation of all of the property's 94 cottages and suites, Carneros Resort and Spa is offering a Fourth Night Free* Promotion. Available on all accommodation types, guests booking a stay at the property from April 1 to August 29, 2019 can stay four nights for the price of three nights. This offer is valid for bookings made February 1 to August 25, 2019, and is subject to availability. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel, and season. Read more about the property and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Outdoor Pool at Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort and Spa just completed a renovation of its cottages and suites, which range from 400 square feet of living space and up to 800 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. Inspired by nature and wine country living, Oakland-based Nina Chiappa Interiors refreshed the accommodations with warm wood tones, refined rustic furnishings, light grey-toned wood grained flooring, and botanical fabrics. While the farmhouse theme is infused in contemporary lighting made of blackened iron and a tree slice end table. French doors have been replaced by glass bi-fold doors in many of the cottages for a seamless indoor-outdoor living area. There are outdoor gas fire pits in all cottage and suites, plus add-on amenities like portable mini-projectors and telescopes for backyard movies or stargazing. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary full American breakfast for two daily at Hilltop Dining Room (a maximum of $60 credit per room, per day) and a $100 spa credit, per room/per stay.

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* Offer is valid for bookings made February 1 to August 25, 2019 for stays at the resort from April 1 to August 20, 2019. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season. Subject to availability and currency rate fluctuation. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions.


| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Situated in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury beach resorts. Offering sugar-white sands, Caribbean blue waters, and natural beauty, it's easy to see why this tropical island is one of the region's fastest growing destinations. In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we feature 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts.

Located on the eastern tip of the island, Punta Cana is a destination for travelers seeking luxury resorts with high-end amenities, multiple pools, private beaches, spas, and an array of international dining options. There is an international airport here, making it easy for visitors to fly in from around the world, and be on the beach in no time at all. 

Here are 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts:

5. Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Featuring a tropical setting amidst mangroves and beaches, Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive is a family-friendly property with a mini water park. Guests can tour the mangroves, see flamingos and turtles, or enjoy a variety of beach activities. The YHI Spa has a variety of treatments, and there are five pools to lounge, swim, or soak up the sunshine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minute massage for up to 2 adults per stay, full breakfast for each guest daily, and a welcome amenity. 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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4. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Accommodations at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana are nestled within exclusive cane-thatch roofed suites with hardwoods and cathedral ceilings. Featuring a 200-yard stretch of pristine beachfront, guests can swim amidst the tranquil waters, relax at the spa providing indigenous-inspired treatments, dine at four restaurants or the cafe, and sip & savor cocktails at three bars and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one 50 minute spa treatment per person, per stay, plus an in-room welcome amenity.

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3. Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Set along the white sands of Bavaro Beach, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive retreat for couples and families. The new adults-only Royal Service offers inclusive personalized butler service, two story Royal Service Lounge, exclusive Italian restaurant, and access to a private adult-only pool and beach area. For families, the Kid's Zone at The Reserve has a mini water park for children including slides, children's pool, and toddler splash pool. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minutes massage per person/ per stay (adults only), full breakfast for each guest daily, unlimited golf, and a welcome amenity. 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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2. Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana

Located within a gated community, Tortuga Bay is an award-winning luxury resort offering accommodations designed by Oscar de la Renta. Guests are welcomed at the aiport with VIP service, and once they arrive at the resort they have a personal concierge, and a golf cart for exploring the resort. There are six world class restaurants on-site, and the property's respect for the environment is demonstrated via Responsible Luxury practices through its Ecological Foundation, including a watering preservation system on the resort's golf course. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive one spa consultation plus a 30-minute Six Senses Signature massage per adult/per stay, nightly VIP turndown service with a platter of Dominican sweets, breakfast for two daily at Bamboo Restaurant, VIP Arrival Service, roundtrip airport transfer, and a welcome fruit platter and bottled water in room upon arrival. Reservations that are five (5) or more nights will also receive a US $50 food and beverage credit for Bamboo Restaurant per room/per stay. 

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1. Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Drone view of Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Nestled in the most exclusive gated beachfront community on the island, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort. Amidst 30,000 acres with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, towering cliffs, idyllic beaches, and tropical forests, the resort offers all-suite accommodations that blend French & Italian Riviera styling with the relaxed charms of the Caribbean. There's a beach club with a private beach and infinity pool, plus oceanfront dining at La Palapa, and chef-prepared cuisine at the fine dining Mediterraneo Restaurant. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Towering over the lake, the Glacier Suite is an exclusive two-level Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Showcasing breathtaking views of the lake, surrounding mountains, and the Victoria Glacier, the suite has large windows along with a private balcony where guests of the suite can relax while enjoying the scenery. Continue reading below the photo.

Glacier Suite balcony at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Offering more than 700 square feet of space, the two-level suite has a living room with a dining area, double sofa bed, desk, powder room,  and a spiral staircase. Read more about the suie below the photo.

Glacier Suite Living Room at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

On the second floor of the suite is a secluded bedroom with an ensuite bath. Continue reading about the property below the photo of the Glacier Suite bedroom. 

Glacier Suite Bedroom at Chateau Lake Louise

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is situated within Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built more than 100 years ago, this iconic property is a year-round luxury mountain resort with a variety of activities including guided mountain tours, world-class skiing, full-service spa, kid's camp, and an array of summer recreational options. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Ice Rink

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily, a professional personal portrait in a souvenir frame, and complimentary basic internet. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Love spending time with your four-legged friend? Perhaps a Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is in order. Offered once a month, Yappy Hours provide people and haute hounds the opportunity to mix and mingle while enjoying special libations including bacon, chicken, beef, or vegan-flavored waters for the dogs, and for humans--Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon or a refreshing cocktail featuring Tito's Vodka. There's also a variety of beers and barbecue items, while proceeds benefit local charities. Read more below the photo.

Yappy Hours at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Offering casual luxury, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located within an oceanfront community on Laguna Beach. Guests of the resort receive preferred access to the Monarch Beach Golf Links, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course, and there's a full-service spa. For those interested in Southern California's natural wonders, the resort's Eco Adventure Center has a variety of programs for children and adults including whale watching, and the Eco Artist program where guests create keepsakes to remember as part of the resort's partnership with nature artist, Wyland. Discover special Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full American Breakfast daily in Raya or The Market Place or through in-room dining, and a $100 resort credit per stay (excluding room, tax, resort fee, overnight valet parking, tennis, or Eco-Adventure Center charges).

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| 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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