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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

Ideal for groups of six, the Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suites at the Waldorf Astoria Park City provide a luxe residential setting and one-of-a-kind mountain views from every window. Learn more about the suite below the photo featuring the view from the suite's private balcony.

Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suite Balcony at Waldorf Astoria Park City

On the main floor is a spacious living room with two fireplaces and a queen-size sofa bed. There's also a fully-equipped kitchen with appliances, dishware, and a dining table, as well as a full-sized washer and dryer. Along with a king-sized bedroom and a full-sized bathroom. Continue reading below the photo of the suite's living room.

Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suite Living Room at Waldorf Astoria Park City

Additional privacy is available on the upstairs level with a luxe master bath and a private king-sized bedroom. Continue reading below the photo of the upstair bedroom in the Bi-Level 2 Bedroom Suite. 

Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suite Bedroom at Waldorf Astoria Park City

For guests booking for stays through April 7, 2019, the property is offering a Fourth Night Free Promotion*. Search for stays of 4 nights, and look for the "Another Day In Paradise" Offer.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Powder (maximum $60 daily per room), a $100 spa credit per stay, and premium in-room WiFi. 

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*Please note, the Another Day In Paradise/Fourth Night Free promotion is subject to availability and not combinable with any other offer. Valid for stays of four or more nights January 2 to April 7, 2019. Blackout dates: January 24-31, 2019 and February 15-20, 2019. Offer may end at any time. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing one-of-a-kind Santorini sunset views, the Deluxe Junior Suite at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is an idyllic retreat for honeymooners or couples seeking a luxe space for a romantic retreat. Featuring modern Greek styling, the suite is furnished in shades of white with lush textures and finishes. There's a separate lounge area, kitchenette, and a private veranda ideal for enjoying privacy while taking in the views of the sea and sunsets. Read more about the property below the photo.

Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

Amidst greenery, whitewashed domed suites, and picturesque alleys, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa provides guests with exclusive Aegean Sea views  and world renowned Santorini sunsets. All of the accommodations have private verandas with Jacuzzis and sun loungers, as well as kitchenettes. The property's Royal Spa is one of the largest spas in Santorini with an indoor swimming pool, steam bath, cryotherapy, sauna, and outdoor gazebo experience. While the hotel's Alios Ilios Restaurant provides guests with a five-star modern Greek gastronomic experience. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Ready for a beach retreat? Andaz Mayakoba is currently offering a "One More Night"* Promotion. Guests booking three consecutive nights will receive a fourth night free for stays booked by March 31, 2019. Valid for travel from January 3 to April 13, 2019, the resort is surrounded by white sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Read more about the property and a special Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya

Amidst the area's tropical mangroves, the resort has two pools, four restaurants, and a full-service spa. The family-friendly property also offers a kids' club, bicycles, and nature trails for exploring, as well as outdoor activities. In addition, this resort has an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk. Learn more about the property below the photo. 

Pool at Andaz Mayakoba

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive buffet breakfast daily in Cocina Milagro (maximum of 2 guests), and $100 USD Resort credit, per room/per stay applicable to Spa treatments or food & beverage in any of the four restaurants (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

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*The "One More Night" promotion is valid for bookings at Andaz Mayakoba through March 31, 2019, for travel completed by April 13, 2019. This offer is subject to availability and may change at any time, restrictions apply. 


| 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

Featuring a private pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Beachfront Villa Suite with Two Bedrooms at Zemi Beach House is an idyllic retreat for families or groups. Situated directly on the beach, the 1,931-square-foot suite has one bedroom with a king bed, and a separate bedroom with two twin beds. There's also a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can enjoy the comforts of home within the suite, as well as a spacious living room. While the private terrace has a pool providing the ultimate spot to lounge with panoramic sea views. Continue reading below the photo of the Beachfront Villa Suite's private pool.

Beachfront Villa Suite Private Pool at Zemi Beach House

The Zemi Beach House has a collection of eight oceanfront two- and three-bedroom suites offering contemporary Caribbean styling, private terraces with pools, and plenty of space for families or friends traveling together. Located on the shores of Shoal Bay East, the resort is set on six acres of land adjacent to Anguilla's Fountain Cavern National Park. Accommodations feature luxurious tropical island styling, personalized Caribbean minibars, premium bath amenities, and 24-hour room service. Within the resort there are two restaurants, three bars, the Zemi Thai House Spa, kids' club, tennis court, and water sports, plus a beach concierge. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Oceanfront bar at Zemi Beach House

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary buffet breakfast for up to two guests daily in 20 Knots, a $100 food and beverage or spa credit, per room, per stay. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Steps from the Pacific Ocean, the Beach Village at The Del offers an exclusive setting at the Hotel del Coronado. Ideal for travelers seeking additional privacy, the Beachfront Suite offers a front row location within the Beach Village, as well as 830 square feet of space. The resort's 78 guest rooms configure into one to three bedroom suites, with ocean view terraces, prime beach access, and fireplaces. Within the Beachfront Suite, there's a gourmet kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, stainless steel gourmet Wolf cooktop, built-in oven, and dining room with seating for four. Read more below the photo.

Cottage Living Area at Beach Village at The Del

The Greatroom living area has a pull-out sofa bed and fireplace, plus a 42-inch TV, Bose surround sound system, and DVD player. There's central air conditioning and ceiling fans for additional climate control, as well as patios or balconies within every guestroom. Bedrooms have 400-thread-count bed sheets, plush beds, and turndown service. While bathrooms have custom vanities with soaking tubs, separate showers, plush bathrobes and bath sheets, as well as stone tile flooring. Read more below the photo of the Windsor Cottage.

Beach Village at The Del

Guests of the Beach Village experience personalized service as well as exclusive amenities beyond those at the iconic Hotel del Coronado. The grounds of the Beach Village are gated, there's exclusive swimming pools and whirlpools, a VIP restaurant, and access to the Windsor Beach Club with a full-service beach area open Memorial Day to Labor Day. The resort's 78 guest rooms configure into one to three bedroom suites, with ocean view terraces, prime beach access, and fireplaces. In addition, there's a separate valet entrance, personal concierge, entertainment library, and party planning services for milestone celebrations. 

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Beach Village at The Del


| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking lush gardens or a lagoon, the Luxury Pool Junior Suites at Eden Roc at Cap Cana provide an ideal setting for romantic getaways, or those seeking more privacy. Featuring airy vaulted ceilings, the 14 Luxury Pool Junior Suites have king size beds, goose down feather duvets and pillows by Hanse, and luxe bed linens by Carmignani. While living areas have sofa beds, 55-inch LCD TVs with advanced technology entertainment systems and Bose surround speakers, plus work desks with power outlets and ports. Read more about the Luxury Pool Junior suites below the photo.

Luxury Pool Junior Suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Luxurious bathrooms have coral stone bathtubs with marble Jacuzzis, contemporary rain showers, marble vanities, and separate lavatories with telephones. There's also Acqua di Parma bath amenities, luxe bathrobes and slippers, plus an exterior rain shower and spa area. In addition, each of the Luxury Pool Junior Suites has a private swimming pool and covered gazebo. Learn more below the photo. 

Luxury Pool Junior Suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the only Relais & Châteaux hotel on the island. Envisioned by Milan designer Marina Nova, the property is fashioned more like a village than a resort with 34 freestanding suites, and the aesthetics inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras. There's event space for weddings and social gatherings, the Koko Kid's Club with organized activities, and the Solaya Spa for rejuevating treatments. Discover a Five Star Alliance Perks offer below the resort photo.

Luxury Pool Junior Suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations 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

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

What's better than a waterfront villa? The King Pool Overwater Villas at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Featuring one-of-a-kind horizon and lagoon views, plus private infinity pools, these overwater villas have 1,302 square feet of space. Providing luxurious accommodations, villas have fully retractable windows to bring the outside in, plush king beds with views of the lagoon, separate living areas with HDTVs, Bluetooth sound systems, and minibars, plus spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs. In addition, the villas have large terraces with private infinity pools, over-water hammocks, sun lounges, and direct access to the lagoon where guests can swim or snorkel from their own terrace. Read more below the photo.

Overwater Villa at Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Situated on the private island of Motu To'opua, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is set amidst white sand beaches and the lagoon, with Mount Otemanu as the backdrop. Recently fully renovated, the property offers the hilltop Hina Spa with breathtaking views, six restaurants and bars, an infinity pool, and a variety of activities from hiking to swimming with sharks. Learn about the special Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Infinity Pool at Conrad Bora Bora Nui

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate receive a XPF7000 food and beverage or spa services credit per room/per stay and an in-room welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Charleston

Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 Small U.S. City for eight years running, Charleston, South Carolina is a city steeped in history and culture. The walkable city offers well-preserved architecture with ironwork balconies, antebellum styling, and colorful stucco, amidst streets lined with sidewalk cafes and boutiques ideal for meandering and exploring. 

Founded by English colonists in 1670, Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the "Old South" where visitors can hear church bells ringing, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and see more than 600 buildings erected prior to the 1840s, including 73 Colonial buildings. The city has withstood a number of hardships including Yankee bombardments during the Civil War, earthquakes, and fires, yet many historic sites remain including St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the Calhoun Mansion. Plus, there are plantations like Boone Hall where guests can gain a greater understanding of the city's history. 

Foodies will find plenty of flavors to discover within the city, including low country favorites like She-Crab Soup and the area's classic morning dish of shrimp and grits. Charleston's vibrant food scene includes chic cafes, fine dining, food festivals, and locally-infused Southern cuisine. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, the region provides an array of top-ranked golf courses, as well as beaches, parks, and nature tours of the area's beaches, marshes, and rivers.

Here are 5 Top Charleston Luxury Hotels:

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

For travelers seeking a resort-style getaway within a short drive of the city, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is an ideal destination. Situated 21 miles from downtown Charleston, the property is an oceanfront hotel providing Southern hospitality, The Sanctuary Spa, luxury shopping, tennis packages, golf, and multiple dining options. There's also an array of recreational activities such as bicycle rentals, Kamp Kiawah for young vacationers at Night Heron Park, fitness classes, and nature programs. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a daily full buffet breakfast for two in Jasmine Porch or a la Carte through room service, VIP status, a one time $100 resort credit per room (not valid towards the room rate), complimentary WiFi, and one bottle of Simonet Sparkling Wine from the mini-bar per room/per stay.

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4. The Dewberry

The Dewberry

Tucked within a historic Mid-Century Modern building (formerly the Mendel Rivers Federal Building), The Dewberry is a luxury boutique hotel featuring "Southern Reimagined" by a group of architects, designers, and preservation specialists. Guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, as well as Irish mattresses and linens, artwork by local artists, and minibars curated seasonally by the hotel's executive chef. The Spa provides low country-inspired signature treatments infused with local ingredients, and Henrietta's French Brasserie overlooks Meeting Street with Southern-influenced cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive breakfast for two daily ($30 per person and $60 max per day), a guaranteed room category upgrade at booking based on availability, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 spa credit per room/per stay.

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3. Hotel Bennett

Hotel Bennett

Opening in late 2018, Hotel Bennett is situated at the intersection of Marion Square and King Street. Transformed by native Charlestonians, the authentic retreat is located within the former Charleston County Library and The Citadel. Offering a two-tiered signature restaurant and Camelias Bar, the hotel also has a patisserie, signature spa, and rooftop pool, steps from King Street shops, restaurants, and museums. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the  the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay.

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2. Belmond Charleston Place 

Belmond Charleston Place

Evoking the feel of a 17th century European residence, Belmond Charleston Place is an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown. Offering high-end shopping, full-service spa, and a rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, the property is an ideal place for exploring the city, or a relaxing retreat. Popular with celebrities, princes, and politicians, the hotel has award-winning dining at the Palmetto Cafe and the Charleston Grill.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for each guest daily (maximum of $30 per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

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1. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

Set on Patriots Point in the upscale community of Mount Pleasant, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor is an upscale waterfront resort with panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and the downtown skyline. There are three on-site dining options including the waterfront Charleston Harbor Fish House, and The Bridge Bar with an open-air setting. For relaxation The Estruary Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments, and there are three outdoor pools including one with a Tiki Bar. There's also a custom theater, full-service marina, seaside bocce court, and the College of Charleston Sail School is located on-site. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for each guest daily at The Fish House, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value), and a welcome cookie amenity.

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