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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

Taj Lake Palace

Offering a contrast of cultures, religions, and history, India provides a range of experiences for travelers. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're highlighting royal palace hotels on this multi-destination trip to India. We begin in Hyderabad at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, next we head to a palace in the middle of a lake at the Taj Lake Palace (shown above), and we end our journey in Mumbai, the Gateway to India. 

Hyderabad, India

One of India's former princely states, Hyderabad was once one of the country's largest and wealthiest states. More than 400 years old, the city built its fortune on pearls, gold, steel, fabric, and diamonds. At one time, the city and the Golconda Fort was the most famous dining mining area in the world, as Golconda is where the Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were excavated. Today, the city is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, and it is known for thriving information technology and biotech research industries. There's a vibrant culture here with luxury hotels and regional cuisine. 

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Green palace bedroom at Taj Falaknuma Palae

Formerly the palace of the Nizam, Taj Falaknuma Palace was built in 1894. Perched 2,000 feet above the City of Pearls, the grand palace offers guests a royal experience. Visitors arrive via a horse-drawn carriage, and butlers attend to their needs while staying at the palace. Spread over 32 acres, the palace hotel has 60 guest rooms and suites where opulence, excess, and historical details are honored and revered. Adaa provides a gastronomic experience with fine Indian cuisine, the Jiva Spa has an array of treatments rooted in traditional Indian practices, and afternoon tea is served on the Jade Terrace. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily and one dinner at Adaa per person, per stay. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Udaipur, India

This picturesque area in Rajasthan is set around Lake Pichola with the purple-hued Aravalli Range of mountains in surrounding the city in every direction. Here travelers can visit colorful bazaars to shop for local goods, take in a lively arts scene, go for a boat ride, and explore city's palaces, temples, and traditional decorated residences called havelis

Taj Lake Palace

Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace

Built as a pleasure palace by the the young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur in 1746, Taj Lake Palace is a heritage hotel situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. Restored to its pristine and elegant glory, the hotel's 65 luxe guest rooms and 18 grand suites feature views of the lake, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills, and Jag Mandir. The site of a variety of movies including the Bond film "Octopussy", this regal property is popular for weddings and honeymoons, as well as travelers seeking a royal experience at the Jiva Spa (including the spa boat shown above) or authentic Rajasthani at Neel Kamal. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive lunch or dinner for two once during stay, a Heritage Walk of the property followed by a glass of sparkling wine, a 15% discount on spa services, Butler Service, daily a la carte breakfast for two in Jharokha Restaurant, and a traditional welcome amenity. 

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Mumbai, India

Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is a fusion of cultures and time periods. Reminders of its colonial past are never far away, and new malls mix with historic sites like the UNESCO-protected Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The fast-growing city has been the Gateway to India for centuries due to its strong port location, and it continues to evolve while maintaining its spiritual roots. Babulnath Temple is a serene destination for Hindu pilgrims, and Muslims walk to the white marble Haji Ali shrine via the seafront causeway.

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Within walking distance of the Colaba Causeway, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai was recently trademarked. Built in 1903, the property has been a landmark in the city's harbour, welcoming kings, dignitaries, and prominent figures from around the world since its opening. Overlooking the Gateway of India, the hotel is strategically located in the city's historic and commercial hub. Close to the financial hub, parliament, stadium, shopping, and office districts, as well as museums, churches, and synagogues, the palace hotel harkens the glamour of a bygone era. Golden Keys Concierge can assist guests with exclusive experiences, authentic cuisine is served at Masala Kraft, and Golden Dragon offers Chinese specialties. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Sea Lounge and a one way airport to hotel transfer in a Mercedes car on a sharing basis. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated within the new state-of-the-art Porta Volta neighborhood, Hotel VIU Milan is a design-focused luxury boutique hotel steps from the world class shopping of Corso Como. To meet the needs of a variety of traveler types, the property offers 10 room categories, each mixing contemporary styling with classic elegance and the latest technology. All rooms have marble bathrooms with Malin + Goetz amenities, smart TVs, plush beds, and bespoke Molten & C furniture. Learn more about the property & exclusive perks below the photo. 

Bathroom at Hotel VIU Milan

One of the highlights of the hotel is the rooftop pool. Set within the exclusive VIU Terrace, Milan's only rooftop pool features 360-degree views of the city where guests can relax from breakfast until aperitif time. At 6:30 pm, Aperitivo opens for poolside cocktails, light snacks, and creative dishes. There's also select times with DJ sets as well. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the pool photo. 

Hotel VIU Milan Rooftop Pool

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations witih Five Star Alliance will receive a voucher for 1 aperitivo (cocktail and hors d'oeuvres) per guest/per stay on the hotel's rooftop terrace.


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Nestled within the priviliged Habsburg district of old Madrid, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Close to the Royal Palace, Opera House, Cathedral, Puerta del Sol, and Gran Via shopping area, the luxury urban resort occupies two historic buildings, a 13th-century convent and the 19th-century Palace of Dukes of Granada de Ega. There's a lush outdoor space for guests, as well as a solarium, garden, and the Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens with contemporary Spanish cuisine and avant-garde decor. Read more about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks & Suite Privileges below the hotel photo.

Rooftop Pool at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Offering a range of guest rooms and suites, one of the property's highlights is the One Bedroom Suite. Featuring a bedroom with a King Bed, these suites have 506 square feet (47 square meters) of space, a separate living room with a sofabed, 55-inch TVs, and Nespresso makers. Read more about the suite below the photo.

One Bedroom Suite at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Luxe spa-inspired bathrooms have bathtubs with rainshowers and Clarins amenities. Plus, guests of the One Bedroom Suites have access to exclusive services inclusind a private reception area, lounge with open bar and TV area, and daily breakfast.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include buffet breakfast for each guest daily in Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens, a 40 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes Dos Cielos Restaurant), and a welcome amenity. 

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 Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Master Suite, Penthouse Suite, Presidential Suite, and the Royal Suite.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Inspired by native Charlestonians, the recently opened Hotel Bennett is a luxury hotel located at Marion Square and King Street. Offering an array of elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with locally-inspired artwork and custom furnishings, one of the hotel's finest suites is the Presidential Suite. Featuring a wraparound terrace with expansive views of the Ravenel Bridge, Cooper and Ashley Rivers, and the city skyline, the terrace has an outdoor dining table with chaise lounges. Through the terrace's many French doors, the opulent Presidential Suite has a luxe living room a dining area, private bar, sleeper sofa, and panel TV. The separate master bedroom has a king bed topped with luxury linens, and the large spa-inspired bathroom has a deep-soaking pedestal tub, dual vanities, and a separate glass-enclosed shower. Continue reading about the hotel below the Presidential Suite photo.

Presidential Suite at Hotel Bennett

Occupying two historic buildings which were formerly the Charleston County Library and The Citadel, Hotel Bennett has a two-tiered signature restaurant, rooftop dining and cocktails, a Patisserie, and Camellias Bar with an etched-mirrored ceiling and reclaimed pink marble from the former Charleston Library. The signature spa has five treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure studio, state-of-the-art fitness center, boutique, and a rooftop pool. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Rooftop Pool at Hotel Bennett

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking reservations under 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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Situated within a historic brick building that was originally the New Orleans Public Service, Inc., the property was transformed into the luxurious NOPSI Hotel in the heart of the Central Business District. The hotel has 76 suites including four rooftop Spa Suites, and 141 guest rooms with modern decor and historic details. There's locally-influenced dining at the Public Service Restaurant specializing in chef-created cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients. Plus, a rooftop pool and sundeck with panoramic city views. 

Rooftop Pool at NOPSI Hotel

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for up to 2 guests daily served in UnderCURRENT for up to $30 per person per day (max 2 people) and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Thailand

Featured Journeys: Thailand

From world-class cuisine to luxury retreats, Thailand is a country offering a bounty of arts and cultural experiences, fresh flavors, Michelin Star restaurants, and picturesque beaches. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we highlight a multi-destination itinerary beginning in the northern region of Chiang Rai where guests can explore the Golden Triangle, then on to the cosmopolitan destination of Bangkok, and finishing on the island of Phuket. 

Chiang Rai

The northernmost province in Thailand, Chiang Rai is a broad valley with tree-lined riverbanks. Separated by Laos to the east and Myanmar to the west by the Mekong River, Chiang Rai offers a lush setting for travelers to relax and unwind before or after trekking trips to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen. 

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Country Suite at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Overlooking the border of Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is a luxury resort perched on a ridge in northern Thailand. Offering a tranquil jungle setting, the property is home to an award-winning elephant camp for rescued elephants with scientific and conservation programs. There are 40 room and 15 suites, including 6 family suites, all of which feature indigenous artworks, teak furnishings, and modern comforts like rain showers, soaking tubs, and balconies with daybeds. Guests of the resort have access to an array of one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking and cultural activities, spa services, and elephant encounters. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include a $100 Resort Credit per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value), complimentary WiFI, and full breakfast for each guest daily. 

In addition, this hotel 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 a $100 Spa Credit per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in Deluxe Suites. 

Check availability at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

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Bangkok

From palaces to street markets such as Chatuchak Weekend Market, Sampeng Market, and Pahurat Textile Market, Bangkok is a city with a variety of tourist attractions. There are famous temples including the well-known Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Phu Khao Thong, Wat Ratchanadda, Wat Traimit, Wat Benchamabophit, Wat Bowon, and Wat Sutat, as well as popular museums in west Bangkok like Don Kai Dee Benjarong Village, Phra Pathom Chedi, Sanam Chandra Palace, Don Wai Floating Market, Sampran Riverside, and Thai Human Imagery Museum. While in Bangkok, visitors will also want to explore the city's prime nightlife scene. 

The Siam Hotel

The Siam Hotel Pool

In the historic district of Bangkok, The Siam Hotel is set amidst 3 acres of lush gardens on the Chao Phraya River. Close to the city's top historical sites and cultural attractions, the property offers guests a private urban retreat with an extensive arts and antique collection, luxurious suites and villas, award-winning Opium Spa, Muay Thai fighter program, and Sak Yant tattoos, which are a sacred Thai tradition. Plus, the property offers the Chon Thai Restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine within a cluster of three 100-year-old Thai teakwood houses, Deco Bar & Bistro with international comfort cuisine, and the poolside Bathers Bar overlooking the Chao Phraya river. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), a selected welcome drink for two on the first evening at the pier or Deco Bar, an afternoon treat from 3 – 4 PM at Deco Bar or swimming pool for guests staying in a pool villa.

Check availability at The Siam 

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Phuket

Located in Southern Thailand, Phuket is a beach destination on an island in the Andaman Sea. Easily reachable via a one-hour flight from Bangkok, Phuket offers some of the world's top beaches including Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. For one-of-a-kind sunsets, visitors should head to Laem Phromthep Viewpoint, considered to offer some of the most picturesque sunsets in Thailand. Strongly influenced by the Chinese, travelers to the island will see Chinese shrines and Chinese restaurants around the city, and there is a Chinese Vegetarian Festival held yearly, as well as an array of international influences and trendy nightlife scene. 

Amanpuri

Amanpuri

Set on a hillside, Amanpuri is a luxurious place of peace. Interiors feature original artworks, hand-loomed silks, fragrant orchids, and custom-crafted furniture. Elegant dining options highlight Thailand cuisine, as well as fresh Japanese sashimi at Nama restaurant, Italian cuisine at Arva, along with Mexican snacks and cocktails at the Latin American Bar. There's a black-tiled pool, as well as the beach and water sports in the Andaman Sea such as snorkeling, kayaking, and jet-skiing. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay. 

In addition, this hotel 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: One lunch for up to two people per room, excluding alcoholic beverages and gratuities, once during their stay (value $100). Note: Nama, Amanpuri Japanese restaurant is not included. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in Ocean Pool Pavilion, Premium Ocean Pavilion, 2 Bedroom Pool Pavilion, 2 Bedroom Garden Villa, 2 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 3 Bedroom Garden Villa, 3 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 4 Bedroom Garden Villa, 4 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 5 Bedroom Garden Villa, 5 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 6 Bedroom Garden Villa, 6 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 7 Bedroom Garden Villa, 8 Bedroom Garden Villa, 8 Bedroom Ocean Villa, or 9 Bedroom Ocean Villa. 

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| 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. 


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