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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.


Situated steps from the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte is a luxury hotel providing a calm and relaxing environment in Versilia. Offering five floors of accommodatios with distinctively unique themes, the grand hotel is redefining the concept of a holiday with an all-encompassing experience. The refined restaurant, Piccolo Principe is the recipient of 2 Michelin Stars with refined cuisine, extensive wine list, and exclusive sea views. Read more below the photo.

Piccolo Principe at Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

For relaxation and rejuvenation, the Wellness Center has water features, holistic beauty treatmens, and a fitness center. Plus, guests have exclusive access to the panoramic rooftop with a heated swimming pool, solarium, and "The Little Prince" bar and restaurant open during the summer months. Continue reading below the photo.

Rooftop dining at Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

In addition to the hotel's amenities, the property offers an idyllic location for guests to reconnect with the sea at the nearby International Cetacean Sanctuary. The Tyrrhenian Sea is a haven for whale watching particularly from May to October, and the area is home to a large group of dolphins that live along the Viareggio Coast. Continue reading below the photo of the dolphins along the Viareggio coast.

Whale and dolphin watching off the coast by Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

The Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte provides an ideal setting for guests interested in going on organized day trips with marine biologists, as the luxury hotel is a 30-minute stroll from the Piazza Palombari dell'Artiglio, where the boat tours depart. The boat tours are organized by cooperatives that support the protection and peace of the dolphins and whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Established in 1999 between Italy, France, and Monaco, the sanctuary is an international reserve that extends north of the Tyrrhenian Sea, around the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago to Provence. Viareggio is one of the main starting points for exploring the Italian Cetacean Sanctuary via boat, where guests enjoy lunch on board, watch for whales and dolphins, as well as seeing a variety of marine animals like turtle, manta rays, swordfish and tuna. Read more below the photo.

Whale and dolphin watching cruise from Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

In addition to the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte's amenities and prime location for whale watching excursions, the hotel offers exclusive perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay. Plus, a bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Providing a secluded retreat in Bali's central foothills, Alila Ubud is a luxury hotel located about 15 minutes from Ubud, the island's cultural center. Set on a hillside on the edge of the Ayung River valley, the property provides guests with an immersive experience through the guidance of the Alila Leisure Concierge team for active pursuits, such as exploring rice terraces at Tegalalange, visiting the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave, or taking cooking classes. Learn more about a special perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Valley Villa at Alila Ubud

Accommodations at Alila Ubud include Superior and Deluxe Rooms, Valley and Pool Villas, plus Terrace Tree Villas, and Two Bedroom Terrace Tree Pool Villas. Furnished in contemporary Balinese style, there are private balconies with daybeds, in-room safes, minibars, and coffee & tea-making facilities. Continue reading below the Terrace Tree Villa Bathroom photo.

Terrace Tree Villa Bathroom

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at Plantation restaurant, $50 food and beverage or spa or Alila Experience credit, per room, per stay, and a welcome fruit basket. Plus, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Destination Spotlight: San Antonio

Mixing the cultures of Mexican settlers with Texas ranchers, San Antonio is a unique Southwestern destination offering historic attractions, a vibrant art scene, and distinctive "Tex-Mex" cuisine. Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, this city with a confluence of cultures is hosting commemorative events the week of May 1-6, including special events at each of San Antonio's five missions, along with an array of festivities throughout the year. To mark its 300th anniversary year, San Antonio recently unveiled a variety of new developments, such as the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces.

Known for The Alamo (Spanish mission where one of the city's important battles took place), as well as the historic River Walk lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, visitors can stroll the street and plaza's to learn about the city's iconic Western past. In addition to The Alamo, the city is home to four additional missions, which are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, there's traditional Southwestern shopping vendors at La Villita, and Alamo Heights offers trendy shopping and high-end Western wear. 

Foodies will want to sip an icy margarita along the River Walk and try some award-winning Tex-Mex cuisine. There's restaurants specializing in fresh seafood from the nearby Gulf Coast, a variety of iconic Texas steakhouses serving thick, Texas-sized steaks, plus German restaurants that pay tribute to the city's German heritage. For wine and golf enthusiasts, venture beyond the downtown to Texas Hill Country with an array of vineyards and tasting rooms, as well as championship golf courses. 

Here are 5 Top San Antonio Luxury Hotels

1. Omni La Mansion del Rio

Omni La Mansion del Rio River View Ambassador Room

Originally built as a Catholic School by the Society of Mary in 1852, the Omni La Mansion del Rio was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1968 for the the World's Fair. Set along the River Walk, the property blends Spanish colonial architecture with gourmet dining at Las Canarias known for hand-made margaritas and Sunday Brunch on the River Walk, as well as a courtyard heated swimming pool. Plus, guests have access to the Forbes Four-Star Mokara Spa at the hotel's sister property, Mokara Hotel & Spa. 

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2. Mokara Hotel and Spa

Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio

In the heart of the city's famous River Walk, the Mokara Hotel and Spa provides a soothing oasis with a full-service, Forbes Four Star Spa and world-class fitness center. There's a year-round rooftop pool with panoramic city views, as well as the Rooftop Cafe with salads, sandwiches, and cocktails. Plus, dining at Ostra, a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant with a romantic riverfront location and a menu specializing in sustainable seafood. 

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3. Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Rooftop Pool at Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Adjacent to the San Antonio Convention Center, Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers a contemporary setting in the heart of the city. Across the street from the Rivercenter Mall, the 24-story towers over San Antonio with River Walk views, more than 1,000 rooms, a Ruth's Chris Steak House with prime steaks, and handcrafted cocktails at Bar Rojo. There's also a rooftop pool, YogaAway classes via in-room TVs, state-of-the-art fitness center, and meeting spaces with audiovisual equipment and versatile seating options. Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive, based on availability, a complimentary room upgrade and a 2 pm late check out.

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4. The St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony Hotel Master Suite

Recently restored to its 1909 grandeur, The St. Anthony Hotel provides an opulent setting overlooking Travis Park. Situated three blocks from both the River Walk and the Alamo, the hotel has multiple on-site dining options each with a unique dining experience, including Loggia serving traditional American classics with a twist. There's a rooftop bar, as well as an outdoor heated pool with private cabanas, fitness center, and state-of-the-art meeting venues. 

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5. La Cantera Resort and Spa

La Cantera Resort and Spa View

For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently completed a major renovation, with furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage. Located about 30 minutes from downtown, the property is less than two miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, with two championship golf courses and five pools. The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center provides an array of treatments, plus a grotto with a saline pool, outdoor gathering place with acoustic music, and outdoor cowboy tubs for relaxation. There are nine on-site dining options including the open-air exhibition-style SweetFire Kitchen, and the Palmer Grille at the Clubhouse, as well as the adults-only level on the property's highest floor. 

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Soaring above the 600-acre beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort offers an exclusive and private retreat with bold architectural design and sweeping vistas of St. Lucia's Pitons World Heritage Site. Designed to compliment St. Lucia's scenic beauty, the resort has bridges leading to infinity pool sanctuaries, stone-faced columns, and accommodations where the fourth wall is completely absent for a one-of-a-kind setting. For a limited time, guests can book the Take Five at Jade Mountain offer that includes the fifth night free on select dates. Read more about the offer below the Jade Mountain Sky Suite photo.

Jade Mountain Sky Suite

One of only seven Caribbean resort properties with a AAA 5 Diamond Rating, Jade Mountain Resort is currently offering a 5th night Free. Valid for stays through December 19, 2018, the Take Five at Jade Mountain offer includes a fifth night free on select dates for guests reserving a Sky Jacuzzi Suite or a Star or Moon Infinity Pool sanctuary. 

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Showcasing Venetian history and culture, Palazzo Venart is an ultra-luxe hotel along the Grand Canal with direct water access. Set within a former aristocratic residence, the property offers accommodations and event venues with frescoes, marble fireplaces, and original works of art. Restored by Venetian specialists, the property retains its renaissance grandeur infused with modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms with tubs or showers. Plus, the property's 18 guestrooms and suites feature views of Venice. Read more below the photo.

Guest suite at the Palazzo Venart

In addition to historically-infused accommodations, Palazzo Venart has Michelin Star dining at The GLAM restaurant. Serving classic Venetian fare by chef Enrico Bartolini, the cuisine is prepared with a contemporary twist, for a modern take on local Venetian gastronomy. Guests enter the restaurant via a discreet courtyard shaded by magnolia trees, with indoor seating as well al fresco options. Continue below the photo for a special perks offer.

Dining at Palazzo Venart

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive  a complimentary aperitivo for two. For guests booking Luxury or Suite room categories receive a choice of an included one way transfer to or from the airport or ferry terminal OR a complimentary one hour walking tour.

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Situated about a 5-minute walk from the Mykonos City Center, Absolut Mykonos is an adults-only retreat with contemporary design and a stylish atmosphere. Guests are greeted at the Welcome & Goodbye Desk, and the entire property is "Social Media Friendly"...meaning there's plenty of instagram-worthy spaces throughout the resort sure to make everyone back home just a bit jealous. Continue reading below the photo.

Welcome & Goodbye Desk at Absolut Mykonos

The all-suite property features minimalist-inspired furnishings along with premium linens, slippers, and bathrobes. Accommodations are loaded with a variety of amenities including Nespresso coffee machines, minifridges that can be pre-filled with minibar boosters, and flat-screen TVs providing guests with access to on-site services like scheduiling massages or getting important island tips. Read more below the photo.

Guest suite at Absolut Mykonos

Providing guests with stylish amenities, the property has the Meet Feed Me restaurant offering modern interpretations of Greek specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Heming Bar has an indoor minimalist setting for cocktails, and the Wetbar serves poolside drinks. Continue reading below the photo.

Wetbar at Absolut Mykonos

In need of a massage or a workout? The Enso Spa & Fitness Center offers a stylish destination for massages and cardio activities. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers from the port or airport, 15% discount for massage services, pool & beach towels, and access to the Enso Spa & Fitness Center.

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Situated in the Cayo District of Belize, the Ka'ana Boutique Resort is located near the area's major tourist attractions. Ideal for adventure seekers, the property's tour specialists can arrange a variety of personalized experiences including visits to what was once the center of the Mayan Empire, helicopter tours, cave tubing, ziplining, Crystal Cave tours, horseback riding, and bird watching. For relaxation there's Mayan cooking classes, ceramic making in San Antonio, and private picnics at Big Rock Falls. Read more below the photo. 

Balam Suite at Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Focused on offering seasonal and local cuisine, Ka'ana Boutique Resort offers La Ceiba Restaurant. Inspired by the array of farms surrounding the property, the full-service restaurant has a chef-driven menu with international and local cuisine that incorporates produce from the property's on-site organic garden, as well as an extensive wine cellar and farmhouse design. Read about a special Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Dining at La Ceiba within the Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at La Ceiba Restaurant, $100 resort credit, bottle of sparkling wine at arrival, wine cellar orientation, and welcome drink. Plus, VIP status with a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out, based on availability at the time of check-in. 

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Adjacent to the Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Montemartini offers an exclusive setting in the center of Rome. The only hotel in the city crossed by the ancient Servian Wall, the luxury hotel occupies a former palazzo. Mixing historic 19th century details like marble and stucco with contemporary design and high-tech elegance, the prestigious property has 82 guestrooms and suites, including Signature Suites, Business Suites, and Spa and Fitness Suites. Read more below the photo of the Junior Suite. 

Junior Suite at Palazzo Montemartini

Steps from the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo, Palazzo Montemartini has the exclusive Caschera Spa featuring packages and treatments inspired by the adjacent  Baths of Diocletian. There's also the Senses Restaurant & Lounge Bar providing a refined setting blended with Italian traditions and modern infusions. Read more below the photo of Senses Restaurant.

Senses Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Italian wine, 10% discount at Senses Restaurant and the Caschera Spa.

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Ready for a beach retreat? For a limited time, the Monarch Beach Resort is offering a special promotion. Book two nights at the Best Available Rate, and receive the Third Night Free! The special offer requires a Three Night Minimum Stay, and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions, blackout dates apply. Read more about the resort below the photo. 

Guest bath at Monarch Beach Resort

The Monarch Beach Resort epitomizes the California Coastal lifestyle. Set along Salt Creek Beach, about five miles north of San Juan Capistrano, the resort is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Featuring redesigned rooms by Rodrigo Vargas Design, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, and private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, the  family-friendly luxury resort has an expansive pool complex. Read more below the photo.

Swimming pool complex at the Monarch Beach Resort

For recreation, the Monarch Beach Golf Links is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed 18-hole golf course. Featuring traditional Scottish-inspired style, the beachfront course has a golf shop, lessons, and the Club 19 restaurant on the first tee. There's also a private beach club with surf lessons led by the resort's Surf Host, paddle boarding, bonfires, and trail hikes.

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Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley is a luxury boutique hotel steps from Buckingham Palace. Situated in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood, the luxury hotel is set within an impeccably restored 1920s townhouse with Art Deco styling including sleek wood furniture, crown molding, tufted headboards, and bathrooms with Hermes bathroom amenities. There is 24-hour butler service which includes unpacking, pressing, steaming, and room service. Continue reading below the photo.

Within the hotel, the Oval Restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine, while the Jazz Lounge has live music performances, and the Crystal Bar has a quintessential Art Deco design. The Cigar Terrace boasts one of the world's finest spirits and cigar collections, including a large walk-in cigar humidor with an extensive selection of Cuban cigars. The Wellesley offers courtesy Rolls-Royce Ghost drop-off service within a 1.5 mile radius of the hotel, as well as portable devices for calls and data in all suites. Read below the photo for a perk offer.

The Oval Restaurant at The Wellesley

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. 

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