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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

Situated in the 16th arrondissement, Brach Paris is a chic boutique hotel amidst a timeless district. Within the bourgeois facade, the property has an arty design infused with welcoming touches, contemporary accents, and luxurious amenities.

For a unique and romantic retreat within the hotel, the Henri Suite offers 60 square meters/645 square feet of space ideal for two people to relax in the "City of Light". Featuring private access to the kitchen garden, the suite has 1930s furniture and decor infused with raw and natural materials reminiscent of Brach's modernist inspiration. Opening to a spacious terrace, the suite showcases a private Norwegian wood hot tub with exclusive Eiffel Tower views. Learn more about the property below the Henri Suite photo. 

Henri Suite at Brach Paris

Set on the 5th and 6th floors of the Brach Paris, the hotel offers 7 suites, each with a decor of wood, leather, glass, and stone, accented by unusual objects, a selection of art, and a plethora of books and novels. Providing guests with a Parisian lifestyle, suite guests receive exclusive access to the rooftop's kitchen garden. Butler service and BMW i3 are available, and the suites can connect with each other for professional or private events. Continue reading below the photo. 

Reception at Brach Paris

Within the Brach Paris, there's dining that combines executive chef Adam Bentalha's science background with Mediterranean flavors, as well as a cocktail bar, and Patisserie by Yann Brys. Plus, masterclasses in cooking, painting, and gardening, along with a sports club featuring an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, hammam, sauna, Himalayan salt cave, and barber shop. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

Pacific Suites at the Post Ranch Inn

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

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

Pool at the Post Ranch Inn

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

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Seeking beautiful beaches, gastronomic experiences, archeological ruins, and one-of-a-kind sunsets? Join us on this Featured Journey: Greek Island Escape highlighting luxury resorts on three of Greece's top islands: Santorini, Crete, and Zakynthos. Each island offers its own unique adventures, historic sites, and beaches for enjoying the Greecian vistas. 

Santorini

Known for blue-domed churches, donkey rides, and cliffside whitewashed homes, Santorini is the destination for one-of-a-kind Greek sunsets. Visitors seeking some time in nature, hiking from Fira to Oia showcases panoramic caldera views, while a boat trip to the volcano provides an opportunity for a therapeutic dip in the sulphur hot springs. For history enthusiasts, Ancient Thira has Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, Akrotiri is a Minoan town from 1650 B.C. that was preserved under lava until 1967. Fira is the place to go for authentic tavernas and ouzeries where appetizers are washed down with Greek aniseed-flavored liquor, Ouzo. Wine lovers will want to go to the vineyards of Megalohori and Pyrgos for the dry white Assyrtikos and the amber-colored Vinsanto. 

1. Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa 

Pool at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

Amidst the picturesque alleys and whitewashed domed suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is an architectural retreat offering spacious accommodations, each with kitchenettes and private verandas with Jacuzzis and sun loungers. Guests can have a five-star gastronomic experience at Alios Ilios Restaurant serving fine modern Greek cuisine, and the Royal Spa is an award-winning facility with outdoor gazebo spa services and an indoor heated swimming pool. For visitors looking to lounge poolside, there's freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired snacks, cocktails, and signature drinks at the main infinity pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary cocktail per person/per stay, during sunset in the Romantic Bar, and a 15 minute spa ticket per person/per stay.

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Crete

Greece's largest island, Crete, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the island can explore beaches, discover remnants of ancient civilizations, taste the island's gastronomic culture, or admire the mountainscapes. The island is the cradle of Minoan civilization, the birthplace of Zeus, and offers an expanse of scenery where travelers can go from the palm groves of Vai to the top of the snow-capped White Mountains all in one day. Food here is straight from the land and sea, with an emphasis on tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, cheese, and yogurt. The Palace of Knossos is home of the legendary Minotaur where travelers can discover the Minoan world, the Archaelogical Museum in Iraklion is home to Minoan palace treasures, Gortyna is home to Greek remains, and throughout the island minarets and mosques reflect 250 years of Ottoman Turkish rule. 

2. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

Waterfront Villa at Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

From its romantic wedding chapel to its six restaurants, Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas is a luxury property overlooking Mirabello Bay. Set upon 40 acres of colorful gardens on the island's northeastern coast, the property consists of several mini-resort-like clusters including the Yachting Club offering state-of-the-art bungalows with electric sliding glass doors and retractable television screens, while the Ambassador's Bungalows have private gyms and multi-room villas for families. For revitalization, Espace Vitalité Chenot focuses on a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation with body and facial treatments, ancient traditions with Chinese medicine, and scientific advances. Plus, there are supervised programs for kids and teens, a scuba diving center, art gallery, and tennis. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

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Zakynthos

Known for its stunning beaches, Zakynthos is an island offering a range of natural beauty. Also known by its Italian name, Zante, the island's top beaches can be found along the southern and southeastern shoreline. Visitors seeking forests and rural villages should venture inland to explore the island's forests, wilderness, and traditional villages. For truly picture-perfect scenery, head to the rugged west coast where the limestone cliffs cascade into turquoise waters. 

3. Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Royal Infinity Villa at Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Showcasing a beachfront setting, Porto Zante Villas and Spa is an all-suite property offering luxurious villas with private pools, paintings by prominent Greek artists, Armani Casa furnishings, and bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs, separate showers, and Dionysian antique marble. The waterfront Spa and Thalassotherapy provides rejuvenating treatments, while the fitness center by Technogym has state-of-the-art exercise equipment. For dining, Maya restaurant provides a beachfront setting for contemporary Asian cuisine, and the Club House Restaurant showcases an exclusive setting for Greek cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Offering a serene and tranquil residential feel, Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe is a boutique hotel in the heart of Brussels. Set in the midst of authentic Belgian architecture, the hotel has 43 rooms, including the luxurious Pillows Suite. Continue reading below the hotel photo.

Exterior of Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe

The spacious Pillows Suite has 46 square meters/495 square feet of space, making it an ideal secret hideaway to use as a base for exploring the city. The bedroom has a plush King bed, there's a separate seating area for lounging, and the bathroom has a bathtub and walk-in shower. Learn more about the property below the suite photo.

Pillows Suite at Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe

For dining, The Living - Resto & Winebar serves local specialties and refined dishes, paired with an extensive wine list. Headed by by chef Trung Hoang, a West-Flemish chef, the cuisine respects local tradition with a nod to the cosmopolitan world. Continue reading below the photo. 

Dining at Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe

Steps from the city's theaters, galleries, and local entertainment scene, Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe provides a timeless retreat within a neoclassical building. Infused with contemporary amenities, guests are welcomed back to the hotel's lounge with a crackling fire after a day of sightseeing. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Close to St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, Splendid Venice is a luxury hotel with a water entrance and private mooring for boats on the Rio Barrettieri. From the hotel's altana, guests can take in panoramic views over the city's rooftops, and the Lounge Bar with canal views is an idyllic spot for an evening spritz. While Le Maschere provides a romantic setting for elegant dinners. Continue reading about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Splendid Venice

Within the hotel there are 165 rooms, including 16 suites and 4 junior suites. One of the hotel's highlights is the Splendid Heritage Suite. Annexed to the hotel in a Venetian building, the suite is a tribute to the Serenissima's textile traditions with luxurious pleated fabrics and plush velvets are amidst inlaid wall mirrors and ancient Murano glass masterpieces. The suite has a supreme Starbed, pillow menu, Samsung smart TV, JBL station, handy smartphone, Illy espresso coffee maker, and minibar with snacks and soft drinks, while the bathroom has Acqua di Parma luxury bathroom amenities. Providing absolute privacy, guests of the suite receive private in-room check-in, VIP treatment and a farewell gift. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk and Suite Privileges at Splendid Venice.

Splendid Heritage Suite at Splendid Venice

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Le Maschere or through room service, lunch for two once per stay (excluding beverages), complimentary WiFi, a seasonal welcome amenity and bottle of Prosecco, an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability, and one way private transfer for the Murano Glass Factory tour. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a One-Way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Grand Suite, Splendid Heritage Suite, and Presidential Suite. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring views of the Mediterranean, the Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes is the largest suite in the hotel. Named after the famous Agent 007, the suite offers 380 square meters/4,090 square feet. Furnished in shades of beige with doors that let in the sea breezs, there are marble floors, luxe carpets, and fine wood furniture. Continue reading about the suite below the photo.

Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Reachable via a private lift, within the exclusive space there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a dining room, private kitchen, and salon for welcoming guests. Plus a large terrace with panoramic sea views. 

The InterContinental Carlton Cannes was built in 1913 and features Belle Epoque charm. Set along the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the elegant property blends tradition with the amenities of modern life, within a refined atmosphere. Guests of the hotel can relax on the property's famous terrace or sunbathe on the private white-sand beach. Read more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily at The Carlton Restaurant or continental breakfast through room service, a 50 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay, a welcome bottle of local wine, and complimentary WiFi. Additionally, "5 Star Signature Package" rates in a Suite will also include a one way airport transfer from or to airport. 

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 Food & Beverage Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, or the Prestige Suites (Sean Connery, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Liu Ye, Sophie Marceau, Sharon Stone, Alain Delon, Sean Penn, and Uma Thurman Suites). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring an opulent setting in the heart of Louisville, The Brown Hotel is a historic property with Georgian-Revival style and Southern charm. Situated about four miles from the famous Churchill Downs, the luxury hotel offers a variety of guest rooms and suites, including the exclusive Muhammad Ali Suite. Named after the city's famous son, and dedicated in 2001 by "The Greatest" himself, this suite provides an elegant setting in shades of gold and black. Showcased throughout the suite are signed pieces of Ali memorabilia, photos, and boxing gloves. There's a dining room with wood floors and a crystal chandelier, plus a separate living room with wet bar. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Living Room at The Brown Hotel

Available as a one or two bedroom suite, the master suite features a mahogany four-poster king bed. Within the adjacent master bathroom, guests will find a grand space with a marble Jacuzzi tub. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Master Bedroom at The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel is a landmark building in downtown Louisville, situated at the corners of Fourth and Broadway. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel recently completed a $12 million renovation, restoring the grand hotel and elevating the property with contemporary luxuries, new furniture, lighting, and carpet. Across from the Brown Theater, the property is close to the Palace Theater, Kentucky International Convention Center, and about 4 miles from Churchill Downs.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: The Hawaiian Islands

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, these volcano-created islands offer blissful beaches, one-of-a-kind sunsets, and luxury hotels with an array of amenities and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Plus, each of the island's offers its own unique attractions, cuisine, and adventures from exploring tunnels created by ancient lava flows to kayaking to picturesque waterfalls. 

The "Big Island", The Island of Hawaii

Twice as big as the other Hawaiian Islands giving it the nickname the "Big Island", the Island of Hawaii is the youngest of all the islands, and a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Visitors to the island can travel through all but four of the world's different climate zones, ranging from Polar Tundra to Wet Tundra. The island's vast climates are a result of the variying elevations and geological formations created by the massive Maunakea and Maunaloa volcanoes. Travelers to the island will want to visit the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the black sands of Punaluu Beach. 

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Set along a white sand beach, Mauna Kea Beach Resort is a luxury retreat with world-class golfing at Mauna Kea and Hapuna, 11 seaside tennis courts, and Bocce Ball courts. Offering an array of cultural experiences, guests can partake in nighttime glow-canoe and manta snorkel adventures, art tours, and tropical spa treatments. For children, the Keiki Club Adventures provides supervised programs, and there is a variety of ocean sports and activities for visitors of all ages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at Manta Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 resort credit per stay when booking a room or a $200 resort credit per stay when booking a suite.

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OAHU

Home to Honolulu, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Sometimes called "The Gathering Place", the island is diverse with a fusion of East and West cultures blending with native Hawaiian traditions. Mixing ancient and modern, visitors to this island can dine at an eclectic array of restaurants, partake in a variety of activities, and spend the day in the bustling city of Honolulu, or venture to a laid back surf town. 

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikik Beach

Adjacent to the shopping at Luxury Row, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is a luxury tower hotel celebrating the spirit of the island in a modern way. The all-suite property offers residential-style accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, living rooms, furnished balconies, and bathrooms with walk-in showers, state-of-the-art toilets, soaking tubs, and dual vanities. The spa offers treatments inspired by Hawaiian traditions, dining options include the first Hawaii locations of Dean & DeLuca and Sushi Sho, and the BLT Market with Hawaiian-infused cuisine. While the eighth floor infinity pool has private cabanas, and the fitness center was designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in BLT Market (subject to maximum credits per accommodation type)  and a  $100 USD resort credit per Studio, $200 per One Bedroom Suite, $300 per Two or Three Bedroom Suites and $400 per Four Bedroom Suites (not valid on room rate and no cash value). 

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KAUAI

Hawaii's "Island of Discovery" is filled with natural wonders to explore. From the Waimea Canyon to native fishponds with 1,000 years of forward-thinking history, visitors can breathe in the oxygen-rich air of the island's Wailua River while kayaking to a cascading waterfall. Be transported back in time along the Napoli Coast to a laid-back island lifestyle, and explore the small coastal towns like Hanapepe and Old Koloa Town. Ideal for travelers seeking a relaxed pace to explore natural wonders, the island also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Ukelele concerts, Hula Shows, and the Princeville Night Market.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Oceanfront Guest Room at Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Set on Poi'pu Beach, Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is an intimate luxury boutique resort. Offering the island's closest accommodations to the beach, the award-winning property has a saltwater lava-inspired pool, and award-winning Red Salt restaurant serving a modern take on island cuisine showcasing locally-sourced Hawaiian ingredients. While the Spa at Ko'a Kea provides Hawaiian-inspired treatments infused with natural and indigenous ingredients, as well as a romantic couple's suite, outdoor seaside cabana treatment area, and candlelit treatment rooms.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Red Salt, a $50 resort credit, per room/per stay (if not already included in the rate), and a welcome amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area, Sandals Royal Barbados is a luxury all-inclusive, all-suite property for couples. Within the romantic resort, guests will discover a number of firsts for the Sandals group of resorts including the first 4-lane bowling alley, gourmet donut shop, rooftop pool and bar, as well as two new restaurant concepts: American Tavern and Chi Asian. Continue reading below the photo.

Bowling Alley at Sandals Royal Barbados

The all-suite couples resort offers 272 suites with Sandals signature accommodations including Skypool Suites, Swim-up Suites, and Millionaire Suites. Featuring panoramic ocean views, Butler Elite service, and exclusive exchange privileges at nearby Sandals Barbados, the property's Luxury Included experience is comprised of world-class international cuisine at the resort's seven restaurants, stocked bars in every room, unlimited premium spirits, and unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines. Learn more about the resort below the photo of the Pool Villas. 

Pool Villas at Sandals Royal Barbados

In addition to all-inclusive food and beverages, guests of the resort also receive a variety of included water and land activities, ranging from day and night tennis to snorkeling trips, kayaks, and professional instructions for water sports. Within the Sandals Royal Barbados there is a rooftop, zero-entry glass infinity pool, which is one of the property's 31 pools. Ideal for sunbathing, the rooftop pool also has a bar and lounge area. For a unique excursion, there are glass bottom boat tours, as well as day and evening entertainment throughout thre resort. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Amidst a 330-acre wildlife nature preserve on Captiva Island, South Seas Island Resort offers a luxurious setting with an array of activities on Florida's Gulf Coast. From world-class shelling on two-and-a-half miles of pristine white-sand beaches to embarking on a fishing adventure with dolphins swimming in the boat's wake, the resort is an island paradise. Plus, the property offers exclusive perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

Overview of South Seas Island Resort

For families, the resort's Camp Skullywags offers programs designed for children ages 3 to 11 years old, led by knowledgeable activities coordinators. The ScoutAbout program encourages families to grab a ScoutAbout map and their camera to go on an island adventure to discover manatees, dolphins, and sunsets. While the Sanibel Sea School has learning programs for children to learn snorkeling, surfing, and net fishing. Plus, families can relax in private cabanas at one of three pools with H2Whoa! Water Slides and a nearby waterfront tiki bar. Want to capture the special moments? The resort also offers family portrait sessions (must be scheduled in advance). Continue reading below the pool photo.

Pool at South Seas Island Resort

Golfers can play a round on the Captiva Course, a 9-hole, par-27 executive course, named on the "Top Five Short Courses" in the world with palm trees and views of the Gulf. While the Blackwood Tennis Academy at South Seas Island Resort offers world-class professional training and instruction for tennis players of all levels. 

The property's gulfside location provides an array of water-related activities such as paddleboarding, jet skiing, and kayaking, as well as sunset cruises, private charters aboard a catamaran, or partaking in sailing lessons at the Colgate Offshore Sailing School. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive two full American Breakfast per bedroom per day and a daily $25 resort credit per accommodation.

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