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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 Irish countryside along the River Liffey, The K Club is a luxury retreat in County Kildare, about 40 minutes from Dublin City and the Dublin International Airport. The five star property offers luxurious accommodations with original paintings and antiques within each room, hand painted murals in the bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, separate bathtubs and showers, Nespresso machines, and aromatherapy toiletries. Learn more about the Barton Suites and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

The K Club in County Kildare

Guests of the resort can choose from an array of guest rooms and suites, including the Barton Suites. Ideal for families seeking additional space, the Barton Suites have views of the River Liffey, a King Bed, and a spacious living room with a pull-out sofa bed upon request. The suites can accommodate up to two adults and three children (12 years of age or younger), and each of the Barton Suites have two bathrooms, headboards with built-in reading lights, air conditioning, and U.S. and European electric sockets. Learn more about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks & Suite Privileges below the photo of the Barton Suite. 

Barton Suite at The K Club

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily breakfast, a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol) and an automatic room category upgrade at the time of booking based on availability. 

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

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Barton Suite, Kildare Suite, Presidential Suite, The Viceroy Suite, The Imperial Suite, and the Straffan Manor House.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Situated within a reconstructed 6th century Byzantine tower and Medieval church dating from 1400, the property offers romantic dining in Santa Elisabetta, a seven-table restaurant within the hotel's Byzantine tower. Classic Tuscan dishes are served at Osteria della Pagliazza restaurant, and the hotel offers elegant guest rooms and suites with one-of-a-kind Florence views. Plus, this hotel offers exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo. 

Bargello Suite at Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Within the hotel, guests can choose from a variety of suites, including the Bargello Suite. Fully refurbished by Architect Benelli, the suite features exclusively-designed contemporary furnishings, oak parquet flooring, and views of the Santa Croce Church and Bargello. There's a living room with a stylish sitting area, 42-inch flat-screen TV with 60 digital channels, remote-controlled heating and air conditioning, and a safe deposit box. While the bedroom has a Privilege Beautyrest Simmons mattress for extra anatomic support. Read more below the photo of the Bargello Suite.Bargello Suite Living Room at Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

One of the most unique features of the suite is the marble bathroom, which is equipped with a large Chromotherapy shower and separate whirlpool bathtub. Guests of the suite can rejuvenate in the tub or shower, then luxuriate in plush terry towels, slippers, and fine bathrobes. Continue reading about exclusive offers at the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence below the photo.

Bargello Suite Bathroom at Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily, a $70 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay valid for restaurants and bar (no cash value, not valid for minibar /room service), a welcome bottle of Prosecco, and complimentary WiFi.

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

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive a one-way airport transfer per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Bargello Suite, Junior Suite, Junior Suite Executive, One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, Duomo Suite, Balcony Suite, Pool Suite, or Pagliazza Suite.

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| 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

Showcasing an iconic setting on the fifth floor of the Nolinski Paris, the Suite Josephine private apartments overlook Avenue de l'Opera. Connectable to neighboring suites and rooms, if desired, guests can have half of the fifth floor as a private retreat for a peaceful and secluded escape in the heart of the city. Continue reading below the photo of the Suite Josephine. 

Suite Josephine at Nolinski Paris

Within the suite there is custom-made furniture and elegant works of art. There's also a balcony with one-of-a-kind views of Paris, minibar, and a bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub for relaxing after a day of exploration. Read more about the property below the hotel photo. 

Nolinski Paris

The Nolinski Paris opened in 2016. Steps from the Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal gardens, the hotel is located amidst layers of history and Haussmann style. Within the property there is a classic French Brasserie Rejane, the spa designed to create a retreat for wellness, indoor swimming pool, children's accessories, and pet-friendly amenities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer with personalized note from the management and a Gourmet basket “Souvenirs de Paris” by REJ (value 50 Euro). Also, guests will have a smartphone at their disposal which includes unlimited international phone calls and internet. Additionally, guests who stay between October 28, 2018 and February 28, 2019 receive a 50 Euro Spa credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, the Corner Suites at the Gstaad Palace Hotel provide a luxurious alpine setting during the winter ski season and the summer months. Recently renovated, the suites have 90 square meters of space, including a bedroom with a king size bed, lounge area, and a dining room. Read more below the photo. 

Corner Suite at Gstaad Palace Hotel

For relaxation, each suite has a private balcony, and bathrooms feature steam baths. There are walk-in wardrobes and all Corner Suites can be connected to Deluxe Junior Suites. Continue reading below the photo.

Gstaad Palace Hotel

The Gstaad Palace Hotel is a legendary hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps offering one-of-a-kind views. A favorite of national and international guests since opening in 1913, the hotel has been family owned for three generations. From elegant dinners to casual get togethers, the hotel has an array of dining options including Le Grill, and La Fromagerie serving Swiss specialties. Read more below the photo of Le Grill Restaurant.

Le Grill Restaurant at Gstaad Palace

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily dinner at Le Grand Restaurant (up to CHF110 per person) or CHF50 credit at all other restaurants and a CHF100 spa voucher per stay for spa services.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in a historic building in the heart of the city's historic center, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence offers a luxury setting in the shadows of Il Doumo Cathedral. Named after the Renaissance artist author, Filippo Brunelleschi, the hotel occupies the Torre della Pagliazza, a unique building from 541-544 AD that is now home to the property's Pagliazza Tower Suite, the Santa Elisabetta gourmet restaurant on the first floor, and the Osteria Pagliazza on the ground floor. Read more about the hotel below the Pagliazza Tower Suite photo.

Tower Suite at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Throughout the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence, there's a variety of historic artifacts and works of art to discover. At the hotel's Museo della Pagliazza, guests may be accommpanied by the concierge to explore the archeological finds uncovered during the excavation in the basement of the Torre della Pagliazza. Used as a sauna in ancient times, the hotel has a Roman calidarium (a hammam), as well as Roman era fragments, and a Renaissance collection of Montelupo ceramics. 

Osteria della Pagliazza at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

In addiiton to historic elements, the boutique hotel recently renovated the buildings in a way that respects its past while enhancing the environment with a revitalized hotel facade, main glass staircase, new suites, restructuring of the lobby, reception, breakfast hall, meeting halls, and lifts, as well as outdoor spaces for events. Learn more about special Five Star Alliance Perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the suite photo.

Suite at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $70 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a welcome bottle of Prosecco, complimentary WiFi, and full breakfast daily. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Named after the birthplace of Lord Forte, the Monforte Royal Suite at The Charles Hotel offers a top-floor setting with antique artwork and a spacious terrace with panoramic views of the Old Botanical Garden and the city of Munich. The suite includes exclusive amenities such as in-suite check-in, personalized concierge services, in-suite Apero Bar, breakfast in the suite or in Sophia's restaurant, unpacking and packing service, pressing of up to 4 garments, and in-house movies. Continue reading about the suite below the terrace photo.

Monforte Royal Suite Terrace at The Charles Hotel

The 200-square-meter suite has a bedroom with a king-sized bed. There's also a sitting room with a grand piano, study, dining room, and a kitchen with a separate entrance. For additional space, the suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Two-Bedroom Suite. Read more below the photo.

Monforte Royal Suite at The Charles Hotel

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the marble bathroom has heated floors, free-standing soaking tub, and two walk-in showers. There is also a private steam room, TV, luxury bath amenities, and a separate lavatory. Continue below the bathroom photo.

Monforte Royal Suite at The Charles Hotel

The Charles Hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Offering an elegant setting, the hotel is close to the historic Konigsplatz with contemporary guest rooms and suites. The state-of-the-art spa is home to the city's longest indoor pool, and modern European cuisine is served at Sophia's restaurant. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, the Sheen Falls Lodge is a 300-acre estate set amidst heather-covered mountains. Throughout the estate there is a variety of pathways for walks along the rivers and through the woodlands, fishing for salmon along a private section of the River Sheen, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, guided hawk walks, and photography excursions. The Relais & Chateaux property makes an ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, and offers guests one of the area's finest restaurants with a seasonal chef-created menu highlighting local ingredients and modern Irish cooking. Continue reading below the photo for more about the luxury Irish Lodge and special Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Sheen Falls Lodge

Throughout the property, guest rooms and suites feature views of the surrounding landscape, but perhaps one of the most striking rooms is The Falls Master Suite. The octagonal drawing room has an oculus set in the ceiling twenty feet above the sitting area, and the wide windows showcase the River Sheen as it meanders down to a waterfall, which flows under the historic stone bridge into Kenmare Bay. Plus, there's a fireplace, and private bar with vintage brandy. Read more about the suite below the photo.

The Falls Master Suite at the Sheen Falls Lodge

The Falls Master Suite has opulent styling with a dining table for six, extra bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the gardens and river. In addition, the suite has a side entrance, personal check-in service, and its own parking space.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a private tour of the wine cellar, and a private tour of Kenmare in a vintage Buick.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Spanish Experience

Our newest Featured Journeys highlights three of Spain's top destinations: Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona. From Mediterranean breezes to bodegas buzzing with locals and tourists, Spain offers adventures for culinary and enthusiasts, as well as one-of-a-kind nightlife options. Learn more about top luxury hotels in these Spanish cities below. 

Malaga

Set along Spain's "Gold Coast", Malaga is an Andalusian destination for Mediterranean sunlight, beaches, buzzing tapas bars, and palm-lined promenades. Picasso's original hometown offers art enthusiasts the Picasso Museum. Nestled in a 16th century palace, the museum showcases Picasso's late 1970s paintings. The city's Renaissance cathedral is an ornate masterpiece, and the Moorish Alcazaba are two of the city's iconic architectural highlights. 

La Malagueta beach and the coves at El Palo are the must-visit spots for sunshine. The Paseo del Parque promenade is an ideal place to meander and cool down under the shade of palms, and La Concepcion Botanical Gardens is brimming with tropical flowers. 

Dining in this region is all about tapas. Malaga is home to 1,001 tascas (tapas bars), and these bars are an ideal spot to mingle with the outgoing locals while having fresh anchovies, Serrano ham, and calamari. Pedralejo and La Caleta are popular destinations for beach cafes, fried fish, and cocktails at sunset. While the Old Town is a nightlife destination with live music bars, clubs, and bodegas.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa 

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa

About 50 minutes southwest of Malaga in Marbella, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa offers a traditional Andalusian retreat along the "Golden Coast". From Afternoon Tea on the terrace to a round of golf or relaxing poolside, the luxurious property provides a relaxing setting for travelers looking to soak in the sun and local culture. There's 14 different restaurants on-site, an open-air courtyard ideal for cocktails, spa & wellness facilities, tennis courts, and botanical gardens. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Alhambra Restaurant and a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay.

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Madrid

Modern Madrid is a diverse destination where cobbled lanes and historic chapels meet contemporary boulevards lined with skyscrapers. Locals and tourists alike can revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting at the city's largest bullring--Plaza de Toros, or browse the Prado's extensive collection of art from around the world as well as Spanish masters like Goya and Velazquez, and every Wednesday and Saturday, the Changing of the Guard happens at the Royal Palace.

Madrid offers an eclectic food scene along Ventura de la Vega, Plaza de Santa Ana, and the Plaza de Santa Barbara where Madrilenos begin the evening at tapas bars serving manchego cheese, stuffed peppers, chorizo, and Spanish wine, then dine on dinners highlighting Spanish flavors like Valencian paella, Andalusian gapacho, and the Cocido--Madrid's own lamb and vegetable stew. 

For shopping, Rastro has been the destination for locals and bargain hunters for 500 years. While the Gran Via is the city's trendy shopping neighborhood with Art Deco shops selling the latest styles including handbags made from Spanish leather. To get a panoramic view of the city, Faro de Moncloa is a former transmission tower that has been reimagined into an observation deck 92 meters above the city. 

Looking for a night on the town? Madrid's biggest clubs are set along Calle Arenal, while the bars of Chucca and Huertas are popular after Midnight.

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Premium King Guest Room at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Inspired by the paintings of Velazquez, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques is located in the heart of Madrid. Nestled within a 19th century palace, the hotel has a historic garden, and guest rooms and suites are infused with touches on the Velazquez masterpiece, Las Meninas. Situated in the former palace stables, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Dos Cielos Madrid by Hermanos Torres with a locally-inspired menu and exclusive location. There's also a seasonal rooftop pool and Thai Room Wellness Center. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive 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.

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Barcelona

Offering a cosmopolitan destination on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a vibrant city with Gothic and Modernist architecture. Effortlessly cool, the city is known for the turrets of Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria Market's Iberian ham, olives, and goat cheese, El Born's clubs where partiers dance 'til dawn, and hidden courtyards. 

La Sagrada Familia cathedral is one of the city's top destinations. Gaudi's masterpiece is full of symbolism. Started in 1882, the church has iconic turrets, stone carvings, and grand facades. The tree-lined La Rambla is ideal for a walk to the maze-like alleyways in Barri Gotic that lead to Santa Maria del Mar Church, and Montjuic's gardens are an ideal spot for those seeking some shade. At the Picasso Museum, visitors can see some of the artist's finest works from early sketches to Blue Period works.

For beaches and no-frills fish restaurants, Barcelonta is the place to go. Barri Gotic serves up Catalan fare including Los Caracoles (the snails), salted cod salad known as esqueixada, and pan tomaquet (tomato bread). For Michelin-starred restaurants that put the city on the gastro map, Eixample and El Born offers a variety of gastronomic experiences. In the evening, head to the jazz clubs and tapas bars of Placa Real.  

Seeking some retail therapy? Passieg de Gracia is known for designer lables, El Corte Ingles is one of Barcelona's top department stores, and boutiques in Barri Gotic, El Born, and El Raval sell unique finds and art.

Neri Hotel

Suite Bat at Neri Hotel

Situated on Sant Felip Neri Square, the Neri Hotel is a Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the city's Gothic Quarter. Next to the church where Gaudi prayed daily, the boutique hotel has the Neri Restaurant with a creative Mediterranean menu as well as outdoor seating on San Felip Neri Square. For a unique outdoor setting, the Roba Estesa has a rooftop setting for casual cuisine and cocktails overlooking the Gothic Quarter. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guest booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Taking Alpine luxury to a new level, the Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad is a 400-square-meter duplex apartment. Occupying two floors, the suite has three bedrooms and one-of-a-kind Swiss Alps views to the north and to the south. Centered around a main living room with a grand fireplace, the residential-style retreat opens onto a large terrace. On the other side of the lounge, a hidden kitchen provides an ideal place for guests to create in-suite cuisine. Read more below the photo.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad

The master bedroom has a private retreat with its own fireplace, walk-in dressing area, and private balcony. Plus, an ultra-luxe bathroom with marble-clad walls, mirror with built-in TV screen, shower with oversized shower head, and a separate free-standing soaking tub. Continue reading below the photo.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad

Reachable via a grand staircase, the top floor of the Panorama Suite is bathed in natural light from the skylights that frame the mountain peaks. There's another fireplace, a bedroom with classic timberwork and a veranda, as well as a private spa, Jacuzzi, fitness, and massage area. Learn more about the hotel below.

Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad is a boutique hotel combining Swiss tradition with a fresh interpretation of Alpine chic. Focused on refined luxury, the hotel offers a Six Senses Spa and Michelin Star dining at Sommet & the MEGU Restaurant. 

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