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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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Home of the Original Sacher-Torte, the Hotel Sacher Wien is an iconic destination in the heart of Vienna. Privately owned, the property has been revered for its luxury and service for generations. Located directly across from the State Opera and next to the Albertina gallery, the regal hotel is ideal for exploring the cultural heart of the city. The property's new top floors feature spacious rooms and suites with state-of-the-art bathrooms and terraces with one-of-a-kind views. Read below the Executive Suite photo for a special offer and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Executive Suite at Hotel Sacher Wien

For a limited time, Hotel Sacher Wien is offering a Complimentary Fourth Night For Suite Bookings*

To book:

-- Search for a four night stay in October or November 2019

-- Choose a suite 

-- Look for the offer and book the stay

In addition, this hotel offers exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks (included with the Complimentary Fourth Night for Suite Bookings Offer): Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests served in the Marble Hall, and a one 30-minute "Time-to-Chocolate" experience per room at Sacher Boutique Spa subject to appointment availability. Guests also staying at the Hotel Sacher Salzburg will receive a complimentary one-way train ticket for two guests from/to Vienna to/from Salzburg.

Book a Suite Stay at Hotel Sacher Wien

* Complimentary Fourth Night For Suite Bookings at Hotel Sacher Wien requires a four night minimum stay. Offer only valid for suite bookings. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season. Subject to availability and currency rate fluctuation. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Only applicable for bookings between October and November 2019. Blackout dates and additional terms and conditions may apply.

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Views can make all the difference, and the Eiffel Suites at the Hotel Plaza Athenee take a room with a view to a whole new level. Offering two suite options - one with an Art Deco motif and the other a combination of 18th century glamour meets haute couture, the elegant guest suites provide a luxurious way to enjoy stunning views of Paris. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

From the bedrooms, guests can lie in a plush bed and look out large picture windows with stunning views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Surrounded by opulent decor with fine furniture, rare woods, silk, and velvet accents, the sitting room has the same spectacular view, topped off with a piano, striking murals, and special touches. When it's time to relax, the elegant bathrooms have spectacular soaking tubs with mosaic-tiled exteriors, separate showers, towel warmers, and incredible views. Continue reading below.

Hotel Plaza Athenee Eiffel Suite Bathroom

The Hotel Plaza Athenee recently underwent a subtle renovation that retained it's Parisian charm while upgrading modern amenities and interiors. Situated along the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the ultra-luxe hotel is in the midst of the finest and most prestigious fashion boutiques and couturiers. Guest rooms and suites are glamorous and elegant, plus there's five restaurants, a chic bar, and The Dior Institute which offers exclusive facials and body treatments. 

Exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive American Breakfast for two daily, an in-room welcome amenity, and an 85 Euros voucher at The Dior Institut per reservation.

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 Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Suite Avenue Montaigne View, Prestige Suite, Presidential Suite, Terrace Duplex Suite, and Royal Suite. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Blending Art Deco and contemporary elegance, the Presidential Paltrow Suite with Private Pool and Terrace at Capri Palace pays homage to Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the 3,230-square-foot suite features monochromatic interiors with a black marble floor, as well as 360-degree views of the neighboring islands of Ischia and Procida. Read more about the suite below the photo.

Paltrow Suite Living Room at Capri Palace

The grand master bedroom provides an elegant retreat with a fireplace, walk-in wardrobe, and a skylight above the bed perfect for dreaming under the stars. The spacious bathroom has a soaking tub and separate shower, as well as chic decor. Continue reading below the photo.

Paltrow Suite Bath at Capri Palace

For the ultimate in privacy, the Paltrow Suite has two private swimming pools: one on the main terrace and a separate plunge pool. Guests of the suite are greeted with a bottle of champagne and fruit platter upon arrival and a three-course fine dining experience at L'Olivo for two people on the day of arrival (beverages excluded). During their stay in the Paltrow Suite, guests also receive a 50-minute massage at the Capri Beauty Farm, daily newspapers, WiFi, and shuttle and entrance to Il Riccio Restaurant & Beach Club. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a pizza lunch for two people at the Ragù Bistrot with dessert and wine suggested by the sommelier.

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 bottle of champagne and fruit platter in room, a three-course dinner for two, once during stay at the 2 Michelin Star L'Olivo Gourmet Restaurant (excludes beverages), one 50-minute massage per person, once during stay (Swedish or Aromarelax), and complimentary in-room minibar. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Star Junior Suite and above Suite Categories, excludes Junior Suites. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Tucked within a distinctive 19th century building, Pillows Anna van den Vondel is a luxury hotel providing travelers with an elegant and tranquil retreat. Just off the Vondelpark, the property opened in January 2017 following a full makeover. Continue reading below the photo.

Guest room at Pillows Anna van den Vondel

Featuring an ideal location for exploring Amsterdam's hotspots, the luxury hotel also offers guests a peaceful hideaway. At the back of the hotel sits the private terrace, offering visitors a secluded outdoor green retreat in the heart of the city. Continue below the photo.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel

For those looking to socialize, the Living is the heart of the hotel. Designed to be a social space, the Living is open day and night for savory dishes, bites, and cocktails. There's an open kitchen, crackling fireplace, and conservatory with cozy armchairs where guests can enjoy a good book. The menu changes daily within the Kitchen, and guests can watch chefs prepare fine cuisine at the Chef's Table from Tuesday to Friday. Read more about the property below the photo. 

The Living at Pillows Anna van den Vondel

Providing a true Amsterdam experience, the thirty rooms and suite at the Pillows Anna van den Vondel each feature city or garden views, as well as queen-size beds with the finest bed linens. Learn more about the rooms below the photo.

Pillows Anna van den Vondel Guest Room

The residential-feel of the rooms is enhanced with soft fabrics and natural colors, as well as Nespresso coffee machines, smart TVs, and wireless sound systems. Plus, select rooms have private terraces or French balconies. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set on the site where gladiator barracks once stood, Palazzo Manfredi is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of ancient Rome. Providing an elegant retreat steps from the Coloseum, the building began in the 17th century as the villa for the Evangelisti family. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the villa was purchased by Count Goffredo Manfredi, who transformed the building into an exclusive luxury hotel. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Palazzo Manfredi

From the Family Suite with Colosseum views to the contemporary Ludus Magnus Suite inspired by the history of the Eternal City, the property provides a regal Roman setting. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Opening in July 2019, the new cocktail bar, The Court, showcases unique city views with a menu of innovative cocktails using revolutionary techniques created by some of the most famous Italian mixologists. The new venue is set to serve exceptional drinks in a one-of-a-kind location from dusk to midnight.

One of the hotel's highlights is the award-winning Aroma Restaurant. Providing unparalleled Colosseum views from its picturesque terrace, the Michelin starred restaurant showcases classic Italian dishes in a quintessential Roman retreat. Featuring an idyllic setting for romantic dinners and private parties, the 40-seat restaurant is led by Roman-born Chef Di Lorio, who developed a menu marrying traditional Italian with fresh ingredients, while supporting sustainable fish, local produce, and regional meats. Each of the main courses revolves around pasta, with a feature of five different varieties. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

AROMA Restaurant Views at Palazzo Manfredi

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for 2 guests, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a one or two bedroom suite also receive a one way limousine transfer to or from the airport (not applicable to Junior Suite).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a distinguished setting as London's first hotel, Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London originally opened on Albemarle Stree in 1837. Over the years, the iconic property has welcomed distinguished guests from around the world including royals, presidents, authors, and celebrities. Within the hotel there is a serene spa with an array of treatments to help guests unwind, award-winning dining, a tea room, and the Donovan Bar for a chic setting to enjoy a nightcap. Plus, Five Star Alliance guests receive exclusive perks. Continue reading below the Tea Room photo to learn about the Dover Suite and Five Star Alliance Perks. 

English Tea Room at Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London

Overlooking Dover Street, the Dover Suite offers 75 square meters/807 square feet of space with a large living area, bathroom, and separate bedroom. Blending tradition and modernity in Olga Polizzi-designed style, the suite's sitting room has an ornate ceiling, three floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light, a marble fireplace adorned with a gilt mirror above it, an a selection of bespoke prints adorn the walls. There's a full in-room bar, and the Rocco Forte Nourish In-Room Bar is available (upon request), as well as in-house movies. The separate bedroom has a king bed that can be twinned, and an extra bed is available upon request. Continue reading below the photo of the Dover Suite's living area. 

Dover Suite Living Room at Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London

Upon arrival, guests of the suite are welcomed with a bottle of Champagne, personalized concierge services are available prior to arrival and during the stay, as well as unpacking and packing services, and the pressing of four garments on the evening of arrival.

The suite's spacious bathroom has soaking tub with a tv at the foot of the bath, a separate double shower, Forte Organics bathroom amenities, and Spezia 100% Organic suite amenities including a candle, a body and bath oil, a luxurious body balm, and detoxifiying bath salts. Continue reading about the suite below the bathroom photo.

Dover Suite Bathroom at Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel London

During their stay, guests of the Dover Suite have chauffered Bentley Mulsanne service within a 2 mile radius, breakfast in the suite or in Beck at Brown's, daily local VIP amenities, and two 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massages. Plus, in-suite check-in, one-way airport transfers, and an exclusive VIP card with unlimited access to any exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking any room type under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive Continental breakfast for two daily, and a 75 GBP hotel credit (not applicable to room rate or retail) per room/per stay. 

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| 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

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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