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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

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

The Eternal City offers centuries of history from Roman ruins to the Vatican. Featuring showstopping vistas and iconic landmarks at every turn, Rome attracts Christians for its religious sites, art lovers, culture seekers, history buffs, and travelers from around the globe seeking to understand its history while taking in the present pace of Rome via Vespas or romantic strolls. 

With two thousand years of history, the Colosseum is one of the city's top landmarks. Known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the building was home to gladiators taking on each other or fighting wild animals. In 2016, the building completed a massive renovation, making it even better for visitors. The largest, richest, and likely most famous church in all of Italy is St. Peter's Basilica. Completed in 1626, the church is home to significant works of art including Bernini's baldachin over the papal altar as well as Michelangelo's Pieta and awe-inducing dome. While the Vatican Museums showcase one of the world's greatest art collections with a range of masterpieces from Egyptian times to frescoes by Raphael and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The 2,000-year-old Pantheon is now a church, but was originally built as a temple and is one of the Rome's most well-preserved ancient landmarks. 

Of course no trip to Rome would be complete without experiencing the food. From strolling with gelato to sipping a cappuccino, its important to allow time for gastronomic experiences, trattorias, pizza, and wine bars. 

Here are 5 Top Rome Luxury Hotels

5. Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

A favorite of politicians, artists, and celebrities for generations, Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie is an iconic luxury hotel. Situated between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, the hotel offers one of the city's most prestigious address. There's a Mediterranean tiered Secret Garden with orange trees and rose bushes, the open-air Stravinskij Bar with crafted cocktails, and fine Italian dining at Le Jardin de Russie. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast and an 85 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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4. The St. Regis Grand Rome

The St. Regis Grand Rome

Blending history, location, and authentic charm, The St. Regis Grand Rome is a luxury hotel located on one of the city's most iconic palazzos. Following a meticulous renovation, the property has 161 guest rooms and suites, signature St. Regis Butler Service, Lumen Restaurant, and the Kami Spa & Fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and a range of treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Caelum Bar & Lounge, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

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3. Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Spa at Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, Grand Hotel Via Veneto is a luxury hotel with Michelin Star dining, occupying two 19th century historical buildings. The exterior of the buildings is protected by Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Rome, while the interiors have custom-made Murano glass chandeliers, black granite floors, and travertine stairways with cast iron banisters. While the AQVA City Spa has Vichy showers, vitality pool, and exclusive Sisley treatments. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, and 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used at Times Restaurant & Wine Bar (alcoholic beverages excluded), complimentary WiFi, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability. 

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2. Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Dating back to the 16th century, Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome is a short stroll from the Spanish Steps. Guests at the hotel can enjoy Roman cuisine in an al fresco setting at Cafe Romano, a British setting for a classic drink at the Bond Bar, and awake in one of the hotel's 88 rooms and suites, each offering its own style and identity. Located in the heart of the historical center of Rome, the property is steps from Via Condotti, Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate, "Best Available Rate", as well as promotions and package rates with at least a three night stay, will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Café Romano, a 50 Euro Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay, along with a bottle of wine & chef pastries on arrival. 

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1. Palazzo Manfredi

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Directly across from the Colosseum, Palazzo Manfredi is located on the former site of a gladiator training school. The current building was originally built as a villa for the Evangelisti family in the 17th century. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the property was purchased in 2002 and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel by the noble Manfredi family. Commemorating the past while infusing the future, the hotel has a Michelin starred restaurant, AROMA offering Roman cuisine with views of the Colosseum, as well as the American Bar for cocktails with panoramic views, and a mini-gym.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests who book 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

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

Rooftop Pool at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

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

One Bedroom Suite at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

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

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

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

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the One Bedroom Suite, Master Suite, Penthouse Suite, Presidential Suite, and the Royal Suite.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, The Watergate Hotel is an urban resort. The infamous property recently underwent a $200 million renovation, transforming the hotel into a luxury retreat with a full-service spa, wellness center, and accommodations with artful, mid-century styling. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at The Watergate Hotel

As part of the renovation, the property unveiled trendy new dining and nightlife options, including Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine infused with French flavor, this chic restaurant offers a contemporary atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a vibrant bar within the restaurant, as well as seasonally-inspired plates. Continue reading below the Kingbird photo. 

The Watergate Hotel

The Next Whisky Bar serves a high-end, curated selection of scotch and whisky, as well as a selection of cigars. Providing an intimate setting with a soft amber glow, the space features a copper wall with 2,500 illuminated whisky bottles. Learn more about the property below the photo.

The Next Whisky Bar at The Watergate Hotel

On Saturdays and Sundays, The Watergate Hotel serves a contemporary take on classic afternoon tea. For a limited time, the Cherry Blossom Tea is served from March 23 to April 14, 2019. For $55 per person, guests can enjoy fine teas, seasonal sandwiches, signature Cherry Blossom Macarons, homemade scones, cherry-infused confections, and a Kingbird special of Cherry Jam. Reservations are required for this special tea, which can be booked by calling the hotel directly at +1 (833) 304-4830. Continue reading below the photo of the Top of the Gate.

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

In addition to the Kingbird, exclusive afternoon tea options, and The Next Whisky Bar, the hotel's see-and-be-seen Top of the Gate has a sophisticated outdoor rooftop setting with 360-dregree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington Bridges, the Washington Monument, and the rest of the DC skyline. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: 5 Irish Castle Hotels

As St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, Ireland is on everyone's mind. While cities like Dublin, Galway, and Cork have much to offer, Ireland's Castle Hotels offer one-of-a-kind experiences like on-site falconries and clay pigeon shooting. Many of the estates also have formal gardens, world class golf courses, and full-service spas infused with Irish influences. Plus, the fine dining and afternoon teas at castle hotels provide travelers with the opportunity to live like royalty within exclusive settings, sure to create special memories.

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we highlight 5 Top Irish Castle Hotels offering luxe accommodations, gourmet restaurants, spa, golf, and more. 

5. Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle

Once the home of the powerful 14th-century clans of the Donegal and the O'Donnells, Lough Eske Castle  is an award-winning historic hotel with a vital role in the story of County Donegal and Ireland. Set at the lake's edge, the castle hotel provides a range of accommodations options from Castle Suites with traditional elegance, the Garden Suites with contemporary styling to the stables converted into courtyard rooms with country charm. Nestled in the castle's garden, the spa offers a range of pampering, restorative, and natural treatments. 

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4. Waterford Castle

Waterford Castle Hotel

Located on a private island, Waterford Castle offers the finest traditions of Ireland including a falconry where guests can schedule private experiences to fly a trained hawk above the hotel's grounds. There's also clay pigeon shooting and training available for all skill levels, archery, tennis, and croquet. Guests can stroll the Island Trails to see native wildlife such as fox, swan, deer, hare, and pheasant, or arrange for a Waterford Castle picnic basket to dine amidst the property's 310-acre island.

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3. Ashford Castle 

Guest room at Ashford Castle

Dating back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Once the estate of the Guinness family, guests enter the property through grand stone gates. Following an extensive refurbishment, the castle's 83 rooms, suites and the Hideaway Cottage each offer traditional elegance with custom carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, unique works of art, Egyptian Cotton bed linens, and the latest modern luxuries. The spa has a full-length relaxation pool with a "Tree of Life" mural, five treatment rooms, steam room, and a range of services. While the property offers four main dining rooms, afternoon tea in the Connaught Room, private wine tastings and dinners in the wine cellars, and creative Irish cuisine throughout the property. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Bed and Breakfast" rate will also receive full Irish breakfast daily, an 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay, complimentary green fees daily, 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 lunch or dinner for two, once per stay (minimum value US $100). This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Hideaway or Presidential Suite. 

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2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty, Dromoland Castle Hotel blends Old World elegance with contemporary luxuries. Guests arrive with a warm Irish welcome fit for royalty, and once settled in they can stroll the 450-acre estate to visit the walled garden, discover the falconry, row out on the lake for a picnic, or tee off on the world class golf course. There's an intimate spa with a variety of rejuvenating treatments, afternoon tea is served by a warm fireplace, and dining at the castle's flagship Earl of Thomond offers an authentic taste of Ireland amidst sparkling chandeliers, Venetian silk, and estate views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Stay More Winter Rate" or "Midweek Special Rate" will also receive a full Irish Breakfast for each guest daily, complimentary airport transfer from Dromoland Castle to the Shannon Airport, and a guaranteed room upgrade at booking based on availability. 

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1. Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

In the heart of Adare Village, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is a luxe castle hotel with a movie theater, full-service spa, championship golf, falconry, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. Amidst woodlands, walled gardens, and medieval ruins, the 840-acre estate provides guests with a world-class setting and personalized service. Taking its name from the nearby village of Adare, which is known for thatched roof cottages and antique shops, the retreat offers visitors to step back in time within a grand setting filled with the latest luxuries.  

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Minstrels Gallery, and once per stay an afternoon tea for 2 guests in the Minstrels Gallery. Also, the following amenities are provided subject to availability at the time of check-in and check-out: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

Presidential Suite at Hotel Bennett

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

Rooftop Pool at Hotel Bennett

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking reservations under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay. 

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

Rooftop Pool at NOPSI Hotel

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

Fresh off a renovation of all of the property's 94 cottages and suites, Carneros Resort and Spa is offering a Fourth Night Free* Promotion. Available on all accommodation types, guests booking a stay at the property from April 1 to August 29, 2019 can stay four nights for the price of three nights. This offer is valid for bookings made February 1 to August 25, 2019, and is subject to availability. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel, and season. Read more about the property and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Outdoor Pool at Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort and Spa just completed a renovation of its cottages and suites, which range from 400 square feet of living space and up to 800 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. Inspired by nature and wine country living, Oakland-based Nina Chiappa Interiors refreshed the accommodations with warm wood tones, refined rustic furnishings, light grey-toned wood grained flooring, and botanical fabrics. While the farmhouse theme is infused in contemporary lighting made of blackened iron and a tree slice end table. French doors have been replaced by glass bi-fold doors in many of the cottages for a seamless indoor-outdoor living area. There are outdoor gas fire pits in all cottage and suites, plus add-on amenities like portable mini-projectors and telescopes for backyard movies or stargazing. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary full American breakfast for two daily at Hilltop Dining Room (a maximum of $60 credit per room, per day) and a $100 spa credit, per room/per stay.

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* Offer is valid for bookings made February 1 to August 25, 2019 for stays at the resort from April 1 to August 20, 2019. 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.


| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Florida Holiday

Providing a mix of recreation and relaxation, Florida is an ideal destination for families, couples, adventure-seekers, theme park-lovers, and beach goers. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we explore a multi-destination itinerary through the Sunshine State. Beginning in Orlando, home of the "Happiest Place on Earth". Next up, Palm Beach known for luxury boutiques, beaches, and glittering estates. Finally, our journey ends in Miami, in the South Beach area recognized for Art Deco architecture, nightlife, and some of the world's best beaches. 

Orlando

Situated in central Florida, Orlando is known for its theme parks including Disney, Sea World, and Universal Studios. A haven for families, this region also offers resorts with full-service spas and championship golf courses. Popular at all times of the year, visitors may want to plan their visit based on special events at the theme parks like Halloween or Christmas festivities. 

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Surrounded by Disney, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an ideal gateway destination for Orlando's theme parks. Close to it all, the property offers a relaxing retreat with two resort pools and private cabanas, top-rated 18-hole Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, spa, and the WA Kids Club with organized activities for young travelers. Plus, an array of dining options inspired by the Waldorf Astoria New York with signature restaurants like Bull & Bear and La Luce.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily, a $100 resort credit which may be applied towards spa or golf or recreation per room/once per stay, and a guaranteed late check-out at 4 pm.

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Palm Beach

Located on the southeastern coast of Florida, Palm Beach is about 65 miles north of Miami. Along the Atlantic Ocean, this area has been a popular traditional winter home for American aristocrats for generations. There's upscale resorts, the world-class Norton Museum of Art, bird watching, and a variety of dining and nightlife options. 

The Breakers

The Breakers

Since opening in 1896, The Breakers has been an iconic destination for generations. Providing seaside glamour with Italian styling, the property continuously modernizes and revolves to meet the needs of contemporary guests with an indoor-outdoor fitness facility, newly unveiled spa, four pools, private beach, and nine restaurants. As the only oceanfront resort in the heart of Palm Beach Island, the hotel provides guests with an array of recreational and relaxation opportunities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also received full American breakfast buffet for two daily at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant and a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room rate, taxes and gift cards).

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Miami

Infused with Cuban culture, Miami is a diverse destination with a vibrant downtown, one-of-a-kind nightlife, array of shopping, and top-notch museums. The diversity of the city provides visitors and locals alike with a never-ending variety of dining options ranging from the trendiest foodie destinations in South Beach to down-home Cuban bodegas. For an urban setting, stay in downtown Miami, or if you're looking for a beach experience, choose a property along South Beach, which is filled with Art Deco buildings, stunning beaches, and an ideal people-watching scene.

Royal Palm South Beach

Terrace View at the Royal Palm

Offering direct beach access, the Royal Palm South Beach is a luxury hotel featuring Art Deco architecture with contemporary interiors. Just off Collins Avenue, the hotel is a short stroll from the boutiques and restaurants along Lincoln Road. Within the hotel, guests can relax at two pools, enjoy beach service, get a treatment at the full-service spa, or dine at Byblos serving Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in Florida Cookery and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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Destination Spotlight: Charleston

Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 Small U.S. City for eight years running, Charleston, South Carolina is a city steeped in history and culture. The walkable city offers well-preserved architecture with ironwork balconies, antebellum styling, and colorful stucco, amidst streets lined with sidewalk cafes and boutiques ideal for meandering and exploring. 

Founded by English colonists in 1670, Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the "Old South" where visitors can hear church bells ringing, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and see more than 600 buildings erected prior to the 1840s, including 73 Colonial buildings. The city has withstood a number of hardships including Yankee bombardments during the Civil War, earthquakes, and fires, yet many historic sites remain including St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the Calhoun Mansion. Plus, there are plantations like Boone Hall where guests can gain a greater understanding of the city's history. 

Foodies will find plenty of flavors to discover within the city, including low country favorites like She-Crab Soup and the area's classic morning dish of shrimp and grits. Charleston's vibrant food scene includes chic cafes, fine dining, food festivals, and locally-infused Southern cuisine. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, the region provides an array of top-ranked golf courses, as well as beaches, parks, and nature tours of the area's beaches, marshes, and rivers.

Here are 5 Top Charleston Luxury Hotels:

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

For travelers seeking a resort-style getaway within a short drive of the city, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is an ideal destination. Situated 21 miles from downtown Charleston, the property is an oceanfront hotel providing Southern hospitality, The Sanctuary Spa, luxury shopping, tennis packages, golf, and multiple dining options. There's also an array of recreational activities such as bicycle rentals, Kamp Kiawah for young vacationers at Night Heron Park, fitness classes, and nature programs. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a daily full buffet breakfast for two in Jasmine Porch or a la Carte through room service, VIP status, a one time $100 resort credit per room (not valid towards the room rate), complimentary WiFi, and one bottle of Simonet Sparkling Wine from the mini-bar per room/per stay.

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4. The Dewberry

The Dewberry

Tucked within a historic Mid-Century Modern building (formerly the Mendel Rivers Federal Building), The Dewberry is a luxury boutique hotel featuring "Southern Reimagined" by a group of architects, designers, and preservation specialists. Guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, as well as Irish mattresses and linens, artwork by local artists, and minibars curated seasonally by the hotel's executive chef. The Spa provides low country-inspired signature treatments infused with local ingredients, and Henrietta's French Brasserie overlooks Meeting Street with Southern-influenced cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive breakfast for two daily ($30 per person and $60 max per day), a guaranteed room category upgrade at booking based on availability, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 spa credit per room/per stay.

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3. Hotel Bennett

Hotel Bennett

Opening in late 2018, Hotel Bennett is situated at the intersection of Marion Square and King Street. Transformed by native Charlestonians, the authentic retreat is located within the former Charleston County Library and The Citadel. Offering a two-tiered signature restaurant and Camelias Bar, the hotel also has a patisserie, signature spa, and rooftop pool, steps from King Street shops, restaurants, and museums. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the  the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay.

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2. Belmond Charleston Place 

Belmond Charleston Place

Evoking the feel of a 17th century European residence, Belmond Charleston Place is an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown. Offering high-end shopping, full-service spa, and a rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, the property is an ideal place for exploring the city, or a relaxing retreat. Popular with celebrities, princes, and politicians, the hotel has award-winning dining at the Palmetto Cafe and the Charleston Grill.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for each guest daily (maximum of $30 per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

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1. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

Set on Patriots Point in the upscale community of Mount Pleasant, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor is an upscale waterfront resort with panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and the downtown skyline. There are three on-site dining options including the waterfront Charleston Harbor Fish House, and The Bridge Bar with an open-air setting. For relaxation The Estruary Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments, and there are three outdoor pools including one with a Tiki Bar. There's also a custom theater, full-service marina, seaside bocce court, and the College of Charleston Sail School is located on-site. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for each guest daily at The Fish House, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value), and a welcome cookie amenity.

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