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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

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

Showcasing New Zealand colonial architecture, the Chalet Suites at Blanket Bay provide a luxe setting. Complimenting the Main Lodge, the suites incorporate schist stone and old steamer wharf timber beams. Offering air conditioning and super king-size beds, the suites also have complimentary WiFi internet connection and international direct dial phones. Continue reading below the Chalet Suite Entrance photo. 

Chalet Suite Entrance at Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay offers four Chalet Suites. Within each of the 700-square-foot suites is a private courtyard, spacious bedroom, walk-in closets, and bathroom with separate steam shower and soaking tub. Plus, a living room with a stone fireplace, satellite and apple TV, Bluetooth soundbar, and exclusive views of the surrounding scenery. Read more below the photo. 

Chalet Suite at Blanket Bay

Surrounded by Alpine scenery, Blanket Bay is an elegant, yet rustic lodge on the shore's of New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu. Celebrating the art of pure relaxation, the property offers a spa, fine dining in the dining room or intimate Wine Cave for private meals, and a location along the Wine & Arts Trail. There's fly-fishing and heli-skiing nearby, as well as hiking, boating, golfing, and kayaking, or flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Jacuzzi View at Blanket Bay

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive lunch for two per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recognized as the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East", The Peninsula Hong Kong blends the finest luxuries and hospitality of the East and West. Since opening in 1928, the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the globe, and guests of the hotel can re-live the glamour of a by-gone era through the property's collection of antiques and historical artifacts on display throughout the hotel. In addition, guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive special Perks. Continue reading below.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

For panoramic views of Victoria Harbor, Deluxe Harbor View Suites feature a one-of-a-kind retreat. Providing a residential experience within the Peninsula Tower, these suites have living rooms with fireplaces, L-shaped sofas, and fully-equipped audio-visual centers with Blu-Ray LED TVs. The master bedrooms have luxury beds with high-end linens, plush armchairs, and telescopes for viewing the harbor. There's also large walk-in dressing rooms, and marble bathrooms have unique corner deep soaking bathtubs. Learn about a special Perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Deluxe Harbor View Suite Living Room at The Peninsula Hong Kong

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at The Verandah and a $100 hotel credit per stay (excludes Imasa, banquet, Peninsula Academy Program, Peninsula Boutique or spa products).

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| By: Rachael Weir

On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, a young woman checked in at the Hotel del Coronado, but never checked out. Estranged from her husband, 24-year-old Kate Morgan is said to have taken her own life five days after checking in (although some say her husband or lover may have pulled the trigger). 

Since her untimely death, guests and employees have shared stories of ghostly-encounters, mostly involving Kate's original third-floor guestroom. There have been stories of breezes coming from nowhere, inexplicable sounds, doors randomly opening and closing, as well as a TV that turns itself on and off. Independent paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity in Kate's room, as well as Kate sightings in the hotel hallways, seashore, and the gift shop where items have mysteriously flown off the shelves. To date, her room, now 3327 is one of the hotel's most requested rooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Hotel del Coronado's a Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado. 

Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado

In addition to ghost stories, the Hotel del Coronado offers guests a variety of Halloween-themed activities including a Ghost Roast with ghost stories and s'mores on the beach, a Kate Morgan Painting by the Sea where guests can paint a piece of art to take home, a Kids Halloween Party, and the adults-only Hallo-wine & Spirits with a reception on the Garden Patio followed by deserts, drinks, and dancing in the Crown Room. Read more below the photo of the Crown Room.

The Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Since opening in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a popular destination for presidents, celebrities, and politicians. In 1958, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon filmed "Some Like It Hot" within the hotel. Under the hotel's signature red turret lies the Ballroom with Pacific Ocean views, the Crown Room has a renowned brunch, and the Spa at the Del provides an array of signature treatments. Learn about a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado at dusk

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Rated as one of Chicago's best hotels by Forbes Travel Guide, Travel + Leisure, and U.S. News and World Report, The Peninsula Chicago offers traditional Asian hospitality in a city known for its welcoming ways. Recently introduced, the Z Bar is the hotel's new rooftop terrace and lounge providing views of some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks. Young guests are greeted by Peter Bear, a costumed character in the classic Peninsula Page uniform, who has been known to bring treats to guest rooms. Plus, there's the BMW house car providing guests with chauffered service in a two-mile radius of the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading below the photo. 

Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago

Guests of The Peninsula Chicago receive exclusive experiences only available to Peninsula guests via the hotel's "Keys To The City" program. Currently, the program provides hotel guests with exclusive access to culinary experiences at the Michelin starred Smyth restaurant, a glass of wine at the City Winery, or a VIP Pass to skip the entrance line at The Art Institute of Chicago. Read more below the photo. 

Exterior of The Peninsula Chicago

Featuring high-end accommodations along the Magnificent Mile, guest rooms and suites at The Peninsula Chicago feature state-of-the-art technology and picturesque city views. One of the hotel's unique accommodations is the Water Tower Suite. Offering 2,561 square feet of space, the suite provides views on three sides of the building--to the North, East, and South. Read more below the photo.

Water Tower Suite at The Peninsula Chicago

Capable of being blocked off from the rest of the hotel for added security and privacy, the Water Tower Suite offers two bedrooms, as well as room to receive guests. There is a marble reception area capable of accommodating up to 10 visitors, as well as a living room with a home theater, dining room for six, and adjacent pantry. There's also two marble bathrooms, a powder room, and two dressing rooms. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily at The Lobby Restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay (excludes gift shop items, spa products, parking, not valid on room rate, no cash value).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a classic New England experience year-round, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a luxury retreat in Vermont. Featuring four seasons of activities, the ski-in/ski-out resort is surrounded by natural beauty, with 36 holes of golf on two unique courses, spa, and a variety of activities like ziplining and snowshoeing. Continue reading below the photo. 

Stowe Mountain Lodge at Winter

For an exclusive setting that is ideal for families or groups looking for more privacy, the resort's Four Bedroom Mountain Cabin is a slopeside condo with four bedrooms spread throughout three levels. Two of the bedrooms are master bedrooms with king beds, and connecting en-suite bathrooms offering over-sized bathtubs. The other two bedrooms (one with a queen-sized bed and the other with a twin-over-double bunk bed) are located on the patio level with an additional full bathroom. While the walk-out patio has a hot tub with panoramic views. 

Within the cabin there are two living spaces for gathering to relax or socialize. There's a stone fireplace, large windows with mountain vistas, and LCD TVs. Read more below the living room photo.

Mountain Cabin Living Room at Stowe Mountain Lodge

In addition, the cabin has a full gourmet kitchen with New England styling, and all the appliances needed to create in-cabin meals to remember. Plus, an adjacent dining room with Vermont views. Read more below the photo.

Mountain Cabin Gourmet Kitchen at Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the base of Mount Mansfield. Amidst green mountains, the resort offers an authentic landscape with four distinct seasons. Influenced by local culture and style, the property provides alpine luxury surrounded by lakes, woodlands, covered bridges, and rustic architecture. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include Vermont breakfast for two daily in Solstice Restaurant and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled in a protected valley amidst a vast wilderness, Amangiri is a luxury resort in southern Utah. Close to the border of Arizona on 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, this exclusive resort required an Act of Congress to be built here. Showcasing dramatic views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, where the colors of the red rock country change from the morning sunlight to dusk. Amidst canyons, mesas, mountains, desert, and gorges, the resort offers opportunities to hike, climb, and explore Navajo culture. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at Amangiri

For exclusive in-room vistas, Mesa View Suites have terraces with fireplaces, and private courtyard entrances with tables and chairs. The spacious suites have 1,000 square feet of space, including living areas with reading chairs, writing desks, TVs, DVD players, sound systems, and personal bars. From the king-size beds, guests can wake up with views of the Mesa, and bathrooms have twin rain showers, soaking tubs, double vanities, and dressing areas. Read more below the Mesa View Suite photo. 

Mesa View Suite Bedroom at Amangiri

The resort's Dining Room has floor-to-ceiling windows with desert views and cuisine featuring local seasonal produce. At the spa, there's a focus on wellness and restoring hózhó, the Navajo term meaning beauty, harmony, balance, and health. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining Room at Amangiri

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay and a bag of Amangiri's signature toiletries.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled amidst the rolling foothills of Mount Meru where the aroma of coffee scents the air, lies the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Hidden in one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations, the property offers coffee tours where visitors can learn about the bean-to-cup process, the Bacchus Restaurant with chef-prepared local cuisine, and the Peaberries Spa with a variety of treatments. Read more below the photo.

Restaurant at Anusha Coffee Lodge

There's also an indoor pool, picnic lunches are available for guests looking to dine outside while exploring, and there is a Traders Walk where visitors can discover five gourmet and retail boutiques showcasing local traditions. Situated about five minutes from the Arusha Airport, the property offers a luxe setting ideal for before and after East African safaris. Continue reading below the photo. 

Pool at Arusha Coffee Lodge

Comprised of 30 plantation houses nestled amidst the coffee fields, the property offers Plantation Rooms and Plantation Suites. The rooms feature a cozy setting with in-room log fires and verandas overlooking the coffee gardens. For a larger setting with additional amenities, Plantation Suites provide a home-away-from home retreat. There are plush beds with netted canopies, living areas with large sofas, and 32-inch TVs with satellite access. Read more below the photo.

Plantation Suite Living Room at Arusha Coffee Lodge

Bathrooms in Plantation Suites have large soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers. Continue reading below the photo.

Plantation Suite Bathroom at Arusha Coffee Lodge

In addition to the interior space, Plantation Suites have private outside terraces with log fires. Read more below.

Plantation Suite Exterior at Arusha Coffee Lodge

Featuring an omnipresent coffee theme, the Arusha Coffee Lodge was designed around the original landowner's home, which dates back to the early 1900s. The main Plantation House has an 'a la carte' restaurant and an intimate cafe bistro, each with open log fires for guests to relax after a day of exploration. 

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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

Nestled on a private island, the Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island is an all-inclusive eco-resort in the northern Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands. Amidst 3.6 acres of land, the retreat occupies the site of a former colonial coconut plantation. Providing accommodations for just three couples at a time, and surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, the property is an idyllic destination for honeymooners and those seeking a secluded, romantic retreat. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Guests of the resort fly into the Amata Kabua Airport in Majuro, where a shuttle takes guests to the jetty. From there, visitors board a private boat for a 45-minute trip along the atoll through scattered, mostly uninhabited islands. Continue reading below the boat photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Once guests arrive, they spend their time on the island in either one of two bungalows or a beach house. Featuring traditional colonial styling, accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms, exclusive works-of-art, antiques, daily turndown service, and complimentary minibars. Fresh fruits are delivered daily, and all-inclusive Cordon Bleu dining is available in the main house. Read more below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Surrounded by coral reefs, the eco-resort offers guests a variety of water-focused activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing. There's aslo a well-stocked library on the island, and visitors can schedule in-room massages and beauty treatments.

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