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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

Steps from Madrid's Golden Mile with museums and designer boutiques, Hotel Unico Madrid offers a historic setting infused with contemporary style and modern amenities. Read more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Dining at Hotel Unico Madrid

For travelers seeking the feel of having their own apartment with all the services of a superior category room, the Grand Suite provides a residential retreat within a refurbished palatial town house. The private pied-à-terre has plenty of natural light, a master bedroom with a king bed topped by Egyptian cotton sheets and four pillows, plus a separate living room with a sofa bed, 48-inch TV, Bluetooth sound system, minibar, and Nespresso coffee machine.

While the centerpiece of the suite is the bathroom showcasing a Kaos bathtub with massage jets by the Italian firm Bath Italy, natural paraben-free toiletries by Finca Gayeta of Mallorca, and a separate shower stall with ceiling-mounted Dormbracht rain shower head. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Grand Suite Bath at Hotel Unico Madrid

The hotel's restaurant Ramón Freixa is a recipient of 2 Michelin Stars. With a mission to bring the most creative and innovative cuisine to the table, the restaurant offers guests a Madrid-focused gastronomic experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily full breakfast for two in Ramon Freixa Restaurant and a 4G Pocket WiFi Device for use during the stay. Reservations for a minimum of two (2) nights will also receive a 45 Euro lunch credit once per stay and per person for up to 2 guests (no cash value and excluding alcoholic beverages/taxes/gratuities). Reservations for a minimum of three (3) nights in a Suite or Junior Suite will also enjoy the private use of an iPad during their stay and a 30 Euro laundry services credit.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Blending art, culture, heritage, and creativity, Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo is a luxury hotel set within a former prison, just around the corner from the Grand Palace. Set amidst cobbled streets, the hotel's historic architecture is accented by the latest in modern comforts, providing guests with a range of chic rooms and suites with views of either the Grand Palace or the rooftops of Brussels. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Suite at Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

Offering a central location in the city's Old Town, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring historic and cultural sights, European Parliament, and the financial district. Brussels is a destination for world-class contemporary art, and guests of the hotel can enjoy the property's extensive on-site collection of artwork including original Magritte lithographs, prints of Herge’s enduring classic, Tintin, and pieces by Goossens, Moulinsart, and Broodthaers. Read more below the photo.

Executive Suite at Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

For dining, Ristorante Bocconi provides a menu showcases fine Italian cuisine prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. While the glamorous Bar A serves cocktails in a candlelit atmospere with live music. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the restaurant photo.

Ristorante Bocconi

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Ristorante Bocconi, and an 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

The Southwestern United States is an ideal destination for adventure seekers, foodies, golfers, and those seeking a change of scenery. Known for red rock vistas, canyons carved over centuries by rivers, and Native American culture, this region offers panoramic vistas, miles of trails to explore via hiking or mountain biking, and an array of resorts with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Editor's note: to visit this region, you'll want to rent a car as public transportation is not an option.

Lake Powell, Utah

While Lake Powell is technically a reservoir, this area has a variety of lake-style activities including boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Close to the Arizona border, the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area provides an endless network of canyons to go boating or partake in a variety of watersports.

Visitors will want to visit the Rainbow Bridge, which is the largest natural bridge in the world, and is located on the edge of Lake Powell. The Navajo culture considers this national monument a sacred symbol of deities responsible for the clouds, rainbows, and rain in the desert region. 

Amangiri

Amangiri

Featuring a main pool curved around a rock escarpment, Amangiri is a luxury Aman Resort set on 600 acres in Southern Utah. Offering privileged access to National Parks and Lake Powell, Amangiri is ideal for travelers seeking to hike, climb, and explore the untouched red rock country's canyons, mesas, mountains, and gorges. For relaxation, the desert-view Aman Spa provides an array of rejuvenating treatments, and the restaurant serves local dishes created with seasonal produce and floor-to-ceiling views of the desert. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay and a bag of Amangiri's signature toiletries.

Book a stay at Amangiri

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Sedona, Arizona

Nestled within a geological wonderland, Sedona, Arizona is located in the heart of Red Rock Country. Voted by USA Weekend as one of the "Most Beautiful Places in America", this region is known for its high desert location with multi-hued stone formation rising upwards, for a majestic contrast of red rocks and blue skies. Visitors have instant access to 1.8 million acres of surrounding national forest land with trails for hiking and biking, or adventure seekers may want to go on a bouncy jeep trek weaving through a forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes, and domes.

The region is regarded as sacred by Native Americans, and the area is recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many visitors come to Sedona to experience its vortex energy centers, while others come for an array of treatments at dozens of spas.

While the town of Sedona is a destination for foodies and art seekers. The streets in Sedona are lined with 40-plus art galleries, spas, boutiques, and restaurants. Just outside of town, wine enthusiasts can visit the region's vineyards. 

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Casita at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the red rocks of Sedona's Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa blends Native American Culture with luxurious resort amenities. Casita-style accommodations have fireplaces, regionally-influenced furnishings, and private decks or patios. Guests of the resort can partake in epicurean experiences, relax poolside, or venture out mountain biking or hiking the nearby trails. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at any restaurant or through room service (maximum $30 credit per person/per day) and a $100 credit towards golf or spa services per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

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Tucson, Arizona

Providing a departure from pretentious and unoriginal, Tucson is a destination for free thinkers and those who seek to get out in nature. Featuring plenty of room to room with an array of options to go off the beaten path, Tucson is an authentic destination with its own Mexican-infused cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and a thriving arts scene. 

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Set on 400 acres of land in the shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive wellness resort for adults only. The resort completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2016 with refreshed guestrooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, and updated spaces throughout the property. Consistently ranked as one of the top destinations for spas and wellness activities, the resort is an ideal destination for travelers seeking luxurious spa treatments, development programs, healthful cuisine, and authentic one-of-a-kind experiences to open eyes, minds, and hearts. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive a $100 resort credit per person/per stay to be use toward spa services or private sessions or other activities and a Miraval journal.

Book a stay at Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing exclusive views of the iconic Grand Canal through a filigreed arched window, the Grand Canal Suite at Aman Venice is a 1,044-square-foot (97-square-meter) luxury space for an ultra-luxe retreat in the capital city of the Veneto region. In the living room, guests will find a writing desk, sofa, and lounge chairs. Plus, a TV, sound system, safe, and armoire with a private bar. Read more about the suite along with exclusive Five Star Alliance Suite Privileges and Perks below the Grand Canal Suite photo.

Grand Canal Suite at Aman Venice

Featuring a private setting, the suite's separate bedroom has a plush king-size bed, sitting area, TV, and large windows overlooking the canal. While the luxurious bathroom has a dressing area. Read more about the hotel and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo of the Grand Canal Suite Bedroom. 

Grand Canal Suite at Aman Venice

Blending the sumptuous and sensous feel of the city with Rococco and Neo-Renaissance architecture, Aman Venice provides a glamorous retreat on the Grand Canal. Wellness services promote calming introspection, private gardens offer a piece of serenity, and guests can partake in authentic cultural encounters curated by local experts. Read about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Library at Aman Venice

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE 2019 SUITE PRIVILEGES: For guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights receive a lunch for up to 2 people per room, excluding alcoholic beverages and gratuities, once during stay (Value $100). This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Grand Canal Suite.

In addition, this hotel offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK that can be combined with Suite Privileges (if requirements are met). 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Aman Venice


| By: Rachael Weir

Ready to relax on the beach? Book a stay of three or more nights at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve by September 30, 2019 and receive a $350 Resort Credit*, per bedroom, per stay. This offer is valid on new bookings for travel through December 31, 2019. Plus, guetss of the resort booking through Five Star Alliance receive additional Perks. Learn more below the photo. 

East Beach Accommodations at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Tucked away on the Caribbean Coast of Puerto Rico, Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a tropical retreat set amidst 50 acres of beachfront property. The resort's suites, villas, and private residences feature beach and ocean views, there is a pineapple garden, and Spa Botanico provides an oasis of serenity with an array of treatments and services. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Oceanfront Pool at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive an American breakfast for two daily at Signature Restaurant, and a $150 resort credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

*The one-time $350 resort credit, per bedroom offer requires a three night minimum length of stay, and must be booked by September 30, 2019. Offer applies to all available accommodations. Advanced reservations are required. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages and promotions, not applicable to groups. Hotel and resort credits cannot be used toward room rate, tax, resort fee or gratuities. Credit cannot be reimbursed or exchanged if not used. Credit must be used during stay. Book by September 30, 2019 for travel through December 21, 2019. Blackout dates apply. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Set along the Danube, Budapest offers a sophisticated setting steeped in history with a thriving nightlife scene. Featuring Hapsburg architecture throughout the city, visitors can enjoy the grandeur of the Hungarian State Opera house, Royal Palace, and the grand boulevards. 

Travelers will want to visit the Castle District, home to the Royal Palace and the gothic Matthias Church. Heroes Square is a spot known for frescoes and Old Master paintings, and the City Park provides a lake-dotted green respite in the city. 

Due to an array of hot springs, locals and travelers having been "taking to the waters" since the Romans first arrived. Today, travelers can choose from a variety of bathhouses reflecting various styles from art nouveau like Széchenyi to the Turkish-style Rudas. 

While foodies will have plenty to discover in Budapest as well. The flavors of Eastern and Central Europe combine to create a cusine of its own, which pairs well with Hungary's fine wines ranging from Eger's reds to Somló’s crisp whites. 

History enthusiasts will find remnants of the past throughout Budapest including the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, and the House of Terror that is now a museum detailing the stories of the parties that ruled Budapest. While evidence of bullet holes and shrapnel pockmarks remind visitors of the past.

Here are 5 Top Budapest Luxury Hotels:

5. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Featuring a landmark setting along the Danube, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is a luxury hotel blending historic grandeur with a youthful spirit and Four Seasons hospitality. The restored palace has an ornate Preciosa chandelier, dramatic stairways, and two million mosaic tiles. The spa pays homage to Budapest's heritage in wellness, and named after the Hungarian word for collage, Kollazs is a contemporary European brasserie serving contemporary interpretations of European classics. 

Book a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

4. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

Dining at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

Comprised of 351 rooms and suites, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is located a short walk from the Danube River. The property offers culinary attractions within its Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest, including two restaurants, two bars, a coffeehouse, and a deli. Close to the city's main attractions, the hotel has Kempinski The Spa for a variety of treatments, along with ten meeting and event venues. 

Book a stay at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

Blending modern luxury with a touch of tradition, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest is a luxury hotel set within a 20th century heritage building. Located a short stroll from St. Stephen's Basilica, Erzsébet Square, and the River Danube, the hotel offers residential-style accommodations, a European spa, and Hungarian-infused cuisine at Deák St. Kitchen. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used in Kupola Lounge, Kupola Bar, Deak St. Kitchen, or via room service, and one bottle of mineral water daily per person.

Book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

2. Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a grand hotel blending the highest standards of contemporary luxury with the glamour of a bygone age with marble floors, a six-story atrium, glimmering chandeliers, and a ballroom. Plus, The Royal Spa has been fully remodeled with the finest modern treatments and services, as well as a 15-meter swimming pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Brasserie and Atrium Restaurant, a complimentary one-way transfer between the hotel and the Budapest Airport, and a personalized welcome in-room water and fruit amenity.

Book a stay at Corinthia Hotel Budapest

1. Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel Budapest

Blending a lavish palace with the feel of a private residence, Aria Hotel Budapest is a luxury hotel infused with a music theme. The glass-enclosed Music Garden is set within a climate-controlled courtyard with piano key floor tiles, LED imaging screen, and sophisticated atmosphere. Accommodations are located within four wings dedicated to the major genres of Classical, Opera, Contemporary, and Jazz. While the High Note SkyBar is a full-service rooftop garden with landscaping, dining, cocktails, sunbathing, and one-of-a-kind views of the Basilica and historic city. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Music Garden/Stradivari Restaurant, an EUR 80 SPA credit, per room/per stay, and a welcome fruit plate and chocolate amenity.

Book a stay at Aria Hotel Budapest

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing panoramic views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf, the Royal Suite at Jumeirah Al Naseem is located in the center of the Madinat Jumeirah resort complex. The regal suite offers 500 square meters/5,381 square feet of space including two bedrooms and a private fitness room. Continue reading below Royal Suite Bedroom photo.

Royal Suite Bedroom at Jumeirah Al Naseem

One of the unique features of the Royal Suite is a cinema room with a widescreen interactive HD LCDTV and DVD player. Learn more about the suite below the cinema room photo.

Royal Suite cinema room at Jumeirah Al Naseem

In addition to the two bedrooms, there are two luxurious bathrooms with soaking tubs, dual vanities, and a dressing area. Read more below the bathroom photo. 

Royal Suite Bathroom at Jumeirah Al Naseem

The Royal Suite also includes an outdoor living space with a landscaped garden. Guests of the suite also receive luxury Bentley return transfers from Dubai International Airport, lounge benefits, and exclusive access to the Summersalt Beach Club. While all guests of the hotel receive complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Continue reading about the resort and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Royal Suite Living Room & Terrace at Jumeirah Al Naseem

Providing guests with a Dubai of Today experience, Jumeirah Al Naseem is the newest addition to Madinat Jumeirah. Interiors are inspired by the city's heritage and Bedouin traditions, sand dunes, and sea breezes. Within the resort complex there are more than 50 world class restaurants, as well as the Wild Wadi Waterpark, Madinat Theater, the Madinat Jumeirah Private Beach, Talise Spa and fitness, and a kids' club.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at The Palmery, one Swedish massage, for up to 2 people, once per stay, a welcome amenity, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

Book a stay at Jumeirah Al Naseem


| By: Rachael Weir

Providing exclusive amenities, the newly-opened Over-The-Water Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian provide couples with a Tahitian-style setting and all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean. Perched above clear turquoise waters, the nine bungalows have glass floor panels for seeing the sea while inside the bungalow, and spacious extended sundecks with signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs for Two, and overwater hammocks. Continue reading below the photo.

Over-The-Water Bungalow at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Guests of the Over-The-Water Bungalows receive Butler Elite Service as well as 24-hour room service. Furnished with hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings, each of the bungalows features a custom-crafted king bed with soft linens and plush pillows for a luxe sleeping experince. There's also flat-screen TVs and large ceiling fans to maximize Caribbean breezes. While bathrooms have his and hers sinks and a large backlit mirror adorned with mosaic tile, along with walk-in showers. Read more about the resort below the resort photo. 

Beach at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Situated on its own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is an all-inclusive luxury resort for adults only. Cradled by Rodney Bay on the west with the calmest waters in Saint Lucia, and the Atlantic Ocean on east, the property features majestic views of volcanic mountains meeting the blue sea. Featuring a romantic settin, the resort has a sheltered mile-long beach for a variety of water activities including snorkeling and beach volleyball. Continue below the photo.

Dining at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

There are twelve on-site with unlimited fine dining for resort guests, as well as 6 bars including swim-up bars in the resort's pools. Every room has a fully-stocked bar, and guests of the resort have unlimited access to paddle boards, kayaks, land sports, fitness centers, day and night entertainment, WiFi, and premium liquors. In addition, roundtrip airport transfers are included, as well as green fees and transfers to two nearby golf courses, plus shuttles and exchange privileges at two nearby Sandals Resorts. 

Getting married? Couples staying three or more nights receive a complimentary wedding.

Learn more about Sandals Grande St. Lucian


| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a one-of-a-kind retreat in the iconic Hotel Dieu, the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu provides balconies with exclusive views of the dome signed by architect Soufflot. Designed by luxury hotel designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, the unique suite features contemporary styling with 150 square meters of space (1,614 square feet). There's a living room with two large sofas and two chairs, as well as a dining room with seating for six. Plus, a separate bedroom with a luxurious setting. Continue reading about the hotel and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

Built on the banks of the Rhone River between 1741 and 1761 following the plans of architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the Hotel Dieu was once a renowned surgical center. In 1914 the hospital was requisitioned by the French Army as a military hospital. During World War II the Hotel Dieu was severly damaged on many level, and the Grand Dome Soufflot destroyed by fire on September 4, 1944. The reconstruction wouldn't be completed until the 1960s. In 2010, the property closed down permanently as a hospital.

In 2015, the contruction of the Grand Hotel Dieu began, and the hospital was transformed into a grand luxury hotel in the heart of the city of gastronomy. The InterContinental Lyon-Hotel Dieu opened in 2019. Considered one of Lyon's most historic and emblematic landmark buildings, the property offers a contemporary take on design, classic French dishes with a modern twist, and views of the Rhone River. Continue reading below the photo for an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Lobby of InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in the hotel restaurant, a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a with a minimum 3 night stay, a bottle of Champagne.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Designed for couples to enjoy harmony and relaxation, the Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a two-level suite with 71 square meters/764 square feet of space. Featuring contemporary style with views of the countryside, Taormina, and the sea, the first level has a living area with a sofa bed, satellite TV, stereo, and dining table. Along with a bathroom showcasing fire marble, personalized ceramics, and a shower with views of the room. Read more about the suite below the photo.

Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Hotel & Spa

Upstairs the bedroom has a plush bed, selection of pillows, bathroom, and a Jacuzzi hydro-massage tub for two. Continue below the photo of the Marchesa Suite. 

Marchesa Suite at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

Situated between Etna and the Sicilian coast, Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel amidst olive groves and vineyards. Blending traditional Sicilian living and modern furnishings, guest rooms and suites have contemporary styling infused with local materials such as wood panels and traditional tiles. Guests can unwind poolside, book a soothing spa treatment utilizing natural local ingredients, and go on a sensory dining journey at Le Dodici Fontane showcasing a fresh take on Sicilian cuisine with views of Mount Etna. Read about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Pool at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a welcome drink, complimentary access to the spa, 10% discount on spa treatments, and a welcome bottle of Etna red wine.

Book a stay at Villa Neri Resort & Spa

 

 


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