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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

Love art, history, food, and sea breezes? In our latest Featured Journeys we are heading to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Our adventure begins in Barcelona where artists have created awe-inspiring spires and works of art. Then we venture to Provence to the port city of Marseille for history and waterside culture. Last but not least, we finish our multi-destination itinerary in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where the glitterati venture for the Grand Prix. 

Barcelona, Spain

An intersection of cultures for more than 2,000 years, Barcelona is the autonomous capital of Catalunya. While it is located in Spain, the city is Catalonian in every way from its beachside cafes to the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. Visionary artists have influenced the style of the city from Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia to the Picasso Museum. Foodies and gourmands flock to La Boqueria Market for goat chees, seafood bars, olives, and Iberian ham. Park Guell is a sprawling outdoor green space filled with sculpted greenery, and the tree-lined La Rambla leads down charming alleyways to the Santa Maria del Mar church. Ready to relax? Barceloneta Beach is the destination for locals and tourists alike. 

Neri Hotel

Lobby of the Neri Hotel

Situated right beside the city's Cathedral, the Neri Hotel is a chic and exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. A member of the Relais & Chateaux, the property occupies two historic buildings, including a Medieval Palace from the XII century. Featuring sophisticated design throughout, the property blends music and sensual aromas to create a one-of-a-kind retreat in this ancient area of central Barcelona, steps from Las Ramblas, la Boqueria market, and the Picasso Museum. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.

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Marseille, France

Dating back to classical Greece, Marseille is a multicultural port city where grandeur and grit blend together. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2013, the city has welcomed world-class museums in recent years. Vieux Port (old port) is the heart of the city where yachts and pleasure boats set the scene. The Cathedrale de Marseille Notre Dame de la Major is the center of the Joliette neighborhood, and the Republique quarter is the destination for Haussmannian architecture and stylish boutiques. 

InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

Terrace at InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

The historic InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu is an iconic landmark property offering commanding views of the city of Marseille, Vieux-Port, and the iconic Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Designed by Mansart's nephew, the property is ideally situated at the gateway to Provence with 194 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, grand outdoor terrace, and a 10,000-square foot Spa by Clarins. Guests of the hotel can bear witness to the property's impressive historic via its majestic staircases, vaulted passages, French gardens, and terraces. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Les Fenetres, a 50 EUR food and beverage credit in Les Fenetres per room/per stay, (or for stays in 2020, an 85 Euro or $100 USD hotel credit per person/per stay – not valid for Alcyone Michelin Star Restaurant, Spa by Clarins and Conciergerie), complimentary WiFi, access to the Clarins Spa facilities and an automatic room category upgrade to a Seaview room at booking, based on availability. With a stay of three (3) nights or more, guests also receive a bottle of Champagne.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Surrounded by France on three sides and the Mediterranean on the fourth, the city-state of Monaco is home to the world's greatest number of billionaires per capita. A haven for celebrities and high-rollers for centuries, most of Monaco's revenue comes from banking, tourism, and gambling. The world's second-smallest country is just 200 hectares, and it is home to the annual Formula One Grand Prix. Monte Carlo is dominated by glass and concrete, with high-rise hotels and super yachts along its meandering streets.

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Situated a stone's throw from the famous Casino Square, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo provides carefree elegance. Located in the heart of Monaco, this historic palace hotel combines tradition with contemporary comforts and offers guests extravagance at its finest. There are three restaurants and bars, including  one-starred Michelin Le Vistamar restaurant, to experience “la dolce vita à la Rivera” with Grand Cru wines, plus a wellness center with a heated seawater pool and fitness center with panoramic views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily buffet breakfast for two at Eiffel Mezzanine, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding the minibar), the Cercle Monte Carlo Card with added special privileges, complimentary WiFi, and a VIP welcome.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Open from April until October, The Fairmont Monte Carlo offers the exclusive Nikki Beach by the pool experience on the 7th floor for a moment of pure escape and pleasure under the heat of the Monaco sun. Each day, from breakfast (7 am) until long after the sun has gone down, celebrities, VIPs and true yacht lovers flock to Nikki Beach to enjoy the music spun by Nikki Beach's world renowned Resident DJs facing the magnificent Riviera.

Located in the heart of Monaco, the roof-top pool, heated at 30°C, has spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Monte-Carlo's Belle Epoque Opera and Casino, and the celebrated Fairmont Monte Carlo Grand Prix hairpin curve.

Sun beds are exclusively reserved to hotel guests. Love seats, double beds, and Opium beds can be reserved for a cost.

Upcoming parties for 2016 include:

July: 1st - Do You Saint Tropez?; 2nd - Peace, Love & Music; 4th - 4th of July Celebration; 7th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 9th - Flashback; 14th - Bastille Day; 16th - Tribal Vibes; 21st - Live @ Nikki Beach; 23rd - 1st Anniversary Party; 30th - Tropicana Club

August: 6th - Peace, Love & Music; 11th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 13th - Flashback; 20th - Tribal Vibes; 25th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 27th - Tropicana Club

September: 3rd - Red Party; 10th - What Women Want; 28th - Love Boat Party

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Pictured: Nikki Beach image courtesy of Fairmont Monte Carlo on Instagram (fairmontmc)

Fairmont Monte Carlo Nikki Beach


| By: Five Star Alliance

The 15x7 meter outdoor pool  at Fairmont Monte Carlo is heated to 30°C year-round
and offers full bar and snack facilities as well as sun loungers and Love Pods.

Fairmont Monte Carlo


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| By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located within walking distance of Monaco's most renowned tourist attractions, Le Meridien Beach Plaza
hotel is a serene place to stay in Monte Carlo, in a chic and contemporary atmosphere. There's even a private beach.

Le Meridien Beach Plaza

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| By: Five Star Alliance

An aerial view of Fairmont Monte Carlo. Doesn't the heated outdoor pool look inviting?

Fairmont Monte Carlo

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Hermitage, located in Monte Carlo, has breathtaking view on the Monaco's harbor and the Prince's Palace.

Hermitage 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Winston Churchill loved Monaco and stayed there often. As early as 1945, he got into the habit of staying at the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo. He would often settle down to paint on the balcony of his suite, straight after taking his bath and still dressed in his bathrobe. The hotel's Diamond Suite is named for him. Guests enter the suite through a red hallway which has all the hallmarks of Churchill. The British PM left his mark in the rare furniture items and personal objects, complemented by prints of his own works. 

Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo

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| By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Despite the name Hotel De Paris can't be found in the City of Lights. Situated in the very heart of Monte-Carlo on the famous Place du Casino, the Hotel de Paris has been making guests happy since 1864. The hotel was ranked amongst the 10 best hotels in France and Monaco in 2012 by Conde Nast readers for the 25th Conde Nast Annual Readers Choice Awards.  There are 182 rooms, 80 suites, three restaurants, and it offers direct access to Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo's hamman. ts wine cellars are among the finest in the world, a prestigious home to almost 600,000 bottles and a treasure trove in itself.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

 

Many luxury hotels have Michelin-starred restaurants, and impressive wine collections.  Monte Carlo’s Five-Star Hotel
de Paris takes wine to a whole new level.  The wine cellars at Hotel de Paris are hollowed out of the rock that Monte
Carlo is known for.  In this cool cellar lies hundreds of thousands of bottles from all over the world.  Do the names Lafite,
Rothschild, Dom Perignon and Cristal sound familiar?  They all have a home there, among the 1500 square meters of wine racks. 

The wines are arranged according to year, and are laid on the rack or kept in their cases. The bottles are carefully
labeled to indicate which wines are currently on offer. The bottles are watched over by the head cellarman and his
team of 10 and only leave the cellar when they arrive on a table of some lucky diner.

This attention to detail allows sommeliers and chefs to pair the dishes with the perfect wine.  Bon Appetit!

 

 


| By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We are traveling to Monte Carlo, Monaco August 1st – 5th and would like to stay at Le Meridien Beach Plaza. Can you please tell us which room type would be able to accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids ages 4 and 11?

Answer: All of the room types at Le Meridien Beach Plaza have a maximum occupancy of 3 due to safety and fire regulations. This luxury hotel, however, does have 200 interconnecting room options perfect for a family. Classic rooms with either 2 double or 1 king bed can interconnect with other Classic rooms, and Deluxe rooms with 2 double or 1 king bed can interconnect with other Deluxe rooms. To view full nightly breakdowns and to make your reservations, simply click on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, and select a specific room type. To make two reservations, simply make one after the other. Please be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you'll be traveling with two kids ages 4 and 11 and that you’d like both of your room reservations to be interconnecting so that the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that interconnecting rooms are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed, but the hotel certainly does its best to honor these requests especially for families traveling with kids. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


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