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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

Paris is always a good idea, and the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Paris takes luxury to a new level. The bi-level suite provides two floors of elegant living space including a spacious living area, mezzanine, high ceilings, chandelier, and 2-story high windows that open to a one-of-a-kind private terrace featuring breathtaking views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Continue reading below the photo of the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite.

Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Within the suite there is a spacious living area with Eiffel Tower views, natural wood furniture, and marquetry--French clear-cut shapes and symmetrical designs. There's a full-size executive writing desk, a plush bedroom with a Shangri-La signature bed and bedside lighting controls. While the marble-clad bathroom has a heated floor, flat-screen TV, mist-free mirror, large walk-in shower, and separate soaking tub. Plus, 24/7 Shangri-La service. 

Formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris offers old-world elegance, and a regal setting with commanding views of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine. The hotel's Shang Palace earned a Michelin Star for its Cantonese cuisine, and the property's French gastronomic restaurant L'Abeille was awarded two Michelin stars. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Entry at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE 2020 SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a suite stay of 2 or more nights receive a a one-way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2020 in the Deluxe Suite, Terrace Suite, Duplex Eiffel View Suite, Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite, Suite Gustave Eiffel, Suite Chaillot, Apartement Prince Bonaparte, and Suite Shangri-La. 

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 include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily in “La Bauhinia”, an 85 Euro hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid for room rate and no cash value), and VIP amenities including a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Additionally, bookings for the Deluxe Suite Category and above also receive a one way airport transfer with VIP Meet and Greet upon arrival. 

Check availability at Shangri-La Hotel Paris


| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing panoramic views of the city skyline and Yarra River, the Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an ideal location on the city's famous Southbank Promenade. The hotel's restaurant, Melba offers dining with an element of theater, and the Aria Bar is the destination for afternoon tea by day and cocktails at night. The Chuan Spa is a holistic wellness sanctuary with facials, body treatments, and massages inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Plus, there is a 13-meter indoor pool awash with natural sunlight and a fully-equipped fitness center and health club. Continue reading about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

The Langham Melbourne

Designed for discerning travelers, the hotel's 388 rooms and suites each offer views of either the skyline or the Yarra River. One of the hotel's highlights is the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite. Featuring artwork and design by Australian illustrator Kerrie Hess, the special 2 bedroom residence suite offers an elegant retreat on the tenth floor of the hotel. Featuring 1,442 square feet/128 square meters of space, the residence has a spacious lounge and dining area with seating for up to six guests. The artful retreat has artwork by Hess, as well as furnishings inspired by the artist's style. There's also a refrigerated private bar, Nespresso machine, MP3 docks to play music throughout the suite, a media hub to connect a laptop to the TV, and a separate laundry and storage area for luggage. Continue reading below the photo.

The Kerrie Hess Residence Suite at The Langham Melbourne

There are two bedrooms within the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite. The Master Bedroom has a king-sized Langham Blissful Bed, 32-inch LCD TV, a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area, as well as a marble bathroom with a separate shower and bath. The second bedroom has a marble bathroom and a 42-inch LCD TV with digital IPTV system, and can be configured with a king or two twin Langham Blissful Beds.

Guests of the suite also receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot rosé, Koko Black chocolates in couture-inspired packaging and three bespoke Kerrie Hess postcards to send or take home. The package also includes valet parking and access to the hotel’s fitness centre, conservatory-covered pool, spa, sauna and steam room, as well as the hotel's nightly turn down service with Langham bottled water and chocolates. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

The Langham Melbourne Kerrie Hess Residence Suite

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include buffet breakfast for two daily in Melba, a formal Afternoon Tea for two in Aria or Langham Club Lounge once per stay, and complimentary WiFi.

Book a stay at Langham Hotel Melbourne


| By: Five Star Alliance

Stay & Play For Winter Offer

Venture to a residential mountain retreat for five nights an receive a $1,000 Resort Credit*

-- Book 5 nights in a Residence at Montage Deer Valley

-- Receive a $1,000 Resort Credit, daily Continental Breakfast for 2 in Apex, also available with room service (maximum $60 credit per room, per day) and a welcome amenity.

-- In addition, based on availability at check-in an automatic upgrade, early check-in, and/or late check-out. 

-- Complete travel by April 12, 2020

Learn more below the photo.

Montage Deer Valley

Montage Deer Valley is a refined mountain retreat set amidst the wooded valleys and slopes rising over Park City, Utah. Featuring ski-in/ski-out access, making it an idyllic retreat for skiiers, the property appeals to all types of guests with an array of year-round activities including an on-site bowling alley, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, hot air ballooning, as well as alpine slides and coasters. There's also a 35,000-square-foot spa sanctuary, gourmet dining, European-inspired architecture, and the Montage Art Collection throughout the resort showcasing Audubon-style prints and mountain landscapes. Located five minutes from Main Street, the property is a perfect base for family ski trips and multi-generational adventures. 

Book a stay at Montage Deer Valley

*Please note: Five nights minimum stay required. Valid on residential accommodations only. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Rates exclude taxes and fees. Book and travel by April 12, 2020. Blackout dates may apply. 


| By: Rachael Weir

As the romantic month of February begins, we're highlighting the City of Light. Known for its beautiful boulevards where couples can stroll hand-in-hand, sip a glass of Champagne at a Belle Epoque bar, meander through an art museum admiring world-famous works of art, or dine on the finest French cuisine, Paris is an iconic destination. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we worked with Luxury Travel Intelligence to gain valuable insider information on some of Paris' top hotels, as well as recommended dining options.

For foodies, Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends Champeaux, a contemporary Brasserie by Alain Ducasse and Olivier Maurey. Situated in the 1st err, Champeaux is a short distance from the Saint-Eustache Church under the Canopée in Forum des Halles. LTI states, "we love the signature soufflé – there is both a sweet and savoury variation on offer. The space itself is designed for lingering – book the le Salon Prive, which overlooks La Canopée’s great forecourt". Looking for a floating dining option? Check out Ducasse Sur Seine. Docked in front of the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant by Alain Ducasse floats along the Seine while diners enjoy lunch or dinner. According to LTI, "the dining room has a dash of retro, with a Warhol-esque carpet and floor-to-ceiling windows for perfect viewing. Menu is contemporary French cuisine, cooked on board and featuring seasonal produce."

Ready to explore Paris?

Here are 5 Top Paris Luxury Hotels:

5. Cour Des Vosges

Cour Des Vosges

Overlooking the Louis XIII gardens with a tearoom and Roman Baths, Cour Des Vosges is a luxury hotel in Les Marais. Reinventing history, the historic royal property was transformed in the fall of 2019 to showcase painted ceilings and Renaissance grandeur with an ethereal and mysterious feel. The hotel's Brach-La Pâtisserie tearoom has a terrace and serves light refreshments created by Yann Brys, Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a complimentary breakfast daily for two, and a pastry from Yann Brys at the time of check-in.

Book a stay at Cour Des Vosges

4. Mandarin Oriental Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

According to Luxury Travel Intelligence, "the beautifully-designed, contemporary building on the Rue Saint-Honoré immediately sets it apart from Paris’ other top-end hotels. Inside, the modern rooms combine sleek style with boudoir-chic, Art Deco tweaks and the best technical amenities (such as Nespresso and Bang & Olufsen) – although the bathrooms are a little dimly lit for our liking." Blending the brand's Asian aesthetic with Parisian style, the hotel offers the Sur Measure restaurant, and a spa centered around a huge pool. Insider Tip: LTI's top suite pick is the Royale Mandarin Suite with a large terrace overlooking the Garnier Opera and the Eiffel Tower. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate include an American Breakfast for two daily at Camelia Restaurant or continental breakfast for two daily through in-room dining, a $100 USD food and beverage credit once during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), VIP treatment, personalized welcome amenities, and complimentary WiFi. Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate in a Suite for at least 2 nights will also receive a complimentary one-way transfer with meet and greet at the gate of the plane.

Book a stay at Mandarin Oriental Paris

3. Brach Paris

Brach Suite Eiffel Tower Views

Designed by Philippe Starck, Brach Paris occupies a former postal sorting center. Blending designer interiors with a healthy lifestyle and glamorous accents, the hotel has a sports club in the lower level with boxing and Pilates, as well as a swimming pool, hot tub, hammam, salt grotto and sauna. But according to Luxury Travel Intelligence, "the piece de resistance, however, is the guests only rooftop terrace with vegetable garden, dining space and views over all of Paris and the Eiffel Tower."

Book a stay at Brach Paris

2. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

Blending the grandeur of Belle Epoque with contemporary style, Nolinski Paris is "designed to resemble the home of a wealthy fictional character called Nolinski, expect abstract art, jagged geometric lines, a blue and green colour scheme and lots of marble and mirrored surfaces," states Luxury Travel Intelligence. The hotel has a signature scent, lobby with art and photography exhibitions, spa with a hammam and 16-meter pool with a mirrored ceiling, and contemporary French cuisine at Brasserie Réjane. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer with personalized note from the management and a Gourmet basket “Souvenirs de Paris” by REJ (value 50 Euro). Additionally, guests who stay between October 20, 2019 and February 29, 2020 receive a 100 Euro Spa credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Nolinski Paris

1. Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Luxury Travel Intelligence states, "Huge rooms, high ceilings, murals, mosaics and plenty of gold and marble characterise the interiors of the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. It really is fit for a King – the building was once home to Prince Roland Bonaparte, great-nephew of Napoleon." The property is distinctly European with a recently opened spa, while the hotel's heritage is incorporated in the cuisine with Asian/French fusion in La Bauhinia and the Shang Palace with gourmet Cantonese cuisine. Insider Tip: Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends the Eiffel Premier Room or a room in the new Garden Wing. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily in “La Bauhinia”, an 85 Euro hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid for room rate and no cash value), and VIP amenities including a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Additionally, bookings for the Deluxe Suite Category and above also receive a one way airport transfer with VIP Meet and Greet upon arrival.

Book a stay at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

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| By: Rachael Weir

Escape to a Hawaiian Paradise for four or more nights and receive a $250 daily resort credit! 

Mauna Lani Resort

Debuting in January 2020, the all-new Mauna Lani, an Auberge Resort on the Kona Coast is bringing a new level of experiential luxury to the Island of Hawaii. The resort offers contemporary guest rooms and suites, along with five private bungalows, and five exclusive restaurants and lounges. For an authentic sense of Hawaii, curated activities are available through the KAINALU active pursuits and the Living Culture programs, three distinct pools await, and the beachfront resort offers a variety of ocean pursuits including outrigger canoeing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk and a special offer. 

Guest Room at Mauna Lani

Stay 4 Nights or More, get a $250 Daily Resort Credit:

- Credit is valid towards resort experiences, dining, spa, and golf as well as exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks noted above. 

- Offer applies to confirmed stays in an Ocean View Room or higher category up to Ocean Front Signature One Bedroom (does not apply on Bungalows).

- Travel must be completed by November 30, 2020

- Maximum credit is $1,000 USD. 

Please note: offer valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Resort credit has no cash value and cannot be applied to the guest room rate.

Book a stay at Mauna Lani


| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a haven of peace and tranquility, the Underwater Suite at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is a one-of-a-kind retreat. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking into the resort's 65,000 marine animal aquarium, guests of the suite can enjoy the marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon from the privacy of their own suite. Continue reading below the Underwater Suite photo. 

Underwater Suite Bedroom at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Whether you want to lay in bed and watch the sharks swim by, or perhaps you prefer to soak in the marble Jacuzzi as the sting rays and fish glide past, this suite is ideal for couples seeking a one-of-a-kind retreat. The suite also includes 24-hour private butler service, in-room check-in and a complimentary interconnecting room. Learn more about Atlantis, The Palm below the photo of the Underwater Suite bathroom. 

Underwater Suite Bathroom at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is an ocean-themed destination resort. Located on Dubai's Palm Island, the iconic property has 1548 rooms and suites, Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, more than 23 world-class restaurants and bars, aquarium, and spa. 

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| 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: Five Star Alliance

Seeking sea breezes and time to unwind? For a limited time, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is offering a resort credit of up to $300 for guests staying four nights. Learn more about this special offer below the photo.

View at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Book a stay for 4 nights at Park Hyatt St. Kitts, receive an additional resort credit* plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks:

- $200 USD Resort Credit for a four night stay from January 4, 2020 – June 27, 2020 

- $300 USD Resort Credit for a four night stay from June 28, 2020 – December 18, 2020

OR

Book a stay for 5 nights and receive one night free** for stays between January 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020.

Plus, travelers booking through Five Star Alliance receive exclusive Perks including daily breakfast for two and WiFi. 

Park Hyatt St. Kitts is set within the Christophe Harbour development on Banana Bay. Offering three signature restaurants, guests can enjoy outdoor yoga and non-motorized water sports on the resort's long stretch of beach. Plus, there are two swimming pools, a spa with an array of services and treatments, and suites with private rooftop pools. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Adults-Only Pool at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

This offer is combinable with this exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made with Five Star Alliance will also include a full breakfast for two daily in The Great House, a $100 resort services credit per room/per stay, and in-room welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi. 

Book a stay at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

*Four nights minimum stay required or ** Five nights minimum stay required.  Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on any new bookings, promotions are not combinable with each other or any other packages, promotions or groups. Any unused portions of the package are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Rates are exclusive of taxes and fees. A credit card guarantee is required. Cancel 14 days prior to arrival to avoid penalty charges. Valid for stays January 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020.

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring direct lagoon access, Luxury Overwater Bungalows at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island offer one-of-a-kind retreats. Ideal for honeymooners or romantic vacations, each private bungalow has an outdoor shower, king bed, luxe bathroom with rainshower or bathtub, ceiling fan, minibar, and air conditioning. Plus a large outdoor terrace providing an idyllic place to take in the surrounding views of the turquoise lagoon. Continue reading about the resort and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Overwater Bungalow at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Guests arrive at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Resort via a 20-minute boat ride from the airport. Upon arrival, travelers experience a priviliged setting with 360-degree views of the island of Bora Bora, the ocean, and Mount Otemanu. The iconic boutique hotel focuses on privacy and seclusion, as well as tailor-made services and endless lagoon views. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Lounge at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive Continental breakfast for two guests daily, a 7,500 XPF food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

Book a stay at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island


| 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


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