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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

Situated in the 16th arrondissement, Brach Paris is a chic boutique hotel amidst a timeless district. Within the bourgeois facade, the property has an arty design infused with welcoming touches, contemporary accents, and luxurious amenities.

For a unique and romantic retreat within the hotel, the Henri Suite offers 60 square meters/645 square feet of space ideal for two people to relax in the "City of Light". Featuring private access to the kitchen garden, the suite has 1930s furniture and decor infused with raw and natural materials reminiscent of Brach's modernist inspiration. Opening to a spacious terrace, the suite showcases a private Norwegian wood hot tub with exclusive Eiffel Tower views. Learn more about the property below the Henri Suite photo. 

Henri Suite at Brach Paris

Set on the 5th and 6th floors of the Brach Paris, the hotel offers 7 suites, each with a decor of wood, leather, glass, and stone, accented by unusual objects, a selection of art, and a plethora of books and novels. Providing guests with a Parisian lifestyle, suite guests receive exclusive access to the rooftop's kitchen garden. Butler service and BMW i3 are available, and the suites can connect with each other for professional or private events. Continue reading below the photo. 

Reception at Brach Paris

Within the Brach Paris, there's dining that combines executive chef Adam Bentalha's science background with Mediterranean flavors, as well as a cocktail bar, and Patisserie by Yann Brys. Plus, masterclasses in cooking, painting, and gardening, along with a sports club featuring an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, hammam, sauna, Himalayan salt cave, and barber shop. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set within a two-story circular building, the two Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn offer one-of-a-kind Pacific Ocean views, along with private entrances, custom-built furniture, wood-burning fireplaces, and radiant-heated floors. The curved interiors open up to ocean views, which can be enjoyed from the living room, bedroom, shower, and large soaking tub. While the curved outdoor private decks of each suite have stainless steel outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo of the Pacific Suite. 

Pacific Suites at the Post Ranch Inn

Within each of the Pacific Suites, is a bedroom with a king bed featuring an organic mattress and linens, wood-burning fireplaces, stereos with digital music systems, minibars, and iPod docking stations. While the luxe bathrooms have indoor spa tubs, organic bath products, terry cloth robes, and slippers. Plus, each suite is equipped with binoculars and walking sticks for taking in the natural surroundings. 

Reservations in the Pacific Suites including a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, a minibar with snacks and non-alcholic beverages, WiFi, valet parking, and complimentary activities including daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, and garden tours, as well as access to the infinity and swimming pools. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Pool at the Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is an adults only property, situated high atop the cliffs of Big Sur. Rising 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a secluded and romantic retreat providing rustic elegance with panoramic mountain and ocean views. At the Wine Spectator Award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, guests can experience a menu that changes daily, as well as an extensive wine list. For relaxation and rejuvenation, the award-winning spa provides a variety of services including body treatments, shamanic sessions, facials, and massages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol, taxes, and gratuities). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Seeking beautiful beaches, gastronomic experiences, archeological ruins, and one-of-a-kind sunsets? Join us on this Featured Journey: Greek Island Escape highlighting luxury resorts on three of Greece's top islands: Santorini, Crete, and Zakynthos. Each island offers its own unique adventures, historic sites, and beaches for enjoying the Greecian vistas. 

Santorini

Known for blue-domed churches, donkey rides, and cliffside whitewashed homes, Santorini is the destination for one-of-a-kind Greek sunsets. Visitors seeking some time in nature, hiking from Fira to Oia showcases panoramic caldera views, while a boat trip to the volcano provides an opportunity for a therapeutic dip in the sulphur hot springs. For history enthusiasts, Ancient Thira has Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, Akrotiri is a Minoan town from 1650 B.C. that was preserved under lava until 1967. Fira is the place to go for authentic tavernas and ouzeries where appetizers are washed down with Greek aniseed-flavored liquor, Ouzo. Wine lovers will want to go to the vineyards of Megalohori and Pyrgos for the dry white Assyrtikos and the amber-colored Vinsanto. 

1. Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa 

Pool at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

Amidst the picturesque alleys and whitewashed domed suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is an architectural retreat offering spacious accommodations, each with kitchenettes and private verandas with Jacuzzis and sun loungers. Guests can have a five-star gastronomic experience at Alios Ilios Restaurant serving fine modern Greek cuisine, and the Royal Spa is an award-winning facility with outdoor gazebo spa services and an indoor heated swimming pool. For visitors looking to lounge poolside, there's freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired snacks, cocktails, and signature drinks at the main infinity pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary cocktail per person/per stay, during sunset in the Romantic Bar, and a 15 minute spa ticket per person/per stay.

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Crete

Greece's largest island, Crete, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the island can explore beaches, discover remnants of ancient civilizations, taste the island's gastronomic culture, or admire the mountainscapes. The island is the cradle of Minoan civilization, the birthplace of Zeus, and offers an expanse of scenery where travelers can go from the palm groves of Vai to the top of the snow-capped White Mountains all in one day. Food here is straight from the land and sea, with an emphasis on tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, cheese, and yogurt. The Palace of Knossos is home of the legendary Minotaur where travelers can discover the Minoan world, the Archaelogical Museum in Iraklion is home to Minoan palace treasures, Gortyna is home to Greek remains, and throughout the island minarets and mosques reflect 250 years of Ottoman Turkish rule. 

2. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

Waterfront Villa at Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

From its romantic wedding chapel to its six restaurants, Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas is a luxury property overlooking Mirabello Bay. Set upon 40 acres of colorful gardens on the island's northeastern coast, the property consists of several mini-resort-like clusters including the Yachting Club offering state-of-the-art bungalows with electric sliding glass doors and retractable television screens, while the Ambassador's Bungalows have private gyms and multi-room villas for families. For revitalization, Espace Vitalité Chenot focuses on a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation with body and facial treatments, ancient traditions with Chinese medicine, and scientific advances. Plus, there are supervised programs for kids and teens, a scuba diving center, art gallery, and tennis. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

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Zakynthos

Known for its stunning beaches, Zakynthos is an island offering a range of natural beauty. Also known by its Italian name, Zante, the island's top beaches can be found along the southern and southeastern shoreline. Visitors seeking forests and rural villages should venture inland to explore the island's forests, wilderness, and traditional villages. For truly picture-perfect scenery, head to the rugged west coast where the limestone cliffs cascade into turquoise waters. 

3. Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Royal Infinity Villa at Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Showcasing a beachfront setting, Porto Zante Villas and Spa is an all-suite property offering luxurious villas with private pools, paintings by prominent Greek artists, Armani Casa furnishings, and bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs, separate showers, and Dionysian antique marble. The waterfront Spa and Thalassotherapy provides rejuvenating treatments, while the fitness center by Technogym has state-of-the-art exercise equipment. For dining, Maya restaurant provides a beachfront setting for contemporary Asian cuisine, and the Club House Restaurant showcases an exclusive setting for Greek cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Offering a serene and tranquil residential feel, Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe is a boutique hotel in the heart of Brussels. Set in the midst of authentic Belgian architecture, the hotel has 43 rooms, including the luxurious Pillows Suite. Continue reading below the hotel photo.

Exterior of Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe

The spacious Pillows Suite has 46 square meters/495 square feet of space, making it an ideal secret hideaway to use as a base for exploring the city. The bedroom has a plush King bed, there's a separate seating area for lounging, and the bathroom has a bathtub and walk-in shower. Learn more about the property below the suite photo.

Pillows Suite at Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe

For dining, The Living - Resto & Winebar serves local specialties and refined dishes, paired with an extensive wine list. Headed by by chef Trung Hoang, a West-Flemish chef, the cuisine respects local tradition with a nod to the cosmopolitan world. Continue reading below the photo. 

Dining at Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe

Steps from the city's theaters, galleries, and local entertainment scene, Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe provides a timeless retreat within a neoclassical building. Infused with contemporary amenities, guests are welcomed back to the hotel's lounge with a crackling fire after a day of sightseeing. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Close to St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, Splendid Venice is a luxury hotel with a water entrance and private mooring for boats on the Rio Barrettieri. From the hotel's altana, guests can take in panoramic views over the city's rooftops, and the Lounge Bar with canal views is an idyllic spot for an evening spritz. While Le Maschere provides a romantic setting for elegant dinners. Continue reading about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Splendid Venice

Within the hotel there are 165 rooms, including 16 suites and 4 junior suites. One of the hotel's highlights is the Splendid Heritage Suite. Annexed to the hotel in a Venetian building, the suite is a tribute to the Serenissima's textile traditions with luxurious pleated fabrics and plush velvets are amidst inlaid wall mirrors and ancient Murano glass masterpieces. The suite has a supreme Starbed, pillow menu, Samsung smart TV, JBL station, handy smartphone, Illy espresso coffee maker, and minibar with snacks and soft drinks, while the bathroom has Acqua di Parma luxury bathroom amenities. Providing absolute privacy, guests of the suite receive private in-room check-in, VIP treatment and a farewell gift. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk and Suite Privileges at Splendid Venice.

Splendid Heritage Suite at Splendid Venice

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Le Maschere or through room service, lunch for two once per stay (excluding beverages), complimentary WiFi, a seasonal welcome amenity and bottle of Prosecco, an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability, and one way private transfer for the Murano Glass Factory tour. 

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 One-Way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Grand Suite, Splendid Heritage Suite, and Presidential Suite. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Royal Infinity Villa provides an exclusive setting at Porto Zante. Set above the resort's private beach, the two bedroom suite welcomes guests via an entrance hall. From there, the suites is infused with high-end amenities including state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen TVs and entertainment systems, an Apple TV, and bespoke amenities. Each of the two bedrooms are furnished with king-size beds and walk-in dressing rooms. Continue reading below the photo of the resort's private beach.

Porto Zante Resort's Private Beach

The luxe living room can be converted into a sleeping area, there's a work desk with an iMac desktop computer, and a small kitchen. Within the suite there are three antique Dionysian marble bathrooms, plus two Jacuzzis. But the crown jewel of this supreme suite is the private pool, which showcases sea views and provides an idyllic retreat for relaxation in the Greek sunshine. From the suite's private pool deck, there's a stairwell leading guests directly to the resort's private beach. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Royal Infinity Villa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

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Ready for a getaway overlooking a wildlife sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean? Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, & Spa offers an idyllic location just north of San Diego. Amidst 200 acres of rolling valleys and lush hills, the property offers five restaurants, six-court lighted tennis center, all-inclusive wellness retreats, and the area's only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. There is a 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa with a variety of treatments, as well as a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor recreation center, and Camp Hyatt Aviara Kids Academy, making it a perfect destination for multi-generational getaways. Discover a special 4th or 5th Night FREE offer below the photo.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Pool

For a limited time, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, & Spa is offering a 4th or 5th Night FREE this spring & summer!

In 2019, get a 4th Night Free for stays April 1 to June 13, or a 5th Night Free for stays June 14 to September 2. 

Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily in California Bistro, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, complimentary access to Aviara Spa (whirlpool, steam, sauna, and solarium lounge), and a seasonal culinary welcome amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Known as the "Home of Golf", Fairmont St. Andrews offers a picturesque setting on 520 acres. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the North Sea, the property offers two championship golf courses, The Kittocks and The Tonnance, as well as exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. The 211 recently renovated guest rooms and suites have Scottish touches and luxurious furnishings, and the Fairmont Spa has a range of locally-infused treatments and relaxation therapies featuring exclusive Aromatherapy Associates products. Continue reading below the photo.

Fairmont St. AndrewsIdeal for couples or families seeking more living space, Executive Suites offer separate living rooms with dining areas, lounge space, and electric fireplaces. There is a spacious bedroom for privacy, and a supreme bathroom with heated floors, walk-in showers, dual vanity units, and separate soaking tubs. Plus, there is an additional half bathroom off the lounge for guests. Learn about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo of an Executive Suite.

Executive Suite at Fairmont St. Andrews

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast daily in The Squire Restaurant, $100 USD Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity. 

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Top Luxury Hotels Near Golf Courses in Salt Lake City

By: Jonathan Stuart, guest blogger

Nestled between the Great Salt Lake and the majestic Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City has some of the most scenic places to visit in the country. In addition to Fifth Water Hot Springs and City Creek Canyon, guests will find many must-play golf courses. Flying in for a weekend of golf is a common practice. It all started with the emergence of luxury hotels situated minutes from the greens.

Here are 5 Top Salt Lake City Luxury Hotels Near Golf Courses: 

The Grand America Hotel

The Grand America Hotel

Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Grand America Hotel is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the city. Here, guests will step back in time via the gleaming chandeliers, marble work, and solid wood furniture that accent the lobby and main floor.

Guests feel transported to a different country when dining on the terrace of Garden Café. There’s nothing quite like dining outside and watching the sunset after a day on the course. Afternoon Tea is available from 2pm-5pm every afternoon in the lobby. The Gibson Lounge is the perfect spot to grab a cold one and watch the big game as well.

The Grand America Hotel sits in the middle of downtown, four miles from Bonneville, one of the premier golf courses in Salt Lake City. Wingpointe, one of the city’s municipal courses in 5 miles away. Guests are only eight minutes away from the Glendale Golf Course. After a day of golf, come back to the hotel for a dip in either the indoor, or outdoor pool or you can enjoy a massage at the full-service spa.

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Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Dramatic and modern accommodations welcome guests at the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City. This trendy hotel offers a unique style with vivid colors, geometric carpet patterns, and sultry furniture. There are 225 distinctive guest rooms available, all featuring modern colors, shapes, and textures. Best of all, it’s only four miles away from the course at Bonneville and 5 miles from Wingpointe and Glendale. Gather with friends after a day on the course in the unique communal spaces or enjoy fine dining in the Bambara restaurant. The Hotel Monaco, located in downtown Salt Lake City, makes it a prime spot to take in the other activities that the city has to offer.

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St. Regis Deer Valley

The St. Regis Deer Valley

Tucked away in a private and gated community, the St. Regis Deer Valley sits on the edge of the Wasatch Mountains. 181 custom-designed guest rooms await those travelers looking for the beauty and class that only a 5-star hotel will bring. Skiing is popular during the winter months with easy access to golf courses all over Park City during the summer. Some golf courses, like the Park City Golf Course located a quick 10 minutes away, offer cross country skiing during the winter, and the Canyons Golf Course is a quick 20-minute drive as well. Guests will enjoy the heated infinity swimming pool that features a split-level as well as over 13,000 square feet of spa service areas. St. Regis Deer Valley is the perfect place to unwind after a long day out on the course.

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Hotel Park City

Hotel Park City

Many of Utah’s most scenic Golf courses are only a few minutes outside of the city. Canyons Golf Course on Sundial Court offers some of the best views and a challenging course full of hills. It’s just three miles away from Hotel Park City. This hotel gets kudos from Tripadvisor for its consistent luxury with 100 guest suites. All suites feature jacuzzi bathtubs and private balconies with excellent view of the mountains and golf course. Guests also enjoy the King-size beds in each of the suites as well as the cozy fireplace. Many travelers looking for a romantic getaway choose Hotel Park City for its charm and romantic atmosphere.

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Montage Deer Valley

Montage Deer Valley

Guests looking for a high-quality mountain lodge resort should look no further than the Montage Deer Valley. This classic 5-star hotel, perched at the top of the Empire Canyons, gives guests gorgeous and unparalleled views. A luxurious stay starts with the stunning Great Room that features vaulted ceilings and iron chandeliers. Artwork featured throughout the mountain lodge spark conversation in the small and large gathering areas for guests to chat with friends. Guests return to the Montage Deer Valley for its uncrowded and civilized demeanor despite its overall lodge aesthetics. Elegance flanks all aspects of the lodge that expertly weaves together upscale service mingled with a cozy mountain resort. Play a round of golf at nearby courses like the Park City Golf Course that is a 12-minute drive or the Painted Valley Golf Course that is about a  drive from the hotel.

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People visit here for the golf and skiing, but many end up staying because of views. Consider booking a room at any one of these top luxury hotels near golf courses in Salt Lake City on your next visit.

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Jonathan Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for hiking, hunting, rock climbing and golf. You’ll often find him camping near one of Colorado’s many 14ers getting ready for his next big adventure.


| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Irish countryside along the River Liffey, The K Club is a luxury retreat in County Kildare, about 40 minutes from Dublin City and the Dublin International Airport. The five star property offers luxurious accommodations with original paintings and antiques within each room, hand painted murals in the bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, separate bathtubs and showers, Nespresso machines, and aromatherapy toiletries. Learn more about the Barton Suites and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

The K Club in County Kildare

Guests of the resort can choose from an array of guest rooms and suites, including the Barton Suites. Ideal for families seeking additional space, the Barton Suites have views of the River Liffey, a King Bed, and a spacious living room with a pull-out sofa bed upon request. The suites can accommodate up to two adults and three children (12 years of age or younger), and each of the Barton Suites have two bathrooms, headboards with built-in reading lights, air conditioning, and U.S. and European electric sockets. Learn more about exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks & Suite Privileges below the photo of the Barton Suite. 

Barton Suite at The K Club

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily breakfast, a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol) and an automatic room category upgrade at the time of booking based on availability. 

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 $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Barton Suite, Kildare Suite, Presidential Suite, The Viceroy Suite, The Imperial Suite, and the Straffan Manor House.

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