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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

Ideal for groups of six, the Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suites at the Waldorf Astoria Park City provide a luxe residential setting and one-of-a-kind mountain views from every window. Learn more about the suite below the photo featuring the view from the suite's private balcony.

Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suite Balcony at Waldorf Astoria Park City

On the main floor is a spacious living room with two fireplaces and a queen-size sofa bed. There's also a fully-equipped kitchen with appliances, dishware, and a dining table, as well as a full-sized washer and dryer. Along with a king-sized bedroom and a full-sized bathroom. Continue reading below the photo of the suite's living room.

Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suite Living Room at Waldorf Astoria Park City

Additional privacy is available on the upstairs level with a luxe master bath and a private king-sized bedroom. Continue reading below the photo of the upstair bedroom in the Bi-Level 2 Bedroom Suite. 

Bi-Level Two Bedroom Suite Bedroom at Waldorf Astoria Park City

For guests booking for stays through April 7, 2019, the property is offering a Fourth Night Free Promotion*. Search for stays of 4 nights, and look for the "Another Day In Paradise" Offer.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Powder (maximum $60 daily per room), a $100 spa credit per stay, and premium in-room WiFi. 

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*Please note, the Another Day In Paradise/Fourth Night Free promotion is subject to availability and not combinable with any other offer. Valid for stays of four or more nights January 2 to April 7, 2019. Blackout dates: January 24-31, 2019 and February 15-20, 2019. Offer may end at any time. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Fresh off a renovation of all of the property's 94 cottages and suites, Carneros Resort and Spa is offering a Fourth Night Free* Promotion. Available on all accommodation types, guests booking a stay at the property from April 1 to August 29, 2019 can stay four nights for the price of three nights. This offer is valid for bookings made February 1 to August 25, 2019, and is subject to availability. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel, and season. Read more about the property and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Outdoor Pool at Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort and Spa just completed a renovation of its cottages and suites, which range from 400 square feet of living space and up to 800 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. Inspired by nature and wine country living, Oakland-based Nina Chiappa Interiors refreshed the accommodations with warm wood tones, refined rustic furnishings, light grey-toned wood grained flooring, and botanical fabrics. While the farmhouse theme is infused in contemporary lighting made of blackened iron and a tree slice end table. French doors have been replaced by glass bi-fold doors in many of the cottages for a seamless indoor-outdoor living area. There are outdoor gas fire pits in all cottage and suites, plus add-on amenities like portable mini-projectors and telescopes for backyard movies or stargazing. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary full American breakfast for two daily at Hilltop Dining Room (a maximum of $60 credit per room, per day) and a $100 spa credit, per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Carneros Resort and Spa

* Offer is valid for bookings made February 1 to August 25, 2019 for stays at the resort from April 1 to August 20, 2019. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season. Subject to availability and currency rate fluctuation. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions.


| 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 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. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Ready for a beach retreat? Andaz Mayakoba is currently offering a "One More Night"* Promotion. Guests booking three consecutive nights will receive a fourth night free for stays booked by March 31, 2019. Valid for travel from January 3 to April 13, 2019, the resort is surrounded by white sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Read more about the property and a special Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya

Amidst the area's tropical mangroves, the resort has two pools, four restaurants, and a full-service spa. The family-friendly property also offers a kids' club, bicycles, and nature trails for exploring, as well as outdoor activities. In addition, this resort has an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk. Learn more about the property below the photo. 

Pool at Andaz Mayakoba

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive buffet breakfast daily in Cocina Milagro (maximum of 2 guests), and $100 USD Resort credit, per room/per stay applicable to Spa treatments or food & beverage in any of the four restaurants (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

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*The "One More Night" promotion is valid for bookings at Andaz Mayakoba through March 31, 2019, for travel completed by April 13, 2019. This offer is subject to availability and may change at any time, restrictions apply. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Situated in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury beach resorts. Offering sugar-white sands, Caribbean blue waters, and natural beauty, it's easy to see why this tropical island is one of the region's fastest growing destinations. In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we feature 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts.

Located on the eastern tip of the island, Punta Cana is a destination for travelers seeking luxury resorts with high-end amenities, multiple pools, private beaches, spas, and an array of international dining options. There is an international airport here, making it easy for visitors to fly in from around the world, and be on the beach in no time at all. 

Here are 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts:

5. Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Featuring a tropical setting amidst mangroves and beaches, Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive is a family-friendly property with a mini water park. Guests can tour the mangroves, see flamingos and turtles, or enjoy a variety of beach activities. The YHI Spa has a variety of treatments, and there are five pools to lounge, swim, or soak up the sunshine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minute massage for up to 2 adults per stay, full breakfast for each guest daily, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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4. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Accommodations at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana are nestled within exclusive cane-thatch roofed suites with hardwoods and cathedral ceilings. Featuring a 200-yard stretch of pristine beachfront, guests can swim amidst the tranquil waters, relax at the spa providing indigenous-inspired treatments, dine at four restaurants or the cafe, and sip & savor cocktails at three bars and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one 50 minute spa treatment per person, per stay, plus an in-room welcome amenity.

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3. Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Set along the white sands of Bavaro Beach, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive retreat for couples and families. The new adults-only Royal Service offers inclusive personalized butler service, two story Royal Service Lounge, exclusive Italian restaurant, and access to a private adult-only pool and beach area. For families, the Kid's Zone at The Reserve has a mini water park for children including slides, children's pool, and toddler splash pool. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minutes massage per person/ per stay (adults only), full breakfast for each guest daily, unlimited golf, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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2. Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana

Located within a gated community, Tortuga Bay is an award-winning luxury resort offering accommodations designed by Oscar de la Renta. Guests are welcomed at the aiport with VIP service, and once they arrive at the resort they have a personal concierge, and a golf cart for exploring the resort. There are six world class restaurants on-site, and the property's respect for the environment is demonstrated via Responsible Luxury practices through its Ecological Foundation, including a watering preservation system on the resort's golf course. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive one spa consultation plus a 30-minute Six Senses Signature massage per adult/per stay, nightly VIP turndown service with a platter of Dominican sweets, breakfast for two daily at Bamboo Restaurant, VIP Arrival Service, roundtrip airport transfer, and a welcome fruit platter and bottled water in room upon arrival. Reservations that are five (5) or more nights will also receive a US $50 food and beverage credit for Bamboo Restaurant per room/per stay. 

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1. Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Drone view of Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Nestled in the most exclusive gated beachfront community on the island, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort. Amidst 30,000 acres with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, towering cliffs, idyllic beaches, and tropical forests, the resort offers all-suite accommodations that blend French & Italian Riviera styling with the relaxed charms of the Caribbean. There's a beach club with a private beach and infinity pool, plus oceanfront dining at La Palapa, and chef-prepared cuisine at the fine dining Mediterraneo Restaurant. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing an iconic setting on the fifth floor of the Nolinski Paris, the Suite Josephine private apartments overlook Avenue de l'Opera. Connectable to neighboring suites and rooms, if desired, guests can have half of the fifth floor as a private retreat for a peaceful and secluded escape in the heart of the city. Continue reading below the photo of the Suite Josephine. 

Suite Josephine at Nolinski Paris

Within the suite there is custom-made furniture and elegant works of art. There's also a balcony with one-of-a-kind views of Paris, minibar, and a bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub for relaxing after a day of exploration. Read more about the property below the hotel photo. 

Nolinski Paris

The Nolinski Paris opened in 2016. Steps from the Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal gardens, the hotel is located amidst layers of history and Haussmann style. Within the property there is a classic French Brasserie Rejane, the spa designed to create a retreat for wellness, indoor swimming pool, children's accessories, and pet-friendly amenities. 

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). Also, guests will have a smartphone at their disposal which includes unlimited international phone calls and internet. Additionally, guests who stay between October 28, 2018 and February 28, 2019 receive a 50 Euro Spa credit per room/per stay.

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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: 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

Featured Journeys: California Wine Country

From rolling vineyards to tasting rooms, to picnics amongst the vines, a vineyard vacation offers a relaxing, and perhaps romantic retreat. In this edition of Featured Journeys we're heading to Northern California's Wine Country with a multi-stop itinerary to Sonoma, Napa, and Monterey. 

There's a variety of airport options for this trip. Travelers could choose to fly roundtrip to San Francisco International, or another option would be to fly into Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Aiport (STS) and fly out of the Monterey Regional Airport (MRY). Regardless the itinerary, the drive between each stop is sure to provide panoramic scenery.

Sonoma

Situated about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a genuine wine country experience, with 76% of tourism businesses being small businesses, and 91% percent of the tourism businesses are locally-owned. This area is all about local cuisine, local growers, and of course, local wines. The area has a thriving art and food scene, and there's an array of outdoor opportunities like exploring the redwoods, hot air balooning, and vineyard hikes. Love the Peanuts Gang? A visit to this region wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Charles M. Schulz Museum with a collection dedicated to providing an in-depth look into the life and legacy of Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz. 

Farmhouse Inn

King Dux Room at Farmhouse Inn

Situated in the Russian River Valley about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco, the Farmhouse Inn is family-owned, by owners with Sonoma roots dating back five generations. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the boutique property's restaurant is the recipient of a Michelin Star, there are Sommelier-led wine tours, and rooms have feather beds and curated wine refrigerators.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for two daily - a maximum daily credit of $50 per room, a $100 spa services credit per room/per stay, an in-room welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

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Napa

From tasting rooms to stylisth boutiques, Napa Valley is haven for wine lovers and foodies alike. There are 6 Napa Valley restaurants that have received the prestigious Michelin Star, there's an array of cooking schools and five star accommodations in the heart of the vineyards, and the area is a hot spot for bakeries, chocolatiers, coffee, and gelato shops for those that want a little something sweet to pair with the wine. Music enthusiasts will want to note the area's music events which include Yountville Live (March), BottleRock Napa Valley (May), and the Robert Mondavi Concert Series which begins in July. 

Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Across from Beringer Vineyards, Las Alcobas Napa Valley is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in St. Helena. Set within a stately Victorian-style farmhouse built in 1907, the property offers accommodations designed by Yabu Pushelberg, with custom-crafted furniture and minimalist design. The signature restaurant, Acacia House serves award-winning California cuisine led by Top Chef Master Chris Cosentino. While the atrio spa offers a rejuvanating spa experience within a former farmhouse, and the outdoor pool provides one-of-a-kind vineyard views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive daily full breakfast for each guest at Acacia House, a $100 spa credit per room/per stay, and a seasonal welcome amenity.

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Monterey

Located about 150 miles south of Napa, Monterey County is home to more than 175 unique vineyards. The Monterey Wine Country experiences a "thermal rainbow" making the area ideal for growing grapes for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but it's diverse climate of ever-warming micro-climates helps the region support 42 wine varietals. 

Ventana Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur

From a daily Sommelier-led wine and cheese reception, to the Alila Experience Program offering a range of activities such as photography hikes and charcoal drawing classes, Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only retreat designed to provide guests with opportunities for self discovery, wellness, and finding one's place in the world. There are daily morning yoga classes and guided hikes, as well as two outdoor pools (one is clothing-optional), chef created cuisine, and a social house. The property makes an ideal base for rest and rejuvenation or exploring the vineyards of the Monterey area.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily (maximum $30 credit per person/per day), a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, a welcome amenity, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

The season of sweaters, changing leaves, and all things Pumpkin Spice is here! In honor of #NationalPumpkinDay we have gathered three hotels where you can getaway and indulge your love of all things pumpkin. 

Here are 3 Hotels with Pumpkin-Infused Amenities:

1. The Hotel Hershey

Hotel Hershey

Known for being the home of the famous chocolate factory, The Hotel Hershey offers an idyllic destination for enjoying all things autumnal. Pumpkin Glow at Hershey Gardens features more than 150 carved & illuminated pumpkins, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and trick-or-treating events. Plus, at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey, guests can book the "Fall Pumpkin Package" (available October 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018), which includes three special pumpkin treatments: Pumpkin Spice Scrub, Pumpkin Souffle Wrap, and the Great Pumpkin Facial. 

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2. Inn on Biltmore Estate

Inn on Biltmore Estate

Offering a luxe setting on the grounds of the Biltmore House, the Inn on Biltmore Estate provides a unique destination for fall. The Dining Room serves award-winning cuisine crafted with estate-grown produce, eggs, beef, and lamb from its field-to-table program. There's a winery on-site, plus the spa features "Healthy Harvest" treatments infuses with sustainably-grown botanicals. Guests can reap the benefits from the menu of Healthy Harvest Treatments, which includes massages, pedicures, and facial upgrades as well as packages from September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018.

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3. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Situated in the "Pumpkin Capital of the World" about 30 minutes south of San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides the ultimate oceanside destination for pumpkin lovers throughout the month of October. In the newly re-concepted Conservatory there's pumpkin culinary delights like Half Moon Bay Signature Pumpkin Soup, and at Navio there's Pumpkin Caramelle featuring sage, ricotta, and pumpkin pistou, and Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with lobster, pain d’epices, and shiso. Guests can also enjoy pumpkin-infused beverages, plus there is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Facial at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, designed to smooth, plump, and hydrate the skin.

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