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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

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.

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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

Steps from Piazza San Marco and the Art Biennale, the Hotel Metropole Venice is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city, yet removed from the crowds. Providing panoramic views of the lagoon and the island of San Giorgio, featuring an emphasis on fashion, the property blends a display of antiques with modern elements and Venetian details for an exclusive setting. Frequented by famous guests through the years, the hotel has been visited by Thomas Mann, Sigmund Freud, and Marcel Proust, as well as Vivaldi, who composed many well-known works on this site. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Metropole Venice

Within the hotel, the Met Restaurant is a Michelin Star recipient, serving elaborate Italian cuisine by Chef Luca Veritti with traditional and contemporary influences. While the Oriental Bar has a one-of-a-kind design in the midst of the Courtyard Citrus Garden with apertifs and live music. Learn more about a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo.

Dining at Hotel Metropole Venice

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a welcome fruit basket and locally made tea biscuits, as well as complimentary entrance to the Venice Casino on the Grand Canal. Guests making reservations in Suites, including Junior Suites, additionally receive a 50 Euro credit to be used towards services in the hotel, VIP welcome amemities, and express check-in/check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing Venetian history and culture, Palazzo Venart is an ultra-luxe hotel along the Grand Canal with direct water access. Set within a former aristocratic residence, the property offers accommodations and event venues with frescoes, marble fireplaces, and original works of art. Restored by Venetian specialists, the property retains its renaissance grandeur infused with modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms with tubs or showers. Plus, the property's 18 guestrooms and suites feature views of Venice. Read more below the photo.

Guest suite at the Palazzo Venart

In addition to historically-infused accommodations, Palazzo Venart has Michelin Star dining at The GLAM restaurant. Serving classic Venetian fare by chef Enrico Bartolini, the cuisine is prepared with a contemporary twist, for a modern take on local Venetian gastronomy. Guests enter the restaurant via a discreet courtyard shaded by magnolia trees, with indoor seating as well al fresco options. Continue below the photo for a special perks offer.

Dining at Palazzo Venart

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive  a complimentary aperitivo for two. For guests booking Luxury or Suite room categories receive a choice of an included one way transfer to or from the airport or ferry terminal OR a complimentary one hour walking tour.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Romantic Trip Through Italy

Italy, known for food, art, and culture, it seems as if there's something new to discover at every turn. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Romantic Trip Through Italy. While there's so much to explore, this journey will feature three of the major cities, along with a stop in Tuscany for wine and enjoying la dolce vita. 

Rome
Siena
Florence
Venice

Rome

The journey begins in Rome. Founded around 753 B.C., the city is a haven for history lovers. Three of our favorite hotels below provide ideal locations to explore all the Eternal City has to offer, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain. Thanks to Italy's fashion houses, many of the city's major landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain have recently been refurbished, making it an ideal time to visit. 

Here are a few of our top Rome hotels:

Palazzo Manfredi

Palazzo Manfredi

Directly opposite the Colosseum, the Palazzo Manfredi is a boutique hotel set within a 17th century villa. Offering the Michelin star Aroma Restaurant, guests can dine on award-winning cuisine while enjoying views of the iconic Colosseum. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive daily breakfast for 2, complimentary welcome drink, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.

Palazzo Montemartini

Palazzo Montemartini

Situated in central Rome, Palazzo Montemartini offers a modern, yet romantic setting. The only hotel in the city crossed by the Servian Walls, the luxury hotel is set within a stately former palazzo with a spa, Turkish bath, and indoor lap pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a bottle of wine, plus a 10% discount at the Senses restaurant and spa treatments. 

Fendi Private Suites

Fendi Private Suites

Why only shop at the Fendi flagship boutique when you can spend the night in the Fendi Private Suites? Offering seven chic and creative suites within the Palazzo Fendi, the innovative designs incorporate the brand's classical visual language in the heart of Rome.

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Siena

Offering a medieval setting, the city of Siena makes for a great base for exploring Tuscany. While the town itself is charming, we recommend spending a few nights (or why not an entire week if timing allows?) at one of the area's vineyard hotels where you can relax, sip some wine, and take in the beauty of the Italian countryside. 

Here are a few of our top Siena hotels:

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

This majestic estate has an 800-year history. Set in Val d'Orcia just north of Montalcino, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany's largest contiguous estates. Completely restored, the property offers a focus on the land, wine, and history. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive $100 USD resort credit, and a welcome bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine. 

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero

Set amongst the Chianti vines, Castel Monastero is situated within a medieval village from the 11th century. About 30 minutes from Siena, this country resort offers a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, an intimate church for weddings, wine cellar with Tuscan wine tastings, and spa with wellness programs and medical anti-aging treatments. Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a three course lunch for two with wine, and $100 spa credit. 

Castel Porrona Relais

Castel Porrona Relais

Nestled amongst vineyards, cypress trees, and olive groves, the Castel Porrona Relais is a historic village resort with an outdoor swimming pool, fine Tuscan cuisine at Il Chiostro Restaurant, and suites with personal butler service. The Agua Spa offers wine therapy baths, Moroccan-inspired hammam, and treatments incorporating Tuscan wine and olive oils. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 15% discount on spa services. 

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Florence

Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a must-see for art lovers. Yes, Michelangelo's "David" is here, but there's so much more to see. Il Duomo, the Florence Cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and was built on the site of 7th century Church of Santa Reparata, where visitors can see the remains of the foundation in the crypt. On the piazza outside of the cathedral is the Baptistery of St. John, considered the oldest religious site in all of Florence. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the "newest" part of the city for shopping, and be sure to try the iconic Florentine Steak for one of your meals. 

Here are a few of our top Florence hotels:

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is in the heart of historic city center. Set within a 6th century byzantine tower and medieval church from 1400, the luxury boutique hotel has an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Note: you may recognize the property, as it is where Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks' character) stays while in Florence in the DaVinci Code and Inferno. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, along with a welcome amenity. 

Hotel Il Salviatino

Hotel Il Salviatino

Perched on the hillside of Fiesole, Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa. Overlooking Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, the unique property has outdoor pools set immersed in the green hills. There's a spa with aroma's of Dr Vranjes, an exclusive Florence perfume house, along with La Cucina serving Tuscan cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on the property. 

Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele

Surrounded by gardens with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele is set within a former monastery. Minutes way from the center of Florence, the building was expertly restored with the assistance of the Florence Fine Arts Authority. There's an Italian Cookery School with hands-on cooking classes, La Loggia Restaurant, and a hilltop pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers, and fruit upon arrival. 

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Venice

The final stop on the journey is Venice. The City of Canals offers a romantic setting with ornate palaces lining the Grand Canal, narrow mysterious streets, and arched marble bridges crossing over canals with gondalas. Popular with artists and writers for centuries, the city is an ideal place to roam and wander with the one you love. Designed to approach from the water, Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square is a must-see, but can get crowded. We recommend visiting in the early morning.

Here are a few of our top Venice hotels:

Boscolo Venezia

Guest room at the Boscolo Venezia

Overlooking the lagoon, Boscolo Venezia is tucked inside a 16th century villa with a hidden garden. Providing a classic Venetian setting, the hotel's Giardino Segreto Restaurant provides a Boscolo Food Experience with themed islands, open kitchens, and an emphasis on food presentation. The Serenissima spa draws inspiration from the city's wellness traditions, and the hotel has a private boat offering transportation to St. Mark's Square. 

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

Tucked on the private island of Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa is a 15-minute boat ride across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square. There is a Wine & Cooking Academy providing guests with the opportunity to learn the art of Venetian cuisine, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family activities. There is a romantic church, four restaurants, water sports, and a rooftop lounge with a pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive VIP status, Venetian sweets, and a bottle of prosecco. 

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Overlooking the Grand Canal, guests typically arrive by boat to the Aman Canal Grande Venice. Evoking the feeling of bygone era with sweeping staircases, soaring ceilings, and historic frescoes, the luxury hotel has private gardens, and a boutique specializing in Venetian glassware. There's a roof terrace, along with the Dining Room serving Italian and Asian cuisines, and guests have walking access to San Polo. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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| By: Rachael Weir
Interested in a trip to Venice but looking for a secluded setting? Situated on Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa combines the charms of the city with an scenic location for couples and families. Reachable via private boat, the resort offers 266 guest rooms and suites, spread throughout five different accommodation styles: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and Villa Rose. Continue below the photo.
Arriving at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
For a unique gastronomic experience, visitors can reserve a time at the Sapori Cooking Academy, which offers a range of cooking classes in the techniques and cuisine styles of the Veneto. In addition, the property has four restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Dopolavoro Dining Room with Veneto-inspired cuisine and an extensive selection of wines. The Sagra Rooftop Restaurant serves Italian specialties with panoramic lagoon views, the Giardino Grill provides poolside dining, and Cucina Daily Restaurant has an international menu for breakfast. Read more below.
Dining at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
For relaxation, there are three pools at the resort, including the vitality pool at GOCO Spa, an adult only heated rooftop pool, and a family-friendly heated outdoor pool with a children's pool. Continue reading below the photo.
Rooftop pool at the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
Plus, the resort's GOCO Spa Venice is the city's largest spa with an array of massages, body scrubs, body wraps, and couple's treatments. Along with a vitality pool, sauna, biosauna, and hammam. 
Spa treatment at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
The family-friendly property offers multiple activities geared toward young travelers, including art programs such as mask workshops or Venetian pastry making cooking classes. For couples seeking one-of-a-kind wedding venues, the resort offers a 19th century stone church, along with outdoor venues for parties and celebrations. 
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive VIP status, bottle of prosecco, and Venetian sweets. 
 
Please note: the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa closes during the winter. Property is set to reopen for the season in March 2017. 
 
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JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

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At the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, named after the founder of Harry's Bar and inventor of the Bellini - Giuseppe Cipriani, there are two signature suites. The Palladio Suite, designed by Andrea Palladio, is the one that George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin stayed in right after getting married in 2014. On Guidecca island, the 970 square foot, 90 square meter suite is located on the southern tip of the property and provides 180 degree views. There is a concealed, private terrace with private plunge pool, private launch for 5 minute boat transfer to St. Mark's, 2 marble bathrooms, dining room, and mural-like watercolors covering the walls.

Rates start at €8,470 (£6,500) per night and include breakfast.

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Palladio Signature Suite Bedroom

Palladio Suite Terrace

Palladio Suite Living Room

 


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The Ca’ Nigra Lagoon Resort is an authentic expression of styles of the Venetian Settecento and modern design,
blending in perfect taste with the influences of fine oriental antiques. Today, after masterly preservative restoration
works that have brought up the value of its splendour, mosaics, original venetian floors of the Seicento, marble friezes
and precious glass panes are rediscovered harmonizing elegantly with modern solutions. 

Ca'Nigra Lagoon

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Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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