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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

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

Featured Journeys: The Hawaiian Islands

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, these volcano-created islands offer blissful beaches, one-of-a-kind sunsets, and luxury hotels with an array of amenities and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Plus, each of the island's offers its own unique attractions, cuisine, and adventures from exploring tunnels created by ancient lava flows to kayaking to picturesque waterfalls. 

The "Big Island", The Island of Hawaii

Twice as big as the other Hawaiian Islands giving it the nickname the "Big Island", the Island of Hawaii is the youngest of all the islands, and a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Visitors to the island can travel through all but four of the world's different climate zones, ranging from Polar Tundra to Wet Tundra. The island's vast climates are a result of the variying elevations and geological formations created by the massive Maunakea and Maunaloa volcanoes. Travelers to the island will want to visit the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the black sands of Punaluu Beach. 

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Set along a white sand beach, Mauna Kea Beach Resort is a luxury retreat with world-class golfing at Mauna Kea and Hapuna, 11 seaside tennis courts, and Bocce Ball courts. Offering an array of cultural experiences, guests can partake in nighttime glow-canoe and manta snorkel adventures, art tours, and tropical spa treatments. For children, the Keiki Club Adventures provides supervised programs, and there is a variety of ocean sports and activities for visitors of all ages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at Manta Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 resort credit per stay when booking a room or a $200 resort credit per stay when booking a suite.

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OAHU

Home to Honolulu, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Sometimes called "The Gathering Place", the island is diverse with a fusion of East and West cultures blending with native Hawaiian traditions. Mixing ancient and modern, visitors to this island can dine at an eclectic array of restaurants, partake in a variety of activities, and spend the day in the bustling city of Honolulu, or venture to a laid back surf town. 

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikik Beach

Adjacent to the shopping at Luxury Row, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is a luxury tower hotel celebrating the spirit of the island in a modern way. The all-suite property offers residential-style accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, living rooms, furnished balconies, and bathrooms with walk-in showers, state-of-the-art toilets, soaking tubs, and dual vanities. The spa offers treatments inspired by Hawaiian traditions, dining options include the first Hawaii locations of Dean & DeLuca and Sushi Sho, and the BLT Market with Hawaiian-infused cuisine. While the eighth floor infinity pool has private cabanas, and the fitness center was designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in BLT Market (subject to maximum credits per accommodation type)  and a  $100 USD resort credit per Studio, $200 per One Bedroom Suite, $300 per Two or Three Bedroom Suites and $400 per Four Bedroom Suites (not valid on room rate and no cash value). 

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KAUAI

Hawaii's "Island of Discovery" is filled with natural wonders to explore. From the Waimea Canyon to native fishponds with 1,000 years of forward-thinking history, visitors can breathe in the oxygen-rich air of the island's Wailua River while kayaking to a cascading waterfall. Be transported back in time along the Napoli Coast to a laid-back island lifestyle, and explore the small coastal towns like Hanapepe and Old Koloa Town. Ideal for travelers seeking a relaxed pace to explore natural wonders, the island also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Ukelele concerts, Hula Shows, and the Princeville Night Market.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Oceanfront Guest Room at Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Set on Poi'pu Beach, Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is an intimate luxury boutique resort. Offering the island's closest accommodations to the beach, the award-winning property has a saltwater lava-inspired pool, and award-winning Red Salt restaurant serving a modern take on island cuisine showcasing locally-sourced Hawaiian ingredients. While the Spa at Ko'a Kea provides Hawaiian-inspired treatments infused with natural and indigenous ingredients, as well as a romantic couple's suite, outdoor seaside cabana treatment area, and candlelit treatment rooms.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Red Salt, a $50 resort credit, per room/per stay (if not already included in the rate), and a welcome amenity. 

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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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| By: Rachael Weir

Spend the night in a work of art at the Beaumont Hotel in London. ROOM, the first-ever hospitality project by award-winning sculptor Antony Gormley, is a modern suite featuring a double bed floating within a dark, wood-panelled, cave-like space, which is the artist's rendition of darkness. Designed to create a cocoon-like environment for guests to enter a different state of consciousness and withdraw from daily stresses, the unique suite offers a meditative environment. There's also a sleek bathroom white bathroom hidden behind black curtains, sitting area, and large hallway in a soft Art Deco-inspired style in-line with the rest of the hotel.

ROOM, Gormley Suite at the Beaumont London
Situated in London's upscale Mayfair neighborhood, the Beaumont Hotel is luxury boutique hotel located in a historic 1926 building overlooking the Brown Hart gardens. Offering 50 guest rooms, 13 studios, and 10 suites, the upscale hotel feature an eclectic mix of art, and Art Deco styling. Nestled along a quiet, landscaped square, the property is within walking distance of boutiques and restaurants along Mount, South Audley, and Bond Streets. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or the "Best Available Rate" include a full breakfast for two daily in The Colony Grill Room or through room service, one way transfer in Mercedes E Class from or to a nearby London airport or train station, cocktails for two once during the stay in The CUB Room a Private Residents' Bar & Lounge, complimentary WiFi, and an in-room welcome amenity.


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Lobby at the Beaumont London



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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated at an enviable spot on Lake Como, Villa d'Este is a luxury hotel originally built in 1568 for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio and the residence of aristocrats for centuries. Transformed into a five-star resort in 1873, the property has welcomed princesses, sultans, tsars, and marquises. Offering guestrooms and suites within two buildings, the Cardinal Building and the Queen's Pavilion, accommodations are furnished with antiques, luxe marble bathrooms, silks, and velvets, with elegant paintings and prints. Continue reading below the photo of Villa d'Este. 

Villa d'Este exterior

Within the luxury resort there are two Presidential Suites. Providing incomparable charm, the suites have expansive views of Lake Como and the surrounding gardens. Lavishly furnished, the two Presidential Suites are located on the first floor of the Cardinal Building, with 50 square meters of space, and can be connected to adjoining suites for larger groups. Read more below the Presidential Suite photo.

Presidential Suite at Villa d'Este

In addition to the Presidential Suites, the property also offers four villas for guests seeking extra privacy. Providing all the services of the property, each of the four villas respects the regal history of the resort while providing an exclusive retreat. Including the Villa Garrovo, a three-story villa built in 1833 with six bedrooms, large living area, full kitchen, gym, veranda, and hidden garden. Read more below the Villa d'Este swimming pool photo.

Villa d'Este swimming pool

On the property there's a self-drive boat for guests to explore Lake Como. There's also a variety of dining options throughout the proeprty, including the Veranda Restaurant and Sundeck Bar. The Sporting Club has complimentary fitness equipment, and guests have access to the nearby Villa d'Este Golf Club. Plus, the Beauty Center of Villa d'Este is connected to the Sporting Club by an underground passage with a waterfall wall, Asian-inspired atmosphere, personalized treatments by physiotherapists and beauticians, and an exclusive line of products by Villa d'Este. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recently I had the opportunity to spend two nights at the Thompson Nashville. Located in "The Gulch" the city's trendy new neighborhood set between downtown and Music Row with upscale apartments, condominiums, shops, and restaurants, the Thompson Nashville offers a convenient location for both business and leisure travelers. 

From the moment I arrived at the Thompson Nashville, I felt like I had my own private residence in the city. Set amidst modern apartments and condominiums, the Thompson offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with a lobby that feels like a chic living room with seating areas, a large table for working remotely or a casual meeting, the Marsh House Restaurant, and Killebrew Coffee with crafted espresso drinks and fresh-baked treats. Continue reading below the lobby photo.

Thompson Nashville Lobby

The cordial staff at the reception desk offered welcoming greetings from the moment I stepped through the revolving doors, check-in was quick, and I soon found myself at ease in my suite (701) with floor-to-ceiing windows on two sides overlooking The Gulch. Read more below the photo.

Suite 701 Living Room at Thompson Nashville

In the entry there was a closet, table, and bench, providing a residential-like feel. The spacious living room had wood floors, chic velvet couch and chair, wet bar, custom honor bar with Thompson signature items and locally-curated snacks. There was also an industrial-style shelf with a Marshall Bluetooth Speaker, bistro table with two chairs, and a 55-inch flat-screen TV. An added bonus...there were plug-ins throughout the suite, including in the floor making it easy to charge an array of electronic devices. Read more below the living room and wet bar photos.

Living room at Thompson Nashville

Living Room at Thompson Nashville

Beyond the living room area was the bedroom with a plush king bed topped with SFERRA linens and a tall wood headboard with built-in individual reading lights. There was also a modern chair to sit by the window, flat-screen TV, and a large closet with a laptop-size safe and oversized Thompson signature bathrobes. Continue reading below the bedroom photo.

Bedroom at the Thompson Nashville

But perhaps my favorite part of the suite was just off the bedroom through sliding barn doors...an extra-large master bathroom with a claw foot bathtub--complete with a wooden tray for a glass of wine and bath salts! 

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There was also separate state-of-the-art double rain shower, exclusive DS&DURGA bath amenities, and a double vanity. The brushed brass fixtures as well as the wood vanity and accent wall added a warmth to the beautifully tiled space, making it an idyllic sanctuary for relaxing after a day of exploring Music City. 

Suite 701 Bathtub at the Thompson Nashville

Another highlight at the Thompson the Marsh House Restaurant. Offering Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, breakfast at the Marsh House was an ideal start to a day in Music City, complete with buttery, flaky, biscuits! The restaurant also serves chef-prepared lunch and dinner, as well as crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list in a modern setting with bronze hardware and plush seating spaces. 

Entrance to the Marsh House at Thompson Nashville

During my stay I found myself visiting the Killebrew Coffee shop multiple times for crafted lattes (complete with foam art), and a few sweat treats. Read more below the photo of the Thompson's Killebrew Coffee.

Killebrew Coffee at the Thompson NashvilleI found the Thompson's rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson to be a stylish way to end a wonderful day in Nashville. The venue had large windows with skyline views, as well as a spacious outdoor patio. There was a grand bar in the center to see-and-be-seen, as well as cozy seating areas for crafted cocktails, small plates, and intimate conversation. Continue reading below the photo of the rooftop patio.

L.A. Jackson's Rooftop Patio

In addition to my inviting suite and multiple dining options, the luxury boutique hotel offered a second floor event space with stylish meeting venues and a fitness center. Just outside the Thompson was an array of upscale boutiques, and restaurants such as the popular Biscuit Love, and the iconic Station Inn with live Bluegrass music. The property is about a 20-minute walk to the Music City Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Broadway's legendary Honky Tonks. Or the Music City Circuit bus stops less than one block from the hotel with complimentary transportation throughout downtown. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in Argentina's lake district, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort is a luxury mountain lodge with grand stone fireplaces, exposed cyrpress walls, and views of Andean peaks. Providing travelers with a true Patagonian experience while in the midst of a full-service luxury resort, guests can partake in a variety of active excursions including extreme mountain biking, skiing, condor sightings, 4x4 driving on the Patagonian steppes, rafting, and rappelling. Continue reading more below the photo.

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

The hotel has two wings: Ala Bustillo Wing with rooms, suites, and studios that opened in 1940, and the Lago Moreno Wing a mix of classic and modern designed deluxe studios and suites. In the Moreno Wing, the suites offer large windows, and the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite has a unique bathroom with a double jacuzzi and expansive window providing a panoramic view. There's also a log fireplace and terraced balcony in the 678-square-foot suite. Read more below the photo of the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite. 

Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite Bathroom

In addition to the hotel's exclusive setting and outdoor activities, the property offers a pampering spa with a variety of treatments, Kids & Teens Spa for guests 3 to 12 years of age, and a Health Club with a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, stength training, and relaxation room. There's also a kids' club with supervised activities, and a hospitality lounge for skiiers during the winter season. For dining, Los Cesares Grill & Pasta serves a variety of grilled meats, fish, and homemade pastas. While the Patagonia Coffee Shop offers a relaxed setting, and the Lobby Bar is a lodge-style destination for evening cocktails. Read more below the Lobby Bar photo.

Lobby Bar at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and subject to availability, an early check-in or late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Offering an idyllic beachfront setting, Anantara Kalutara is a family-friendly resort about one hour from Sri Lanka's capital city. The secluded waterfront property offers guest rooms, suites, and villas, including Two Bedroom Pool Villas. Ideal for families, the Two Bedroom Pool Villas have a master bedroom with a king bed and entrance directly to the pool deck, as well as a second bedroom with twin beds that opens onto the pool deck. There are two luxury en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and soaking tubs, along with a private plunge pool, sundeck with loungers and dining furniture, and an enclosed garden. Continue reading below the photo of the Two Bedroom Pool Villa pool deck.

Two Bedroom Pool Villa at Anantara Kalutara

In addition to family-friendly accommodations, there's the Adventurer Kids Club with supervised activities, cultural experiences, gaming stations, sports, outdoor activities, and off-site excursions. Plus, the Main Pool has a separate children's section with play areas for young visitors. As well as off-site adventures for families like whale watching (December to April), and visits to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, tea Ppantation, local markets, and Sinharaja Rainforest. Read more below the photo of the pool.

Main Pool at Anantara Kalutara

For adults, there's an array of options ranging from relaxing to adventurous such as the Yoga Pavilion, time at the spa, Water Sports Club with jet skis, surfing, and speedboating, Cooking Classes at Spice Spoons, library for reading or using the computers, and a fitness center to keep up with workout routines while traveling.

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Ohu Restaurant at Anantara Kalutara


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This past year, Peninsula Chicago revealed its reimagined rooms and suites, which introduced The Peninsula Hotels' signature technology to the United States. The new rooms now offer all essential functions, entertainment, and guest services in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Continue reading below the photo.

In-room technology at the Peninsula Chicago

Rooms are designed so that every control is located precisely where it is required without guests having to think or search. The tablet technology allows guests to adjust lighting and temperature controls, as well as browse restaurant menus, hotel services, city information, attractions, and TV channels, while LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details and privacy options. In addition to the recently launched 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a new Mobile Concierge provides instant guest service support by text message, directly to mobile devices. An added benefit for domestic and international travelers alike, all domestic and international calls made from the guest room phone are complimentary via VOIP, and bedside charging stations store and charge several types of mobile devices. Read more below the photo of the bedside charging station.

Bedside charging station at the Peninsula Chicago

All of this pioneering technology has been developed by The Peninsula Hotels’ Research and Technology Department. Based in Hong Kong, the group has been responsible for some of the most advanced, yet intuitive innovations in the global hotel industry since 1985. The team flew more than 250,000 miles during the installation of the new system to ensure a truly seamless experience for guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Water Tower Suite at the Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is steps from the boutiques and restaurants along the Magnificent Mile. Offering a prestigious location and a host of accolades, the property has three on-site restaurants, legendary Afternoon Tea, two-story spa facility, and elegant event spaces. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as classical styling with Pratesi linens, 55-inch TVs with sound bars, and marble bathrooms with 19-inch inset TVs and soaking tubs.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

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