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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.


Featuring Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs-with-a-view, the three Yaku Suites at Mashpi Lodge provide intimate luxury in the heart of a rainforest. Situated in the eco lodge's northwestern end on the first floor, these unique suites are named for the Kicha word meaning water. Sustainably furnished in modern style, the spacious suites have 495 square feet of space, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out into the rainforest, king-size beds, reusable water flasks, fresh & filtered water, safes, and WiFi. The luxe bathrooms have soaking tubs with tropical foliage views, twin washbasins, bathrobes, and slippers. Continue reading about the resort below the Yaku Suite photo.

Mashpi Lodge

In the midst of a rainforest with waterfalls, Mashpi Lodge is an eco-focused retreat set within a nature reserve. Situated at 900 meters (3,116 feet) above sea level, the resort is located between lower montane forests and cloud forests, making it a haven for 500 species of birds, monkeys, and pumas. There's a two-story dining room serving chef-prepared Ecuadorian cuisine, and a bar with natural energy drinks and house cocktails, as well as Chilean and Argentinean vintages. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Mashpi Lodge

In addition to the luxurious accommodations and dining options at the all-inclusive property, lodge guests have access to a wide array of exploration programs including Sky Biking through the rainforests on two-person bicycles suspended above the forest canopy via cables, hiking along the Capuchin Monkey Trail, visiting the Torrenteer Lagoon, or going to the observation tower. 

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Situated steps from the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte is a luxury hotel providing a calm and relaxing environment in Versilia. Offering five floors of accommodatios with distinctively unique themes, the grand hotel is redefining the concept of a holiday with an all-encompassing experience. The refined restaurant, Piccolo Principe is the recipient of 2 Michelin Stars with refined cuisine, extensive wine list, and exclusive sea views. Read more below the photo.

Piccolo Principe at Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

For relaxation and rejuvenation, the Wellness Center has water features, holistic beauty treatmens, and a fitness center. Plus, guests have exclusive access to the panoramic rooftop with a heated swimming pool, solarium, and "The Little Prince" bar and restaurant open during the summer months. Continue reading below the photo.

Rooftop dining at Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

In addition to the hotel's amenities, the property offers an idyllic location for guests to reconnect with the sea at the nearby International Cetacean Sanctuary. The Tyrrhenian Sea is a haven for whale watching particularly from May to October, and the area is home to a large group of dolphins that live along the Viareggio Coast. Continue reading below the photo of the dolphins along the Viareggio coast.

Whale and dolphin watching off the coast by Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

The Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte provides an ideal setting for guests interested in going on organized day trips with marine biologists, as the luxury hotel is a 30-minute stroll from the Piazza Palombari dell'Artiglio, where the boat tours depart. The boat tours are organized by cooperatives that support the protection and peace of the dolphins and whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Established in 1999 between Italy, France, and Monaco, the sanctuary is an international reserve that extends north of the Tyrrhenian Sea, around the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago to Provence. Viareggio is one of the main starting points for exploring the Italian Cetacean Sanctuary via boat, where guests enjoy lunch on board, watch for whales and dolphins, as well as seeing a variety of marine animals like turtle, manta rays, swordfish and tuna. Read more below the photo.

Whale and dolphin watching cruise from Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

In addition to the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte's amenities and prime location for whale watching excursions, the hotel offers exclusive perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay. Plus, a bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Providing a secluded retreat in Bali's central foothills, Alila Ubud is a luxury hotel located about 15 minutes from Ubud, the island's cultural center. Set on a hillside on the edge of the Ayung River valley, the property provides guests with an immersive experience through the guidance of the Alila Leisure Concierge team for active pursuits, such as exploring rice terraces at Tegalalange, visiting the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave, or taking cooking classes. Learn more about a special perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Valley Villa at Alila Ubud

Accommodations at Alila Ubud include Superior and Deluxe Rooms, Valley and Pool Villas, plus Terrace Tree Villas, and Two Bedroom Terrace Tree Pool Villas. Furnished in contemporary Balinese style, there are private balconies with daybeds, in-room safes, minibars, and coffee & tea-making facilities. Continue reading below the Terrace Tree Villa Bathroom photo.

Terrace Tree Villa Bathroom

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at Plantation restaurant, $50 food and beverage or spa or Alila Experience credit, per room, per stay, and a welcome fruit basket. Plus, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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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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Situated in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feel of a 17th century villa with an enchanting Georgian staircase that welcomes guests to the lobby, Italian marble floors, and a glistening chandelier. Providing an urban setting with a chic and serene environment inside its walls, the luxury hotel recently unveiled the Elysian Salon and completed renovations at The Spa at Belmond Place. Learn more about what's new at the hotel below the photo of the Elysian Salon. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

Focused on creating a unique style for every client, the Elysium Salon is located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. Featuring a luxurious setting for haircuts, coloring, specialty treatments, wedding and special occasion hair, as well as makeup applications and lessons, the salon adds to Belmond Charleston Place's exclusive amenities. Since launching her career in the hair and makeup industry in 2001, Salon Director of Elysium at Charleston Place, Charlotte Belk--a South Carolina native, has been focusing on traditional cuts, natural & dimensional hair color, as well as specialty services. Read more below the Elysium Salon photo. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

In addition to the Elysium Salon, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place recently completed renovations. The newly transformed environment offers a tranquil setting with a clean and crisp color palette, and a more seamless connection to the mineral swimming pool. The men's and women's locker rooms were refreshed to provide a more relaxing mood, and there's a variety of new products and treatments available for guests including TaTa Harper's 100% natural line of beauty products from Vermont, anti-aging hand and feet products by Margaret Dabbs, Lafco Reed diffusers and candles, and FarmHouseFresh goods. Read more below The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place photo. 

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place mixes Southern charm with timeless elegance, steps from the city's historic sites, shopping, and restaurants. There's award-winning cuisine at the Charleston Grill, modern gastronomy at Palmetto Cafe, and gourmet pub fare in Meeting at Market. Plus, there's upscale shopping boutiques within the hotel and a rooftop pool. 

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What's better than shopping at the Fendi flagship boutique in Rome? Staying above the store on the third floor of the Maison's home, Palazzo Fendi, which is now the Fendi Private Suites. Providing a stylish and elegant setting in the heart of Rome, the world's first Fendi hotel is steps away from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, and just a short walk to the Pantheon, Vatican City, and the Piazza Navona. Read more below the photo of the Corner Suite at the Fendi Private Suites. 

Corner Suite at the Fendi Private Suites

Offering seven designer suites, the exclusive property features a one-of-the-kind retreat. Guests are immersed in the elegance of the Fendi world, which offers a highly sophisticated setting with the ultimate level of privacy. Situated within the historic noble home of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family that was transformed into the Fendi headquarters in 2005, the property provides a distinctive location on the Via dei Condotti, with accommodations that combine Roman elegance mingled with refined juxtapositions of contemporary design. Continue reading below the photo of the Deluxe Suite at the Fendi Private Suites. 

Deluxe Suite at the Fendi Private Suites

Guests can choose from seven suites at the property, including the Palazzo Suite with a separate master bedroom and living area, Karl Lagerfeld's original prints of Rome's fountains, and a bathroom with Carrara marble walls. Designed by Fendi Casa architects, the Deluxe Suite boasts two one-of-a-kind views of Via del Corso and Via Tomacelli with large windows, images from Lagerfeld's "The Glory of Water" series, and a headboard adorned with a fur masterpiece. While the Corner Suite overlooks the corner of Largo Goldoni and Via di Fontanella Borghese with a bed dressed in Fendi Casa’s Makò cotton satin bed linens, limited edition furnishings, and original Lagerfeld photographs. 

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Destination Spotlight: San Antonio

Mixing the cultures of Mexican settlers with Texas ranchers, San Antonio is a unique Southwestern destination offering historic attractions, a vibrant art scene, and distinctive "Tex-Mex" cuisine. Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, this city with a confluence of cultures is hosting commemorative events the week of May 1-6, including special events at each of San Antonio's five missions, along with an array of festivities throughout the year. To mark its 300th anniversary year, San Antonio recently unveiled a variety of new developments, such as the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces.

Known for The Alamo (Spanish mission where one of the city's important battles took place), as well as the historic River Walk lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, visitors can stroll the street and plaza's to learn about the city's iconic Western past. In addition to The Alamo, the city is home to four additional missions, which are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, there's traditional Southwestern shopping vendors at La Villita, and Alamo Heights offers trendy shopping and high-end Western wear. 

Foodies will want to sip an icy margarita along the River Walk and try some award-winning Tex-Mex cuisine. There's restaurants specializing in fresh seafood from the nearby Gulf Coast, a variety of iconic Texas steakhouses serving thick, Texas-sized steaks, plus German restaurants that pay tribute to the city's German heritage. For wine and golf enthusiasts, venture beyond the downtown to Texas Hill Country with an array of vineyards and tasting rooms, as well as championship golf courses. 

Here are 5 Top San Antonio Luxury Hotels

1. Omni La Mansion del Rio

Omni La Mansion del Rio River View Ambassador Room

Originally built as a Catholic School by the Society of Mary in 1852, the Omni La Mansion del Rio was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1968 for the the World's Fair. Set along the River Walk, the property blends Spanish colonial architecture with gourmet dining at Las Canarias known for hand-made margaritas and Sunday Brunch on the River Walk, as well as a courtyard heated swimming pool. Plus, guests have access to the Forbes Four-Star Mokara Spa at the hotel's sister property, Mokara Hotel & Spa. 

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2. Mokara Hotel and Spa

Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio

In the heart of the city's famous River Walk, the Mokara Hotel and Spa provides a soothing oasis with a full-service, Forbes Four Star Spa and world-class fitness center. There's a year-round rooftop pool with panoramic city views, as well as the Rooftop Cafe with salads, sandwiches, and cocktails. Plus, dining at Ostra, a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant with a romantic riverfront location and a menu specializing in sustainable seafood. 

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3. Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Rooftop Pool at Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Adjacent to the San Antonio Convention Center, Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers a contemporary setting in the heart of the city. Across the street from the Rivercenter Mall, the 24-story towers over San Antonio with River Walk views, more than 1,000 rooms, a Ruth's Chris Steak House with prime steaks, and handcrafted cocktails at Bar Rojo. There's also a rooftop pool, YogaAway classes via in-room TVs, state-of-the-art fitness center, and meeting spaces with audiovisual equipment and versatile seating options. Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive, based on availability, a complimentary room upgrade and a 2 pm late check out.

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4. The St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony Hotel Master Suite

Recently restored to its 1909 grandeur, The St. Anthony Hotel provides an opulent setting overlooking Travis Park. Situated three blocks from both the River Walk and the Alamo, the hotel has multiple on-site dining options each with a unique dining experience, including Loggia serving traditional American classics with a twist. There's a rooftop bar, as well as an outdoor heated pool with private cabanas, fitness center, and state-of-the-art meeting venues. 

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5. La Cantera Resort and Spa

La Cantera Resort and Spa View

For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently completed a major renovation, with furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage. Located about 30 minutes from downtown, the property is less than two miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, with two championship golf courses and five pools. The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center provides an array of treatments, plus a grotto with a saline pool, outdoor gathering place with acoustic music, and outdoor cowboy tubs for relaxation. There are nine on-site dining options including the open-air exhibition-style SweetFire Kitchen, and the Palmer Grille at the Clubhouse, as well as the adults-only level on the property's highest floor. 

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Set along a lagoon in the North Ari atoll, Constance Halaveli Maldives offers a romantic setting with unspoiled beaches, unforgettable diving with whale sharks, and sunrise meditations with yoga masters. Providing guests with the ultimate retreat to disconnect and reconnect, the luxury resort provides barefoot luxury with a full-service spa and three gourmet restaurants. Continue reading below the photo of the overwater Jing Restaurant. 

Jing Restaurant at Constance Halaveli Maldives

The private island resort offers a variety of villas including Family Beach Villas and the Double Storey Beach Vilas. All accommodations feature contemporary island architecture with indulgent amenities. One of the most unique villa options is the Water Villas with an over-water design and its own private plunge pool. Furnished with modern wood and marble, each of the villas is air-conditioned with separate living and sleeping rooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with satelittle channels and DVD players, iMac systems for streaming, minibars, and wine coolers with a selection of wines. There's also furnished over-water sun decks, and luxe bathrooms including some with separate outdoor showers. Continue reading below the photo of the Water Villa. 

Water Villa at Constance Halaveli Maldives

Guests of the resort have access to a variety of complimentary activities including tennis courts, beach volleyball, badminton, and table tennis. There's a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio machines, rowing machines, Kinesis wall, and spinning bikes. Plus, the TGI Diving Center with diving courses and experiences, canoes, windsurfing, dolphin watching cruises, fishing trips, snorkeling, and excursions to nearby villages. 

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Set along the soft white sands of a turquoise-hued lagoon, Constance Belle Mare Plage is a luxury resort providing a high-end setting in Mauritius. Offering beachfront luxury, the recently renovated resort has two golf courses, a full-service spa, kids' club, and four swimming pools, making it an ideal retreat for travelers of all ages. Read more about the resort below the pool photo. 

Beachfront luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

For accommodations, guests can choose from 104 Prestige Rooms, 149 Junior Suites, 6 Deluxe Suites, 18 Villas, or the Presidential Villa. Facing the Indian Ocean, accommodations are located in buildings of no more than three floors. Featuring modern island styling, all rooms and suites have furnished terraces or balconies, air conditioning, TVs with satellite channels, minibars, Apple mac minis, safes, desks, sitting areas, and laundry facilities. Within the rooms there's luxurious bathrooms with showers, bathtubs, and water closets. Continue reading below the photo of the Deluxe Suite. 

Deluxe Suite at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the resort's beach is protected by an offshore coral reef, providing visitors with an ideal location for snorkeling, water sports, and swimming. There are catamaran sundowner cruises, underwater walks, and parasailing experiences, plus cooking classes where guests can learn to make local cuisine. In addition, the resort has four floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, French bowling, mini golf, and two 18-hole championship golf courses, all with complimentary access for resort guests. 

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Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters on its own secluded island, Constance Moofushi Maldives is a luxury resort and diver's paradise. Situated on the South Ari Atoll, considered one of the best diving spots in the world, the property offers an idyllic location for diving along the migration route of manta rays. There are 32 dive sites within 30-minutes of the all-inclusive resort, and guests can also explore the waters via a traditional Dhoni, or from above in a sea plane. Continue reading below the resort photo.

Outdoor dining at Constance Moofushi Maldives

Featuring Crusoe Chic Barefoot Elegance combined with the Constance Hotels highest standards, the all-inclusive property offers guests an island paradise with as little or as much seclusion as desired. The all-villa resort has 24 beach villas, 56 water villas, and 20 Senior Water Villas, each with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, sitting areas, wooden terraces, minibars, and luxury bathrooms. Read more below the photo of the Senior Water Villa.

Constance Moofushi Maldives

For the ultimate retreat, Senior Water Villas provide an exclusive over-water setting with an airy design. Featuring additional space, the Senior Water Villas have luxe bathrooms with outdoor bathtubs, dual vanities, and separate showers. There's also spacious wooden terraces with steps leading to direct water access for a leisurely swim directly from one's villa. Read more below the photo of the Senior Villa Living Room.

Senior Water Villa living area at Constance Moofushi Maldives

Within the Senior Water Villas there's also LCD TVs, mac minis with iPod, CD & DVD connections, as well as coffee facilities, and minibars. 

In addition to high-end accommodations, the Constance Moofushi Maldives offers gourmet dining at two on-site restaurants, including the MANTA Restaurant with a sand-floored dining area as well as as an over-water dining room with an international menu and wine cellar. There's also a spa for rejuvenating treatments, and a variety of activities such as snorkeling, dolphin watching and sunset cruises, as well as Maldavian-style fishing excursions. 

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